Hi, decided to sell my recently acquired 1978 1850 HL, due to lack of storage and time.
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.
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.
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.
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.