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TomL

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  1. On the capping, only the front face is veneered (American Walnut I recall). The top face (with indent for the quarter-light latch) is the base hardwood. You also see this harwood at both ends. I think that Triumph did not stain the veneers.
  2. Hi Paul, I have been experiencing a similar issue with my Vitesse; occasionally, shortly after start-up it will splutter to a halt. It's done it three times now. Initially, I thought it might have been an electrical issue but after a bit of investigation, it transpired that although the fuel pump was pumping, no fuel was getting through. I assume that the delivery had stopped prior to start up, and the car had been running on the fuel in the float chambers. It happened again on the way back from the TSSC Malvern event. After a coffee-stop on the M4, it let me drive out of the services and back onto the motorway and then promptly stopped. Fortunately there was a hard-shoulder and a grass bank, and I was able to pull off to relative safety. I thought about calling for recovery but thought if I could fix it quickly, that would be the better option (thinking I could be waiting there for hours for recovery). I took the fuel cap off, undid the supply pipe to the pump, got my head into the engine bay, drew a massive breath and blew down the pipe. Even above the traffic noise, I could hear gurgling in the tank. Checked the pump - now delivering fuel! Started her up and quickly put the tools away and re-joined the Saturday evening M4 traffic. The car was then fine for the next few days. I'd put a shot of Ethanol protector stuff in, as well as shot of Redex but the car did the same trick last Sunday, and of course it stops where it stops, which can put you and the car in danger, so I have returned it to its barn, with a view to taking out the tank and cleaning it. I am expecting it to produce a similar pile of rust as yours. With regard to the internal coating products, I have seen a lot of bad reviews so I will start looking into a replacement tank. I'll probably change the rubber hoses now, using the ones the club sells. Tom
  3. Hi Jeremy, It fits on the diff. and the spring sits on top. Tom
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. Yes, a common problem on the cars - worn column bushes. Tom
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Yes, I fitted one to my Vitesse about 25 years ago and it's a marked improvement.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Success! (I hope you never have to use them though!) How did you get on with the towbar? Tom
  18. Johnny, In my thirty-something years of Vitesse ownership I have only seen one Vitesse with genuine factory-fitted leather seats. The owner had the original bill of sale and because it dated back to the 1960s, the cost was only a few pounds. I am sure others must exist but they are extremely rare. There are of course plenty of Vitesses now with leather seats - either after-market covers or conversions. Mine are black leather from an MGF. Tom
  19. Great looking car! I'm with Doug on the proximity to what looks like a sheer drop! Proves the handbrake works... Nice photo too. Tom
  20. Hi Paul, How is your tow bar project coming along? Btw, what are you planning to tow with your Vitesse? Tom
  21. Clive is absolutely right; it is difficult to achieve the upper-mount for three-point seatbelts in a convertible Herald/Vitesse. I constructed a steel frame to fit behind the (non-standard) rear seats, allowing me to fit inertia reel belts, but it wasn't exactly the work of a moment. It's all very tight with the hood-well, which of course, you cannot obstruct. I mainly used 25mm box section but there's other bits of steel in there too.
  22. It looks like a very nice car. Not sure about the rear-wiper though - not seen one on a saloon before; estates yes. Tom
  23. Hi Paul, How are you getting on fitting your towbar? Tom
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