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  1. Hi All I am currently putting together an article for the TRaction magazine on the ACN TR8's (not preaching to the converted but these were the approx. 150 TR8 pre-production cars that were, in the main, sent to North America for evaluation). If anyone has one of these cars (please just the ones with the VIN starting ACN ...) then please drop me a line (drcsmith2@hotmail.com) .. it's not important if it is a box on parts in a garage or a concours one. I do own a number of these TR8's, here is one of my favourites, a TR8 which never left the UK and was factory fitted with fuel injec
  2. Morning All, OK time to debunk all the rubbish printed about the new MOT and tax laws .... here are the possible combinations that apply to UK TR7's and TR8's : 1) Car currently on 'historic' (not PLG) taxation class .... just go online and you can register for exemption and a free tax 2) Car not currently on 'historic' (on PLG) taxation class - you can go online and get MOT exemption BUT you need to pay for you tax until you get historic ... OR go to your Post Office and get exempted and free tax Historic taxation class is currently for cars built before Jan 7th 1978 ... those built
  3. After a number of years of superb service, our valued wedge registrar has decided to step down from the role. Ian White has worked tirelessly on building the database of records for the TR7/8 models over the past few years and his time as TR7 Registrar saw the model celebrate its 40th anniversary. He has also contributed hugely valuable reports to TR Action Magazine covering all aspects of TR7 history. So, now the club needs someone to take over from Ian, take on the records and help the club continue to build on it’s offering to wedge enthusiasts. All you need is some time and a huge amou
  4. Hi It is time to replace the hood on our Blue Grinnall. Can anyone recommend a hood supplier and a hood fitter in the Thames Valley area. Phil Silk was recommended years ago but I think he has stopped trading.
  5. As many of you may be aware, over the years I've squirrelled away an awful lot of TR7, TR8 and V8 parts both new and used. Over the past couple of years I have thinned the stock considerably, now that we have only the TR8 Drag Car and my son Tom's black fhc remaining with us, but there is a fair amount still in my store. That amounts to all sorts, from rusty old wheels and endless minor items through to various used and even a new panel or two, and assorted mechanicals of many a variety through electrics and trim. Quantity wise, think a proper Transit, not Connect or Partner size, van
  6. Not often you see a pair of nos original TR7 seatbelts . . . . . http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BRAND-NEW-GENUINE-BRITISH-LEYLAND-TRIUMPH-TR7-TR8-LH-RH-SEAT-BELT-KITS-NOS/192303203568?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649 Nowt to do with me - I have bought odd Humber items from Simon, excellent seller, so tend to look occasionally at what he's offering, and spotted these. Cheers, Alec
  7. NOW SOLD I have for sale one car set of 4 NOS original Triumph bulb holders for the front and rear side marker lamps of TR7/8 cars. Rimmers car these 'Cruise Lights' and their part number is 13H5270 or 13H5270L Both no longer available. Price for 4 bulb holders plus UK postage GB £ 15.00. PM if interested Peter W
  8. A trio of proper quality items recently introduced by my old pal Martin Jay, Dissie Doc . . . . . . and no, I'm not on commission before you ask !! http://www.distributordoctor.com/new_parts_available.html The AC Delco condensers have plagued me in the past, the OE items were never much cop and the subsequent Unipart, CI etc repros worse, these things from DD should work properly as they come from the same guys who make his top notch Lucas condensers. His agent in India seems to be doing an excellent job from what I've seen - not surprisingly, the chaps actually manufacturing Mart
  9. I'm in the bad books of a couple of Wedge owners - for not having mentioned here that I've been clearing surplus parts on the 'bay . . . . . In fairness I had mentioned my stuff At The Bar, but evidently I should have mentioned it in the TR7/8 Forum too . . . . Link - http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/m.html?item=381473955169&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&_ssn=alecs_tr_garage_clearance&_sop=1 Can I remind interested viewers that if I have something on auction then it stays on auction - I don't play games with ending listings early for a sudden buy it now or an off ebay sale.
  10. Having finally got shot of my great pile of surplus TR7 seats, many of which have gone to be retrimmed ready for new homes in VW Beetle and T2 rat rods (yes, really!) I've now dragged out all the surplus hard plastic trim and the few remaining soft vinyl trimmed items. Half a dozen Wedge dashboards hog an awful lot of space, let alone all the smaller items . . . . . . No electrics or instrument panels, I might add, most of those have either gone (instrument panels) or are waiting sorting (switches etc) in due course, not immediately. If anyone is seeking interior plastic for TR7s p
  11. Digging deeper into my piles of assorted surplus ! Before they go on the 'bay . . . . . A trio of 5-speed axles, one is a 3.90, the other two 3.08 . . . . . . the latter high ratio cwp set is now getting harder and harder to find, and costs a packet. All three have been sitting around 10-15 years. The diff internals should be fine - as in remove back plate, wash out, refill with good oil. The 3.9 has the half shaft assemblies, but lacks brakes and propshaft flange. Externally well rusted, but feels decent enough internally. Both 3.08 axles have half shafts and brakes, both dec
  12. More well buried oddments . . . . . before they go on the 'bay 3 pairs of Rover V8 heads surplus, all used and in at least halfway decent condition. All three have been sitting around 10-15 years Please feel free to send a PM if you're interested Of course I can send photos if you let me have an email address. Cheers Alec
  13. I've just had to find a set of new tyres for Julian's Minor Marina, hence checking around for best value - sporting Morris, a lot more performance than standard, so it justifies decent tyres . . . . . and wet grip is a priority. The answer proved to be Camskill, and the new Uniroyal Rain Expert 3 tyre, the only one I could find in this size with a high B rating for wet weather grip. Set of 5 tyres 155/80x13, delivered, for £147.70 including a special offer £20 'shopping voucher', net price effectively £127.70 or £25.54 apiece. Bargain or what ? Camskill have the RE3 tyre in TR7
  14. I've recently received several emails asking about repair times, as in how long should it take to do a particular job etc. How long is a piece of string, but as ever some classic specialists are prone to double even a long piece of string. No names, no pack drill, but some TR specialists seem to me to be a darn sight more competent and efficient than others, to put it kindly. Or to put it another way, the greedy and inefficient are not yet extinct. Take your pick. The sheer creativeness of some classic specialists is matched only by the sheer gullibility of some classic owners. Her
  15. Hi all - I appreciate this is a little "off thread" but I'm sure someone will be able to help. I'm currently on holiday a long way from home and I'm trying to help a friend who wants to fit a mechanical oil pressure gauge to his 1986 V8 Land rover defender 90 3.5L carb version - trouble is I'm not familiar with this engine and I'm trying to find out where I can take a direct oil pressure feed to the gauge - trouble is the fitting kit for the gauge doesn't have a T piece as otherwise I would fit this where the oil pressure switch is - it only has straight threaded couplings. Looking fro
  16. So !! What's so special about the Head Gaskets supplied by SC Parts Group Ltd that they want to charge £129. (re: advert in November issue of Traction & on line) I await answers with baited breath. Cheers, Peter
  17. Please see my post in Buy Sell TRade http://www.tr-register.co.uk/forums/index.php?/topic/50325-tr7-interior-trim-etc-for-sale/ At last I am moving out a fair wadge of wedge parts . . . . . Cheers Alec
  18. Hello All, Over the past few months I've noticed a red TR7/8 a few times driving around my local area (Dumbarton), is the owner someone here on the forum? Regards, Richard.
  19. I've been asked for a decent source for a 7V8 propshaft - as in decent calibre, but without costing a couple of useful appendages. The ones I've seen from the usual suspects in recent years haven't exactly impressed me, shall we say . . . . . There's a specialist prop outfit in West London, and another in Berkshire I've come across in the past, and I can't recall the name of either. Someone out there must remember, please ! Any suggestions ? Cheers, and thanks, Alec
  20. At last the Round Tuit is being applied to my excessive hoard of Wedgie parts, and I've made a modest start on sorting some of the heftier surplus bits and listing on eBay. http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/alecs_tr_garage_clearance/m.html?item=381019257295&fits=Model%3ATR+7&hash=item58b68479cf&pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562 There will be a lot more stuff listed over the next few months, as time allows . . . . I hate to think how many hundred Wedgie parts of all descriptions I have spare !! Feel free to enquire if you're desperately lo
  21. A stupid guy making stupid things, that's what I am : before dismantling to overhaul them, I didn't take pictures of the pipes who are connected to the ignition system on my TR8, and do the same stupid thing about the Stromberg carbs So, I'm now with : - a flexible rubber pipe who's connected under the left carb, who have its other side connected to the distributor side of the advance vacuum caps, iit should be correct, as it is connected the same way on my Range Rover ? - 2 small angled steel pipes at the top of each carb (ie one per carb), just located at the top of butterflies,
  22. This month's TRAction has an image of a placemat. I remember this as a jigsaw, but it's one I passed on to a charity shop several years ago. So the questions that follow: Are there jigsaws featuring our favourite motorcars? Are there enough jigsaws featuring our favourite motorcars? Best wishes Al
  23. Hello, I'm trying to sell my Uncles TR7 V8 3.5 / TR8 soft top, due to his illness he is unable to drive her. He bought her new in 1981 and in 1990 was converted by S&S preparations to a V8 along with brakes,twin pipes, suspension, run on unleaded etc, She has been stored in a garage all her life, engine bay, boot, underneath protected with wax so she is rust free the silver paintwork looks new and she has only done 70,000 miles from new she starts no problem, no smoke, no rattles and revs freely however she has been sat for a year so we have replaced her battery but I'm gu
  24. Hi Guys. I am restoring a 1980 Tr7. It has a full length Webasto style sunroof, that dose not tension properly down each side. dose anyone know of someone that can repair it or where I can get a replacement. I think it is factory fitted. Thanks Ollie
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