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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:55 am 
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Really smart Bish :D Far to low though for an old cripple like me :wary: No way could i get in or out :lol: :lol: Thats how my cars used to look :thumbsup:
What will you do with your life now Bish? Buy another.......

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:00 am 
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Congrats on the MOT pass :D

Car looks really nice :thumbsup:

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:15 pm 
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Thanks for kind words Gents :D

With regard to what to do now - look to improve the bits that I can. There’s still plenty I can do, and I’m sure VYK will keep me busy enough to not get bored.

First job is to get the ride height sorted. Then I’m going to look at interior improvements if I can find some decent front seats. Top ends a bit noisy so I would like to look at the valve clearances, then there will be a new chain and tensioner, solid rack mounts, plus some front end bodywork, etc etc


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2020 10:13 pm 
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Well I’ve been enjoying using VYK and slowly building confidence in the car. Every mile is an enjoyable mile. There is a rattling noise, which is top end that has been bugging me so I changed the viscous coupling for a new one in the hope that that may cure it.

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I think there has been some improvement but there is still some noise. I’m now guessing water pump or tappets. Timing chain seems tight but I’ve no history on when it was last replaced.

I’m going to carry on enjoying the car while the good driving weather is here and plan in; water pump, timing chain, and valve clearances for the winter.

Shame there’s no shows or triumph meets to go to. Let hope we can shake this covid thing off by next summer!!🤞


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2020 5:10 pm 
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Had a great trip out today. 90 mile round trip to visit my old man down near Rye. Nice mix of A roads and country lanes, with the odd blast on a dual carriageway thrown in! VYK didn’t miss a beat, plenty of get up and go, and great fun with a lovely sound track. Flicking in and out of overdrive round the lanes is pure bliss. :D

VYK rides a lot better now I’ve raised the suspension a bit, and I’m now not weaving round the potholes too much. One thing I did learn is that it’s best to run with dipped beam at all times. I had two seperate occasions on the way down where a car pulled out on me! I can report that the tracker jack brakes work a treat. One way to test them I suppose! Im guessing that the Russet Brown colour is hard to see?? Dipped beams at all times from now on.

I took a couple of photos. Last one with my dads TR.

Happy days. :thumbsup:

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2020 5:40 pm 
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Great pic's Bish :thumbsup: I bet you really enjoyed that run. Your dad's TR6 is rather nice as well 8)

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2020 6:21 pm 
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I will second Tony, great pics!!!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2020 6:49 pm 
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Great photos Bish, my favourite being the TR and Sprint together, too lovely looking BL cars.

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RNK 957W, Triumph Dolomite Sprint.

Built 26/6/1980 (one of the last built), Auto, Porcelain White - Genuine Mileage 52,820 (warranted).

Only 3 previous owners, (2 within the same family).

Supplied by Lavender Hill Garage Ltd, Enfield, London, by garage owner Jimmy Metcalfe on 30th September 1980 to Geoffery Robinson, Enfield.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:29 pm 
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Thanks for the kind words Gents. I’m no David Bailey as you can see but my old iPhone does take a nice picture.

One thing that last picture of VYK and my old mans TR reminds me, is that I need to get some period number plates. Dads TR6 wears period correct plates from tippers which I bought for him a while back. Time to get some for VYK to replace those modern ones.

Dads had Triumph cars since I was a boy. It’s all his fault! I’ve had a few classics over the years mostly aircooled VWs but have recently seen the light with VYK and before that a MK1 Vitesse 2 litre. No turning back now............

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I loved the old Vitesse but hankered after a Sprint so sold it on to fund the purchase of VYK. Regretted it for a bit but not now. The Sprint is a far superior drive in every respect, it’s everything I wanted it to be. Until it goes wrong of course!! :roll:

But until then..... :D


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 7:18 pm 
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In my quest to trace engine bay noises I had thought that I had found one, in that the distributor sounded like a Spanish maraca. When I took it out and took a look the weights, and more importantly the springs, they seemed to be shot. They certainly don’t sit snug and taught as I thought they should. The lower spring in this photo deffinately looks loose to me ...

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Being as there is also a little play in the shaft, I got a quote from the distributor doctor for a refurb which came out as a baseline of £195 + the dreaded VAT. Could be more expensive, dependant on what the dizzy needs.

Whilst I was pondering the situation a dizzy came up on eBay for £165 that looked to have had a rebuild and it had a NOS Lucas cap and rotor. Worth a punt, only trouble was that ther was a seized screw in the cap.

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Said screw was duly removed with a little persuasion

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Internals of the rebuilt dizzy look to be in better condition than my old one and there’s no play in the shaft at all.

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I did need to swap the vacuum can over because the new one had a 45d4 can rather than the 44d4. Fitted to the car and timed up, it runs beautifully. Very happy with my eBay punt!

As the weather was fine last weekend I took the chance to take VYK for a spin down to Rye and visit Dale, who owns a rather lovely pageant blue Sprint. His is a beautifully original car which still wears its original paint. It was nice to meet another Sprint owner and chew the fat for a bit. You can just see the new period number plates that I have fitted too in the second photo. So much nicer than modern plates. IMHO of course.

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VYK drove beautifully well and I enjoyed every minute of it. More miles, more smiles! :thumbsup:


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:58 am 
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Good result all round Bish, it did look pretty good that one on fleabay. Some nice pics as well. :thumbsup:

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:44 pm 
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Thanks Tony. I had another run out today. This time down to Folkestone to see an old mate. Took the M20 all the way as time wasn’t on my side, so no chance of pootling down on the A & B roads. VYK sat happily at 80 all the way there, and back.

I’m still building confidence in the cars capability and reliability, but have deffinately fallen for it. It drives so well, and ticks all the boxes for me - This ones a keeper for sure! :thumbsup:


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