rolls royce silver shadow

rolls royce silver shadow

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Reading, UK

#1 Feb 18, 2007
i have a silver shadow which as doors problems, the left hand side front and rear doors wont open.

Can anybody help
john - coventry


#2 May 18, 2007
just bought a t1, rh rear door stuck on this too.
Will try and get in thru the slot / seal just by the wooden door capping trim. Will let you know how it goes.
(you've prob got this sorted by now)
Bill smith

Caen, France

#3 Nov 3, 2007
Hi does anybody know the procedure for changing rear wheel bearing on a shadow 1 1973 thanks

Auckland, New Zealand

#5 Jan 2, 2008
my advise is to go to the Australian Rolls Royce club forums and all the information you need is there. then click on topics and follow the link to the Silver Shadow. You can then download the entire workshop manual for this car.
Other than that, you will need some specialist tools to remove the rear wheel bearings. Hope this helps,
Cheers, Rollerman
Jan Forrest

Bristol, UK

#6 Jan 31, 2008
It's easy.
First you take your 54 tonne press and ... you DO have one, don't you?


#7 Jun 3, 2008
I've just renewed one of SRH14747 hub bearings and it's easy don't listen to them. There was nothing wrong with the old ones, I replaced all the parts though and will do the other next year. in fact it just needed tightening because it's double taper roller bearing. tricky bit is removing the yoke nut but I took it in to a garage and they did it for a bottle of NV champagne.
don't be scared of this job it's one of the easiest. get the manual though. Rupert
Paul Ireland


#8 Apr 4, 2009
My 1975 Shadow 1 backfires every now and then.It drives perfect around town,but when I take it on the moterway she drops power and backfires. I have done all the usual check's plug's lead's ect.
Jan Forrest

Bristol, UK

#9 Apr 5, 2009
Backfiring though the exhaust can only occur if there is unburnt fuel and unused oxygen leaving the engine. If you've checked the 'usual suspects' then the next most likely cause is the ignition timing and/or the condition of the distributor contacts and cap.
If it's backfiring through the air filter then I would look at the valve timing, although this can cause the former as well.
Other causes are: Unbalanced carbs or an air leak somewhere in the inlet manifold.
A tip: Park the car in a poorly lit area and watch the plug leads and distributor cap while revving the engine. This will show up any tracking as faint (or not so faint) sparks finding an easier path to earth. If you're feeling particularly brave you might want to touch them in turn to see if you get 'bit' by them - don't try this if you have a weak heart or are fitted with a pacemaker!

Aylesbury, UK

#10 Jun 15, 2009
I am trying to track down some dashboard bulbs for a silver shadow series 1 1972 - does anyone know where I can get these from?

Roslyn Heights, NY

#11 Jun 23, 2009
A growing site showing what the actual parts used in Rolls/Bentley cars cross reference to, saving money - especially when you get into other things than the doors.

CD workshop manuals & parts manuals going from 1947 up to 2000.(CD's for other cars also available)

If anyone has anything they have found out is a substitute correct alternate part for their Rolls or Bentley that would add to the site's content, please let me know.
Paul Ireland


#12 Jun 28, 2009
Hi Jan,Your information was spot on. One of the carb,s had a fault in it, yp e problem sorted.Sorry for not raplying sooner.THANK YOU.
Jan Forrest

Bristol, UK

#13 Jun 28, 2009
Glad to be of help, Paul. Anything I can do for another Rolls enthusiast ...
Have you checked out the Australian RR website yet?
They're a friendly bunch and all too willing to assist all RR & Bentley owners (all models) in any country!

Inglewood, CA

#14 Mar 28, 2010
This sooo funny, I just bought a 1972 Shadow and it has the same problem the RH rear door is stuck closed! RR what were you thinking? The rubber is bone dry. What to do? Steven

Since: Mar 10

Inglewood, CA

#15 Mar 28, 2010
Becci wrote:
I am trying to track down some dashboard bulbs for a silver shadow series 1 1972 - does anyone know where I can get these from?
Hello, I just joined this website, and I just bought a 1972 Shadow, I need dash lights as well, can you tell me where you found them, and how difficult (or easy..yeah) to install them. Thanks Steven

Blackburn, UK

#17 Apr 21, 2010
A range of Lilliput Edison Screw (LES) E5 type bulbs size 5.1 x 16mm.... mine were actually not even 12v but 16volt I guess to prevent them burning out so often - you have to remove the decorative wood using those chromed screws. this goes for the lights for the dials and the gear shift. However the brake warning bulbs are the same as for the rear door warning lights - wedge type. Mine were also 14 or 16 volts but have been easier to find 12 volt so have bought them instead... type for these is Wedge Base Capless Type ( Capless Wedge 30mA )
Rated at 12 to 30V current 30mA. Average life 1000 hours. however you can get a pattern easily by taking out the warning red light rubber fitting in the back of any of the doors, front doors sorry, not back doors I think. These bulbs from memory are used quite extensively. I took off the top roll so I could get behind the dash - I was doing the intermittent wash wipe at the time on SRH14747. nOW WHAT YOU HAVE to watch out for is muddling up the connections to the various warning lamps. the brake warning lamps are housed in a plastic box, with a pressed steel frame holding own the coloured glass, which then has from memory another layer of glass. You have to unscrew this from the plywood behind the decorative woodwork and work with the plastic enclosure pulled out an inch or so --- hence you can easily misjudge it and pull out the wires from their connectors. Hence you are in danger of muddling up "Low Brake Pressure" "System 1" with the handbrake or "stop light failure" and that, could be disastrous. Good luck! Rupert

Blackburn, UK

#18 Apr 21, 2010
Oh yes and by the way you have to take off the windscreen wiper chrome knob and one or two others, look at the manual - they either have grub screws or a spring to push to unclip them from their spindles I forget which now, but you need to make yourself or get a small right angled or hooked scriber to unclip those before you can take off the wood fascia. the dash board behind is marine ply, black, machined with orifices. And to take the top roll off you need to look carefully at the section in the workshop manual, the fastenings are very hidden behind gloveboxes, cubbies, kick panels etc. It's rather tricky for the newcomer, can take a morning what with the reading too.

Cranbourne, Australia

#19 May 20, 2010
Hi all, does anyone know where I can buy wooden door cappings for a 1973 silver shadow?
Jan Forrest

Wakefield, UK

#20 May 22, 2010
As in all things rolls Royce you should check out the RROC forum as shown above. Even if they don't have a set for sale themselves they can point you in the right direction.
Ps. Depending on the state of the existing cappings you could always remove them, strip off all the old varnish then stain and re-varnish them yourself or even send them out to be done professionally.
I've done it all myself on The Old Girl and they've come up like new after a dozen or so coats.

Raleigh, NC

#21 Jul 6, 2010
how did you remove the door capping (without detsroying them)?
I figure i only have one 'first shot'...i need to refinish the wooden trim as well as get inside both rear doors to find out what is causing lack of window operation..Thanks!
lu rice

Farmington, MI

#22 Aug 3, 2010
I just purchased a 1975 long wheel base silver shadow..........I NEED HELP !!!!!!I can not open the trunk/luggage compartment .The key goes into the lock ,turns but will not open.I have tried the boot button in the dashboard glove box but to no avail .What am I not doing ???????I phoned the previous owner who said to just keep jigglig/playing with it.I am afraid of breaking the lock off .........HELP

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