Dutch Rover 2200TC

Did you take the engine out without the gearbox? I took out the engine of my 2200tc a couple of times but always with the gearbox and the rearend of the car jacked up. I think it is a pain to get the gearbox of the engine if it is in the car....
 
Took the engine out without the gearbox. Reason being: the car was in such a cramped space that it was nearly impossible to jack up the rear to be able to rotate the propshaft to undo the bolts. It'll come out later, as the entire gear-linkage system will need refurbishing. :)
 
Thanks for the reply! Progress is slow, a lot slower than I would like. But life's getting in the way, as they say... Busy job, moving into a new appartment, too many other hobbies, no unlimited funds etcetera. We'll get there in the end! :)
 
As I just mentioned, in july, progress is slooooow...

Good news however. My parents moved to a house with a much bigger garage. This means there's room for a Rover, next to my dad's Lotus. :cool:

We'll move the car early-mid january. In february I have two weeks off (left over holidays, I'm changing jobs) which I will use to start work on the Rover. The plan is to firstly check the wiring (my headlights don't work) and fit a new, modern fusebox. This is a nice, clean job which I can easily pull of inside the car. At the same time I'm going to ship over my shifting-linkage to get it refurbished. When that's done, it's time to dig into the engine. After that it's the brakes and fitting my new interior.

Only four-ish jobs on my to-do list, peanuts!:Do_O
 
The Rover has been moved! Went way better than expected. No seized up brakes, all tyres still had some air in them (who would've thought that) which means it was easy-peasy getting it out of the garage box. Had some help of my dad and younger brother, and hired a bloke with a proper trailer. :cool:

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It's sitting nice and dry within my dad's garage right now. It's on 'auto movers' which makes it possible to push the car around on your own, bloody handy. :D

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The first thing I'm going to do is give a quick clean. After that, it's time to poke around with a screwdriver to see if the floor has held up. It should have, as I had it fully done a couple of years ago. If it has any serious rot, I'm going to have to reconsider this project. Or learn how to weld. :rolleyes:;) The car has gotten me a bit worried since all 4 doors have rotten out bottoms, and there are some signs of rust on the 'wheel arch' you can see behind the rear doors. Don't remember it being this bad, but it could be rose-tinted glasses. As long as there are no structural problems, I'm happy for now. New doors and a respray can be done in a couple of years.

When there are no serious rust issues I'm turning my attention to fitting a new fusebox, which will hopefully sort the electrics out (no headlights at the moment). After that I can look into the engine and brakes. The brakes work fine, I just want to replace everything rubber on it, better safe than sorry on the braking system! And fit new brake pads. And perhaps fit new discs. And perhaps new callipers... And... Haha!

I will keep you posted!
 
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Oh dear me...

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Nothing wrong with a bit of ventilation. But I prefer just looking at the top of my carpet, not the underside.

Turns out my car has a couple of rust spots, of which this one is the worst. It's the footwell of the drivers side (left side in this case) where there's a hole about 10x4cms. The standing edge is gone on 2-3cm as well.

Apart from that some bad spots in front of the front wheels (are these structural points...?) and one tiny hole in one of the sills.

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Gotta give myself a good scratch on the head for this one. Perhaps a good oppurtunity to learn how to weld?:(:rolleyes:
 
I'd definitely recommend learning to weld. Plenty of advice available on the forum about best equipment, etc. It's not as daunting as it might sound, and makes everything repairable!
 
It is a very satisfying thing to do. You actually repair something - from a rust hole to new shiny metal. Do not buy the cheapest machine. I bought my 160A welder almost 30 years ago for around 700€ (secondhand) and still use it often. Never regretted the buy. My brother is using it now for repairing the rust on his TR4 (needed a new LH floor, sills, repairing A and B posts). He had never really welded before but is doing quite good.

That said, my P6b being almost rust free was a deal breaker to get it!
 

Demetris

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If you want to, i am sure that you can learn to weld, but if you decide to go down this route, spend a little more for a decent machine. It will make your life easier, and the results significantly better.
 
Welding is not so hard, there are plenty of videos on you tube to help you. The biggest thing is to make sure any flammable items especially fluff stuck to the paint from the underlay is properly removed as this will ignite instantly, as i found out when i set fire to my first P6 back in 1981. Always best to have a fire watcher with you if you can.
 
It is a very satisfying thing to do. You actually repair something - from a rust hole to new shiny metal. Do not buy the cheapest machine. I bought my 160A welder almost 30 years ago for around 700€ (secondhand) and still use it often. Never regretted the buy. My brother is using it now for repairing the rust on his TR4 (needed a new LH floor, sills, repairing A and B posts). He had never really welded before but is doing quite good.

That said, my P6b being almost rust free was a deal breaker to get it!
I already had quite extensive rust repair done on my car. Both sills and part of the floor have been changed around 2011. This is why I was hoping to find nothing major and this news kinda s*cks! So I can fully understand finding a rust free car was a must for you. The good news? The sills are solid with some minor surface rust, only one tiny hole halfway down the drivers side.

Thanks for the replies you guys, very reassuring! :)

After spending a couple of days letting it ease in, I'm leaning towards learning how to weld. It's something that's been on my 'want to learn it'- list for some time anyway. What time will be a better oppurtunity than now? ;)
 
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