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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2022 8:28 pm 
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Good to see you are getting plenty of garage time in Tony! All looking superb.

Ready for the Spring/Summer?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2022 10:49 am 
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Good to see you are getting plenty of garage time in Tony! All looking superb.

Ready for the Spring/Summer?

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Getting a bit more done each week Matt, it's great to get some of the big stuff back on the car as it free's up garage space.

Yes, hoping to have it finished by summer 2023.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2022 3:03 pm 
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Got my door cappings back from my local french polisher, sanded & 8 coats of satin PU lacquer. Very nice.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2022 5:57 pm 
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Thought I'd take a look at the engine today, I bought it as a good running engine but never heard it actually run. The owner said it had had some work done to it recently but didn't know much about it. I thought I would whip the sump off & also check the timing chain tensioner before fitting it into the car, glad I did:

Rolon tensioner with the slipper pad dislodged

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Sump had 3 shims, a couple of washers, cam bolt & the tensioner plate in the bottom

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Otherwise it all seems quite clean, the conrods have yellow paint on them, any ideas why?

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2022 10:55 pm 
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A reminder to beware of Rolon tensioners there and the fact some suppliers now supply Rolon as a supersession to OE parts including the Jaguar EAC3629. SNG Barrett supply both the Jag OE at £90.50 and Rolon 'equivalent' at £16.50!

A reminder that alternative and more economic solutions to the Jag part are now available: https://forum.triumphdolomite.co.uk/vie ... 5&start=45


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2022 2:21 pm 
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Tony

How long did you wait after getting the car painted, before fitting the vinyl roof ?

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2022 3:54 pm 
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Hi Dave,

I have not had the vinyl roof fitted yet.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2022 6:34 pm 
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Got my door cappings back from my local french polisher, sanded & 8 coats of satin PU lacquer. Very nice.

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Beautiful!

I had a french polisher I use through work do a couple of sets for me last year, but I think these are better!


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2022 12:51 pm 
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That's where I got the idea from after speaking to you at TDCIR.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2022 5:08 pm 
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Fitted a very good used Renold Tensioner today.

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I also fitted a new chain that I ordered from Robsport yesterday! It is Rolon brand so I hope it will be OK, I have not heard of any problems with these chains.

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I opted for a new chain as the old one, although I could not see any damage, had made quite a gouge in the metal slipper support.

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The slipper pad on the Rolon Tensioner had hardly any wear on it, so must have failed very soon after fitting.

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Another reason to replace the chain was I noticed a damaged tooth on the crankshaft timing gear, so replaced this aswell.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2023 7:38 pm 
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Some progress, been a bit slack in updating this thread, I will let the photos do the talking.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2023 11:27 pm 
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I'm always very excited to see a new post from you Tony, love your work! :)

Where did you get the small blue BL badges from btw please?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2023 11:06 am 
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Cheers Shaun.

Managed to find the badges on Ebay, I think they are Mini ones as they had pins on the back that I had to cut off.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2023 6:18 pm 
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Bit more done today.

Big thanks to Chris Curtis for donating the front grills,

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Fuel tank painted and fitted,


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Heater fitted,



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Small details take time to clean and paint etc.



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2023 6:48 pm 
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Hi Tony, was the tank new or is it used?

I ask as I have a NOS tank and I'm unsure if I need to coat it internally before I fit it or just wash it out with petrol!!

You're winning the race to get stuff fitted btw, it all looks mint!


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