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Mark B

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    Vitesse Mk2 Convertible. Spitfire Mk3. Gt6 Mk2. MX5 Mk1

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  1. Make sure the exhaust down pipe is supported at the bottom of the gearbox bell housing.
  2. Hi Gary Thanks for the info. Need to get the Spax off and have a measure. I think your probably right that they will be the off the shelf spec as were originally bought years ago for my mk3 Spit. May attach the top mount to the chassis and have a measure. Like the idea of fitting koni though. Thanks Mark
  3. Hi all. My mk2 Vitesse is running sliding spline drive shafts. I originally had a flatter 3 leaf spring made up with assisted coil over shocks. The car sat low and firm as I wanted and handled very well. In the intervening years local council fitted every imaginable type of speed hump and obstacles designed to knock your exhaust off to all the local roads. It became a pain, so shortly after putting the car back on the road I reverted back to standard leaf spring, retaining the chassis extensions and fitted some ex Spitfire Spax shocks I had stored away. With me and a passenger in the car all's well. Briefly had another couple off passengers in the back and felt the shocks bottoming out. I could attach the shocks directly to the chassis and do away with the chassis extensions, not sure if this would give me any more travel. I no longer have doughnuts to avoid, but prefer the more vertical shock angle using the chassis extensions. Does anyone know the open and closed lengths of shocks used on c.v shafts either using the chassis or extension mounting points? Thanks
  4. Many years ago I would leave tools outside whilst I nipped in doors to make a cuppa or get something, never had any problems. Would never do that now, or haven't for the past twenty years or so. I live I SE9 London, and have had a few car break-ins, tools, trolley jack stolen. If I take a wheels off when working on the brakes etc. I lock them away. The new trend of people leaving unwanted things outside their house, for passers by to take, sets a bad precedent in my opinion. We live in a different world nowadays where some think nothing of stealing stuff left unattended, and their twisted logic is it's your fault for leaving it out.
  5. Does anyone know the original colour of the mk2 bonnet grill. I know the later grills were black plastic, the earlier versions were made from an alloy, but have seen these in satin black and silver alloy. Similar story on the mk3 Spit. Have a feeling they were black from 1970, same time the reverse and number plate light revisions took place on both models, but I maybe wrong.
  6. I've always really enjoyed Duxford, great day out. About 60 miles from me so not a bad run out. This show and Leatherhead SEM are really the only two Triumph shows I attend nowadays. Been to all the big shows numerous times over the years, but the cost of fuel, entry and travel time curbs my enthusiasm. I used to enjoy the autojumbles, but obviously there not like they used to be years ago.
  7. I took my old one to Halfords and matched the thread and design, and went for one of similar size, as some varied in length.
  8. I've owned a few 13.60 Heralds and more than a few Vitesse. Currently own a mk2 Vitesse convertible. I think I would prefer a tuned Herald convertible, just feels lighter and more nimble. The Vitesse does feel heavy in comparison to me. Convertibles are as floppy as a wet lettuce, in my opinion, probably more noticeable in the heavier Vitesse convertible. Saloons feel more solid in both models. Nice sounding straight six with nice torque. A tuned 13.60 would give a Vitesse a run for its money.
  9. That's come up really great! Don't know what it is with some reds, and why they go dull and chalky. I have an old red citroen relay van, paint comes up nice with a lot of polishing, but if left for a couple of months goes flat again. The back doors always stay shiny, must have been replaced in the past and a differrnt paint used. I've tried using different waxes etc. But nothing works, so assume it's caused by UV.
  10. I had a similar problem with a miss under load recently on my gt6, similarly the car has sat for the last couple of years, occasional start up, new plugs and points few years ago, but no miles. I assumed the plugs had got moisture in them and deteriorated. Removed plugs, surprised to see no's 4 to 6 were sooty, cleaned up and runs fine. Must have been initial start up on choke had Fouled the rear three plugs. Worth checking you have oil in both dash pots though, for overall performance.
  11. I would think a miss or stutter is more likely, plugs, points, leads etc. I unknowingly ran my Vitesse which has Su's fitted, with hardly any oil in one dash pot. Ran well, only sympton was a rattle, eventually traced to the front carb.
  12. I've been trying to track a leak on my Vitesse, dripping from the rear edge of the sump bottom of the bell housing. There was a tiny amount of oil weeping from the oil filter tracking along the edge of the sump around to the rear edge. That's been cured but there's still a small amount of oil coming from somewhere. I started from the rocker cover down. I do have a small leak rear corner of head, spark plug side, but no evidence it's tracking down between the block and back plate. So in my case it is either leaking from the rear of sump gasket, or possibly from somewhere on the back of the engine. Its a tiny leak, but want to cure if before the interior goes back in. Suffering with bad back last few weeks so works been on hold, as there's a fair amount of work involved removing a sump on a Vitesse.
  13. Waiting for a reply from TFL from an email I sent, I decided to give their advisers another call. Spoke to a knowledgable helpful gent. He talked me through a different way to check if my car is exempt, which involved going through a link as if I wanted to make a payment. It then showed that my Vitesse didn't need to make payment to use the ULEZ, there is no tick in the box next to ULEZ charge, only the congestion charge box is checked. Bit paranoid going this route as I didn't want to inadvertently click on something that committed me to make a payment. Tried to explain that their vehicle checker was saying the opposite. He thought I was looking at the checker through a third party site and directed me to the TFL.gov.uk site, which I was on. It showed payment was needed for ULEZ using the checker, but for some reason the same page would not load on his computer. He went away and made enquires and said that the site was in the process of updates and this could be the reason I was getting this information, but assured me my Historic Vitesse is exempt from the ULEZ. I'll revisit the site in a couple of weeks to see if the checker is working correctly, but for now, panic over.
  14. I just emailed TFL also.
  15. Hi all As I live close to the proposed ULEZ extension I used their online checker for my 1968 gt6 and 1970 Vitesse, both registered as historic vehicles. It showed that a ULEZ charge applies to both vehicles of £12.50. At the bottom of the page it says 'Discounts and exemptions will only show when you're signed in. I contacted TFL and asked the adviser why their vehicle checker showed that my two historic vehicles need to pay the ULEZ charge as I believed historic vehicles are exempt. There was silence for a few minuites while he checked. He suggested that I had best contact TFL and send proof of the vehicle details, V5C etc. I presume. If historic vehicles are exempt from ULEZ then it should show on their vehicle checker. All the details they have of the cars are correct, presumably they use DVLA records, so it shouldn't be up to me to prove its historic. Its worrying, as I can imagine being sent a penalty notice, and then trying to fight through the bureaucracy to get the charge dropped. Maybe it just my vehicles, anybody checked if their classic is shown as exempt from the ULEZ charge? When I put in the details of a car known to be ULEZ exempt it only shows that one charge applies and gives details of the congestion charge. I think I will call again and speak to someone else who may be more informed.
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