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  1. There are a few of us owners on the list, but as you can see we're a shy bunch! If you look back through the archives of the forum, you can see a few Doretti restoration photos. Finding a car can be a bit of a challenge, but they are out there. You will find many, many more "project" Dorettis than restored cars, though: owners of restored Dorettis tend to hang onto them!
  2. I saw a lovely Italia (but aren't they all?) at Techno Classica this year. But really, wouldn't it be better to save your money and get a better car? Same designer, upgraded mechanicals, and sporting open-top motoring the way it's meant to be. Of course I'm speaking of the TR4, aka the Triumph Italia II...
  3. I've been off the board for a while, and just found this post. The craigslist ad is long gone. Just for the historical record, can someone post a note here on the car's asking price and general condition? Thanks, Vittorio D1092
  4. Hmm, I think the British standard fine thread (BSF) had 26 threads per inch on a 1/4" bolt, whereas this definitely has 28. BA-threaded bolts, another English alternative to BSF, are fairly rare in this size, and also would have had approximately 26 tpi. Whitworth or BSC (coarse) threads are often mixed up with SAE/UNC threads, from what I understand, but on the fine threads the distinctions are more clearcut. I just needed to find a bolt that was complete enough for me to get to grips with-- all the other ones had rusted away or snapped at the head! Since all of my bolts (save one) and captive nuts were damaged, I'm definitely going to replace them all, so for me ultimately this is academic. Hopefully some future Doretti restorer finds this thread (no pun intended!) useful. Best, Vittorio
  5. Hello again, Answering my own question: the size of the bolt is 1/4"-28tpi. (I found one that was just about salvageable after some work with a wire brush and a die.) Anybody reproducing accurate early Doretti floors yet? No? Well, just thought I'd ask... Best, Vittorio
  6. Hello all, Having been distracted by some side projects recently, I haven't spent much time on my Doretti restoration. I'm trying to remedy that now, and over the coming weeks I hope to make some good progress. Next steps are some cleaning, welding, and painting on the frame and suspension components. Part of that will be welding new captive nuts to the frame all around-- not one of them survived the body removal wholly intact. Either because the bolts were damaged in removal, or because my eyes aren't as good as they used to be, I am having trouble figuring out the size and thread pitch of the original bolts. Can any of the Doretti gurus on the board shed some light on this? I will have to put in a fairly large hardware order, and I want to make sure I get it right. Thanks for any help you can provide. I hope the recent quiet on the board is because everyone is out enjoying their cars! Best, Vittorio
  7. Thanks Mike, good points. A corollary to vehicle registration being handled at the state (as opposed to federal) level is that you have 50 different sets of registration rules to deal with. Some are looser than others, so there are services-- sometimes of dubious legality-- that promise to exploit loopholes in distant states to get you a title in your own state. Connecticut does not require titles for older vehicles, and there are one or two other states where this is also true. But that may not wash with the authorities in another state if the buyer of the car were seeking to register this Peerless in a "title" state--if, say, I were to try to register this Peerless here in Texas. ("Where's yer title, pardner?") That's why Connecticut will in fact issue titles for antique/vintage cars... it just doesn't *require* them. A quibbling point, perhaps, but one can see how things could get very complicated. Again, I'm no expert. I'm just trying to put out some warnings here in case any of you EU types were thinking of picking up this Peerless. Bottom line, talk to a lawyer with vehicle import/export expertise before you buy! I'll shut up now... Vittorio
  8. I thought it might be worth noting that the Doretti windscreen sold at the Buy-It-Now price of US$500-- so obviously someone did not read this forum before clicking the Buy button! More recently, a fine condition Doretti nose badge sold for around US$275. Not cheap, but find another! Hopefully it went to someone who will actually mount it on one of the cars, rather than just putting it on the shelf... though I am as guilty of hoarding fun stuff as anyone. Regards, Vittorio
  9. The last line of the listing might be a killer: "Car will be sold with a bill of sale." This means that the seller does not have the state-issued document that confirms his/her ownership of the vehicle; in the US this document, the title, is the key for transferring ownership of a car. Getting a title for a vehicle that does not have one can either be quite simple or, more often, next to impossible, and without a title you may not be able to register the car. There is also the small matter of not being able to assure that the vehicle was not, at some point in its history, stolen, though more often titles are simply misplaced when an owner dies or when a car languishes in the back garden for years. I'm no expert, but I would guess that lack of an ownership document would make the car very difficult to export as well; at the very least I would want solid legal advice on that before attempting it. It is very hard to transfer ownership of a car across state lines in the US without a title, so I would guess that international transfers would be at least as difficult. But again, I'm not an expert. Hmmm, squinting closely at the photos, I can make out what looks like a warning label... yes, the lettering is very distinct... looks like it says "caveat emptor"... Regards, Vittorio
  10. Thanks for the link, Alec; I had a hazy memory of reading that page before. I emailed Pilkingtons a year or two ago re Doretti 'screens, and never had a response from them. Does anyone know if they are still able(/willing) to reproduce the early Doretti windshields, and what the cost might be these days? Regards, Vittorio
  11. Hello all, There's a Doretti windshield-- NOS or early aftermarket-- up on eBay at the moment: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Doretti-Win...sspagenameZWDVW The seller is in California. Can anyone tell from the photos and/or measurements whether this is an early or late windscreen? Regards, Vittorio
  12. Menno, that is BRILLIANT! Thank you for the excellent tip. Like all great ideas, it's so obvious once it's described. Thanks again. Regards, Vittorio
  13. The starting bid of 450EUR rules out looky-lous like me unfortunately! But if you need one, well, where are you going to find another? I wonder if there's a way to determine which car this came off of. I was under the impression that nearly all the Italias were accounted for-- someone have a Michelotti machine missing its LH front wing?
  14. Hello all, Below are some photos of the frame-to-inner-shell spacers pulled from my Doretti during stripdown. I mentioned in an earlier post that some of them were heavily corroded; you can see in the photos the effects of the aluminum spacers reacting with the steel components they were sandwiched between. I also said earlier that I thought the spacers were rather crudely formed. Looking at them again, I might not say that as strongly, but they do not seem to be all that carefully machined. The close-up of the large spacer shows what I mean. Thoughts anyone? Do these look like the parts that have come out of other Dorettis? And here's a pic of #1092 as of last weekend. The bright orange stains on the front of the chassis are rust marks from the coolant: it contained no antifreeze, only water, and as a consequence there is an awful lot of rusty goo in the cooling passages of the engine. (The engine's to the left of the photo, on the dolly.) I do not intend to rebuild the engine right away-- I want to see if my Daimler V8 idea will pan out first-- but when I do finally get it apart I will be curious to see what the effects of that corrosion might be. Regards, Vittorio
  15. Good point about the Lucas o-drive relays. My question answered. I quite agree about the generator/alternator thing-- which is why I won't be posting any circuit diagrams and parts lists for DIY voltage regulators. -10C to 50C? In a Triumph? Guy, you are TOUGH! Regards, Vittorio
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