Friday, January 10, 2003

Welcome to the blog!

Hi, and welcome to my new blog! I'm Will and I've owned my 1976 Triumph Spitfire since 2001. I bought it sight unseen (and without an MOT!) from Clive Manvers Triumph after Clive reassured me that it only needed a few patches welding into the floor! I paid £1200, which might seem a bit much for a car without an MOT but when it arrived I was delighted to find a brand new mohair hood in the boot, Pirelli P3000s all round and the bodywork in decent condition (although it's a bit rusty round the bonnet seams and could do with a respray!). I set about getting it MOT'd but unfortunatly while I was away at uni, Mum couldn't get it into reverse and mechanic Ken Paris (who owns an immaculate TR4) identified the fault as being due to having no fluid in the clutch master cylinder whatsoever! Once that was sorted and the car had been welded, MOT'd, taxed, insured etc I nervously backed it off the drive and spent the next 25 minutes trying to get it into 3rd gear! Over the next couple of months I used it every day but eventually the novelty of topping the clutch fluid up every other journey wore off and I was forced to become mechanically intimate with the working of the clutch! More next time....

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