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    Re: New member, first time Rover owner - 1987 RRC

    Having 4 doors you already offended the purists.

    Admittedly it would not have been my first choice, but I suppose it has certain Scottish flair.

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    Re: New member, first time Rover owner - 1987 RRC

    Quote Originally Posted by JS5D View Post
    Having 4 doors you already offended the purists.

    Admittedly it would not have been my first choice, but I suppose it has certain Scottish flair.
    I'll have to buy a Highland dress to wear while I drive.


    After replacing the AC drier, and line from the drier to junction, we found one more (hopefully) tiny leak in the line from the evaporator to condenser. The line finally arrived from across the pond.




    I was also tired of people coming into my lane while playing on their phones and not hearing my friendly toot of the horn, so I installed a Stebel Nautilus using the factory mounting location on the passenger side. Boy is it louder, but has a nice higher-pitched tone.


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    Re: New member, first time Rover owner - 1987 RRC

    it is for that reason, I have tapped into my air suspension and wired a set of truck air horns. it does get people to attention rather quick.

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    Re: New member, first time Rover owner - 1987 RRC

    Interesting thread nice work.
    How easy was it to get the headlining out without damaging anything? I have the saggy tents and its around £300.00 Uk to sort but I often wondered how easy it is to do yourself?
    89 Vogue SE = sold, with a tear in my eye want it back!
    98 HSE = sold, good riddance.
    03 Vogue = sold but not bothered
    now 93 EFi = I like a challenge and a 4.4 TDV8 VSE L322 Stornoway Grey.

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    Re: New member, first time Rover owner - 1987 RRC

    Quote Originally Posted by Range123 View Post
    Interesting thread nice work.
    How easy was it to get the headlining out without damaging anything? I have the saggy tents and its around £300.00 Uk to sort but I often wondered how easy it is to do yourself?
    I thought it was simple. The only difficulty I had was reinstalling the rear-view mirror. Removal took maybe 30 minutes.

    This was the site I read before deciding to tackle it myself:
    https://www.rangerovers.net/repairde...headliner.html

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    Re: New member, first time Rover owner - 1987 RRC

    Thanks - I'll give it a go.
    89 Vogue SE = sold, with a tear in my eye want it back!
    98 HSE = sold, good riddance.
    03 Vogue = sold but not bothered
    now 93 EFi = I like a challenge and a 4.4 TDV8 VSE L322 Stornoway Grey.

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    Re: New member, first time Rover owner - 1987 RRC

    Lucky you, you have 'a tent' my '83 headlining had been repaired (but not quite right with some sagging etc). The old lining was reglued and it was a pig to remove. My headliner was in two pieces so easier to remove, but the base material had disintegrated at places so I had to create a lot of glass fiber support to stiffen it up on the top side. Although that went well and it was hard and stiff again, the surface on which to glue to new material was not all that smooth after removing the re-glued old headlining so no I have a nice and strong ceiling bit the surface is pock faced at places.

    Ideally I would have found a new headlining, but in Texas that is impossible and shipping from the UK to the USA not really an option.

    As it happens you never really look up and nobody but me notices it.

    Picture is pre-repair.
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    Re: New member, first time Rover owner - 1987 RRC

    **Congratulations!!!**
    That's a very nice RRC!! Thanks for posting your photos and progress!

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    Re: New member, first time Rover owner - 1987 RRC

    It has been far too long since my last post. My phone was stolen and it took some time grabbing some images off of my backup device. Back in August I continued my sound deadening project:








    I also replaced the ac compressor before a trip to Drummond Island. The ac blows nice and cold now, although as cold as it has been in Michigan, it won't be used for quite some time.







    Random shot of the truck after I used a Chamonix white touch-up pen on the areas where the trim peeled paint:





    Took the pup to get a car wash. This is when i realized how badly the seals are actually "sealing" around the doors and windows. Water just sprays in at certain sections, making for a very surprised dog.


    20181228_204213 by marc_scuiletti, on Flickr




    I had been chasing exhaust leaks for quite some time in the fall, using my shop vac taped to the tail-pipe, blowing towards the engine without the truck running (safer than sucking gas fumes through the other way). I noticed the bulk of the leak was at the manifold, so new gaskets were installed on both sides of the manifold.






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    Re: New member, first time Rover owner - 1987 RRC

    I took my first trip to Drummond Island in Michigan to do some light wheeling. The truck did just fine on the 5 hour drive there and back, and no issues during the trip.











    Progress has slowed due to winter and my garage only fitting a new project.



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    Re: New member, first time Rover owner - 1987 RRC

    On my way to work a month ago, the trans starting slipping. I limped it to a gas station and noticed the pooling of atf beneath the truck. I called a few shops and had it towed for inspection.





    The shop had the original trans removed and inspected within a couple business days and quoted me $3800 for a rebuild. I opted to replace with a working salvage yard trans while I could rebuild the original at home at my discretion. I had the replacement shipped to them within a week, along with a new kickdown cable. Then the truck sat for 3 weeks while the shop prioritized every other customer. I continued calling them for updates and finally they dedicated a mechanic to it. They billed $1970 for the inspection and to install the replacement, which only took 15 hours of labor. 15 hours took them three weeks. Anyways, when i was told it was road tested and ready, i had Emily drop me off to the truck that evening. Once i sat i noticed that the t-case was set to locked. I set to hi and immediately noticed that it was not engaging fully. The t-case slipped into neutral every time I accelerated. I returned to the shop for them to explain the next day that something in the console was preventing engagement. I decided to fix it myself rather than pay someone 95/hour to learn on my truck. I drove home slowly in lo, and within 30 minutes of removing trim and rubber gaiters, had it adjusted properly. The lever was fouling the plate. Now of course i need to source replacement boots as the rubber was completely deteriorated.












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    Your Rover is looking awesome
    You should get some nice drive time with that
    I’m sure it’s a head turner
    im an american i dont speak english

    91 classic..it is now parts

    92 lse... not a bucket of rust

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    Re: New member, first time Rover owner - 1987 RRC

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikieman View Post
    Your Rover is looking awesome
    You should get some nice drive time with that
    I’m sure it’s a head turner
    Thanks for the kind words. It still has a ton of issues that I am chasing. The largest being a pretty decent oil leak somewhere front and high. I was planning on ordering a uv dye to try and trace the source. I think it might be a front main or maybe valley. It would look better if it didn't leak stains every time I park...

    ...then again wherever there is oil, the truck shouldn't rust.

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    Re: New member, first time Rover owner - 1987 RRC

    Give the engine a good cleaning & you should find the leak pretty easy.
    Kevin
    88 RRC "Audrey"

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    Re: New member, first time Rover owner - 1987 RRC

    Quote Originally Posted by KK88RRC View Post
    Give the engine a good cleaning & you should find the leak pretty easy.
    I have done this a few times and seem to still have issues finding it. It is almost like the entire front is coated, maybe coming from behind the main pulley and being whipped onto the oil pump/filter, as well as up high. I thought maybe it was a valley gasket but don't want to throw parts at it. Maybe I can try cleaning and just idling for a few minutes while watching to try and see seepage.

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