Purchased sight unseen off ebay (knowing the body needed tidying up and that the motor was blown) from Adam Aitken in Blackheath NSW in late Dec 2007 with Original Hardtop, Automatic, Blue interior (Sapphire Blue paint code 76) and grey carpet. Adam had owned it for approx 10 years.
Plate says 6-74 so it’s a middle of the year model. After digging around it seems the mkII as it’s known came in 1973 so despite the lack of alloy sill covers (which seem to have come a year or so later) this is a MKII. Also according to Rimmer Bros the ‘A’ in my commision plate means it’s got a Borg Warner 65 Gearbox as BW would have meant 35 BUT after removing the gearbox I’ve found that it is a 35? What’s going on? Perhaps the box was replaced at some point or Rimmer Bros. is wrong.
According to the passport of sale that goes with the car this is still on its original motor which makes her rather special in that she’s pretty original throughout.
I used VIP Automotive Solutions to ship it from Blackheath NSW to Tassie for $2325 (Ouch!) but I highly recommend this company – they got it on a monday afternoon and I had it by lunch thursday same week – after 1,500-odd Km and a ferry crossing with a blown motor!
- Sold by Reg Smith Motors P/L, Artarmon, NSW on November 5th 1974
- First purchased by Mrs P. M. Naher, Castlecrag, NSW as Registration #PN 232
- Second Owner Horst Schuerger, Chester Hill, NSW, as Registration #IS137
- Changed hands somewhere early in 1997 to Third Owner Adam Aitken, Blackheath NSW as Registration and changed to #AWA074 later on.
I’ve carefully modified it a little as follows:
- Davies Craig EWP kit 115 Alloy Electric water pump and controller with blanked off water pump impellor shaft hole
- Davies Craig Thermo Fan run by the controller
- Wooden steering wheel
- Tinted windows
- Lowered quite a lot!
- Lumenition Electronic Ignition
- Engine Guard temperature monitor with alert and display.
- Sony Head Unit
- Lower profile tyres on Stag/2500S alloys (better than the horrible steel originals it had)
- Custom stained and resprayed wood veneer panels
- Smiths Oil pressure guage in place of clock
Things that need attention:
- Paintwork showing its age – some crazing
Compression Test, Leakdown test and plug checks (21/02/2017)
No 5 not looking too good.rnDid the test cold due to waterpump being out of the car at the time.
Fourth time round rebuilding the rack in 8 years! (21/02/2017)
First time I did it myself and it leaked fluid and I didn't change the roll pins in the pinion so it was sloppy.rnrnSecond time I had someone else (an engineer do it) and it didn't leak but it had lots of slop. Presumably he just did the seals only.rnrnThird time I took it out and swapped the pinion assembly. It too had slop. And it also had issues with often being without power assistance on start-up.rnrnFourth time I've fully rebuilt a spare rack. Replaced the two roll pins with solid pins. They're 5/32" and I used cut shot stubs from drill bits. I smashed them in place with a big mallet. No movement anymore in the pinion other than the flex it's meant to impart such that power assistance comes in.
Fitting pin stripe (21/11/2016)
I ran masking tape along and sighted it numerous times to make sure I wasn't wonky. Love the look without the bumpers...
Special Interest Projects
Removing stuck Triumph STAG cylinder heads
My engine rebuild had ground to a halt. The heads wouldn't come off.rnrnThere are 5 bolts that are close to the exhaust manifold side of each head. These go down perpendicular to the block face. There are also 5 studs that go through the centre of the head at an angle and into the inlet side of the block face. Traditionally you're meant to remove the bolts and unscrew the studs and then pull the head off. Commonly the heads corrode and then coolant gets around the head studs in the chambers that aren't meant to be wet - and then the studs corrode to the head - i.e. they stick together. This leaves you with studs that are impossible or very difficult to remove.rnrnIn my case all but the centre bolt on each head came out. The centre one on each side snapped under load about halfway down into the head so we have no way at all of getting at them. We can't weld on a nut or anything to get load on it. We could try and drill it but you need a super hard drill (diamond tipped) in order to try and drill out the bolt remains.rnrnAlso I'm unfortunate enough to have every single stud stuck in the head. This isn't uncommon and there are special stud removing tools but frequently they just can't come out due to the corrosion. It may well be possible in my case to weld on some nuts and get a better grip on them and the heat may also help brake the corrosion. I'm yet to try this.rnrnI've been getting advice from a few people. Dave Lawrence has been helpful and sent me some pics of his hydraulic ram design that pushes the heads off over the studs but this still relies on you getting the head bolts out. Hmmmmm.. Not sure if we can do this with mine.rnrnI've posted some pics of Dave Lawrence's jig for you here - and hopefully will post more as I go...