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Simon Austin
Simon Austin
Surrey, British Columbia
(107 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 01:44AM

Main British Car:
1977 MGB V8 / 1970 MGB GT V8 project Rover 3.5 / Rover 3.5

Newest family member
Posted by: Simon Austin
Date: February 16, 2008 08:01PM

Just bought this today. You have to love the '80's for the styling! Rebuilt 10K km ago, Vitesse pistons, performance cam, Pertronix ignition, runs sweet. My better half thinks I should just fix/clean it up and sell it. Inner voice is already seeing another B conversion (which is the real reason for purchase). PO has had it for 14 years. Anyone have an idea what SD1's are worth fixed/cleaned up?
Rover SD1 008.jpg
Rover SD1 007.jpg


castlesid
Kevin Jackson
Sidcup UK
(361 posts)

Registered:
11/18/2007 10:38AM

Main British Car:
1975 MGB GT Rover V8 4.35L

Re: Newest family member
Posted by: castlesid
Date: February 16, 2008 08:59PM

Simon,

You should have taken the badges off and told her it was a four door Ferrari Daytona!
Is it solid and running, it does look like the fan belt is indide out.

Regards,

Kevin Jackson.


Simon Austin
Simon Austin
Surrey, British Columbia
(107 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 01:44AM

Main British Car:
1977 MGB V8 / 1970 MGB GT V8 project Rover 3.5 / Rover 3.5

Re: Newest family member
Posted by: Simon Austin
Date: February 16, 2008 10:01PM

Hi Kevin,

Yep, it's all there. PO has looked after it pretty well. No serious holes, surface rust, nothing structural. Interior is faded and torn, panels are time-expired. Might look into an interior kit just out of curiousity. Quite a different car from my V8 MGB, understandably. Don't know much about the SD1 as to build-quality but apparently it's a beautiful-riding car and great on long distances. I think I'll certainly hang onto it for a while and get my GT finished and then see what to do with it.

How's things going with your latest project?

Cheers
Simon


Kerbut
Nigel Ricardo
, Weymouth, Dorset ,South of England
(22 posts)

Registered:
12/26/2007 06:14AM

Main British Car:
1931 Austin 7 ,1973 MGB Roadster , 1996 MG RV8 (1 )747 cc, (2) 1800 cc (3) 3900cc

Re: Newest family member
Posted by: Kerbut
Date: February 17, 2008 04:43AM

When I first looked at the first photo ,I thought it was a Reliant Scimiter , the headlights look just like one ,the UK cars had 2 square ones. You dont see many on the roads over here ,they have all rusted away.


castlesid
Kevin Jackson
Sidcup UK
(361 posts)

Registered:
11/18/2007 10:38AM

Main British Car:
1975 MGB GT Rover V8 4.35L

Re: Newest family member
Posted by: castlesid
Date: February 17, 2008 06:57AM

Simon,

The new engine build is moving along and we should be doing a test build in the next week or so.

The SD1 looks a nice project, I have a few links which may be of help.

[mgbv8.org]

[www.roversd1.com]

[www.roversd1.nl]

Regards,

Kevin.


Simon Austin
Simon Austin
Surrey, British Columbia
(107 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 01:44AM

Main British Car:
1977 MGB V8 / 1970 MGB GT V8 project Rover 3.5 / Rover 3.5

Re: Newest family member
Posted by: Simon Austin
Date: February 17, 2008 11:37AM

Good sites, Kevin. I'll have a look around.

As for the lights, I seem to recall back in the early 80's, the "Euro-style" lights were illegal over on this side of the pond so that might explain the four round ones. Of course, 20-odd years later, they're all the rage!


Moderator
Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4526 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Newest family member
Posted by: Moderator
Date: February 18, 2008 10:20PM

I hope y'all will forgive me for moving this thread into the "Other British Cars" section.

I'm hoping this section takes off and gets real busy!

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Kevin wrote: "When I first looked at the first photo ,I thought it was a Reliant Scimiter"
I wonder how many Scimitars ever made it to North America. Couldn't have been but a few, but I see them mentioned a lot in old British car magazines. (Apparently they were pretty competitive with the Ford Capri, no?) Do people ever hot-rod them?



Simon Austin
Simon Austin
Surrey, British Columbia
(107 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 01:44AM

Main British Car:
1977 MGB V8 / 1970 MGB GT V8 project Rover 3.5 / Rover 3.5

Re: Newest family member
Posted by: Simon Austin
Date: February 19, 2008 12:05AM

No problem, Curtis. I was thinking I may have put it in the wrong section after I posted it. Force-of-habit to go to the MGB section.

Cheers
Simon


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