There is probably a reason why you don't see project Rolls Royce cars anywhere, much less in TCL. By the time most are finished, their owners would be lucky to be able to stock the center console with a French's mustard packet.
I applaud your bravery and wish you good luck financially. Parts coming out of the UK will be expensive to buy and ship. I just had to replace two small rubber 5" heater hoses on my Caterham and they were $38 each without the shipping.
That car has those awful big bumpers on it while a proper 1967 should have the much more attractive chrome bumpers. They should look for the proper chrome ones - so much better! Call Tony Handler or Oregon Crewe Cutters, or perhaps www.britishpartsco.com for a set. Also keep in mind that this being a RHD, it's ultimately worth about 20% less than a comparable LHD model in the 'States. One should never, EVER treat a Shadow or T-Type as an investment. They're virtually worthless.
With that outta the way, while the trans is out, call Alber's Bentley Zionsville in Zionsville, IN with the following list of parts:
Trans overhaul kit (billed out piece by piece, welcome to Rolls ownership!)
Accumulator check valve kits
High pressure brake hoses, all around.
That's a good start.
They're going to sell you lots of little washers and seals that go with each of those jobs - don't skimp out and get everything they tell you you need. This is not an easy car to recommission, the braking and suspension systems are complex and expensive to rebuild. A car that sits is a car that dies. So good luck.
And do us all a favor, when you get her up and running (worth it if you are going to keep the car) don't put the F@cking Grey Poupon in the console. Or the stupid Chauffeur's cap. That's just seriously un-clever. And don't rent it out for weddings, that's trite. Just drive it, it's an experience like no other car in the world.
rear leg room is awesome and this is a short wheel base example, and the seats are really comfortable. though to be honest ive spent more time under the car than in it
carpets are really plush. im really interested to see how quiet it ends up being on the road.
definitely not an investment, more like a unique learning opportunity
weve got the trans covered i think, but thanks for the heads up on shops - ive been having somewhat of a hard time finding many choices with where to buy parts.
the self leveling suspension works as the rear doesnt seem to sag when the car is running. the front has already had the leveling removed and updated with the later model front struts/springs... so... less of that crap to go wrong i suppose.
the grey poupon was a joke from the PO
That's good that it's had some suspension work done already! Alber's Bentley is one of the best sources for parts in the country - they're one of the oldest RR dealers in the US and they know these cars inside out, upside down. Don't be afraid to call Chris, Rusty or Greg for advice should you need it. They could even help with finding a proper trans shop for you, if you still need. They're top notch guys. Tell 'em Black Horse Garage sent you. =)
I'm glad you're eyes are open enough to treat this as an experience and not an investment - that's what these cars need! They're really cool cars, and there's nothing quite like driving a proper Rolls Royce. It's a totally different experience!
Oh - make sure the "brake pressure" warning lights are BOTH out before you put in into drive! It's quite a ride otherwise!
ill be sure to bug those guys when it comes time to start replacing other things. ive got an email in to crewe cutters already for some of the misc. stuff were missing under the hood, so well see what he comes back to me with on price/availability.
the trans appears to be a cadillac hydramatic copy... so weve found a local antique gm trans guy who comes highly recommended.
and i think for what we paid for it we can still break even when it comes time to sell
And yes, Vad, I would frown upon one being used for hollywood tours! I'm a snobby purist when it comes to my Rollers!
thats what i figured. i noticed fatsco sells all the rebuild soft parts, along side their antique gm stuff, and the trans guy has done a couple of these and seemed well versed in the various versions of GM licensed transmissions that RR used over the years
were currently thinking the internal seals let go from sitting too long. itll go into gear fine but wont move more than a couple inches after some serious reving...
PO was driving the car around a bit on the weekends (he claims to have put ~1000miles on it in the couple years or so that he owned it) then it slowly started to "fail to proceed" one afternoon as rolls would say, and he ended up limping it home.
ive heard the silver clouds are a bear to work on because of the x-frame... coworkers dad used to have one and i guess they did some maintenance to theirs and it was a pain to get to things under the car.
glad to see theres some RR folks on here, im sure ill be coming back asking some questions as we stumble through this