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  1. The work was done over 5 months. The reason for the time taken was that this was the first installation to be undertaken by TRGB. Jason who did much of the work needed time to think it through, plan, gather together components and then fit and test the set-up. I was in no great hurry to get the work done and was happy with the approach adopted. I'm sure a second installation would be considerably faster. As you say it is a very neat job, I would say that the quality of work undertaken is top notch. Tim
  2. TRGB sourced and rebuilt a 1960 TR3a for me some 4 years ago. It was sourced from the USA so work entailed it being converted to left hand drive. The original specification was red with grey interior, overdrive, heater and steel wheels. I kept to the original colours, exterior and interior and decided to make a few modifications. These were; rack and pinion steering, front anti-roll bar, brake servo, alternator, starter motor, electric fan and radiator. Attention was also paid to the engine with, 89mm liners, gas flowed head, TR4a inlet manifold, four branch exhaust manifold and electronic ignition. A year or so ago I heard about the Jenvey Heritage fuel injection throttle bodies and Emerald ECU. I wondered what this set up might do for my car and after a long discussion with Jason at TRGB decided to go ahead with the conversion. Before work started it was taken to the rolling road at Emerald to check existing power and torque. The result was 115.7bhp engine power at 5465 rpm and 129.6 lb.ft at 3890 rpm. Jason then began his work and after the conversion the car was again put on the rolling road at Emerald. This time we had 137.6 bhp at 5500rpm and 144.71 lb.ft of torque. Power was still rising at 5500 rpm but discretion came into play! Other changes are instantaneous starting from cold, rock solid tick-over and amazing drivability. Power delivery is absolutely smooth and linear with no hiccups, flat spots etc. After driving car before this modification for a couple of years and getting used to its foibles (no criticism meant) it now feels like a different vehicle. I thoroughy pleased with the experiment and thank Jason and TRGB for their superb work. Here's a pictures of the engine bay. Tim
  3. I've dealt wit TRGB for some time now and have been very pleased with their work. Having some further engine tuning work being done now on my TR3a. I will be pleased to speak privately with you on the matter. Tim
  4. My belief is that the future is not battery electric but hydrogen. Hydrogen needs electricity to produce it and can the be stored until needed. It is in effect a type of battery ie a power storage unit. Electricity for production can come from overnight supply where demand is very low and times when renewables are running at high production. Its quick to re-fill a car with hydrogen so no sitting around for 30 minutes while the battery re-charges or wires strung all over the place. Some have concerns about the dangers of hydrogen storage although 'm sure this isn't an insurmountable problem. The biggest issue is that of short term government views, if no pay-back in a couple of years it doesn't get done. Tim
  5. I agree that phased approach makes the most sense from a practical point of view. My concern is that to get out of paying the charge the replacement car as to be post 2015, Euro 6 or petrol. The cost to change will be high and penalise those on lower incomes who can't afford a newer vehicle and will just have to stump up the daily fee. Those who are more well off are likely to replace their cars more often, charge the cost to expenses or pay it out of 'loose change'. It's a difficult issue to solve or come up with a sensible suggestion. Perhaps it should start with taxis, commercial vehicles and buses who can all set their costs off against tax, measure the result and then make a decision about the next course of action should it be necessary. Thank goodness I don't need to drive into London. Tim
  6. I'm confused by this new charge. It seems that the aim to to reduce harmful emissions, if this is the case why can we choose to pay for the right to pollute these areas. To my way of thinking the decision should have been made that all vehicles that don't comply are banned from these areas with no exception. By having a charge to skip the rule it smacks to me of being a way to earn revenue for the local authority in the name of improving air quality. Perhaps I'm too much of a sceptic. Finally, as with many of these types of schemes, the richer members of society can afford to pay to break rules and the poorer members suffer. Rant over, i feel better now. Tim
  7. The hubcaps look great Tim
  8. All fixed, steel extension pipe soldered to the brass fitting with no real problems. Heated everything on the kitchen stove and then used the soldering iron to melt the solder into the joint. Been out for a run and all nice and dry. Tim
  9. Thanks very much for your replies. I've cleaned up the two parts of the extension pipe and will try and solder the steel pipe to the brass fitting today. I will use ptfe tape on the threaded portion as suggested. I looked at using one of the loctite sealers but the clearance between the spigot on the brass fitting and the internal diameter of the steel pipe is too large for this to work effectively. Tim
  10. I have a leak from the extension pipe where the pipe joins the brass fitting that screws into the heater valve. I've removed the extension pipe and find that it was loose where it slides onto the spigot of the screw fitting and was easy to pull off. Can anyone tell me how these two parts are supposed to be fixed together in order that I can repair it? thanks Tim
  11. Turn off the Autoroute at Dijon and head for Marsannay which in on the SW outskirts of Dijon. From here follow the wine route through to Beaune, beautiful scenery though a magnificent wine producing area. Tim
  12. The address is actually in a very smart part of Nashville, the house sold for $510k a couple of years ago. I'd still be nervous but could be interesting. I wonder if we have any members in the Nashville area who could check it out. Tim
  13. Try looking at the Shapeways website. There is info there to take you through the process, different materials and their printing service. I've used them for O gauge model railway parts and they produce a good product. The real skill is producing the 3D drawing for them. Tim
  14. Also remember that when a company quotes for restoration they don't usually include VAT so there's another £10k to be added to the bill. From my personal experience of having a TR3a professionally restored something like a 1000 hours of labour went into it plus parts and materials. £50k for restoration would be a bargain! Tim
  15. I insure my car for what i believe it would cost to replace them in the event of a write-off. Have a look through the ads and try to work out a price. Under insuring could leave you well out of pocket in the event of a claim. Tim
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