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  1. Folk are kind enough to take the trouble to post photos from their travels. Here are two from April 1998 featuring the Sprint I ran (through the 90s). This is Ben Loyal taken from the A836, just before reaching the village of Tongue, having travelled from Wick. For those who have done the Round Britain Reliability Run, this is some 20 or so miles west of where you leave the A836 after Bettyhill to drive by Loch Naver and on to Lairg. This is a wee while later that morning overlooking Loch Eribol on the A838, having crossed the Kyle of Tongue and Moine. The mountain to the left is Cranstackie and yes we did climb it that day. Loch Eribol is a sea loch noted for its great depth. These roads are now part of the North Coast 500, which is a very popular holiday destination. Classics are now a very common sight and high performance sports cars too (although to be fair many are hired in Inverness just for the trip). Is it just me, or do new sports cars look incredibly wide? Ian.
  2. IPhones in UK?

    Another option is to buy an unlocked iPhone from Argos. I don't think I have ever been to Hemel Hempstead although I think I may have passed through /close by on a train, anyhow a Google search shows two Argos stores in HH: https://www.google.co.uk/search?source=hp&q=Is+there+an+Argos+in+Hemel+Hempstead%3F&oq=Is+there+an+Argos+in+Hemel+Hempstead%3F&gs_l=psy-ab.3..33i160k1.2409.19192.0.19620. Ian.
  3. Ian's Dolomite Sprint EFI

    No, I was not Nick. It is very difficult to fit an LT77 gearbox into a Sprint (because of problems getting clearance against the transmission tunnel). Apparently the end result is no improvement over a Sprint o/d box. Alun, who I bought this Sprint from, has one such LT77 equipped car. I did a T9 conversion to a Dolomite 1850 a few years ago. It is not too bad a job, you have clutch plate and speedo cable compatibility for starters. It is V reg, which I think is a 1979 build and is indeed Carmine red. It will be staying red but may become a different shade. Ian.
  4. Last May I went and looked at a Sprint (in fact there were several but I was there to look at this one) and agreed to buy it. Since it was not ready for transportation (blocked in by other cars) and I was in no hurry anyway, a September handover was agreed..... This it about to leave Stourbridge in the West Midlands at 9am this morning and........ here it is some 12 hours later in its new home in Wick in the far north of Scotland. The plan is to repair it over the next year or two. Yes, it is the intention to go EFI. I have a type 9 gearbox too. In fact I have gathered a fair lot of parts over the summer. (In case anyone is wondering, the wheels are from an MGF and these fill the arches better than Sprint alloys!) I'll try to work on it one evening per week starting this Friday........ Ian.
  5. .....Club Triumph?

    Thanks for the replies. The fact that CT members use their cars does encourage me towards CT. I'll have a closer look at the CT website and forum......... By the way, both the T2000 Register and TDC forums are open to anyone, but both have members only sections. For the TDC this give access to news of remanufactured parts (there are a lot of these). The spares available through the club are listed in the public forum but only actually available to paid up members. Ian.
  6. Is it worth joining Club Triumph? I have been involved with Triumphs for over 30 years now, said cars being saloons, either 2500 or Dolomites. During this time I have been and still am a member of the 2000 Register and Triumph Dolomite Club (before that the Dolomite Sprint Register). (In fact I am actually an honorary member of the TDC.) Several times I have gone to John O'Groats to see CT members' car during the biannual Round Britain Reliability Run but have never felt inclined to become a member. Am I missing out? thanks, Ian.
  7. All Season Tyres?

    Thanks for the replies. As I suspected, all season is something of a compromise. Ian.
  8. 10 Countries 2017

    Thanks for posting these photos. Every summer I watch on TV coverage of the cycling grand tours. Like viewing this thread, it is worth it to see the scenery! Hmm, maybe I should apply for a passport and apply to join Club Triumph.......... Ian.
  9. Just a general enquiry, if I may, please: All season tyres? A good idea or not? Obviously, tyre choice is subjective and opinions differ, for instance I had Uniroyal tyres on a T2500 which I liked, in the wet you could corner as normal but the new owner of that car thought the tyres were rubbish! I have a Focus with cheap tyres, which is fine in the dry but makes me slow down somewhat in the wet. With winter approaching I am thinking of fitting better tyres. I actually have spare alloys so could fit winter tyres but over recent years tyre technology has improved so the drawbacks of winter tyres (noise, poor dry road performance) are negated? https://www.mytyres.co.uk/cgi-bin/rshop.pl?dsco=110&cart_id=26797721.110.31910&sowigan=GAN&Breite=185&Quer=60&Felge=14&Speed=H&kategorie=6&Marke=Nokian&ranzahl=4&S_Z=&tyre_for=PKW&x_tyre_for=&Herst=Nokian&rsmFahrzeugart=PKW&search_tool=standard&Label=C-B-68-1&details=Ordern&typ=R-279679 https://www.mytyres.co.uk/cgi-bin/rshop.pl?dsco=110&cart_id=26797721.110.31910&sowigan=GAN&Breite=185&Quer=60&Felge=14&Speed=H&kategorie=6&Marke=Uniroyal&ranzahl=4&tyre_for=PKW&x_tyre_for=&Herst=Uniroyal&Ang_pro_Seite=10&weiter=10&rsmFahrzeugart=PKW&search_tool=standard&Label=C-B-67-1&details=Ordern&typ=R-282182 https://www.mytyres.co.uk/cgi-bin/rshop.pl?dsco=110&cart_id=26797721.110.31910&sowigan=GAN&Breite=185&Quer=60&Felge=14&Speed=H&kategorie=6&Marke=Goodyear&ranzahl=4&tyre_for=PKW&x_tyre_for=&F_F=&Herst=Goodyear&Ang_pro_Seite=10&weiter=20&rsmFahrzeugart=PKW&search_tool=standard&Label=B-B-71-2&details=Ordern&typ=R-352283 Yes, I know these links are not the right tyre size for a Focus! (They are a size suitable for a Dolomite Sprint.....) Any thoughts please? Thanks, Ian.
  10. Change, Inevitable Change...

    Yes me too, as above. Ian.
  11. Thanks. Incidentally, I did see and study a Ford water pump conversion some years ago (listed on eBay). For use on a Dolomite I decided it was impractical because I believe there isn't the under bonnet space necessary? I agree that an external pump is the way to go. For the Sprint I am acquiring (soon) I have a new Stewart electric pump sitting ready (which I will use in conjunction with a remote 88 degree thermostat). Oh and yes the intention is to go EFI as well! Ian.
  12. Very interesting, but if I may just ask: How does your set up do for the coolant transfer between the cylinder heads? It looks to me that you have blocked this off? Ian.
  13. Epson Scanner Won't Work

    By luck rather than design, I have found a solution.... go to Launchpad and click on the scanner icon (the original type) and use it from the toolbar. (Move the new icon to trash). Ian.
  14. I have an Epson V750 PRO scanner which is connected to an Apple iMac. Today I upgraded to OS 10.12 Sierra but the existing epson driver doesn't work so I installed the latest version but to no avail. Rather helpfully Epson don't accept phone calls and their "live help" is useless. Any suggestions please? Thanks, Ian.
  15. Spitty Goes To Spain And Portugal

    Yes I think I should comment Roger. This thread has been a brilliant read following your adventures. Thanks for taking the time and making the effort to post on here. Ian.