[ROVERNET - UK] Rover rescued

Richard Elliott relliott44 at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 14 19:40:16 BST 2004

Hi folks,

Kent, it was great to see you.  I am grateful for the
opportunity to help in the rescue.

Your car is very interesting for the low mileage and
as I had not seen the Dunlop brakes previously.  I
believe that Dunlops and no A/C are OEM for that car,
because it is an 'A' suffix.  I was quite sure the car
was in fact a 1966 model.  I am not sure about the
engine mounts.

By that time period, A/C was expected to be OEM or a
conversion on new cars being sold in North Texas.  At
a $4000+ asking price, the lack of this feature may
have caused this car to sit on the lot for a long

It was fantastic to see a 'Blue Label' (our term) and
it brought back the fond memories of my own, which was
a '67.  How many are known to be in Texas?

Kent, let us try to locate the other 'driver'.  If you
can pass along any contact information for the
Diabetes organization to which it was donated, I will
try to catch up to their auction and perhaps throw out
a bid.  I may get lucky.

Also, I would like to point out that during my return
from Dr. Birdsong's, I realized he was not far from
where Rev. Hooks used to have his Rover dealership. 
Does anyone know what happened to him and all those
P6s?  I last contacted him sometime in the mid '80s. 
Perhaps Dr. Birdsong has some information.

from Texas,

Richard Elliott
1970 P6B NADA Tobbacco Leaf

--- Kent Kinard <kkinard at swbell.net> wrote:

> Dear Netters,
> Richard Elliott and I rescued an interesting vehicle
> yesterday.  I have 
> posted information previously (I think) about Dr.
> Karl Birdsong and his 
> 2000TC's.  I bought one from him over the summer and
> was planning to go 
> back for at least one more in January.  However, Dr.
> Birdsong very 
> suddenly decided to move to assisted living (he is
> 92) and disposed of 
> his driveable car before we could get there.  The
> one car we rescued and 
> some of the parts we found have raised some
> questions for me.
> Although I have been collecting pieces for a 2200TC
> for some time, I am 
> relatively unfamiliar with the 2000/2200 cars.  The
> vehicle rescued is a 
> very early "blue label" 1967 2000TC VIN# 41800306A
> and has 62K miles on 
> the clock (condition bears this out, decent black
> leather, no rust.  The 
> engine block is missing, but we managed to gather
> parts of two engines 
> from the upstairs portion of the good doctor's barn
> along with a couple 
> of transmissions and several radiators, including a
> very new looking TC 
> radiator.  Among the pieces were three sets of
> engine mounts...one set 
> of cast steel or iron, one set of
> welded-up/fabricated steel, and one 
> set of alloy.  Which mounts would have been original
> to the car?  The 
> front calipers on the car say "Dunlop" and there is
> at least one rear 
> end assembly with Dunlop brakes in the assortment we
> gathered.  Would 
> this car have been equipped with Dunlop brakes?
> Roveresoterically,
> Kent K.
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