Run by Greg MacLeman
Total mileage 25,151
Owned since June 2017
Miles since September
2017 report c100
Latest costs £1084.80
ENFIELD BECKONS FOR RESTO WORK
I’m enjoying the revived enthusiasm brought on by a new project, with plans to improve the Triumph coming thick and fast. The most pressing concern was the state of the cracked and weathered tyres, which had a date stamp of 2001. The wheels, too, needed attention. At 13in, the Minilites are a tad small, so I dug deep and bought a set of Revolution 15x6in five-spokes.
They’ll fill the arches much better, and I love the fact that they’re a bit different. They’ve been shod with ContiPremiumContact 5s, which should improve the handling. I’m also hoping that the new rims and tyres will reduce the vibration that replacing the propshaft didn’t cure. The jury is out for the moment, because I’ve yet to have them fitted.
I’ve held off because the car will be going back to Barnet & Southgate College for some attention. I recently paid the shop a second visit for another chat with paint experts Ian and Sean before deciding to take the plunge and have the car resprayed in its original Pimento. So I’ve been frantically buying various clips and bits of trim prior to the stripdown – I’m surprised my credit card hasn’t melted. I must give a special mention to Baines, a rubber-extrusion specialist that came up trumps with various items, including fresh door and boot seals.
Before dropping off the car at the college again, I wanted to remove the back bumper, but soon discovered why it had been left in place: the captive nuts were rusted and inaccessible. Figuring that there was no task too small for an angle grinder, I attacked each bolt in turn and eventually got the bumper off.
I’d promised to take my brother up to Lincolnshire to collect our 1963 Osprey dinghy, but an inspection of the towbar’s power hook-up revealed serious corrosion. So I cut the lead and removed the rest of the bracket. Whether it and the bumpers go back on is up for debate: do I stick with the factory style, or opt for the more aggressive ‘World Cup Rally’ look? Answers on a postcard.
THANKS TO Baines: 01892 543311; www.cohbaines.co.uk / Continental: www.continentaltyres.co.uk / Revolution Wheels: www.revolutionwheels.co.uk
Three colours red, plus a couple more, as YFH arrives for a consultation at Barnet & Southgate. Back bumper came off… after a struggle. Cool Revolutions will replace #Minilite-rims