Saturday, September 27, 2008


The exhaust section for Blue arrived. When the time came for fitting it I noticed that the glass out of one of my door mirrors was missing. A visit to the Guru soon sorted it out. Anyway, back to the story. I managed to fit the replacement exhaust tailpipe and all is well once again. I hope nothing else goes wrong as I won't be able to do anything about it. Things aren't looking good at the moment.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


I ordered a replacement section of exhaust for Blue costing only £40 plus £12 delivery by FedEx. It was from a supplier in London. Nice to know that not everything from the capital is expensive. Being a man of lesiure these days I've now got all the time in the world to get it fitted. No progress on the jobhunting and I've got a appointment with the local JobCentre tomorrow. It's a far cry from the days when I was last claiming any benefits. (late 80s)

Some chav has snapped the wing mirrors off the 1850. I suppose this was a blessing in disguise as I'm not breaking the law by not having them and whenever I was doing any spannering they got in the way. I do prefer door mirrors anyway.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Time for an update

Since my last entry I've decided to pull out of the RBRR. Last Sunday I went down to the TDCIR (Triumph Dolomite Club's international day) and I went down in the Dolomite 1850. On the way down I took it easy & didn't lose much transmission fluid but on the way back I pushed the car a bit harder and it was like it had been before so. The fluid is coming out of the bellhousing vent so I reckon the torque converter's leaking. This might explain why fuel consumption is crap. Surely, it can't be the Sprint carbs.

The exhaust section I got off the Guru for Blue wouldn't fit. Blue has the later type and the Guru only has the earlier type. I can't use Becky's because she has the earlier type and I'm not swapping the entire exhaust because of the tendency to blow at the manifold joint on those types of exhaust. I've been quote about £80 from Kwik-Fit and my local Motosave. A local Unipart was asking around £60. I'll have to see if I can source one a bit cheaper. The Guru has a complete later type but he will only sell the complete exhaust, not the tailpipe.

Snowdrop remains out of action since the accident. I really need to reapir the leaking brake master cylinder I remove from the Dolomite 1850 and fit it. Ideally the car needs restoring but that's not really possible at this time.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Misery & woe

Problems problem problems. First the Dolomite 1850 won't now run despite replacing all the ignition components and taking out the distributor. Blue's tailpipe fell off the rear silencer yesterday to add to my misery. I managed to get a replacement rear section from the Guru so that'll be an easy enough fix - if this bloody rain will let up!