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 Post subject: Just an intro
PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:10 am 
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Hi im Dave

i have liked the sprint when they first came out,but never gone round to owning one,so nows the time :D :)
im a new member, looking for a Dolly Sprint,but wanted to know what to look out for,where do they rust etc,is there much difference between an early sprint and a later one,are there any week areas on the car that need modifing etc

did the sprint come with power steering ? and do all sprints come with a vinly roof ?

thanks Dave


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 Post subject: Re: Just an intro
PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:46 am 
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Welcome to the forum.

To answer a couple of your questions: No Dolomite ever came with power steering and all the Sprints left the factory with a vinyl roof.

Your biggest worry is going to be rust unless you're handy with a MIG or you know someone who is. The Club do a decent range of replacement panels which is half the battle. You've come to the right place by joining this forum and the Club membership fee is worth every penny so I strongly recommend that you join the club to take advantage of the benefits.

Hope this helps any.

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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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 Post subject: Re: Just an intro
PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:46 pm 
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thanks Toledo man

i can weld,i also have use of a work shop where i can use the metal bender and rollers,so not to worried about condition,but would if possible like one complete,i also have a Stag just to keep me busy :D :D,may be the power steering could be a project :D


Dave


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 Post subject: Re: Just an intro
PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:35 pm 
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There is a post somewhere on here about fitting electrically assisted power steering, such as fitted to things like a Vauxhall Corsa for example.

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 Post subject: Re: Just an intro
PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:41 pm 
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You shouldn't have too much trouble finding a suitable project car. There are 2 methods of restoration.

1. Get the car fit to pass an MoT and then improve it as you go along.
2. Strip the car right down to a bare shell for a full restoration.

Getting the engine running will be a big psychological boost and is worth doing even if you do a nut-and-bolt restoration. You can also assess the general health of the engine which could save money and grief.

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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!

Check my blog at http://triumphtoledo.blogspot.com

"I can help you stop smoking in bed. Buy a water bed and fill it with petrol." - Bob Monkhouse OBE (1928-2003)


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 Post subject: Re: Just an intro
PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:41 pm 
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+1 on joining the club, it's well worth it.


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