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Discussion in 'Welcome' started by Hobby, May 13, 2018.

  1. Hobby

    Hobby Member

    After reading that other thread about ringed cars for new owners I'm rather worried about posting this thread in case I find out something I don't really want to about my latest purchase! I've always had a soft spot for P6's since I travelled from Glasgow to Bristol in the early 80s in an old 2000, lovely smooth ride and very comfy in the back, so finally after many years I've managed to get my hands on one and here it is.


    I'm sure some of you will recognise it as it was owned at one point by a P6 Rover Owners Club member and lived in Worcester just down the road from where I am though it started life on the road in Loughborough according to the Service History Book it came with and has got around the Midlands since! For those not sure it's a 2200 SC Auto in Lunar Grey (were the people in BL's paint shop colour blind as it looks a light green to me?!

    It behaved itself on the way home yesterday but when we got to the rally today the front nearside wheel was a bit hot however it cooled down and we got it home and I took off the wheel and found that the brakes were binding on so I recon either a new caliper or, hopefully, freeing that one off...
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  2. harveyp6

    harveyp6 Well-Known Member

    Looks good, although some would say a towbar on a 2200 auto is a triumph of hope over expectation..;)
  3. rockdemon

    rockdemon Administrator Staff Member

    Welcome to the forum :)
    Your brake binding problem may be the white part of the brake servo. It has a little spring in there which can give up. You can get a kit to refresh with a kit from wins... You may find it cheaper elsewhere though.

  4. Hobby

    Hobby Member

    No intention of using the towbar! Though I expect it could have pulled a Sprite Alpine of the same vintage, though, I used to tow one with a Maestro 2.0D at one point, if that could do it so could this, the torque figures for it would indicate it should be able to tow OK...

    I haven't got a manual yet, so not sure why the servo issue would only affect one side? Hence I was thinking stuck piston in the caliper... Also who are Wins, please?
  5. harveyp6

    harveyp6 Well-Known Member

    Servo faults will affect all wheels.

    Wins International. See link below.

    Rover P6
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  6. Hobby

    Hobby Member

    That's what I thought... Thanks for the link, now bookmarked!
  7. harveyp6

    harveyp6 Well-Known Member

    Hopefully it's just a pad tight in the caliper.
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  8. rockdemon

    rockdemon Administrator Staff Member

    Good point - you're right... I'll go back to trying to fix the hot tub :D
  9. chrisw

    chrisw Well-Known Member

    Looks fine to me. And Lunar Grey was always a light green colour.. just blame it on BL ;)

    The later cars were often made to appear earlier for the free road tax, after it was held at 25 years for so long. But yours is October 1974, right? So looks perfect for the age..

    Towbars are always useful, even on Autos. Small trailers, but mostly cycle carriers could often be found on them. They will tow though - as long as you're prepared to use the gears going up and down hills.

    Looks like you have a very nice purchase there :)
  10. Hobby

    Hobby Member

    Yep, the "passport" shows the PDI taking place on 10/10/74.
  11. Hobby

    Hobby Member

    Quick question, it's got a small red rocker switch just to the right of the steering wheel above the glove compartment, you can see it on the photo of the steering wheel/dash on this car advert. What's it for?

    1975 ROVER P6 2200 SC AUTO GREEN

    Also has anyone got a spare 2200 Handbook, I've found mine's missing pages 18 to 47! Or able to copy said pages?!

    Thanks, Blair
    Last edited: May 19, 2018
  12. PeterZRH

    PeterZRH Well-Known Member

    Rear screen heater. Replaced the pull switch in '74
  13. Hobby

    Hobby Member

  14. Hobby

    Hobby Member

    Well we've finally sorted out the braking problem and it is worth saying what caused it as it's quite unusual.

    The nearside front brakes were binding which was causing it to pull to the right and the nearside front wheel to get hot. Initially we replaced the front calipers and pads, the discs looked ok but the pistons weren't working. Taking it out for a 20 mile test drive showed that the problem hadn't gone away and it still pulled to the right.

    The car went back into the garage and in the meantime I spoke to Tony Ryalls who, at the time couldn't think of anything we hadn't already thought of! Later in the day I had a call from the garage saying that they think they've found the issue, the nearside front brake hose was perished and stopping that brake caliper working correctly and that they'd ordered a new one. First thing the next morning Tony phoned me saying he'd spoken to other people and they had suggested it was a duff brake hose! Great minds think alike, eh!

    Anyhow, the long and short of it was that they've replaced the hose and now it stops in a straight line, all I have to do is take it out for a longer drive than the few miles I did today, but it looks promising, touch wood!
  15. corazon

    corazon Well-Known Member

    It’s actually surprisingly common.
    When brake hoses collapse internally they can act as one way valves, retaining the fluid behind the piston and forcing the pads against the disc.

    Because they are a cheap consumable, they should really be considered /suspected early on in brake diagnosis

    Happy to hear a good result though!
  16. The Rovering Member

    The Rovering Member Well-Known Member

    Towbar = Parking sensor.
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