[ROVERNET - UK] Rover 3500S parts interchangeability
kkinard at wcc.net
Sat May 27 04:45:45 BST 2006
Answers in order:
>1. What parts can be found at the local parts vendor for this car?
Virtually none. Any that are catalogued will be special order. The
exceptions are the Buick 215 interchanges below.
>2. Are there any parts that are interchangeable with the BUICK 215?
Engine rebuild items are most likely to be available but only on special
order. Buick last used these engines in 1963.
Intake and exhaust valves, camshaft, timing chain set, lifters, cam
bearings, pistons and rings (use lower compression) all interchange with
A Buick water pump will bolt to the Rover front cover but uses a
different fan hub. Pistons are available from Silvolite.
>3. Are there any parts that are interchangeable with the Land Rover or MG or
>any other car so that in an effort to find a part, I can try the alternative
>at the local world pac vendor.
Transmission rebuild components are available from Northwest
Transmission and interchange with some some early AMC (Borg Warner 35).
Some of the brake components will interchange with Ford(UK) and Jaguar,
but it takes great parts knowledge to track these down (Ruth is a
certified genius). Window lift motors are identical to some Cadillacs
from the same period. The engine was used in Range Rover '70-'94, Land
Rover 90 and 110 (and briefly in 109's as the Stage 1), MGBV8-'74-'76,
Rover SD1, Triumph TR8, so some components from these engines will
interchange but generally only up to 1976. No other vehicle was
officially imported with the P6B spec engine, so you must know the
"family" to do much parts swapping. Lucas electrical components are
used by most British cars but it takes a whole book to determine
Nothing comes quickly or easily for these cars as most components are
unique. James Dean, Dermot Harvey, Ruth Burgess are most likely to have
parts on this continent. It's worth paying more to keep these folks in
business. There are several suppliers in the UK but freight is getting
really expensive. Parts ARE available. I can't think of anything that
is actually unobtainable, but you must be patient and be ready to spend
far more money than the car will ever be worth.
Why don't we take this step by step and see what you actually need first.
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