1989 Rover 827 Vitesse automatic

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Re: 1989 Rover 827 Vitesse automatic

Post by Marc-827-Vitesse » Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:04 pm

scoobyh123 wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:47 am
Great pics there Marc! Nice to see some of the older stuff there too, especially the Buick wagon (does it have the famous 215ci/3528cc V8 in it?) and the Opel Kapitan.

Were there any other 800s there or just yours?
Cheers Dave!

I think it did have a bigger, cast iron V8. No, mine was the only one. It was liked by a lot of people! The Rover 800 series seems to become more and more respected. :D
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1982 Rover 3500 Vanden Plas.

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Re: 1989 Rover 827 Vitesse automatic

Post by scoobyh123 » Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:47 pm

I think the rest of the world is finally waking up to what we've alwys known - the 800 was a fantastic car and still is.

All the nay-sayers said it would fall by the wayside in a pile of rust or blow its engine (like the KV6 :P ) in a cloud of steam but they're all wrong.

In the UK, the 800 was the best selling executive car of the 90s and it's shocking to see how few remain now because of all the media hype against Rover during that time.
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'88 Volvo 760 V6 Estate
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Re: 1989 Rover 827 Vitesse automatic

Post by Marc-827-Vitesse » Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:06 pm

It is a fantastic car indeed!! :)
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Re: 1989 Rover 827 Vitesse automatic

Post by Marc-827-Vitesse » Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:42 pm

Last weekend was one of the last weekend's that had some good weather forecasts. A good time to prep my 827 Vitesse for winter storage. First a proper drive to get him nice up to temperature:
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Filled up with premium and an additive to preserve the fuel. After this, i washed the Rover properly and pumped up the tires.
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Safely tucked away for winter.
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Nighty night :D:
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Re: 1989 Rover 827 Vitesse automatic

Post by scoobyh123 » Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:17 am

Sleepy time! Have you any winter projects for the Vitesse Marc?
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Re: 1989 Rover 827 Vitesse automatic

Post by Marc-827-Vitesse » Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:50 am

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Sleepy time! Have you any winter projects for the Vitesse Marc?
Indeed! :D
Yes i do. I will try to restore the front Seats. I contacted a car restorer in the Netherlands and they mixed the correct colour. I also have Filler and sealer.
When done, i will post everything here. :D
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Re: 1989 Rover 827 Vitesse automatic

Post by scoobyh123 » Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:25 pm

I'll look forward to that Marc! Be a bit sparing with the filler though, you'll find once you've sanded the leather (sounds scary i know!) and applied the dye, the leather will swell and fills a lot of small cracks naturally. The sealer also helps it swell slightly too, smoothing things out even more. A hair-dryer is immensely useful for getting the dye to dry as well! :wink: :D
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Re: 1989 Rover 827 Vitesse automatic

Post by Marc-827-Vitesse » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:06 pm

Thanks for the advice Dave!

Even though my Rovers are in hibernation, the hobby continues!
Like said before; i wanted to improve the condition of the leather seats in my 827 Vitesse. First i bought several items to help me. I contacted the same company who made my lovely floor matts. They directed me to a company named Colourlock.

The whole set (exept for the jar of filler on the left) was delivered by Colourlock after i sended a sample so that they could mix the proper paint colour.
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This is how the leather looked:
Drivers seat:
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First i cleaned them properly. I was told you must start with the least agressive cleaner and work your way up when needed.
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During the cleaning, i got to another tear in the driver's seat. After this i checked the rest of the leather to make sure there were no more. I also took the time to improve the glue on other tears i repaired earlier.
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After this i sanded the leather to remove old imperfections, paint and rough the surface.
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Then i used a more agressive cleaner:
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After this step it was quite clear that many areas were worn badly. Mainly the driver's seat of course.
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Driver's seat side of the back rest:
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Back rest of the driver's seat:
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Then i started to apply the filler. The white thing is a plastic knife i cut down and sanded:
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Driver's seat:
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Backrest driver's seatl:
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Front passenger seat:
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To harden the filler i used a hair dryer.
Then, it was time for paint:
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Tailored:
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Driver's seat:
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Passenger seat:
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Areas i did not like the finish of, i improved as much as i could by sanding it and using specialy colour mixed filler. After this i added new layers of paint of course to even it all out.
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In total, i used about 7 layers of paint on the front seats.

About 7 years ago, i painted the steeringwheel. It was a decent job but it was showing its age so because i had some paint left, i decided to freshen it up. It looked ok but up close, wear and tear was easily spotted.
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Even a tear:
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Mask of, sanding down and degrease:
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I applied filler on the worst areas including the tear:
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Then, it was time for paint:
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After all this, i applied leather sealer to both front seats and the steeringwheel. This is to isolate the painted areas as much as possible and help in a durrable result.
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Driver's seat:
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Passenger seat:
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Steering wheel:
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The final step was hydration creme:
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Driver's seat:
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Passenger seat:
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The end result:
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Seat of the driver's seat:
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Backrest of the driver's seat:
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Side of the backrest of the driver's seat:
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Seat of the passenger seat:
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The steeringwheel is now in a better colour than before. It was always to light.
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Tear is gone:
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In the days after, i warmed/heated up the interior of the Rover to help the paint dry and set.
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All in all, it looks fresh i think:
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A profesional company would have replaced some parts i am sure and have a better reslut. But i am pleased and i had fun doing it. I hope it will be a durrable result. :)
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Re: 1989 Rover 827 Vitesse automatic

Post by scoobyh123 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:34 pm

Very nice job there Marc! I doubt a professional company would have done any more than you did, certainly doubtful they would have replaced any leather unless you were having them completely reupholstered.

If you do need to look for replacement covers at any point, don't forget the passenger side in the UK is going to be the same as your drivers side although if they're like the Mk2 versions, one side fits both.
As the passenger side gets a lot less use, there's a good chance you might find a good passenger side cover/seat in the UK if you ever need a cover. :wink: :D
Cheers,
Dave


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Re: 1989 Rover 827 Vitesse automatic

Post by Marc-827-Vitesse » Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:07 am

Thanks Dave!

Ah that is always a good option! Smart. :)
1989 Rover 827 Vitesse.
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