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About MikeThomas

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  • Location
    Coggeshall, Essex
  • Cars Owned:
    Current TR5 ORH Roadster 1968
    Previously owned:
    Triumph Vitesse THX 132F
    Triumph Herald SGT 717F

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  1. I was bored so copied and translated the post from deloffe. Does it make sense to anyone? hello I am mr jmd de france I am not new to you after the transfer play pall I do not know if you received the old thank you to contact me
  2. Quick question. Anyone know what the original hard tops for a 5 were made of, aluminum or steel? Mike
  3. Mikell I have the same, it came with the car when I bought her. Find it quite useful when starting from cold. Mike
  4. Hi Chris I looked into this extensively last year and in the end went for a Viper mysmartstart tracker and alarm system. Basically I can see where the car is, set the speed limit, set entry and exit boundaries, before I receive a notification and also have an adjustable sensitivity internal alarm. Use this to stop someone putting their hands inside the car when the top is off to nick a dash board switch or gear knob. Also have both doors, bonnet and boot alarmed when opened and a jacking tilt alarm fitted in case someone just tries to tow her away. It also sends me notifications when the battery is running low. Great bit of kit, but you get what you pay for. My monthly cost re subscription amount to a couple of pints of beer. Good luck with your research. Mike
  5. Adrian I have the same issue, thanks all for your tips on rectifying it.
  6. Thanks Mick, I suppose I should have chosen different words, and I do understand where you are coming from.
  7. Afternoon all. Interesting morning having the car MOT'd. It was meant to be on Monday 16th but I received a call from the garage in the morning asking if I could change it to today for 10.30 which I agreed to. Went to the garage for 10.30 and they had no knowledge of the booking, it transpired I contacted the wrong garage for the MOT after a google search! We have two in our village. (I'm at that funny age!) Had to make an embarrassing call to cancel the appt. That said the garage fitted me in and the car passed with no advisories and the chap said the brakes were excellent, better than some modern cars he tests. The brakes have not been uprated in any way, all I've done is replace the brake master cylinder, brake cylinders and shoes and pads about 1,000 miles ago and recently had the hubs off for a clean up and re adjustment. This was the first time I have been with the MOT tester, he let me go in the pit with him and explained what he was doing and how he checked the car, best £40 I've ever spent. I now have confirmation the car is totally roadworthy. Plus I got it recorded on the DVLA register as what the vast majority on here suggested. So thank you guys for all your help and comments, great forum. Best wishes, Mike
  8. I've decided to put my 5 in for MOT on Monday, prior to having the body resprayed, just wondered what the views are on having it recorded as a proper MOT on the DVLA Gov website. Obviously if it's failure then I would get the work done to pass. Have any of you gone for the recorded MOT or just popped it in the garage for a look over? Your thoughts most welcome. TIA Mike
  9. Hello Paul Sounds a nasty and not to repeated experience! I've had a quick look at their website 'Willow Triumph' and note they have restored several TR4as and the last one looked excellent. I'm no expert but from what I've seen I would consider them, perhaps a call to them in the first instance might put your mind at rest, send over a few photos of the damage and ask what they think? Also tried a search on reviews and nothing detrimental came up. Good luck Best wishes, Mike
  10. Sorry to read about the accident Paul, good to see you and the passenger are ok. If it was me I would ask A Plan who they would and would not be happy for me to approach, other than that speak to the TR Specialists direct and get some quotes and terms of business as I suppose you would in a normal day to day car accident. You won't be the first for this to happen to, therefore I expect others to come on here and offer more help. Good luck. Best wishes, Mike
  11. Hi Chris Mrs had a prang in icy conditions, then insurer Tesco said I had to take it to one of their approved repairers, this was about an hour away. I bluntly refused saying this is a total inconvenience for me and the Mrs as it's a Friday evening. I told them I was taking it to a well respected (and used by other insurance companies) car repairer which happened to be two miles way. I cited they were not treating their policy holders fairly and put labour rate savings before customer fairness. They failed to counter the point. Got the car repaired and Tesco paid up. Needless to say I never insured with them again. Best wishes, Mike
  12. Graham Me thinks £32,000
  13. Graham Your post is lost on me, I haven't a clue but do hope someone on the forum will post something to help you. Best wishes, Mike
  14. Did a search using google and found more on water pumps in this forum, strange I couldn't find other threads using this forum search mode. Decided to use EP Services based in Wolves for a refurbishment. They will upgrade the seals and bearings, done numerous TR5s, been doing this for 45 years and it will come with an unequivocal life time guarantee. Best wishes, Mike
  15. Hello everyone Got a small leak just under the water-pump, a consideration is to replace the pump, but which one do I get? I've been on another forum and they suggested there has been some issues with certain pumps, wrong shape and too few impellers, but could not remember which pumps, they suggested a search here which I have done using 'water pump' and the most recent thread was 2014, a lot can happen in five years! An alternative would be to get the pump refurbished. Thanks in advance. Best wishes, Mike
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