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    1971 Triumph 2500 ST - Polly-Jean

    yes yes, another old car. bit different this one though, its already roadworthy.

























    i'd love to say its sat in the driveway, but it only made it 1km to a mates place, due to a dead battery that "has been fully charged and holds voltage...."

    yeah righto....

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    You bought it then - I love these old Triumphs.

    If they'd got the bodywork protected the British motoring industry would never have gotten itself into the mess it did. These were actually damn good cars for their time.

    Re. the battery - I'll bet the guy just lobbed it on a normal charger when it's been sat unused for yonks. It'll hold volts but won't take a charge that way. Worth giving it a few hours at 500Ma and then trickle charge it - might not be a gonner.

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    yeah, ill slow charge the old battery. its dated 2007. the seller was a brit actually, had a few nice cars. ordered some bushes and some new pads and disks, and a vinyl cleaner spray. taurus, any idea on whether yacht laquer would do for the wood trim?

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    you know its a great buy when it comes complete with a box of its own spares

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    he bought 2, and parted on out, keeping the bits this needs. i got 2 lovely cream leather seats..... armchair anyone?

    just had atext from last owner, apparently the fuel was from 2008..... :S

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    The wood trim - go easy on it, it's not as robust as it looks. I'd use a heat gun on as low a setting as you can get it to soften the old lacquer, and then a gentle glass paper. (That's on the door trim where the old varnish has peeled.) The dash I'd leave alone unless you really have to repair it. It doesn't look too bad on the photos.

    Yacht varnish varies in quality and you don't want a gloss finish on it. It's more of a satin really. I'd strip it, then try some decent quality polyurethane varnish. Thin for the first coat, very fine glass paper between coats.

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    I'll be keeping an eye on this thread, good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaggy2010
    I'll be keeping an eye on this thread, good luck!
    Don't bother, he'll never finish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaggy2010
    I'll be keeping an eye on this thread, good luck!
    Just check back around xmas time, may be updated by then

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    are you going to be turning this one into a sleeper as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaggy2010
    I'll be keeping an eye on this thread, good luck!
    Quote Originally Posted by Coleman
    Don't bother, he'll never finish it.


    I literally said this in my head as i saw shaggys post lmao!! exact word for word haha!

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    Rob your like car-insurance going to start calling you:

    "MultiRob"

    I really can't keep up with all your different threads , Looking forward too seeing what you do though What are your first plans a simple tidy up?

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    90 miles covered today. only issues, rear brakes binding, and a slight miss at 2000rpm. full service and elec ign kit will sort it. unbelieveably happy. the three speed auto revs a bit hard but meh. full detail aswell...

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    done another 20 miles today. not fautlessly though...

    shes had an odd miss at 2000rpm. bang on 60mph in top. today it turned into a miss with extra stalling.... uh-oh....

    got home, pulled cap and leads off. caps new. rotor button isnt. swapped in a nice new one. still the same. then saw this:



    the cylinder should have a terminal on it. it doesnt it had wires wrapped and crimped to other bits. arse.pulled a new condensor out the shed and fitted it, and repaired all the other dizzy wiring.much better, no stalling, idles and goes into gear fine. drives lovely.

    next up, headlight:



    closer look:



    grille off and chrome surround:



    new light in:



    old one out:



    next up, wipers. the rubbers were ****house:



    new $2 specials....



    fitted. can see **** now:



    then fitted 6 of these:



    number 2 wasnt even tight, butall are a lush biscuit colour...

    in the spares box, a nice 2500 injection dash;



    that will be fitted after the wood gets re-laquered. on that subject:



    best get the wife onto that....

    need to order this aswell. mines non existant.

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/64-78-TRI...b0c08ae&_uhb=1

    i also need to change the rear screen rubber, as its perished. got the new one here too.

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    1971 Triumph 2000



    That's the most I've seen you do to a car in... how long?

    Then again, I guess that's why they call you Sloth.

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    you not read my barina xe thread then?


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    Love the progress, please crack on

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    I love those quarter-light windows - I wish modern cars had them. Brilliant on a hot day when you are driving too fast to have the window open.

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    god yes, spin them right round so it acts as a scoop, who needs a/c?

    about to take her to work, 20 miles away..... wish me luck....

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    covered another 40 miles. faultless. im actually awaiting the first issue....

    heaters hot, steerings light and wandery, the dash lights actually got brighter, and the seat is comfy. have i found a true practical classic?

    we shall see.

    also, colours.....

    choices are:

    Red



    deep purple



    snapdragon yellow


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