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Triumph tales from the West of Oz

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Progress on Morgan

Swedish adventures

Stag Resuscitation

All Triumph Day Guildford WA

Road Trip to TSOA National - Clare Valley SA - Part 2

Road Trip to TSOA National - Clare Valley SA - Part 1

Brake service and a few bit of wear and tear

Vintage Stampede and TSOA/TCC show and shine plus a few hiccups

Long time no blog

TSOA National Perth 2014

End in sight

Blown headgasket - closely followed by me almost blowing a gasket

Estate Interior virtually complete

Almost there...

Mid Winter progress - whatever makes you happy

Clean up pre-assembly

Cam failure

Bushfires and Hot V8's

Busy times

Albany long weekend - Mt Clarence hillclimb

Back on the road

3 useful hours in a shed

Markich Gems - PI estate progress

Clutch delay - cam swap

Progress at last

Progress on Morgan

Fortunately "Morgan" the Triumph (named in honour of its saviour) had been loved once.

Inside the car and boot was virtually every part from its partial dismantling. All the bumpers still had their bolts in with greased captive nuts and rubber washers, all the doors fittings where in separate plastic bags, door cards and carpets were neatly stacked in the boot.

Most things needed no more than a good clean and they were ready for refitting.

Chris witor should have a enhanced pension fund after the last few weeks - that said its amazing how easily you can rebuild a basically rustfree but mechanically worn 53 year old car!

Bumpers on, badges fitted and starting to look a little more loved
I knew that the tyres all needed replacement and decent 13" tyres are not really available in Sweden -   
I took the plunge and ordered 7 x 15 Minilites and a set of 195/65 snow tyres - looks the part!
Note the rear old registration is the original - BD suffix means originally registered in Norrbotten - the furthest north Swedish county. I am missing one of the current plates AYF876 - assigned in 1972 - but fortunately the car is still legally in existence and I have the current Euro spec ownership papers. its tax free and next year MOT free too.
The door cappings were in a dreadful state but after stripping the flaked varnish with a razor blade - very time consuming -  I found the veneer was fine - so this is how they look with 4 coats of gloss polyurethane.

Amazing rustfree floorpans - just a bit of scaley stuff that I have rust treated and now primed
Swedish 2000 advert from mid 60's

Interior starting to come together - nice patina!

posted by andy t 25th July 2017 2:58pm gmt

Swedish adventures

Recently the Thompson family have relocated to Northern Sweden to help manage an Australian companies interests in Sweden and Finland - we saw it as a chance to further the kids education and let them experience true seasonal variation, learn to ski, fish etc.

We are based in Mala, Vasterbotten - or West Bothnia as it was known in the UK historically. It is very close to the arctic circle, sees the Aurora Borealis in winter and the midnight sun through summer. It is remote - 800kms from Stockholm - which itself is level with the Orkney Islands. We are as far north as central Iceland.

We left our nice Perth house and garage of Triumphs in the care of Ken Bryant and the closest I expected to get to a Triumph was when I pop over to the UK to do events with Doug. What I was not expecting when driving through the neighbouring village was this.....

Seemingly abandoned outside a workhop in Norsjo - a 1964 Conifer mk1 looking very sorry for itself.

Trying to remain objective I had to have a closer look as although neglected it seemed amazingly solid

Looking underneath I expected the worst - but amazingly it seemed virtually unscathed - mild surface rust and oil or wax leaking from key areas of the sills
Most of the underside seemed covered in thin bitumen flaking off to reveal shiney factory paint

Early body number confirmed
I traced its owner, Morgan, to a nearby house where it became apparent he was a car saver with his own collection of barn finds
Morgan drives truck at the Kiruna Iron Ore deposit which is where he found the Triumph - virtually abandoned for the last 40 odd years. I crazily agreed to buy what I had sworn to Del I was going to avoid whilst on secondment - another project!
Over the next few weeks we got the Triumph back on four wheels and did a temporary fix on the rear subframe rubber that had failed - common 64 problem
And then 2 weeks ago - delivery - all part of the service!
In my shed and ready for revival

posted by andy t 24th July 2017 11:05pm gmt

Stag Resuscitation

For too long my wifes poor old Stag has been languishing engineless in the shed whilst me and Ken have been getting the engine refurbished due to severe electrolytic head corrosion only 5 years and 15000 miles since its previous rebuild. So finally in November 2016 we had all the bit ready to get the whole assembly back into the slightly tatty looking shell.

The list of thing that we had done included:

Replacing an impossibly heavy Borg and Beck clutch with a AP cover from LD Parts which proved to be magically light.

Replacing leaking O rings on the gearbox selectors with  Quadring seals which have proved their worth on my TR6.

The head gaskets we are trying this time are made by Cometic via Tony Hart and we have also used 0.040@ thick anodised aluminium saver shims due to the heads being overskimmed following welding repairs.

I also managed to get a set of vernier timing wheels to allow the cam timing to be returned to factory settings. Most Stags suffer in this area once heads have been skimmed leading to sub optimal performance.

Putting the engine back into the Stag was mostly by the factory ROM although we didn't really have enough height and risked the front panel a bit as we heaved the gearbox into the engine compartment.

In she goes

It is an extremely snug fit and the only obstruction was the power steering hose that we had neglected to remove.

A jack at the back of the gearbox allows the assembly to slide in
Doing up the engine mountings was a little bit of a fiddle
Engine fitted the car saw daylight for the first time in 2 years giving us a chance to wash off the rat poo and assorted black filth
New year saw us making the final push to get the old girl running - this should have been simple but the dreaded pattern part syndrome struck - in this case a remanufactured 12vane water pump cover decided to put a spanner in the works. It simply didn't want to let the inlet manifold fit
Basically it was fouling the inlet manifold in about 4 places plus we had the inlet bottoming on the core plug casting in the center of the V
After some significant metal removal from the block, waterpump cover and the inlet manifold we were satisfied that the manifold gaskets had half a chance

One thing that had to be compromised on was the thermostat bypass hoses - these simply would not fit with the pattern cover - to solve this, blanking plugs were fitted and a hole drilled in the thermostat - it has proved to work perfectly.
All together and ready for the first start.