Once again a Rover man

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Once again a Rover man

Postby Geoffrey » Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:16 am

In 1963 my first car was a Rover 12, to be followed by a P3 60 when a Bentley smashed into the 12 killing it. I have very fond memories of these reliable, stylish, comfortable cars. Later on I drove a 95 and in my middle years an SD1 as a company car. About 6 weeks ago I bought a 1947 12. The car is running but has a few mechanical issues and looks cosmetically tired. I am enjoying getting to know it with more seasoned mechanical eyes than the teenager back in 1963.

I am mainly a motorcycle man but most of them have had to be ejected from the garage under covers to make room for the Rover, which is sitting there with its wings off waiting for the radiator to be recored.

Geoff
1947 Rover 12
1952 Sunbeam S8
Norton International Special
1947 Norton 16h plus Watsonian Monaco sidecar
1961 Royal Enfield Meteor Minor
2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan
1999 P38 Range Rover
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Re: Once again a Rover man

Postby GOY189 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:46 am

Welcome back!
Best to make sure that the Radiator firm fit a new core the exact height of the old core, not higher. Otherwise the rad cap will ride too high and cause endless frustration when the front end is reassembled. On the production line, the wings and rad shell were loosely assembled off the car and lifted on as a unit. Once aligned (by shaking according to the report in Motor), bolts were tightened up.

Hope this helps
Mike
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Re: Once again a Rover man

Postby Geoffrey » Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:42 pm

Thanks for your advice Mike. Unfortunately a bit late. I will however ring the guy tomorrow. But as it has been with him now 3 weeks I suspect he may have done it by now. I suppose rather naively perhaps, I assumed that they would make sure the external dimensions of the repaired radiator would be the same as before because clearly it has to fit within its original frame work.

Geoff
1947 Rover 12
1952 Sunbeam S8
Norton International Special
1947 Norton 16h plus Watsonian Monaco sidecar
1961 Royal Enfield Meteor Minor
2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan
1999 P38 Range Rover
Geoffrey
 
Posts: 22
Joined: Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:19 pm
Location: Tunbridge Wells area


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