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Paula
January 4, 2017, 5:58pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Sheepy


Couldn't agree more, the older ones are the best.

If you can do a head gasket then you are a lot further advanced than most amateurs!
Find a local club and get chatting to some of the members with the same car (helps if they know that model well) or others that are good with spanners (as most triumph owners should be 😉) then ask for advice, or even ask if they would be willing to teach you (payment of tea and biscuits, or beer
It's the best way to learn, then you will have the satisfaction of doing it yourself.

I would offer but I'm a little far away! 😀

Give the car a good check over now noting anything that needs replacing or is likely to need replacing soon, get along to the spares day in Feb if you have the time (19th) and pick up some bits, plus then you get to meet some orrible lot like us! But it's a fun day out.

Cheers
Shaun


I'll stick it in the diary!


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citroentim
January 4, 2017, 6:49pm Report to Moderator
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Hi Paula
I am only 15 miles from you and happy to pop over and help with either fitting new points and condenser or electronic ignition if you don't have any luck with someone closer..


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Paula
January 4, 2017, 6:52pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from citroentim
Hi Paula
I am only 15 miles from you and happy to pop over and help with either fitting new points and condenser or electronic ignition if you don't have any luck with someone closer..


Thanks!
I'll give it a go and see what happens. Parts should be here tomorrow.


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Nick Jones
January 4, 2017, 7:41pm Report to Moderator

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Well done for having a go.  These cars are truly excellent for learning on, being really pretty simple.  I find it fairly horrifying that an RAC/AA person wasn't able to fettle a set of points at the roadside.

The lesson is to carry a few basic spares.  Points, condenser, rotor arm, set of plugs (the old but working ones removed from your last service are better than nothing) plus fan belt (make sure it is the right length by fitting the new one and keeping the one that comes off as the spare), top and bottom main hoses plus a length of generic 1/2" heater hose makes a good start.  Even if you can't fit them yourself it gives the RAC/AA man something to do.

Cheers

Nick

PS. When you have it running again and are confident you've fixed the steering issue, I still suggest taking the car to somewhere like Moordale Motors for a good, specialist look over just to make sure there's nothing too alarming lurking on the safety front.  That steering issue does suggest it's been fiddled with by someone not entirely sure what they were doing and you were quite fortunate to discover it the way you did!


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Paula
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Quoted from Nick Jones
Well done for having a go.  These cars are truly excellent for learning on, being really pretty simple.  I find it fairly horrifying that an RAC/AA person wasn't able to fettle a set of points at the roadside.

The lesson is to carry a few basic spares.  Points, condenser, rotor arm, set of plugs (the old but working ones removed from your last service are better than nothing) plus fan belt (make sure it is the right length by fitting the new one and keeping the one that comes off as the spare), top and bottom main hoses plus a length of generic 1/2" heater hose makes a good start.  Even if you can't fit them yourself it gives the RAC/AA man something to do.

Cheers

Nick

PS. When you have it running again and are confident you've fixed the steering issue, I still suggest taking the car to somewhere like Moordale Motors for a good, specialist look over just to make sure there's nothing too alarming lurking on the safety front.  That steering issue does suggest it's been fiddled with by someone not entirely sure what they were doing and you were quite fortunate to discover it the way you did!


I'll start building up on spares.
I used to carry so many around on my old vespa i once called out the RAC and just asked to borrow some tools as i'd left them at home. Poor guy had no idea how to do a clutch cable on a 1960 VBA 150!


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Paula
January 4, 2017, 8:00pm Report to Moderator

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I'm planning to take it to Quillers for a once over once i'm on the road


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DaveKent
January 4, 2017, 8:09pm Report to Moderator

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Dale at Moordale is your man!


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Paula
January 4, 2017, 8:11pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from DaveKent
Dale at Moordale is your man!


Oh ok.
I'll give him a call. Quillers not so hot?


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Alex
January 4, 2017, 8:43pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Paula


Oh ok.
I'll give him a call. Quillers not so hot?



There have been many less than favourable reviews about quillers......I'm sure they can't be all bad but the general opinion would be the one I'd favour......

Was that diplomatic?


Triumph spitfire 1500 white.....rbr04,06,2012,2014 and 2016


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January 4, 2017, 8:47pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Paula


Oh ok.
I'll give him a call. Quillers not so hot?


To be fair, I have never used Quiller: however I do know first hand that Moordale Dale knows his Triumphs inside out!


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Paula
January 4, 2017, 9:13pm Report to Moderator

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Message received and understood!


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Blimey, Chandler is learning.....never too old eh!


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1969 2.5Pi Mk.1: Slate Grey 3 10CRs (05,09 & 15), 3 RBRRs (08, 12 & 16), 3 HCRs, 2 LCCs. A few alloy panels, does need the pi kit fitting. Bought April '04. Needs paint! Just fitted some new 7J Minilites-not copies!

1967 Spitfire mk2: Wedgewood Blue. Bought November 2010. Almost seems civilised. Car has done a RBRR (Dave Picton 2010). Blimey, could be on the road soon!
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Alex
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Quoted from timbancroft61
Blimey, Chandler is learning.....never too old eh!




Triumph spitfire 1500 white.....rbr04,06,2012,2014 and 2016


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TedTaylor
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You have a number of local Club groups in South London like South London and West Kent.  Use the 'More Local Groups' option at the bottom of the 'Next Group Meetings' on the right of the page which gives map locations.

MUT


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Quoted from Nick Jones
I find it fairly horrifying that an RAC/AA person wasn't able to fettle a set of points at the roadside.

These days I'm not surprised. Some twenty years ago I broke down in a Dolomite 1850 and the RAC/AA/etc person who attended managed only to completely a£$e up the distributor before being forced to give up and call a recovery truck.

Quoted from Nick Jones
PS. When you have it running again and are confident you've fixed the steering issue, I still suggest taking the car to somewhere like Moordale Motors for a good, specialist look over

As others have said, Dale at Moordale is the man! Not being local, I don't use them myself, but it was he who fixed my very unhappy Toledo in a car park in Scotland on the 2008 RBRR.


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1967 Vitesse 2L conv "Tessa"
1970 Spitfire Mk3 (project) "Toby"
1972 GT6 Mk3
Not enough time or space
Recently sold:
1972 2.5 PI estate "Harry" (gone to russell on here)
1973 Toledo 2-door "Spike" (gone to a club official)
Used to have:
1968 Vitesse 2L saloon
1980 Dolomite 1500
1977 Dolomite 1850
1980 Dolomite Sprint
1982 TR7 DHC Sprint
1975 2500S saloon
1971 Herald 13/60 Estate (with 1500 Spit engine)
1975 Stag
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