[ROVERNET - UK] Back on the list

Kent Kinard kkinard at swbell.net
Sat Feb 4 22:26:45 GMT 2006

Hi Dermot,
Good to have you back on list.  I have done the 5spd to auto swap (and 
back to 5spd again).  I asume you want to leave the engine in place 
rather than pull it.  I think it is six of one and half dozen of the 
other.  The only tricky part is getting the pilot bush out of the crank. 
  You can use a slide hammer or "push" it out hydraulicly by filling the 
cavity completely with heavy grease and giving it a whack with with an 
appropriately sized drift or clutch allignment arbor.  Getting an 
automatic type pilot bush out of a crank in order to fit a 5spd bush is 
a bit harder.  I had to cut the last one in two to get it out.

I have two good sunroof shells if you want to start from scratch...free 
if we can work out a transport scheme as there is a P5 in Ohio I'd love 
to get to Texas.  All my current stock are 5spd shells but you can 
change the pedal arrangement to auto while you've got it stripped down. 
  Same for the shifter.  You will need the radiator from the auto if I 
remember correctly to fit cooling lines for the trans.

Kent K.

Dermot Harvey wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
> I'm finally back on the list after a 2 year hiatus. I was bumped off the 
> list because of a full mailbox and couldn't get back on! I kept getting 
> as notice saying that I was already a subscriber!
> Anyway, I got a new e-mail address and was able to resubscribe.
> During this 2 year absence I put together a very nice SD1 for my wife as 
> her daily driver. Last year I had it painted and it looked 
> stunning.Alas, someone ran a red light in New York  City last week
> and broadsided her. Thank God she was in a Rover as she walked away 
> unhurt, but the car is a real mess. I'm not sure yet whether we are 
> going to try to rebuild it or not.
> Does anyone out there have an unrusty clean SD1 auto? Mechanicals are 
> not so important. I have a good 5 speed SD1, except that it needs paint 
> ($2000+ around here for a decent paint job)
> So I might do a 5 speed to auto conversion. I don't think this would be 
> too difficult - anyone out there done it?
> On another point, my trusty 2000TC has clutch woes. Despite rebuilding 
> the hydraulics several times, the clutch plate barely withdraws enough 
> which sometimes leads to difficult gear engagement and disengagement..
> Years ago, maybe on this list, someone had a fix for this common P6 
> problem. It involved fitting a slightly longer stroke slave cylinder. 
> Does anyone know what slave cylinder would do the trick? I'm having 
> problems remembering the cylinder, as it went by a single name rather 
> than by a car make and model
> Dermot Harvey
> 1969 2000TC
> 21/2 Rover SD1 1980
> O
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