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PostPosted:Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:42 am 
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I thought these might be a nice touch for shows.

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I can't praise the work and photos on this thread enough, super effort Murdo !!!!

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PostPosted:Wed May 20, 2020 12:14 pm 
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I've finally started on the engine, and engine bay clean up.

Once I get this complete, it'll be just a fresh coat of Dinitrol underneath over the original ziebart and then MOT. I'm not aiming for this year now, as the restrictions in Scotland are going to last until after the summer IMHO. There's no hurry anyway, plus I'm working on the house which is taking up a lot of time.

Don't you just love cleaning things, something very therapeutic about it :D

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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:Fri May 22, 2020 8:49 am 
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With more stripped out of the engine bay for the clean, you get a much better view of the condition. To think it's 40 years old in 8 weeks time, makes it remarkable that it's survived in this condition - it's completely original, there's nothing there but just grim and dirt to clean up, I'm absolutely over the moon.

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It's fitted with an oil cooler.

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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.

Club Membership No: 2017092


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PostPosted:Fri May 22, 2020 10:42 am 
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White engine bays do look nice! You could go the extra mile and get all of the aluminum castings on the engine vapour blasted!

That oil cooler should be for the auto box, or at least it looks like an auto box oil cooler! 8)


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PostPosted:Fri May 22, 2020 10:44 am 
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And then to make it look really swish, have the rocker cover powder coated and then faced to expose the 'Triumph' lettering! :D


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PostPosted:Fri May 22, 2020 11:48 am 
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White engine bays do look nice! You could go the extra mile and get all of the aluminum castings on the engine vapour blasted!

That oil cooler should be for the auto box, or at least it looks like an auto box oil cooler! 8)
Yes, it's an auto Sprint James. I'm hoping to get all the aluminium bits polished up in situ, I'll see how that goes though :D

The rocker cover is off and waiting to get done, with all the other wee bits and pieces, I'll hopefully get them done next week as there's finally going to be an ease on lockdown, in Scotland. :thumbsup:

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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.

Club Membership No: 2017092


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PostPosted:Fri May 22, 2020 11:55 am 
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Of course, you have an auto dont you! Sorry, just ignore me, 8 weeks with the kids and my brain cells are starting to die off! :lol:


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PostPosted:Fri May 22, 2020 2:24 pm 
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Of course, you have an auto dont you! Sorry, just ignore me, 8 weeks with the kids and my brain cells are starting to die off! :lol:
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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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.

Club Membership No: 2017092


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PostPosted:Sat May 23, 2020 5:16 pm 
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I put these bits in the dishwasher and really chuffed with them, just like new.

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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.

Club Membership No: 2017092


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PostPosted:Tue May 26, 2020 10:05 am 
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I put these bits in the dishwasher and really chuffed with them, just like new.
Nice... I might have to collect all mine together from the Spitfire and Dolomite and do a load all at once! :-)

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PostPosted:Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:01 am 
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The engine bay a bit barer. I'm just waiting for an engine beam to arrive so I can drop the subframe and front suspension, for cleaning. Once I get the subframe off, I'll clean the engine bay and get it polished up. All its original parts will go back on.

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I've loosened all the bolts ready to drop the subframe. The engine's block's completely cleaned and ready for painting, the sump will be done too.

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Some of the engine bay components cleaned and painted/powder coated, ready for fitting once I'm ready.

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Heater blower waiting for it's stickers, the exact ones aren't available so having to get them remade. There are similar ones readily available, but not exact. Just need to clean up the wiring and get a new resistor bracket for it, after 40 years the cardboard it's made of is a bit tired.

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It gets a bit messy when you blow the parts down with the airline, so had to cover everything.

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Small steps, but progress....... :thumbsup:

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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.

Club Membership No: 2017092


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PostPosted:Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:43 am 
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I'd be pleased if my local HOSPITAL paid as much attention to cleanliness as you do in your garage Murdo.

I fear mine will never be that clean, i never even got round to screeding the concrete floor, it was pressed into service too quickly and as a result, I have a bit of a dust problem (ignoring the general mess that is also a constant presence)

Where do you PUT all your stuff? You know, tools and spare parts and anonymous junk?

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Heater blower waiting for it's stickers, the exact ones aren't available so having to get them remade. There are similar ones readily available, but not exact. Just need to clean up the wiring and get a new resistor bracket for it, after 40 years the cardboard it's made of is a bit tired.
How many sets are you getting and will you be selling? I've got a blower stripped & powder coated waiting for reassembly.

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Heater blower waiting for it's stickers, the exact ones aren't available so having to get them remade. There are similar ones readily available, but not exact. Just need to clean up the wiring and get a new resistor bracket for it, after 40 years the cardboard it's made of is a bit tired.
How many sets are you getting and will you be selling? I've got a blower stripped & powder coated waiting for reassembly.
I can get as many as are needed. Have you a photo of the ones on your heater blower to see if they're the same as mine, 3 x stickers on the blower

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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.

Club Membership No: 2017092


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PostPosted:Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:47 am 
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It looks really good!

Personally I wouldn't bother with the engine bar support thing. You have a lift (yes I am a bit jealous!! :lol: ), a perfect opportunity to just drop the engine and box out in one go then whilst the engine and box are out you can detail them. Plus the other areas that you can't get to.

Pull the exhaust, prop and gear lever, disconnect the speedo and any hoses and brake lines. Drop the lift, disconnect the rear gearbox mount, 4 subframe bolts, support on 5 axle stands then just raise the car up leaving the engine on the floor. It would probably take me less than an hour to do.

Whilst I was at it, I'd pull the axle at the same time!

Not wanting to teach you to suck eggs but watch it if you pull the engine you'll make the car rear heavy on the lift.


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