The Triumph Dolomite Club - Discussion Forum

The Number One Club for owners of Triumph's range of small saloons from the 1960s and 1970s.
It is currently Sun May 09, 2021 7:40 pm

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [116 posts ]  Go to pagePrevious1345678Next
Author Message
PostPosted:Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:37 pm 
Offline
TDC Member
User avatar

Joined:Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:36 pm
Posts:1069
Location:Andover Hants
Quote:
Quote:
Quote:
The factory did do this, unfortunately the sealer tends to go hard and crack .....
.

Yep I can see evidence of the factory sealant but it is comprised, dried and disintegrating.
A bit like the T25 seams Tony!!!

I've been looking at T25 Westfalias recently

Nice one, your kids will love it. We've had some great holidays in our Westy, wish I got one when our kids were younger.
Yep 'seam rash' is a big problem

And you can fit a Dolly roof in the back!

Image

_________________
Modified Dolomite Sprint MSO 662P
ImageImage


Top
   
PostPosted:Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:43 pm 
Offline
TDC West Mids Area Organiser
User avatar

Joined:Thu Sep 28, 2006 12:13 pm
Posts:12924
Location:Over here...can't you see me?
Quote:
I've been looking at T25 Westfalias recently
So have I, unfortunately. The neighbours opposite bought one and it is parked like a massive fridge, in plain view of my bay window!


Top
   
PostPosted:Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:31 pm 
Offline
TDC Member
User avatar

Joined:Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:36 pm
Posts:1069
Location:Andover Hants
Roof is off!

I'm going to remove the skin and see if the gutters are repairable before really making a mess of it.
Image

_________________
Modified Dolomite Sprint MSO 662P
ImageImage


Top
   
PostPosted:Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:44 pm 
Offline
TDC Member
User avatar

Joined:Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:36 pm
Posts:1069
Location:Andover Hants
Now the roof is off I can see the construction of the gutter and roof rail. The gutter is a separate piece that is spot welded to the roof rail. This is good, it means if I can remove just the skin from the donor roof I should then be able to drill out the gutter spot welds and replace the gutter, I think this will be easier than replacing the whole roof.
This gives me a bit more confidence about the job.
Image

_________________
Modified Dolomite Sprint MSO 662P
ImageImage


Top
   
PostPosted:Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:47 pm 
Offline
TDC Member

Joined:Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:53 pm
Posts:1180
Location:Harrow Middlesex
Tony

didnt know the gutter was separate panel, when it comes to refitting the roof are you going to spot weld it

Dave


Top
   
PostPosted:Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:51 am 
Offline
TDC Member
User avatar

Joined:Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:36 pm
Posts:1069
Location:Andover Hants
Hi Dave,

I will plug weld the gutter in place.

I might look at bonding the roof skin with something like Tigerseal, not sure yet. When I had a panel replaced on my campervan they bonded rather than weld so as to avoid heat distortion.

_________________
Modified Dolomite Sprint MSO 662P
ImageImage


Top
   
PostPosted:Thu Oct 15, 2020 5:51 pm 
Offline
TDC Member
User avatar

Joined:Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:36 pm
Posts:1069
Location:Andover Hants
Having looked into replacing the rotten gutters once the skin was removed, I made the decision that it would be easier as Steve suggested to chop the roof at the pillars & butt weld the new roof in place.
As this was such a major structural job I decided this was best done by a professional. Matt Cotton used a mobile welder named Scott & highly recommended him, he works on alot of classics & spent 2 seasons as project manager on the TV show Car SOS.
For the last 2 days (about 12 hours) Scott has been doing the roof swap. Previously I had braced the shell across the door shuts, between the B posts & across the A posts.
Image
We took some careful measurements of the front & rear screen apertures as well as the sill to gutter heights at the door openings. With careful marking of both the car & the donor roof cuts were made.
The roof was then tacked into place & adjustments made to ensure all the measurements previously taken were replicated. We test fitted the screens & doors to check all was OK before all the joints were fully welded.
The B & C posts are straight forward as they can be fully welded from inside & outside the car. The A post has an inner section that cannot be accessed, so once the rear section had been welded Scott opened up the front section of the A post to access the inner part so it could be fully welded to ensure all parts of the A post were joined. This was then closed back up & fully welded.
Image
It all went very well & I am very pleased that it is all sorted, a big relief!

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

_________________
Modified Dolomite Sprint MSO 662P
ImageImage


Top
   
PostPosted:Thu Oct 15, 2020 6:56 pm 
Offline
TDC Member

Joined:Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:53 pm
Posts:1180
Location:Harrow Middlesex
Looks like a lot of work


Top
   
PostPosted:Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:00 pm 
Offline
TDC Member
User avatar

Joined:Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:36 pm
Posts:1069
Location:Andover Hants
Yep it is alot of work, but worth saving these early cars.

_________________
Modified Dolomite Sprint MSO 662P
ImageImage


Top
   
PostPosted:Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:34 pm 
Offline
TDC Shropshire Area Organiser

Joined:Sun Aug 21, 2011 4:12 pm
Posts:6119
Location:Highley, Shropshire
Nice one Tony! And more Kudos to Scott!

Steve

_________________
'73 2 door Toledo with Vauxhall Carlton 2.0 8v engine (The Carledo)
'78 Sprint Auto with Vauxhall Omega 2.2 16v engine (The Dolomega)
'72 Triumph 1500FWD in Slate Grey

Maverick Triumph, Servicing, Repairs, Electrical, Recomissioning, MOT prep, Trackerjack brake fitting service.
Apprentice served Triumph Specialist for 50 years. PM for more info or quotes.


Top
   
 Post subject: Aye indeed......
PostPosted:Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:54 pm 
Offline
TDC Member
User avatar

Joined:Thu Aug 09, 2007 12:22 pm
Posts:6697
Location:Caithness, Scotland
+1


Ian

_________________
TDC Forum moderator
PLEASE help us to maintain a friendly forum,
either PM or use Report Post if you see anything you are unhappy with. Thanks.


Top
   
PostPosted:Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:19 am 
Offline
TDC Member
User avatar

Joined:Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:06 pm
Posts:552
Location:Outer Hebrides
Nice one Tony, looks good and much better than starting to replace the gutters.

_________________
Murdo DA

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


Top
   
PostPosted:Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:30 pm 
Offline
TDC Oxfordshire Area Organiser

Joined:Sun Oct 08, 2006 3:32 pm
Posts:368
Great result Tony and I'm glad Scott did a good job for you too.
Is there much grot requiring repair?

_________________
Matt Cotton

TDC Oxfordshire Area Organiser.
Meet 1st Wednesday each month - Royal Sun. A44 Yarnton

1980 1500HL - OPD
1976 Sprint - SWU


Top
   
PostPosted:Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:00 pm 
Offline
TDC Member
User avatar

Joined:Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:36 pm
Posts:1069
Location:Andover Hants
Yep a bit more to do

Boot floor
O/S lower rear screen corner
O/S & N/S rear lower arch
Both front sill ends
Inner Scuttle
Couple of bulkhead repairs
O/S front chassis leg repair
Front wing & front panel repairs

I've not had a proper look underneath yet but from the inside the floors are solid and the inner sills look ok.

Next job is to strip all the paint as it has been badly painted in the past so it needs to be stripped.

_________________
Modified Dolomite Sprint MSO 662P
ImageImage


Top
   
PostPosted:Sat Nov 07, 2020 11:28 am 
Offline
TDC Member
User avatar

Joined:Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:36 pm
Posts:1069
Location:Andover Hants
Couple of weekends ago I pulled the engine out & got a bit of a surprise (if you are on Facebook you would have seen already)

Image

It came out easily with the box attached, once on the ground I gave it a bit of a clean up to see if I could find the engine number. The previous owner told me that is wasn't the original engine. i found the number & it was something I had not seen before CH43HE.

Image

The forum was down at the time so I asked on FB whether anyone could identify this engine code. It turns out this engine code was used for Sprint engines fitted to TR7 Sprints, it is quite rare as only about 63 genuine factory TR7 Sprints were produced.
Jim Prince said I should contact the TR7 owners FB page which I did, the guy who runs it confirmed it was a TR7 engine & that he actually owns the car this engine belongs to!
It looks like we are going to be able to do a deal so that he gets this engine in some kind of swap for a Sprint engine he has. This will have to be after lockdown etc.
The engine has a lightened flywheel, not original & was fitted with a brand new clutch.


Image

Image

_________________
Modified Dolomite Sprint MSO 662P
ImageImage


Top
   
Display posts from previous: Sort by 
Post new topic Reply to topic  [116 posts ]  Go to pagePrevious1345678Next

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Limited