1982 Rover 3500 V8 Vanden Plas automatic.

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Re: 1982 Rover 3500 V8 Vanden Plas automatic.

Post by scoobyh123 » Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:41 pm

That's good news Marc! I was surprised when i read your fitting report you hadn't done anything (you normally do!) so thinking it was a lapse of your usual good judgement, felt i'd better say something!
Cheers,
Dave


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Re: 1982 Rover 3500 V8 Vanden Plas automatic.

Post by Marc-827-Vitesse » Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:51 pm

I understand. No worries my friend. :)
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Re: 1982 Rover 3500 V8 Vanden Plas automatic.

Post by Marc-827-Vitesse » Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:15 pm

New big update on my SD1:
Something that bothered me since i got the Rover 3500 was the interior. Not ugly but not realy nice either....

Top of the rear backrest was torn:
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on the separate side of the rear backrest, there was a tear, the seatbelt was not the correct colour (because the old one broke it was replaced by a brown one).
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Front seatbelt receivers knobs turned pink:
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In the past i painted the dashboard (would not do that again) and because of this it was to much glossy and a couple of shades to light and the wood did not look good anymore:
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Instrument binacle cover looked tired:
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Headlining started to deteriorate quickly:
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Speaker covers were painted black to cover the faded colour of the old ones:
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On the outside, the chrome/rubber strips had cracked rubber:
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A lot of things are quite easy to source for an SD1 nowadays but the interior is quite a challenge. A few years ago when i was in England with the SD1, a fellow Dutch Rover Enthusiast came to me and told me he had a SD1 that was to far gone to save, with the same interior as mine but in lovely condition. I had to think about 2 seconds and said yes of course!! After a while i went over to remove the interior from his gold SD1.
This is the donor:
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Working:
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The gentleman has a collection of SD1's and one of which is this one, also gold, that drove in Saoedi Arabia. With bullit holes. I took the chrome strips that go below the side windows:
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It took two drives to take all the stuf over. Now i could begin to make one nice interior out of two interiors:
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Awesome that i now have a nice intstrument cover:
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When i stored the parts in the garage of the 827 Vitesse, it looked like a barn find haha
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First i started on the outside by removing the chrome strips:
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Choose the best strips that i had an started cleaning (the inside that you slide over the door:
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Because you might damage paint i painted the inside with zinc spray:
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To be followed by clear cavity wax to prevent rust:
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Job done:
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When i was working on the doors i saw that behind the door cards it looked a bit shabby. Old torn plastic hold on by ducttape and dirt:
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Cleaned everything, sprayed in the electric plugs and sprayed cavity wax on the inside of the doors:
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Then i closed of the doors with fresh new plastic:
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Also the left door of course:
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And closed as wel with fresh plastic:
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Then further with the interior. I painted the d-frame covers beige so they would match the rest of the interior better:
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Clear coat:
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In a previous post i told that i sanded and clear coated the wood panels. It was better than it was before but not realy great to be honest. With the new sourced interior came much nicer wood panels. Now did it properly and sanded them down and had them clear coated in the spray booth at work:
Sanding (wood of the doors):
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Wood of the dashboard:
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After the first four layers in the spray booth i sanded them down again to improve the result:
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Then another four layers of clear coat gave a very nice result:
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Then me and a mate of mine started to work on a big job. Replace the old dashboard with the much nicer ''new'' one. First removed the old dashboard (the green circle shows the plate that was sanded and painted black so it would look nice behind the vent grids):
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The new dashboard needed only minor adjustments because it was from a newer type:
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We also removed the old headliner and after the correct cloth was ordered and delivered we re lined the headliner card:
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The inside of the sliding roof is also lined so removed it al to attatch the cloth:
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Before the sliding roof and headlining was installed, i sprayed cavity wax in all the seems of the roof.
All looking nice again!:
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New rear backrest side without tear, champange coloured seatbelt and nice looking wood:
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''New'' seatbelt receivers with red buttons:
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Nice beige speaker covers installed:
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Looking nice again:
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Dashboard looks pretty fresh i think:
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My Vanden Plas looks better and better. Especially when you look at older pictures (2016 when it was still in Switzerland):
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Gave the old Rover a wash. Looks so smart with the lovely fog lights:
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1982 Rover 3500 Vanden Plas.

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Re: 1982 Rover 3500 V8 Vanden Plas automatic.

Post by scoobyh123 » Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:28 pm

Absolutely awesome Marc! Amazing transformation on a car that already looked very nice to a car that (somehow!) looked even better! :wink: :D
Cheers,
Dave


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Re: 1982 Rover 3500 V8 Vanden Plas automatic.

Post by mercedade » Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:30 am

Incredible transformation. Well done!
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Re: 1982 Rover 3500 V8 Vanden Plas automatic.

Post by Marc-827-Vitesse » Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:34 pm

Thanks guys! :) Im happy with all the results too!
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