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  1. Sprint95m

    Warm running Dolomite 1850

    The header tank (it is not an expansion tank) is poorly positioned on your car. I did point this out in the TDC forum thread. If it was moved to a better position then filling up is a simple process with no bleeding required and furthermore the potential for cavitation is greatly reduced. Below is a photo of my preferred location. It is as high as possible (taking advantage of the skeleton of the bonnet). All the coolant within is ABOVE the height of the engine. To fill up the cooling system you set the heater to "Hot" and fill via the header tank. No bleeding or purging hoses required. Whether position of the header alone is the cause of your problem I don't know Sam but I do know it is easier to start with moving it.....! The water pump clearance should be set to the maximum given in the workshop specifications, advice from Sprintspares (now sadly no longer trading). As an aside, I have an electric pump for fitting to my Sprint, it is a Stewart EMP (200 litres/minute) but alas these aren't sold in the EU so I had to import one from the USA. However, even allowing for all the import duty, they are really good value compared to the rubbish that Davies Craig produce. Ian.
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    Long lived cars

    When I saw the heading I was expecting there to be posts about things Swedish. 70s and 80s Volvos and Saabs certainly have (had) a reputation for longevity. Ian.
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    I don't use ebay to sell stuff, in fact, thinking about it, I don't sell stuff very often anyway. However I do use ebay to buy stuff, the option to collect at Argos being particularly useful. For instance, I was able to buy a pair of seats from Demon Tweaks that way without incurring some surcharge for carriage (because the carrier only had to deliver to Argos in Lancashire, Argos then do the rest). Several times I have bought from ebay sellers who don't actually offer delivery to Scotland, using the Argos route. Once I tried to buy a set of wheels and the seller wanted an additional £46 on top of what I had paid because my address was in Scotland even though the wheels were going to Greater `Manchester! Even though I don't have an account with them, UPS would have collected and delivered they wheels for £42 rather than the £65 I was being asked for. Needless to say I went to another seller for the wheels.... Ian.
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    Ian's Dolomite Sprint EFI

    Over a month since I last posted here..... I have made some slow progress on the Sprint's structural repairs, the nearside sill rebuild is getting there, the middle diaphragm and lower section have been done. It is pretty hard going being quite tedious, all the cutting, making sections and welding. If I was having to do a lot of this work I would invest in a plasma cutter and make one of they cradles for rotating the body shell! The pattern full sill I acquired is not a bad fit but having said that it still needs some work to fit, the gap between the door's lower edge is a bit big but I will be able to address that when I repair the door itself, said door edge needs to be about 4mm lower than it is. The leading edge of the front door catches on the sill step as the door is opened, therefore a little alteration to the sill is necessary, which of course is no real hardship. (The jack is from a Renault 19. At the risk of sounding sarcastic, it is the best part of the Renault. It is really useful for raising cars to permit trolley jack access. It is much easier to use than the one triumph supplied. I made an adapter onto which I have attached a block of wood, making it more versatile.) Away from the sill repairs I have looking at other things including making a bracket to support a proper header tank. The standard Dolomite "expansion tank" is at best a rubbish design, so I am employing one from a Volvo 850 mounted onto the nearside strut turret, this being as high a position the engine bay permits. This tank incorporates a low level warning sensor which I will wire to a warning light. 8mm mild steel round bar was used for the bracket. The offside engine mount is badly needing replacement. Unfortunately new ones are no longer made and the pattern replacements apparently don't last any time at all. Therefore I have been thinking of making one or using an alternative. A Mazda MX5 mount looked viable but, having bought one and examined it, I am unconvinced it is man enough to do the job, given that it is considerably smaller than the Sprint one, although it could work on the nearside? (I have just realised photos would help explain this.....) Once I have finished the nearside sill I will turn the car around and then support the engine whilst the offside mount is replaced. I can then use the mount to act as a guide for a support bracket that I will use for fabricating a new mount. thanks, Ian.
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    Electronic flasher relay...?

    Thanks for your reply. Previously on another Dolomite, I used relays for the indicators at the back, into which I wired the trailer's indicators. This worked well with a standard flasher unit (bi-metallic type), the indicators went at the same speed with and without the trailer connected. It will be some months before I am ready to install the LEDs, I am currently making up an order to Car Builder Solutions who give not only a 10% discount to TDC members but also free postage on orders above a certain amount, hence the question at this time. I will let you know how I get on. thanks, Ian.
  6. My question is regarding uprating the indicators (and therefore hazard lights) on a Dolomite Sprint (with the directional indicator display not the non-directional later type). I wish to use LED bulbs for the indicators but was going to retain the original bulbs for the instrument panel and furthermore, will possibly occasionally tow a trailer, to which I wasn't going to bother changing to LED bulbs. Will a standard electronic flasher relay work (https://www.carbuildersolutions.com/uk/red-2-pin-electronic-flasher-relay) with a mixture of bulbs or is it necessary to change all the bulbs to LED and use a dedicated electronic LED flasher unit https://www.carbuildersolutions.com/uk/red-2-pin-led-flasher-relay? Thanks, Ian.
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    Nick & Chris's Gt6 Mk 3

    I have never had the misfortunate to own a Triumph that had a Ziebarted (or undersealed) under bonnet area, instead I have had them where the underside was coated, which was good and and the insides of B and C posts too. For reasons best known to themselves, the insides of the sill structures and other box sections were left untreated........ Ian. PS: Following this thread with interest, I do admire folk who take the trouble to post photos detailing progress.... me, I come in from working on the car and can't be bothered writing about what I have just been doing. Given that this is the tenth anniversary of RBRR 2008, is the GT6 going to be entered this year....?
  8. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-43255368
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    Ian's Dolomite Sprint EFI

    Hmmm, one step forward and two steps back? Haven't really done anything since my last post some two months ago which is more than a little frustrating. By this stage I was intending (hoping) to have one side done. I didn't get any time off work over Christmas or New Year, so no progress was made on the car. My problem presently is that I dare not risk spending too long in the cold... just after New Year I got very cold and haven't recovered fully since. What happened is a bit of a long story so please bear with me. I am a key holder for the business where I work part time, one full timer has keys but no other staff do. Alas I cannot switch my phone off because I am the contact for the security alarm. Anyhow I was phoned by a part timer at 1:30am one Sunday morning to ask if I could lock up because the full timer (whose name is Martin) had yet again forgotten his keys. The alternative was for him to wait an hour for Martin to walk home and back with the keys. So I went along (which is about 5 minutes walk) expecting to be there a couple of minutes at most but somehow Martin managed to completely lock the key pad preventing the alarm from being set. Eventually we managed to unlock it and get locked up but by this time I was frozen to the bone so to speak and have struggled since. This week I have done a little to the car and tidied up the work space a bit. The little I have done is more bad news....the front wings and front panel don't look too bad but have rotted from the inside, especially the lower valance and nearside wing, therefore, I have decided to replace the lot with GRP panels from the TDC. Fingers crossed I'll start to make some inroads soon. Ian.
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    long term triumph owners

    Long term? I bought my first Triumph, a 2500S, in 1986 and apart from a couple of years lost in the wilderness have pretty much run Triumphs as daily drivers ever since these being a Dolomite Sprint, another 2500S and an early Dolomite 1850 until late 2016. Currently, I don't have a Triumph on the road but am in the early stages of building a Dolomite Sprint EFI, this car being very rotten so it is going to take a while. Ian.
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    LeJog 2017

    RE the damaged TR4, The owner of the red T2000 informed me thus: "The red TR4 damage at the back was the Rover P4 sliding into it at a control, and the front was were it decided to go through a wall." He also said that the snow and ice made it difficult throughout Wales and Scotland with about 75% of the cars sustaining some damage. The T2000 managed fine and only needed a push to get going on the ice on the occasions that they had stopped to assist the Minis! Ian.
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    LeJog 2017

    https://heroevents.eu/event-type/le-jog/ http://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/Sport/Other-Sport/Lejog-rally-crosses-the-finish-line-at-John-OGroats-12122017.htm Below are some photos of cars that completed this years"s LeJog, according to the local press only 39 out of 53 completed it. Pictured is about half of the finishers taken outside three of the hotels in Wick. The other accommodation is out towards the outskirts, which I didn't visit because of the bad walking due to the thawed then refrozen snow. (My car was frozen in to its parking space!) Apologies for the photo quality, I don't have a proper flashgun anymore so couldn't take balanced flash against the available light. Ian.
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    Ian's Dolomite Sprint EFI

    Nick, I haven't looked at the driver's side yet. If it needs the same, then so be it. The screen pillars need some work but are not that bad really. Once I have completed the welding under the car, then I will attend to the pillars. Ian.
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    Ian's Dolomite Sprint EFI

    Yes thanks for that, left to my own devices, I would have never figured it out! Ian.
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    Ian's Dolomite Sprint EFI

    Most of the car's interior has ben removed in preparation for welding. Usually the outer sill skins are sufficient for completing repairs after the inner sill soffitt and diaphragm have been sorted but the nearside of this car is more challenging..... The tread plate of the sill is holed at all three posts and heavily corroded underneath in parts elsewhere. To replace this I have bought a full sill (which cost £175). It'll be the New year before I can really get on with the welding because I am working every day until then. Ideally I would like to have the welding done by May so I can get on with painting in the summer. We'll see . Ian.