Worth a gamble or not?

Worth a gamble or not?

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zed4

7,247 posts

167 months

Thursday 8th June 2017
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yonex said:
The engine is coming out today/tomorrow. Chassis seems really decent, it's a silver colour under the grime...I though they were white? I've chosen the engine builder and I'm not going with the standard TVR crank but will have top hat liners along with any other sensible mods. Thinking out loud the spiders are staying, maybe a repaint with a slightly darker colour. A good shampoo etc and degrease of everything will show more. Exciting times!
Early chassis' were silver, later ones were white.

Good luck!

Topcats Racing built my Griffith, if you need any help or parts they're very helpful.

yonex

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15,082 posts

113 months

Thursday 8th June 2017
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zed4 said:
Early chassis' were silver, later ones were white.

Good luck!

Topcats Racing built my Griffith, if you need any help or parts they're very helpful.
Ah, I see. Yes I know all about Top Cats.

yonex

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15,082 posts

113 months

Sunday 25th June 2017
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Brief update. The engine is out and off to be assessed. I think it's all fixable and it doesn't look too bad overall. The chassis is good, some minor surface corrosion but nothing to be concerned about. It's got under my skin a bit now I have to say. I have always liked the look of them but now I'm getting excited about the rebuild.

Question for you all. This one has power steering, is this normally reliable enough? I say that as it's been leaking for a while.

Classics from yesterday were trying to locate the ecu and the boot release? Is it normal to relocate it from the footwell. Seems and ass of a place to get to it?

Steve_D

12,523 posts

203 months

Sunday 25th June 2017
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yonex said:
......Question for you all. This one has power steering, is this normally reliable enough? I say that as it's been leaking for a while. ...........
There are two common leak sources.
The seal where the steering shaft enters the top of the rack. This can be replaced with the rack in place.

The 'U' bend in the pipework under the pump. You can buy a complete pipework kit from the normal TVR parts suppliers.

Steve

yonex

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15,082 posts

113 months

Monday 26th June 2017
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Thanks Steve, good info.

It'll be an interesting week this one, finally get to see what's needed and start putting budgets together.

yonex

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15,082 posts

113 months

Friday 7th July 2017
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So, all the news is in. HGF led to the crank failing. It's a big bill but the chassis is good and I can't let it go now. It'll be built again as a 5L but way more robust. I'll put some pics up if you lot are interested...

Speed 3

2,557 posts

64 months

Saturday 8th July 2017
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yonex said:
I can't let it go now.
Of course not, you're now hooked and haven't even driven it yet wink

yonex said:
I'll put some pics up if you lot are interested...
Do bears defecate in the woods ? yes

andy43

6,231 posts

199 months

Saturday 8th July 2017
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Speed 3 said:
yonex said:
I'll put some pics up if you lot are interested...
Do bears defecate in the woods ? yes
+1 smile
I don't mean I also dump in wooded areas - I would like to see more pictures of the car please...

yonex

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15,082 posts

113 months

Saturday 8th July 2017
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So before....



After....



Replacments needed.



And these end cappings, whatever they're called?



Lots of cleaning up and remaking of heater pipes.



The budget has been set now so no turning back. The number plate is staying on, which is great as it was my friends choice and reminds me why I am doing this. The plan is to get the engine back in ASAP and run it for a while as is. See what everything feels like and then identify what needs spending and where. I was surprised just how knackered the engine was but thankfully the block is fine. With the top hat liners and cross bolts, not to mention steel rods and a decent crank all put together by someone who really knows and loves the Rover lump it should provide for a more reliable powerplant for years to come. The cam going in, yes that was knackered as well, is a nice road cam. I've been given a power figure but it's irrelevant tbh, it'll be more than enough!

Over the winter the suspension will be refreshed, some powder coating etc. In the meantime can anyone recommend a good paint to use in the interim. Just to remove the surface rust and tidy things up?

And again, thanks for the messages. I've learnt a lot over the last few months! Give it a month or so and fingers crossed we'll have some noise biggrin




andy43

6,231 posts

199 months

Saturday 8th July 2017
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I think it's these you need for the doors http://www.racetechdirect.co.uk/v0144-tvr-car-part...

yonex

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15,082 posts

113 months

Saturday 8th July 2017
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Awesome!

Now. Where to get a pair of tailpipes? It has 2 * twin tips on now. They're in good nick but I'm not sure of the look.

andy43

6,231 posts

199 months

Saturday 8th July 2017
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JP exhausts in Macclesfield make the ACT exhausts. Cheaper option : I reckon JP or any good exhaust fabricator could bend and weld new single pipes in place, if the rest of the system is ok, might be safer using JP though as they'll have the jigs to get the tailpipes in the right place.

Steve_D

12,523 posts

203 months

Saturday 8th July 2017
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yonex said:
....... In the meantime can anyone recommend a good paint to use in the interim. Just to remove the surface rust and tidy things up? .....
Rust Buster.

Steve

yonex

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15,082 posts

113 months

Sunday 9th July 2017
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Steve_D said:
Rust Buster.

Steve
Thanks Steve. I'll grab some and see how it goes.

yonex

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15,082 posts

113 months

Thursday 13th July 2017
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So, I officially own a Griff! Spoke to the engine guy today and it's very exciting. It's actually coming together much faster than i thought, we might have it rolling in 4 weeks.

Had a chat about clutches. Is the AP the only decent option?



Edited by yonex on Friday 14th July 11:28

CHIMV8 500

2,754 posts

166 months

Saturday 15th July 2017
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You won't regret taking her on and saving another TIV from the breakers yard,I didn't even now

griffdude

1,587 posts

193 months

Saturday 15th July 2017
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Interesting looking Griff. Someone has previously spent ££££ on this car shown by the 5 stud hubs & lower dash panel. Shame it's condition has been in decline. However, good on you for rescuing it.

yonex

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15,082 posts

113 months

Saturday 15th July 2017
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griffdude said:
Interesting looking Griff. Someone has previously spent ££££ on this car shown by the 5 stud hubs & lower dash panel. Shame it's condition has been in decline. However, good on you for rescuing it.
Hi, can you expand, is it Levan stuff fitted? It's looking quite healthy now. Today we found the original lights, I really want those back on. The rear quarter of the Griff is such a classic shape to my eyes, it needs nothing!

Another question for anyone?

Lining up the door seals. There's an uneven gap, the passenger side is decent but drivers has too much clearance. Is there a trick to this?

Engine spec ;

  • Block machined for top hat liners
  • New crank
  • New pistons
  • Steel rods
  • Fast road cam, torque, idle and driveability over all out output
  • Heads cleaned up
  • Recut the valves
  • Clutch, probably
It'll be broken in on the dyno and we're expecting 15-20HP over stock with much better torque.

Edited by yonex on Saturday 15th July 19:16

griffdude

1,587 posts

193 months

Sunday 16th July 2017
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Looking at the interior picture, pretty much all of it has had a Leven component substituted & the gear lever gaiter too.

yonex

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15,082 posts

113 months

Sunday 16th July 2017
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griffdude said:
Looking at the interior picture, pretty much all of it has had a Leven component substituted & the gear lever gaiter too.
Thanks!

The original rear lights have been found and the bills indicate that the seats were re-trimmed by a chap in Blackpool. I'm looking forward to getting the file and going through everything.