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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:42 pm 
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Hi, decided to sell my recently acquired 1978 1850 HL, due to lack of storage and time.

BRIEF HISTORY.
Had this car for 2 months, having bought it off a friend who'd had it for 7 years. Last 3 years it's been laid up with a "head gasket" fault. Turned out a 10mm sq chunk of ally missing between cylinders 3 and 4.. Offered to help him get it running, but on seeing how original, straight and rust-free it is, decided to buy it myself. LARGE intake of breath from SWMBO, but nontheless brought it home and fitted a TR7 2 litre engine to get mobile. Now realize that- yes, dear, you're right- I don't have time, space or funds to do the Sprint thing with it, so have reluctantly decided to list it on here first.

GOOD BITS:
I doubt that you will find a more original, solid 'shell than this one. Incredibly well preserved, due to Ziebart, low mileage and being kept garaged all its life. There are none of the usual horror stories around the subframe, wings, sills, bulkheads or anywhere that I can see. The seams are all beautiful, with spotwelds that look like they were done yesterday. The paint is, largely, similarly smart, with only a couple of bits that have been unskillfully touched in.
The interior is, again, like new- beautiful carpets, seats and woodwork,and that unique Triumph smell (no, not the damp carpets and rotten glue one..!!) Even has its original mono Lucas push button radio, which needs repair, but that's next on the to-do list.

BAD BITS:

The dreaded tinworm has struck, but only in the bottom of the 2 rear doors, and there is light surface rust to the rear arches. This is not rot, they will clean up and paint to be like new again, just mentioning in the name of completeness. I haven't done anything to treat, hide or disguise any of this, just applied some copper grease to one or two spots (under the bonnet hinges etc.) to stop it getting any worse.

OTHER BITS:
The running gear, as far as I can tell after limited miles to/from the MOT station, is original and good, in so far as the slightly soggy, under damped feel I remember from the '70's, and commensurate with the (almost certainly genuine) 35,500 miles indicated. The overdrive works as it should, the axle is quiet and the brakes work properly, although will probably improve with use. (I've changed the fluid).
I've replaced the front lower balljoints, but only because the boots were perished, and the originals are still with the car.
The exhaust is frilly, and I patched the rear box for the MOT, but I suspect that one o the first things on any "to do" list would be to fit a Stainless sports system. (certainly, it would be on MY list, along with new dampers and, probably lowered springs.)
The engine is a bit of an unknown, but it came from a chap who was "V8"ing his TR7, and has served him well over the past few years in the '7. He certainly made all the right noises about oil changes, anti-freeze etc when I spoke to him, and it started with no problems and now runs well.



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:06 pm 
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Where are you located and do you have a price in mind?

I'm not interested myself but potential buyers will need to know this.

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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: Okay........
PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:07 am 
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From the advert on the Official Triumph Dolomite Page....

London and £2500 respectively.





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 Post subject: Re: Okay........
PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:35 pm 
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From the advert on the Official Triumph Dolomite Page....

London and £2500 respectively.





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Really? That's on the cheap side methinks.


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 Post subject: Re: Okay........
PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:46 am 
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From the advert on the Official Triumph Dolomite Page....

London and £2500 respectively.




Ian.
Where is that page???

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From the advert on the Official Triumph Dolomite Page....

London and £2500 respectively.




Ian.
Where is that page???
Facebook!

Steve

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:29 pm 
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Ah! I don't do bookface.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:48 am 
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I don't do FB either. It is indeed the work of the devil and has the potential for this:
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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!

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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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:16 am 
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Ah! I don't do bookface.
Wise man, 'tis the work of the devil!
Says the man who consorts with said devil on a regular basis!

It is POSSIBLE to have a FB account without living your entire life on it in full view of the world! I've managed it, you just have to keep a sense of proportion!

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2 door '73 Toledo with Vauxhall Carlton engine OWF 797M (The Carledo)
Vermillion (and Rust) Sprint Auto EGP 247T (The Dolomega)
'91 Cavalier 2ltr 8v auto
'95 Cavalier 2ltr 16v auto
Spectrum Auto Services, Servicing, Repairs, MOT prep. Apprentice served Triumph Specialist for 40 years and home of Maverick Triumph.PM for more info or quotes.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:27 am 
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It is POSSIBLE to have a FB account without living your entire life on it in full view of the world! I've managed it, you just have to keep a sense of proportion!
You're not wrong Steve
The difference between Jezzer Kyle and the secret service ahem!

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Says the man who consorts with said devil on a regular basis!


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Exactly!

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It is POSSIBLE to have a FB account without living your entire life on it in full view of the world! I've managed it, you just have to keep a sense of proportion!
You're not wrong Steve
The difference between Jezzer Kyle and the secret service ahem!
...and who is Jezzer Kyle??? :rolleyes: why would I need to know who what he does?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:17 am 
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BUMP- now had new windscreen seal fitted, and bought new o/s floorpan and chassis member from Rimmer Bros to replace slightly crusty originals, which will be included in the sale if I haven't had a chance to fit before it goes. Now driving nicely, after settling down after lay-up. Also, will be tax-free in December!!!
I'm near Windsor, and I want £2,500 firm, after recent spends..
Thanks for looking.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:07 pm 
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Where did you get the new windscreen rubber and bead - were they a perfect fit???

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1980 (W) Triumph Dolomite Sprint, Auto, White, 52k miles - ownership by 2 family members since new.

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