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Old 02-24-2010, 08:51 PM   #29
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I can't confirm this but I was told by a fellow who was looking at one that he'd been told a brake job, all four wheels, was three grand (Canadian) so about 80 bucks US. . .
I thought I once read that a full brake job on a Rolls-Royce was a lot more than that. Maybe 3k for the parts, plus labour. I think that servicing cost is the main reason older ones seem to go cheap.
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Old 02-24-2010, 09:34 PM   #30
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Getting the brakes redone, water pump replaced and new fuel tank was going to cost me $4000 in parts alone at the Jag dealer in Monterey/Seaside, CA...one of the reasons I abandoned it.

Maybe, if I ever go back out there, I'll tow it home and screw with it.
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Old 02-24-2010, 09:38 PM   #31
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We had an old Jag sedan in a garage I used to work at. When we told the owner we could do a brake job for only $3000 his eyes lit up with glee.

To do a brake job you start by removing the complete exhaust system, then drop the independent rear suspension system out on the floor. Only then can you get at the inboard mounted brake calipers and rotors.

I thought of cutting thru the trunk floor for access, to save a couple of days work, but the gas tank is right on top of the rear axle
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Old 02-24-2010, 09:41 PM   #32
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If a Rolls is that well built you shouldn't have to do a complete brake job as long as you replace the pads regularly and change the brake fluid every 2 years.

I know people who have done this on their Fords and Toyotas, and drove them 200,000 miles without doing anything else. No calipers or rotors needed.

I know other people who never think of the brakes until they start squeeling and they need a $1000 brake job every 3 years.
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:04 PM   #33
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...I know other people who never think of the brakes until they start squeeling and they need a $1000 brake job every 3 years.
My wife and our 740iL....
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:32 PM   #34
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..THANKS alot guys...now my wife is looking at old RRs on ebay...I have to admit, there are some early 70s models that Id proudly tow our 67 Safari with...!
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Old 02-25-2010, 06:40 AM   #35
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My wife and our 740iL....
Back in the day when the 7 series first came out my buddy and his wife went down to Florida for a vacation. On their return they stopped in for a visit and we got talking Airstreams. He said they say a lot of bullets down south with some interesting, high end TV's. The sweetest...... a 740 BMW! Stunning good looks, long wheel base, big brakes, super stability, etc....
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Excuse me, could someone pass me the grey Poupon?
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Old 02-25-2010, 07:21 AM   #38
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Having owned a Jag 340 and numerous original Mini and Mini Coopers I am quick to point out the title most Brit's have mentioned to me over the years to be true.

" Lucas, The Prince of Darkness"

Like all the fine old Marques a Rolls is like nothing else on the road and will certainly be a wonderful TV with all of the above posts in mind.

I like the idea. But for maximum effect you have to look at the original old Silver Clouds.
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:57 AM   #39
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Why have the British never manufactured televisions?..... They couldn't figure out how to make them leak oil.

The Lucas Electric motto: "Get home before dark."

Lucas denies having invented darkness. But they still claim "sudden, unexpected darkness."

Lucas--inventor of the first intermittent wiper.

Lucas--inventor of the self-dimming headlamp.

The three-position Lucas switch--DIM, FLICKER and OFF. The other three switch settings--SMOKE, SMOLDER and IGNITE.

The original anti-theft devices--Lucas Electric products.

"I've had a Lucas pacemaker for years and have never experienced any prob...

If Lucas made guns, wars would not start either.

Did you hear about the Lucas powered torpedo? It sank.

It's not true that Lucas, in 1947, tried to get Parliament to repeal Ohm's Law. They withdrew their efforts when they met too much resistance.

Did you hear the one about the guy that peeked into a Land Rover and asked the owner "How can you tell one switch from another at night, since they all look the same?" "He replied, it doesn't matter which one you use, nothing happens!"

Back in the '70s Lucas decided to diversify its product line and began manufacturing vacuum cleaners. It was the only product they offered which didn't suck.

Quality Assurance phoned and advised the Engineering guy that they had trouble with his design shorting out. So he made the wires longer.

Why do the English drink warm beer? Lucas makes the refrigerators.

Alexander Graham Bell invented the Telephone.
Thomas Edison invented the Light Bulb.
Joseph Lucas invented the Short Circuit.

Recommended procedure before taking on a repair of Lucas equipment: check the position of the stars, kill a chicken and walk three times sunwise around your car chanting: "Oh mighty Prince of Darkness protect your unworthy servant."

Lucas systems actually uses AC current; it just has a random frequency.
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Why have the British never manufactured televisions?..... They couldn't figure out how to make them leak oil.

The Lucas Electric motto: "Get home before dark."

Lucas denies having invented darkness. But they still claim "sudden, unexpected darkness."

Lucas--inventor of the first intermittent wiper.

Lucas--inventor of the self-dimming headlamp.

The three-position Lucas switch--DIM, FLICKER and OFF. The other three switch settings--SMOKE, SMOLDER and IGNITE.

The original anti-theft devices--Lucas Electric products.

"I've had a Lucas pacemaker for years and have never experienced any prob...

If Lucas made guns, wars would not start either.

Did you hear about the Lucas powered torpedo? It sank.

It's not true that Lucas, in 1947, tried to get Parliament to repeal Ohm's Law. They withdrew their efforts when they met too much resistance.

Did you hear the one about the guy that peeked into a Land Rover and asked the owner "How can you tell one switch from another at night, since they all look the same?" "He replied, it doesn't matter which one you use, nothing happens!"

Back in the '70s Lucas decided to diversify its product line and began manufacturing vacuum cleaners. It was the only product they offered which didn't suck.

Quality Assurance phoned and advised the Engineering guy that they had trouble with his design shorting out. So he made the wires longer.

Why do the English drink warm beer? Lucas makes the refrigerators.

Alexander Graham Bell invented the Telephone.
Thomas Edison invented the Light Bulb.
Joseph Lucas invented the Short Circuit.

Recommended procedure before taking on a repair of Lucas equipment: check the position of the stars, kill a chicken and walk three times sunwise around your car chanting: "Oh mighty Prince of Darkness protect your unworthy servant."

Lucas systems actually uses AC current; it just has a random frequency.
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I,m British, but have to admit this was funny. The telly is not and never was on my priority list (never turn it on) and now we have an Aistream to finish up my hubby (American made) never gets to watch it either. Beer I don,t drink, shorts I want no ice as hate my alcohol watered down same with cokes etc. Friends that cross the pond to visit have said the beer here is too cold to taste(I wouldn,t know) Airstreams ROCK! Susan.
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True story: I was doing some PR work for Land Rover and needed to fax some graphics to the NJ office and after several failed attempts, I called the office and asked if Lucas was now making fax machines. I was treated to a long silence by a very British tech at the other end.
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So what do you think? Has anyone ever towed their Airstream with a Rolls?
Sure, I do it every time we camp!
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