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    Dingley Village, Melbourne Australia
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    Goggomobile T300, 61 Sprite Mk1, 66 Herald 1200 Conv, 66 Spitfire Mk2, 68 Vitesse Mk2, 74 Triumph 2500TC, 76 Dolly Sprint.

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  1. With the risk of upsetting Richard with the thread drift, re discussion re reaming the spindle seats/bearing, has anyone tried the aftermarket replacement spindles incorporating O ring seals, which don't require any new bush's or reaming, and is this a long term fix or just a get out of jail job, also is there any increased resistance to the rotating shaft? Any thoughts or experiences.
  2. Third last pic I was trying to work out how you'd got a tyre on the inside of the suspension turrent & under the carb, then realised you had shiny S/S heat shields reflecting the image! well it is 7AM here.
  3. We all have them, it's amazing when you drop something you see it hit the floor but then its travels are magical, a good magnet on a stick generally works BUT sometimes there just gone forever! Magic!!
  4. Good to hear the cars nearly there and your back from a slight misfire, I really enjoy sharing the journey, keep the updates coming. As Steve says it's good to hear there's still some classic restorers who provide that extra service for us enthusiasts.
  5. John here's some decent pic's of the Aus AMI 12/50 Coupe, I've posted it previously but added here for your record, I think a handsome looking car the Vitesse bonnet definitely sets the car off. From memory AMI had to source 20% of the car locally to get import tax credits so such things as exhausts , electrics (Lucas Aus), interior trim, glass, brakes (PBR), filters, chrome bumper covers etc were supplied by local manufacturers I'll send the AMI article direct separately. Peter T
  6. Nick you used a space frame rear set up attached to the Spit chassis, I have a Spit chassis in my garage, all straight and non rusty which was modified by a development engineer at GM Holden for racing I believe it was to use coil over shocker suspension with a Lotus Europa lower wishbone/linkage set up, attached is a pic of a Europa set up, light weight but also very flimsy. The chassis also came with a box of various sized and ended rose joints. Below are a couple of photos of the extra brackets fitted, I was going to cut them off and convert to a standard chassis Spitfire set up, though I thought I might leave the cross chassis box section stiffening (RHS of first photo).
  7. Re old tyres agree fully there’s been a few times where club members have had tyre failures on club runs/trips and the tyres have blebs on them or cracked in the walls. Some wealthy members who do all the maintenance and whiz bangs but for some reason if the tread looksOK won’t change the tyres. on a club 2week trip to Tasmania one member had a failure wall cracks he was only going to replace the one tyre I threatened him with cancelling his club permitted vehicle ie cheaper limited use registration which is permitted with club authority, unless he replaced them all! It was a bit chilly for a few days but his wife thanked me! I’d rather use cheap Chinese tyres than old P’s or M’s. having said that it’s not an issue I get my M’s free, sons annual freebie. Trouble now is they don’t make my preferred 165/75/13 and I really don’t want to go 175/70/13 I know plenty do but I just think it’s too much esp with the 4.5 in rims on one car all others 5 in or larger.
  8. Question how frequent does a failure occur on a well maintained car and are failures more frequent on say a GT6 or Vitesse Mk2 whereat full lock and hitting the throttle will put the max shear on the upright/trunnions. I think your both right to a point, but sometimes it’s just down to the metal fatigue or a manufacture fault that takes years to show up, what about stub axle failures they seem more prevelant!
  9. Here's some info on AMI Aussie Triumph Heralds, note Aust 12/50's Coupe & Saloon had the Vitesse 1600 bonnet. If interested I'll post separately the article I wrote on AMI & Spitfire production for the Courier
  10. Quite an achievement, as you say goes like stink, and presumably has the handling to suit looking at the stance, I wouldn't know where to start such a project, from a namesake well done. It's taking me all my time to think about converting my Vitesse to CV drive shafts!
  11. Heralds (1200, 12/50), Spits (Mks 1,2,3) and Saloons (both Mk1 & Mk2) were CKD here in Aus by AMI (Aust Motor Industries @ Fisherman's Bend Melbourne from the late 50;s to mid 79's), excepting numbers built there is little other info available & virtually no photo's, because when Toyota took over the plant in the late 70's they binned everything!!! The cars were really CKD ie all seperate panels for assembly here, chassis were complete, only mechanicals were assembled I wrote an article for the Courier a couple of years ago (Suzie S, Spits 1,2,3 section) with authority, from a recent TSOA Vic members history booklet from info gleaned from previous members and AMI employees, but the main publication was unfortunately copyright.
  12. Mid 90's daughters first Sprint I hated the zig zag exhaust system, which was in need of repair anyway so I had a larger straight front to back system fitted but the fitter accidently hit the nylon return pipe from the fuel tank (rear) to carbon Canister (front) with the oxy sealing it, so the tank couldn't breathe the resulting suction from the fuel pump collapsed the top of the tank in about 3in, obviously stopped the car in 1/2 mile, & only when the fuel cap was removed with a woosh did I realise what the issue was, the damage was permanent and the top of the tank didn't return so a new S/H tank was located, quite remarkable how much suction that little mechanical diaphragm fuel pump can create! Exhaust fitter "no I didn't do that!" I fitted a separate breather, l also fitted a locking cap, which I assumed must breathe too.
  13. Thanks, no great hurry when you have time Thanks Peter T
  14. Chris please, if you can remember & if your prepared to, can you provide the locating dimensions of the rear wheel arch mounting hole ie from the inner/outer wheel arch seam and circumferential distance from the front floor pan to the hole. My convertible conversion uses a very early rear CKD body tub with no safety belt fixtures. Regards Peter T
  15. Didn't the UK Territorial Army use them, I have a mate who was a Capt in it and he said they rolled over too easily, & he was a careful driver.
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