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    Where Triumphs Came From
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    Lots, and lots of Triumphs, but I have got the current fleet down to under 50.

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  1. I can testify to those 16 odd second 1/4 mile times as back in the 90's I would regularly 'run what you brung' my (standard) TR5 at Santa Pod, and Avon Park. I think the fastest magazine road test time I saw for a TR5-6 was 16.5 seconds. I got consistently into the low 16's, with a best of 16.1. I tried everything to get into the 15's, but in the end only a LSD would have got me there, and I didn't have the cash for one then. As for mechanical sympathy, and rapid wear issues, I used to change the crank shells once a year, but apart from regular diff, and gearbox oil changes I don't r
  2. No not a typo, but unfortunately we no longer take on customer cars.
  3. I own Le Mans class winning Spitfire ADU 4B. It has fantastic continuous provenance. However after 1965 Le Mans it was taken on by the Swiss National Racing team, and was never returned to Canley. Eventually it ended up in the USA in the hands of a very well known collector, so no problem there. Imagine my surprise when we imported it back home to Coventry, and applied to the DVLA for a V5 to find out it was currently registered to someone else! I also own 6003VC Vitesse, originally one of the 1963 works Monte team cars. However this car is a recreation done by John Wooley and rallie
  4. Yes I had read through the entire topic before posting
  5. We were one of the first into the market with these starters. In those days there were no aftermarket repro starters to convert so we bought in all the used motors from far, and wide. We disassembled them, and sent the front cases into our machine shop to be turned down to accept our own adapter plates. The rest of the motor was reconditioned to a high standard by a local company, and then reassembled with those machined front plates, and adapters. We did thousands of them, but eventually the used core dried up, and the only alternative were the new crop of repro stuff coming in from
  6. To true, and unfortunately more common than most would appreciate. There was a rash of 'works' Triumph plates issued in the 80/90's when it was relativity easy to fool the DVLA into punting them out.
  7. There is a saying in the trade for cars that end up looking like that, 'looks like it crashed into Halfords'!
  8. I once had to pick up a 2.5PI saloon from Felixstowe that had come in from Norway that night. It had been delayed so by the time I got out of the docks it was something like 3am. I thought it strange that the customer had put a spare set of wheels, and tyres on the back seat, but thought nothing of it until I got out onto the dual carriageway, and gave it some beans. There was a strange noise that I had never heard the like of before, and just as I reached 70mph I had a simultaneous blow out on two diagonal tyres which sent me spinning up both lanes. Good job the roads were empty at this time
  9. Andy Martin in ex works PI WRX 902H behind you!
  10. I got all my experience of driving on snow, and ice on RAF stations on 12 hour night, and weekend day shifts. Hours, and hours of opposite lock stuff in a variety of Escort Estates, Minis, Chevette Estates, and Landy's. I think my record was 15 minutes on opposite lock going round, and round on a Vulcan dispersal.
  11. I like it when Vern is asked how many vehicles he owns and he replies, more than thirty, but I'm not sure exactly how many. It does seem that more than thirty is when critical mass is reached. after which exact numbers are really difficult to quantify
  12. Bear with this is a long story...... Way back in the early 1990's I visited a trader called Stuart Jenkins at his premises on the Stonebroom Industrial Estate near Derby to buy some bits, and bobs for one of my TR5's. Whilst we stood chewing the cud I happened to notice a TR sitting forlornly out in the long grass. It turned out to be a TR5 Stuart had bought as a breaker. All the outer panels had been removed along with the engine. A deal was done for not a lot of money, and a couple of days later a chap I knew went and collected it for me who jackknifed his Fiat Uno (yes really) and trai
  13. Sorted now, thanks everyone. I have had a better look with the roof turned upside down. The four holes in the wood that is glassed into the leading edge have captive 1/4" UNF fixings.
  14. Thanks Bob, but I should think the heads of the fixings (whatever they might be) should be visible underneath the windscreen frame header rail behind the sunvisors.
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