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Coupe Number 3. Do I need Help?

Post by conductorwomble » Thu Dec 24, 2015 6:18 pm

Hello all,

I picked up another Coupe from Essex yesterday. I spotted it a few days after buying the 1.6 K Series and, having spent nearly a year looking for that particular engine/colour/trim combination without success, I'm afraid I uttered a few VERY RUDE words!

If anyone on here was interested in it, please accept my apologies.

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As is to be expected, there is fair bit of work required. The worst is the welding required where the leading edge of the rear wheel arches meet the sills..

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The black roof panel also needs urgent attention.

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There are also a few of the usual scratches.

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At some stage the interior needs some work as well. The leather on the driver's seat needs treating, a stain removed and a small hole repaired.

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Another gaiter required!

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The original (tatty) steering wheel has been replaced, although I might try to replace the MG logo with the original middle part.

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The usual leak from the Targa roof is evident, so I've taken out the nearside glass section (replaced with a spare) and taken off the bits ready to sort them out.

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Post by Monster Hunter » Sat Dec 26, 2015 1:15 am

How much did you pay??
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Post by conductorwomble » Sat Dec 26, 2015 7:50 am

Morning H. I paid a grand for it. I wasn't going to haggle. It's a pity I only saw it a few days after I bought the 1.6 though. I did consider selling the 1.6, but the last two years have reminded me that you're only here once and, as a female colleague pointed out recently, "if you can afford it, follow your heart"! I hope that doesn't seem selfish.

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Post by Davva » Sun Dec 27, 2015 11:55 am

conductorwomble wrote:.. but the last two years have reminded me that you're only here once and, as a female colleague pointed out recently, "if you can afford it, follow your heart"! I hope that doesn't seem selfish.
Not selfish at all, if all the bills are paid and the family is looked after there are far worse things to spend your money on.
And unlike beer, fags etc you have something to show for it.

'You are here only once' just about sums my year up, and when funds allow I'll be looking for a long term project ;) .
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Post by conductorwomble » Sun Dec 27, 2015 4:35 pm

Thanks Dave!

Another question for you. I've been cleaning one of the targa roof panels and have found these marks around the fittings on the outside.

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I've tried polishing them out with both glass polish and gently with T cut without success. The surface is quite rough, almost as though it's scratched. Can anyone suggest how to remove the marks, or will I just have to live with them?

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Post by Simon Hunt » Sun Dec 27, 2015 5:24 pm

I had something like this when I did mine. I think it was residue left from the previous rubber seals where they were in contact with the glass. Think I got rid of mine with lighter fluid and a very sharp scaple and a light touch and a lot of patients.
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Post by conductorwomble » Sun Dec 27, 2015 6:22 pm

Thanks Simon, I'll try that then. I wonder if Dad has an old razor blade. The trouble is I don't smoke. Perhaps any solvent will do, or even gentle heat from a hair dryer. That certainly worked very well on several old, brittle stickers in the 1.6. I will report back!

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1998 1.8 VVC - Tahiti Blue/Red Piccadilly & Leather
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Post by kevinwillis » Mon Dec 28, 2015 12:45 pm

To the question do you need help the answer is

YES

I will send you some more for sale links ;)

Between use we could corner the sector.


Apart from the normal requirement it looks like a good one :D

Will you be going to the same body shop this time?

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Post by conductorwomble » Mon Dec 28, 2015 9:07 pm

Hi Kevin.

Yes, I thought I did.

Don't you dare!

Probably.

I am quite pleased with it.

It really depends on how they sort out the outstanding issues, although to be fair they generally did a good job with the repairs. I will have to have a look at the apparent boot misalignment on 'Robbie' first.

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Post by conductorwomble » Fri Jan 01, 2016 9:36 am

Morning all. Another quick update before I leave for work.

I've removed the marks on the one targa top panel with a new hobby knife blade I found, even if it did take a long time! It was finished off with a very small amount of T-Cut. Unfortunately, I made a right mess with the black sealant, so I might try the bicycle inner tube method on the next one!

Two lines of the heated rear window isn't working. I've had a quick look online and the Frost Fighters repair kit seems to have good reviews. Has anyone any views on this?

Finally, the gear lever is very loose, although there no apparent problem with the gear change. From what I can gather, it's probably worn bushes. Is that easy to fix and what parts do I need? I can't seem to find anything on the Rimmers site, or is it just me being fick again?!

Nick

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1998 1.8 VVC - Tahiti Blue/Red Piccadilly & Leather
1998 1.8 VVC - Nightfire Red/Red Piccadilly and Leather
2004 Rover 75 Connoisseur CDT - Firefrost (Ex Rover Press Demonstrator)

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Post by Davva » Fri Jan 01, 2016 3:21 pm

conductorwomble wrote: Two lines of the heated rear window isn't working. I've had a quick look online and the Frost Fighters repair kit seems to have good reviews. Has anyone any views on this?
Not used it myself, but years ago I remember Dad used it on one of Mums cars and it looked a real state, personally I'd leave it alone weighing up the times you use the heated window compared to not.
conductorwomble wrote: Finally, the gear lever is very loose, although there no apparent problem with the gear change. From what I can gather, it's probably worn bushes. Is that easy to fix and what parts do I need? I can't seem to find anything on the Rimmers site, or is it just me being fick again?!

Nick
James' thread may help : viewtopic.php?f=4&t=31656
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Post by conductorwomble » Fri Jan 01, 2016 6:23 pm

Thanks Dave. I might do some more research on the heater element. Also thanks to James for that excellent write up. If I can rope in my brother as a backup, I might pluck up courage to have ago at the bushes!

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1998 1.8 VVC - Tahiti Blue/Red Piccadilly & Leather
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Post by Monster Hunter » Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:36 am

Gear linkage, there are several different ones you can buy,and fairly easy to do, I did like James set up, but I do not like cutting things off lol,Graham ram raider had a similar one that I fitted on his, and mine needs doing, the roof glass, that's simple I have used inner tube cut out and easy to do, or you can get the seals brand new again simple to do, the rear element, you can get a silver brush paint, again effective,,
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Post by conductorwomble » Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:52 am

Thanks H. I think I've sussed the right method for me to sort out the targa top. After cleaning everything, I cut out the seals from the inner tube, making them slightly smaller to allow for expansion when the screws are tightened. The first attempt lead to the rubber being squeezed out too far from under the caps. After carefully masking the glass and caps (extremely tedious), I carefully smeared some clear sealant around the edges. So far, so good.

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1998 1.8 VVC - Tahiti Blue/Red Piccadilly & Leather
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Post by conductorwomble » Sun Feb 28, 2016 3:40 pm

Another couple of problems with this one. I was going to take it to work yesterday, but it wouldn't start!

There appeared to be no power at all. No ignition or alarm lights and it had to be opened with the key, despite a new battery being fitted a couple of weeks or so ago. When I opened the bonnet, the positive lead was loose, but after tightening it up, still nothing despite the green light on the battery showing. With that, I gave up and took the 75!

This morning I had another look, but still nothing. This time, there was a suggestion of movement of the temperature gauge and a very faint flashing of the alarm light. Bruv suggested and run the jump leads from the other new battery I bought for the 1.6 and it fired first time! Just a duff battery?

I will take the battery back to the supplier for testing.

Also, a wire (the orange one) from a sensor (?) attached to the top of the engine appears to be hanging on for dear life! What is it and do I need to get that sorted?

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1997 1.6 SE K Series - Platinum Silver/Grey Piccadilly & Velour
1998 1.8 VVC - Tahiti Blue/Red Piccadilly & Leather
1998 1.8 VVC - Nightfire Red/Red Piccadilly and Leather
2004 Rover 75 Connoisseur CDT - Firefrost (Ex Rover Press Demonstrator)

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