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Paula
January 3, 2017, 6:46pm Report to Moderator

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Hi there.
I Just bought my first lovely Triumph (Vitesse) from Cornwall and set off for home in Streatham South London.
Unfortunately i haven't made it and i'm now in Sherborne in Dorset waiting for recovery with the RAC. The RAC patrol man said its a problem with the points and condensor and unfortunately they no longer carry those parts.
So hopefully by tomorrow i'll be back in South London with my new non starting car.
Does anyone know a mobile mechanic that could come out to Streatham and either fix my ignition or replace it for an electronic one?
Once the RAC drop it off it'll be stranded and i'm not confident enough to do the work myself yet, but i will be watching! (and making tea)
Hope someone can help?
Happy new year.
Paula.
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iggy
January 3, 2017, 6:58pm Report to Moderator
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you should be able to buy points condensor from quiller triumph in plumbsted white hart road may be if you call the rac again tomorrow they will fit them,


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Sienna PI
January 3, 2017, 7:05pm Report to Moderator
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Hi Paula!
Pm sent to you!
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Paula
January 3, 2017, 7:06pm Report to Moderator

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I've just seen Quiller have moved to Lewes. That's a shame.
Also just found out i haven't got the home recovery and it's costing me £300 to get taken home!
I'm sure i can find some points somewhere. I'm worried that's not the whole problem though.
I think i need a mobile mechanic or one that will come and pick the car up.



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Hogie
January 3, 2017, 7:08pm Report to Moderator
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Hi Paula,
                rather than a mobile mechanic have you got any local garages (not the Merc and Audi ones). They can't do a runner, you know where they are,

Roger


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Paula
January 3, 2017, 7:21pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Hogie
Hi Paula,
                rather than a mobile mechanic have you got any local garages (not the Merc and Audi ones). They can't do a runner, you know where they are,

Roger


There is a garage down the road, but i'm not sure how to get it to them. I'll pop around there for a chat tomorrow and then maybe get an electronic ignition fitted once i'm mobile again.


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Sienna PI
January 3, 2017, 7:27pm Report to Moderator
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Hi Paula!

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Nick Jones
January 3, 2017, 7:43pm Report to Moderator

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Hmm, you must have passed about 1 mile from me about 15 miles before you ground to a halt........

Are you still there?

Nick


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DaveKent
January 3, 2017, 8:22pm Report to Moderator

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Paula, have a chat with some club members before you splash out on electronic ignition ; there are quite a few different options for varying amounts of money. Be guided by the owners rather than swayed by the garage's preference.


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JohnD
January 3, 2017, 9:28pm Report to Moderator


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Paula,
Welcome!  And so sorry you have had a traumatic entry to Triumph ownership!
I'd trust the RAC man - they still have long and deep enough experience to know about the "Kettering" system, in an age of wholly electronic ignition.
But points only last 3000-6000 miles, less if the condensor goes.

A set of points costs £3.10 plus P&P from Canley's: http://www.canleyclassics.com/triumph-vitesse-distributor-lucas-and-coil  (but make sure which distributor you have, Lucas or Delco)
And order two!   At that price it's worth carrying in the glove box for peace of mind.

But you need to know how to change it.
That's where your local group can help, because any of then could demonstrate how, and get you to practice it, in the meeting pub's car park (given good weather)
Find them in the headline of this page - The Club/Local Groups
But home work first!   This no-nonsense Aussie video show how, not on a Triumph, but all distributors have points, unless they have been converted:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9wZvcr3v2c

And may I recommend - for any electrical problem, a multimeter is an invaluable tool, and need cost less than £10: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=multimeter

John


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Old Blue.  1995-2001
Silverback. 2001-2007
SofS. 2007 - to date.

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RobPearce
January 3, 2017, 9:55pm Report to Moderator

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Paula,
Sorry to hear you've had a bad start to your Triumph adventures, but don't panic. John's advice is good, as is Dave's. With luck you may get some garage recommendations from a local member. If you were in Stretham rather than Streatham I'd offer to pop round and help but London's a bit far


Current fleet
1967 Vitesse 2L conv "Tessa"
1970 Spitfire Mk3 (project) "Toby"
1972 GT6 Mk3
Not enough time or space
Recently sold:
1972 2.5 PI estate "Harry" (gone to russell on here)
1973 Toledo 2-door "Spike" (gone to a club official)
Used to have:
1968 Vitesse 2L saloon
1980 Dolomite 1500
1977 Dolomite 1850
1980 Dolomite Sprint
1982 TR7 DHC Sprint
1975 2500S saloon
1971 Herald 13/60 Estate (with 1500 Spit engine)
1975 Stag
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Paula
January 3, 2017, 11:10pm Report to Moderator

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Hi!
Sorry for the big gap.
I was getting the car loaded onto the truck and then i was off!
I really will learn how to do my own. I'll order them asap!
More bad news though... As i was turning the steering wheel, something popped out and i now have massive amounts of play in the steering!
I think i would feel better if i got someone to give it a dam good service and check it all over to give me a good starting point.
Maybe Quiller?



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Paula
January 3, 2017, 11:15pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Nick Jones
Hmm, you must have passed about 1 mile from me about 15 miles before you ground to a halt........

Are you still there?

Nick


Sorry Nick. I should have posted this earlier!


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JohnD
January 3, 2017, 11:25pm Report to Moderator


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Paula,
You sound willing and able to do some maintenance for yourself.
A workshop manual will make doing it, and explaining from you to us and vice versa, easier.
"Something popped out" and lots of play, could be the sliding impact clamp in the steering column.  It was a very early bit of safety in design, to stop the steering column spearing you in a crash.
The solid lower column slides in the the hollow upper part of the column, under the dashboard.
See this diagram from Canley Classics, who you may get to know well:  http://www.canleyclassics.com/triumph-vitesse-steering  Parts 7-10

Turn the steering wheel, while watching the column in the engine bay.    If the play is between the two parts, it's the impact joint that needs to be reset.

John


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Paula
January 3, 2017, 11:37pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from JohnD
Paula,
You sound willing and able to do some maintenance for yourself.
A workshop manual will make doing it, and explaining from you to us and vice versa, easier.
"Something popped out" and lots of play, could be the sliding impact clamp in the steering column.  It was a very early bit of safety in design, to stop the steering column spearing you in a crash.
The solid lower column slides in the the hollow upper part of the column, under the dashboard.
See this diagram from Canley Classics, who you may get to know well:  http://www.canleyclassics.com/triumph-vitesse-steering  Parts 7-10

Turn the steering wheel, while watching the column in the engine bay.    If the play is between the two parts, it's the impact joint that needs to be reset.

John


Ok. I'll have a look tomorrow morning when (hopefully) the car arrives on the truck.
I have the Lindsey Porter and Peter Williams book.
I'll get a Haynes too.
I've done some stuff in the past including a head gasket on my old MIni and The Radiator on my Nissan Figaro. I've also done the brake pads and shoes on drum and disk brakes and a CV joint.
Still very much an amature though!


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