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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:49 pm 
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I've recently acquired a TR7 - okay not a Dolly but near enough as its an early 4 speed coupe.
The car has been off the road for a number of years.
There is no rust (hard to believe I know) but it needs a thorough mechanical recommissioning.
I've got the engine running but it wants doing properly, timing, carbs setting up and electronic ignition fitting, having done it once I'm not fitting points to this thing ever again.
Brakes are completely shot, clutch needs freeing off, suspension needs all new joints and bushes replacing and theres a few electrical gremlins to cure.

Anyone know a decent garage/bloke that could get it running right and mot'd without charging £80 an hour and 'finding' a 100 other jobs that need doing?
I just want to run the car for the summer, make sure all is well and see if I can live with 4 speed then get it painted over next winter.
I know there are a couple of TR7 specialists out there but my experience of one model specialists has not been good.
Based in Cambridgeshire but I could transport the car within a reasonable distance.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:52 pm 
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You heard of Robsport just off the A10 at Shepreth? Only half an hour from Huntingdon but I don't know which bit of Cambs you're in, and they may be a bit as you describe when it comes to the financials but wouldn't hurt to ask them.

https://robsport.co.uk/

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:54 pm 
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Might be further than you want to transport but I can take on your job and my labour rate to club/forum members is £25/hour no VAT.

I'm in the west midlands.

Steve

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'91 Cavalier 2ltr 8v auto
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:28 pm 
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I'd say that's a bargain. I was going to post you won't get a decent job for less than £45 per hour plus vat!


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:06 am 
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Well worth the cost ot trailering it to Carledo id say.... i cant see how you could do better.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:16 am 
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You heard of Robsport just off the A10 at Shepreth? Only half an hour from Huntingdon but I don't know which bit of Cambs you're in, and they may be a bit as you describe when it comes to the financials but wouldn't hurt to ask them.

https://robsport.co.uk/
Yes I did contact them thanks, as you say they are not too far away. Maybe I was unlucky and spoke to the wrong person but they didn't seem very interested.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:18 am 
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Might be further than you want to transport but I can take on your job and my labour rate to club/forum members is £25/hour no VAT.

I'm in the west midlands.

Steve
Thanks Steve, I've messaged you. Mick


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:14 pm 
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Just wanted to say that Steve - Carledo - did a great job on my car and for a very fair price. She is now back on the road for the first time in 26 years. Thanks.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:31 pm 
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No worries mate, You're welcome!

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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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