My Rover

SydneyRoverP6B

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Took a trip to Graeme Cooper Automotive in the Sydney suburb of St Peters yesterday (Nov 03, 2022) so Ward (workshop manager) could carry out my Rover's registration inspection. In NSW, all cars (not sure about heritage plates, but I expect so) require an annual inspection prior to registration renewal for another year. It is called getting a pink slip, but these days the slip is no longer pink, instead, it is white.
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Erika really liked the ex-Australian Army Land Rover.

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Ward is about to take the Rover for a road test.

Ron.
 

SydneyRoverP6B

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There has been considerable damage to many roads in NSW as a result of the recent flooding across large parts of the state. My Rover suffered a broken headlight from stones thrown up by a passing semi-trailer.
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A hole punched into the O/S outer headlight

The bulb completely shattered, the bottom of the lamp containing all the glass.
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The replacement double filament bulb
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The new Hella H4 ready to refit
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Ron.
 

jp928

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Ron,
Recently one of our Vic members drove up the Newell Highway, (also with MANY potholes) and lost a screen . He had premium cover with RACV, but was advised that a broken windscreen is NOT a 'breakdown', its an insurance issue, call somebody else. I think he was 2 hours south of the nearest Windscreen replacement operation, in Warwick. He was told to call back in 2 weeks, flat out mate!
 
I use plastic dome covers on my lights, which are sealed beams. they have quite a gap to the glass and absorb the impact of quite large rocks. I've stuck to toughened glass windscreens as they can absorb big stones hitting them due to the rubber mounting which causes the laminated ones to crack.
 

SydneyRoverP6B

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Ron,
Recently one of our Vic members drove up the Newell Highway, (also with MANY potholes) and lost a screen . He had premium cover with RACV, but was advised that a broken windscreen is NOT a 'breakdown', its an insurance issue, call somebody else. I think he was 2 hours south of the nearest Windscreen replacement operation, in Warwick. He was told to call back in 2 weeks, flat out mate!
I am not surprised John. O'Brien would be flat out I am sure!

Ron
 

SydneyRoverP6B

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I use plastic dome covers on my lights, which are sealed beams. they have quite a gap to the glass and absorb the impact of quite large rocks. I've stuck to toughened glass windscreens as they can absorb big stones hitting them due to the rubber mounting which causes the laminated ones to crack.
Hi Mike,

Toughened glass rather than laminated :hmm: My Rover's original windscreen was smashed by a stone flicked up by a passing car up near Stroud Road in the late 80s. The screen went white, all those little cubes. Luckily a service station had a plastic replacement that I stuck down with masking tape. Back in Sydney, took it to O'Brien for a laminated replacement, which aside from a few tiny chips is still going well.

I would have thought that big stones would shatter a toughened screen :hmm:

Ron
 
I had a toughened screen go on a Mercedes 207D back in the day. The road disappeared in an instant followed by hasty side window-winding. A handy service station gave me a refuge until the company got a windscreen guy out to me. The gearsticks used to break off in your hand too. :hmm:

I have a laminated screen to fit into my Oxford when l get round to it.
 
Yes Ron it goes against the grain. I used to live on top of the Liverpool range and the road up was unsealed and not dissimilar to the Razorback rd at sofala. with log trucks comeing the other way....I drove a 2000TC with a laminated screen for awhile there and found the rocks kept chipping it and by the time I got to the top (or bottom) the twisting had split it. the V8 with the toughened screen has a couple of tiny chips but hasn't broken. I put it down to the thick rubber mounting allowing the screen to move when something hits it. Bloody messy when they do break though...

Toughened screens are also 'handed'. The area in front of the driver is designed to shatter into larger pieces so you can see through it (in theory).
 

SydneyRoverP6B

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Yes Ron it goes against the grain. I used to live on top of the Liverpool range and the road up was unsealed and not dissimilar to the Razorback rd at sofala. with log trucks comeing the other way....I drove a 2000TC with a laminated screen for awhile there and found the rocks kept chipping it and by the time I got to the top (or bottom) the twisting had split it. the V8 with the toughened screen has a couple of tiny chips but hasn't broken. I put it down to the thick rubber mounting allowing the screen to move when something hits it. Bloody messy when they do break though...

Toughened screens are also 'handed'. The area in front of the driver is designed to shatter into larger pieces so you can see through it (in theory).
It certainly does Mike, but your experiments have shown good results so far, and that is what counts.
I didn't know that the toughened screens are handed, but that does make sense when you think about it.

Ron.
 

Gargo

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Happened to us when on a rally, we had just caught a car, the screen flashed white and fell on our laps. We ended the rally and drove home. There are still mud splatters on the front of the rear view mirror!!!
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We replaced the screen with another toughened screen as it was given to us for free. I still find glass chips in the car, 9 years later.
 

mrtask

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@Gargo – I got hit by a car whilst riding my bike some twenty+ years ago. I bounced off the windscreen before landing upside down in the empty passenger side footwell! Tiny bits of that windscreen are still emerging from my lower back, more than two decades later!
 

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That would be a tad disconcerting :oops:

Ron
While driving through a rather complicated junction in Salisbury, I managed to pull the gearstick out of my Rover 2000TC. Luckily other drivers were very tolerant and patient (not). :rolleyes:

I had no tools and not much time so had to rip the rubber boot out and then ram it back in. It did work which was lucky as I really didn't know anything about cars back in those days. I did learn a few new words though :)
 
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