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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:22 pm 
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Hello All - new member signing in

Coaxing back onto the road my Sprint, owned since 1979 but not run since 1985.( Boring company cars intervened.)

Bad points - completely original, single line brakes, messy oil filter, viscous fan, high mileage (c.95000)

Good points - always under cover, undersealed from new (£33 at Henlys), been from N Sweden to S Spain and never failed on the road.

Everything appears to work, but am mildly apprehensive about the non serviceable parts, particularly the c.v. joints on the propshaft and the
Torquatrol fan. If anyone has experience of running these after a long layoff, I would be grateful to hear.

Had to remove 2/3 gallons of leaded petrol from the tank to have it cleaned and checked. This must be at least 8 years old, and seems next
to impossible to dispose of. It has been suggested that filtered, and mixed with a percentage of fresh petrol, this would be safe to use, but
at the moment I don't feel like risking it. Polite and/or sensible comments welcome.

Will no doubt be back shortly with new problems, but, in the meantime, thanks to all for publishing such a wealth of information about these cars.


PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:11 pm 
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Location: Highley, Shropshire
Hi and welcome to the nuthutch! The two concerns you have aired are probably not going to be a problem, the prop CVs are (or should be) full of special CV joint grease which doesn't deteriorate like ordinary stuff, if you're that worried, have the prop off and work the joints a bit to ensure they are free. Likewise the viscous coupling, spin it a bit by hand to ensure it's free and check for play in the unit bearings. This thing is a bit prone to failure anyway so if in doubt swap it out, either for another decent or new one (they are available new still but rather pricey) or bin it and go for an electric fan.
I'd be more worried about the state of the brakes after such a long layup than either of these issues.


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'78 Sprint Auto with Vauxhall Omega 2.2 16v engine EGP 247T (The Dolomega)
'91 Cavalier 2ltr 8v auto
'95 Cavalier 2ltr 16v auto
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:36 pm 
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Many thanks for the prompt reply and tips. I have renewed all brake rubbers and renewed some lines, but will be prepared to do more once we are
running again. The servo seems to be OK, in that the pedal depresses when the engine is turned over but, here again, would be prepared for further
problems. The MOT will no doubt throw up something unexpected. Will keep you posted - Optimist

PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:09 am 
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Welcome to the forum. Joining the club would be a wise move.

Keep us posted on your progress.

Toledo Man

West Yorkshire Area Organiser & forum moderator
Meetings take place on the 1st Wednesday of every month at The Hollies Sports & Social Club, 12 Hough Lane, Bramley, Leeds, LS13 3NE
1972 Dolomite 1850 auto (NYE 751L - The rolling restoration)
2008 Citroën C4 Grand Picasso 2.0 HDi Exclusive (MA08 WCL - the modern)
Former stable of SAY 414M (1974 Toledo), GRH 244D (1966 1300fwd), CDB 324L (1973 1500fwd), GGN 573J (1971 1500fwd), DCP 625S (1977 Dolomite 1300) & LCG 367N (1975 Dolomite Sprint) plus 5 Acclaims and that's just the Triumphs!

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