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Hello everyone. This is my first foray into the world of classic cars, and it's not been the usual process. The owner of this this beautiful little car passed away a few months ago, and I was given the opportunity to buy it. I don't know much about it, other than it's been owned by two people (mother and then daughter) and it was restored by SW Classics in Devon.

The owner had the car MOTd every year, as far back as I can see on the DVLA site. Neighbours tell me that she wasn't able to drive due to her age, but had it collected, MOTd and serviced every year.  It's covered about 300 miles since 2006, and shows 27000 on the clock. I assume that's 27k since restoration?

The car has been garaged and the condition is excellent. Solicitors are trying to find the paperwork and keys in her property, so I don't have any paperwork or history but I'm hoping this will turn up in due course. Someone told me about reading the three numbers on the ignition, so I ordered a key and it worked. The car started, but it was a bit lumpy, as you might expect.

My next step is to get the car checked over, serviced, and to get it roadworthy. It might even been ready to go! I've no idea about the fuel and whether it's been converted to run with unleaded, or whether I need an additive. Without taking the head off, is there a way to tell?

It won't be my daily drive, but I hope to get it out and about as much as I can. She's such a little beauty. If anyone has any words of advice, pointers in the right direction, or even just a friendly hello, many thanks in advance. The car is in Devon so some of you might see her out and about before too long.

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Hi welcome to the Forum , were a friendly bunch with lots of experts ready to help . Re fuel I use Tesco Momentum 99 Ron  in my Vitesse and don’t use additives . If I can’t find a Tesco station I use 95 Ron with an Octane additive 

Paul 

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Welcome, Pablo!   What a find!   And it runs too!   Wow!   You are a lucky man!

I'm sure you're gong to follow the previous owner and dget it MoTd every year, howver much work you need to do yourself, which may not be much, or anything, given that history.    

You don't mention your own expertise with cars, except that this is your first classic.      On the 'correct' fuel, these are, of course from the leaded era, but many have found that unless the engine is caned or used on motorways, the "lead memory" embedded in the valves and seats continues to protect them.     If you can, or can learn to,  check the rocker gaps then this will tell you if the seat are wearing away when you run on modern fuel.   If they start to close up, then beware.

You could add lead substitute, but it's a faff, and expensive, and as I say, many have found unnecessary.     Meanwhile run on high octane fuel - I use Shell V-power, 99 octane.

It may also be wise to renew all the rubber hose that carries fuel.      Modern alcohol spiked petrol is corrosive to old rubbers.   The main Triumph parts suppliers sell it, for instance "Gates Barricade".

Good luck!

John

 

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Great, thanks for the replies. And very helpful info about running high-octane fuel. There's a shell and a tesco within a mile or so.

I don't have much experience with cars. Nowadays I drive new cars and let the garage do everything. I built a Westfield kit car from scratch in my early 20s so I have some mechanical knowledge, but that was 20 years ago I'm a little rusty! I'm not sure there's much I'll need to do on this car really.

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when things return to normal  Devon have a very active group of memebers 

see the are directory on the main site 

as for unleaded  the castings have many years of lead memory absorbed over the years so addatives are not realy needed  just a decent 

97+ ron fuel and you can keep close to factory settings for timing etc.

the only way to tell if its been converted ( thats just the exhaust seats ) would be a reiept to say so or get an endoscope inside down a spark plug hole and try to examine the exh. seats for any signs of a added  ring inserted .

Pete

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Welcome Pablo to the forum. I agree with Paul's advice re the fuel as the Vitesse 6 was designed to run on 98 octane and will pink on the standard 95 unleaded. Most Club Areas have a good social side as well as having people who will help with the technical matters. This forum also contain a great deal of useful knowledge.

It's good to see your very smart Vitesse 6.

Dave

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Welcome Pablo,

What a gorgeous car!

One thing to check is the age of the tyres. The advice is to change them if they are more than 7 years old, regardless of tread depth, condition etc (the date of manufacture is marked on the tyre)  Beyond 7 years the rubber tends to harden and grip is significantly reduced, and the fact that the car has sat in one position between one MOT and the next could have created 'flat spots' that may cause a vibration when you are driving. If it were my car I would change the brake seals, fluid and flexible hoses too. I agree with the opinions of my learned colleagues about unleaded fuel and I've had no problems with my original head in more than 40,000 miles of spirited driving.

Use it and enjoy it!

Adrian

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Very good point about the tyres. They look perfect, but then they would do. A good idea to get them replaced right away.

The car was restored, I believe in the mid 90s, and I assume resprayed. Does anyone know if this might be the original colours? It's a greeny browny vomity colour, and I've grown to love it!

 

 

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My next job is to figure out what a few of the switches and dials do. There seem to be 2 or 3 extra added at some point.

One is just below the bottom of the dash, and looks a little like a metal tyre valve cap and feels sprung. Anyone know what this might be? I'll get a photo at some point. 

It has a radio too, and it could be original. Did they come with radios back in '63, or would this have been added later? 

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1 hour ago, Pablo said:

One is just below the bottom of the dash, and looks a little like a metal tyre valve cap and feels sprung. Anyone know what this might be? I'll get a photo at some point. 

It has a radio too, and it could be original. Did they come with radios back in '63, or would this have been added later? 

That's the odometer / trip reset. Push in and turn, and watch the speedo!

Radios were an optional extra; if you can post a photo we'll know if it's original, period, or aftermarket. Hopefully!

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3 hours ago, Pablo said:

Olive and cactus. Perfect. And a much better name than mine. This might mean the restorer stayed faithful to the original colourway, which is great.

Have to say I am biased, I have a 63 2000 in Cactus over olive.

it had an 8-track in it, not sure that is period, even came with some tapes, though have to say C&W is not my scene man.

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I've put one under the dash of my 13/60, others had 'hidden' one in the glove box. A useful addition, mine is used to power my 'period' (well it is quite old) nav sat unit occasionally and power the type pump.

Lovely car by the way, we would love to see a full set of photos when you have them

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Just now, Chris A said:

I've put one under the dash of my 13/60, others had 'hidden' one in the glove box. A useful addition, mine is used to power my 'period' (well it is quite old) nav sat unit occasionally and power the type pump.

Lovely car by the way, we would love to see a full set of photos when you have them

Excellent idea. Simple to wire in?

Yep, I'll take a full set of photos when I get chance. The car is currently stored about 30 miles away in the garage where I originally discovered it. It was basically a garage find. I bought a block of garages and this car was in one of them. I then had to find the owner by knocking on doors in the neighbourhood. It turned out she was in her late 90s, with dementia, and in care home. After her passing in the middle of this year, the solicitor advised me that she had no family and the car had been left to a charity. They didn't want a car and would rather the money, so we agreed a figure. And that's how this little car came to be in my possession. I'll be moving it to my home soon, and then I'll take a full set of snaps.

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1 hour ago, Pablo said:

Excellent idea. Simple to wire in?

 

Yes, child's play. Mine is wired so it is permanently live so I can use it when the engine isn't running.

I searched the bay for one with a waterproof cover, I have a convertible, for additional protection. It came complete with simple bracket. A wire to a suitable earth point, plenty of choice under the dash another with inline fuse to +ve on battery.

Just make sure when connecting you put them the correct way round or you will blow the fuse when you first use it. Just saying this for info as I'm sure you wouldn't be clumsy enough to get it wrong unlike some people ( hangs head in shame) 🙄🙃

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