Rover P5B Coupe Blog

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Rover P5B Coupe Blog. Blogging about my Rover P5B Coupe, registration BGU 122G.

I’ve had the car about a year, ran it through last summer without any major problems, tidying and restoring the interior and fixing the most urgent items (leaking screen seals, fuel leaks, oil leaks), then decided to sort out the many remaining things that need work – nothing too major but a great many minor items that have accumulated over the years.

The plan is to run my P5B Coupe as a ‘daily driver’ from April-November, then work on it through the winter. Unfortunately this year there are so many things to sort (rear suspension, from suspension, some welding) that it will be off the road through 2015, as I only have limited time to work on it. If I can get it MOT’d early next year I’ll be happy.

It’s important to say as well that I’m a novice mechanic, having done some basic maintenance on a few cars when I was younger but not really having done much for the last 10 years. The P5 isn’t complex, but there is quite a steep learning curve if you’re not used to old cars, especially as this is my first old British car. I didn’t even have a set of imperial spanners when I bought the car, having worked on 1960’s Beetles and Alfa’s which were metric.

You can see most of these posts grouped by subject in the Project section.

Rover P5 and P5B Rear Leaf Spring Pads

Rover P5 and P5B Rear Leaf Spring Pads. One of the things I find fascinating about these cars is the history you can uncover, a history that stretches back to when Britain had a vibrant British-owned motor industry. The strangest things can trigger the search for this...

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Refurbishing Rover P5 and P5B Rear Leaf Springs

Refurbishing Rover P5 and P5B Rear Leaf Springs. One of the things that needs fixing on my car is the rear leaf spring shackles. On a Rover P5 and P5B these are known as 'Contrasonic Shackles', as they use Metalastik 'Y'-shaped mountings that flex to allow the spring...

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Re-Assembling the Rover P5B Intake Manifold

Re-Assembling the Rover P5B Intake Manifold. Once the intake manifold was painted and hardened, I set about refitting the manifold and fitting new hoses etc. I bought stainless steel Jubilee clips (original Jubilee brand, still Made In England!) and new hoses from JR...

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Painting the Rover P5B Intake Manifold

Painting the Rover P5B Intake Manifold. Once the temperature sender (transmitter) thread was repaired I set about painting the intake manifold. Originally the factory painted these a mid-grey colour, along with the rocker covers and air inlet 'elbows'. After much...

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Fixing a Rover P5B Temperature Transmitter (Sender)

Fixing a Rover P5B Temperature Transmitter (Sender). As mentioned in a previous post, there are a number of jobs that need fixing in the area of the intake manifold, which I've left to do at the same time: Faulty temperature transmitter / sender. This is well and...

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Into the Valley-Rover P5B Intake Manifold

Into the Valley-Rover P5B Intake Manifold. The time has come, whilst the roads are covered in salt, to fix a few mechanical issues that need fixing. Main ones are: Faulty temperature transmitter / sender. This is well and truly stuck - I've tried lots of different...

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Fitting a Radio to a Rover P5 or P5B

Fitting a Radio to a Rover P5 or P5B. I've spent some time trying to sort out the bodged mounting for the radio, which looked to be using a child's Meccano kit to hold the radio. Not very Rover. The Rover P5 and P5B has a single speaker in the centre of the dashboard,...

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Rover P5B Engine Tune-Up

Rover P5B Engine Tune-Up. When I bought the car earlier this year the engine ran OK-ish, but not exactly smoothly. Being new to the P5B, I wasn't sure how much of that was down to a 46 year old design, how much was due to wear-and-tear or faults, and how much was due...

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Classic Car Boot Sale

Classic Car Boot Sale. We’re off to the Olympic Park early tomorrow, to take part in the Classic Car Boot Sale. First time I’ve washed and polished the car - had the help of my son who rapidly go bored. Also found a few rust spots that need attention, but that’s for...

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Fitting Inertia Reel Seatbelts to a Rover P5 and P5B

Fitting Inertia Reel Seatbelts to a Rover P5 and P5B. Once I'd stripped the carpet, seats and console from the interior, the plan was to fit inertia seatbelts to make things more comfortable, and fit rear seatbelts as well so I can carry my 6 year old in some safety....

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Stripping The Rover P5 and P5B Interior

Stripping The Rover P5 and P5B Interior. My wife had conveniently gone away for two weeks, so I made the most of the opportunity and stripped the inside of the car - seats out, carpet out. I started in the rear of the car - on my car the seat bases lift out, and the...

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Rover P5B Petrol Smells

Rover P5B Petrol Smells. You might think that a car that suffered a major engine fire 2 years ago would have had its fuel system pretty thoroughly checked and replaced. Hmmm, not so. An occasional whiff of petrol was turning into a more frequent thing. After several...

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