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I wonder if anybody's thought of restoring Lumley's TR7?
Image result for Purdey TR7 images

Easy enough to do I suppose;

Even fully restored to as new showroom standard nobody would expect it to run:frustrated:
 
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Tragically, the Donnington Collection closed last year. On several occasions I had been the only one there. Even tried to get into Nikki Laudas car, waay too small for my carcase!
Shame that. I know Mr Wheatcroft jumped off the perch some years ago, maybe his offspring do not have the same interests as him and decided that the money was better.
 
I used to own an absolute peach of a motor, and even changed jobs from one main dealer to another in the hope of getting the panels and parts with a discount.
Toyota, are ridiculously tight is all I can say.
I had an 84 Celica 2000 GT that was very rare, as they cost about twice the list price of the the bog standard model.
Sound and solid, all suspension/ mechanicals restored by myself and as good as, if not better than new.
As far as i could find out there were only four or five imported and sold in the UK.
Upon speaking to the head of the parts department at Toyota UK, he said that he had four plastic/chrome effect bonnet trims in stock.
I wanted one, but he would not quote me lower than Eighty quid with staff discount. The panels were about three hundred a pop but it was just going to be far too costly to do what i wanted to do with the car.
Still brings a tear to my eye when i think of that 18 RG engine.
Have a look on utube, at the 18 rg. compared to what we had over here we were streets behind.
 
I used to own an absolute peach of a motor, and even changed jobs from one main dealer to another in the hope of getting the panels and parts with a discount.
Toyota, are ridiculously tight is all I can say.
I had an 84 Celica 2000 GT that was very rare, as they cost about twice the list price of the the bog standard model.
Sound and solid, all suspension/ mechanicals restored by myself and as good as, if not better than new.
As far as i could find out there were only four or five imported and sold in the UK.
Upon speaking to the head of the parts department at Toyota UK, he said that he had four plastic/chrome effect bonnet trims in stock.
I wanted one, but he would not quote me lower than Eighty quid with staff discount. The panels were about three hundred a pop but it was just going to be far too costly to do what i wanted to do with the car.
Still brings a tear to my eye when i think of that 18 RG engine.
Have a look on utube, at the 18 rg. compared to what we had over here we were streets behind.
A mate of mine who owns a panel beating/spraying business used to have a Toyota Lexus Soarer, swore blind it was the best car ever made.
 

Awol

LE
I wonder if anybody's thought of restoring Lumley's TR7?
Image result for Purdey TR7 images

Easy enough to do I suppose;

Even fully restored to as new showroom standard nobody would expect it to run:frustrated:


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I still maintain (yes, yes, yes, I know everyone is going to disagree with me) that the TR7 was one of the best looking cars of the '70s and '80s.

I admit that my memory is somewhat influenced by the inordinate amount of 'activity' that occurred in mine, but even so, I loved it.
 
Nowadays it's going to be the electronic parts that make or break a restoration. I recall someone finding out that unless he could find a second hand set of electronics his restoration of a Yamaha XS 750 triple was going nowhere.

Likewise the Audi Quatro of 'Ashes to ashes' fame.

While Fred Dibnah could probably knock up a passable 1930s piston
or other mechanical item is there a similar set of skills to produce assorted micro chips?
I very much doubt it as he has been dead for 15 years
 
This is an interesting thread for me because it starts by mentioning the Ford Consul used in The Sweeney tv series.

I owned at one time, a Ford Granada MK1 exactly the same as one of those that was used in the later episodes of the Sweeney.

Gold coloured paint work with a black vinyl leather look roof. Automatic gearbox and a 3 litre engine. A pleasure to drive and nifty as hell if you put your foot down.

Probably the best car I ever owned. I still remember the registration. WBW2R. I had the car back in the early 1980’s and sold it on when it started to develop some engine faults. I would imagine the car went to car heaven many years age now..

With the benefit of hindsight, if I had ever decided to garage a car for renovation, that would have been the one.
This page is good for looking up old vehicles you previously owned:


Just looked at your reg, and it wasn't taxed after 1 August 1988, so you're possibly correct about it having gone to Dagenham in the Sky..
 
A mate of mine who owns a panel beating/spraying business used to have a Toyota Lexus Soarer, swore blind it was the best car ever made.
Mate of mine had one as well. HUGE 2 door coupe. Very "Japanese" in style, if you get my drift (see what I did there?)

Like a lot of big Jap cars, it was fugly, but such a competent machine.

My late missus bought a mark 1 LS400 from a guy she worked with. 10 years old and mint (1992 car). A great machine. She never drove it, not once! I got rid of the gold badges for proper ones, had the rims repainted in silver and knocked it on.

I'll not give you a whole load of old pony about it being "soulless", "numb", "a blatant copy of a Mercedes". It was a very fine car, it was just too big, and between the two of us we had 6 cars.

The LS was definitely better put together than the W221 Mercs I had more than a decade later.
 
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The Escort Mexico in the gallery looks in better condition than the MK1 orange Escort Mexico I drove around Plymouth as a youth :-(
How much did you sell it for and have much do you think worth now?
 

Awol

LE
Nowadays it's going to be the electronic parts that make or break a restoration. I recall someone finding out that unless he could find a second hand set of electronics his restoration of a Yamaha XS 750 triple was going nowhere.

Likewise the Audi Quatro of 'Ashes to ashes' fame.

While Fred Dibnah could probably knock up a passable 1930s piston or other mechanical item is there a similar set of skills to produce assorted micro chips?
Thirty years ago my XS750 (I've still got it) threw its big-end halfway down the M4. I took the crank to my local engineering firm who determined that if they ground it down a couple of thou (Yamaha not supplying undersize shells) they could fit a Fiat bearing, having reduced its width by half a mil. Its still going strong today. It goes to show, a bit of engineering skill and imagination can overcome a lot of problems.
 
Nowadays it's going to be the electronic parts that make or break a restoration. I recall someone finding out that unless he could find a second hand set of electronics his restoration of a Yamaha XS 750 triple was going nowhere.

Likewise the Audi Quatro of 'Ashes to ashes' fame.

While Fred Dibnah could probably knock up a passable 1930s piston or other mechanical item is there a similar set of skills to produce assorted micro chips?
If they don't exist now, they will do. Never underestimate the passion of the truly dedicated.
 
As a skint plumber with a mortgage and 2 small kids, I'd only been only able to afford bangers.

I took a mate along to the auctions, and he persuaded me into buying a 2 year old Mk 3 granada with 100k on the clock......... 2 grand.

I must have put another 300k on it...... it was bombproof.

The funniest part was, after about 12 years, a boy racer ran up it from behind, wrecked his Corsa.

His insurance gave me the car and £1000...... after a trip round the scrappies with a scallywag I knew, we got a new bumper and light cluster for £35.

The boot wouldn't lock, so I fitted a hasp and padlock, after Father Tedding the boot with a big hammer.

Ran it for another 2 years.
Someone I used to know ran Granadas as a banger racer for precicely this reason. Ugly as sin but tough. The V8 he'd installed may have assisted in winning a couple of races.
 
How much did you sell it for and have much do you think worth now?
It was a lovely car then I moved to Worcestershire where it had to live on the drive instead of in a garage. Engine knackered and rust on suspension mounting, sills and underneath. I had mortgage, no money and needed a car for work. I was young and in early 80's it was a car that seemed old and dated against an XR3i or RS1600. It was scrapped. Dont mention to me what it would be worth now.....even the data plate would be worth more than my Audi. Don't, just let's not go there, don't
 

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To all of you old skool petrolheads, there's a FB page called "my dad had one of those", full of the types of car mentioned here and more.
 
I still maintain (yes, yes, yes, I know everyone is going to disagree with me) that the TR7 was one of the best looking cars of the '70s and '80s.

I admit that my memory is somewhat influenced by the inordinate amount of 'activity' that occurred in mine, but even so, I loved it.

I had three, one with a sprint engine which was great fun
I'd have another one tomorrow.
 
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