Wednesday, June 28, 2006

rear view mirror part 4 - a happy ending

Top picture shows the two styles of ordinary none dipping mirror. Bottom picture shows two types of dipping mirror.

I picked another ordinary rear view mirror off eBay. Much to my surprise the fitting it different.
The stem ends in a female socket rather than a male ball (rightside of 1st picture) : the mirror has a ball on a stalk on back.

Now I can fit the dipping mirror I already have (not the one I got from David Pearson of that has a socket on the back) onto this new stem.

Job done!

David - thanks for taking the time to try to help. Problem now sorted. I never thought that
there would be so many variations on a theme. I thought Stanpart tried to standardise!

PS whilst visting Stafford TSSC International I noticed amongst the autojumble that there were plenty of rear view mirrors that could be bought and customised as I have done.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Radical Modification

I have just found out that I could source Wizard of Nos stuff from:

Kingdom Developments
address: Old Great North Road, South Muskham, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 6EA
phone: 01636 708099

A local firm. Maybe worth a blast out to chat to them.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Newark Kit car show

What a bargain as the driver of a classic car I got in for free. How many more shows do you know where that is the case?

I will post some pictures later.

Meet a local chap who does one off alloy fabrication for kit and racing cars. Think I might talk to him about getting a custom petrol tank made up to add into the ongoing PI project. I was quoted £150.00 for a tank having seen used TR5/6 tanks for £75.00 I may be on to something!

Quoting from his compliments slip

"Alloy Racing Fabrications specialists in one off products in all aspects of welding & fabrication 13 Oak Avenue, New Ollerton, Newark, Notts NG22 9PT. Telephone 07968 329108 fax 01623 835805 email"

Garage summary

I have added some more content on my website at  was any questions please ask. I know how useful it was to talk through the options with various friends and my architect before starting the job.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006


I have just come off the phone to Bill Sunderland TSSC President. Thanks Bill for taking the time to reassure me about recent events.

I was glad to talk to such a committed chap. I am sure that things are changing for the better now.

Talking to a real human is much better in many ways than using the message board I suggest contributors to the TSSC message board try it sometime............

I think that the messageboard is a great facilty but rumours can run out of control. Because it is so immediate it is possible to post without thinking. Remember as they used to say many years ago "careless talk costs lives." Is that what anybody wants?

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Ashby Folville

Spotted this on the Club Triumph forum.

For those in the Leicester/Nottingham area (or who fancies a drive out from further afield) its the monthly car gathering (Classics, Vintage, Custom, Sports, etc) at Ashby Folville, which is close to Melton Mowbray on the B674 - just off the B6047.
Well worth a visit - should be another bumper turnout tonight.... and by bumper I in excess of 200 cars, supplemented by Bikes. You don't need to know where in Ashby Folville - if you find the village you can't miss it.

TSSC changes are a foot

Jason Chinn says on his Blog

Want a job?
Seems like there's another re-shuffle at the Triumph Sports Six Club - I heard that role of Public Relations Office may be vacant. I wonder what's going on in the TSSC these days?

My reply

Interesting times in deed. Just been on the phone to Bill Sunderland at TSSC HQ who reassured me that things are changing. He said that the members will start to see significant changes as soon as next month.


Monday, June 12, 2006

Blazing hot

We took WYL for a blast yesterday to see some open gardens out in the country. Gardening is my partners first love as my Vitesse is mine I guess after her of course!

Despite the heat no problems but did get v hot in car - no running on or boiling after parking up.

Noticed a new noise maybe the alternator bearings are running dry

Thursday, June 08, 2006

rear view mirror part3

Having cleaned up the rather crubby dipping rear view mirror that I picked up from David Pearson at Canley Classics recently I thought I would try fixing it to the stem. Unfortunately as you can see from the pictures getting the mirror attached to the stem will not be easy. The ball on the end of the stem is too small to pop into the mirror head. On a normal non-dipping Vitesse mirror the ball on the end of the stem is held in a threaded cap which screw fits to a male threaded part on the head.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Ultima does it again

I know it is not Triumph related but this is one hell of a car. I saw one on the way into Nottingham the other day. If I had one of these that would make commuting fun again!

0-100-0 in 9.4 seconds.

Details at:

Or watch the vid at: