Hi, all. It's been a while but I can explain...
I pretty much had to write off all of 2016 because work and business commitments took me away from all car related projects.
Long story short - I spent last year producing Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), process and promo videos for a major food production company which was a fascinating and busy role that was only meant to be a six month project but ended up going a full year. This meant I didn't have any spare time to work on the Rover or make any Rover related videos. Despite not being able to work on the car, I continued to search for replacement body panels but very little turned up because the usual suppliers said there's no demand for Rover R8 body and trim parts.
Since I don't give up easily, I made enquiries at Expressed Steel Panels (who specialise in remanufacturing body panels for older British classics) and it transpired they are in the process of consulting with Rover 200/400 R8 owners-clubs and forums to ascertain what repair panels to start producing.
Fingers crossed they start making rear quarter panels and 'wheel arch to sill' panels for the 3 door body shell.
So, the plan now is to draw up a project list and plan the restoration of the shell.