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    soon to be a Vitesse owner - had a GT6 MkIII and a Triumph Spitfire MkIV in the past.

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  1. iana

    Herald Estate

    We have viewed a couple of cars and have now purchased a relatively local car that we will collect next weekend. Im now on the look out for a manual or two, a new rear chrome over riders, rear valance (it maybe repairable) and the rear side window rubbers could do with replacement so i need to try and find a pair along with a few other seals. The bulkhead is solid but tatty so a repaint is in order. The car has a new dynamo, battery and control box so we will see how this performs before a change to an alternator. Now to sort the insurance.
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    Herald Estate

    Colin thanks for the pointers, the practicality of the car is what appeals, trimming wise we are lucky in having a good local guy who can make the necessary, I will check the c posts and seals etc as I’d assumed the seals would be available. I will probably be back with loads more questions once I’ve viewed a couple.
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    Herald Estate

    I’m thinking of getting a herald estate as it will be a lot more practical with 2 dogs than the vitesse, are there any issues with getting spares (I assume most are as per the saloon, exceptions being interior trim, exhaust and rear body panels). Are there any pitfalls or problems I need to consider?
  4. Thanks for the warning, I was just about to order a small compressor from SGS, I will now look elsewhere.
  5. The starter motor is fitted, engine turns over a lot better, it’s a completely different sound (quite noisy) but the car started much easier.
  6. Ok I’ll leave that till tomorrow! Thanks for the confirmation.
  7. The starter arrived a couple of weeks ago, work and family have prevented progress but I have now started to remove the old start, it doesn’t look old but that means nothing as I don’t know where it came from. Is there any short cuts to assist with the removal, I’ve removed the engine valance, and can now access the starter but cannot find a way of removing the top bolt - is it a case of gear box cover out again?
  8. Given the starting issues and this months club shop offer I have just ordered a hi torque starter. I’m hoping this fixes the issue and will report back once fitted.
  9. Is there a simple way to test a starter motor, I can get the battery tested on Tuesday.
  10. Thanks a few things to work on over the next few days, can i fit a non return valve just after the fuel pump to stop the drain back? Ill get the battery tested, its a bosch and about 3 years old (fitted by previous owner). if its a bit suspect Ill source a new battery. Whats the downside to the hi torque starter apart from cost
  11. Its time to start to use the vitesse again, its been stood since lockdown last year, started very ocassionally but battery on trickle charge. Over the last few weeks Ive been tinkering but the car is an absolute pig to start. Once started it runs fine at tickover, but if left for a few hours it doesnt want to start. The starter spins quite slowly (checked its not a bad earth or the like with a jump lead to the earth post on battery) the fuel is getting to the carbs (after a few turns) the plugs are relatively new (from club shop). Once engine initially started the starter spins the engine and it starts fine. Im at a loss where to start - ideas and pointers please. (I have a feeling the valve timing maybe incorrect as it is set to 10 thou and in the box of invoices there is a receipt for a piper cam that states inlet 12 outlet 14 (Piper Cam)) I have been trying to find out what the symptoms of incorrectly set valves woud be.
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    Brake Cleaner

    Thanks I’ll order one today
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    Brake Cleaner

    Just a word of caution with the sprayer shown above, I sourced one and it worked really well with Holts brake cleaner on its first use, however the sprayer then stopped working and I contacted the supplier, eventually I got a refund but I noticed that they had altered the item description to include only suitable for acetone and solvent free use. Anyway I’m now looking for a new sprayer that is suitable for brake cleaner (holts brand) so any recommendations appreciated.
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    Car aerial

    Thanks, I followed John search, that did throw up a couple of different suppliers. Colin that’s what I’m trying to avoid, I don’t want to buy another that doesn’t fit. Most suppliers aren’t interested in measuring the base. I’ll try Holden. the other option I guess is to work out how to replace the cable/plug on the current one.
  15. I need to get a replacement aerial for the vitesse, it’s fitted on the rear panel by the screen and it needs to have a 40mm cowl.ive tried Amazon and the dealer has no information. Any suggestions for a supplier?
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