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    1980 TR7 DHC

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  1. The wedge is having an extra long hibernation in the garage. Sadly it is 20 miles away in my partner's parents garage, so I will not get to see it again for a while. I had planned on taking it out for a drive next Thursday to coincide with my birthday, I am rather sad that won't be happening. Hoping the majority of the travelling restrictions will be lifted before the end of Summer.
  2. Looking great, I’m sure it’ll have improved the comfort. Good luck on the recovery, hopefully you’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of your labour soon!
  3. I will contribute to the effort with my Wedge.
  4. Hi all, This is a long shot, but I am looking to see if anyone may have information on the TR7 I currently own. I'm attempting to build a proper history folder and I have some sparse details dating from the early 1990s to 2010 (information from the gentleman I purchased the car from suggests was that the car was SORNed from then and stored until recommission earlier this year). The earliest paperwork I have is dated 1992, when the car was in Dumfries. In 1995, the car passed hands to another owner based in Inverness. The car was originally registed in Reading on the 2nd of July 1980, so I would like to know when it first came to Scotland, and to patch in the missing details between 1980 and 1992 if poss. Apologies if this is not on the correct board, I assumed this would be the most appropriate place to post. Any leads on info are appreciated!
  5. Evening all, Thanks for the kind words. As promised, here are some more pics. I think it is going to take a while to get used to no power steering. Just moving it out and back into the garage was tough. We have noticed that the reverse lights don't stay on when the lever is at it's "resting" place, but do if I push and hold the lever slightly up to the left. Suspect there is a loose connection somewhere and hopefully there will be an easy enough fix.
  6. Around three years after I had originally planned to, I finally bought myself a TR7 on Sunday evening. I will post more extensive photographs soon, but only have a couple of when it arrived on Tuesday. I have been informed by the seller that it had been stored for a while before recently being recommissioned. I've been provided with an extensive folder full of receipts for parts and work which has been carried out to the car, from the early 90s onwards, and a few photos of it in magazine/paper features (which I shall scan for your viewing pleasure!). I'm currently busy attempting to buy a new house at the moment, so it looks like I might not manage to get it out much before it's time for it's Winter slumber. I am a little upset at the timing, but the car was an ideal opportunity that I did not want to miss out on. It is requiring some minor fixes on the paintwork, so I will get cracking on that and the other minor work that needs to be done.
  7. Hi all, just wanted to post a small update. I've decided having both a TR7 and another everyday car is the ideal choice. Since working out the costs, I see it's going to be quite reasonable to run both, especially as the TR7 will most likely only be kept for attending shows and the occasional weekend drive. Now all I need to do is wait patiently until I have the money and find a decent one! Thanks again to everyone for the invaluable advice.
  8. I think I will have to phone up a few companies to see what the situation would be. I seem to be able to get a couple of quotes from classic insurance specialists online, noting that I would be using it as my only car, but I am skeptical of the prices. You are indeed correct about the normal insurance, the prices shoot up by at least £200 for me. All good to know! I have added the modifications to my list of considerations. Thanks to everyone so far who has provided input, it was been very helpful.
  9. Ah yes, I believe you approved my request to join the group I really enjoy anything practical (and always seems like anything "hands-on" is my forte), so doing some work on the car would be almost a pleasure. I have some very basic knowledge about cars and I have lots of literature worth reading through that would probably help me learn a bit more. I'm not expecting to be able to do major work all by myself, but I expect I will possibly at least be able to work out how to fix basic problems. I have my Punto taxed and insured to August next year, so I will have that kicking about until then regardless of whether I have the TR7 at that point. I have also found out that I will be getting put down as a named driver on my mum's car, so will probably have a car for any emergencies if I decide to go with the TR7 alone.
  10. Great to hear, Laurence. I'm willing to spend as much time and money as is reasonable on finding the "right" one. The bonus is mine will be sleeping in a garage rather than being outside, which will probably help it survive a bit better. The power steering went on one of my old cars, that was an experience... At least I am not as weak now as I was back then! Picked up a copy relatively cheap on ebay, waiting on it coming through the post right now I am currently in the process of trying to work out what basic servicing costs would be like. All the other costs I have calculated so far aren't looking too bad, so keeping some money aside for any servicing and repairs is viable. The forum seems very friendly from my limited experience! I have also joined the TR Youth Facebook group and will no doubt have a chat with some people there.
  11. Thanks for the input, Peter. Besides the general reliability, the potential for rust was a big worry. I would definitely avoid buying any car without and enquiring and checking out the rust-proofing beforehand. I am at least in a position where getting any repairs wouldn't be very expensive, as my mum is in contact with a few mechanics through work and at least one is more than happy to work with classics. It would only be sourcing the parts themselves that would be a problem. On the insurance side of things, it seems there isn't too much of a problem getting classic car insurance (however, I know it will probably be subject to any modifications the previous owners may have had done, in which case it'll have to be normal insurance). It is slightly more expensive than what I am currently paying just now, but it is not too much of an issue. The best case scenario right now looks to be to have the TR7 for jollies and have my Punto for commuting. I will have to consult with other people first before I make any final decisions on it.
  12. Brilliant Ian, thanks for all of this.
  13. Hi all, this is my first forum post and I think this is probably the best place to ask. I am currently in the process of saving up to buy a TR7, as I have been a fan of the wedge for quite a while. I am thinking about possibly having it as a daily driver, as I don't really want to have to faff around with two cars (current motor is a 1.4 Punto, so a large difference... ). Obviously I expect the driving experience to be very much different, but what I would like to know about is whether the car is going to cause me any major issues with reliability, etc. My driving consists of a short commute to work and socialising a few times a month, so at least it's not going to be thrashed around. I just don't want to have this as my sole car, only to have it break down every two days! I'm also interested to know what kind of price range is approriate for these cars at the moment (considering the general condition). Any advice is appreciated, thanks in advance.
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