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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 injection ... known as 'Bumpy'
  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 after (in 1978) will need to wait till April 2019. If you car is built before this date but registered after Jan 7th then you will need to prove its build date. If you are one of the (I think) 2500 cars that were registered after Jan 7th but built before, then get in touch and I will talk you through the process to get your TR7 / TR8 exempted P.S. This morning I have tested all the above combinations with 6 of my wedges ...
  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 amount of love and passion for the TR7/8 models. The volunteer must have decent writing skills and be IT literate as all TR Action submissions and records are kept digitally via emails, spreadsheets and cloud systems. If you can give just a little time and a whole lot of enthusiasm to this role then get in touch with Jo Whitty on office@tr-register.co.uk in the first instance.
  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 required. Wherever I'm going when I kick the bucket, this lot won't be coming with me - that's for sure. I'd like to get shot of it out of Diane's hair before then. It won't be silly money, but nor will it be given away - it is part of her pension fund after all ! No way can I get involved in looking for individual requests for items - sorry, my time is too short, end of. Anyone with a serious interest in shifting the whole damn kit and caboodle in one go, please drop me a PM or email and we'll have a chat, and once I'm back from Spa 6 Hours we can look at what's there in more detail - once some of it has been dragged out to the light of day. Cheers, Alec
  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 Martin's items are delighted to be able to make things up to a standard rather than down to a price. No question, they do a bloody good job. Sure they cost more, quality does. The other two items are V8 rotor arms, again pukka spec and both versions. New supplier, and the rotors look to me like the dog's danglies. 5 year guarantee against manufacturing defect, even in competition application, must be a record ? There are plenty of budget 'one size fits all' repros on offer, but unfortunately by trying to cover both applications in one design these things don't do a decent job in either fitment . . . . . as in they do work, but only just, and certainly not a high rpm. Admittedly the budget onesies are much cheaper, but you get what you pay for . . . . . and what's the point in a V8 that won't rev cleanly ? Cheers Alec
  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. That sort of dodgy dealing simply disappoints everyone else who bids and watches in good faith. Cheers Alec
  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 please drop me a PM . . . . . nominal price just to find a useful home for the stuff and to make space. Most of it is black by the way, a few things in grey, but no blue . . . . . Cheers Alec
  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 decent known quantities that came from running cars and had not covered large mileages. One is rustier externally than t'other, and of course the brakes will require to be dismantled, derusted and rebuilt with new cylinders at least. No I don't know what they're worth, don't seem to come up very often now, but please feel free to send a PM if you're interested . . . . . and with luck you'll probably have a better idea of a sensible price than I do if you're hunting one ! Of course I can send photos if you let me have an email address. Cheers Alec
  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 sizes, 175/70x13 and 185/70x13, also in real TR sizes for those who like the lower profile 195/60 or 195/65x15.- the 13" versions being B rated in the wet, the 15" tyres are A rated wet, and there aren't many A-rated tyres available for our cars. Usual disclaimers, no connection with Camskill (or Uniroyal!) other than having had good service and value from Camskill in recent years. http://www.camskill.co.uk/products.php http://www.uniroyal-tyres.com/www/uniroyal_tyres_gb_en/themes/summer-tyres/fd_rainexpert-3/rainexpert-3.html Cheers Alec
  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. Here are snapshots of the 1976 ICME manual Triumph pages, which provides at least some sort of a guide to expectations back in the day. The less efficient TR fixers might well insist that these times bear no relevance 40 years on. They may very well think so. My response would be that the average TR today is in a damn sight better condition than the average TR of the mid-70s . . . . . at least as I remember them. Cheers Alec
  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 from underneath at the area of the oil filter housing, there appear to be two blanking plugs, one on the side and one underneath - I have a feeling the one on the side is the pressure relief valve so no good, but what does the other plug do and is this a possibility for a take off? Failing this, is there anywhere else I can use such as an oil gallery blanking plug - if so, where are they and are they accessible? Getting any parts where we are is very limited so something like an a T peice or adapter plate between oil filter and housing is out of the question. Any advice gratefully received. Thanks Rich
  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 looking for a whatever, As regards eBay listings, I'll consider a direct approach on 'buy it now' items, but auctions run their course - I hate seeing something I'm watching or bidding on suddenly get pulled off, so I try not to do it to others. I don't use the Forum's insecure messaging system, but can be contacted as captaintr and that's at hotmail of the uk persuasion. Cheers Alec
  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, - 1 remaining pipe on the outer side of distributor vacuum caps. Should I connect the 2 carbs steel pipes to the distributor, with a T junction, or does one of the carb little connecting pipe go elsewhere than to the distributor ? Please help, thanks !
  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 guessing she needs a good run and/or a service, she is mot'ed and I believe taxed, I also believe the car is in the TR register as she has a TR register sticker on the windscreen I'm trying to find the valve of the car and the best place to sell her, any help would be very appreciated. Cheers, Liam.
  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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