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Green Gator; The Travelling Rover

Updated: Nov 15, 2020

This is TXC707J, a Rover 2000TC Series 2 with chassis number 43500170A. The color is Cameron Green with the Sandalwood Interior. Her build date is April 6, 1971 and was licensed on May 14, 1971. This Rover is rare to see in the US as only 208 Series 2 2000TC were built for export to the US market.

The history of this car is fairly well documented from stickers that are on the vehicle and the paperwork which I received when I purchased the Rover. This car is a worldly travelled car. From England to Germany, to Nebraska, then shipped to Japan and back to Nebraska and now, North Carolina.

The original owner, John Baker, was in the US Air Force and was stationed in Germany at the time this car was built. He went to England and picked the car up and transported the car back to Germany. Some years later, he moved to Nebraska as he was stationed at Offutt AFB. There is a sticker on the right front bumper with Offutt AFB. At some point, he moved to Japan as there is an Air Force sticker still on the windshield with US Force Japan 1976. On the left front side of the bumper is the blue sticker which has Kadena AFB which is located in Kadena, Japan which is in the Okinawa Prefecture.

This next time stamp was at some point, the car was sold to Susan Baker. The copy of the title shows October 1, 1980 which has a dealer tag number written on the copy, P4141. The mileage on the car was 48000 miles. The next time stamp seems to be when Frank bought the car from Park Place Pontiac/Cadillac/GMC in Lincoln, NB. The purchase of the car was April 24, 1988 and the mileage on the car 49531. If I can discern the information I have, the Rover spent some 8 years under the custody of the dealership. I find this amazing that a dealership would hold on to a car this long.

The next owner, Frank McKinney, purchased the Rover and drove the car until 1991 when the motor dropped a valve in the #3 cylinder. The mileage when it stopped was 55321. The car would sit for 27 years in his barn along with a 1965 Wedgewood Blue (Sharkstooth) and another 35 plus British automobiles.

Last year, I had connected with the Federal Rovers page on Facebook and I was put in contact with Frank. He stated that he had a Rover that he wanted to sell and would I be interested in it. I was hesitant until he sent the pictures. Seeing the Cameron Green Rover and knowing that it had been in storage for a long time intrigued me. So, with money in hand, sent of the money order and on May 28, 2018, I was standing at the Rover in Great Bend, KS. We loaded the Rover onto the trailer and drove back to Wake Forest, NC. Round trip was 2651 miles.

I could just write a story on the adventure of driving out to Kansas and back. What an adventure the trip was and the results was that I owned a Series 2 2000TC. The rarity of this car in the US is historical as this seems to be 1 of only 4 known survivors left in the US. I went through the Rover, documenting the state of condition the car was in. Mice had been rampant in the car and the engine compartment was with heavy surface rust on most parts including the inner fenders.

Starting in June 2018, I went through the entire car, front to back, documenting the outside and inside condition of the car and making several lists of what needed to be tackled. We removed an untold amount of mice poop out of the car. We removed all of the old insulation cleaning with Clorox to neutralize the smell and any leftover bacteria left over from the mice. We then took stock of what was ahead. I started with the motor, cleaning and rebuilding the motor. I went through every component cleaning and refurbishing the parts or replacing with new parts. I repainted the engine compartment. Removed the wiring harness and all brake components. I rebuilt the boosters, brake master cylinder and clutch system. I went through the entire wiring system and found several places where the mice had feasted on vinyl and copper wire. I rebuilt the dash and replaced any insulation with new material. The gas tank and fuel lines were also removed and replaced.

On August 25, 2018, the Rover started for the first time in 27 years. I drove the car around the neighborhood using the emergency brake to stop the car. After having gotten the car running, my next task was interior and getting the front and rear disk brakes to operate properly. As of February 2019, the car is almost ready to have new tires and receive a new tag. The saga continues and the car is transforming into her original glory. I hope to have her in full operating condition this year. I will replace and repair the panels and have her painted by 2020.

I have driven Rovers since 1981 when I lived in Scotland and have owned at least 1 Rover since that time. I love these cars and find them an amazing piece of engineering. To drive a P6 Rover is an experience to savor. Travelling on the highway, at spend, sets you in a time when cars were engineered to be safe, comfortable and luxurious.

J. Scheuring, NC

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