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Greetings All

A quick introduction - I reside in Warwickshire, UK and recently purchased a Silver Shadow. Have been looking for a classic car for over a year and took the plunge on a Rolls Royce. Details are in my signature. I’m very proud to own this car :) She’s currently in storage over the winter but will be used over the summer - hoping to attend shows and take on holidays in France.Spending my time learning as much as possible 👍
 

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Welcome. There is much to learn about these cars, and given where you live you should at least look in to joining the RREC.


I have always loved the colors in the burgundy family, and I doubt there are many in actual Royal Garnet in existence.
 

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Hi Brian - yes, Northamptonshire is just around the corner so will be looking to join.

My daily runner is a LR discovery which I do all basic mechanical work on at home. Eg. Rotors & pads, callipers, hubs & bearings, air-bags etc but I can see already that the Shadow is quite complex. I’ve been going through RollsRoyceNut videos on YouTube and reading through old threads on here.

Also have an old workshop manual that makes great bedside reading.

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Hi Jonathan, Your beautiful motorcar is actually registered as a Silver Wraith and if that is the case it would be a rarer find, in addition the colour is probably even rarer. I note from the MOT history that it has an impeccable pass rate and that the mileage travelled between annual tests has been minimal. Due to the need for lubrication of the hydraulic components on these cars regular use is preferred so I would recommend that you drive it when possible rather than placing it in long term storage, the more they are driven the better they tend to perform. The hydraulic/brake fluid required is Castrol DOT3 RR363 as this has the required additives for lubrication of the hydraulic pumps, this fluid should be flushed and replaced every 2 years (to fill it takes 2 1/2 litres in total) and the hydraulic flexi hoses should be replaced every 8 years or thereabouts. Lack of use can also cause carburettor float needles to stick open as with any carburettor in any car. Otherwise these are robust and powerful motorcars and may you enjoy many years of happy motoring with it. If you're a hands-on DIY enthusiast you will get great advice from helpful members on this site.
 

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...that’s interesting. Could I ask where you found that information from? The V5 doesn’t have anything listed for Type or Variant and the VIN seems to suggest it’s Standard rather than Long Wheelbase?
 

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Hi Jonathan, I just googled MOT History Check GOV UK and keyed in the car reg no, then went to the previous MOT history section which gives records for the past 10 years. It's a public site which is available to all. The only record of any advisories in the past with regard to your car are minor things like brake light failure and a damaged tyre. It's recorded as being a Silver Wraith but this could be an error, hopefully it's the correct classification as this would make the car a rarer find.
 

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...thank you for the compliments on the car. It is indeed beautiful and hard to look away from. I have the car stored in an air-flow chamber so hoping that will negate most condensation issues. Callipers, hoses and brake fluid has just recently been replaced/serviced so hopefully will be trouble free for a while. There is a light tapping from one of the pumps when cold which I may look into when the days get warmer. Hoping it just needs a clean and the pushrods replacing and shims.

I will look to do short drives maybe once a month just to keep components in motion. ��

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A light tapping from a brake pump is a fairly normal occurrence on initial start-up especially if the car hasn't been driven for a while, it usually lasts for approx. 4 minutes until brake pressure reaches optimum level. Once the required pressure is achieved the accumulator control valve opens and releases fluid back to the reservoir and the pumps no longer need to work so hard. Sometimes a continuous tapping noise indicates that there's air in the system but if the noise stops after a few minutes it's probably nothing to worry about.
 

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...i’m learning everyday. Thank you. ��
 

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Your chassis number does indicate a long wheelbase. It would start with an L. "S" indicates standard, 2nd dig is R for RR, B for Bentley
 

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Hi Wraithman - thank you for the link.

My chassis is -> SRH25478 so looks Standard to me?
 

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Ticking in the brake pumps is incredibly common, and one (among many) causes can be depleted accumulators. Have you done the "brake pedal test" (see below).


What follow are what I consider the topics to read (in addition to looking at the website previously noted by Wraithman) for a quick education on the brake system:


Paul Yorke's video of the SY1 Rat Trap operation (w master cylinder): https://www.facebook.com/Paul.J.Yorke/videos/10155832453464371/
"The Collection" thread: SY Brakes & Hydraulics - Diagnostics and Maintenance

The Brake Pedal Test & Other Hydraulic System Diagnostics


Flush and Bleed Your Silver Shadow/Bentley T Hydraulics/Brakes the Easy Way


Building a Hydraulic Pressure Test Gauge (B.Vogel)


Building Your Own Hydraulic Pressure Gauge (Vogel mod of Hunter)


Constructing a Nitrogen Charging Unit for Rolls-Royce & Bentley RR363 Accumulators and Recharging Them (Though I would strongly suggest purchasing the correct connector for charging the accumulator from British Tool Works. This was written before Mr. Opfar had created same and reported on thread differences.)



Silver Shadow Brake Issues: Your Help Would Be Appreciated!
 

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...nb. I also picked up on one of your videos on youtube to remove rear springs. I’m playing with the idea of fitting a handling kit to the front and rear.
 

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Yep, SRH means Standard wheelbase, Rolls-Royce, Home Market (UK), the official MOT classification would appear incorrect.
 

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Hi Brian, that’s great ��

Got loads of reading to do there.

I will certainly be looking to join the RREC - i’m sure in due course I will need to use their services for loaning tools. Eg. castle sockets for the pump and a vice tool for the accumulators.

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Her Majesty will undoubtedly be pleased and relieved that this fine motorcar has been rescued by a caring custodian!
 

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...that’s very kind Shadow 11.

I would say ‘continue to be cared for’ rather than ‘rescue’ though. Previous owners have done all the hard work to date. ��
 
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