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    Luckington, Wiltshire
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    1970 Triumph Vitesse, 1972 VW Camper Van, 1994 Rover Metro GTa (yes, really - and it's not a bad car!), 1965 Sunbeam Tiger


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    Vitesse MkII WCV444J

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  1. I.agree with this 100%. The cheap bearings available are cheap for a reason. If used you are building in unreliability.
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    Fox engine rebuild

    Thanks Nigel, the amount dwell is what I was wondering about.
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    Fox engine rebuild

    It has the same valve timing as the TR5/early 6? I as as I was considering this cam profile for my MkII Vitesse, but was concerned that I'd loose the smooth idle and low down torque.
  4. I've just seen a white Vitesse convertible drive through Luckington in Wiltshire. Anyone on here? It sounded great!
  5. That pretty much sums it up Andy. Valves and their seats will.all wear out eventually, but the speed at which they do is dependent on parts quality and style of driving. The best advice I heard regarding this is to use your car as you always have, and id/when the valve seats require work convert to hardened seats then. I certainly wouldn't bother with that lead replacement stuff you are supposed to pour into your tank every time.you top up with fuel.
  6. That was me! Could never reach the bridge windows during a RAS though, we didn't have a squeegee mop with a long enough handle.
  7. Interesting thread! It's not a myth, I too have experienced valve seat recession, but on a Ford Essex engine, not a Triumph. I agree with John; it has a lot to do with how the car is used. Also, very possibly the quality of valve/head materials originally used has a significant effect on the liklihood of recession occurring. As an aside, I am a marine engineer with particular experience in marine diesel engines. On some engines we have experienced valve seat recession on inlet valves. This has only happened on engines used in high load applications. To remedy this an inlet manifold oiler was designed, tested and fitted, and as the name suggests, this device injected very small amounts of lubricating oil into the inlet. The amount of oil injected depended on the engine.load, but it was in the region of one tea spoonful every hour on a 1.3 MW engine which would be in the region of 60 litres in size. Injecting oil, even at these small amounts, completely cured the valve ressesion problem.
  8. The fasteners used by Triumph in their engines were actually of excellent quality, and you have to spend quite a bit to buy modern ones which will be of a higher quality. So as others have said, perfectly OK to re-use them.
  9. I took Vitesse on a classic car run today, the first classic event I've been on since before lockdown. There were a lot of Triumphs, more than I had time to photograph, but here are some of them:
  10. Absolutely I have, and I'm just off to check the torque on mine! Like others, ive just nipped them up in the past.
  11. Probably the best route Paul, to clean mine cost £40, and no doubt it still isn't as good as new.
  12. Another obvious question; is the motor wired up correctly? If the positive and negative are swapped round then although the motor is running backwards it will still push out air, just at a greatly reduced volume. As others have said, it's well worth getting the matrix cleaned internally. Back flushing mine didn't make much difference so I paid a trusted radiator specialist to open the matrix up and rod through the tubes. I've got photos somewhere and I'll post them if I remember. I say trust radiator specialist as I have used one place (Arrow Radiators, I think they might be a franchise) and they were an expensive waste of time. The place I finally used has been in business for years and do heat exchangers for everything from diggers to air conditioning plants. They are called Ken Allen Radiators, and are located in Plymouth if you are in that area. As you've discovered, the heater valves also clag up and the only way I could cure that 100% was by fitting new valve; stripping and cleaning wasnt enough due to internal corrosion. The result of all that though is a heater which is at least sufficient for a saloon or a convertible with the hood up.
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    There has been a bit of talk on various Triumph Facebook pages about the latest Payen head gaskets, and how the quality has dropped since Payen were bought by Federal Mogul. No experience of gasket failure with Payen myself, and I normally avoid blindly quoting what I have read elsewhere on the internet without evidence to back it up, but several people have reported HG failures so maybe worth a quick google before you buy.
  14. I agree with the comments above; with my Vitesse running on occurs either because the timing is too advanced or the mixture is too lean. With a compression ratio of 9.75:1 (very slightly higher than standard) I've never found the need to run on super unleaded nor to use any additives. I'd start with checking for air leaks on he inlet side (wear in throttle spindles and emission valve are prime suspects), get your mixture right, then experiment with different timing settings on the road.
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