I know many of you have been following ValveCoverGasket’s 67 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow build thread here,
so I thought some might be curious about what owning a car like that would be for an average Joe like me, who would be farming out most of the work. I have a habit of rambling on when I have a keyboard in front of me, so apologies in advance, and I’ll try to break up walls of text into separate posts.
A little about me first:
I always liked cars as a kid, and spent most of my time playing with matchbox toys.
My parents were never into cars, just buying a new midsize hatch every 5 years, so when I was 8 years old and my father brought home a cream 1979 Silver Shadow, my mind was blown. Electric seats, walnut dash, map lights! It was nothing like the Nissan Pulsar or Mazda 626 we had.
I loved that car and have some of my fondest memories riding around in it.
Of course, not being a car guy, the old man bought it because it was the thing to do in the mid 1990’s and he obviously thought it to be cheap enough, but maintaining a 20yr old Rolls Royce soon caught up with him. He would take it back to the authorized dealer for any little servicing item, and having only owned new cars, showed no understanding of the needs of aging cars and how spending even half an hour a week learning to tinker can save you many trips to a workshop for something simple like a dry choke linkage causing a high idle.
Oil drip? RR dealer.
New tires? RR dealer.
Car care products? RR dealer.
Look closely and you can see the K-Mart faux leather steering wheel cover he put on.
I’m not sure if he expected the same $150 annual servicing requirements as his new Nissan Pulsar, but after a few years, he got fed up with the ongoing running costs and sold it. Being his only foray into the ‘car world’ it turned him off anything other than buying new cars. When I taught myself to change oil in the driveway years later, he would shake his head and yell “Cars are not toys, you’ll waste all your money.”