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 Post subject: Re: Early 1850 advice
PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 9:01 am 
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You are right as usual Jeroen, i stand corrected :oops: Sorry Veloce :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Early 1850 advice
PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 9:56 am 
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You are right as usual Jeroen, i stand corrected :oops: Sorry Veloce :wink:

Tony.
No need to apologize. For a second I thought I was going gaga, because I couldn't remember changing the springs.


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 Post subject: Re: Early 1850 advice
PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 10:54 am 
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Changing the dampers wont change the ride hight, that is down to the springs/ :wink:

Tony.
Yes they can. There are a lot of diffences in lower springseat heights of aftermarket shocks for Dolomites. The orientation where the lower seat is welded on the tube related to the lower fitting eye. This will cause the car to be lower or higher using the same spring.

Jeroen
Can't remember changing the springs... pretty sure I didn't. But purchased Spax adjustable shocks. That leveled the car out IIRC
Jeroen is quite correct, I have a fair collection of rear shox, good used, nearly new, at least 1 NOS etc from a variety of manufacturers. But almost impossible to build a matched pair, the spring seat positions varying by as much as an inch in the worst case! I've been toying with getting 2 that are closest and putting the higher seat of the 2 on the drivers side to compensate for the driver. Not sure if i'm just tight, or it's my hatred of waste! Or possibly my natural hoarders inability to throw anything away that MIGHT be useful someday! Then there's the theory that poor quality modern replacement parts may be worse than the old stuff i've already got!

I pushed the boat out and bought the ASP Gaz for the Carledo, purely to get the desired ride height in the face of Zero information available on anything but Sprint spring rates complicated by my car having different power unit weights and CofG from my mods. I'm not usually that profligate with money, but it was the simplest solution at the time. And it let me keep to standard NOS springs, Sprint front and Toledo rear, which are fine on my very light (760kg kerb weight) car.

Steve

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 Post subject: Re: Early 1850 advice
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2020 11:22 am 
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Get in touch with James Shepard on here. Hes restoring an early 1850 that he will sell when its done, it will be a good one.
Thanks Matt! :D

Yes I am currently restoring Nina, unfortunately due to the current situation I have slowed a bit as I am stuck with looking after the kids!! But it will leave me with a new paint job and fully wax (Bilt Hamber) rust protected, new brakes, electronic ignition, fully relayed cibie halogen headlamps (loom by Jeroen) the full works. When you are ready feel free to give me a shout.

I have a couple of updates to do, the rear wheel arches are now done and I just need to fit the outer sill.

https://forum.triumphdolomite.co.uk/vie ... 19&t=35610
Hi James. Just seen the photos on your link and it looks a honest example. You don't live too far away from me, which will be handy once the situation eases. Out of interest, what colour are you having the Dolly painted?
Sorry, I'm being rubbish at replying to posts at the moment! It will be repainted in its original colour of Honeysuckle.


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 Post subject: Aye.....
PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 7:50 pm 
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You and a lot of others mate! Probably part of the reason for it's demise! I had a subscription because the nearest source otherwise was a 30 mile round trip. But gave even that up about a year ago, purely on cost grounds. (I also gave up my TSSC membership as it offered the least of my 3 club memberships)

But I have virtually a complete set including issue one!

Steve
8) I also have issue one of Triumph World, Steve.

If you find the issue numbers you are short of I might be able to help.
I have a box of them which I bought on ebay some years ago.
When I say bought, what I should say is I paid for postage, the seller was happy for them to go to a new home.
It wasn't a complete set though....



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