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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. Thanks Mick, I suppose I should have chosen different words, and I do understand where you are coming from.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Graham Me thinks £32,000
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Hi John, I've always used Deals, trusted family run firm, they sold by S Type Jag for me a year or so ago. The car is inside the showroom. Best wishes, Mike
  12. Hi Tom Trust it's not PEN 15 Sorry, feeling in a mischievous mood this weekend! Best wishes Mike
  13. Noticed this lovely looking TR3 in my local garage for sale, know very little about 3s as I have a 5, but looked very clean to me. https://www.dealofkelvedon.co.uk/vehicle-details/Triumph-Tr3-U5061/
  14. Dave Being intrigued as to what a 'vibrating poker' looked like I popped it into google and ended up on a porn site...... Ha ha, feeling mischievous............
  15. Ian, Mrs is a bossy mechanic and doesn't like taken orders, reckons shes the boss, so no change there! I've added a couple of more photos, you can see it has moveable supports, they can go up and down the side frame provided you don't tighten up the nut and bolt too much, see the gap for them to do this inside each support. They also swing out or lay on the frame and the heavy duty rubber plate (also moves up and down each arm) is what connects with the chassis. Best wishes, Mike
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