Post by jimspolicev8sd1 on Jul 3, 2012 12:54:23 GMT
Bought a pair of headlights off ebay, new old stock £35 each posted. When they arrived one had a smashed case. The couriers weren't insured for headlamps as it came under their prohibited items, so the seller couldn't get any of his money back. In the end i got £20 knocked off. So i used the case from my old headlamp with all the new lens and adjusters and reflector built into it. I used oxalic acid to bleach the case as white and shiny as possible.
New reflector versus old.
Looks yellow-er in the photo than it actually is. When fitted you wont be able to see the difference between the two headlamps so obviously.
Post by jimspolicev8sd1 on Jul 5, 2012 11:46:32 GMT
Got bored today and with the car in the tarpaulins i decided to clean up some of the interior parts i had removed to see what was savable and what was scrap. So here is the steering wheel....
It had quite a bit of mould on it, some glue? and decades of dirty greasy finger fat. Sadly by the time id finished scrubbing it had taken a fair amount of the colour off.
So out with the boot polish.
Originally it would have been a matt type of finish, but i quite like it shiny and patterned. Just need a new silver rover badge, as mine had corroded and when i cleaned it up, the rover lettering disappeared before the corrosion did! Anyone got one?
Post by jimspolicev8sd1 on Jul 5, 2012 17:47:02 GMT
Did some more faffing about. Took a look at the police speedo and surround. The plastic surround is very thin and brittle and total pants. It had a couple of splits and was quite warped, so i used an old solder iron to do so improvised plastic welding. Worked pretty well.
Then i took the speedo apart to repaint the rim as it was corroded. Then i polished up the glass and got all the dust off the dial face.
Then i made a brace for the back of the speedo out of 3mm all sheet which was robbed from an old yacht wind generator. So now when the clamps are done up to hold the speedo to the case, it straightens the worst of the ripples and distortions from the plastic surround.
Then i took another look at how to fix the base of the drivers seat.
The rear armrest mechanism was broken and i was going to fix that, but then i realised that i could use the fabric from the recess to patch the front seat. There isnt enough to do it in one panel, but there is enough to do it, it'll just have an extra seam about 2 inches from the rear of the seat which will hardly be noticeable. The only problem is the fact the colour match isnt great as the front seats are faded compared to new fabric. Still in time it will blend in.
The one parts that still has me totally stumped is the drivers door card. It is in really poor condition and i don't know how to repair it. Getting a replacement will be really hard, as only the 2 litre models and police cars had no wood trim and manual windows. And then finding one in brown. So i guess ill have to get a good drivers door card of any description then modify it? Anyone know where you can buy brown vinyl?
Looking good. I spoke to my mate with all the parts and he says he's going to have a look through his lockup. He recons he's got the povo spec cards but can't remember what colour they are. It might be worth trying to find some in another colour and use some vinyl paint as you can get a pretty good range of colours and you can get good results if you take your time.
Quote;-So out came the spot weld drill. The rust was pretty bad. Unbelievable on a panel that has just been sat in a garage. May be its true that BL cars of this era came as standard with rust!
Your dead right, I had the oppurtunity to visit the cowley plant when they were building the metro, the robots were welding together panels that had rust on them, they didn't care, nobody else did either, shame. Great project, please keep up the posts.
Post by jimspolicev8sd1 on Jul 13, 2012 19:38:45 GMT
Started on the dash today. For a police dash it has very few holes in it and the only molestation is around the centre air vents. These are also missing, but should be easy to get replacements.
Stripped it down and found the underside of the dash and the metal shelf the instruments sit on are guess what......rusty!
So i sanded it down and zinc sprayed it, then began reassembly.
Lots of the switches are broken and the bulbs don't work so may need to find some more spare ones. Also the paint is peeling off the instrument needles and the clear lens' for both clusters is cracked scratched and broken. So ill be watching out on ebay for bargains.
It's interesting that yours is carbs rather than EFi as I though all the v8's had moved to injection by 86? It was around this time they offered the twin plenum, which you'd think they'd have went for pursuit cars. I wonder if the EFi chucked it and someones move it back to carbs?