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  1. Just to follow up, I've sourced one in stock at a motor factors. However, it seems this lens has been discontinued so anyone who advertises stock online on the basis that they can source from the manufacturer/ distributor will not be able to source it unless they physically hold one themselves. It seems the side lighted version is still available (Demon Tweeks stock them). I would be interested if anyone has any other lens they can recommend - valeo/cibie or otherwise? Regards Bob
  2. Hi Malcolm I cant get that link to work - just goes to Whoops we cant find that page and searching using tr7 details says no products available. I'll try with a pc tomorrow rather than an ipad. Thanks for the offer Peter but like you I think I prefer something more old fashioned in terms of looks! Thanks for all your help. Bob
  3. Hi Roger Yes but way too expensive!! Generally they used to be £50 each or less if on offer from Europarts. Ordered twice off ebay only for sale to be cancelled due to unavailabilty. That may happen here or perhaps these guys realise they are the only supplier with any stock! Bob
  4. Hi all Im trying to source some cibie headlights. Looking at past threads 082441 seems to be the right part number but it seems they are no longer available. Ive ordered a couple of times only to find the order cancelled because they cant get hold of them. Ive got them on my TR4 and looking for some for my GT6. Any help appreciated. regards Bob
  5. Can't see it myself - TRs are just not rare or good enough to be worth north of £30k. Realistically you're running out of people who care that much about them with any money. My bet is classic cars will fall long term. They are part of the asset bubble that cheap credit has created. Don't want to be morbid, but they are mostly owned by people in their 70s - when theyre gone or too old to bother with them, there will be a lot of them around with no one to buy them. As I said, buy them to drive and tinker with - not as a long term sure bet investment!!
  6. Further to Tom's post, it just goes to show that the economics of classic cars and their prices are totally mad! Perhaps we all expect too much perfection? It could also be that in this industry, a flat labour rate of £60 per hour plus VAT is not sustainable and the true market rate is nearer £20 per hour! I'm an accountant and I charge some professionals out at £50 per hour (but some of us with tax expertise are around the £200 mark for consultancy). However, I'd get a far cheaper staff to photocopy (ie the office equivalent of rubbing down perhaps!!?). To my mind, quoting £60 plus VAT for everything is not realistic. I also think that the time taken for something is not always scientifically ascertained. I do recurring work so I can compare with last year. If sometime takes twice as long to do a set of books as last year, unless I can justify why this has happened, I am stuck with last years fee plus a bit for inflation. Sometimes, people just take longer - particularly when they are not pushed to get on with the next job! Just because experience tells you a job seems to take a certain amount of time, doesn't mean it should. We act for a few small independent garages and one or two comfortably produce £100k profit per partner on lower rates. However, all businesses are different and, at the end of the day, you make what you can from who you can. Bob
  7. There is an awful lot of BS talked in the classic car world and motor trade generally. In my view its very like the world of estate agents.. Having some professional experience of both worlds, I find they have a slightly different moral code to the rest of us. There are some true gents in all these worlds but an hell of a lot of chancers and rogues out to make a quick buck. Caveat emptor I'm afraid. No amount of consumer law helps you with slightly dodgy second hand goods if they've got your money and a string of excuses. The law is just too expensive unless you are prepared to do it yourself - even then you may end up paying an expert for a report. Better to do this before you buy so at least you can sue someone if it all goes wrong! I was reading one of the auction houses lot descriptions the other day - what a load of inaccurate, sentimental clap trap bigging up cars that had large and bizarre estimates. I don't think I'd buy a TR now at current asking prices - couldn't justify the price. I'd be happy if values collapsed and turned my paper profit into nothing. At least we'd get some younger people in to keep them running after we're gone... It would also encourage anyone who has bought one recently to run it ragged, cover it in stone chips and generally use and abuse it for the purpose God intended and not worry about devaluing it any further. Anyway, enough of these wet, simpering, mealy-mouthed comments... Bob
  8. Tank looks pretty good (from what I can see) and swilling with fresh fuel didn't produce any bits and pieces but may do sloshing treatment as well in time. On my car, there is not a brass union to the tank (as shown by the manual) rather a rubber fuel hose and I think it was the degrading of this small section that caused the issue. All renewed with ethanol resistant hose and copper now right the way to the carbs. Bob
  9. Well just to close this one off. Thanks for all the suggestions. Turned out to be fuel lines partially blocked -all renewed. Tank emptied and swilled out. Very clear once renewed how much extra fuel flow there was. Clearly pump could suck enough through to keep the float chambers full enough in normal driving but sustained high spead driving it ran short. Useful though in that runs far better after everything else checked, cleaned and tightened! Bob
  10. The vent is in the cap and seems fine but I'll give running with cap open a go. I agree with comment re fuel lines, new kit on order regardless of what has caused this as all looking a bit tired and bits in filter are a worry. By the way, does anyone know if Dave Davies is still recondiotioning pumps - ive got a spare to recon so may as well do that now if it comes to swapping the pump. I used him before but cant find his details. Forgot to say using HS6 carbs that I bought fully reconned may be 4 years ago but I wondered whether a sticking piston could be at fault - fine when flying up the revs but perhaps just sticking when accelerating steadily from 3000 to 3500 in o/d top? Bob
  11. Not posted anything technical for a while but this one should get some heads scratching. Had to pull out of the RBRR on Saturday evening due to a misfire problem. The car goes fine through the gears and revs up to 5k with no hint of a misfire but when on a motorway in overdrive top at about 3500 rpm (so 80 ish) it starts to misfire and lose power. Pretty much consistently- does somtimes pull for a while at 3500 but then a misfire sets it. Car slows to 60 ish or less. However, once youve left the motorway, generally it clears and you can cane it down a B road without a hint of an issue. I am running with an Accuspark distributor which has proved faultless for many miles. However, swapped that by the roadside for a brand new one of the same make (new leads to coil supplied with it) and the problem re - occurred in exactly the same way. Changed coil and plug leads. Had carbs apart and cleaned and blown out float chambers etc. Fuel pump reconditoned by the chap recommended on here a few years ago but may be culprit? Changed the inline fuel filter and there were what seemed like bits of fuel hose floating around -I wondered if high fuel demand meant these blocked the filter but lower flow meant these bits weren't a problem - however given that swapping it didnt change things, that theory was blown. I feel its a fuelling issue but not really sure. Any thoughts or observations most welcome. Bob
  12. My revotec switch failed after a couple of years. The location is a bit crap really for adjusting, altough as said before, once set its ok (until it fails!). I replaced it with another (pipe already cut) which was pretty pricey for what it is - lets see if it lasts longer than the previous one. Sometimes you just wish such things were better thought out given their cost. Bob
  13. Its all classic car prices. My theory is cheap credit and lack of return elsewhere but mainly cheap credit. In my experience, years ago, the classic community wouldnt think of borrowing to buy a classic (a car to get you to and from work was different). Now its like houses - buy the best you can afford it will only go up etc etc. Plus there are a lot of current retirees who are far more affluent than previously (at the moment at least). More money in, limited supply, prices go up. Its just sad when genuine enthusiasts are not able to afford even relatively modest classics Bob
  14. Bob Horner

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    ive been disappointed by the Retrosound unit. I think others have as well. Its expensive for what it is, fiddly to use and radio reception is poor. In another classic I just fitted a modern unit at a fraction of the price that works better. Bob
  15. I bet your wife thinks youre a total aerosol!! Bob
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