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Rover P5B Coupe In The Nude

Part 2a: The Interior

Continuing the strip-down of a Rover P5B Coupe by Cyrille, lets see what the interior or the Rover P5/P5B looks like in various states of undress. This part has been split into two due to the large number of images.

The area behind and underneath the rear seat. The black box in the lower left of this photo is the rear heater:

Here’s the rear heater out of the car. There are two water pipes running from the engine under the car to this unit, with a switch for rear passengers to control the fan. Warm air comes out from under the rear seat into both rear footwells. Quite often these don’t work due to lack of maintenance and the risk of losing coolant if one of the hoses splits. The front heater will provide plenty of heat if well maintained, but a rear heater is a lovely thing to have working if at all possible:

Here’s the inside of the front left-hand-side wheel arch. The wiring loom to the rear of the car passes through here (you can see it hanging), with a bunch of bullet connectors connecting the rear loom to the front. If you’re having issues with electrics in the rear, this is an area to check:

The back of the rear seat:

The centre console in position:

And removed. You need to remove the gear selector knob to remove the selector surround – it;s been placed back on the gear lever in this photo:

And the transmission tunnel cover removed:

Next, removing the interior door handles. Cyf says “That was my first dismantling and I had no WSM so I made lot of pictures to remember how the car is made. For instance, how to remove the handle.”

As another contributor says on the Forum: “When I was first fiddling with cars, people in the trade down here referred to these as Jesus clips. This was because people often tried to remove them by lifting one side with the end of a screwdriver. It was named after the exclamation that was often made when it flew off and disappeared.”

Here’s one of the adjustable front arm rests being removed from the door, starting with one of the pins underneath:

And here’s the adjusting mechanism:

In the pictures below, you can see the wiring loom with the stainless steel sill plates left in place on one side:

The opening and locking assembly of the font door:

How the factory made sure it was clear on the production line which dashboard frames were for left-hand-drive cars:

One of the members of the Rover P5 Club Forum added: “A guy I know used to specialise in selling Ford Escorts. He was well know for winding back (‘adjusting’ he called it) speedometers. He bought a car once, and laying on his back to get at the dials he found a notice stuck on the back of the gauge. It said ‘Oh no, not again’. “

The dashboard with the dash frame now removed. Obviously the steering column is on the left on this car, and the handbrake lever is just visible to the left of that:

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