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  1. The last time I saw my car was in December 2013 when it was collected from my home on a trailer and sent to S&S for sale (see pictures) - I can't describe how sick I felt watching it disappearing up the road. However, changes in my life meant that I could no longer keep the car in top condition and I decided to sell it to someone who would look after it rather than watch it deteriorate in my own custody. How fortunate I was that the TR7 aficionado, Christopher Smith, bought the car! He has taken great care of it and made some additional modifications that only improve on those
  2. a This post was originally published in November 2013. I have subsequently decided to re-purchase the car! I never thought it would happen but I have decided to sell my cherished TR7V8. The car has a full service history and I mean FULL. Each service since new is documented along with its corresponding receipt showing mileage and what work was undertaken. For the first years of its life it was maintained by the main dealer (PJ Evans) but since the early nineties it received an annual service from S&S Preparations regardless of the mileage it had undertaken.
  3. Hi Michael - I am afraid I don't and I don't know anyone who has.
  4. a The problem I had was the opposite to you; the brake pedal had too much travel. Once the pedal travel issue was sorted and the disc run out cured the brakes were just as I wanted them. The 'red stuff' pads give good initial bite even from cold and I have yet to induce brake fade on them. Its difficult to know what to suggest on your set up as I have no experience of the type of hardware or the pads you are using. It seems an expensive experiment to bin your existing set up in favour of an alternative system without first trying them to see if they provide what you want so I
  5. I agree but to get a true and consistent grading you would need each car to be inspected and judged using the same criteria. This isn't very practical and so I would have to rely on the descriptions of the car by the person selling it. This too is not straightforward as one persons salesmanship is another persons embellishment!! I have noticed (on several occasions) the same car being purchased at one price and sold on for a considerably higher sum only a few weeks later with no changes to the car whatsoever! In one instance, a car was resold three weeks after the original purchase f
  6. Its a good question! I personally would not refer to anything other than a factory built car as a TR8 but there are those who do. The owner of this car considers it to be a TR8 as do many others (because I understand they were built from fresh shells to factory OE spec and not a later conversion from a 7 to 7V8). I didn't think it was my place to judge or criticise someone else's car/ investment nor the opinion of those in the know.... What do others think, should it be classed as a TR8 or a TR7V8?
  7. No, it was in a good condition by all accounts but is wasnt a factory original but a Del Lines conversion.
  8. I have been tracking the cars put up for sale since June 2012 and keeping a record of what prices they have achieved and I thought I should share them with the community. I appreciate that I haven't been able to capture all the cars as I have only been tracking auctions, (both online and offline) and the classified adverts (online and in the national classic press) but I hope to of captured enough to give a representative overview of values. Relative values are of course open to all sorts of interpretation linked to vehicle type, condition, location, service history, provenance etc, but a
  9. All done. The problem was that the bonnet pin was very loose and was sitting at an awkward angle in the mechanism. The bonnet cable was unable to pull the locking mechanism far enough apart to release the pin. Before I went to see Peter, I made the simple tool shown in the photo below: I passed the hook end of the tool through one of the wider openings in the mesh that protects the fresh air vent and guided it toward the 'post' through which the bonnet cable passes. I placed the hook end of the tool against the 'post' and pushed it toward the nearside of the car and hey presto
  10. I am going to see Peter at 11 tomorrow
  11. I can help Peter this Sunday and have called him this morning but I haven't yet managed to speak to him. I have not yet confronted this particular 7 issue myself so if there are any guidance notes / pictures on how to rectify/ repair the fault it would be helpful - also, what tools should I take?
  12. I had it fabricated - if you read post #74 it will give you the history.
  13. Not sure I can give you a definitive answer as it would depend if you are looking to auction it (eBay) or sell it in a classified. Also what condition do you think it is in and also where in the country you are. Re-reading your description, it seems as if the car would fit in the 'needs some TLC' category in which case it should be in the £1000 to £2000 price range so if you were to auction it you might want to start at around £1100 to £1300 and set the reserve at a minimum price you would be happy with. If you were to sell it in the classifieds then I would start at £2200 and be prepared
  14. Just in case you are interested in the other models: TR7 (FHC) 27 sold @ average £1350 TR7 (DHC) 43 sold @ average £2100 TR7 Sprint (FHC conversion) 5 sold @ average £3000 TR7 Sprint (DHC conversion) 6 sold @ average £2200 (yep, DHCs sell for less) TR8 (RHD genuine FHC) 0 sold TR8 (LHD genuine FHC) 0 sold TR8 (RHD genuine DHC) 0 sold TR8 (LHD genuine DHC) 3 sold @ average £7300
  15. Since June of this year I have seen 44 TR7V8's for sale online and of those, 20 have sold (16 DHC's and 4 FHC's). The average selling price for DHC's was £3500 with the highest selling for £7000 for a good condition Grinnal conversion and the lowest for £300. The price band for a very good DHC V8 was between £3500 to £5000, whereas MOT'd cars requiring TLC typically go for £1800 to £2500 and the cheapest ones have sold for between £300 and £750. FHC's have attracted far weaker money and have sold for between £1000 and £2000 for very good condition cars with the highest price paid being £39
  16. I have investigated several options: 1. Fit FHC bumpers to a DHC as they are lighter (no weights for scuttle shake) and honeycomb the bumper. 2. Follow the route chosen by Racetorations (http://www.racetorat....uk/page12.html) and incorporate the 'towel rails' behind the bumper skins (they will offer minor crash protection but will do little to reduce front end flex). 3. Fit bumper bars from an E21 BMW as these are aluminium (they require a lot of fabrication to make them fit). 4. Have a set of aluminium bumpers cast from a mould of the steel ones (expensive). 5. Remove
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