Sunday, 4 November 2018

FHC resto resto nr. 73; Staying up

While working on the car over the past few months the fact that I needed a makeshift prop (the anoraks will probably recognise this TR7 part!) to keep the bonnet and the boot lid up, started to get ever more annoying:

Time to search through the boxes of galvanised parts for the two support stays and their mounting parts. That's when I found out that I forgot to add the special mounting bolts to the batch of parts that were sent of for galvanising:

So these were quickly added to the "need-to-be-galvanised-as-soon-as-possible" basket. But as galvanising is a batch process, plating only a handful of parts is rather expensive. As I wasn't too keen on the temporary stay, and disliked the fact that the bonnet was fitted with a metric bolt and the boot lid with a pair of old school  imperial ones, I decided on a redesign. For which I (again) used a  local firm (Montagetechniek Patrick Saes) specialised in all sorts of stainless fasteners. And he managed to come up with a fairly simple and cost effective solution, using standard M6 Allen head bolts with ø10mm rod with an M6 inside thread:

This solution was almost direct plug and play. Only the pivot holes in the two stays needed enlarging to slightly over ø10mm, to fit the new mounting bolts. But that was rather straightforward with a drill column. After which mounting the stays in their design position was a piece of cake. At least the boot lid was:

The bonnet took slightly longer, as I needed a new jack nut for the mounting point on the inside of the LH suspension tower. But that was quickly sourced and ordered:

And I didn't have to take the special tools out to fit it into its designated place. A long M6 bolt with a sturdy washer, a small vice grip, a spanner and plenty of grease on the bolts thread, was all that was needed to do so:

After which securing the bonnet stay was straight forward. Paying particular attention as not to knock the temporary stay (as pictured @ the top of this post) from its position:

With another small task finished I went in search of some parts for the headlamp mechanism. To be continued ...

Sunday, 28 October 2018

René Claessens Memorial or the 30th edition of the "Nachtrit"

Yesterday saw the 30th edition of the annual LTV Nachtrit. Sadly René, the driving force behind well over half of the editions, died last year. Only a few weeks after the 29th edition. And due to his health he wasn't able to attend. So it was obvious that this year's edition would be dedicated to him. And where better to start than with the rally plates:

But before the event would start we (my navigator Jos and I) had the rather enjoyable task of carrying out the final reconnaissance run. And this was done as close to the start of the event as possible. This meant that very early on the Saturday morning we set of from the start location, Rolduc Abbey. And as usual 't Kreng was the car of choice. We had decided for an early start for obvious reasons. You can lose a lot of time plotting an alternative route, when you run into road works or another diversion! But we needn't have worried, all roads were open safe one. But we already had anticipated on these road works, as a result of which we hardly lost any time. Remained enjoying the weather and the views.

And the driving of course! As the road conditions were pretty good we were back at Rolduc well before the start of the event. Time for some well deserved coffee & vlaai. And a look at this year's participants, most of whom were "old hands" at this event.

But it was also good to see a few new faces, and the return to the event of this car, manned by the only ladies team. Being courteous we allowed them the honourable last starting position. And they certainly got the public vote for most impressive sound track on departure!

With all cars on their way it was time for us (the organisation) to sit back and enjoy the food, the beer and the ambiance that Rolduc Abbey could supply.

p.s. A note for the Club Triumph members who will be taking part in next year's 10CR, they will have to park the cars somewhere else as the rear court is currently under construction. When it is finished it won't be possible to park there anymore. There are other alternatives though ...

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Enjoying the fine autumn weather

Or almost €175,- worth of fun, being the cost of the fuel I have burnt over the past few weeks with the DHC. All due to the very fine autumn weather she's seen a fair amount of use, almost doubling the total mileage so far this year. Whenever there was some time to spare, I took the car out. Just to enjoy the weather, the driving and the views! A few pictures of the car during various tours in the area:

At a sand pit beside the river Maas between Neer and Buggenum

Horn Castle

Near "The Broken Castle" Grubbenvorst

Road side cross near Boukoul

Windmill near Stevensweert (De Hompesche Molen)

Railroad bridge over the Wessem-Nederweert canal near the hamlet of Mildert

Lush farmland north of Bunde

And some fine views north of Elkenrade

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

FHC resto resto nr. 72; Or how time flies!

It's exactly five years ago today that my latest TR7 joined my small collection. I actually bought the car for its, at first glance rather tatty looking, Wolfrace Turbo wheels:

But they were completely undamaged, with absolutely no curbing damage. And on the cars arrival in the shed the wheels were quickly removed and sent of to be refurbished. Shod with new rubber and with newly designed 3D printed wheel centres, they were fitted to my 1980 DHC. Why? Because for as long as I love TR7's I have always wanted a TR7 DHC with a set of these wheels fitted:

With the wheels removed from the car, it dawned on me that I was in possession of a pretty early and fairly original Dutch car, which was first registered here on the 6th of October 1976. So it was quickly decided it had to be restored. Though with a few slightly non original twists. And the rest is history as the saying goes! But still very much a work in progress, a few pictures of the body work (the full restoration story so far can be found here) ...

As bought in Hoek van Holland (17-10-2013)

Disassembling complete (12-02-2014)

Welding complete and waiting for final "light" shot blasting and a coat of primer (10-07-2014)

Almost ready for painting (08-11-2014)

Underside and inside painted (05-02-2015)

Patiently waiting for its turn in the spray cabin (05-09-2015)

Painted at last! (14-09-2015)

Slowly taking shape (30-05-2017)

Original plan was to have the car restored and back on the road in 2016. As this would be the year that she'd became tax exempt. But life and other games got in the way from time to time ...