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New engine and Club Triumph National Day

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2014 Update

10 countries 2013

Triumph 2000/2.5 register weekend

More photos from the Mk3

MOE to the rescue

Drive it day and West Midlands monthly meeting

Star 90 at Gaydon

Stoneleigh Mk1 day

Well that didn't last long

Round Britain 2012

Last bits and bobs

Some photos of MOE's bits

RBRR Preparation is getting there

Chris And Andy's Silverstone great day out

Coventry Car Day

Good Days Hunting

Magnificent MOE

MOE has new paint

MOE Blushes

Club membership

New engine and Club Triumph National Day

MOE is doing ok the new engine is just run in, still a bit smokey on start up, as the valve guides and head are fairly new I think a little carbon build up may cure that.
I had a problem with her over fuelling and after a little investigation found that the front carburettor needle valve was doing nothing to stop petrol flooding in, and even after changing the needle valve the front three spark plugs were not happy with life, a new set of powerspark leads and  NGK IRIDIUM IX BPR6EIX 6637 SPARK PLUGS were fitted and normal service has resumed.

Soon to be pulling a caravan down to Cornwall and then back up to Ashbourne in Derbyshire to the 2000/2.5 register week  which will be a test.

Club Triumph National day was in my opinion poorly attended, Bob King must be disappointed after all the effort involved in making arrangements and setting up for the day.

Jayson Murray with Terry and Judy came in their latest acquisition and nice Mk1 2000 which has had a lot of love and money spent on it since they have had it, since the show it has gained a set of TR6 wheels which certainly adds to the stance. This another two cars came down from Brum, including Steve and Liz Hudson ever faithful club members and yours truly! 

My cars of the day was a Russett Brown Mk2 2000 which was in stunning condition and a green 1200 herald 1200 convertible owned by Simon Goldsworthy of Triumph World fame.

And a special mention to our President Derek Pollock MBE who drove his TR4A up from London for the event, someone who could be bothered to attend even in his 90's.

Sorry to say I didn't get all the cars there are about four missing.

posted by Chris Allen 30th May 2015 5:26pm gmt

MOE is off today for her new engine and bits, to Dave Harvey Tune of Derbyshire

Should be fun when she comes back,

posted by Chris Allen 15th February 2015 10:41pm gmt

Brookland Standard Triumph Weekend

It was great to catch up with friends and enthusiasts at one of the premier events of the year, unfortunately I can't attend the 2000/2.5 register in Bamborough head in Northumberland.

Lots of TR's Stags, a smattering of nearly all the Triumph brood but my favourite  a lovely Standard Pennant, as usual I forgot my camera but took a shot with my phone, and my good friend Karen Davies took a photo of me going up the hill climb, MOE coped very well went up in first and second, plenty of torque made it up the 1:8 then 1:4 with ease.

posted by Chris Allen 29th June 2014 9:18pm gmt

MOE and The Isle of Wight

MOE has had her power steering put back and a new viscous coupling, I had thought about going electric cooling but it was agreed that a new viscous coupling was the best option.

We haven't used MOE much due to problems with me not being able to drive her much, so we set off to the Isle of Wight weekend in the company of my pals, Steve, Liz, Jay, Terry and Judy two heralds and MOE convoy, we stayed for the week, we shared a caravan with Bill and Carol from the States (Goody)  and had some good times including a couple of 60+ triumph convoys around the island to various stops. Setting off on one can be seen here.

The return journey was marred by huge holdups near Oxford, I saw it coming and cut across country, later on the M40 I caught up my pals who had caught the earlier ferry. Apart from that good company some good weather made the week special.
See you soon Chris

posted by Chris Allen 11th May 2014 5:29pm gmt

2014 Update

I have changed jobs within my organisation three times since I wrote last so work been kinda taking up my time lol

After the 10 Countries I had a few problems with MOE. misfiring, losing water and PAS playing up, the misfire was diagnosed at the NEC Classic Car show by Dave Harvey of Triumph 2000 fame who correctly said that the distributor cap was faulty, and that was without hearing her run, he was spot on, Alan Chatterton said the same thing, Dave appeared the next day at the show with a NOS Lucas item which sorted it out.
Concerned about the state of play with MOE I arranged for Dave to give her the once over, Dave has just retired and was happy to have a look around, it became quickly obvious that it was indeed fortunate that we managed to finish the 10 Countries in one piece, a catalogue of faults having developed.

The original thought was that the heater matrix was leaking as water seemed to be leaking from around that area, after investigation the main leak was a rotten pipe that leads from the water pump under the manifolds, and all the hoses were past their best so were replaced, the clutch flexible pipe was incorrectly placed and had almost worn through so a nice new armoured one is know in place and the slave cylinder was leaking and replaced. The radiator was loose, new capative nuts and bolts should hold that in place now.

I was unhappy with the PAS set up, two racks over a very short time had blown the seals (just out of guarantee) and i am fed up with leaking fluid all the time, Dave said the rack was in a bad way, two years old and 5k says to me that the re conditioners need to get their act together these were supplied by a firm in Brum that I thought had a good reputation and I believe are still being used by a specialist supplier still. So I asked Dave to put it back to manual steering which he did.

Oh boy was that a mistake, I have only driven it about 60 miles and I can't stand it, so I have got a recon rack from Canley Classics, Dave Pearson said he has never had a complaint, so she is booked with Mr Harvey in for the spring to be converted back.

Dave reset the rear brakes (much better handbrake now) and the throttle linkage which was a bit askew and bent, replaced some of the under bonnet fuel lines which were cracking and replaced the ignition coil which had no oil in it (perhaps boiled when we overheated in Italy?) and suspect battery cables he also re-situated a brake pipe which was fouling on the clutch mechanism.

I have to get some new tyres but that can wait until the new steering set up is in place, thinking of going for Yokohama Blue earth as the are supposed to be a good choice.

I bought a partially restored Herald 1200 shown above and sold it on to an enthusiastic local member who hopes to get it on the road quite soon.

MOE on the 2000/2.5 register stand
The 1200 on the Club Triumph Stand
Busy weekend!

posted by Chris Allen 31st January 2014 4:27pm gmt

10 countries 2013

It all started earlier in the year with some preparation of the car team Mutley (which we have become) thats Steve Hudson and Jayson Murray both long term co-drivers and friends. Steve and Ashley Mills  had booked hotels apart from the one's booked by the organisers, I had the car checked over changed the oil/filter TJ a local club member who running a good workshop changed the diff and gearbox oil and repaired some potentially lethal petrol pipe and filter.

We set off on Wednesday the 4th September round midday, and cruised down to Dover at a steady 60 mph, the only hiccup was that a stone caught MOE right on the nose cone and took a big chunk of paint off, we crossed the channel with no further issues and stayed at the Premier Classe hotel in Calais....if that was the Premier I would hate to see the rough ones.

The next morning after a basic breakfast we set off to the start around 70 Triumphs set off after the drivers meeting for what is a gruelling first session, all the way across France, overnight with a break for a few hours in Grenoble, down through Nice and then into Monaco, then up to the Italian border.

It was a long climb up to the border crossing and very hot around 30 degrees, I heard a funny sound from the front of MOE and quickly realised that she was boiling like a kettle, Jayson pulled her over to the side of the road, and we waited for her to cool down, this took quite a while, it was apparent the the water was contaminated with rust even though the radiator and block have been flushed out many times, we filled her up with the help of Team toledo a couple that seemed to be on hand to help others too.

Onward then to the hotel in Italy where we had a meal with the other teams, I thought the meal was quite good and enjoyed a comfortable bed and an air conditioned room. The next morning bright and early northward thgrough the gap between Turin and Milan past Lake Maggiori, up into Switzerland over the alpine passes to Liechtenstien then poped into Austria before making our way to another overnight stop in Singen Germany, again a nice hotel with a pub serving decent food about 200 yards away, that did nicely.

Off again early in the morning some of the team a bit delicate from the night before, up through Germany, into Luxembourg then a run through Belgium into Holland to Roldoc the traditional end to the event, funny in 2011 we were behind all the way except the last day and arrived at Roldoc fifth car in, this time mostly on time all the way and arrived at Roldoc, fifth car in!

Next morning saw a leisurely breakfast waved goodbye to new friends and old and headed towards Calais, we got caught up and delayed by accidents and roadworks which lead to a dash across Belgium and France to get to the port on time, some two hours at a steady 130kph+ when we arrived at the port the dynamo gave up the ghost (only done 5K miles, some recon job that was!). MOE is fitted with a huge battery that had been charging for 5 days so was in top condition, we drove onto the boat and off the otherside.
After a team discussion we decided to go for it rather that bother breakdown people and inevitable recovery, Roy Lacey of Telford and GT6 fame tailed us and when we stopped at a service area gave us a boost for 15 mins with jump leads, then off up to Warwick services driving on sidelights and thanking goodness for RainX another boost charge and then the final section up to Birmingham with Roy taking the lead, being our eyes in the now pitch black motorway.

Difficult to find the exact MPG overall I estimate 28 to 29 mpg she used 4 pints of oil, half of what she used last time thanks to a new cylinder head/valve guides.

We had a celebratory dinner in Birmingham on Saturday night with crew Mutley and some of the team of Dollyroo, my friend Bill, his wife and a couple of friends over for the States for the event and a holiday.

A great event only a very few failures, a Stag with clutch issues a GT6 with Diff failure and one near miss when a M2 2000 model collided with a Deer,

12 great guys from America, that had saved for three years and bought four cars unseen to do the event, lets say they had an exciting time......but they made it

posted by Chris Allen 18th September 2013 10:24pm gmt

Triumph 2000/2.5 register weekend

Lovely week away with the 2000's MOE behaved in the hot temperatures except the not very old rad cap that fell to bits when I checked the water,

Minehead Motor Factors were able to help, and then another mishap when one of the door check straps parted company, luck to fit another with Andy and his auto jumble stand

posted by Chris Allen 17th July 2013 8:19pm gmt

More photos from the Mk3

Took some more photos of the spitfire the years haven't been kind, but get this after 37 years the engine has compression and turn

s by hand, I suspect it has been laid up correctly

posted by Chris Allen 11th June 2013 8:10pm gmt

MOE to the rescue

I used MOE with a car trailer to pick up a Mk 3 Spitfire,, could be described as a barn find, it was last on the road in 1977 and to be honest it is going to be a real labour of love. The metal bodywork is poor needing complete refurbishment, it has an overdrive gearbox and GT6 type hardtop by Williams and Pritchard which seems to be in good order, it has a swing spring too.
I haven't used MOE for this sort of work before but she took it in her stride, averaging 25 mpg for the 300 mile round trip from Brum and back.

posted by Chris Allen 09th June 2013 6:25pm gmt

Drive it day and West Midlands monthly meeting

We had a day out together on Drive it Day it consisted of a trrip around West Midlands and Worcestershire

 We have a good turn out at our local meetings the first Tuesday is the most popular, this month saw 24 cars turn out, it was a lovely evening with most folk out and about around the car park. It was nice to see the Moggie amongst us to.

posted by Chris Allen 09th June 2013 6:08pm gmt

Star 90 at Gaydon

It's been awhile since I have been able to access my computer, the kindle has kept me updated with email etc.
So I attended the Star 90 at Gaydon an excellent turn out with a rare nice day, MOE was on the Club Triumph stand, these are a few photos.

posted by Chris Allen 09th June 2013 5:59pm gmt

Been out and about in MOE over the holiday a couple of small problems showed up, a leaky rocker gasket and a small leak on the power steering, i regret having it fitted because from day one it's been plagued with  issues. I have been doing some work on the herald  it is proving stubborn, refusing to start or play ball in any other way! Now where is that 9inch angle grinder i used to use................

posted by Chris Allen 06th May 2013 10:33pm gmt

Stoneleigh Mk1 day

Had a lovely day at Stoneleigh Triumph Spares day, it being the Mk1's 50th anniversary there was a good turn out, I also like the Mk2 Estate there and took a fancy to the couple of Standards shown. As usual absolutely freezing but I dressed for the occasion nice and toastie.

posted by Chris Allen 09th March 2013 11:49pm gmt

Well that didn't last long

Swore blind I wasn't going to buy anymore heralds and it lasted oh I don't know, at least a month lol here's some picces

She is a non runner,no brakes and bits missing or lost, still I'm good at triumph jigsaws, there a few things wrong like odd headlamp covers, dolomite and 13/60 wheel trims, and that front valance is 13/60 too, but it will get put right.

posted by Chris Allen 15th November 2012 2:02pm gmt

Round Britain 2012

It started well three cars left my house in Birmingham and we cruised down to the start at Crews Hill, it was great to see all the cars and old friends.

Team mate Steve Hudson took the wheel for the first section up to Blyth services, steady driving got us to the check point on time, a quick book signing and off to Carter bar, the England Scottish border another book sign, driver change and dropped a bottle of McJims favourite tipple ;-) Jayson took the next leg up to Edinburgh airport, just a little early, but no reason why, we had not been rushing, then up to Skiach services a driver change and I took the wheel up to John O'Groats. We had an excellent Breakfast and the obligatory photo shoot.
Then Jay drove the section off to across the top of Scotland, Thurso to Bettyhill then the beautiful drive down through the winding roads to Conon Bridge, a brief break for burger hot dogs etc. and down to Morrisons garage at Stirling, through Glencoe and the winding road of Loch Lomond. always a welcome sight and a wonderful welcome, we actually got a Scotch pie this year, so we must have been on time!

we then travelled down to Tebay services where we a had a short break, then down to Glenrid Services we followed Mike and Anne Weaver all the way in their wonderful prototype V8 4x4 2000 estate and kept to around 60 mph, averaging 31.66 mpg.
While we were here  we met up for a drivers meeting and heard about the run so far from Tim Bancroft, Steve took the first leg to Sugar loaf, then Jay carried on down to Gordano services, The West Midlands section of the club had travelled down to welcome every car as it arrived with a generous round of applause, thanks guys it took a lot for you all to travel down to Gordano for 3am, and we were glad to see you. It was here where we heard that Buttercup our Birmingham ladies team had a driveshaft failure, then the herald estate old bill suffered the same issue and had to withdraw  Then down to Lands End via Whitehouse Services, dawn was breaking as we arrived and the breakfast at the visitors centre was excellent.

We travelled up to Bude, this was an opportunity to catch up with lots of the teams before we were off again to Badgers Holt, were we had a welcome pasty (cheers Ash they were proper job)
Off the to Six penny Green where we met some old friends including John and Bridget Snook (supporters of the event for years). Then across country to the TR register HQ at Didcot, then down the M40 and around the M25 both were chaotic accidents plus heavy traffic not helping tired drivers, then we arrived back at the Plough just 14 mins late, a quick dinner then off to the hotel. It was a fabulous event, in a great car with a great team, I enjoyed very much, much thanks to Steve Hudson and Jay Murray my team mates, Mike Weaver helping with windscreen fitting and sealing Mike Papworth for all his help with preparation of MOE, of course the organisers for such a good event.

posted by Chris Allen 16th October 2012 10:41pm gmt

Last bits and bobs

Getting MOE ready for the Round Britain Reliability Run, new wipers have arrived, Mike Weaver has been busy helping Dave Pearson with his prep, and found the time to take me for a spin in the Estate, just after he sealed my front windscreen, what a star.
Tomorrow evening got to adjust the headlamp aim load up the kit (spares, tools and the like) check the tyre pressures, put the stickers on,  then should be ready to rock & roll!

posted by Chris Allen 01st October 2012 9:27pm gmt

Some photos of MOE's bits

A few shots of the work just finished on MOE by Mike Papworth of Coventry.

posted by Chris Allen 17th September 2012 7:23pm gmt

RBRR Preparation is getting there

If MOE was a garage Queen and didn't do a lot I wouldn't have embarked on  such drastic mechanical restoration but as Round Britains and 10 country runs are quite addictive MOE has been in the workshop and has had a new unleaded cylinder head, the old one was causing a lot of oil usage via the valve guides, the water pump was knocking, then I had some wear on the gearbox and the overdrive was showing signs of wear so along with a new laycock clutch those were replaced, there was a lot of transmission vibration at low speed which I was convinced was propshaft so that has been overhauled and to finish this part a company has started manufacturing new short shafts (same as TR4?) so they have been changed, a few of the ball joint gaiters were split so replaced.

The cooling system was very rusted,  so the rad was flushed out a checked by a specialist, the system back flushed and then yesterday I finished it off with an STP flush then this morning new anti freeze and fresh water was added.
 I found that the throttle cable and a throttle return spring were loose so I did those and replaced a cracked and leaking petrol pipe on the front carb, then I must have flushed some gunk in the pipes as the back carb started flooding, a quick strip down and blow through cured that.

I have an intermittent knock on the back, so next week end before the drivers meeting at Gaydon I am going to change the rear shocks, adjust and bleed the brakes, phew I think thats about it for now!

posted by Chris Allen 16th September 2012 5:01pm gmt

Chris And Andy's Silverstone great day out

I'll be honest I didn't want to go, last time I found the noise painful to my sensitive hearing but my mate Andy had two VIP AA tickets so we thought we would give it a go.
Moe trundled down the M1 quick briskly and apart from the huge traffic jam near the event there were no problems, we were directed to the VIP car park and were met by a uniformed man who showed us where to register, then he led us to a waiting minibus which took us to the AA exhibition, it was really interesting, as ex AA staff (24 years) I had driven most of the vehicles on display.
 I bumped into staff who still remembered me including the top man of the yellow van side of the organisation who stayed to chat about the old days, very nice, free food and drink throughout the day including a high quality lunch. We ventured out to the rest of the show for a few hours and had a great time looking at the cars and travelling on the old buses, couldn't find any triumph cars except the Stags, on returning the AA event more free drinks (no alcohol for me) and then a trip around one of the circuits in an AA vehicle, I turned down the offer of a trip in AA1 a vintage Renault for the opportunity of the recovery truck, which is what I did  when I worked for them.
When it was time to go we look in dismay at the huge queues for the buses, I spoke to Andy about it, someone heard us and took us to a parked BMW X5 and we were chauffeur driven back to MOE. I had a great day out everything was just right, the noise didn't even both me as much lol.   
some photos at!cpZZ1QQtppZZ28

Sorry about this but I can't get the hang of reducing all the photos

posted by Chris Allen 22nd July 2012 10:22pm gmt

Coventry Car Day

Went to this event held for the first time I believe, it was quite well attended by the public, and although not overwhelmed by cars, it wasn't a bad attempt.

Four Birmingham cars attended MOE, Luke's Herald 1200, Roger's Avon Acclaim  and Tim and Matt in Matts Spitfire these guys pictured in photo three

posted by Chris Allen 09th June 2012 9:28pm gmt

Good Days Hunting

Went to Leicester today and picked up some seats, one of which was what I need for MOE, then up to Ilkeston in Derbyshire to pick up a new quarter-light assembly which was in very good condition and dropped some of the seats off, I am very pleased.

I would like to thank Mike Weaver for helping with the windscreen fitting, a pig of a job that took a long time, Steve Hudson and Jay Murray for all their time and help dismantling and rebuilding MOE would have really struggled without you all.

Photo MOE and Mikes 4x4 V8 prototype chatting

posted by Chris Allen 04th June 2012 11:42pm gmt

Magnificent MOE

Hi Everyone, It's been a while but I have been a busy boy, MOE came off the road last year in November time it was stripped down and went off to the body shop where she spent the winter being prepared and resprayed.

She came to pieces very easily thanks to Peter the original owner who has copper slipped or greased nearly every nut and bolt, the biggest problems were the front grill the side light units and the rear bumper bolts, She came back in late February and I have been working away little by little,

A big problem was waiting for parts, working out what went where, it took an age little jobs took a whole day, I can't believe how long the whole thing has taken.

So this what has been done, strip the interior, the chrome trims, bumpers lights, tow bar and then put it back together after the returning from the workshop.
Parts replaced:  I fitted new front and rear light units, replaced all the door handles with nice new shiny units, I had the rear bumpers rechromed replaced all the bumper bolts and fittings for stainless steel units, a new top tinted laminated windscreen, new front and back windscreen seals, boot seal, rear boot lid stainless steel strip, wiper spindle rubber seal and nuts, a secondhand front grill, all four doors weather seals (a mammoth job) and last of all a new bootlid overdrive badge which arrived today.

Unfortunately the camera has not got the best colour processor and you can't really see the depth of the shine, I have to finish a few jobs, but there she is all MOT'ed and taxed and ready to rock and roll.

posted by Chris Allen 24th May 2012 5:23pm gmt

MOE has new paint

Well theres a long way to go before she's finished but the top coat is looking good

posted by Chris Allen 24th February 2012 4:26pm gmt

MOE Blushes

Well not quite, but all rubbed down it does have a pinkish blush, all the dents and scratches are being dealt with and the undercoat is going on soon. the base coat appears to be grey then various reds

One thing that has been confirmed is the absolutely brilliant condition the body is in, just a little surface rust on the sill to body join and the drivers door again just a little surface rust on one of the seams. The front panel had a few rusty stone chips but overall I'm very happy I was tempted to have the vinyl roof removed and have MOE change to Bentley Storm Grey but she is to stay red after all.

The Herald is due some work as it is overdue for MOT just a couple of lighting faults to deal with, if it's not mega cold this weekend I'll get that done.

posted by Chris Allen 08th February 2012 5:04pm gmt

Club membership

I recently bought a trailer tent on ebay, picked it up in Devon, and towed it back with MOE, the seller made me aware that the hinge holding the two halves together was suspect, it sure was, when I got it back to Brum about 8inches of the nearly five foot hinge was holding it together.

My local club members came to the rescue, one guy had a hinge specially made the next day, then two other members came and did the job, dismantling the tent cutting off the old hinge, welding the new one in place, then reassembling. They did a fantastic job, and wouldn't let me pay them for their efforts.
We have a very successful group here in the West Midlands, fuelled by this type of friendship and helping each other in times of need.

posted by Chris Allen 13th October 2011 9:04pm gmt

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