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by FI Spyder
05 Dec 2019 16:39
Forum: Wedge Central
Topic: I am restoring my TR7 DHC
Replies: 28
Views: 309

Re: I am restoring my TR7 DHC

A word about discoloured window washer boxes. If you take them and soak them in a pail of bleach and water you can restore them to the original translucent look. I did that to the Spider over the first winter on initial "restoration"/bringing up to par for "from out of country safety ...
by FI Spyder
04 Dec 2019 14:57
Forum: Wedge Central
Topic: I am restoring my TR7 DHC
Replies: 28
Views: 309

Re: I am restoring my TR7 DHC

FB has its uses. It's mean for the flittering thought/picture of the day (amongst other less noteworthy applications) not for what a forum is for. Yes, that is my Spider in the foreground on The Wedge Owner's of America's FB page that has been up for some time. 8 of the 13 wedges shown had Gold or G...
by FI Spyder
01 Dec 2019 16:43
Forum: Wedge Central
Topic: I am restoring my TR7 DHC
Replies: 28
Views: 309

Re: I am restoring my TR7 DHC

I don't use mine during the winter (just above freezing with it often cloudy and some times rain) and mostly I just use my 2013 Volt (EREV). In summer I go to car shows and the occasional British car club outing (OECC). This Fall (September) I took my car on a 3,000+ mile journey to Portland ABFM (O...
by FI Spyder
02 Oct 2019 15:25
Forum: Wedge Central
Topic: Window wipers
Replies: 2
Views: 395

Triumph TR7 Window wipers

I never had a problem with wiper speeds although I did pull the wiper rack, clean and regrease (with clear synthetic grease) as a matter of course in the first winter of operation (2006/7). I replaced the blades with refills from a major brand. I had to adjust the parking switch the next spring when...
by FI Spyder
04 Sep 2019 15:22
Forum: TR7
Topic: Triumph TR7 - Electric fan Positioning
Replies: 7
Views: 723

Re: Triumph TR7 - Electric fan Positioning

While theoretically the body of the electric motor will block a little of the radiator core from getting a full blast of air, the air temperature will be the same as any heating of the air by the warm running fan motor is negligible. It's all arguing how many angels can dance on the head of a pin as...
by FI Spyder
28 Aug 2019 16:04
Forum: Wedge Central
Topic: Triumph TR7 subframe drain holes
Replies: 6
Views: 804

Re: Triumph TR7 subframe drain holes

Mine looks almost new but there is a little rust at the edges where the paint seems particularly susceptible to road grit as are other parts down there for the same reason. It's been over twelve years since that stuffs been out, hopefully this winter I can get the car in (and the Tercel resto out) t...
by FI Spyder
23 Aug 2019 15:06
Forum: Wedge Central
Topic: Triumph TR7 subframe drain holes
Replies: 6
Views: 804

Re: Triumph TR7 subframe drain holes

You see the four holes in the bottom. As the picture shows the mount upside down, these are at the low spots. It's a good thing that only a little came out as that means most of it is inside where it can do some good. I also sprayed waxoil in through the two holes in the front of the car to coat the...
by FI Spyder
23 Aug 2019 14:58
Forum: TR7
Topic: It's raining TR7s
Replies: 9
Views: 891

Re: It's raining TR7s

In the past year or so I noticed shift in our car club. More cars up for sale because of health or people moving out of houses and into apartments, assisted living etc. with limited parking (usually at best, one parking space per unit). Also the sale of MG's and Triumphs and the like as more people ...
by FI Spyder
22 Aug 2019 14:44
Forum: Wedge Central
Topic: Boot / Trunk Gas Struts XKC 3893
Replies: 238
Views: 5649

Re: Boot lid gas struts

There is a great business opportunity for someone in the UK to offer recharging of struts. Here in Brisbane Oz [population about 3,000,000]we have at least 3 companies offering either strut recharging from a premises, or mobile recharging from a van. The company I have used have 4 vans doing mobile...
by FI Spyder
20 Aug 2019 15:01
Forum: Wedge Central
Topic: Boot / Trunk Gas Struts XKC 3893
Replies: 238
Views: 5649

Re: Boot lid gas struts

I had no problem getting the as struts back in 2006 but can't remember from whom, probably Victoria British as I was getting most my parts from them at the time. 13 years later still working like new. Wouldn't consider anything else as I never like the latch system. I have a friend that has a slight...
by FI Spyder
16 Aug 2019 16:02
Forum: TR7
Topic: Triumph TR7 Oil for engine & gearbox
Replies: 13
Views: 1084

Re: Oil for engine and gearbox

The correct gear oil is Pennzoil Syncromesh (not the synthetic one). There is a GM product (made for them by Pennzoil). While common in N/A not sure about its availability in other parts of the world. You need an oil that has the slipperiness (or non slipperiness) required by the syncros. Somebody h...
by FI Spyder
12 Aug 2019 16:01
Forum: TR7
Topic: What is the best battery for a Triumph TR7?
Replies: 28
Views: 1399

TR7 Car battery

Any battery that fits will work. Over here I think it's group 47 that does. The biggest thing is the width (which is narrow). The price is usually dependent on thickness of plates, depth of wells. As the battery is used parts of the lead plate falls off and descends to the bottom. When the wells fil...
by FI Spyder
12 Aug 2019 15:46
Forum: Wedge Central
Topic: Newbie saying hello
Replies: 10
Views: 1135

Re: Newbie saying hello

Thanks guys, I was a mechanic for 10 years so really looking forward to getting my hands dirty again lol You've got a leg up then. Although I worked for IBM fixing office equipment, I didn't start working on cars until my '71 Javelin in '74 when it started needing attention. When I got my Spider th...
by FI Spyder
31 Jul 2019 15:28
Forum: TR7
Topic: Triumph TR7 Heating Gauge
Replies: 16
Views: 1170

Triumph TR7 Heating Gauge

The reason the "Triumph foot" has been mentioned a few times is because the foot blocks off the bypass when open so all of the coolant gets directed through radiator. Without it only 50% (give or take) goes through the radiator so even if everything is up to snuff, you would only be gettin...
by FI Spyder
07 Jul 2019 15:50
Forum: TR7
Topic: Starter fault
Replies: 9
Views: 814

Re: Starter fault

Had the problem for years. First changed the starter to Nippon Denso, didn't solve the problem. I sprayed the connector to the relay by the fuse box and that worked for a couple years with me spraying it with electronic contract cleaner every couple of months which became more frequent. Pulled that ...

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