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dont recall seeing one of these on here before... a rolls royce project thread!

a buddy and i picked this up locally from a fellow who saved it from the original owner's cousin's barn. car is from england, moved over to chicago sometime in the 70s from what we can tell (bumpers and mirrors were updated to then-current model parts). lived in portland for a majority of its life until it sat in a garage/storage for 15 years or so. then was moved over to idaho to the cousin's barn after the original owner passed away... has just 66k kms on it, and it shows :thumbup:

anyway, runs fine but doesnt move. so the trans is coming out for a rebuild. since its a RHD 67 its one of the last years they used the rolls royce 4spd auto (LHD 67s already had the GM turbo 400 trans)... so were dealing with a pretty rare tranny (~3000-4000 built from what i can tell)... still working on tracking down a local shop to go through it. luckily it shares lots of parts with late 40s and 50s GM hydramatics (the jetaway i beleive...) so were on the hunt for an antique GM trans guy.


anyhow, onto the pictures!























ill come back with some more pictures in a while once weve got the trans back in and all that... could be a bit as were balancing this with a few other projects, but everyone is excited to see it on the road. its amazing how many non-car people get excited about cars when you mention a rolls royce :laugh:

plan is to get the trans back in, refinish the wood (lacquer is peeling in a few of the top bits from the sun, otherwise its all solid), clean up the engine bay a little bit and redo some of the black paint under the hood, then see where were at money/frustration wise and whether or not we want to sell it or store it somewhere.

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10-07-12 updated photos, finally spending some time out of the shop! :)














black/white and color version of all the shots from our day out are in the album here...


some more pics from my roommates film pics that he scanned in :beer:
















really dug the depth of field and colors in his shots :thumbup: :thumbup:
 

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Why not just replace it with a GM400?
we had considered doing that... and i think the possibility still exists if we run into too much trouble with the 4spd, but the issue would be all of the linkage parts, shift column, gear indicator, etc as we have a RHD car, we'd need all of the later RHD GM400 linkage parts, as well as the column, gear indicator, etc

so it would be a matter of tracking down those parts from the UK... doable certainly, but if we have what we need to make a runner out of the trans its got, i think that would be easier and more original.
if we had a LHD car with the 4spd it would be much easier to get our hands on the appropriate swap parts, but still some leg work tracking down all the little bits and pieces.
 

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I think it's the second Rolls build. Sorry.

This car looks fantastic, though. Other than fixing the transmission, what are the real plans? Autocross? Car shows? Rental for prom/weddings/etc (with driver, of course). The possibilities are endless. :)
 

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Drove one from LA to Carmel one day for a friend... what a fun day that was. It had sheepskin floormats, kicked the tevas off and drove barefoot.

You seem to have found a very nice example to enjoy while you have it.
 

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I think it's the second Rolls build. Sorry.

damn! :banghead: haha

any link/description of the other one?

curious which model it was and what kind of condition it was in when they started

like i said, im not really sure what the plan is after its back together and driving.
it looks like the wood refinishing should be straight forward, and that just about completes the interior. then we have some odds and ends to track down for under the hood, and some general cleanup and repainting.
after that... who knows...

if the market for early silver shadows explodes after its back on the road i think it may be for sale :p at this point though... who knows!
 

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I've always wanted an old rolls like this for some reason.

Imagine its a mechanical/electrical nightmare to fix these back up though..
aside from the rediculous brake/suspension hydro system (maybe ill post a screen shot of the pressure line routing later tonight :laugh: ) everything seems pretty straight forward. lots of large bolts, surdy aluminum components, etc
electrically the harnesses (on these early cars anyway) are sort of a joke, its like cloth wrapped copper with real **** connectors. ours has been partially redone though and so far everything appears to work.

were pretty handy with wiring though so repairs shouldnt be a problem, and electrically theyre really no more complicated than your average 90s car with power accessories (has power mirrors, and power front seats, electronic shifter, etc). seems its more a battle against ****ty british wiring/connectors than it being complex
 

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we had considered doing that... and i think the possibility still exists if we run into too much trouble with the 4spd, but the issue would be all of the linkage parts, shift column, gear indicator, etc as we have a RHD car, we'd need all of the later RHD GM400 linkage parts, as well as the column, gear indicator, etc

so it would be a matter of tracking down those parts from the UK... doable certainly, but if we have what we need to make a runner out of the trans its got, i think that would be easier and more original.
If you get stuck and do want to bring a trans from the UK, I have a container loading late next month and can easily put another trans in it. I've already got a standing order for a low height P1 steering column for a Rolls here on the East Coast :)
 

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If you get stuck and do want to bring a trans from the UK, I have a container loading late next month and can easily put another trans in it. I've already got a standing order for a low height P1 steering column for a Rolls here on the East Coast :)
it might be interesting to see what kind of prices you can get on the early shadow bumpers and mirrors... imagine theyre cheaper over there than here.

thanks for the heads up :)
 

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Such a cool project! I've wanted to do one of these for a long time, since prices were depressed on them forever.

Good luck, and I can't wait to see the progress!
 
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