Its only taken five months of ownership, but Mike Humble finally puts the last of the project 75 running faults to bed and is highly receptive of the improvements!
Having just spent a moment thumbing through the paperwork for my mobile drawing room – the project 75, some very interesting facts have come to light. Firstly – I have owned Eddie the Rover for more than a few days, which is getting close for a record, and secondly, the damn MoT is nearly due – deep joy.
All in all, it’s been a good machine offering credible refinement, economy and driving pleasure along with a charm and level of ability which is both retro and competent. I am quite happy to say on record that the 75 has been the most enjoyable and comfy large barge I have owned this side of a SAAB 9000 – the love affair deepens.
The bug seems to be infectious too, my close friend since school days and former 214 / 25 owner Dylan Gradwell, is toying with the idea of a 75 Tourer or ZT-T to use as a dog taxi, while another chum and former 420 owner, Spencer J Payne, is looking to purchase the same for a similar reason. It seems then, that the 75 has animal appeal partly confirmed by our workshop supervisor – Stella the Cat taking every opportunity to jump in and sleep on the parcel shelf. My next door neighbour recently told me that the damn cat does the same thing with their 25 Impression S – she not only enjoys tinned Tuna, but also fine cars too!
I will confess, I avoid electrical work on cars almost as much as watching reality TV shows or visiting nearby Crawley, and as previously mentioned, the heated rear screen had never worked on the Rover but owing to a proficient heater and aircon system, this had never been high on the ‘to do’ list of priorities. Well, after some fiddling around it turned out to be a reasonably simple task, but one that requires some patience & care. The heated rear screen also doubles as the aerial for the wireless and the electrical filter which lives behind the rear trim panel had well and truly burnt out along with a few of the elements on the rear window.
After few cups of tea, a replacement filter module and some conductive paint, the rear de-mister works again and the wireless picks up VHF stations better than ever. Previously, I could not have heard the surreal yet brilliant nonsense of Danny Baker – The Candy Man on BBC London 94.9 on the 75’s wireless receiver even if I had crashed through the studio foyer – it was that bad, even struggling sometimes with our local stations BBC Slurry & Sussex. So now my rear screen shows a clear view behind me on these damp mornings and I can enjoy the local radio hot phone in debate on Corn plasters or the disgraceful rise in the cost of supermarket carrier bags!
Also of note, the damaged NSR lamp cluster has been swapped over, though not before removing the years of grime, mud and prehistoric dead spiders. So now I seem to be left with the task of getting the car in shape for the MOT and in some sort of visual order for the Pride of Longbridge gathering on the Saturday the 14th of April.
But just to close, AROnline has decided to add a section called ‘Technicians Update’ named in tribute to those legendary Rover Group service bulletins and VHS videos, featuring some funny tales from the toolbox (following reader requests) along with some easy ‘how to’ articles for the budding DIY driver – we do hope you enjoy them.
Moving on to Rover and then PSV / HGV, he has circumnavigated most departments of dealerships including parts, service and latterly - the showroom. Mike has owned all sorts of rubbish from Lada to Leyland and also holds both Heavy Goods & Public Service Vehicle licences, he buys & sells buses and coaches during the week. Mike runs his own automotive web site and writes for a number of motoring or commercial vehicle themed publications
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