Post by jimspolicev8sd1 on Jun 12, 2012 15:30:08 GMT
This is my 1986 Rover SD1 3500SE Police Car. About 15 years ago i owned an ex police SD1, but due to an inability to weld and no money i scrapped it and i always regretted it. So one evening while browsing ebay (dangerous habit) i spotted this one. I wasnt looking for a new project but as i havent seen another genuine SD1 police car for sale since my last one, i had to have it.
I put in a bid, and won the car. From the photos on ebay i knew it was going to be rough, but i like a challenge. I took the trailer and collected the car from the wet lock up in which it has sat since 1999. Time has taken its toll, its proper rotten! Here are some photos. The first three are from the ebay ad. They were so enticing!
Jim, you must be a very brave man to take this on.
I am on my 4th SD1, I thought mine was a rotbox until I saw your pics.
The bolt on panels are'nt a problem, on one of these I am wary of the panels at the front like the inner wings and windscreen surround, especially if the rot has spread to the bulkhead / heater plenum.
Post by jimspolicev8sd1 on Jun 12, 2012 17:10:54 GMT
Yeah this is going to be a big and long project. The chap i bought it off assured me that "just fit 4 doors and ill be halfway there". My mate and i curse word ourselves laughing at his optimism. On the way home I stopped at the services on the M25 to check the ratchet straps were still tight. I noticed that the trailer bed had turned orange/brown from all the rust that had fallen off the rover. Still, it weighed a bit less which helped my fuel economy.
I'm pretty good at MIG welding, but I'm going to invest in a spot welder, as i want this put back together looking as factory as possible.
Post by jimspolicev8sd1 on Jun 13, 2012 16:50:17 GMT
The strip down has begun.
Took the seats out. They are also rotten. When i put my hand on the drivers seat bolster it just fell apart. Its really strange, the fabric has as much strength as wet bog roll. Good news is that the carpets are good. There are a couple of screw holes where the police have had extra equipment bolted in. 3 door cards are really good, but the drivers is wrecked. This is bad news as finding another door card for a car that has manual windows and no wood trim is going to be really hard. Finding it in the correct shade of brown is going to be next to impossible! The dash and centre console are OK, despite having a few screw holes in. I'm a long way off worrying about the interior trim too much, ill just keep my eyes and ears open for people breaking lower spec cars.
My mate Dan shielding his eyes from the horror
Some general pics
When the car was decommissioned by the Police, the holes in the roof werent welded up, just gobbed with filler, so when i took the headlining out i found some stalactites!
Post by jimspolicev8sd1 on Jun 13, 2012 17:06:20 GMT
Also found this badge under the drivers seat which indicates this was a Lancashire Police car.
A bit about SD1 police cars.... what i know so far anyway.
Because the general public used to complain when they saw the Police driving round in luxury barges, they all appear to be low specification. They don't have sunroofs, they have manual window winders and mirrors. They don't have tinted glass. They have vinyl boot trim instead of carpet, and there is no carpet on the door cards or wood trim, and no wood trim on the dash.
Mechanically they have the carburettored V8 engine which is standard, but they have heavy duty clutches and bigger bearings in the gearbox.
The brake setup is the same as the Vitesse with 4 pot dual circuit front calipers, vented discs, and the rear drums have smaller diameter rear brake cylinders unique to police spec cars.
The dampers are standard, but the springs are 20% stiffer but original ride height.
They usually have manual steering racks, but mine is power steering. Some forces disabled the power steering as it gives better feel at high speed.
Some cars had Vitesse alloys, some had standard 14" alloys like mine. Most had non chrome trim bumpers, but a few came with chrome trims, over-riders, headlamp washers and front fog lights.
This is the info i have gleaned so far, as i go on I'm sure ill find out more.
Basically big engine, low weight, big brakes, stronger drivetrain. When police cars were cool.
Double RR points for it getting finished (which I have no doubt you will do as others have said you've obviously taken the world stock of brave pills and have enough to last you the time it takes to complete the project)