Can you Triumph with a TR6?
Hi again I didnt wish to denegrate the Dolomites reputation, But remembering some horrors with Mum's Hilman Imp having to repeatedly try shave warped heads was symilar, and in a 204 Peugeot I had-that because the original unsleaved rockers tramlined the cam /case hardened(also a guy I met at a club with a +2 turned out to be a BOC gas welder, and did a splendid job on my Jag 2.5 V8 heads, one was cracked and would have cost a fortune at an alloy specialist. I remeber seeing Tony Dron chuck a Sprint around at Brands with aplomb.Maybe like Triumph Tridents in the 60/s 70s swept all before them in competition(Slippery sam-especially at Daytona)but were hopelessly unreliable on the road unlike a brace of Kawasaki triples in my garage at various similr periods.
My boss(security manager was a Mr Risk and with his initial and liking for sea fishing, in erreverence I did some drawings of his tales, aka The Old Sea Risk,mainly around tall tales he told of a Bond Minicar(Nicknamed Tinkerbell)which lost its front wheel and finished going through Fishpool, in Waltham Cross')s showroom.) I went to the Enfield Pageant with a borrowed Corsair pass, mate only went one day-parked with the American Independants next to the Maxi owners club, which was interesting as one was in a well managed (as usual) Maxi 1750-of 4.5 years custodianship-some guys, one in a Bond 3 wheeler, t'other in a Triumph 1800, the Bergarac version, were camping over and looked after the Yank club stand-A member of said had done up a Bond Equipe 2 litre (which I would dearly loved to have bought)and when another microcar enthusiast came over, they just showed no interest in talking of a big brother family member' MK2 Vitesse special.
Also coming back from Le Mans Classic in 92,a white Equipe convertible, was behind me for ages but passing ETypes Porsches and on, with bonnets up my anonomous white last Mondeo with 150,000 on the clock then just swallowed the miles as would the current one-and my Mum was taken ill so was in a bit of a rush to get an earlier Cannes ferry. Trouble is i ran over a high curb coming out of a Tesco, through lack of sleep and spent the morning in a Ford garage having new steering arms fitted, so all haste, less speed. Despite that was a superb occassion
Incidentally, if I had the ware with all and room would have another Vitesse in a heartbeat.
I only kept the Dolomite a short while as to the aforementioned, but was talking to a guy with a Magenta one at Hatfield House, and he said he hadnt met anyone else who had owned one in that colour/ I had to add mine was 2 tone(discounting the black vinyl roof-mauve and rust. also had a home brew alloy bodied Triumph special taken against my V8250 Daimler,but that may well be languishing still in pit on a Suffolk farm..Don't ask I might get stung for storage...
I know you weren't belittling the Dolly's character. After spending a lot of time around Triumphs (Dolomites in particular) I've heard stories that would make your toes curl. Many of them, have to confess, are nothing more than 'Old wives tales', or people just scaremongering the integrity of a car or various cars.
I've had Dollys, Lotus and now I drive an Alfa 156 (2001 reg) since 2007. What do all these cars have in common? A bad reputation. My experience, on the flip-side, has been a total revoke of all these allegations. Perhaps I've been lucky... maybe they don't deserve the bad press. Dunno, TBVH, but one thing I do know is if you do research and you accept that most cars have (or have had) an achilles heel, and you are realistic with their expectations, then there shouldn't be too many problems... he says trying to find a wooden surface to touch.
It's horses for courses but I try and avoid getting tangled in my maine....LOL
Clarkson and co always say one is not a true 'petrol head' if you've never owned an Alfa/ so I'm not but I do like the GT(not so much the Brera)I owned the second of the two Fiat 2300s I encouraged my Dad to get, instead of a Ventora. What a scenorious engine and it would see off some fast cars. Apart from that and swapping a Morris Minor for a Fiat 600, then doing some sprints in it, had a Fiat 127 Sport, with,Abarth Wheels, Momo wheel, an air scoop that looked like a dustpan, bucket seats and a Harry Moss radio cassette. Trouble was when it went wide into a field at Matching green, and almost up on its side, scary,the culprit was the right hand suspension arm had come adrift with a rather large piece of rusty ferous oxide still attatched, but not to the car.
My neighbours son had a standard one, and he bought the engine gearbox out of it, and I used the bucket seats outside a little Sprite caravan for some time after.
They used to call Fords Dagenham Dustbins and I have to say my previous, current 2 litre Mondeos rate amongst the best motors I have owned in the last 41 years.come to think of it only 2 and a bit Triumphs(the alley one was more trials type)
I've never classed myself as a 'petrol head'. That said, a car is a way for my little family and I to have a shared interest - the Alfa was purchased for self-indulgent reasons: After selling my Audi when my daughter came along, I drove Mrs. Ps adapted Astra for nearly four years (I was a house dad during this interim). So once I returned to work I knew I wanted a car to satisfy my "want-want-want" attitude, whilst recognising any prospective purchase had to be family friendly. Hey Presto! The Alfa fitted the bill perfectly: It gave me the sporty looks and performance without the headache of astronomical running costs.
The main reason for [prospectively] buying a Dolomite or TR6, as originally planned, was to enable some "ME" time away from caring duties which is a 24/7 job. At the same time I don't want to leave out Mrs. P or our daughter out of the equation...
So, I'm juggling with my own ego and trying to involve family members.
I do not have to cope with a wheelchair bound loved one, and all power to your elbow in your quests but am currently juggling managing my own heart condition-2 coronaries in 14 years and a bloodclot within the heart, 6 stents on and just back out of hospital for the second time in a month await another angiogram, so you could say I stare my own mere fragile mortality head on, whilst mum at 92 is getting over a stroke, so I understand something of what it is like for you..
If you should happen up to this direction, basically half way between Colchester and Ipswich, I am sure my best yacht sailing buddy Bruce would be delighted to show you his one ownerTR6, or maybe get a spin in it. He is a retired GP and has just treated hiself to a 10 year old Porker GT2,(and his t & strife a BoxsterS, lucky s&s,how the other yalf live..then again I dont begrudge he or his family good luck, as he is getting over lymphomia. But like some of my old cars we soldier on regardless. My current 2 litre Mondeo has almost 150,000 miles under her belt, the last one 178,000 when changed. am really more into bikes and boats now, but do find it interested to hear of others(interests) past and present-hope you get a TR eventually!
Kind regards Gavin.
Jeeze, GBt, you're overdue for some good luck. I count myself lucky that health-wise I'm pretty fit, although I don't have fitness regime, except the occasional cycle ride.
The purpose is to make life as "normal" as possible. A wheelchair has its natural limitations, our daughter doesn't think twice about mummy using a chair. Bless her...
Thanks for the invite. As a WWII historian I sometimes visit Battle of Britain Memorial airfield at Coningsby, so next time, probably not for a year or so, I'll let you know.
Best wishes, pp.
Just seen an original 1850 on the 'bay' that could be of interest. However, biggest problem is I've never bought from auction sites before.
What do I need to look for when assessing a product/item? I know 100% feedback is a positive, but what else will give me clues as to the seller's integrity?
Saw these jokers at the Colchester Insitute show one year,
There seem to be 7 what I would call *proper* Dollies on EBay, some with reserves, so you have to keep bidding/or others can, till the price is right, always have a ceiling and try and go see in advance, if not too far, obviously one has to consider distance and accessibility. The vendor should not have a problem with that and often invite just that.
One hopefull calling his car a 1300 Dolomite Sprint, is actually an infringement of the auction sites rules. only a few minutes to go with that.
I clear forgot the Toledo later had a less truncated boot, a varient of the original 1300, but with rear drive, just as was so with the 150o that became Dolomite.The with the longer boot added and also called Dolomite, but a rather ordinary car in my humble opinion. I think all the posher varients had lovely comfortable adjustable seats, along with an R10 Renault I had, the best experienced in over 40 years car ownership as well as infinately adjustable wheel, but you already know this.!
Anyway if you go look first the seler will see you know your onions and maybe even indicate what he or she is looking for in the auction.
I once bought a Fireball dinghy for 38 quid south of Guidford, as the thing was up again on EBay a second time around and I combined that with a visit to Brooklands, for instance.I have gone by train to pick motorcycles up , hired a van once but often used my little trailer too.
I put a foot through the bottom of a boat yesterday, I bought in a nearby location, before easter, and after that weekend thought it needed some strengthening done(with fibreglass tape and resin) but the daggerboard was so stiff i had to put pressure on it and there was this horrible cracking noise, and loadsa water-however maybe I chose to ignore, with rose coloured specs, not trust some instinct saying walk away from it that it wasnt as good as the first one of these i bought., however it could have been worse, isnt the end of the world-first time its ever happened and maybe in 12 years of largely self financing sailing, one bad'un isnt a bad average-My point really is that I have met some lovely people through EBay who have all either gone away sattisfied, or i have in reverse scenarios- I am hooked and dont think anyone should be shy of using the fascility..
Hope that is not too much waffle and some further help in your quest, happy Bidding -GAv
The one calling a Toledo (or Tornado as I used to call them) masquerading as a Sprint is a joke, and why I'm suspicious of 'fleebay' sellers. Others claiming a Sprint when it's clearly an 1850 with Sprint wheels and a possible 16 valve engine.
Maybe I'm too old for online nonsense, and travelling is tricky because I can only leave the family for short periods, especially if the car is a "plum".
Emailed the seller of a Dolomite 1850 and he/she will be phoning back later today. There's a ream of questions I need to ask to appease my apathy-strewn mistrust of online auction sites.