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Re: 1982 Rover 3500 V8 Vanden Plas automatic.

Post by SJG » Sat Jan 08, 2022 7:37 pm

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Can't believe they have drums at the rear. What are the brakes like?
I can't speak for Marcs brakes Simon but all the SD1s (i had 7) had excellent brakes. Most of the braking is done by the front brakes and if memory serves they were 4-pot calipers and big discs so plenty of stopping power. :wink: :D
Yeah, same here, I never remember them as being poor, just surprised.
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Re: 1982 Rover 3500 V8 Vanden Plas automatic.

Post by scoobyh123 » Sat Jan 08, 2022 8:03 pm

SJG wrote:
Sat Jan 08, 2022 7:37 pm
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Sat Jan 08, 2022 6:29 pm
SJG wrote:
Sat Jan 08, 2022 6:05 pm
Can't believe they have drums at the rear. What are the brakes like?
I can't speak for Marcs brakes Simon but all the SD1s (i had 7) had excellent brakes. Most of the braking is done by the front brakes and if memory serves they were 4-pot calipers and big discs so plenty of stopping power. :wink: :D
Yeah, same here, I never remember them as being poor, just surprised.
The back end treatment of the SD1 was a surprise to many as the P6 it replaced not only had rear discs but also IRS yet the SD1 was a live axle with Watts Linkage and drum brakes. Quite a retrograde step in many ways but much of the competition for the SD1 had rear drums and it was cheaper and less complicated to manufacture and maintain. People were just beginning to wake up to servicing costs in the 70s, before that most things had been so similar and/or used a common parts bin so servicing was more or less the same cost no matter what car you had.
As cars got more exotic from the late 60s onwards, servicing became more of a consideration. Ay least that's my theory on why or it could have been good ol' BL Penny-Pinching again!
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Re: 1982 Rover 3500 V8 Vanden Plas automatic.

Post by Marc-827-Vitesse » Sun Jan 09, 2022 8:38 am

Thanks for the comments. Well the brakes are fine I must say. Pedal does feel firm, especially when one compares it with modern cars were one look at the brake pedal will remove the flesh from the face. But yeah good stopping power. Drums are fine but only when pushed hard they will fade soner than discs I think.
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Re: 1982 Rover 3500 V8 Vanden Plas automatic.

Post by Marc-827-Vitesse » Mon Apr 04, 2022 11:54 am

A few weekends ago i took the Vanden Plas out of hibernation. Realy nice to drive this old Rover again:
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Wheels look pretty good in daylight too i think:
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Post by scoobyh123 » Mon Apr 04, 2022 12:19 pm

More excellent stuff Marc! :wink: :D
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Re: 1982 Rover 3500 V8 Vanden Plas automatic.

Post by Lodein » Mon Apr 04, 2022 5:43 pm

It's always a great pleasure to get back behind the wheel of your car

This is always my case after a few weeks, so I imagine the pleasure after a hibernation

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Re: 1982 Rover 3500 V8 Vanden Plas automatic.

Post by Marc-827-Vitesse » Tue Apr 05, 2022 9:38 am

Thanks guys!
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Re: 1982 Rover 3500 V8 Vanden Plas automatic.

Post by Marc-827-Vitesse » Fri Apr 15, 2022 8:59 pm

Replaced the front shocks again. This time i had SPAX installed. The previous shocks seem to be faulty because they did not absorb the bumbs anymore. These SPAX dampers are adjustable with the twist of a buton! :)
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They work great and the Rover drives as comfy as it should!
Also the front brake pads were replaced and the engine oil system flushed and oil replaced.
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Re: 1982 Rover 3500 V8 Vanden Plas automatic.

Post by scoobyh123 » Fri Apr 15, 2022 10:57 pm

Hopefully the new Spax see you right Marc! Something in the back of my mind says the OE front dampers on SD1s were Monroe but i might be wrong, rears were Boge-Nivomats on the top models but have never been impressed with those, even when new.
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Re: 1982 Rover 3500 V8 Vanden Plas automatic.

Post by Marc-827-Vitesse » Tue Apr 19, 2022 3:53 pm

Thanks Dave. They seem to work nice. Nice and comfy!
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Re: 1982 Rover 3500 V8 Vanden Plas automatic.

Post by scoobyh123 » Tue Apr 19, 2022 10:17 pm

Good news Marc! :wink: :D
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Re: 1982 Rover 3500 V8 Vanden Plas automatic.

Post by Marc-827-Vitesse » Thu May 05, 2022 10:22 pm

After two years it was time for the MOT again. It was achieved without a fuss!
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As a reward i washed the Vanden Plas with grease/wax removing soap to prepare the bodywork for the new coat of wax. I also used a claycloth to remove small contaminants.
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Re: 1982 Rover 3500 V8 Vanden Plas automatic.

Post by scoobyh123 » Thu May 05, 2022 11:34 pm

Congratulations on the MoT pass Marc! Given the attnetion you lavish on your cars it's no surprise but nice to hear anyway! :wink: :D
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Re: 1982 Rover 3500 V8 Vanden Plas automatic.

Post by Lodein » Fri May 06, 2022 11:01 am

Congratulations for the MOT, but as Scoobyh123 says, it would have been a surprise if you had encountered some difficulties

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Re: 1982 Rover 3500 V8 Vanden Plas automatic.

Post by Marc-827-Vitesse » Fri May 06, 2022 9:16 pm

Thanks guys! :)
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