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....and the OP hasn't logged in since June 2009 ;)

Not that it should put Rhysnich off, it is always interesting to hear first hand knowledge of the history, especially of a plant that most of us don't know much about (until this thread bounced up, I had forgotten there was a factory at Cardiff).

So welcome to the forum :welcome:
 

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EPIC THREAD FROM THE DEAD !!!!!!


6 years on lol ! :lol:
....and the OP hasn't logged in since June 2009 ;)

Not that it should put Rhysnich off, it is always interesting to hear first hand knowledge of the history, especially of a plant that most of us don't know much about (until this thread bounced up, I had forgotten there was a factory at Cardiff).

So welcome to the forum :welcome:
You are all right, I was just preparing an answer the same as what I said six years ago.

It's always good to get an answer from someone who knows.


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Hi Pat!
Funny you should mention China, few years ago I spent a summer in Qindao, Shandong Province, China.
Guess what, Maestro vans with a jap diesel engine in them. Not a lot, but enough to make me homesick/proud to be British.
Sorry no photos.
 

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just reading this thread i had no idea there was a factory in Cardiff,but i do know a year after rover collapsed a factory up my way in Maesteg called standard cooper moved to china this hurt my local area they made door seals for rover and land rover but MGR was there biggest customer
 

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Rover plant Cardiff

I was an apprentice in the early 80s. The plant was moved to Solihull in 1985. It used to manufacture and assemble gearboxes for the sd1 & land rover. Also manufactured cylinder heads, cam carriers and steering rods - cant remember for what vehicles.
 

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You are all right, I was just preparing an answer the same as what I said six years ago.
I was just preparing an answer the same as what I said seven years ago TBH.

I was an apprentice in the early 80s. The plant was moved to Solihull in 1985. It used to manufacture and assemble gearboxes for the sd1 & land rover. Also manufactured cylinder heads, cam carriers and steering rods - cant remember for what vehicles.
Thanks for the info Tom and :welcome:
 

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interesting read

i havent seen the before, not supprising as i havent look that far back lol.
regarding the rover alloys, they were made at AWI whitchurch in cardiff. it didnt close in 2002 it was 2000, i should know i worked the last nightshift there. there are now houses on the site and quite a nice house sits on top of where my to lathe,s were. we made 90% of mg/rover alloys for them along with, land rover, range rover, jaguar, bentley, rolls royce, lotus,GM,fiat and of coure we owned the wolf race brand.
hard work, poor working conditions but a great set of boys there. over 400 jobs went that day.
the sister plant was in kent, near snodland if i remember correctley.
rover way is still worth a visit as there are more breakers down that way than i have seen in such a close area. there are 7 on the one estate couple are actually next door to each other which can come in handy lol.
as mentioned there were quite a few factories that went under here in my area, electrical manufactures, dash and trim etc.
the story is the same all around the uk unfortunatley, people dont hear about the smaller factories when a big manufacturer goes under.
gone are the days of changing the vitesse 17,s every 6 months. set for £60. good times.
 

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Just a query about the Rover plant that used to be round my way. I've realised that there's very little info out there about the Rover factory in Cardiff (other than that there's a road named after it - Rover Way - you'd be hard pressed to know that it ever existed). So, does anyone have any info - AFAIK it made gearboxes, and closed mid 80's, but that's about as much as I can dig out.

Can anyone help - I'm just intrigued really......

Oh, and can you guess what's on the site now - a Tesco's and executive housing......

Alastair
I worker at the Rover factory on Rover Way in Cardiff, I was on of the las toolmaking apprentices there. from memory In the last 4 years the company made con rods, gearboxes for the Jaguar, Rover SD1, and Ital (Morris Marina). They also made the cam carrier for the Rover SD1 I think.
They also made the first automatic gearbox for the Range Rover, which was a bought in Chrysler gearbox I think that was modifies at the plant in Cardiff.
 

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I worked for Rover Management Services based at Solihull & was sent to do a job at their plant in Cardiff, around 1967.
Then it was a warehouse for supplying spare parts for all models.
I remember the MD took delivery of one of the first MGB's.
 

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I was an apprentice in the early 80s. The plant was moved to Solihull in 1985. It used to manufacture and assemble gearboxes for the sd1 & land rover. Also manufactured cylinder heads, cam carriers and steering rods - cant remember for what vehicles.
Yes I was an apprentice with Tom Stretch at Rovers, I'm John Rees
 

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I note that the informative and knowledgeable Interloper has not been here for 7 years. His details also suggest he was born in 1929 - does/did anyone know him IRL?
 

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It was username "interloper" I was thinking of. Didn't "1955diesel" also stop posting abruptly? If so, from the username, far too soon. I see 1955diesel last posted in 2011 and his strapline is "never forgotten" so is it right that he passed away while in service here as a mod?
 

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It was username "interloper" I was thinking of. Didn't "1955diesel" also stop posting abruptly? If so, from the username, far too soon. I see 1955diesel last posted in 2011 and his strapline is "never forgotten" so is it right that he passed away while in service here as a mod?
Yeah 1955diesel did pass away back in 2011. He was on here every day, back when it was still a popular forum

interloper would be 87 now. But maybe he simply sold his 75 and moved on?
 
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