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Rover P5 1965
So in December 1999 we began to look for a replacement, and it wasn't too long before we found an advert for a 1965 Rover P5 Saloon in Juniper Green. So off to Chesterfield we went.
We said we would have it providing the exchange price for the Traveller was acceptable, it was, and the deal was done, the Rover had a new home. As with all cars bought from dealers, it looked like new, the crome shone and the paint work gleamed. All was well with the world till I came to drive it home. This was a distance of some twenty miles to Sheffield, and the man said " you'll have plenty of fuel to get home, I've put a fivers worth in this morning". He had obviously not taken into account that the car was only doing about eleven miles to the gallon. I ran out of fuel about 500 yds from the garage I was heading for near home. Not to worry I thought, this car has a reserve tank of a gallon and a half. Not when the reserve fuel pump hasn't been used for ages it hasn't. But I was lucky, I rolled the car down the hill and as we got on the flat the pump sipped the last few drops of fuel it could find and the engine bust into life. Just enough to get to the garage. Forty-two pounds and a full tank later, off we went home. Guess what I fixed first? You got it, the fuel pump - all it need was the points cleaning and it was away. I recommend all P5 drivers to run on the reserve pump regularly to keep it in good working order.
It wasn't until a little later that I realised the rate at which the car was swallowing fuel, I logged the mileage and amounts required to fill up - checked with the book as to what I should get - and found I had problems. I investigated, and found that the economiser fitted to the carburettor was totally choked up. After a through clean and carburettor overhaul the situation was worse. In desperation I contacted J R Wadhams for advice and they suggested replacing to economiser. Success, I had reached the dizzy heights of eighteen miles to the gallon urban and up to twenty three when driven carefully on a run. As the weeks pasted I began to address some of the smaller problems I found. Things like interior lights not working, doors that would not close unless excessive effort was used and small parts of the interior that were damaged and need to be replaced.
Then I made the next mistake! I decided to address the waving speedometer. Well I thought, if I grease the cable this should sort this out. It did. But then six to eight weeks later the mileometer stopped recording. I stripped the speedometer to assess the problem, oh dear, the mechanism was full of grease. It would seem that there is no seal into the speedo drive at the back of the dial. Warning to all, when lubricating speedo cables don't over grease, and leave the last foot free of grease so as to prevent ingress into the dial.
The only other major item has been the offside 'D' post which needed replacing due to a small hole in the joint sealer in the upper wheel arch, allowing water to get into the box section and do its worst. Apart from these minor problems the car has done over three thousand miles this year (2000) and has never faulted once. Work to maintain and improve the general condition of the car will continue and if anything interesting happens I will let you know. This has been one of the best cars we have owned to date, and one that we shall keep hopefully for many years to come.
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