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 Post subject: Mystery part
PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2020 10:25 am 
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I need some help.Can anyone identify what part this is and where it goes.I took it off my Sprint,at the start of a 15 year resto,and needless to say after 15 years,I could not figure out where it goes.I thought it might of been a heat shield for the starter,but it does not look like it belongs there.Anyone know?


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery part
PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2020 6:24 pm 
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Not something I recognise...


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery part
PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2020 7:22 pm 
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Me neither!

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery part
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2020 12:43 pm 
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Nope, doesn't look like a Sprint part.

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery part
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2020 4:55 pm 
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Looks like VW Beetle tinware to me. Have you had a Beetle in the past?

https://www.machine7.com/product.php?xP ... 5&xSec=305 ?


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery part
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2020 5:45 pm 
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Looks like VW Beetle tinware to me. Have you had a Beetle in the past?

https://www.machine7.com/product.php?xP ... 5&xSec=305 ?
Damn! I thought it looked familiar! well done Bish!

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'78 Sprint Auto with Vauxhall Omega 2.2 16v engine (The Dolomega)
'72 Triumph 1500FWD in Slate Grey

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery part
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2020 9:43 pm 
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Well,Ill be! Well done,and many thanks,I can get rid of it now.I was a Mini guy until I got the Sprint,not into Beetles at all.Now we know what it is,I suspect when I had stuff powder coated this has been put in with my stuff at the powder coaters in error.Many thanks to all who replied,I will stick it on ebay.


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery part
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2020 10:41 pm 
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Glad to have helped. Recognised it straight away. I’ve faffed around with a bit of aircooled tinware in the past! Blooming stuff never fits like it should! I’ve had a few bugs n buses of all years, earliest was my 57 oval window. I was into the vintage speed look - lowered and period goodies...

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It had Porsche 356 aluminium brakes and all sorts of period modifications, including a Judson supercharger and full flow oil etc

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That’s all of 36 horses supercharged :lol: it still couldn’t pull the skin off a rice pudding!! But it was fun to put together and sounded lovely. Happy days. :thumbsup:


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery part
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2020 11:38 am 
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Love the Bug!

Straight out of my apprenticeship I spent a couple of years on VW, in the last days when there WERE no water cooled models (the K70 came out while I was there)

Hence, I suspect, my gut sensation of familiarity! Now I could even say where it goes! Around that time I (briefly) had a Splitty bus and my mum had a 1600 Variant.

Always had a soft spot for the oval window (and even more for the split rear window) cars, they always seemed to me to be the purest shape! I particularly like the period blower, even though there are now far better ways of getting MUCH more power from the flat four. I used to watch the "outlaw flat four" group routinely running sub 10 second 1/4 miles at Shakespeare county raceway, some of the cars were still street legal!

Another fond memory was in my drag racing heyday in the 70s, watching the most unequal final in the history of drag racing. There was a class then for production street cars, entry level budget racing and run on a handicap system where you posted in advance a time you would not beat, (called a "breakout" time) the shorter posted time of the 2 contestants was subtracted from the longer and the slower car got that much head start.
This particular final pitted a 1200 Beetle against a 6.6 litre Camaro with the Beetle getting a massive 10.5 second head start. The Camaro crosed the finish line first, by a tiny margin, but was immediately disqualified because he'd beaten his stated 12sec breakout time! So the Beetle WON!

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'72 Triumph 1500FWD in Slate Grey

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery part
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2020 10:06 pm 
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I did my apprenticeship with VW - started in 87. Not many aircooled cars around the dealership by then but I fell for the bug. They were great fun, easy to fix, as cheap as chips, and even cheaper to run! Not so these days when prices are mental (as they are for all classics). The money that is spent on the humble aircooled motors is eye watering. Fair play to those outlaw flat4 guys and girls, there’s some amazing cars and buses that they run on the street and strip. And fair play to the little 1200 beating the Camaro, brilliant!

My aircooled days are over though, I’m enjoying a bit of triumph tinkering even if they are a bit more challenging to work on than VW’s brilliantly simple deigns.

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery part
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Nice oval mate! I think we may come from similar backgrounds here, family had several aircooled VW's growing up, family's beetle even in a magazine at the time.. It was guilty pleasure in watching a road VW with 1916cc engine do 1/4 miles in the late 14s ! These cars really had no right to do that and honestly whatever combination you did (1776cc were popular) they were just a smile a minute! Can only imagine what that crowd is up to now with EFI etc etc. Like many VW folk an (aircooled) 911 came after. Some went the 356 or Karmann Ghia route but it all started with the wonderful Beetle! I love them! Wonderful thread gents..

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery part
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I would love a 356A. The purest form of Porsche for my money. But speaking of money, prices are astronomical! Alas, a lottery win would be needed for me to ever be able to afford one.
Never mind, I’m happy with my Sprint and if I were to win the lottery, then I’d go for a TR5 anyway.
Trouble is..... I don’t actually do the lottery :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Mystery part
PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2020 8:16 pm 
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All wonderful choices Bish! Mate my Sprint will be too much fun to let go even if the Lotto or other machinery came this way :lol: They're so unique, I even love the proportions..

TR5's are nice, what about a TR4 mate, similar look! Wedgewood/Powder Blue look super!

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery part
PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2020 8:41 pm 
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All wonderful choices Bish! Mate my Sprint will be too much fun to let go even if the Lotto or other machinery came this way :lol: They're so unique, I even love the proportions..

TR5's are nice, what about a TR4 mate, similar look! Wedgewood/Powder Blue look super!


I've seen a TR5 in Wedgewood blue, stunning. I'm just a tad short on the necessary £30+k!

But even a Euromillions win would not make me part with either the Dolomega or the Carledo, too much of my own blood, sweat and time has gone into them, I'd just expand my collection, I have a list ready..........

Steve

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'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

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 Post subject: Re: Mystery part
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All wonderful choices Bish! Mate my Sprint will be too much fun to let go even if the Lotto or other machinery came this way :lol: They're so unique, I even love the proportions..

TR5's are nice, what about a TR4 mate, similar look! Wedgewood/Powder Blue look super!


I've seen a TR5 in Wedgewood blue, stunning. I'm just a tad short on the necessary £30+k!

But even a Euromillions win would not make me part with either the Dolomega or the Carledo, too much of my own blood, sweat and time has gone into them, I'd just expand my collection, I have a list ready..........

Steve
Saw a mint TR4 in the petrol station last week - old English white, looked as good as the day it left the factory - except that it was even better. Had to get the petrol station attendant out to put traffic cones round the puddle of drool...

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