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August 11, 2013

Another Shelsley Breakfast Club

Filed under: TVR — Administrator @ 8:30 pm

This morning was a nice to give the freshly serviced TVR a roof-off run to the Shelsley Walsh Breakfast Club.

The family stayed at home as we were going on for lunch. The lunch, and last night’s large Chinese should have meant I didn’t need a big cooked breakfast, but it was too tempting.

On the drive there I spotted my friends in the Monaro, and gradually caught with them. Our flowing drive was slowed for the last couple of miles as we followed a slow and old car. I thought it could have pulled over at some point as there is no space to pass, but we were patient.

Unexpectedly there was a queue to get in at 09:10, but we were soon parked up and could start to look at cars.

1904 Oldsmobile

This car, a 1904 Oldsmobile,  had recently completed a US coast – coast drive. 3000 miles with a top speed of 25 mph. Good going.

There were a few American cars there, some an acquired taste.

Buick Roadmaster

Buick Skylark

Then there was the usual mix of high performance machinery including a 458 and 599. The carbon brakes on these are very impressive, filling the 20″ wheels. That looks like enough braking power for many cars.

Brakes big enough?

599, but the Griff 500 on the right is better…

Diners outside the restaurant

Muscular sporting coupe / GT. But someone has parked an Aston next to it in the way of my photo

Tidy Chimaera

Well presented Chimaera engine

I had a chat with a few people about the Tamora and its engine. It seems to get a positive reception which is nice. I hope that the car is a keeper and we want to do as much as we can to keep it running well and gradually upgrade it.

A few friends arrived just as I was heading off. It was a good day and a shame I couldn’t stay longer, but lunch beckoned and a fun afternoon out with friends.

The car drove well on the way home. It really is fun with the roof down. A few more slow drivers had come out to play, including one who liked doing 22mph in a really open 30 limit road.

Last photo before the car was put away. Hopefully we will sort out as date with CAT Driver Training soon.

Back home before roof on and back to the garage

August 7, 2013

12k service and extra work at TVR Power

Filed under: TVR — Administrator @ 7:05 pm

The car had only done 7000 miles since the last 12k (and 1 year / 1,000 miles since the last 6k), but it had also been 3 years, so I figured it was worth going for the works, then it has been d0ne under my ownership.

I could have gone for a low mileage service + brake fluid, but after chatting with Jason and Dom at TVR Power I decided to get everything done.

One the to-do list was:

  • 12k service (includes tappets, gearbox and diff oil, brake fluid, coolant)
  • Uprated starter motor (fix hot-start problem)
  • Injector flow-test, clean, flow-test (fix slight lean running at full power)
  • Throttle body insulating gaskets
  • MOT
  • Updated Anderson connector (added to the work at Jason’s advice).

I knew this was going to be quite expensive and it didn’t dissapoint. £1,759 and we have only driven 1,000 miles in the last year (new baby hasn’t helped)

But on the upside, the car is now in A1 mechanical condition, with an excellent bill of health and nothing needs doing.

Jason even complimented the handling and how the car is set up (see this post from May).

Feedback I got on the car was:

  • Gearbox and diff oil were very clean. They can be discoloured if it has been driven hard
  • Injectors now have much better spray patterns, slightly increased flow, and decreased resistance. They should be opening faster and getting more fuel in
  • Throttle bodies were easy to set up and the car appears to be running well
  • MOT passed with no problems – once the tester was shown where the bonnet release was
  • 19 shims fitted. 12 because the tappet was slightly out of tolerance, and 7 as the existing shim was discoloured which is apparently the start of softening / wear
  • Brakes all working well
  • Safer with updated Anderson connector – there has been a few big problems in the past due to these

Jason / Dom said just to enjoy the car, nothing to worry about. Hopefully I won’t need to go back for a year.

On starting the car, the effect of the new starter motor was obvious. Far more powerful than the old motor. Jason can thought the old motor might have a cracked in a coil and when the starter was hot, the continuity was lost.

I filled the car up with V-Power at the Bedworth shell station (just North of the M6) and headed home. The car drove well, no obvious differences to before but it was running nicely. The hot start to put it back in the garage was no problem, the new motor is amusingly quick.

Jason would like to know my view on the throttle body gaskets and if I can tell any difference. I will see what I can do.

In the afternoon I called CAT driver training to arrange a date to finish the delayed training of last year. Hopefully we will be able to sort a date in September or October now that all the faults in the car have been ironed out.

Next possible outing is the Shelsley Walsh breakfast club on Sunday.

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