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Graham Robson

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  1. Graham Robson

    Shaved doors

    All this means, surely, is that thieves will use hammers to shatter the glass, rather than trick keys to fiddle the locks ? And what happens when the batteries in your 'remote' go flat ? Hon. Pres.
  2. Graham Robson

    A rather different TR5 prototipo.

    Warning : Anorak Alert Ref ##14 - X760 was originally applied by the factory to the sixth 'Wasp' (TR5 ....) prototype, which presumably morphed into the Ginevra (which, incidentally, was shown at the Geneva Motor Show of March1968). Ref ##16 - Long stroke six-cylinder engines are no taller than 2.0-litre types - in fact all the six-cylinder types (including the 1.6-litre of the Vitesse) are the same height. Hon. Pres.
  3. Graham Robson

    Is this a record ?

    A friend and Register member garages his TR4A with me while he lives and works on the other side of the world. It lives safely, and snugly, inside the building, which is next to the house, but is not heated.. Last year it was garaged in August, with the battery still connected. From that time, it was not moved, nor started up, until this morning, 11 months later. Yet, after just one longish churn of the starter motor, it fired up and was ready to roll. The tyres needed topping up, but everything else was OK. Having been serviced, the TR4A and its owner will be re-introduced to each other next week. Is this a record ? Hon. Pres.
  4. Graham Robson

    TR4 Works wing vent grilles

    .... but don't forget that when the vents were first devised in 1962, we had the services of truly excellent body-build/fitters, who were used to doing miraculolus things on prototypes. These vents, by those standards,were not at all difficult. Hon. Pres.
  5. Graham Robson

    Triumph TR4S 1960

    Oh dear, we've had this discussion before. All I would like to repeat is that during my time at Triumph (in the years during and after the active life of the TRS cars), no-one in the factory ever referred to them (or wrote internal memos about them) as 'TR4S'. As to the ACO archives - well, I would rather trust the people who were close to the cars - who of course included Alick Dick and Harry Webster himself - than anyone else. [in fact when the TRS cars were active in 1960 and 1961, the real TR4 road car was still under development, and universally called the 'Zest' ....] Hon. Pres.
  6. Graham Robson

    TRX for sale

    Well, if you got the registration number right - it should be HKV 20 - matters might not be as confusing .... Hon. Pres.
  7. Graham Robson

    Solid axle tr4a and triumph dolomite sprint diff

    Anorak's Corner here : ** No standard Dolomite Sprint had a limited-slip differential. ** The rear track of the Dolomite Sprint was 4ft. 2.4in. Hon. Pres, and previous Sprint owner.
  8. Graham Robson

    Lucas RMS 576 roof spotlight

    In my day (yes, OK, stop sniggering in class), my 'works' drivers used to want the co-driver to act as a 'corner-finder' on unpracticed special stages by keeping one hand on the interior handle, and swivelling the lamp towards the fast-approaching bend. Worked a treat usually- unless the stage was bumpy, in which case the beam would be all over the place ! Hon. Pres.
  9. Graham Robson

    Fact or Fiction?

    Just to kill this thread stone dead - none of the five 'works' TR3As which competed in the 1958 French Alpine rally were widened - not even by a fraction of an inch. How do I know ? : 1) FIA regulations were quite clear on the fact that modifying bodies in any way was banned at this time. 2) There is actually a head-on picture of VRW 221 in the French Alpine rally of 1958, on page 79 of my book THE WORKS TRIUMPHS, where the body shell is demonstrably in standard-shape/condition. Hon. Pres.
  10. Graham Robson

    Spitfire Catalyst Octane Booster

    For related subjects, see under 'Perpetual motion machines' ....
  11. Graham Robson

    New Chassis or Recon?

    A simple question ? Would it cost you more (labour costs, etc , etc) to have an aged chassis frame 'restored' , rather than to pay for a new one ? Have you even asked your preferred supplier about that ? If so, I think I know what my recommendation would be .... Hon. Pres.
  12. Graham Robson

    Stromberg or SU why which on a car?

    Nick Webster has got the Stromberg-SU scenario exactly right. The basic reason (as told to me by both Alick Dick and Harry Webster) was that SUs were manufactured by a company owned by BMC, Standard-Triumph was clearly a competitor of that combine, and the commercial implications of that situation were obvious.
  13. Graham Robson

    Round Britain Reliability Run

    It was good to see so many hale-and-hearty Triumphs of all types at Pimperne this PM. Especially happy to see a representative of the Guide Dogs organisation (sorry, I don't know the official title), not only with a beautiful, sleek, Labrador Guide Dog, but being led by a charming blind girl. Made me so happy to know that I, along with many other Triumph people, are supporting such a good cause this year. Hon. Pres.
  14. Graham Robson

    1959 alpine rally colour film

    The Castrol-based collection ? Haven't a clue and, by the way, Triumph was never sponsored/supported by Castrol. Hon. Pres.
  15. Graham Robson

    1959 alpine rally colour film

    It's the 1958 event, by the way, not 1959. Hon. Pres.
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