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Hello.


I'm James and I live just outside the New Forest in Hampshire, UK. Having registered in August, I apologize for my delay in responding with a new member introduction. My father took ill, and subsequently passed on, so was rather taken up with dealing with all of that.



Hopefully this post will work as I'm not the worlds best with knowing how to use forums, but here you go. Forgive me if I'm clicking the wrong things and not doing what I'm supposed to...



As a fiscally unblessed man, I always hoped the Premiums Bonds would grant me with a win and the funds to buy an immaculate Silver Shadow or Spirit (& maybe a Corniche for summer?!). Unfortunately, Ernie seems to have forgotten my address or even my existence. So a shabby '92 Silver Spirit II came up at a relatively low-ish price and it even had my name on the registration number! Almost gives the impression it has a private plate. I took this as a sign from God! (That's the excuse I gave my wife. She is still not amused. Very occasionally she might speak to me).



Well the old roller has a few issues, too many to bore you with here. Let's just call it a 'work in progress' restoration. (By someone who has no idea about engines and mechanical things). It's taken about £4K to get it 'safe' since getting it this summer, (tyres, brakes. Plus alternator was grinding itself to mush). Front lower ball joints have play apparently which hopefully will be sorted next week. And don't get me started on the paint.... Officially it's supposed to be Bordeaux red, but someone in its life has resprayed it red (similar to tudor red), but not a good job or good quality paint. Lots of overspray on window rubbers and the like, orange peel effect here and there, and despite going over with Autoglym super resin polish for its mild cutting effect, the paint keeps going back to being 'cloudy'. The car door jambs were left as Bordeaux red though....



Oh dear, think I'm going to need a lottery win or a rich sponsor! But I love to see unloved cars returned to glory (and this one has definitely been run on the cheap for the last decade or more) so I do what I can, when I can. However, without the wealth of a Premier division footballer. Perhaps I should become a rapper? Don't they earn good money?! (I am a writer of paranormal comedy fiction. Am doing book 2, which is possibly a mistake as no one really bought book 1. Oh well. "The Paranormal Casebook of Jeremiah Thorne" - pls buy it for Halloween?! I beg you, someone, anyone...pls buy it...! The kids say they want feeding!)



Finally, much as I'd love to pull along side another Rolls Royce and recreate the mustard adverts, by lowering the window and saying, "pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?" I'm not brave enough to - for fear of being punched in the face.


All the best, one and all,
Kind regards,
James.
 

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James.

I agree with Stirling, an excellent introduction and there are times when I am quite glad to be old and senile, or that is the excuse I come up with.
Best of luck with the old girl, or boy?

Jake.
 

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Welcome James. Do not fear what other people (RR/B owners) think about your car. My Bentley was repainted by the previous owner from White to light blue. It is what I call a "10 footer paint job". Looks good from 10 feet away. BUT, I still drive her almost daily and enjoy the heck out of her. One of the advantages of a not perfect paint job is the lack of worry about parking when going shopping or driving. Just remember to drive it. These cars LOVE to be driven. Drive it and enjoy it. AMD believe me, someone will ask for that jar of mustard.

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James


Sorry to hear of your family loss,


Yes wonderful intro and welcome...........it is not a car I know much of so probably won't be adding anything to your mechanical woes.


What I will say is red paint is a pain and I have 3 red cars albeit the RR is stated as red it is actually claret.


Red is the worst paint for fading and I had to have the RR painted 2 years ago after 15 years in South France the sun had taken the depth of colour out together with 40 years of polishing it was also showing primer through in places.


My red Lotus has exactly the same problem though you have and goes milky in areas after a week when been polished and indeed a day or so if left in the sun mainly on the top surfaces but as it has a large glass panel roof and a glass tailgate so most is just over the bonnet area.



Apparently this was a huge problem many years back and not sure if it was ICI, Berger, or Du Pont paint.


It was whoever supplied Vauxhall and Lotus used the same paint and both had a lot of owner complaints. You can still see some of the vauxhall cars on the road and they now look bright pink in places.


Not a lot can be done albeit sometimes it depends on whether the car was basecoat and laquer or just a solid colour.


Get that book written and make your fortune and get the car painted eventually.



Until then just be proud you have aspired to owning a RR.


Wish you all the best


Steve
 

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Thank you kindly! Funnily enough, I have my Union Jack mug of Yorkshire tea right next to me as I type!
 

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Thank you for those kind words. Yes, well, red paint. It was never my RR or any car colour of choice because, as you so rightly say, I too have seen so many faded red cars, especially Vauxhall. So always put me off. Always wanted a nice dark blue Shadow or Spirit, but hey, this one came along, so I'm going to do my best to enjoy the ride. Literally. But certainly would like to get it back to Bordeaux red one day....
 

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I love that - "10 footer paint job". I'm going to copy that phrase as it's very appropriate with mine too..! You know, it's funny what you say about how these cars like to be driven. I think that is some way of the problem with mine. The 'specialist' dealer in NW London had it in stock for a good 12 months. So my car, along with the rest of his stock, were all parked up along the side roads near his house. I wouldn't be surprised at all if that's why the o/s rear electric window has seized up a bit, and all the door hinges and the like needed a lot of lubrication... All the best.
 

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Haha, I like to think of myself as an English eccentric and so an old RR is a pretty good match! Interestingly, I've been calling her "the old gal". Strangely, (send for the chaps in white coats) I talk to her too. I offer reassuring words, like "hang on in there old girl, you're getting your ball joints fiddled with next week..." I hope she appreciates it. Think my wife is jealous I've changed the focus of my attention...
 

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Regarding any potential jealousy from your wife, I've reminded past girlfriends that working on my cars in the evening keeps me out of the bars/pubs, betting parlors and strip clubs. She would know where I am and what I'm spending money on. I can't afford a second girlfriend AND have funds for my Shadow.
 

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JamesB, what a fabulous introduction.



Nice you've got your Roller at last, and the perfect chariot for an author – perhaps even more fitting for being shabby-chic.



There appears to be some similarity between yourself and the character Hank Moody in the Californication TV series. Hank's an author like yourself, semi-estranged from his wife, and out and about the wonderful city of Los Angeles knobbing anything that moves – moving between conquests in a worse-for-wear Porsche 911.



It would seem your intention is to spend time with your sleeves rolled James Herriot style, getting stuck into a decade of neglect on your new purchase, but I suspect once word gets around Hampshire, you'll be too busy with the local clunge to achieve much.


Enjoy!
 

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Ha Ha that amused me............


I have spent over 30 years working on Rolls Royce's and a few Bentley's.



I also help my farmer friend with his RR and his farm during lambing season all hours of the night.


Trust me I much prefer my sleeves rolled up working on his RR than having my arm stuck up a sheep's ass..............however when both are sorted it is very satisfying.


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Hahaha! I don't think my face is pretty enough for the ladies of the village. When I'm on the school run the local mums tend to look me up and down with disgust, rather than desire!
 
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