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Colin Symonds

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  1. Similar technology is becoming fairly standard on modern cars. My Audi A3 has what Audi cause a virtual cockpit, wher the instrument binacle is just another screen which can display a whole range of different dials and information. I can have google earth with the sat nav overlaid, and zoom right down to streetview (why anyone would need street view when you can just look out the window) with differnt size gauges on top, or the media, fuel consumption etc almost endless variety. OK they are not cheap now, but as with any technology give it five or ten years and it will be cheaper than new or
  2. Have a look at Worcester Classic Cars.
  3. I used to own a Daimler SP250 Dart, which was ex Met-police still had the bell on the front bumper. Best engine I've ever had in an old British car by a long way. Didn't have it very long as I had other calls on my finances. Last time I saw it was in 2015 when it went for £50k at the Brooklands auction.
  4. This is the backlight on my 4A, this shows how the seal should fit.
  5. If my 4A didn't have a servo fitted when I bought it, having driven others without the servo I most certainly would have fitted one to mine, to me it makes the driving experience so much more pleasurable as I'm not into the hairy chested macho philosophy of if you can lock the brakes you don't need one. If it makes driving more pleasurable for you when you don't need the legs of a second row to brake, then go ahead and fit one. There aren't many TRs out there that can be called 'original' now anyway. Mine's a Lockheed.
  6. At my school back in the sixties, the standard fair in the buttery was a bread roll with a chocolate bar in it, this was put in the oven until the chocolate melted. I think we'd have drawn the line at clotted cream and Nutella. The lady who served in the butt was called Mrs Crisp and as one of the school's four 'Bougher' prefects (Head Boy, Deputy Head Boy, and Captains of Rugby and Cricket) I was allowed to go in the out door and out the in door.
  7. In Auto Bild's 'classic' tyre test in 2019 on a Healey 3000, the Blockley tyres didn't do well they came a distant sixth, behind Dunlop Sport Classic, Michelin XVS, Vredestein Sprint Classic, Pirelli CA67 and Avon Radial Steel. Only beating Retro RC101 and a no-name budget tyre.
  8. If the TR4 or TR6 GT options had been around I'd still have bought the GT6 I think the nose shape balances the GT styling more. This was my ex Leo Villa (Malcolm and Donald Cambell's chief mechanic) GT6 that I restored. I think the shape was wonderful.
  9. My father was an automobile electrician all his working (non-war) life, his father started the garage in 1912, initially to convert the London taxi cabs fleet from acetylene to electric lighting. My Grandfather was a superb engineer and magneto specialist, doing all of the ignition systems for Malcolm Campbell's Bluebird cars. Both my Grandfather and father smoked roll-up cigarettes and would have one constantly in their mouths, but using the Rizla Blue papers they would go out unless drawn. In those days they would strip a dynamo or starter down and clean all of the components in a bowl
  10. One of the most impressive drives I've ever seen.
  11. Just had a look at mine, this is a mohair surrey by CHT, to be honest I think I've only put it on to try the fit as I usually have the hard top on or have it open, but the soft top sits in the boot for a very slow emergency. Just a metal bar, in the rear pocket.
  12. https://www.tr-registershop.co.uk/firesafetystick-10398-p.asp Colin
  13. I personally would stick to the 165/80 R15, they were designed to run on these, and they really do make a difference to the handling and feel of the steering etc, especially at low speed. Your choice though.
  14. I'm running the Vredestein T-Trac 2 as well, but I don't believe they are available any more. The Continental CT22 would be my choice now. I'm assuming you are sticking with the 165/80 R15 size. I do know of one major TR restorer and dealer who supplies the Nankang tyre as their standard. Of course you could go for the MIchelin or Pirelli 'classic' tyres if you have well over £1k .
  15. I had the Oxford jab, absolutely zero side effects.
  16. Had my first vaccination on 2nd February, second dose booked for April 22nd. I had a letter direct from the NHS to book an appointment at a local centre, two days later had another letter from my Doctors Surgery, offering a vaccination at their clinic!
  17. Esso 99 Ron Synergy Supreme +, fuel is still ethanol free in most of the UK, Shell will not say if their V-Power 99 Ron fuel is ethanol free or not. https://www.esso.co.uk/en-gb/fuels/petrol
  18. Weekend ticket bought, good news for me is that the Three Counties Showground is only 25 minute drive from my house!
  19. The 777 is my least favourite plane, the engine noise in the cabin, even when it doesn't catch fire, is very intrusive especially for overnight flights when trying to get a bit of sleep. Give my a 380 any day or at a pinch a 787.
  20. When I bought my BMW Z3M it only came with one key, these have to come direct from BMW main dealer at a cost of over £170. When I went to collect it and have them code it to the car, I parked outside the service bays. Four of the mechanics came out to have a good look over it as they had never had a Z3 in their garage. I decided of course that I'd give them a miss when servicing or repairs were needed. I went round to my nearest BMW/Merc independent and there were two Z3s there having jobs done. They have looked after it ever since, charge about half what the main dealers do, and I trust
  21. I had mine earlier this week, and I didn't realise that it had been done until the nurse told me, felt absolutely nothing. The organisation at the centre was exceptional, if only the rest of the pandemic had been handled as well as the vaccination programme.
  22. I was just getting home on my daily exercise walk in my small Herefordshire Village, when a TR4a went past me and turned into the road where I live. Intrigued I found when I neared home that the new resident of a house near me had a '66 TR4A, which he was bringing to the house for the first time since moving in. Well I have a '67 TR4A, what's the chances of two people with TR4As living in one road with just 66 houses! Anyway, brief long distance chat later and agreement that we shall have to have a few ride outs come summer, when allowed. Small world.
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