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Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - 1,300 miles in 2 weeks in a £750 car from 1989 - 04/08/22


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13 hours ago, wheel nut said:

Interior is a bit grubby but I think it would all clean up ok apart from the carpets. Note that the 1500TC interior is a bit different to later dolomites, for example the shorter door cappings and seats with no headrests are 2 obvious example - there might be more that I'm not aware of.

Body has rusty sills, wheel arches and one rusty front wing. I'm sure you would find more rust if you started digging. 






ginger cradles his mig torch sobbing gently, pleeasee fukin dont mate

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That's proper shite man, really sorry to see it. To buck the trend, a new* crank is probably the way forward and likely to be one of the easier ways back to Doloshite motoring.

Or stick a redblock in it.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Fleet update.


Pictured RIGHT NOW.



I went to Shitefest in the WINNER WAGON. Roughly 600 miles as a round trip.

Down in convoy with @sdkrc acting as a rolling roadblock to prevent me from getting 12mpg.


It, once outfitted with some cardboard, a tarp and an airbed made for my weekend's accommodation.




I reckon superior to a tent but ultimately still not pleasant. I'm too old for this camping shit.

Great weekend was had, convoyed down with @davidfowler2000, @Supernaut, @320touring and @jaypee.


The following week I went on holiday in the Volvo, to the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire border. Somewhere in the region of 750 miles over a week.

I even washed the car in preparation.




We went through the Yorkshire Dales, because motorways are fucking tedious.


While on holiday we saw some fancy houses.



Some trams,




Some cars,





Some seals,



And Skegness.


The car performed faultlessly. I had a less fucked tyre fitted while I was down there (booked into local garage to work out why the tracking is fucked) and crashed into the wall of the tyre shop putting a load of divots in the bumper from the pebble dashing. I think they call it "patina" or "character" or something.


Then on the Saturday was Festival of the Unexceptional.



It's now having a rest. It's grumbling from the drivetrain somewhere, same as my other one used to, probably the diff is empty or something... Will have a check.



Pictured RIGHT NOW:


Haven't done anything with this. Timing belt is still slack so it's relegated to light duties until I can pull it apart. Last tank it got 40mpg though, which is nice.


Pictured RIGHT NOW:


So. It was pissing oil, this was cured by retorquing the cylinder head. I got a good 90-180 degrees out of the nuts before hitting the book figure. So it was SLACK. Fuck knows how it didn't blow the head gasket.

Here's me looking like a dick taking my engine apart for the billionth time:


Then it ate it's thrust washers so has been laid up since. @GingerNuttz is gonna try and fab up some solid bronze alloy thrust washers to the exact size required on a CNC, because no challenge is great enough.

I've done a bit of sanding/polishing as the paint has shrunk back since it was sprayed, as you'd expect.




Still getting the hang of it. Should turn out well enough for a car in use.

Electricity situation still ghetto.


Actively started to house hunt with Girlfriend_70s now. Driveway is a must, garage would be nice, but rare to find on rental properties around here.

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  • captain_70s changed the title to Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - 1,300 miles in 2 weeks in a £750 car from 1989 - 04/08/22
On 8/4/2022 at 10:55 PM, captain_70s said:

GingerNuttz is gonna try and fab up some solid bronze alloy thrust washers to the exact size required on a CNC, because no challenge is great enough.

I guess after fabricating half the car’s body shell from scratch the next logical step is to move onto building your own engine components 😉
Seriously though if it can be done it should give you an engine that you have confidence in as you know you’ve sorted all the issues, whereas another replacement engine may have a whole new set of  issues waiting to be found.

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