A milestone in Moving

Today was a wee bit difficult but I’m slowly getting through it. This morning my pride and joy left home for the last time. What??? has Linda finally walked out on you?? Nooooo, not Linda!! my beautiful Rover. Yes I sold it plus a truck load of parts, some larger tools, welder, jack etc. All gone, but not leaving the island, just moving to Souris. It was a bit sad watching the car roll down the driveway and out on to the highway. The closing of another chapter in my long life, but It had to go, I just can’t work on cars anymore and as long as it sat in the garage I would feel the urge to go out and fix something. At least the pressure is off and the barn a little emptier. We are getting ever closer to being able to sell up and move. Its hard to give up what has been a part of ones life for so long, but reality has set in at last. Health and comfort must come first and life goes on..
God Bless and keep reading

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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9 Responses to A milestone in Moving

  1. Budger says:

    not sure what to say…a little teary eyed here as well…love you guys…

  2. My friend be Strong say farewell as your beloved Rover Slips down the road to Souris.
    As you prepare for a move I as a fellow Veteran, immigrant etc realise how much work is involved in moving. However you must now think of your health, Your family and the great memories of (the) Rover. I would throw out a suggestion to your good self. When the move is complete. Consider writing a help blog. You are a font of knowledge regarding engines and specifically UK vehicles. The days of driving an older car to the local Garage where some mechanic would solve the problem are sadly long gone. I cannot recall how many times over the 60s I drove old cars and was always able to find a local mechanic to fix them.
    You have a knowledge that is hard to find nowadays. So perhaps use this Blog or set up a Help Blog for people with questions about their beloved older vehicles.
    Stay Happy Stay Smiling and remember the Good Times and your past vehicles.

  3. As they say Robbie “the times they are a changing” and I guess I have to change with them. The old cars were great easy to fix(usually) and fun to drive. In 1971,I was transferred to Windsor Ontario from NS. Linda and I were not married at the time but decided to go to Windsor together and wed there. I bought a 1960 Wolseley for $100 that was sitting in my apartment parking lot not in use for a long time. With giving a thought to the condition of the old car, (actually it wasn’t that old in 1971) we hit the road carrying all our worldly goods. We arrived safely and later sold the car for $300. Forty one years later and many $100 cars later we remain happily married.

  4. Alec says:

    I’m kind of curious if this is the same rover I’m considering buying in souris? Is there anything you can tell me about the car?

    • irishroverpei says:

      Yes it is, contact me if you want any further info regarding the P4-100 rover

      • Alec says:

        Well I have made an offer that has been accepted. I just have to get out there from Saskatchewan to pick it up. Don’t worry though, i may be taking it far away from you but if I am successful in acquiring it, it will have a good home.
        It will share quarters with a’54 Vincent black shadow, a couple nortons, and a couple Classic American cars… I have wanted to find one in decent shape for years. That is why I am willing to try to bring it back from pei.
        The person who is selling it seems quite vague on details. Perhaps because he has had it only a short while…
        I would appreciate any information as to condition, and/ or work that has been done to the car, if you don’t mind providing it…
        I have very fond memories of a similar rover from my childhood. I am also a big fan of old British machines…
        I don’t know if you can see my email address, if not let me know and I will post it for you, incase you want to send some info…
        Thanks, Alec.

  5. irishroverpei says:

    Hi Alec The rover is a 1961 P4-100 the engine gear box and overdrive were all good when I owned it, exhaust brakes etc all good. For the history, I first came across the car whilst it was under a complete restoration in Florida. The owner needed parts of which I provided many, and all the receipts (two inch thick)were with the car when I sold it in the spring, plus a truck load of parts-manuals etc went with it. The cost of the restoration was in the region of $40.000 US in 2001. But don’t get too excited when I finally saw the car I wasn’t overly impressed. The owner after the restoration wasn’t happy with the car and wanted to sell it. He asked me what it was worth, difficult question not having seen the actual car but suggested around $10,000 and I was being gentle with him!!! he sold to a friend on mine in the US $8000,he drove it to PEI where he had a summer home, I eventually bought it for $3100. The present owner when he saw it I think he saw big profit in buying from me at $4000. He has been trying to sell it ever since, started at $12000 then $9000 and the last i heard was $5000.
    It is a nice car,new chrome, new upholstery, tires but it also so has a few flaws particularly if you are a purist. The front end is from an earlier car (1957-58) so from the front looks like a 75 from the rear a 100. There is a cracked windshield passenger side, that was done during the restoration when installing it. Installing a windshield in a P4 is not easy and is done from inside the car by tightening clamps, tightened one too muck and crack. Air con has also been installed which takes away from the originality of the car. It has a ding on the right rear wing,not real bad but should be repaired. The steering is a bit heavy with the larger radial tires and the tire pressure needs to be around 32psi. I can’t think of much else. As I said it is a nice looking car the paint is decent but not perfect, the rear window and right front door will leak if left outside for long wet periods, always garaged when I had it but not so before that.
    Hope this is of some help if you send me an email address I can send you a few photos.
    Good Luck Ben

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