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With just a few hours sleep after a 12 hour night shift welding inside a nuclear submarine I set off to buy a car I'd never owned before, a Triumph Acclaim.

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I set off with the Mrs in the 305 estate on a 2 hour journey across Scotland in wintry conditions. The 305 drove perfectly for the whole journey.

We got to the seller's house and got a look at the Triumph for the first time, he showed us all of the areas which he'd welded to a decent enough standard, he'd even cut out the rear quarter to access the inner wheel arch and strut top and welded the rear quarter back on without it looking totally shit. He showed us some of the other modifications he'd done including some bright as fuck LED headlights and an LED lightbar butchered into the front grille. As if that wasn't bad enough it had some of the worst looking aftermarket alloys I'd seen in a while fitted to it. My heart sank a little when I saw the wheels.

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Not only did the wheels look shit, it also had some bad steering wheel vibrations at 55 to 65mph which made the 2 hour return journey a bit rubbish.

Fortunately the original wheels were included with the car so first thing I did when I got home was stick it up in the air for a look underneath and to fit the steel wheels.


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Much better. All of the welding underneath looks to be done to a decent standard, he'd come to the conclusion that it had a bent mot on it before he bought it but has actually fixed all of the rusty areas on the car.

With the original wheels fitted the steering wheel vibration has gone.

The car seems to drive quite well and should be a decent daily driver.



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Bloody hell, I had to look twice then. This was my mum’s circa 1996ish

5D9FEA43-BD9A-4C55-A881-69A77EDACF08.thumb.jpeg.bceebff02a117eaad9d2bdf0f0af449b.jpegSame down to the 6 digit plate! Just keeping next door’s Reliant Kitten company which you can just about see. 

I thought it was dead posh as it had leccy windows all round, all of which needed help to open/close.

Please rid it of that light bar 

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10 hours ago, JeeExEll said:

Could we see a pic taken in the dark with the light bar lit?  (Please).

If it's still fitted.

Might start a new trend.

Light bar

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On 2/13/2020 at 7:11 PM, DodgyBastard said:

With just a few hours sleep after a 12 hour night shift welding inside a nuclear submarine I set off to buy a car I'd never owned before, a Triumph Acclaim.

This is possibly one of the best opening paragraphs to a collection I have read!

 Don’t know how I missed this in the week, but what a lovely lovely looking car... once you’ve de-modified it of course! Well purchased! 

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I killed the Acclaim a couple of times on the way home from Perth earlier after driving through some big puddles, the first time it died straight after the puddle but restarted a short time later after drying out, the next time it died halfway through the puddle and took ages to dry out and it kept stalling/cutting out for the majority of the journey home. We got there in the end but what should have been a casual 40 minute journey turned into a 2.5 hour ordeal with having to stop, letting the car dry out then continuing before finding out it wasn't quite right and stopping again.

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