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#1 OFFLINE   Arfur Foxache

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:22 PM

Had a phone call last week from a contributor to the classic car press to see if I was available for an upcoming photo shoot and subsequent article offering a comparison between mine and another car of the era.
I’m lucky that I work for myself so can take a day off at will so agreed to pop down to Berkshire and make a day of it.
This led to the first of my issues.....The car wouldn’t start before Christmas, over Christmas or anytime I’d tried to get it running since.
Electronic ignition that I’d been going to fit for the last 4 years was ordered hastily along with a couple of spares sets of points, condensers and rotor arms.
Now I have no mechanical skills whatsoever and always relied on the Coventry branch of the Dolomite club for help but I moved into the back of beyond last year and didn’t really want to ask anyone to do the 30 mile round trip to assist so with a deep breath taken I headed for the garage on Saturday night.
I’m not sure why, but for some reason I decided to have a go at starting before I touched anything even though I knew I was wasting my time.
But.......it started first time. 2 months of cursing it while it made no effort to fire and it started as if I’d parked it up the night before. Did a few miles that night then had a spirited run to Triumph/MG Spares day at Coventry on Sunday and as its running ok, I’m not going to touch anything. Everything in the car just in case but time for somewhere in Berkshire I thought.

I met Magazine fellow at the Sunday show to be informed that Berkshire was off but we could do it out near Norwich instead so my 80 mile each way jaunt just doubled in mileage. I’ve no problem with that as the car did the Round Britain Run of 2000 miles in 48 hours in 2016 but it had a bit more prep than this.

As I write, the night before I head east, I am remembering the to do list that I needed to attend to after the Round Britain Run and which other than a new tyre I have ticked nothing off.

Anyway, looking forward to a run out and no doubt the car will be fine but have breakdown cover just in case. The car is an all original (except wheels and period Alpine radio cassette) 1978 Dolomite Sprint that just needs using more but also needs a bit of rust catching that is just starting to come through and a repaint which will hopefully be done later this year if funds allow.
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#2 OFFLINE   Arfur Foxache

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:42 PM

I will take photos of the journey and at the other end although I guess won’t be able to put them up until magazine has been published.
I’ve done a few magazine things with the car but never took and kept any photos or notes so this is more a thread for me! If anyone else wants to read it, then please do.

Can I post pics to here from my phone so I can update as I go in real time?

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:56 PM

Maybe sussed it if a picture appears here.....

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:09 PM

Oooo. Didn't know there was Sprint owners on here. How long have you had it? Is it Pimento Red?

I'm watching with keen interest!
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:12 PM

You'll be able to post pics on the move - I think most recommend installing Tapatalk and using that as the most user friendly method.

 

In honesty though I find a well written thread after the fact to be of more entertainment than some sporadic upside down photos along the way - so don't be afraid to hold of until your return would be my advice.

 

That might just be me though!


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LAST OWNER WAS SON OF A BANKER

 

I put my trousers on, have a cup of tea and I think about leaving the house
It's got nothing to do with Vorsprung durch technique, you know?

#6 OFFLINE   Arfur Foxache

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:48 PM

I haven’t been without a Dolomite since 2009. This particular Sprint I’ve had since 2013.
Previous owner had owned since 1984 and was fastidious and only gave the car up due to advancing years and lacking strength to cope with lack of PAS. I had what felt like an interview before I was allowed to buy it but promised him and myself that as long as life allowed, it would be a keeper.
I knocked on his door unnanounced towards the end of last year and he was so pleased to see it that he came out with the same camera that took 100’s of photos on the day I bought it, and took a load more. I’ve had an colour drawing done of the car for him so will pop back again soon with that.

My Dolomite history involves a V8, 1500 SE, multiple 1500’s, 1850’s and Sprints and a 1500FWD. Most I had at one time was 7 and I have a picture somewhere of them all the garden at once. Only the FWD didn’t work.

Currently also have a 1972 Dolomite 1850 bought for 2018 Round Britain Run bit that one deserves a thread of its own as
A) it is brown. B) you can see the brushstrokes.
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#7 OFFLINE   Arfur Foxache

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:54 PM

I am going on my own do any updates along the way in real time will mean that either traffic is heavy, breakfast stop or broken down.

A lack of updates will probably suggest an uneventful clear run which is not what makes for good reading really.

Anyway, off about 6 from Hinckley to bottom side of Norwich via A14/A11 or A14/A143 depending how I feel. Google giving same mileage and time either way. Will likely return home via the opposite route just because.
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Posted 14 February 2018 - 12:05 AM

In answer to the question above....it’s Vermilion Red.

I really like Pimento This one needs to stay original otherwise it would have been colour swapped when I get bodywork sorted.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 06:21 AM

First slight issue just as I’m about to leave.

I left the car out of the garage last night so save moving 2 cats to get it out. It repaid me with frozen locks as its -4 here.

Now in and I’m going.
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Posted 14 February 2018 - 09:25 AM

As hoped, an uneventful and clear run other than a bit of traffic around Cambridge.

Didn’t stop on the way up though as thought I’d get a cuppa and sandwich when I got here. AnywY now the big question.....What sort of industrial estate has no butty van? This one apparently.
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Posted 14 February 2018 - 11:27 AM

Many (ours included) have a mobile one these days. Listen out for an ear-splittingly loud horn, closely followed by a modified van of some sort with a trail of slightly-overweight office workers and people in high-vis jackets attempting to run after it.
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Posted 14 February 2018 - 12:41 PM

MrAF, how the fuck did I not realise about the Sprint? I am hoping to get my 1850HL ready for the 2012 RBRR and my little white TR engined Tolly will be taken on the 10 Countries in the same year. 

 

Will watch with interest and any hints and tips would be gratefully grabbed.

 

Ken


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Hyundai i10 auto - white goods shite

Rover 75 1.8 auto - wafty kettle

Ford Galaxy - big red shite with added space

Triumph Toledo - 2.0 for added sleeper shite

Triumph Dolomite 1850 auto - crusty shite


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:43 PM

I am hoping to get my 1850HL ready for the 2012 RBRR

Running a little behind schedule, perchance? ;)


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 06:31 PM

Couple of pics as I was leaving this morning.
Got to have period correct tunes.....

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 06:34 PM

The joys of the A14 near Cambridge on a weekday morning. Only really lost a few minutes.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 06:36 PM

The obligatory but naff petrol station shots. Can’t tell you how upset that there is not a picture of a full English as well.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 06:43 PM

2012???? PMSL, yes I knew I was slow but fucking hell not that slow.

 

Okay, try 2020 lol.


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 06:49 PM

As suspected, I can’t really put much up until mag feature goes out but here a few with my car only. And a man with his camera and kit.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 06:55 PM

Some of the other stuff around the place. I know the white background places get some stick but when you present vehicles in a clean and immaculate environment people will pay more. It’s as if they have more confidence in what they are getting is better than if they bought the same car from me on my driveway.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 07:02 PM

I was there for about 2 hours. Photographer spends most of that time doing his thing and moving the cars to get what he needs then we do a few drive by runs while he gets some moving shots.
Then 15 minutes of chat about the car itself and the marque in general before heading home.

When I did a Practical Classics feature a couple of years ago, there was a lot more action shots with the photographer hanging out the open boot of a Freelander while we overtook, sped up, slowed down, swapped lanes, drove on the wrong side of the road for mile at a time etc. That was a much more relaxed day with a bit of time at the workshop, pub lunch, a bit of picture taking then more food etc etc....
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Posted 14 February 2018 - 07:12 PM

Again the run home was a bit boring. I decided when I left that nothing was going to overtake me on the way home and other than an Yummy Mummy in a Mini Countryman who must have been late for her lunch date, nothing else passed me.
The good thing about the Sprint is that it will happily sit at 70+ for hours on end. It does get blown around a bit but you don’t feel vulnerable like you can do in a 1500 that’s revving it’s nuts off at 60mph.

Noticed when I got back that I’m missing a rear mud flap but looking at the pics it was missing when I got there this morning. I’ve a feeling it may have been gone since last year but not sure. A rear sidelight bulb was out when I got home and I’ve got a problem with my halogen headlight conversion as only one main beam bulb lights up on the flash. If I push stalk away to put main beam on, the same one lights up but knocks other side dipped beam off. Will investigate when I get chance.
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Posted 15 February 2018 - 10:47 AM

Excellent tale, great pics and Dunlop alloys.   What more, etc...


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Posted 15 February 2018 - 08:36 PM

I want that Dolomite Sprint.
Swap you my username for it?
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Posted 15 February 2018 - 08:55 PM

Those usernames did confuse me!

I love the Sprint and would love more pictures. I guess it's not for sale? ;)

What magazine is this going to be in?
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Posted 16 February 2018 - 08:59 AM

This Sprint is a keeper. It will need bodywork sorting later this year but has never been welded which for a 40 year old Triumph is good going. 

 

The photos flatter it slightly and seeing it next to the other car going in the feature made me push the bodywork to top of the priority list. 


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 09:57 PM

Nice tidy Dolly Sprint, unusual to see a Sprint not on Sprint Alloys, but those rims do suit the car well.

My favourite are Stag Alloys on a Sprint but that is not a simple conversion.

I too got confused with the usernames, guess it is a bit like Mr Smiff ennit

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 07:11 AM

Some of the other stuff around the place. I know the white background places get some stick but when you present vehicles in a clean and immaculate environment people will pay more. It’s as if they have more confidence in what they are getting is better than if they bought the same car from me on my driveway.


Car looks superb Arfur. Funnily enough, I was just reading about that white GSi the othe day on another site!

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 08:18 AM

I have a rather large collection of wheels that aren't Sprint wheels. The D1's have been on about 3 years now so I really need to have a swap about this year. 






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