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Classic/Antique Car Repair/1980 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II


Good Morning Vern,
I am still trying to start my RR (2 years?)and attached my previous question to you and your reply, which may have been confusing. I have replaced the coil, distributor cap, rotor and plugs but still no spark which has led me to the distributor amplifier or ballast resistor, both of which are expensive, thus my previous question about a way to test them?  Sorry about the confusion.  Do you know of a "reasonable place" to obtain RR parts?


And yes, the Ballast Resistor kit is expensive. About $600.

1. Amplifier - $335
2. Ballast Resistor - $225
3. Terminals - $5

I get my parts from Albers Rolls Royce/Bentley - 317-873-2360

These are very specific parts and they cost the same no matter
where you find them.

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I can answer most questions about autos built in the 1920 through 1990. Mechanical issues and technical questions are my expertise. I also have a general knowledge of most older automobiles. Keep in mind, I can only provide answers if the questions are very specific and complete. Without details, I can only speculate and that's not good for solving your problem.


I have owned and maintained Silver Shadows for over 10 years now. I find most mechanics and even Rolls Royce mechanics have very little knowledge about these automobiles. I have researched these cars in quite a bit of detail and can pretty much tell you what is wrong, if you can describe the behavior in detail. I have saved quite a few RR owners a lot of money and aggravation due to improper diagnosis. I am the owner of Classy Transportation, LLC a luxury limousine service specializing in antique cars, classic cars, vintage cars and exotic cars.

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