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Old 02-25-2010, 10:48 AM   #43
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Would a Rolls pickup work better?

In 1950 Rolls Royce built a RR pickup based on the Phantom IV body/chassis for use at the factory. They dismantled it in 1963 IIRC.

I have seen RR "trucks" in the UK for use as a flower car at funeral homes. Usually, they had a matching RR hearse.
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Old 02-25-2010, 02:21 PM   #44
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I think it was Goin Camping on the forum here who remembers as a kid seeing folks pull in to the CG in a RR with chauffer. And an Airstream of course......maybe he'll confirm if it was him and if so elaborate on it.

We just popped Donna's 740i. Maintenance costs were just too much for what I thought was acceptable. Our first one though saved our lives - let me rephrase that - how it was built and how the airbags deployed saved our proverbial bacon(s) when in an accident in 2006. The car was destroyed yet we got out without a scratch. Thus she bought another one, but I finally convinced her that she needed a truck and not the car.

That said, I was just kinda looking on Craigs List yesterday and low and behold, there's a '57 Silver Cloud for sale. Reasonable price, it is a nice grey (gray to you US folks) and that sure got me thinking. I suppose if I raised that one with Donna after convincing her to sell her car I'd be in mega trouble. But gosh it sure did look like it would make an ideal TV. Hmmmmmm, see what you started??? You are bad. In a good way, but still, bad.
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A Rolls mechanic in the San Francisco told me several years ago to figure on $5000 for a brake job. He also said a Rolls never breaks down they simply "fail to proceed"...cool....
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:11 PM   #46
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Here you go

1967 ROLLS ROYCE - $4500 (Tacoma)

1967 ROLLS ROYCE
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I've had quite a few English vehicles with Lucas electrics and consider the knocks to Lucas greatly exaggerated. In my experience nearly half the problems come from some dumbass installing the battery backwards (they are positive ground) then wondering why the electrics went wonky.

In the fifties and sixties Delco and Bosch were the best, but Lucas stuff was as good as any other import.
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Old 02-26-2010, 05:23 PM   #48
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I think it was Goin Camping on the forum here who remembers as a kid seeing folks pull in to the CG in a RR with chauffer. And an Airstream of course......maybe he'll confirm if it was him and if so elaborate on it.
Back in the mid sixties my Mom, Sis and dog were camping at Refugio State Beach in our VW and yard sale tent.

Our next door neighbor was an Airstream hitched to a RR. As we were eating our hot dogs and Mac and Cheese. My Mom gave us a nudge and we looked over to see the butler in a Tux serving the couple who had dressed formally for dinner. Hot dogs and Mac and Cheese.

Needless to say it left an impression.
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Old 02-26-2010, 06:22 PM   #49
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Here you go

1967 ROLLS ROYCE - $4500 (Tacoma)

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The ad reports "1967 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. Runs good. Has minor fire damage on right rear."

Wonder if the guy was smokin the tires and it got a little hot back there???
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The ad reports "1967 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. Runs good. Has minor fire damage on right rear."

Wonder if the guy was smokin the tires and it got a little hot back there???
The worst report is that it needs hydraulic repairs... means brake$ in RR language.
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Back in the mid sixties my Mom, Sis and dog were camping at Refugio State Beach in our VW and yard sale tent.

Our next door neighbor was an Airstream hitched to a RR. As we were eating our hot dogs and Mac and Cheese. My Mom gave us a nudge and we looked over to see the butler in a Tux serving the couple who had dressed formally for dinner. Hot dogs and Mac and Cheese.

Needless to say it left an impression.
I still chuckle when I remember reading this from a long ago post. You have to wonder what that butler was thinking in the back of his mind....

Thanks for posting this Goin. I was pretty sure it was you.
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Old 04-14-2010, 08:32 PM   #53
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Towing with a Rolls Royce

I am at present looking at a Rolls late 80s for towing our race cars and my caravan. Presently I tow with my Holden Caprice, the 6 litre version with 6 speed auto. The trouble is they are only rated at 2.1 ton. I need around 3.5 ton capacity. As I have built hot rods and race cars, modifying a car is not a big deal.

For better economy change the original T400 for either a 700R or a TCI 6 speed auto from the States. Final drive on the 6 speed is .75:1, great for improved economy. They also come with paddle shifts if needed.

The engines seem to work well if serviced properly, but an alternative is a 454 chev with aluminium heads and fuel injection with a bolt on 6 speed auto. The joys of the original rolls engine is their quietness, Chevy although torky and reliable are not the quietest.

My plans are for a 1989 Spur II, change auto to TCI 6 speed, air bag the suspension, upgrade the brakes to late 13"-14" rotors with 4 spot on the front and 2 spot on the rear. I know then towing with 3 tons on the rear I will have the torque to pull the trailer and the ability to stop.

Upgrade the interior with GPS, DVD, Bluetooth unit and rear screens. All up cost around A$45,000.

This will be cheaper than a converted 2500HD Silverado, VW Tourag or a toyota Land Cruiser. Remember in Australia we are right hand drive. Converted new 2500HD Silverados are selling for A$120,000-A$140,000, take 10% off for US equivalent. That's a lot of money. VW Tourag top of the range is around A$120,000. so a low milage 89 Rolls Royce at A$30,000 plus a few mods is a good alternative.

If you did change the motor, you can always sell the original to recover the costs. Rebuilt RR motors over here are around A$30,000. A new high touque 454 cu is around US$10,000 with all accessories and belts.


At the end of the day, how cool would it be to be able to tow with the Rolls, style, comfort, class, people move over for you and they wont depreciate any more, so 5 years later your car is still worth the same, to me that's being financially savvy. Don't worry what other people thing, just do it, tint the windows a stick it to them.

I visit the States at least once a year for car shows and SEMA, love seeing your airstreams and big motorhomes. If you want to see all of the country do it in comfort. We have a large country over here travelling 500 miles between drag strips, I want to do it in comfort and style.
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Sweet Ozz... If you go through with it we got to see the pics!!!

The 454 is quite the gas guzzler. What about one of the diesels out of a Chrysler 300???
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Silver Ghost, Silver Spirit, Silver Spur, silver trailer, coincidence?
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The Lucas joke that was missed:

If you see a couple of Englishmen pushing a house down the street, what are they doing? Trying to jump start the Lucas oil burner!

I know all about Lucas, I owned an MGB and a Jag XJ6, I aways felt owning the Jag was like being in love with a beautiful woman with a really bad personality. The MG on the other hand was a '70 split bumper and I'd take it back in a minute!

I have a friend who dropped a 350 small block in his XJ and it is a super car, once he got the bugs out of the conversion.

Go with the Rolls, it's only money!
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