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  1. amcdonald

    San Diego Carlsbad Cars and Coffee

    Weekly gatherings show up a varied sprinkling of Rover friends, many of which you are not often going to see with Rovers........
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    Surging, when cold

    Hello Fresh from achieving smoother running victory installing a new coil and thermostat (88degrees if I recall) on my Federal 2000TC, I now have the next thing on the list to solve - putting to one side for a moment that I neglected to set the handbrake adjustment when installing rear calipers...
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    Rough from cold - Thermostat?

    Hi Well my Federal 2000TC does not get too many miles put on but lately it’s really been horribly rough. Usually I put it down to inability to tune it up at my skill level, despite all the attempts over the years but I noticed that the temp needle is struggling to get out of the blue. It’s...
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    Front Spring Boing

    Hello When I come up the driveway for example and make a turn up the hill leading to some longer than normal driving spring travel there is a springy boinging noise that comes from the front (although not currently as the engine is removed). I have attached some pics and I wonder if anyone has...
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    I love the California DMV

    Maybe I am the first to say that, ever. At the risk of gloating a bit here is what I just received not long ago for the princely sum of about $30 a year or something.
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    NADA 3500S Might be for Sale

    Hello I have a 3500S (LHD) that is here in San Diego. It is a project that might have to be sacrificed. The unpleasant part of that (for me) is that it has a $7000 paint and body job completed. The car is free of rust as you might expect for the location and has some nice black seats and Magnum...
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    TC in SD, CA

    Not super common round these parts: 1969 ROVER TC2000 CLASSIC
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    Curved V8 Bonnet Badge

    Hello I have had two holes where the badge should be for too long. Really would like to cover them over! Actually I stupidly threw old old one away thinking that I would just get a new one. Hmmm. Thanks Adrian
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    Rear Springs Needed

    hello Can anyone recommend a source for a pair of springs for 2000TC. I had some bad experiences on this topic in the past with rears (too wide did not fit properly - needed the angle grinder to shave down to fit into cup) and fronts (no flat end so don't sit right and make a lovely boinging...
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    NADA TC on I5 in Del Mar California Magstar Wheels

    Hello Just as I got my own 2000TC back on the road, if only on Sundays, my wife snapped this one traveling North up away from San Diego. She did not gesticulate or otherwise harass the driver for fear of being determined as a nutcase. I have never seen one on the road in the USA except mine in...
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    RPMs versus MPH Mystery

    Hello In what might be my first post since the early days of the Obama presidency, I have managed to dust off the cobwebs but one mystery remains as it was then. I have a 2000TC "ornament" that I bought with 31k miles on it. Now, I am starting to rack up the miles as I am storming up on 32k...
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    Colourtune Diagnostics - or not

    Hello OK, so cylinder #1 shows a splashy, quite erratic and non steady flashing. Cylinder #4 (of 4) is quite steady without the erratic flashing and irregularity in brightness, in terms if the color and flash pattern. A can't get it to idle unless it's rich (HS8), but I don't think that is...
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    Hello On the front passenger side of my 3500S nada, on which I replaced the ball joints and springs, I notice a noise when the wheel gets deflected up (such as when driving up a ramp fast ish) that is boingy in nature. Just a little boing when the wheel goes up or down too in the reverse of...
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    Rough Running - What Next?

    Hello Apologies as this is pretty basic level stuff. Without much skill in the tune-up department, I am struggling to get my NADA3500S going. Well, it goes but badly. The power is really poor, but it is smooth at idle - especially compared to the 2000TC I am more used to. The symptom is a sort...
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    BW35 Fluid Level

    My NADA 3500 came with a pretty nasty gearbox dipstick enhancement with the aforementioned coming up into the passenger side footwell to drip on the carpet upon inspection. I chopped it off, plugged the hole, and replaced it with just the bottom portion of the dipper stick accessible from...
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    Curved V8 Bonnet Badge

    Like an idiot I threw mine away. I need an excellent condition one of these, or maybe just a replacement I can have refinished. Anyone have these? I would need the insert plugs too.
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    2000TC San Diego

    Here at the British Car Day recently. Bonus: The new wire wheels stayed on.
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    S2 Waist Trim Fixing - or not

    Hello I have some new black clips for fixing my side strips back on - eventually - and the first door that I did is terrible. The trim piece rattles around and slides about, and it appears like the clips are rather small. If you went over a bump too vigorously it might even fall off. I actually...
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    Magstars Maybe back to UK

    Hi I have 4 good Magstars, reprainted and nicely shiny on the metal. I am thinking of bringing them with me back to the UK early next year to maybe eBay them. But if anyone has a hankering for these unusual beasties then that might push me over the edge and definitely bring them back. One in...
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    Welded Sill Repair

    Hello I had the front rotten part of the inner sill repaired and I looked at the early finished car and the repaired section is still open on the inside, the 90deg angled repair piece that was used was left with a pathway for water to get out (or in!). This surprises me, should it be sealed up...
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    How low is too low - oil psi

    OK. So go for a little spin and get everything warm. Stop at a traffic light. How low does the oil pressure need to go before one might expect trouble, ie catastrophe? 3500S NADA style. I am green when cold, but hot it is looking ropey :( 108k so not an entirely surprising situation but...
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    S2 Side Strips

    Hello On my next trip back to in April I need to pick up a set of NOS or excellent condition S2 side strips as the last set I bought got bent in transit :( Anyone got any?
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    Collapsible Spacer Collapsing

    Hi What happens if the wheel bearing spacer is not crushed adequately upon refit. I had sub par work bench facilities and I don't think I got one of them enough. Of course subsequently using the fishing scales and string was not a precision calibration procedure.... Obviously, it is not...
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    Wanted: Set of proper door seals

    Hello After ditching the repro stuff, I am still needing a set of door seals to get that marvelous Rover clunk back. I had the 1500psi required slam, now I have the half inch air gap again. Please had anyone got any fr
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    NADA Electric Window Switches

    Hello I heard that the window switches used on the NADA3500S were standard issue parts from a common US manufacturer, used on cars over here. Like a Chevy something or other. True or false? If true, any clues? Cheers