[ROVERNET - UK] 1968 Rover 2000 TC

Slatskars slatskars at comcast.net
Fri Jul 1 06:27:01 BST 2005

Hi All,

I checked out the 1968 Rover 2000 TC in Portland, Oregon today. It was 
pretty well represented in the photos on the RCCC web site. The photos were 
good, but did not reveal at the details easily. For one they looked Black to 
me, but the car is really a very dark Green. The paint is generally pretty 
fair except for the hood and trunk (bonnet and boot). These two surfaces 
have some cracking in the paint. I think that being aluminum may have 
contributed. The paint appears to be original and there are no obvious signs 
of body damage. The chrome is very good and straight, with the exception of 
the trim strip on the right side rear door. As can be seen in the photos, 
approximately 8" is missing.

The interior is quite good, with normal wear on the drivers seat. No tears 
or split seams. The dash has a 2" horizontal crack, just below the tach. 
This can be seen in the photo if one looks carefully. This car sat for an 
extended period of time (12-13 years) and was resurrected about a year ago. 
The brake calipers and cylinders were rebuilt by Apple Hydraulics, new 
tires, clutch, points, condenser, plugs etc. were installed at that time. 
Some of the carpeting is loose inn the footwell, but a little adhesive 
should fix that. All instruments and controls worked fine. The car started 
easily and drove very well once warmed up. I believe the mileage 79,000 is 

Bad points, one of the brake servos has a leaking diaphragm and is blocked 
off. There is an oily residue buildup on the front of the engine, so I 
suspect the front main seal is leaking (original?). The carbs are SU HS-8's 
and seem to work fine. Car idled nicely and accelerated very well once 
warmed. To sum it up the car is solid and drivable as is. It really should 
be repainted and some of the rubber items such as door top seals and vent 
seals should be replaced or repaired. The vent seals may be glued, but the 
drivers door top seal is pretty ragged.

Why am I not purchasing this fine vehicle? I currently have 13 vehicles and 
need to downsize a little and get a few more of them on the road. Too many 
projects and some of them major. My wife convinced me that rather than 
buying this one, I should invest the funds in making the 1964 P-5 drivable. 
I had to agree with her. Enough is enough. I will probably regret that I did 
not at some time in the future, maybe next week.

If anyone is really interested, I will be glad to discuss it. If some one 
from a distance buys it, I will be glad to assist in transporting you from 
the Portland airport to the vehicle if you are not familiar with the area. 
It is currently located at British Auto Works in Oregon. This is where the 
work was done. It was back for a brake bleeding and check up. They do have a 
web site.

Sorry to be so late getting this onto the site. I had some strange things 
going on with my computer on an earlier attempt.

Vancouver, WA, USA 

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