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The ROVER-CX8 Cabriolet Project

#1 Post by ROVER-25X » Wed May 04, 2016 7:58 pm

The ROVER-CX8 Project


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Welcome to the build and restoration thread of my 1997 R-Reg ROVER Cabriolet 1.6 K-Series !

Before I get started I just wanted to add this new addition to this thread with links to all my
sub topics regarding this car, hope you enjoy, feel free to criticize and comment. ;)


SUB TOPICS
Engine Overhaul and Upgrade: viewtopic.php?f=38&t=9770
Hydrolic Roof Pump Refill: viewtopic.php?f=20&t=9786
Interior Light Upgrade: viewtopic.php?f=20&t=9769
Brake Re-furb: viewtopic.php?f=20&t=10894
Projector Headlight Project: viewtopic.php?f=20&t=12704&p=79045&hili ... ght#p79045


Edited: 02/06/19
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In a nutshell, nowt special, just an R-Reg 1.6 K-Series Silver Cabby, I had one identical that I
bought in 2010 but sold in 2012 due to lack of space and money, been looking for one the last
year or so, I had help in the search, well, I say help, more like badly influenced, the pic below
sums up 'the helper' *laughs* !



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This is the old Cabby at Pol 2011.




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After much searching, pondering and scouting overpriced dogs on ebay and unreasonable
sellers we found one down in Bridgewater, Somerset, 500 mile round trip but the seller
was a very genuine backstreet ebay car dealer working out of a caravan.

Managed to grab this quite cheap, VERY tidy motor, the coolant is a bit grim looking, no
signs of HGF but need changing, leccy roof needs a push to get going but works, the old
vinyl roof is very creaky and crispy, no leaks, rips or tears, only a standard model though.




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Plans, well just get it back on the road for now, change the coolant, backbox is a bit rusty
and rattles, roof needs replacing eventually and i'd love to get some Coupe rub strips and a
front bumper but new house makes that something to save up for but just thought i'd share.
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The LIST


JOBS TO DO
MOT - PASSED
Coolant Flush and Change - DONE
Battery (Old one is duff) - FITTED
Insurance None
Tax SORN
Suspension is very soft, full replacement
Swap Alloys - (Addendums hopfully) - Streetwise 16" 5 Spokes Acquired - FITTED
Towbar - FITTED
AUDI RS3 Heated Leather Seats fitted (Already own from an old project)
Tidy up the badly filled hole on the rear drivers side quarter.
Full Respray



ENGINE

1.8 Turbo Swap - (Engine Purchased)
MEMS3 Upgrade - (Auto ECU Acquired)
160 VVC Inlet Manifold - (Got already)
135 Cams (I will collate with K-MAPS about fitting these) - (Not fitting them, they will go to another project)
52mm Throttle Body - FITTED




PARTS TO ACQUIRE

Stainless Back Box
New Roof - (Tidy second hand roof Acquired)
Windbreak
Illuminated Ignition Barrel and Key




PARTS ACQUIRED


New front and rear shocks (Sports suspension from DMGRS as it was cheaper than OEM)
Rear 18mm Anti-roll bar from Rimmers
Rear ARB Clamps (Powder Coated 2nds from MGF'n'TF Bits, they are the same as an MGF)
Rear ARB Links
Rear Strut Brace (New from Dark Ice Designs, it is for an MGZS but it fits the R8)
Front 25mm ARB, Links, Mounts and Bolts
New Front Foglights
Coupe Front and Rear Bumpers
Mumby Developments PG1 Linkage Refurb Kit
1.8 Turbo Engine
Spare Turbo Loom
Coupe Colour Coded Side Rub Strips (x6 sections)
Streetwise 16" five Spoke Alloys
Rear Leather Seats
Dark Cabriolet Interior Door Cards and Quarter Panels
MEMS3 1.8 Automatic ECU to except the MAP Sensor off the 75/ZT
OMP Strut Brace
Second Hand Roof
Dark Ice Designs Yellow Fuse Box Cover


Will add more as time goes by.




UPDATED: 02/05/19
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Re: The ROVER-CX8 Cabriolet Project

#2 Post by 1234dist » Wed May 04, 2016 8:55 pm

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Re: The ROVER-CX8 Cabriolet Project

#3 Post by ROVER-25X » Wed May 04, 2016 11:00 pm

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#4 Post by ROVER-25X » Fri May 06, 2016 9:38 pm

Put it in for an MOT yesterday, car has been laid up since September asides the trip to bring it
home, passed with one advisory for a tyre, VERY happy with this, it also has a battery that holds
its charge so ready to get it insured. :D

Before setting off to go I put a bottle of Holts Rad Flush in the coolant bottle ready for the fresh
OAT that should be arriving by at least Monday, get the nasty stuff out.
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Re: The ROVER-CX8 Cabriolet Project

#5 Post by Vulgalour » Mon May 09, 2016 9:45 pm

Looking forward to seeing updates on this one as you go, it looks like a really good starting point.
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#6 Post by ROVER-25X » Thu May 12, 2016 11:05 pm

Well its fully on the road now, took a trip to 1234dist Towers on a rainy Tuesday, weather held up
the coolant swap but the car was a dream to drive there and back, got stuck in the M56 traffic
heading home and it was stop start for about 25 mins but the fan kicked in when it should so no
stat issues.

The roof was very lethargic upon purchase but not the pump makes noises like it is struggling and
the roof now needs assistance to close, myself and dist are pondering if it is either a matter of old
hydraulic fluid loosing its effectiveness or a cog/impeller problem like on the Escort Cabby Roof
pumps, its quite possible that they used the same units, does anyone know if Karman did the roof
work on the Rover Cabby ?

I also need to sort the suspension out, the car feels like its made of jelly and drives like its on
custard, asked about for some ZR struts as a replacement.
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Re: The ROVER-CX8 Cabriolet Project

#7 Post by ROVER-25X » Thu May 19, 2016 1:12 pm

Things were going so well. :bored




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#8 Post by 1234dist » Thu May 19, 2016 1:22 pm

#checkyourwaterregularkids :slapme

Ah well, no excuse but to rip it apart and fix it all :thumbup

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#9 Post by ROVER-25X » Thu May 19, 2016 9:40 pm

Tis but a scratch.........................water pump sized scratch. :tt2
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#10 Post by 1234dist » Thu May 19, 2016 10:04 pm

easy fix, i have a spare water pump for your car if you need it

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#11 Post by ROVER-25X » Sun May 22, 2016 5:40 pm

I have upgraded the interior light on my Cabby, I did this mod to my old
Cabby but I left it in for the new owner, in a nut shell the Cabriolet has
a bespoke interior light unit compared to the other cars in the R8 range,
of course it is out of the 'Longbridge Parts Bin' as it is usually fitted in
90's Land Rover's.





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When I got my first Cabby the blank plate intrigued me as it looked like it was
used for something else, a quick search for 'rover interior light' on ebay found a
unit with a Map Light function, they are handed so the map light will face left
or right, if your fitting one to a Cabby then it will face forwards or back, I got
one just, well, because, handy for a rear passenger though.



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Replacement is easy if you recline the drivers seat, carefully pop off the lens
and it is held in by two black Phillips screws.



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Comparison photo.



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As you can see the new light unit is plug and play but I did have to extend the wires as
it is a bit tight inside but it didn't take too long to do.



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While it was out I upgraded mine with a warm white LED panel, much more
brighter than the conventional festoon bulb, I also put a 6w halogen bulb in
the map light part, the halogen bulb has offset pins but it will go in.

The map light operates from its own switch like the override switch on the
standard light.



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I fitted the wrong LED panel at first, it was a cool white unit but still good.



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This is a pointless mod to just get a small additional light that will be seldom
used but hay, I was bored *laughs*, but if you are interested in doing it yourself then
check out the guide thread.

LINK: http://www.rover200.org.uk/forums/viewt ... =20&t=9769
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#12 Post by ROVER-25X » Sun May 22, 2016 7:23 pm

Check out the engine repair and upgrade thread ! :D

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#13 Post by ROVER-25X » Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:44 am

Quick update, I painted up the cam cover plate and the battery clamp while they were out,
they got wire brushed with the heavy duty wooden handled jobby and then the drill came
out, they got de-greased and coated in red oxide before a couple of coats of satin black,
this is no show car but I just like tinkering. :D





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I then attempted to fit my towbar, never fitted one before, how hard could it be ? :S

Well not too hard but the instructions in my opinion were not correct, there are two tapped
holes by the towing eye that you drill out to 11mm then make the boot hole skin side 21mm,
what is should have said is drill a 5mm hole into the tapped holes so that the hole cutter has
a pilot hole to guide it, this was just the start of my problems though.

The rear plate was easy to mount and drill out, it uses the rear axle holes, this should be
done first then the hole towbar should be offered upto the front towing eye which it sits in
then drilled, I have proper mullered the boot floor and rather than make it worse I just used
3 bolts not four, should be ok, shouldn't it ? :glare




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Rain stopped play for the day, all I need to do is wire up the plug and put underseal all over the place.



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#14 Post by 1234dist » Thu Jun 16, 2016 6:49 am

:o

you are going to need more than that thin metal to hold a tow bar :S
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#15 Post by ROVER-25X » Thu Jun 16, 2016 11:31 pm

It has spacers mate in between the inner and outer skin.
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