A Rolls Royce Silver Shadow 2.

I bought a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow 2. With no service history and in poor condition,bought as a project.

Expensive to repair,complex and rust prone,its hardly a sensible idea.

This page,like the Rolls is unfinished,a work in progress,links are at foot of page.

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The rust was localised,needing a couple of plates in the front.

I used galvanised steel sheet,welding outside because of fumes.

After wire brushing the floors were treated with phosphoric acid.

When dry the floors were sanded and painted with a zinc rich paint



Rolls Royce engine before cleaning.


Rolls Royce V8 engine after painting


The Rolls V8 engine was cleaned and some ancilliaries painted.


The tiny handbrake pads were renewed.

The handbrake linkage was seized solid.



The brake reservoir was drained and cleaned out.

The rags are to stop small bolts falling into the engine V.

2 BA nuts and bolts are used on the reservoir.



The filters are a fine mesh,using a deep AF socket they can be unscrewed.

The area behind the sight glasses was washed out with a syringe.

The sight glass panel is removable but the screws holding it often break.



The dashboard was removed to sort out poor repairs to wiring.

Some of the instruments didnt work.

The wires to the inhibitor had burnt out.



The burnt out interior lights timer and relay were replaced with modern units.

The missing switches were replaced with modern miniature push switches


The broken rear door switches replaced,using the same units as fronts.

The wiring for the arm rest lights had shorted and was replaced.





A few bubbles hid a poor repair,just filler over rot

The filler was pulled off and the hole cut back to sound metal.

A piece of 1.5mm steel was cut and beaten to shape.

The plate was joggled and welded to the wing and floor.

The area behind was treated and painted.




The SU carburettors were removed,needle valves replaced and float levels set.

The inter connecting linkages set correctly.

The internal filters were cleaned and all 'O' rings replaced.

They solenoids and pipe work cleaned.




The dreaded brake spheres.

The accumulators were removed and replaced.

Those pictured here are actually early Silver Shadow parts.

The later ones (series 2) have the switches on the pipes not the valves.



This is the fuel weakener device fitted to the Silver Shadow2.

The two solenoids control the anti dieseling and the fuel weakener cut off.



Under the car is a one way valve,that is sprung loaded.

It enables petrol to escape if the carburettor bowls flood.

It also is part of the fuel weakener system



The drain valve can be dismantled and cleaned.

If it is stuck either open or closed it can cause problems.



Under both front seats electric motors and a rack system move the bases.

The motors can be removed and the rubber covers peeled back

this gives access to clean the brushes and commutator.


Other than cleaning and treating the seats,

there was little that the interior needed.



Links to various helpful sites are below. With thanks for the efforts their authors have made.

Return to home page ? Go there.

The Bentley/Rolls Royce Archives. Manuals,diagrams and part numbers etc. Go there.

The Australian Rolls Royce Forums. Lots of advice and information from other owners. Go there

Modifications and revisions by chassis number. Useful for identifying specifications. Go there.

Silver Shadow dashboard evolution. Pictures and description of how these changed. Go there

The Rolls Royce V8 engine. History and applications etc. Go there.

Wing,Floor,Sill and other repair panels. Patch panels for Shadows. Go there.

Replacement and substitute parts. Save money on service items etc. Go there.

The luxury junk yard. Huge American Rolls Royce breakers yard. Go there.