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WGJ 108M - Dolly's first outing
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Author:  DaveMc [ Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:38 pm ]
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New Dolomite debut on Saltire Rally. 2nd in Class and and the award for best regularity score! Oh for an LSD!!!

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Author:  jeroensprint [ Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:44 pm ]
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Congratulations.

Jeroen

Author:  mbellinger [ Fri Nov 26, 2010 12:39 am ]
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Well done that man.

Author:  straylight [ Fri Nov 26, 2010 7:03 am ]
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I've clicked everywhere on the image and on the writing but still no linkitty-link.

you are a sadist ! get some video up :lol:

congratulations. and the sprint looks great.

stu

Author:  Oldy [ Sat Aug 03, 2013 11:11 pm ]
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Hello people :wink:

I chanced upon this forum, earlier today. The one thing that really grabbed my attention (even more than the excellent cars and projects on display) is one in particular .... WGJ 108M.

I bought this car in 79/80. It was in pimiento red, with black interior. It cost me £800 at the time. I was the second owner from new.
Other than a regular service, and replacing the plug tubes, it was reliable (as much as one could be) and took me to work through all weathers, for over 5 years. At least until a drunken sh**bag in a colt hit me head on, doing 80+MPH. He had run a red light, so my baby had no chance of surviving that.

That evening, I trailered what was left of it, to a friends body shop. The following day, I dismantled what re-useable parts I could, and the rest was collected by a local scrapyard. Since I now had no car, a friend lent me his Landrover, so I could begin collecting parts for a rebuild. I ordered a new shell from Unipart, as the old one was beyond repair (it was banana shaped)
I received a phone call the next day, to say the new bodyshell was on it's way ... hooray! A couple of hours later, I got another phone call, telling me that my bodyshell had been 'ambushed' by some dealership 'oop north' ... boo hiss.

Well, after making calls to all the sprint specialists, and having no luck (except for the British sports car centre in west London, who by now. probably realized that they were possibly the only ones, who had 1 left ... decided that £3,500 plus collecting it myself, was a reasonable price to pay) I should mention that the Unipart item, was priced at £625 inc VAT & delivery, plus a refundable deposit of £50 for the 'chassis' that it would be delivered on!

At that time, I was not in a position to hand over that kind of money, so put what I salvaged in storage.

A few months past, and I got a call from the friend who lent me the Landrover. I was summoned to his workshop, where an almost pristine maple brown1500TC was burbling away outside. "you needed a shell" he said. "yes", I replied. "well, that brown piece of sh*t is yours" (he is NOT a Dolomite fan!) Yes, I had just been given a fully serviced, MOT'd valeted set of wheels! The only cost to me ... a box of sticky buns :)

Over the coming months, I used a combination of my 'new' car & his Landrover, to make visits to Sprintspares, Rimmer Brothers, Triumphtune and others. Buying up everything that was available, in order to rebuild my baby, from the ground up. Everything, with the exception of seats (scrapyard) and a few ancillary components (sundry autojumbles) was brand new.

I must interrupt myself for a moment, as this is going to go on MUCH longer than my tired fingers will allow. So, I will give a brief rundown, with regards a few other bits and pieces.

Rebuilt engine, using all new uprated parts.
I 'Double flowed' the cylinder head, via the back plate, in order to keep temps low, in combination with a larger core radiator.
Bronze Valve guides, larger sodium filled valves, +40th rebore, gas flowed head, hardened valve seats, grp2 cam, new crank, uprated water pump impeller ... everything.
Fully adjustable front suspension with Koni shocks/lowered, harder springs & neoprene bushes throughout (except for the rear tie bars) where I fitted hard 'competition' bushes.

Sorry, I could fill another 20 pages with parts bought, mods I had made, and suchlike.
If you want to know anymore (assuming you haven't already fallen into a coma) then I'm only too happy to answer .... just not until I've had a good sleep first :D

Oh, I do have a few photos (taken from my old 8mm camcorder) They are on my facebook page, under the name of Oldy Share. I will upload more when I can find the original tapes again (probably out in the shed somewhere)

Sorry about the length and fragmentation of my first post. I get tired very easily these days.

Have a nice day :)

Author:  lazeruspete [ Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:28 pm ]
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It's stories like the above ^ which makes me proud to own a Triumph :)

Author:  Howard81 [ Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:54 pm ]
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Excellent bit of history there! The wonders of the Internet :D

Author:  Oldy [ Mon Aug 12, 2013 12:27 pm ]
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Hello again ;)

Please excuse the quality, as they come from videos I created with my camcorder at the time.
I do have many more, including when I first bought the car. But, cannot find my adapter, with which to transfer them to my PC.
I chose thumbnails, so I didn't take up too much forum space.

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Author:  Edin Dundee [ Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:28 pm ]
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Hi Oldy,

No need to use thumbnails when the images have been loaded this way - they are still hosted on the >insert picture host you use< so the only worry about size for the forum is how they look on the page. :D

Author:  DaveMc [ Tue May 17, 2016 4:23 pm ]
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Hi Oldy,

Sorry it's taken me a long time to catch up with your posting! What a facinating bit of history about the car. By the time I baught her in 2010 she had been painted black. Your later posting with images doesn't seem to be active anymore but I'd be interested in seeing some of them. My email is dave@newtonhillhr.co.uk. When did you finally part with her?

Dave


Quote:
Hello people :wink:

I chanced upon this forum, earlier today. The one thing that really grabbed my attention (even more than the excellent cars and projects on display) is one in particular .... WGJ 108M.

I bought this car in 79/80. It was in pimiento red, with black interior. It cost me £800 at the time. I was the second owner from new.
Other than a regular service, and replacing the plug tubes, it was reliable (as much as one could be) and took me to work through all weathers, for over 5 years. At least until a drunken sh**bag in a colt hit me head on, doing 80+MPH. He had run a red light, so my baby had no chance of surviving that.

That evening, I trailered what was left of it, to a friends body shop. The following day, I dismantled what re-useable parts I could, and the rest was collected by a local scrapyard. Since I now had no car, a friend lent me his Landrover, so I could begin collecting parts for a rebuild. I ordered a new shell from Unipart, as the old one was beyond repair (it was banana shaped)
I received a phone call the next day, to say the new bodyshell was on it's way ... hooray! A couple of hours later, I got another phone call, telling me that my bodyshell had been 'ambushed' by some dealership 'oop north' ... boo hiss.

Well, after making calls to all the sprint specialists, and having no luck (except for the British sports car centre in west London, who by now. probably realized that they were possibly the only ones, who had 1 left ... decided that £3,500 plus collecting it myself, was a reasonable price to pay) I should mention that the Unipart item, was priced at £625 inc VAT & delivery, plus a refundable deposit of £50 for the 'chassis' that it would be delivered on!

At that time, I was not in a position to hand over that kind of money, so put what I salvaged in storage.

A few months past, and I got a call from the friend who lent me the Landrover. I was summoned to his workshop, where an almost pristine maple brown1500TC was burbling away outside. "you needed a shell" he said. "yes", I replied. "well, that brown piece of sh*t is yours" (he is NOT a Dolomite fan!) Yes, I had just been given a fully serviced, MOT'd valeted set of wheels! The only cost to me ... a box of sticky buns :)

Over the coming months, I used a combination of my 'new' car & his Landrover, to make visits to Sprintspares, Rimmer Brothers, Triumphtune and others. Buying up everything that was available, in order to rebuild my baby, from the ground up. Everything, with the exception of seats (scrapyard) and a few ancillary components (sundry autojumbles) was brand new.

I must interrupt myself for a moment, as this is going to go on MUCH longer than my tired fingers will allow. So, I will give a brief rundown, with regards a few other bits and pieces.

Rebuilt engine, using all new uprated parts.
I 'Double flowed' the cylinder head, via the back plate, in order to keep temps low, in combination with a larger core radiator.
Bronze Valve guides, larger sodium filled valves, +40th rebore, gas flowed head, hardened valve seats, grp2 cam, new crank, uprated water pump impeller ... everything.
Fully adjustable front suspension with Koni shocks/lowered, harder springs & neoprene bushes throughout (except for the rear tie bars) where I fitted hard 'competition' bushes.

Sorry, I could fill another 20 pages with parts bought, mods I had made, and suchlike.
If you want to know anymore (assuming you haven't already fallen into a coma) then I'm only too happy to answer .... just not until I've had a good sleep first :D

Oh, I do have a few photos (taken from my old 8mm camcorder) They are on my facebook page, under the name of Oldy Share. I will upload more when I can find the original tapes again (probably out in the shed somewhere)

Sorry about the length and fragmentation of my first post. I get tired very easily these days.

Have a nice day :)

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