Tamora bought

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Sevenman

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740 posts

192 months

Monday 31st October 2011
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Following my Tamora buying thread - we collected the car from TrackVRoad yesterday.

I can't praise the guys at TrackVRoad enough. When we visited to look at the car Richard and Craig spent ~ 2.5 hours with us, a lot of time talking about TVRs and then taking us both out for long test drives. Both of us driving was important, as this is very much a joint car with my wife, not "my car", and she should be driving it as much as me.

In the week since seeing the car they sorted out all the paperwork, fixed a few tiny imperfections (marks on wheel rims) and put it through their workshops again, 12 months MoT and fresh oil/filter despite the last service being very recent.

We spent over 2 hours collecting the car. Paperwork, then a tour of everything from end to end, inside and out, every function and button. A talk around the engine, the things to check, and the warm-up procedure.

The car is in great condition. 2002, 13,500 miles, good TVR service history, and the previous owner spent a lot on it despite driving very little - that was nice of him. The only niggle is that the bison interior isn't as nice as the interior on some of the later cars, but that counts as a minor cosmetic in my opinion.

The car behaved impeccably on the drive back down the M6, including some traffic. As first drives of ownership go, it was dull, but at least it was sunny and dry so the car could go into the garage clean. 150 miles in heavy traffic with some stop-start. When we got close to home and on to county roads I was happier smile


Water temps set in the low 70s when cruising, up to the high 80s when in traffic (never had to stop for long). Oil temps followed suit, oil pressue was in the 40s when cruising. I like having all this information available.

The engine does give off a bit of heat - and I noted the heated gearstick, a nice extra for winter driving. The AC works, which was useful when I had the roof on and sun was streaming in as well as the engine warmth.

I find the ride (new Gaz Gold Pro) on motorway and country roads is fine, firm, but not jarring. I also think the seats are quite comfortable, which could make this a good car in which to cover distance. However, the exhuast (from ACT) is a bit loud for motorway use - it makes me want to drive slowly. This is my first properly fast car, and maybe the noise is something I will get used to. But I do want to do a trackday next year and can't see it passing noise tests at most circuits.

It is now tucked-up in the garage, but I don't want it to be a garage car as it seems to have been for much of its life. My target is 4500 miles next year, including one European trip. I hope the weather is good at the weekend so we can do some top-down November motoring on our favourite roads smile

















Edited by Sevenman on Wednesday 2nd November 20:31

rico23

362 posts

160 months

Monday 31st October 2011
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That all sounds very good thumbup ACT do some bolt on track day silencers which I have to quieten it down for track use.

Enjoy your new car, it looks great smile



Edited by rico23 on Monday 31st October 08:13

sibo99

225 posts

168 months

Monday 31st October 2011
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looks a very nice example, enjoy!

netnewt

104 posts

214 months

Monday 31st October 2011
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Hi Sevenman... Good to see it all went to plan!

mr sagman

1,718 posts

236 months

Monday 31st October 2011
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You have bought from one of the best TVR specialists in the country.. You can be rest assured that car will of been thoroughly checked from the inside out.. They only buy the best cars to begin with, then they make them even better, They are also great guys to deal with which also helps.
Enjoy your motor.

Sevenman

Original Poster:

740 posts

192 months

Monday 31st October 2011
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Thaks for the replies. I was impressed by the garage, and am likely to return the car to them for work despite the distance.

The only problem at the moment is that it is a long time until the weekend, and I can't wait to do some driving and get used to the car.

TallMark

593 posts

227 months

Monday 31st October 2011
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The gear knob getting hot is a common feature. Not so bad now, but I've had mine too hot to touch during the summer. I've heard of two solutions:

1 - a heatsink of some kind to dissipate the heat. Not seen one of these so it could be folklore.
2 - a ceramic gearstick section to replace the metal part. I have this on my tuscan and it works a treat. Search the Tuscan forum for more info.

madbadger

11,561 posts

244 months

Monday 31st October 2011
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Car looks great. biggrin

Sound very typical of TrackVRoad. Good choice of specialists.

One question - did they tell you about the knob to vary the intermittent wipers? If so then that will be the full house of the Tamora tour.

smile

RedSpike66

2,336 posts

212 months

Monday 31st October 2011
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Looks a very smart, tidy Tamora you've bagged there, and you'll struggle to find anyone better than TrackVRoad to deal with - I've moved 200miles away but still take my cars there !!

Drive it as often as you can - not just weekends - it won't mind.

Sevenman

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740 posts

192 months

Monday 31st October 2011
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The little knob to adjust intermittent wiper speed was indeed discussed smile

But, when reading through the handbook yesterday evening, I realised we hadn't covered:
- The brake/clutch fluid refill - although I imagine we won't need it, which is good given the convenient location
- How to reset the fuel cut-off if that gets triggered.

But we had been through everythig else, and many more things that aren't in the handbook.

It really was a comprehensive handover, and made me glad we have bought the car from a specialist.

madbadger

11,561 posts

244 months

Monday 31st October 2011
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Sevenman said:
The little knob to adjust intermittent wiper speed was indeed discussed smile

But, when reading through the handbook yesterday evening, I realised we hadn't covered:
- The brake/clutch fluid refill - although I imagine we won't need it, which is good given the convenient location
- How to reset the fuel cut-off if that gets triggered.

But we had been through everythig else, and many more things that aren't in the handbook.

It really was a comprehensive handover, and made me glad we have bought the car from a specialist.
Good stuff.

Brake fluid you probably will never need to. If you do you use a syringe and a length of tube to access it.

The Tam does not have an inertia cut off switch despite its mention in the handbook. I think it may be a cut and paste job from a previous models handbook.

smile

justin220

5,336 posts

204 months

Tuesday 1st November 2011
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Track V Road are absolutely superb. It looks like they have expanded aswell since I was last there, looking at those pictures. I took my T350 there for servicing (from Aberdeen!).

If WHEN I buy a Sagaris I'll be going back there. All the best with the Tamora

TV8

3,118 posts

175 months

Tuesday 1st November 2011
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That number plate would suit me fine! Nice car as well!

rcvaughan

27 posts

154 months

Wednesday 2nd November 2011
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Car looks great

I'm very much looking forward to my trip to TrackVRoad next week to collect my 4.5 T350! biggrin SUPER EXCITED!

Targarama

14,635 posts

283 months

Wednesday 2nd November 2011
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rcvaughan said:
Car looks great

I'm very much looking forward to my trip to TrackVRoad next week to collect my 4.5 T350! biggrin SUPER EXCITED!
Surely it is the trip home you're actually looking forward to smiledriving

Sevenman

Original Poster:

740 posts

192 months

Wednesday 2nd November 2011
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rcvaughan said:
Car looks great

I'm very much looking forward to my trip to TrackVRoad next week to collect my 4.5 T350! biggrin SUPER EXCITED!
That engine, ready to go back in, was pointed out to us when were shown around the garage at the weekend. At the moment I have to get used to 350 bhp in a light car. The need for extra power on top of that is something I don't understand yet, but I guess it is possible to get used to anything and decide the only way is more...

slinky

15,704 posts

249 months

Wednesday 2nd November 2011
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I see you're relatively local to me, I'll be keeping my eyes peeled, that's a cracking looking Tamora..

rcvaughan

27 posts

154 months

Wednesday 2nd November 2011
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Quite right Targaman! rallycar

Ah, you saw my shiny new engine... :wub:

My last car was an 800kg supercharged VX220 with lightened everything and CR box - it felt quicker than the Terv TBH so something had to be done about that! wink also my head gasket went which seemed like a good excuse :lol:

Enjoy your lovely looking Tam thumbsup