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  1. Hi both, I, too, have the Watling one on my Vitesse. Originally I had the the Witter one but I prefer the design of the Watling. Fitting was quite straightforward but I do recall having to make up a steel plate for the part that bolts through the spare wheel well. Other than that, it's been great.
  2. Hi Alf, I second Richard's suggestion of Graham Whitehouse. They did an excellent job on my ZF 4HP22 auto gearbox in the Vitesse. Very knowledgeable and helpful. My understanding of the BW35 is that although it's referred to a the "kickdown cable", it needs to be connected at all times as it governs up-changes as well as kickdown. Let us know how you get on. Tom
  3. Yes, a common problem on the cars - worn column bushes. Tom
  4. The cappings are solid hardwood with an American walnut veneer to the front face only. Someone like Chapman & Cliff would re-veneer and re-finish, or a nice DIY job. Let us know how you get on. Tom
  5. Yes, I think it's the same one as I don't recall another Vitesse with an automatic gearbox back then. It was in fact a Vitesse engine and although the gearbox was a Borg Warner 35 as fitted to the 2000/2.5, it was the Rover 2000/3500 version of the gearbox, as this had a shorter tail-housing, which presumably fitted better into the modified chassis. The donor car (scrapped by the PO) ran it with 2500 and 3.27 diff. It now runs with a 3.63 and a ZF 4HP24 gearbox, as fitted to the Jaguar XJ40. Tom
  6. A number of reasons - somewhat subjective probably - but I didn't like the engineering principle of the way the organ pedal pulls, imho, awkwardly on the cable. The fixing of the organ-pedal to the floor can trap water and it is well-known place for rust on the cars (yes, my hood leaks, always has - I know it shouldn't but the reality is it does). The hanging pedal eliminated this particular source of decay. Also on my car, the throttle cable needed to be capable of operating a kickdown cable, which adds resistance, so it needed something a bit different to the original set up. My car uses a Spitfire pedal and pedal-box below the bulkhead and, iirc, parts to receive a Triumph 2000 cable on the top of the bulkhead. It worked for me but I appreciate it might not be of any benefit to others. Tom
  7. Yes, I fitted one to my Vitesse about 25 years ago and it's a marked improvement.
  8. Thank you for the replies Mjit, Cookie and Colin. That's two votes for Next Base, so I'll have a look at those. Tom
  9. I'm looking at getting a dash cam for the Vitesse but know very little about them. If anyone could share any advice. observations, what to look for, pitfalls etc. that would be helpful. There seems to be a considerable range in price. I would quite like a discrete device and not have too may wires draped over the dash. Tom
  10. The one you quite often see is made by a company called Aley Bars (I have one in my Vitesse). I have no idea if they still make them but I doubt it. There were two types of roll-over bars (not a cage) offered for the Herald/Vitesse, one being painted steel and one vinyl covered and padded. I am sure one will come up for sale if you keep looking. Good luck.
  11. Hi, I would advise against using headphones when driving, and particularly a classic. Apart from sirens from emergency service vehicles, you need to be listening out for any strange noises from your car's mechanicals. Fitting a music system with conventional speakers to our cars is not a difficult job; in fact it should be an enjoyable project. I agree with Paul H that the AA Book of the Car is a very helpful resource (except for the section on bodging sills with chicken-wire and filler!). Let us know how you get on. Tom
  12. If you decide to go down the replacement-route and want to keep the appearance of a dynamo, you could try a dynamato, such as this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/For-Triumph-Dynamator-Alternator-conversion-replaces-Lucas-C39-40-Dynamo/391929751620?fits=Model%3AVitesse&hash=item5b40d56844:g:XOUAAOSwpvZaEE6w Tom
  13. My cat, Hobes, wears a Pod Tracker, as he is a wanderer. I can follow him on an app on my phone. Sometimes it doesn't make for great viewing; we live near the M25 and he has a habit of crossing over to the other side of the motorway, using a footbridge, I hasten to add. He will cross over using one bridge and returns using another. But on a couple of occasions he's got stuck and, I assume disorientated, due to the noise from the eight lanes of high-speed traffic (the tyre-roar is deafening) and in one case the added inconvenience of snow and temperatures going down to -5. The tracker looks big in the photo but it's actually quite small and he doesn't seem to mind it. Tom
  14. Success! (I hope you never have to use them though!) How did you get on with the towbar? Tom
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