Remain a pimp always, my friend. You don't need the velvet cape, the cane, or even a big ol' gang of hoes when you have a classic Rolls like that
Ep I know what you mean about niggling issues I'm trying to look the other way here.... Hah
Glad people are still enjoying the thread. I've got a line on some new linkage bits so it looks like that'll be a minor setback
Then it's on to winter interior projects!
and a complete new factory linkage set is on the way!
should clear up some of the other seized up bits that were preventing us from getting it 100% dialed before.
pics, stories, etc to come once it all shows up, probably early next week. got lots of other projects lined up for the shop later this week and weekend.
yeah, while thats fun to read about and see pictures of id much rather be showing you guys pictures of it all cleaned up and outside someplace nice... but we'll get there eventually....
the interior wood redo should be interesting to share shots of. hopefully we can capture the before/after properly to show the difference.
i also had a crazy thought the other day to maybe try painting under the hood myself, but im not sure on how to mask off the rest of the shop to keep overspray from getting on everything else. maybe something to consider while the woodwork is out getting redone...
Plastic sheeting and 1x1's are terrific for building quick and easy paint booths. I did that following a How To in Hotrod Magazine. Worked a treat. Managed to paint a dozen bikes and a couple cars in it before I took it down for winter.
The one end had a box fan for venting and the other end a furnace filter for fresh air minus dust. The side had a simple weighted flap that stayed in place by gravity.
couple shots of the new linkage bits before install...
ive been sick the past couple days but got a bit of energy tonight to get this installed. fairly straight forward installed, just a couple bolts. everything is in the car now but needs to have its final adjustment and tightening, which i didnt get a chance to do.
installed shots dont really show anything, but these are kind of interesting.
the adjustable bit at the bottom of the picture is the one that broke on ours. this one is buttery smooth and can be adjusted by hand, ours was fairly seized up - even more so than i thought after comparing it to this new one.
and just for fun, heres an overview diagram from the shop manual - with the two main adjustment points highlighted (D is the one that broke)
should be all mechanically dialed after this. we already started doing some serious leather treatment this weekend as well, and thats turning out quite nicely
It's like a Rube Goldberg problem. The task is: You must open a pair of throttle valves at the same time using a foot pedal, in as many steps as possible. All it's missing is a bowling ball and an ironing board.
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its like a terrible game of mousetrap
and this is surely the most complicated of the 4 combinations - 3spd RHD/LHD, 4spd LHD/RHD
i had an oh-**** moment when i was looking at the new stuff though, thinking i may not be able to slide that main front/back pivot piece out of the intake manifold (#1 in the diagram) without the manifold being off the car, which would have definitely been a RR move!.. but luckily it slid out the front of the manifold without too much hassle.
looots of updates this weekend...
we got all the idle stuff finally sorted, everything adjusted properly and in spec on the linkage according to the manual. spent most of the afternoon saturday washing/polishing/waxing and BOY what a difference that made.
ill let the pics do the talking...
getting started on some polishing, the oxidation just came right off.
a before/after on the drivers side doors..
aaannd... all done!
im not sure if the pictures really convey the difference enough, as i was taking them from some new angles, but the car looks 100x better than it did in person.
we ran out of daylight saturday night to really take advantage of how good it was looking, but plans were made for some photos on sunday.
and since TCL has seen the great shots of the road tripping silver cloud going through chicago, we thought we'd share some pics over the hood of the silver shadow and the west coast sunset
and to keep it better organized ill reply with a new post with the sunday shots...
so we ended up going all over the place for some shots sunday. this is looking like it might be the last rain-free weekend for quite a while here so we thought wed make the most of it. probably put ~45 miles driving around today, so i guess some progress.
everything seems well mechanically still *knock on wood*...
black/white and color version of all the shots from our day out are in the album here...
i have more to edit still but ill add them in there later...
as far as driving impressions go, ive definitely got a few things to say on that front after spending some time on the open road with it and not trying to shake things down or listening for rattles, but just enjoying the car
the super light steering and touchy brakes really make the thing feel easier to control than it actually ends up being. big car, tall tires, soft suspension, etc means it really doesnt corner like a modern car and that caught me off guard a couple times. couple that with the RHD and not knowing where the far edge of the car is and two lane roads with sharp corners were a learning experience!
im also not that nuts on the RHD, its really neat for the looks it gets - more on that later - and the uniqueness factor, but its incredibly impractical. its tough to pull out of street parking, its hard to turn onto streets that join each other at an odd angle, and you really cant see around other cars in traffic to pass.
power output is great, around town and up hills its almost effortless, you just give it 20-30% pedal and it just goes. on the highway it definitely feels like it was geared to go 55mph or so. has plenty of power above that for passing but just doesn't feel/sound as stately going 65+. our exhaust isnt perfect so im sure thats part of it, but the engine/intake noise increases noticeably above 60.
speaking of gearing, the transmission shift points feel like it just wants to get you into top range as quickly as possible. which i guess makes sense - going 35mph you can barely tell its running. starting it up at idle on a busier street with some noise around you and without a tach you kind of have to do a double take to make sure its running. really odd how little noise it makes at idle! this will probably only get more awkward after i get the radio working, we drove around all weekend without any tunes.
as for the looks/attention it gets, that's really something else... people taking pictures with their phones at intersections, old guys in minivans asking what year it was while we were sitting in traffic, and lots of rubber necking... generally just causing a scene. somewhat amusing as i dont think i look like someone who should be driving an RR...
im sure the attention is mostly a regional thing as i doubt many people care much when they see these going down the road in LA or some larger cities, but in the smaller place i live i think its the only chrome bumper shadow on the road.
all in all a very successful weekend, and we had a blast finally doing something nice to the paint and taking advantage of the nice weather, and getting to enjoy some of the hard work thus far.
i added updated shots to the first post, and noticed its been just a couple weeks shy of 2 years since we picked this up
You make me proud of TCL.
It looks fabulous! I'm really enjoying the progress and the detail.
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my roommate who takes significantly nicer photos than i do, was trying out a sweet film camera while we were out yesterday, and will have some of those shots scanned in as well... so ill be sure to share those on here as well when theyre all online
its come a long ways but theres defintely work to be done still. im going to try to focus on the interior next and see if we can get that turned around as well
She looks great man. Way to keep history alive.
I'm thinking of replacing my E39 with an old M6, but I've been tempted to go way old school and buy a Cortina. Not sure what I'm going to do yet, but seeing clean old cars just makes me want one of my own.
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Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
thanks again... definitely some pints in order after all that work
certainly wasnt just me doing the work as i think many of the pictures show! this was certainly a group project, and many folks have helped out huge along the way
hopefully the interior work cleans up as nice as the rest of the car seemed to... but im excited to do that work sitting upright and not getting greasy!
plans are afoot to maybe do up the under hood portions in POR15's chassis black (satin finish) while the woodwork is out. i think i can avoid spraying that way and still take care of the rust both visually and preventing it from spreading at all.... looking like thatll be the next round of projects....
some more pics from my roommates film shots he scanned in
really dug the depth of field and colors in his shots
this thing will be on hold for a few weeks while i catch up on other projects, but id like to have all the wood out of it before the first weekend in november