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January 5, 2017, 8:01pm Report to Moderator

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Well I think to be practical and to be honest this project (restoring my old man's vitesse) has been ruled by my heart, having been scammed previously we set about doing it again.

Having posted previously about the condition of the tub, in the light of day it looks to be totally unusable without hundreds of hours and pounds applyed. Same goes for the 2 metal bonnets, doors , boot and bulkhead.

The amount of pin holes throughout (on the tub) is astonishing and with the work needed and with the sensible head now replacing the one being pulled by heart strings the reality of it has dawned.

So with a few things to iron out prior to completely pulling the plug the restoration is ending soon.

Collection of some parts that have been sent away and just getting a comprehensive list together will no doubt result in the sale of everything.

I've found the help on here priceless and had the pleasure of meeting a few members over the last 3yrs.

All the best, and I hope you all can enjoy your triumphs.

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January 5, 2017, 8:25pm Report to Moderator
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Anything can be fixed if you have the skills or know the right people so sorry to hear that you are apparently giving up. Can't blame you though! Cheers, Dave.

First Triumph: 200cc Tiger Cub. Followed by in no particular order, 350 and 500 Royal Enfield Bullet, Herald 1200, Herald 13/60, Mini 1275 GT, Vitesse 2L convertible, Audi 80, Audi 80 Sport, Fiat 124 Sport Coupe, Triumph 2000, Mk 2 Estate, Fiat Tipo, Fiat Stilo, Fiat Uno, Peugeuot Turbo Diesel(yuk), Lancia HPE 2000ie (wow! a dream!) So far 3 Heralds and My fourth Vitesse in the garage. I may have forgotten some... It's my age.. Oh , Honda 400 four.. Terrifying! And the 2 Renault 5s. Oh, and the Ford Granada 3 litre estate..I think that's the lot.
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January 5, 2017, 8:58pm Report to Moderator

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Just bolt on another tub, bulkhead, doors, boot, bonnet, chassis and all the other bits and Hey Presto!  The car's restored.  Seriously?  Never give up, surely, just source better replacement components to the ones that you have (however long that might take) and keep at it.  I spent 20+ years sourcing the best of the best NOS parts for my Herald (including a NOS 1200 bonnet for £40, yes that's right, £40) and the result was effectively a 2005 new old stock 1200 saloon!!!  That's the beauty of "our cars since everything is bolt-on.  Keep going!


Herald 1200 Saloon, owned (in the family) from new, Royal Blue/Black trim
[color=purple]MX-5 Z-Sport (Tweaked to 200bhp)2007,
Suzuki Vitara S Auto, Cosmic Black, 2017.
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January 5, 2017, 11:20pm Report to Moderator

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Thanks folks, the thing is..It was my dad's, we made the decision to restore it but with the work that's needed and the work that's been done in truth the only original parts are going to be the number plates and vin plate.

With so much of the original car gone it's pointless as a remembrance to him, if that makes sense.
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January 6, 2017, 5:47am Report to Moderator

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That is all most cars are.  An id based around various components.  I'd still carry on if I were you.  Just with new/ replacement parts.  Not much of my car is original but it's still the same car if you get my drift?


Herald 1200 Saloon, owned (in the family) from new, Royal Blue/Black trim
[color=purple]MX-5 Z-Sport (Tweaked to 200bhp)2007,
Suzuki Vitara S Auto, Cosmic Black, 2017.
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January 6, 2017, 8:06am Report to Moderator

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Many of our cars suffer from Trigger's Broom Syndrome.

Seriously keep going at it - or even take a break from it if you have somewhere you can store it easily. Sometimes you need a break from these things and when you go back to it it's not as bad as you feared.

62 Vitesse 1600 - Slammed & modified
67 2000 - Fitted with 2.5 o/d - 2012 RBRR, 2015 Essex Rally, 2016 HCR, 2016 RBRR
67 2000 Estate - Dormant
70 Herald 13/60 - First car, many bits
77 CZ 125 Sport - 70 miles on the clock
77 Kawasaki KM90 - Shop hack
81 Yamaha DT125 - Many bits
88 Ginetta G4/4 - Dead
88 BMW E30 320i - For Sale
89 Citroen AX GT - Rally car!
90 BMW E30 318iS - Building to FIA spec
90 Mazda Eunos 1.6 - 'Popeye'
93 BMW 530i - Donor
95 BMW E34 540i - 4L V8
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January 6, 2017, 9:55am Report to Moderator

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If you don't this nk you can restore it, the someone else will disagree!
Selling it with all!the spatres will not dishonojhr your Dad,instead , he might prefer that to scrapping it.


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Silverback. 2001-2007
SofS. 2007 - to date.

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January 6, 2017, 10:17am Report to Moderator

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That's it John,  I'd rather sell the bits on, at least then they mite aid someone else.
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Quoted from qed296
...with the work that's needed and the work that's been done in truth the only original parts are going to be the number plates and vin plate.
This can be said as well about some of THE MOST HISTORIC Triumphs (and those of other marques) extant!  

--Andy Mace

*Mrs Irrelevant: Oh, is it a jet?
*Man: Well, no ... It's not so much of a jet, it's more your, er, Triumph Herald engine with wings.
-- Cut-price Airlines Sketch, Monty Python's Flying Circus (22)
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January 6, 2017, 9:01pm Report to Moderator

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I know most cars of the classic elk are perhaps short of original panels but when it's a car to remember my dad it wouldnt be fair to say the cars a memory of him.

I'd be as well to just buy another, transfer the reg and say it was his.....
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January 7, 2017, 3:36am Report to Moderator

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Don't know.....I bought a very untidy TC 18 years ago with a seized motor and a worn out trans. I told its second owner I'd bring it back to show him when I'd restored it, never thinking it would happen. But it had a rust free body and I couldn't bring myself to strip it. After a new motor and o/d gearbox and a panel and paint I did and he was gob smacked and very happy to see her in that condition.
I've still got her and will never sell. Gearbox away at present getting new bearings. No idea what its cost over the years but don't really care.

If all else fails-Read the Instructions! ��Wairoa
New Zealand

1976 2500TC (converted to S spec) owned since 1998.

1999 BMW 2800 cc Z3 Convertible.
2003 BMW 525i Touring.
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