Thanks Peter. Another Australian forum member. I'm just north of Warragul. I may have to change this from a list to a table so I can include a bit more info. For example, if it's a saloon or coupe and if it's on the road or not.
How much longer do you think you have to go, Peter? Are you an RCCA member?
Mine is actually a rolling restoration. I had the engine and gearbox rebuilt when I got it, along with various other mechanical things that needed to be done at the time. Since then its been a matter of doing things as they crop up! I have to get new carpets in the near future, which will help reduce the noise coming through the floor.
I like the Volvo steering box conversion you blokes have been putting on the forum. I want to see if I can do that to mine, as my PS box leaks even after being fixed. I will be joining the RCCA very soon. All I have to do is get the time and the money! Unfortunately, I'm a bit too far away to get to meetings regularly.
I'm lucky now that the freeway has by-passed Pakenham, and meetings are on a Friday at 8pm, it only takes me just over an hour to get there and less on the way home. The AGM is this Friday.
If you need anything brought up from Melbourne, let me know. Once a year I do a dangerous goods audit for Murray Goulburn's Koroit, Cobram and Kiewa plants. It's due next week so I'll being doing the big circuit to Warrnambool, Bendigo, Cobram, Wodonga, Beechworth and home.
Post by Paul - P5B Coupe on Sept 10, 2008 22:47:27 GMT
Gday Warwick, I live in Belconnen ACT and own a white 1971 P5B Coupe. It is in good original order - except for the re-covered centre console and is on historic club registration here in the ACT. It iwas made for the UK home market (heated rear window and anti-theft ignition) but must have been imported to Australia soon after sale as it is has no rust that I can find. I have had a new camshaft, lifters. rockers, timing chain and radiator fitted since buying it, plus various other items. The only mechanical chores currently outstanding is my choke cable that wont "lock" in the on position (very annoying on a cold morning) and a couple of tie rod ends will be fitted shortly. The car runs runs well, but I have not done a lot of miles in it over the past couple of years as I also have a 1985 SD1 on LPG - it gets used a little more regularly for club events as it is generally cheaper to run. Regards, Paul Bray (paulcnb)
Hi, Warwick. We've had great driving weather this side of the divide too. Shame about having to work! Paul, your car sound lovely. Mine must have been an Australian order. It was registered in Brisbane in 1969 and seems to have been ordered with black vinyl upholstery. (The car is Burgundy.) It appears to be original, although it needs to be redone in places - the paint and the interior! I'd love to be able to get a saddle tan leather interior, but that would cost a lot. Regards Peter
Well you know I have a butt load of P5s/P5Bs. I would think that US and Canada would come in behind the UK and Down under. There are quite a few P5s around the US and Canada maybe as many as 50. However very few P5Bs I may have the majority.
I have: 3 P5 saloons 1 good one all LHD 1 P5 coupe LHD 1 P5B saloon LHD and debatable if iis worth restoring 2 P5B coupes 1 Concours after the second restration in 9 months and 1 restrorable both are RHD
On the basis of your collection (incl. other Rovers & non-Rovers), they probably should make you an honorary Pom. Sounds like you've been busy.
I've added all yours to the list, but it's probably time to turn it into a table so I can include more detail. Does anyone know how to work the table insertion function of the forum? Is it hellishly complicated or am I just thick?
The "eisdielenbiker" already mentioned my car and here are some more details: it´s a 1973 P5B saloon called Mabel. She was first delivered to the "port of london authority" (registration PLA...) in may 1973, had something like another 4 owners and finally made her way to Lichfield, were her last british owner from whom I bought her in may 2006 lives. Her colour is admirality blue with saddle tan interior. I bought her as "a big sister" for my 1972 MG Midget, just in case 2 seats sometimes are not enough
To complete the list, I have a 2004 Rover 75 CDTi for daily use, in my opinion the best looking modern car And we used to own a 1996 Rover 214i, but my wife prefered a Mercedes A210, so I had to sell it some month ago.
Post by eisdielenbiker on Oct 9, 2008 19:40:14 GMT
I want to add some more information on my P5B Coupe. It was delivered 5th march 1971 by G.Oram 'The Old Court House' garage in Buxton:
Production figures on chassis no.84505240 say that she was assembled in November 1970 already. Can you confirm that ? How does that possibly explain ? From the month after delivery she was maintained in Disley halfway between Buxton and Stockport. V5 document reads that she was owned by Mr.Bates in Disley until 1994. Then she was exported to the Netherlands where she spent about 10 years. After that she went to Germany in 2004. The guy i bought her from owned her from 2006. I registered her in April 2008.
I'm curious to know how many P5s there are around the world whose minders visit this forum. I'd also like to know where they are.
So if you are not in the UK or Ireland, where most of the cars would reside, please let us know and I'll endeavour to run a tally sheet.
I'd like to know how many cars you have, if they are P5 or P5B, and in which country you live.
Even if you only visit the forum occasionally, or if you rarely or never post, please just tell us which P5 you have and if you're lucky enough to have more than one. You could also add as little or as much extra information as you wish. You may even discover someone else in your country that you weren't aware of.
Perhaps if you could put the name of your country in the "Subject" heading when you reply. That will make it easier for anyone scanning through the posts.
Australia = 1 x P5, 3 x P5B Denmark = 1 x P5B Germany = 3 x P5B Holland = 2 x P5B Portugal = 1 x P5B Sweden = 1 x P5 USA = 6 x P5, 3 x P5B
If this thread goes anywhere and gets more than just a handful of replies I'll look at replacing the list with something a bit neater, such as a table.
Sorry Warwick but as a Brit (living abroad!) I have to smile at one ex-colony wanting to deprive another ex-colony of the pride and prestige of P5(B) ownership. I suggest that the ultimate ownership numbers are pro-rated for national land mass size so that the Netherlands can assume its rightful position. Most Dutch P5(B) owners do not reference this forum. Also because its in a foreign language. Your research criteria skilfully narrows the field to uninhibited english language speakers whereas the very character of the car appeals to those who love its dignity and craftmanship (may be going a bit far on the latter) without the need to scream it from the rooftops. Don't let me excite a possible pom allergy. I've been off english beer for more than 30 years and cheerfully drink Fosters (amongst other things). Thanks for organising the thread it has been and continues to be interesting reading!
Could we perhaps take your proposal one step further and base it on usable land?
I was actually only curious about the whereabouts of people who frequent the forum, and as a side benefit perhaps some would discover a fellow forum user not far from them.
I suspect it won't get very far though because I also suspect that the majority of users only look in the P5 or P5B sections, depending on their particular vehicle or interests. Since the only General heading falls under the main heading of P5 Club, I suspect a majority of non-member forum users never look there.
This leads me to wonder if there should perhaps be a further subdivision within the forum. Anything that is related to the P5 but not specifically 3-litre or V8 has nowhere to go except in what appears to be a Club only section. Similarly, I suspect that many non-members would believe that only club members have a specific place to post photos of their cars. (i.e. Gallery section).
And as for Fosters, you may be surprised to learn that Fosters fell from favour here a long time ago. Probably about the time that they began their big export push. Most of our beers are of course lagers which is why they are drunk cold, however, since cellar temperatures here are only just cool, refrigeration is required. The predominant beer in my neck of the woods (Melbourne, Victoria) has been Victoria Bitter (VB) for a very long time. I haven't seen Fosters on tap for a very long time. Both are from the same company. They were Carlton & United Breweries (CUB), but changed their name to Fosters Group some years ago. If you want to sample some good Australian Lagers, see if you can find Cascade Premium or James Boag, both from Tasmania. Cascade is made by Fosters. Crown Lager is another premium Fosters label from Victoria. You could also look out for Redback from Western Australia. It's a very nice wheat beer. If you want an Australian version of a traditional English beer, try Coopers Ales from South Australia.
Post by Paul - P5B Coupe on Nov 24, 2008 8:43:02 GMT
Hi Damian and Warwick. thanks for the tip re the peg Damian. Since I mentioned my choke problem, Warren McEwen of the Sydney ROC told me that he also uses peg on cold mornings. It seems the problem is a common P5 one - but a replacement choke cable from Wadhams is about 50 GBP plus postage , so I now have two pegs permanently assigned to my ashtray for use as and when required.
A new cable does solve the problem though. (I used to use a small roll of insulating tape slipped over the choke handle before I replaced the cable. It was convenient and easy to lock the cable out a 1/4" or so while the engine warmed up. It hung on the handle when not in use.)
Hi Warwick, As you may know I sold my car a year ago because I moved to Germany and no longer had reliable service possibilities in the event of a serious problem. My love of the P5 is such that I still read this forum almost daily although am no longer a member. Your foreign ownership research was a good idea and I agree the limitations of using the forum with its current structure. The only way to guesstimate accurate total foreign figures I suspect is to give one person per country the responsibilty for further national discovery...and trust their diligence. Perhaps a club iniative is required? There is much relevance for this forum and the magazine. Not just the foreign element. Who replaces us and our interest in 10/20 years? I have written on this previously. As club I would go totally digital (incl You Tube and similar) and avoid all restrictions and move with the times and become less dependent on paper. Glen could fill You Tube all on his own... and who knows it could be easier than uploading photos! I understand your usable land suggestion. My news media tells me that with Australia's climate development is compressing the usable Australian area substantially and almost daily. But what is usable? Supports snakes?! Thanks for the advice on beer. I'll be looking... although Germany has some very good beers of its own! I might have known that Oz would have moved on from Fosters having starting flooding the export markets. Lastly to add to the category problem on this forum perhaps Phil could advise where to start a P5 international beer thread. It could prove to be a popular subject!