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 Post subject: Newbie saying hello!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:14 pm 
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Hi everyone I just wanted to say hello. :bluewave:

I have been reading the information on here and enjoying your stories and advice.

Dollys have been a part of my life since I was probably 3 until 15?

Our family friend had a 1500 in a maroon colour then a Russett Brown 1500 HL on T or V plate I think in the 1970/80s.

I always remember how comfy and quiet they were inside although he used to have Radio 3 on playing classical music! It did a nice phaaaarting noise in a similar way Moggys do when it drove off! :lol: That tail pipe swinging so low to the road looking like it's about to fall off!

I have a picture from the 70's of him posing proudly in front of his first Dolly, he was an engineer and of course used to service it himself.

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I cant find a picture of the brown one but I am sure it will turn up?

This Dolly was my mates Vermillion Red, which looked fantastic but in his words was a total pile of ****! I remember him with a aerosol can touching up the wings, doors after doing bodge filling! It's 1984, that's me on the left with my first Beetle (yes I am a lifelong air cooled freak - still am). I think that Dolly is probably doing a great job as a recycled washing machine these days!

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I don't know why I have been thinking about these cars recently but I always wanted one.
Hopefully I will start to look seriously at buying one after I have sold my Rover P5, which has been sitting there since lockdown feeling sorry for itself. It was my every day car and now I can't face it not moving over winter so it has to go.

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From this forum it seems, mechanically Dollys they are super simple to work on but bodily terrible like most 1970's cars! I had a 1974 Datsun 100a a while back and although amazingly good condition with just 1 previous owner, the subframe was shocking!

It's nice to see so many of you keeping them alive, hopefully I will do so too.

Thanks for reading.

Stan

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Dolly-less for now but working on it!


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie saying hello!
PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:32 pm 
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Welcome to the madhouse! Lovely P5, always had a soft spot for these, having briefly owned a 65 P5 coupe in the 70s. A very under rated car, overshadowed by it's V8 successor.

Steve

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie saying hello!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:26 am 
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Welcome to the madhouse! Lovely P5, always had a soft spot for these, having briefly owned a 65 P5 coupe in the 70s. A very under rated car, overshadowed by it's V8 successor.

Steve
Thank you Steve for the welcome.

Coincidentally mine is a '65 MK2 saloon, incredibly over and well engineered cars. I always wanted one but it has to go and make way for a Dolly now.

I can't believe the price difference between Sprints and the rest of the pack, are they made of gold?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:37 am 
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Welcome to the forum :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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 Post subject: Re: Newbie saying hello!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:05 am 
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Welcome to the forum :thumbsup:
Thank you. Hey I just read your signature lovely looking Dolly. There seem to be quite a few low miles low owner ones about, which is nice to see.

Blimey are you really in the Outer Hebrides? How is the Dolly surviving all that salt air?

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie saying hello!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:53 am 
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Welcome to the forum :thumbsup:
Thank you. Hey I just read your signature lovely looking Dolly. There seem to be quite a few low miles low owner ones about, which is nice to see.

Blimey are you really in the Outer Hebrides? How is the Dolly surviving all that salt air?
Hi Stan

It spent 37 of its 40 years in Enfield, London. It came to Lewis in the Outer Hebrides in Oct 2017.

It enjoys pride of place in my garage, which is heated - so no dampness or salt air.

Murdo

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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


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie saying hello!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 1:20 pm 
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Welcome to the forum :thumbsup:
Thank you. Hey I just read your signature lovely looking Dolly. There seem to be quite a few low miles low owner ones about, which is nice to see.

Blimey are you really in the Outer Hebrides? How is the Dolly surviving all that salt air?
Hi Stan

It spent 37 of its 40 years in Enfield, London. It came to Lewis in the Outer Hebrides in Oct 2017.

It enjoys pride of place in my garage, which is heated - so no dampness or salt air.

Murdo
Oh eck you let a Southerner onto the island!

Well I hope it enjoys those comforts and you enjoy driving it.

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Dolly-less for now but working on it!


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