Hi all, I'm new to the forum and RRC projects... but seeing as I'm reaching that special mid-life milestone in a few days, I've decided to take on yet another auto related project. All my previous ones have been BMW's which were track related. This is my first foray into RRC builds and I wanted to share some plans/pics and seek some advice for the gurus.
The Rover is a 1995 RRC LWB, white on tan, southern truck with about 175k on her. I picked her up a few weeks ago and brought her back to a fellow BMW/Porsche mechanic/builder. I was pleased to find that after installing a new fuel pump and brake circuit switch she started right up and shifted out of park (all as the PO disclosed)!
My plan is to restore it to a clean, reliable daily driver with a few tasteful upgrades while staying mostly stock. Here's what I have on my list so far and I'd love any feedback on whether the more experienced folks think I'm missing anything, going overboard, etc.
I'm sure that's plenty, but as I said I'm curious to see what others think about order/priority and any tips on hard to find parts.
- Replace engine with remanufactured 4.2 w/ performance cam from Turner Engineering along with all hoses, belts, water pump, etc. (I will keep original engine for posterity and numbers)
- Replace trans with Atlantic British reman
- Refresh suspension with OME medium duty springs and steering dampener, all bushings with blue poly, and also ball joints.
- Compound and polish paint
- Replace upper tailgate frame and opening mechanism as existing is rusted/missing
- Have upholstery headliner redone
- Refinish or vinyl cover wood parts
- Work my way through electrical gremlins (e.g., Driver power seat and window inop, no heater blower - but AC blower works, etc.