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Bank Holiday improvement to my Rover

Discussion in 'Motors' started by bam0, 2 May 2006.

  1. bam0

    Soldato

    Joined: 28 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,014

    No, I didnt crash it :p

    Even though my car (1994 rover coupe in silver) looks like ass from the outside, as anyone who was at the southampton mini meet a while back can connfirm, I got sick of looking at the horrible mk2 200 dash.
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    So after about 3-4 hours getting the old one one out and the new one in, and thankfully with only a couple of problems, like I had to swap the dash loom from the old one to the new, and trying to get the speedo cable out of the gearbox so I could pull the dial pod far enough out to disconnect, the car looks like this.
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    I know there is no glovebox atm, the one I have is damaged to so have to pick up a new one, I haven't got a new clock yet either and the switch for the electric mirrors isn't in.... but *apart* from all that ;) it's done, the remaining bits shouldn't be much hassle anyway, it's getting the pieces.
     
  2. Confused

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,019

    Updates the look of the interior from a late 80's design to an early 90's design :cool:
     
  3. paradigm

    Caporegime

    Joined: 26 Aug 2003

    Posts: 36,523

    Location: Staffordshire

    Awaits AGW fainting with glee!

    Looks like a superb mod that mate :) Makes me remember when we tried to retro-fit a corsa dash into a nova back in 1999 (was a little too rounded to fit the windscreen though :(
     
  4. agw_01

    Capodecina

    Joined: 11 Apr 2004

    Posts: 19,681

    Damn, beaten by n00bs :(

    Ever since my mum got her 214 bubble, I've grown to like the Mk3 dash. Certainly looks better than the Mk2 dash, and suits the Coupe's lines.

    I didn't know you could fit Mk2 clocks into it though.

    Oh, please please get rid of that HORRIBLE steering wheel. The airbag version is much nicer.
     
  5. bam0

    Soldato

    Joined: 28 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,014

    Yeah, the mk2 clocks are the exact same size externally as the mk3 ones, fit straight back in, you should really think about doing the swap in your 220, just feels so much nicer.

    And re the steering wheel, it's on my list of things I plan to do :)
     
  6. iCraig

    PermaBanned

    Joined: 21 Apr 2004

    Posts: 13,314

    Location: Wolverhampton

    Looks good, apart from the spherical silver gearknob.
     
  7. Dup

    Capodecina

    Joined: 10 Mar 2006

    Posts: 10,280

    Location: East Lancs

    Vast improvement. I'd hate to do it myself. Dash removal is painful, let alone swapping looms etc. Did it cut you to shreds too?

    Nice headunit too. I have one in my 206 :D
     
  8. M0T

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Aug 2003

    Posts: 4,583

    Location: House

    Is it me or have you put your hazard warning switch in upside down? :p

    Also why did you have the newer wheel with the old dash but change to the older wheel for the new dash?
     
  9. bam0

    Soldato

    Joined: 28 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,014

    That's an official Rover/MOMO part i'll have you know :p Actually the most comfortable gearknob i've used, plus i've fitted a short throw shifter so extra weight in the gearknob feels a lot nicer.
    Cheers, yeah, my hands are covered in loads of tiny little cuts. Headunit it great isnt it, sounded better in my passat as I had components in there, haven't upgraded the stock speakers in this one yet.
     
  10. bam0

    Soldato

    Joined: 28 Oct 2002

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    Hahaha, hadn't noticed, not sure which way round it should be but I think you're right, oh well :)

    The first photo isn't mine, just a stock one I found and used to demonstrate to those who don't know how ugly the mk2 dash is.
     
  11. Phantom

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 9,809

    Location: Southampton, Hampshire

    have you had a forum name change? Car sounds familiar but the name doesnt :o
     
  12. bam0

    Soldato

    Joined: 28 Oct 2002

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    Yeah, I was Jagen until about a couple of months ago, I probably should have put something in my sig to let people know :)
     
  13. Phantom

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Southampton, Hampshire

    ahaa... thought so :D

    how long did it take you to do? looks like it was a big jobbie!
     
  14. andy2k

    Hitman

    Joined: 15 Jun 2005

    Posts: 610

    Location: Swindon, UK

    I have that dash layout in my MK3 200, its pretty nice.

    Only thing is my door panels rattle and so does the dash abit, the cars only on 44k aswell :(
     
  15. agw_01

    Capodecina

    Joined: 11 Apr 2004

    Posts: 19,681

    I'll be honest and say... I prefer the Mk2 dash to the Mk3 :eek:

    The Mk3 dash just looks too in your face (and isn't well suited to the shape of the Mk2 hatch). I like the lines and space of the Mk2 dash.
     
  16. bam0

    Soldato

    Joined: 28 Oct 2002

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    You prefer that out dated POS?! ;) The guide I used to help with the conversion is from Ste on rovertech and he did it in a 220 GSi, and it looks great.

    I hate the lines of the mk2 but you're right about the space, the closeable coin tray is gone and you really need the dash pocket where the passenger airbag cover is to make up for the dash shelf. It also seems the mk3 has better sound insulation on the back than the mk2, I get less engine noise coming through now.
     
  17. ajgoodfellow

    Capodecina

    Joined: 24 Dec 2004

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    Location: Shirley, Solihull, UK

    Nice!

    Not sure what you mean about the coin tray though - I've got that in mine (MG ZR but it's got the same dash).

    If you don't have a passenger airbag then you can fit a tray where the airbag cover is. Mine doesn't have a passenger airbag so I've got some extra space there for bits and bobs

    Pic: (To show you what I mean about the tray :) )

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  18. bam0

    Soldato

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    In the mk2 the coin tray is on the right hand side of the steering wheel, under the control for the electric windows, and it's more like an ashtray in that you can completely close it, not like the little one on the left of the wheel in the mk3 dash that is open.

    That tray is exactly what I want to do with mine, there's a couple on ebay atm so hopefully soon as I miss having a shelf to put things.
     
  19. ajgoodfellow

    Capodecina

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    Location: Shirley, Solihull, UK

    Ah - I know what you mean now

    I just use the ash tray under the stereo as a coin tray