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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:05 pm 
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The standard of this restoration is extremely high, can't wait to see the completed car.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:07 pm 
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Excellent updates and fantastic pictures! With 969 on the downward slope now these two will make a great pair of totally opposite Dolomites 8)

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 10:05 pm 
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Fantastic stuff.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 11:03 pm 
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For those that did not know, when Mike advertised this brown beauty for sale earlier this year I stepped up to the plate in a moment of madness. In part, this madness was driven by the fact that I knew my Redtop engined Toledo was going to be off the road for several months of work; and I figured the brown 1300 would give me something to attend the show season in. How optimistic that thought looks now!

Since the engine and ancillaries were already at Jod's workshop in Birmingham awaiting a rebuild as detailed by Mike above; it made sense to get the rest of the car to Brum so as to free up Mike's garage space for his yellow Sprint. This manouvere was achieved with massive thanks to Stewart (covcourier) and the car has resided at Jod's ever since. One of the biggest delays has been because Mike had sold the original exhaust system for the car, and I tried valiantly (and in vain) to source a replacement. In the end, I had to bite the bullet and order a new stainless steel Club exhaust system at a cost of almost £300; making this unquestionably the most expensive brown Dolomite 1300 in world history (I have since found out the battery is knackered as well, so the list goes on...).

Recent frenzied events have seen the rebuilt engine and gearbox refitted to the car yesterday; and today the propshaft, exhaust and ancillaries have gone on and the car now runs and drives; which is a massive step forward. Huge thanks to Jod for his energy and application in achieving this point. The car will be fettled further over the next few days and will then be submitted for an MOT test with a view to me picking it up very shortly and bringing it down to Kent. So the saga nears its end, hopefully.

I find myself in the slightly curious situation of never having actually set eyes on my newest purchase in the flesh, so its arrival is awaited with a mixture of anticipation and apprehension; as I literally don't know what I have let myself in for.

It will be my first ever "long tailed" 1300 (I did once briefly own a 1500TC auto); and my first ever brown car of any description. I am looking forward to getting behind the wheel of a good 1300 though - its been far too long.

I have no particular plans for the car at this stage (except driving it) - I don't honestly know if I will even be able to keep it! If I do hang onto it, I have been busily acquiring bits and bobs to do a Ford based five speed conversion, as is loved by the 1500 Midget fraternity these days; in part because I really would like to see how a cooking Dolomite was as a five speeder. We shall see.

Still the good news is that PYD is up and running again under her own steam; and will be journeying southeastward soon.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:18 am 
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Everything about this car looks no more than a couple of years old, I sometimes have to blink -

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Only upon looking back at this thread have I noticed that the car was fitted 'as bought' with a 1500 (Midget / Spitfire - intertia starter) flywheel and clutch. I had assumed that Mike had obtained these as an upgrade but it seems someone else got in there first.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:55 am 
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Well done Jod & Martin; PYD has been a very lucky car indeed having been rescued from the jaws of the crusher (quite literally) and having lavish expense bestowed upon it which on reflection it probably didn't deserve. It's no exageration that PYD has more new parts on it now than 969.

I sold the origional exhaust with the plan of fitting stainless steel, I was obviously deluded at the time, sorry Martin.

I can't wait to see it hit the road though.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 10:15 am 
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For those who may be interested, the stainless steel exhaust system that Martin purchased for the car is a really lovely piece of kit. Everything lines-up just right, no fiddling required at all. Easily the best-fitting exhaust I have fitted to a Triumph. It sounds just right and looks as though it really will last a lifetime. A lot of money but they say that quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.

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Holy Thread Revival Batman!!!

And so, after five years (I kid you not!) PYD made the uneasy journey by low-loader to Kent late last week.

This morning for the very first time I set eyes on her

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So how is it?

Well its a bit dusty (inevitable really I suppose), it has no battery (but I have had it running and it's sweet), and it has absolutely no drive at all (gearbox coming out tomorrow hopefully). It still needs a tiny amount of welding and it needs a bloody good clean. But other than that it's pretty damn good. It's down here, it's still alive (just), and I have a Dolomite again.

Now to finish this restoration......

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Hi Martin,

Wow that is a thread revival!

I have been sorting through some of my spares as I am losing the storage I have, I came across some rear fog lights, so if that one is busted give me a shout & I'll send you one.

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Good news Martin, well done. I look forward to seeing the job progress.

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Looks like a genuinely tidy car, i'm pleased you haven't given up on it. Now add a sorted SpitIII motor, overdrive or 5 speed, slightly better diff (3.63 should do) set the suspension up properly and upset some more boy racers!

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All good.



Are you still going to fit a T9 gearbox Martin?






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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 4:50 pm 
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Definitely up for a rear fog and its mounting bracket if you have one please - the nearside looks fine.

Ian,

I am going to have a crack at the first 5 speed ohv Dolomite, yes. We will see what happens.......

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Sorry Martin, I charged the battery but to no avail, it took nothing. I actually fitted it the morning of collection, but when it proved totally flat, for some reason removed it again promptly tripping over it as your man turned the corner at the end of my road! It's now in my garden.

With your permission I will weigh it in next visit to the scrapyard; the beneficiary of such funds this year being Sunfields Childrens' Home in Clent...or I'll bring it along to the AGM for you to collect?

What happened to the fog light?


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Nice to see this re appear Martin, keep us up to date with the revival.

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