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    1. Geriatric Member ValveCoverGasket's Avatar
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      06-28-2011 01:12 PM #1
      ive got a thread going in the car lounge, but figured you guys might get a kick out of this also. and as a bonus heres about 6 months worth of work/pictures condensed into one post


      picked this thing up last fall with a buddy. it had a blown transmission but ran well.
      also had the wrong grill, bumpers, and mirrors for that year.
















      old transmission:








      proper bumpers:








      new trans stuff:










      new trans installed:









      and heres an insanely mint one that was for sale on ebay a while back in the same color, with all the proper trimmings






      still have a laundry list of things to do before its on the road, but if i can keep up the momentum this week it could be cruising this weekend.

      cheers

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      06-28-2011 01:14 PM #2


      That's is freaking AWESOME! Hope to see it in person sometime.

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      06-28-2011 01:24 PM #3
      everything underneath the car appears to be in really good shape, including the soft parts of the brake system. and the brakes held pressure and the rear leveling system worked when the car was running, so im hoping that we dont find any surprises when i fire it back up and get it moving.

      i have a couple of things to clean up under the hood as part of the maintenance before it gets rolling, but it should be good to go for a sunny sunday cruise once in a while if everything else works as well as it looks.

      if ive got time ill definitely bring it to a meet or two when the weathers nice

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      06-28-2011 01:39 PM #4
      Thats on another level, awesome!
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      06-28-2011 01:55 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by 98DUB View Post
      Thats on another level, awesome!
      not really on another level these cars arent that much more expensive to work on than a late model vw/audi/bmw/mercedes.
      i paid more for the air filter for my merc the other day than i did for the new original RR one i just got for this thing...

      and aside from the brake system (and the RHD 4spd transmission that happens to be in ours, later models got an off the shelf GM slushbox) there really isnt anything too exotic or complicated going on here. and on the plus side, most of the systems/components on the car are meant to be rebuilt - and the parts are available to do so - unlike most of the cars we're used to working on where you just throw out the whole part and buy a new one. thats almost always an option on the RR as well, but costs much more money, and its nice to have the choice of rebuilding major components.

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      06-28-2011 02:24 PM #6
      This is awesome! Where/how did you even find it?
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      06-28-2011 02:31 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      not really on another level these cars arent that much more expensive to work on than a late model vw/audi/bmw/mercedes.
      i paid more for the air filter for my merc the other day than i did for the new original RR one i just got for this thing...

      and aside from the brake system (and the RHD 4spd transmission that happens to be in ours, later models got an off the shelf GM slushbox) there really isnt anything too exotic or complicated going on here. and on the plus side, most of the systems/components on the car are meant to be rebuilt - and the parts are available to do so - unlike most of the cars we're used to working on where you just throw out the whole part and buy a new one. thats almost always an option on the RR as well, but costs much more money, and its nice to have the choice of rebuilding major components.
      That is surprising, I just assumed any mechanical parts for a RR would be ungodly expensive.
      I don't recall OG RRs being very reliable, either.

    8. 06-28-2011 02:35 PM #8
      Until that thing is bagged and on RSs, I'm not interested.


      .................................................. ...................................


      j/k. holy **** that's awesome!!! killer project!























      but seriously, eveyone here expects to see that thing on it's nuts w/ BBS wheels. Do it. don't disappoint us.
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      06-28-2011 02:40 PM #9
      That's awesome Ved!!!!!

      Can't wait to see it!!

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      06-28-2011 02:47 PM #10
      A proper car Good to see it's getting a full makeover to its original state.

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      06-28-2011 02:50 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by crabpot View Post
      That is surprising, I just assumed any mechanical parts for a RR would be ungodly expensive.
      I don't recall OG RRs being very reliable, either.
      some of the rare mechanical parts are - that 4spd transmission for example has some very expensive replaceable parts in it - but when it comes to engine, brake, driveline stuff most of that is common across the many years that they made the silver shadow, so its not difficult to find replacements for a (fairly) reasonable price. there are also a couple of RR specific junkyards on the westcoast, so that helps a lot with tracking down some of the common components.
      engines run around $2500, transmission cores for the 4spds run around $1500, the later 3spd GM auto is an off the shelf unit from a GM pickup truck (GM350 i thiiink) so those are basically free.

      its still an old british car, so reliability is what it is

      the thing to watch for, and i ran into this when swapping the bumpers on our car, is that most of the exterior stuff was built to fit a particular car, so mixing/matching body or trim parts can be kind of a pain and they were cut/built to fit a particular chassis.


      anyway, we found it on craigslist, after much deliberation we pulled the trigger. chasing down all of the transmission parts took the better part of 6 months - keep in mind the 4spd auto was only used in ~4000 RHD shadows worldwide so finding spares in the states was difficult. weve now got a collection of spare internals (about 1.5 transmissions worth!) and one good transmission
      car is a pretty low mileage example with 0 rust, interior is complete and wood is all in great shape just needs a relaquering. it also came with some paper work from the original owner, who purchased it and used it in england for a while before moving to the states in the 70s - which is where we think the bumpers/mirrors got swapped to the then-current versions, and they chopped up the grill.


      no mods, just keeping it original, these things have enough going on to keep us busy without introducing bags or GM engine swaps, or whatever else into the mix haha

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      06-28-2011 03:05 PM #12
      Very cool project.

      I see you have also picked up a stock jar of grey poupon. Nice work.

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      06-28-2011 03:06 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by bigglzworth View Post
      I see you have also picked up a stock jar of grey poupon. Nice work.

      I missed that pic, initially. AWESOME!

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      06-28-2011 03:10 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by bigglzworth View Post
      Very cool project.

      I see you have also picked up a stock jar of grey poupon. Nice work.
      was a joke from the PO

      and its the wrong RR anyway

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      06-28-2011 03:18 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      was a joke from the PO

      and its the wrong RR anyway
      Doesn't matter, you need to drive around with it in the car all the time just in case someone asks you for it.

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      06-28-2011 04:48 PM #16
      awesome

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      06-28-2011 05:03 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by crabpot View Post
      Doesn't matter, you need to drive around with it in the car all the time just in case someone asks you for it.
      Yep. If I ever see it a stop light I'll be asking.

      Awesome project.
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      06-28-2011 05:03 PM #18
      But of course!

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      06-28-2011 09:31 PM #19
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      06-28-2011 09:44 PM #20
      nice project
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      06-29-2011 01:33 AM #21
      I used to drive that era RR when I worked at Complete Automotive in Seattle in the mid 90's. They were so cool to drive, so smooth, so quiet, amazing cars. We had a ton of Jags, 750il, etc, but the Rolls were just in a different league.

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      06-29-2011 11:16 AM #22
      thanks for the kind words guys


      car is almost ready to hit the ground again. oil and filter change, trans fluid top up, and diff fluid check tonight and hopefully itll be back down again.

      i have a few more pictures ill post later this week

    23. 06-29-2011 08:16 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by bigglzworth View Post
      Very cool project.

      I see you have also picked up a stock jar of grey poupon. Nice work.
      I lol'd.
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      06-29-2011 08:47 PM #24
      That thing is F***** classy. I need to touch it.
      People don't think it be like it is, but it do.

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      06-30-2011 01:31 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by rainierfuller View Post
      That thing is F***** classy. I need to touch it.
      That's what she said

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      06-30-2011 11:39 AM #26
      couple more pictures from the past couple days

      tuneup stuff - air filter, oil filter, stove pipes, wipers, spark plugs, etc


      shes thirsty! this is what $180 worth of oil looks like



      its ready to put back on the ground except for the dip stick tube on the trans. having issues getting that to seal up to the pan - which is making me suspect of how the trans was operated before, because it must have been leaking slowly out of there...

      im gonna try tonight to get that to fit tight and seal up, otherwise this will be on hold through the weekend while i try to hunt down another pipe

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      07-02-2011 02:18 PM #27
      it runs!
      and stops, and turns, and starts, etc

      super ****ty iphone photo... more to come later this weekend


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      07-02-2011 03:17 PM #28
      really nice project!

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      07-02-2011 04:58 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by rennis View Post
      Until that thing is bagged and on RSs, I'm not interested.

      .................................................. ...................................

      j/k. holy **** that's awesome!!! killer project!

      but seriously, eveyone here expects to see that thing on it's nuts w/ BBS wheels. Do it. don't disappoint us.
      lol. do it.
      you wont.
      Its ok i wouldn't ether.

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      07-02-2011 06:00 PM #32
      Congrats on getting it on the road!

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      07-02-2011 06:35 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by Edleman View Post
      do it.
      you wont.
      youre right. i wont.

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      07-02-2011 11:06 PM #34
      some pictures from this weekend


      new stove pipes and fitting


      semi-presentable engine shot now that its got a stock-looking intake hose. coil should be relocated soon - got all the hardware now just need to take the time to do it






      starting to get late on friday, wanted to take it for a spin







      some more minor cleanup things to take care of, then the hood and grill are going back on.



      thats it for now

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      07-03-2011 04:23 PM #35
      Is that a jar of Grey Poupon in the cup holder? If it is its perfect. Such a stuffy old english thing to have. Is there earl grey in the glove box?

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