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I've just got a message from Rimmers: I'm told the lifter would be home next Tuesday (2nd of November): I can't believe it!
I was praying that our bl...y government doesn't carry out its threat next Tuesday against the Anglo-French trade across the Channel. It would be very silly because both people would be unduly punished for nothing! I don't want to be taken hostage in another One Hundred Year War... :mad:

Regarding the oil I was told by a staff member of the Rover Club de France (I think he is a Rover dealer's son) that in France they used Owatrol Compensyl as hood system fluid.
It looks a very efficient & secure stuff.

Viscosity (cSt) : 50,2 à 20°C / 20,9 à 40°C / 4,24 à 100°C.
Grade ISO : 22.
Viscosity : 107 (NF T 60-136).
Flow point : - 36°C allowing its use at low temperatures.
Use range : from - 25 to + 65°C.
Inflammable point (V.O) : + 197°C.

Just ordered yesterday.
Second surprise: it's due to arrive tomorrow morning! I'm taken aback!
 

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Just delivered in the morning as expected directly from the plant:

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Now waiting for the lifter fingers crossed as you said... :unsure:
 

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My RimmerBros parcel is already arrived in France, near Paris at the moment. 😊
But the amount of taxes is absolutely eye watering: for an item £93.27 worth (without British VAT now) plus £15.85 shipping, I've to pay a surplus of 47€ (£39.69)!
Despite my good maths - 20% French VAT of £93.27 gives £18.65 only - UPS dare to demand £39.69 that is an extortion of £21.04 more for... nothing actually understandable!
Hence for an item of £93.27 worth the grand total actually paid is: £148.81 at home! I'm gutted...:sick:
I'm not at all greedy but I hate to be ransomed by carriers! :devilish::mad:
And I've still to reward my good mechanic for his premium job...
Nevertheless let's be positive and end on a happy note: I'll get my precious lift next Tuesday in time! Yippee! 😜
I shall admit they have done well but now importing Rover pieces from UK is becoming for us poor souls a luxury service.
For a precious & highly expensive DB5 it's peanuts, but for a poor little Rover 214 it looks insane! :eek:
 

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Discussion Starter · #347 ·
I've received today my lifter as expected... but...
Have a look on Rimmers website page: Rover 200/400 to 95 Hood Lift Mechanism
That U-shaped piece at the bottom of the lifter looks a part of it and that's precisely the one I'm in dire need of, it looks but it isn't!
The lifter I've got today is new and in very good order but without that piece! :mad:
My good mechanic is rather worried now: how, where & when could he find that missing bit?
I'm gutted and the car is in pieces... :eek:
 

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Can this part be made? This is folded piece of metal with 2 holes and bolt part can be welded onto it. I would make it from the stainless steel.
You're absolutely right (even that U-shaped piece needs to be welded to a threaded rod and a suitable bolt to lock the lifter), I think so but my finicky mechanic looks a bit fussy about it: he considers himself as a professional and rather dislikes that kind of makeshift job.
I don't mean he is bumptious, not at all, on the contrary he is very nice and rather humble but he is only worried not to be able to fit a genuine Rover piece!
Moreover he is very busy to establish his new trade and his new garage (I don't remind if I told you that he left his former one), then he hasn't got at hand the machine to do the job and told me that it was very difficult now in France to find out old stuff, lots of them were scrapped in the 90s, and if there isn't any other possibility he has to find out a skilful guy to do it. I haven't any doubt about it, nevertheless it doesn't look plain sailing at the moment...
 

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Thanks to Chris Taylor (Rover 200 & 400 owners club) my cabby will be out of ordeal very soon.
He is actually a man of great resource: have a look on what was missing in Rimmers package:



And Chris has just dropped the parcel to Royal Mail! Good man, he's saved my day & my cab.
My mechanic is over the moon: no need to trick the assembly to make it working.
Anyway I've sent a complaining note to Rimmers: their sketch & comment on their webpage (Rover 200/400 to 95 Hood Lift Mechanism | Rimmer Bros) was misleading without any doubt. I've asked for a partial - even symbolic - refund.
 
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They are not "made": those are genuine Rover parts salvaged from cars intended to be scrapped. Christopher Taylor is a specialist of cabbies in the Rover 200 & 400 O C. I wish I had sent him a message in the first place to get the lifter from him, it would have been faster, cheaper and easier!
Thanks for the tip: I'll ask my mechanic to use Rustol on those parts (originally they weren't painted and need to be greased) but I bet he'd already thought of that.
 

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Discussion Starter · #353 · (Edited)
And while some lazy and mindless owners are relaxing and playing a mock Lawrence of Arabia under the ever blue skies of Jordan...

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a mindful and finicky good lad is sweating & working hard upon the cabby...
 

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Discussion Starter · #354 · (Edited)
Here are the pictures my good mechanic sent me. Job done: I'll go & drive back the cabby at dusk today.
And one broken piece has to be welded.
Several pieces painted in black to avoid rust in the long term, everything wrong or loose corrected and fluid entirely cleaned and renewed.

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I've followed the picture numbers but it look obvious that they weren't put in the right order. Have a go to put them upside down!
Price asked: 300€ / £252. Very reasonable and fair for so much work, including several adjustment to go back to a nice & efficient functioning. Finicky he is I told you, he can't stand the tiniest fault. I'll give him a bottle of very good Champagne: he deserves it by far...
 
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Back on the road for the Gaillac Nouveau (wine) day rally in good company...
A 1955 Morgan Plus 4...

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Not only one, but 2 now, even if the second one is a rather modern one fitted with a Ford Mondeo engine...

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Despite a rather fresh air I put the hood down around 11 am. Nevertheless every other roadster & convertible but the 1955 Morgan and our 214 had better to keep covered: chilly drivers! :cautious:
 
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Some more pics of our rally just to show our courageous ourselves hood down and some interesting vehicles (don't miss the MGB...)

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Looks fun. Another BRG soft top as well! :cool:
Unfortunately I can't show them all, it might be a bit abusing in the long run: we were around 35 youngtimers & oldtimers. But the rally was colourful and festive and the lunch in a Château large converted wine cellar was a must! We were around 150 together with another group!
Anyway two last ones, arriving outside & banqueting inside:

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I'm in the background chatting with a very good friend... Guess where... :cool:
 
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