Rover's Vikingship

Guestbook entries after
01 december 2004

Rover's Vikingship

Previous guestbook entry's 3,1 kB
British marques 18,9 kB
Previous guestbook entry's 3,1 kB


09 january 2005
Harry
URL: http://
Your web resources are great…well-informed, authoritative, intelligent and altruistic. Thank you for all the work you do…you’re far too young -I guess- for a lifetime achievement award so I think I’ll elect you a ‘priceless living treasure.’ Brrrrm-brrrrrrrrrrm,
07 january 2005
James J. Sotiriou
URL: http://www.mg-roverclub.gr
Congratulations for your site... A member from the MG - ROVER Club of Greece www.mg-roverclub.gr
05 january 2005
Barry Meulenkamp
URL: http://
Ziet er strak uit hoor!!! mooie plaatjes en goede technische info. klasse Groet Barry
05 january 2005
Dolf Peters
URL: http://www.amklassiek.nl
I was very pleased to find your site. I've been reading it like a book. It just shows the perfect balance between passion and craftsmanship. My compliments! .... Perfect & leuk dus. Dolf Peeters / autoMotorklassiek / www.amklassiek.nl. En natuurlijk gaat er niets boven V8's...
04 december 2004
Lawson
URL: http://
Good to find such an excellent website - especially with the technical entries which seem to be lacking from the UK websites. I have had several Rover SD1s, mostly Vitesse models, though my current car started life as a 2600S. The car has been in dry storage for its whole life, and has been driven just 130 miles total. Because of this, its condition inside and out is like new - even the nuts and bolts on the underside of the car are still shiny. The car's second owner (Ray at V8 Developments) began a project to turn it into something very special. The purists out there may think it a shame to modify such an original car in as-new condition, but the first thing to go was the drivetrain and engine, as the car was destined to become a V8. To fit larger wheels and tyres, Ray also had the wings modified. The quality of this bodywork is incredible – the wings have been stretched out without any arches or flares, with perfectly radiused wheel arch linings to match. I have attached a couple of pictures to explain. I bought the car as a rolling shell (with competition suspension and Jaguar disks), and set about collecting the parts to finish it off. I now have most things needed, including a Quaife differential in a modified rear axle with different wheel geometry, adjustable trailing arms, poly bushes everywhere, twin brake master cylinders to run front and rear circuits, Cosworth rear brakes, Jaguar front brakes, competition propshaft, new R380 gearbox (which might have to go to be replaced by a Tremec), modified subframe which sets the engine further back and lower in the car, uprated roll bar, and quite a lot of other bits. The engine started life as a V8 Developments 4.6 in my last car, and has been rebuilt again. This time it has been bored and stroked to 5.0 with top-hat liners, steel rods, forged pistons and Wildcat cylinder heads. It has a twin-throttle plenum with suitably ported inlet manifold and big trumpets, with Motec fuel injection. It’s not going to have a wild camshaft, so I’m hoping for perhaps 370bhp, plus another 300bhp of nitrous. At the moment I don’t know what to do about the clutch – or whether the R380 gearbox will last very long! I’ll keep you posted with the project – and maybe reveal the car at Billing in a year or two! Lawson Cars: 1985 SD12600S
23 February
rafael neira marquez
Cars: Volvo 940, Volkswagen Polo (rubbish!)
I´m impressed.This web is sensational! Since I was a child and I saw all those british films with SD1s police cars chasing bad guys,I liked this car. Unfortunately I´m from Spain and the SD1 never was a best seller. Worst of all,the most popular model was the 2400 powered by that dreadful VM Motori Turbo Diesel engine. It´s rare to see a SD1 nowadays. And when you see one, It is usually in a lamentable condition. Not far away from my house there is a 2600 VDP with terrible paint, the dashboard cracked by our marvellous 45-degrees summers, the leather seats are a mess, etc. It´s a pity, but the SD1s are not very well maintained because they aren´t classic cars.(Well,I´m delighted. The word "classic" has a lot of negative connotations to me. It remembers me to MGBs in perfect condition, always clean, and never used, except some sunny Sundays. Cars are meant to be used.) I would like to own a SD1.Perhaps a Vitesse,or a VDP EFI. Better yet,an early 3500. But it´s very hard to find a decent SD1 in Spain. Never mind, one day I´ll buy my SD1 and I´ll win!
Reaction:
I agree!, classic cars should be used and not stored away. I'll hope you find the SD1 of your dreams soon!
17 February
david edwards
Car: rover sd1 vanden plas 3.5 v8
 
14 February
Richard Linger
Cars: 2600 SD1 - 1982; Range Rovers - 1976 and 1990.
Was looking to check sale values as I am selling the SD1 - sadly but I have run out of space.
14 February
Johnny
Car: Rover 825i
 
08 January
james browning
Car: 1995 m reg rover metro 1.1i
URL: http://www.blueriff.co.uk
i want to get hold of some parts to fit on my metro ideally second hand or fairly cheap. im a student and i love my car i want it to look nice with body kits alloys etc but dont want to spend a fortune. Has anyone any ideas
27 January
Mark Jones
Car: none yet. planning an sd1 or landrover lightweight.
great site
08 January
Daniel Wilkie
Car: Rover 214SEi (hopefully will soon have a 220BHP 1.8VVC in it)
URL: http://www.rover200.com
A good site, especially liked the useful info on the K Series engine. Maybe some more links might be useful though...
03 January
Rolf Lindholm
Cars: Rover SDl, P6 3500S. P5b coupe
1979 Rover 3500 manual (1 owner, 28k miles, perfect!)
l have some questions about SDl 2600- 3500. Is there any difference in the breaking systems (masterpump,calipers,disks etc) ,suspension (springs, dampers) radiators and el.systems. Can anyone give me an answer, Email nsan@online.no Reaction:
There are quite some differences between the 2600 and 3500 models. The breaking system doesn't differ between the 2600 and 3500, except the Vitesse which has bigger, ventilated discs with four pot calipers. The springs of the 2600 are a bit stiffer, the rest of the suspension is the same. The radiator of the 3500 is also a bit larger if I am right. Most of the electrics are the same for a 2600 or 3500 except off course the ignition.
13 December
Raymond Greaves
Cars: TVR Chimaera 5 litre
1979 Rover 3500 manual (1 owner, 28k miles, perfect!)
I've signed before (about 2 years ago) but I have to say this site is absolutely amazing. Well done, I really enjoyed it.
03 December
Mark Tatarinoff
URL:http://www.tac.com.au/~tatarinoff
Car: SD1 2600 converted to 3500i
My SD1 is currently an auto and I want to put the 5 speed gearbox (from the 2600) back in the car. Problem: No manual Bell-housing or flywheel. Is it possible to use any of the Rangerover parts. No one in Australia seems to know.
03 December
Hugh Boulter
Cars: P5B - 3.5 litre 1969 Coupe
P6B - 1975 3500 Auto factory air
SD1 - 1985 3500 VDP Auto
Jaguar - 1985 Series 3 4.2 Sovereign Auto
Armstrong Siddeley - 1950 Hurricane DHC preselector 2300cc
Armstrong Siddeley - 1954 Sapphire 6 light preselector 3400cc
Wonderful site with best info I have seen for classic car owners any where. Well done for all your considerable efforts.
I am a member and Director of the Armstrong Siddeley Car Club of Australia and a member of The Rover Owner's Club of NSW Inc.
Reaction:
Thanx for the compliments! You certainly have a nice selection of British automobiles to travel in style!
28 November
Guillaume STUTTER
Car: 2.6 series 2 SD1 Chassis n°298 010
Good job done on this web site. Comment on SD1 straight six blowing exhaust gases through cylinder head gasket is unfortunately confirmed by my 18 years experience with 298 010 ! Straight sixes owners, it is worth paying a visit to the page dedicated to valves clearance adjustment before first attempt.
Reaction:
And you can find that page here.
24 November
Stephen Dytor
Cars: 1979 Mk1 & 1982 VITESSE
Best cars in the world. (even if they do go rusty) I bought my Mark 1 in 1981.
Reaction:
They're the top indeed!, now more than 20 years owning the same car.... not many people who can say that!
19 November
Gary Shaw
Cars: Freelander XEI
Rover SD1 ( 1 of 10 built by Rover Racing In 1980) 4.0 380BHP
Landrover Lightweight V8
Life begins at V8
Reaction:
Yup!!!....especially the SD1 sounds very good.....380bhp...MMmm!
19 November
Mike Barnfather
Cars: Golf Gti and MGB V8 roadster (Fi)
Excellent site, lots of useful info, got the link from the MG V8 site.
07 November
Ray Turner
Car: Rover P6B 4/76
I have been after tech info on the car I am Buying and your site has provided me with a wealth of excellent in depth articles. Thank you for your efforts.
26 October
Patrick
Car:Rover Vitesse 1985
Great Car....
20 October
Andrew Colchester
Cars:1986 3500 SD1 VDP automatic,
Rover 75 2.5 Automatic,
1968 Landrover Series IIA.
Much though I find my V8 SD1 (1986) a delight to drive, I have problems with the automatic cold start, and any advice would be appreciated. My garage tells me that the stepper motors on the carbs are failing, but is it really the stepper motors or the voltage from the thermostat. Can the stepper motors be refurbished?
Reaction:
The stepper motors are more known to fail then the thermostat. Probably a good clean up of the stepper motors helps.
Reaction 1 december from: malcolm ferguson
Re andrew colchester's problem with carb stepper motors. I had the same problem and solved it by changing the carbs to manual choke types ( often it would start on 4cyl, once went for some k's before all eight kicked in . A carb expert told me he had been in England at the S.U factory and had seen 44gal dums of these carbs awaiting repairs and he thought changing them was a good move
17 October
René Winters
Car: Natuurlijk in een Rover SD-1 4.6 (deze auto gaat als de brandweer) toch maar is nog sneller geworden.
Reaction:
Alsof tie nog niet snel genoeg was?!!!!
14 October
Malcolm Ferguson
Car: 1987 SD1 VDP
Triumph 2.5TC
Thank you for your oily page, it seems to have solved my oil pressure problems after going through the oil pump priming trick all is now sweetness and light. Now! if i could find out why my ignition cuts out when a window switch is operated, anyone had that problem? id be delighted to hear from you.
Reaction:
Good to hear our page has been of some help. The electrical problem sounds more intruiging. I guess a methodical approach would be best. There probably is a short circuit somewhere so the best thing would be going through the wiring diagram and measure with an ohm-meter if you can find the spot.
01 October
Erwin Hobbelink
Car:
Een zwarte Rover Mini Cooper 1310 CC bouwjaar 1991
 
01 October
Paul Thompson
Car: 1980 sd-1 3500
I love my Rover but I'am having a hard time getting parts due to the lack of promptness on the behalf of Patrick and Co. at Rovers West eightparts in Tucson.Any other suggestions??? Any help would most definitely be appreciated.
Reaction:
You could try ordering the parts directly in the UK from Rimmer Bros...
http://www.rimmerbros.co.uk/
22 September
Nick Highman
Cars: A persian aqua 1979 sd1, a pangelican white 1982 SE series 2, a moonraker blue SE series 2 and an alpine white 1985 vanden plas
a very informative site, much appreciated.
04 September
Norman
Cars: Well I am in middle of restoring a triumph spitfire with a rover v8 engine in it
question what other diffs can be used on the rover v8 3.5 engine prefer 1 with half shafts thanks no comments at the mo man its looking good
04 September
Phil Bryan
Cars:
Ford Fairmont; Ford Taurus sho; VW Quantum(Passat); Rover SD1(2); Mini
2 kids driving to college, so too many cars.
favorite car: Scimitar GTE - rarest of the rare in usa
Reaction:
Many cars....eeehm, yes! But too many??
The Scimmy is one of my favourites too. Even better I do own one nowadays see this picture.
Scimitar with 3.5 V8 and SD1 with 4.6 V8...Both Fast!!!  18,4 kB
04 September
Scott Richmond
Cars: 1925 9,1970 P6B Estate, 1985 Vanden Plas, 1959 Hillman Husky
URL:
http://www.scottsoldautorubber.com.au
Very good site. Your history is very comprehensive and interesting. When SD1's first came out, I must admit I hated them, and thought they were a great step backward. But when we became a family and the P6 was not big enough, the SD1 beckond. I now love it! Reaction:
Technically I too think they were a step backwards (just being honest, don't kill me for it!) But it just makes them easy to repair and maintain which is a great bonus! I always found them very good looking and loved them since I was a little kid!
03 September
ola
Car: 1985 Rover SD1 Vanden Plas (carby)
My SD1 needs more power! now! Reaction:
In the tuning section you can find lots of info how to get more power
22 August
björn otto
Car: rover 3500 v8 -72
some manuals of my car have been nice to see
16 August
Mark Tatarinoff
Car: 1979 SDX2600 converted to 3500
Great site. More......
13 August
kelly c
Car: Rover 2000 tc
 
04 August
Kevan Yap
Car: ROVER 216 SLi
URL:
http://www.rover.20m.com
I am looking for technical menus/autodata about Rover 216SLi. Any expert knows anything about this car please email me: sportmotor@spreemail.com I would also pay if his infomation is valueable to me. Especially how to tab aftermarket devices(e.g. APEXI SFC) into the senses/ECU wiring diagram.
27 July
Robert Furman
Cars: 1980 ROVER SD1, TRIUMPH TR7 V8, TRIUMPH TR3
Really enjoy your Rover Website. Does anyone have some news on how to find new or rebuilt brake servos for pre 1981 Rover 3500 SD1s? Members might know of a supplier in Europe or used parts suppliers in the UK. Thank You! Robert
Reaction:
You might try the Runcorn centre or Rimmer Bros (See the links page)
25 July
Foxy Fox
Car: Rover P5
Looking for new front wings any ideas
Reaction:
Maybe it's an idea to buy an SD1 to keep the P5 company...:-)
16 July
Ivan Kristiansen
Car: I drive a Rover SD1 3,5l V8 (1985)
URL:
http://www.Ivis.cjb.net
I think this site is a very good, you can find all information you need for a Rover.
Reaction:
Thanx, you've got a nice site, with some awesome bikes.
11 July
Olivier
Cars: I drive a small FORD but have 3 SD1 that will be driven end of the year
I like your site but yesterday it was impossible to enter it ???? Anyway I will visit your site around twice a week for updates ThankX for the site of our favorite car.
Reaction:
Well sometimes tripod can be dreadfully slow indeed! especially when America is awake.....Sometimes I wonder if they ever going to sleep there....
08 July
Paul Hopkinson
Cars: Rover 825i, Rover 827 SLi
Always used to have SD1`s .I`m now convinced I want another!
Reaction:
Hear Hear! However, I must say those 800 series 6-cylinders drive like a dream!
30 June
Deane Mundy
Car:
MGB Roadster 84 mm bore x 96 mm stroke (Torque motor for hillclimbs)using 30/70 70/30 degree 110 degree separation angle camshaft.
URL:
http://www.mg-d.net
Adriaan, I checked out the camshaft selection page and will discuss a new camshaft with my grinder. Excellent tech articles on SU's. I use CS2 needles in my modified throttle shaft 1 1/2" SU's that work as well as the 45 mm DCOE Weber. About to try pair of H6 SU's.
Best regards, Deane
Reaction:
The SU can certainly give very good results!, Weber has a good reputation but a pair of properly set-up SU's can give the same performance and often with lower fuel consumption. Succes with the MG-B!
29 June
Dieter Koennecke
Car:
MGF (1.8i K-Engine)
URL:
http://www.mgf-net.de
Whow !!
Found your description and explanations on the K-Engine very useful. I'll place a link on my technical site ASAP. Also I would like to translate both documents of the K-Engine and VVC to german language if I get your permission. :o)
Keep up your great works.
Cheers from Germany
Reaction:
Good to hear you liked it! After all there's more to Rover than just SD1's!
If you want to translate and use our pages, please feel free, no problem!
27 June
Paul Newman
Car: Rover SD1 3.5 Auto. Or at least I did 'till yesterday.
It is with sad regret that I announce the death of 'White Elephant', the Arum White SD1 Auto from hypothermia (both head gaskets gone, both cylinder heads probably need replacement, and who knows what else went wrong when she went into the red). If you're interested in collecting the rest of her from Cambridge (rolling shell with trip computer, alloys, all electrics, auto gearbox), then email me pronto, else she's down the scrappie.
Tearfully, Paul.
Reaction:
I feel very sorry for the loss of your beloved Elephant... Is an SD1 really that big?? I thought the P5's were the Elephants. Hope you find a replacement soon!
19 June
Frédéric
Cars: Rover SD1 VDP 1986 manual
Rover SD1 VDP 1986 automatic
Thank's for this excellent website... I've got my "automatic SD1" with your adverts. Encore merci !
Reaction:
It's good to hear we could help you finding the right car, Happy Rovering!
11 June
Andrew Webb
Cars: 1980 Rover SD1 - North American market car, manual, rebuilt engine
1977 Lancia Scorpion (Montecarlo)
1995 Plymouth Neon Sport
Very good, informative site. Tech info especially good!
Reaction:
Ah!, The Montecarlo is called a Scorpion in the US......learning every day, :-)
The Montecarlo and the especially the Beta HPE are my Italian favourites.
MAINPAGE SIGN GUESTBOOK

© A3aan June 2001