Chimaera's in the USA

Chimaera's in the USA

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lancepar

920 posts

152 months

Monday 16th November 2020
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Sound like everywhere to me.

"A motor vehicle that is at least 25 years old can be lawfully imported into the U.S. without regard to whether it complies with all applicable DOT Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS)."


Big g, post a photo of your old Griff', Ive got some with it sharing the scene with mine. HeHe.

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OX_TVR

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11 posts

37 months

Monday 16th November 2020
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other than California, you will still need to get by the smog inspection. and there was no Cats on my car.

theporschephile

2 posts

21 months

Monday 16th November 2020
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Zeb74 said:
Nice!
A Fiat 500 and a Chimaera, in the US it's like you are only driving toy cars ;-)
Haha, pretty much. I had a Giulia before the Chimaera, but it was "too big," plus the lack of a manual option here in the states meant I didn't really enjoy it nearly as much as the 500 Abarth. So it got shipped out, haha.

USChimaera

10 posts

20 months

Wednesday 27th January 2021
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I got a 1993 430 Chimaera on December. Everyone is right it puts a smile on my face.
I live in SW Florida. It needs a lot of work so who will sell parts to the US?

Classic Chim

11,724 posts

129 months

Wednesday 27th January 2021
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USChimaera said:
I got a 1993 430 Chimaera on December. Everyone is right it puts a smile on my face.
I live in SW Florida. It needs a lot of work so who will sell parts to the US?
Powers Performance used to and Maybe TVR PARTS. Pretty much any Landrover parts supplier should be able to get most engine related parts on your side of the water.

geeman237

1,086 posts

165 months

Thursday 28th January 2021
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USChimaera said:
I got a 1993 430 Chimaera on December. Everyone is right it puts a smile on my face.
I live in SW Florida. It needs a lot of work so who will sell parts to the US?
When I needed parts for my imported 1992 Griffith I found Powers and Racetech equally good to ship to the USA. I never heard a peep out of TVR Parts when I enquired.

And yes, regular engine service stuff can come from Land Rover suppliers like RoverNorth, but sometimes in your local NAPA, Advanced Auto etc.


OX_TVR

Original Poster:

11 posts

37 months

Thursday 28th January 2021
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I've found the Facebook group pages to be very helpful as well. lots of experience and knowledge there for sure.

magpies

5,040 posts

162 months

Thursday 28th January 2021
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This is on the General TVR Gossip page Posted by sixor8 -

I got an email today regarding TVR Parts. Make of this what you will. frown :

Update

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, dealing with the impact of Covid-19, and we thank all of our customers for their support. We remain dedicated to providing the best quality and largest range of parts for TVR cars as well as to ongoing product development, but we have unfortunately been unable to agree the terms of a new licence with TVR. This means that going forwards there will be a couple of changes - we will no longer be able to label the parts as "Genuine" and our company name will change to Racing Green Parts. Everything else will stay the same and we will continue to supply and increase our stock of authentic TVR car parts. With over 15 years of experience working with TVRs, firstly as dealers and, since 2014, as the licensed supplier of parts, we remain dedicated to serving TVR owners. With over 250,000 parts already in stock we can confidently claim to offer the best service available in helping you keep your cars on the road!
We hope that you wish to continue to receive emails from us but should you wish to opt out please inform us through the link in the footer below. We are requested to pass on all customer details to TVR but will not do this without first obtaining your consent which we will do in due course by separate email.

On the website, a short statement:

https://tvr-parts.com/tvr-news/company-update

magpies

5,040 posts

162 months

Thursday 28th January 2021
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USChimaera said:
I got a 1993 430 Chimaera on December. Everyone is right it puts a smile on my face.
I live in SW Florida. It needs a lot of work so who will sell parts to the US?
Engine and gearbox are Rover / Land Rover / Range Rover
Rear diff drive shafts hubs and brakes are Merkur as are the front hubs and brakes (Sierra in Europe)

USChimaera

10 posts

20 months

Thursday 28th January 2021
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Thank you everyone! I have been working on making the luxuries others cars have work. Such as a window that will go up and not just down, headlights that have high beams, a speedometer that doesn't stick at 30 MPH,
fuel tank sender that won't show 1/2 tank when it runs out of fuel and an oil pressure gage. Loud rear wheel bearings, surface rusty frame and erratic idle round out the beast. But, I absolutely love driving it.

Any source for a wiring diagram?

USChimaera

10 posts

20 months

Friday 29th January 2021
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Thank you everyone! I have been working on making the luxuries others cars have work. Such as a window that will go up and not just down, headlights that have high beams, a speedometer that doesn't stick at 30 MPH,
fuel tank sender that won't show 1/2 tank when it runs out of fuel and an oil pressure gage. Loud rear wheel bearings, surface rusty frame and erratic idle round out the beast. But, I absolutely love driving it.

Any source for a wiring diagram?

OX_TVR

Original Poster:

11 posts

37 months

Friday 29th January 2021
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Steve Heath Griffith and Chimaera book would also help.

900T-R

20,392 posts

237 months

Friday 29th January 2021
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Seems like a disproportionate number of 430s are heading Stateside (given than only 200 or so have been built) - who let y'all in on that little secret? winkbiggrin

assynt road

378 posts

167 months

Saturday 30th January 2021
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This would be handy for you, though the link says the can't ship to the US. Perhaps send to a relative or friend in the UK first? Or try ebay for a second hand copy.

https://tvrbooks.bigcartel.com/

andrewbr

37 posts

23 months

Sunday 14th February 2021
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Hey USChimaera, I live in the opposite corner of the country now, but i was born and raised in Sarasota. I’m (still) looking to import a Chimaera of my own but hopefully I’ll see you around next time I’m down that way.

andrewbr

37 posts

23 months

Friday 2nd April 2021
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Question for those of you brave enough to own a TVR in the USA - who do you/did you use for insurance?

geeman237

1,086 posts

165 months

Monday 5th April 2021
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andrewbr said:
Question for those of you brave enough to own a TVR in the USA - who do you/did you use for insurance?
I used Grundy. I have their Multi-Vehicle-Policy (MVP) and had several classics insured under it with them. No problems at all insuring my '92 Griffith when I imported it.
I'm in South Carolina.

OX_TVR

Original Poster:

11 posts

37 months

Monday 5th April 2021
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any classic insurance will work, just make sure it's an agreed value (whatever you believe it's worth). I use JC Taylor.

Big g

87 posts

238 months

Thursday 8th April 2021
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Pleased to report that a 1992 4.0 Precat Griffith is about to leave Southampton on its way to CT USA to join my Chimaera.

Its going to be a long wait for the arrival :-)

lancepar - that looks like one of my old Griffith that you have there ..... it came to Madrid with me and returned to the UK via Fernhurst when I went to the US.

lancepar

920 posts

152 months

Thursday 8th April 2021
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Big g said:
Pleased to report that a 1992 4.0 Precat Griffith is about to leave Southampton on its way to CT USA to join my Chimaera.

Its going to be a long wait for the arrival :-)

lancepar - that looks like one of my old Griffith that you have there ..... it came to Madrid with me and returned to the UK via Fernhurst when I went to the US.
Yes I remember now, GH, you said you had a Chim' in CT.



Yes the one on the left.

I dropped the ball on contacting its previous owners, so I'll email you.

Stay Safe

Lance

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