Hello to everyone
Hi everyone out there, new to the forum but not new to my little Rolls. We have been together since around 1983, her name is 'Ronnie' after my late Father Ronald Arthur Edgecombe. Her chassis number is SRH 38304, as a 1979 Shadow II in Le Mans Blue, she is one of the 75 made to celebrate 75 years of Rolls Royce Motor Cars. Her orignal build was to include many special other features, such things as, Everflex dyed a special dark blue, the interior leather the same blue as were the carpets and lambswool mats, the doors had a hand applied monogram in Gold with twin coachlines (one above the Stainless trim and one below), twin Gold coachlines added to the centre painted wheel trim, rear headrests, rear picnic tables, leather headliner, leather knee roll and dash top, obviously all the badges were finished in Garnet Red rather than the normal Black but an additional pair of RR badges were requested on the rear C pillars. Other items that were factory fit were a pair of Air Horns with a foot button where a clutch pedal would be, finally the request was for highly figured darker wood and the two spokes of the steering wheel to be trimmed in matching dark Blue leather.
From the build list, I cannot belive how many times the body was rejected for minor flaws, the other item of note was that after testing it would seem the engine was also rejected, it does not elaborate as to exactly why, but rejected nonetheless, I wonder if today the attention to detail extends to the same degree?
At present I am undertaking the replacemnt of the Everflex roof covering, why you may ask? well the simple answer is, I spotted a couple of minor raised tiny bubbles in the centre of the centre of the roof, so I thought it may be corrosion, what did I do.......I removed the Everflex, oh bugger!! it was not corrosion at all, it was simply that a very small area of the glue had obviously let go, shrunk and balled up. The only option then was to commision a new roll of Everflex in the right colour and get it made up into a new roof covering, next month I have an old vinyl roof specialist coming to put the new roof covering on. If any of you KNOW the answer to this question, please let me know. Did the orignal roof have any form of felt in the centre section, or was it not stuck down in the centre? Anyone ACTUALLY know for sure? The other thing I am told is odd is that the entire roof appears to be made of non ferrous metal, aluminium it appears, well its not magnetic anyway, I am told this is very unusual, is it?
Next job on the agenda is the wood which I require refinishing, the one problem I have is that some swine has stolen the plaque from the inside of the glovebox lid, this is the one that stated 'This car is one of the 75 for our UK customers to celebrate 75 years of Rolls Royce'. If anyone else out there has one of the 75 cars for the UK, would you PLEASE be willing to take a really good high resolution photograph straight on so I can get one reproduced PLEASE!!
I have replaced ALL the brake components, calipers, hoses, pipes, pads linkages and all new fluid (the right one) and also the top of the engine has been stripped and hydraulic lifters replaced, rocker cover vapour blasted and powder coated. Once I have found someone with the good image for the glovebox plaque, I can get the wood back in and I hope to enjoy 'Ronnie' again really soon. I will REALLY enjoy going to the garage and FILLING her up with fuel again, am I mad?
So, sorry I hope I have not bored you all with my little story, but it was said I should introduce myself and my car, well the car is more interesting than me, I just do things like have to line screws screw heads up, now I am into lining up the nus and bolts as well..........am I sad or what? Kindest regards to you all, Simon