Sevenman's TVR (was SAAB) Blog

March 10, 2014

Car seat shopping

Filed under: TVR — Administrator @ 10:11 pm

Saturday saw the TVR going to Hopscotch in Hereford for some car seat shopping.

Seventoddler is growing out of his old baby seat. Our new Mondeo has Isofix and we bought a fancy Cybex Sirona Plus for that, but we need something for the TVR and our older (Mk3) Mondeo.

The drive out to Hereford with roof on was ok, but the brake bias valve is turned fully out and still rattles.

The drive back with the roof off and baby in the passenger seat was good, the weather clearing for the start of a lovely weekend. With the roof off, I can’t hear the rattling :)

Hopscotch were very helpful with the seats and we tried a few. The tricky aspect of the TVR is the curve on the seat back as it goes up to the headrest. This is not a feature seen on many car seats that you might attach an infant seat to and means that some seats sit a bit far out (see pics below).

Of the seats we tried, we most liked the one that we went there for which was the Kiddy Guardian Pro 2. This may work in its smallest setting (good to about 4 years old), but when the back starts to extend for larger children the curve of the seat pushes it out further (more upright, bigger gap between child-seat back and main seat), perhaps too much.

The Kiddy seat only makes contact at the base and the top – but perhaps this is ok as there is an extendable part on the base of the seat (the snooze / recline function) which makes contact on the TVR and in any other car would make it so that the seat also only made contact on the top and base. So this may work in the TVR until he is 4, and in the Mondeo until he is too big to need a car seat.

It is a seat with a restraining pad rather than a 5-point harness. This is generally considered safer for all collision types apart from maybe a roll as there is (not conclusively proven) a greater chance of him coming out. But he does so few miles in the TVR that there are probably more all-round benefits. 5-point harnesses are considered by some to be less safe for infants because they keep the body pinned and the head can move (what a HANS device stops in racing). Infants have small necks and big heads. Extended rear facing is considered safest, and the bumper pad next best as that allows the body to fold around it rather than just the neck bending. See this link for some illustrations.

We need to ask Kiddy whether the fitment is ok. If it is, then we will probably buy that seat and find another solution for the TVR when he reaches 4. He should be ok in his baby seat for a little while yet so there is no rush.

Some pics are below. If you click on a picture it should open a larger picture.

His current car seat. Note – The TVR has no airbags.

Kiddy Guardian Pro 2

 

Extending foot making contact with the seat back

Extending foot making contact with the seat back at the base

View from driver side

Seat only making contact at bottom, top and sides. But surely with the foot extended at the back it would be like this on most cars?

The lovely TVR

February 16, 2014

Winter roof-off motoring

Filed under: TVR — Administrator @ 10:19 pm

Since we moved house at the end of October 2013 the TVR hasn’t been used much. Just a good run once / month (if that) to keep it going, and it is regularly connected to the CTEK charger to keep the battery topped up.

While the car is stored only 5 mins walk from home, it is far enough to make a difference. Combined with the weather of the past few months the opportunities to use it have been slim.

But today was a sunny day. There are still some wet roads, but it was the best chance to take the car out.

I decided to take the baby as well. It had been a while since he was out in the car and he finds it a good way to get to sleep (contrary to expectations).

The car had been charging so there was plenty of cranking speed but it idled a bit low and needed a few revs for 20 seconds before it would settle. Tyre pressures were all fine from when they were last checked (before Christmas?) and off we went.

He won’t fit into this car seat for much longer, I will have to check that whatever replaces it fits in the TVR. We have a Cybex Sirona in the Mondeo which is good, but it is an IsoFix seat and as well as that there is no way it would fit.

Ready to go

Also ready to go

Our selected route was cut short when we found flooding on the road. Cars were getting through at the edge but I didn’t feel the need to try. Luckily there was a convenient place to turn round so we headed out.

The car was running well, no effects from having been sat for 6 weeks. Baby (well, toddler now) fell asleep after 2 minutes and stayed that way apart from when I stopped to talk to a friend and some applications of throttle would wake him up.

Some steady mini drivers probably got a surprise when they were subject to a full-throttle 3rd gear overtake. It does sound good (and loud).

I also took a video from the same spot I did 14 months ago, both time with a sleeping baby and a few blips of the throttle.

February 2014 Video

December 2012 Video

The car got to sit in some traffic due to bridge closures but thankfully only for a few minutes. It provided a check on cooling fan operation.

Going back into Herefordshire from Worcestershire the roads around us are truly shocking. Not good TVR territory. Lots of potholes to avoid and lots of water running across the road (the weather hasn’t helped).

The car is tucked up again for a few more weeks. Soon it will be time for TVR Power and engine checks then maybe Neil Garner for some brake work. Plans are also starting for the garage at our new house which would be great to have.

Looking good, if a bit dirtier after the drive

I still like this angle, despite popular opinion

 

October 14, 2013

TVR back – faulty plug?

Filed under: TVR — Administrator @ 2:45 pm

On Friday I had a call from Jason at TVR Power to say the car was fixed.

  • He had driven it and it was ‘running like a donkey’
  • He had connected it to the computer, which said it was ‘running like a donkey’, with multiple faults.

The spark plugs were checked, and the plug for cylinder 6 was heavily fouled with fuel and not sparking at all. The HT leads and coil were checked and these were found to be fine, so they weren’t the cause.

Throttle balance for 6 was slightly out and was corrected. But not sufficiently out to have caused such an issue. And they were all balanced just 600 miles ago at the 12k service.

With a new plug the car was tested and found to be running fine. The cost for this was £0, which is nice. I picked it up early on Saturday and drove the hour home and it ran fine. It is always a bit tricky when you are listening / feeling for any hint of a problem, but I didn’t notice anything.

The bad running, noises, and excessive hear from the exhaust would have been caused by this misfire and the subsequent dumping of fuel into the exhaust. The unburnt fuel burning in the catalytic converter explains the heat and could have damaged it. I don’t recall feeling or hearing any issues at 130 mph, but the wind noise was loud and the suspension was working hard on the Millbrook surface. It was definitely off when I left the bowl after slowing down gradually and I think it then got worse over the next few miles.

Given how well the car is running now, Jason thinks that a faulty plug could be the culprit.

I still have concerns, but those can wait until spring to investigate as, from now, the car is only going out on dry days for local runs. Options to investigate include:

  • removing the cats to check operation – but the fault can’t be caused by the exhaust as it would have affected cylinders 4 and 5 as well
  • some rolling-road work to check mapping – but it is a stock map and injectors are flowing ok

It would be nice if it was as simple as a faulty plug, but I want to be really sure before I return to Millbrook and CAT Driver Training for a 3rd time…

October 8, 2013

CAT driver training great, TVR not great

Filed under: TVR — Administrator @ 7:26 pm

Today was dissapointing. I drove to Millbrook full of hope, and left with the car on a transporter :(

It was supposed to be a 2-person training day for us, but our baby became unwell so my wife ended up staying at home. This is the Performance Driving Day with CAT Driver Training, who are the only driver training company with a base at Millbrook, and have an extremely good reputation.

What I wanted out of the day was:

  • To understand the behaviour of the TVR at speed and at the limits of grip (in a safe environment, not the public road)
  • To learn how to drive the car well and smoothly with 1 to 1 tuition and on lots of varied tracks and surfaces rather than an airfield or a trackday shared with many other cars.

We had been to CAT driver training before – In February 2012. This day was cut short in when, in the first session on threshold braking, we found the car had heavily rear-biased brakes. Colin kindly let us postpone the training until the car was sorted. This took a long time as I was then working away for a couple of months and we then had a baby. Given we were supposed to be doing a 2-person day, we waited until he was old enough to be left for a long day before re-booking. We have also spent a lot of time trying to sort out the brake bias, suspension and generally getting the car how I want it.

Brake bias work has involved:

  • AP racing adjustable bias valve fitted by TrackVRoad (not sure about the benefit of this)
  • New front and rear pads fitted by TVR Power to the correct AP racing specification (they designed the braking system)

There are a number of Pistonheads forum discussions and blog posts about this, but I haven’t got the energy to link to them now…

With this done, I thought the car was sorted, and had feedback from TVR garages that the bias felt correct when they had test-driven the car.

The drive there was fine and fast (leaving home at 6am), and I was pleased that where the Total garage had been in Mareston Moretaine, there is now a Shell station so I got a full tank of V-Power Nitro.

I arrived at Millbrook a little early so had sandwiches in the car park (2nd breafast), before meeting Colin. When Colin found out that Naomi was unable to come he immediately offered to rearrange  to another date, but he had already done that once for us, so I didn’t want to mess him about and we carried on with the day.

We started with a briefing, discussing what I wanted to get out of the day, and then headed out in his BMW to go on some of the tracks that we would be using and for some examples of car handling and work we would be doing later.

Lots of interesting cars out at Millbrook, including the new McLaren P1, which was interesting to see driving around.

We started the threshold braking on the mile straight, and immediately found the car was still too rear biased. I wound out the bias valve to the limit of its extent (where it rattles), and the bias improved, but it was still borderline and more rear biased than is ideal. We got plenty of heat into the brakes doing braking to a stop from 60 mph and then building up to 90. Colin throught it was a significant improvement on last time, and we could go ahead with the training, but it would benefit from fixing. We then discussed how hard it is to fix something like this without an engineering team at a track.

Moving on from brake work we went to the high-speed bowl to start with double lane change in lanes 1 and 2 at speeds from 30 to 40 mph, getting smooth fast steering input but keeping the throttle balanced to avoid accelerating / decelerating while we did so. This went well and the car was behaving.

We then went to the 2-mile banked circle for high-speed driving. This started at at 85 mph to see how the car felt, then up to 105 in the outside lane before stopping and having a chat about it. Compliance and bump steer was discussed and the need to let the cat do the work rather than putting in lots of little steering inputs in an attempt to compensate (I wasn’t doing much of this).

We went back out and took the car up to 130 mph with me concentrating on relaxing and it went quite well. I think it used all the rear suspension travel at one point and there was a tiny wheel / arch rub. Wind-noise was significant above 100 mph, but the car felt stable even over this quite lumpy surface. Colin was quite happy with the way it handled.

On the way back to CAT’s base for a break, I thought the exhaust note had changed (blowing?) and power seemed a bit flat at low revs. When we got there the car was very hot with a bit of smoke rising from the exhaust manifold and a burning smell, but we could see no evidence of fluid leaks. After coffee and a chat about how dissapointing the recurring brake issues were, as well as the change in exhaust noise. Colin kindly made an offer to help with brake testing when I had made progress on the problem, which was very generous.

We then headed out to do some heel and toe training. This went ok, but a lot of practice will be needed to get the hang of it. However, the car wasn’t sounding great through the lower part of the rev range, and Colin contacted control to see if we could get garage space to look at the car. They were able to accomodate us, and we had a garage with drive-on 4 post lift. Passing the McLaren P1, an MP4-12C and a few other interesting vehicles on the way.

Up on the ramp there was nothing visibly wrong or any leaks. A Millbrook mechanic turned up and helped inspect the car. An exhaust hanger on the rear box was quite cracked and was misssing the circlip that should secure it. The gearbox was very hot, but I believe that is normal due to the position of the cats (alongside it). No blowing was apparent from underneath when the car was running, but with a few revs it didn’t sound right. Colin also thought there was some pinking / knocking at low revs when trying to drive onto the ramp.

With the car not sounding right, and the exhaust seeming hotter than it should we headed back to CAT’s base for lunch (which had kindly been collected for us) and called it a day. With the car running badly it seemed too risky to drive it home so I called Jason at TVR Power  to discuss dropping it off before calling Britannia Rescue to arrange a pickup.

Colin again offer to complete the day when the problems were sorted, at least we were 1/2 way through. This is tremedously generous given it is the 2nd time this has happened and I can’t imagine many companies would be as understanding about problems with customer’s cars. He says it quite rare, but it happens. Probably not twice though…

I had a short wait at the back of the visitors car park, before an impressive low-loader came to collect me. Sufficiently low that the TVR could drive on (it was running enough to drive on). The transporter was from Guise Motors, and I had a very good chap with the chap (who had worked there for 35 years) about many aspects of car recovery on the way to Coventry.

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It was an impressively long arrangement with the load bed out.

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Loaded

The trip to TVR Power was fine, and after chatting with Jason I offloaded the car into TVR Power’s car park. It was still running ok at idle and slowly, but based on some of the driving around Millbrook towards the end, I think a motorway journey would have been a bad / terminal idea. This was 4pm, and I could get a lift home if I could get to Birmingham International for 5pm.

They could lend me a car, but only if I could return it by Saturday, and I have a busy few days coming up and who knows if it would be fixed. Dom’s Sagaris was there and he was on holiday, but apprently that is not the usual loan car :(

At TVR Power

An opportunity presented itself when their cleaner arrived to drop some things off and, with a little fuel money, a lift to Coventry station was provided. A quick train journey linked me up with a relaxing lift home in an XC90.

The car has been a dissapointment. I thought the brakes were fixed. I thought after the money spent on the car and a recent 12k service that I wouldn’t have problems. On the plus side, the suspension work by Neil Garner seems to have paid off and the car is handling well. Even if stopping isn’t quite right and accelerating is now an issue.

I will speak to Jason tomorrow afternoon about what they have found. A good outcome would be some exhaust blockage issue causing the poor running and extra heat. A bad outcome could be all sorts of engine related things…

CAT driver training have been great. Their offers to keep shifting the training are embarrassingly generous and I hope to take them up on it and put more business their way in future.

October 4, 2013

Good insurance quote from Manning

Filed under: TVR — Administrator @ 12:46 pm

The TVR is re-insured with Manning UK, who do special policies for TVRs.

Admittedly the mileage is being put down again…

  • 2011/2012 = 5000 miles, which we used all of.
  • 2012/2013 = 3000 miles, which we used only a bit over 1000 (new baby…)
  • 2013/2014 = 2000 miles, we shall see what we actually use.

Fully comp, legal cover, protected no claims for £290 seems good to me.

Having had some work done in the services I added notes of the suspension, brakes and exhaust to the policy which made no difference to the premium. Very happy with that.

Thankfully I have not had to make any claims, but Manning seem very good in my dealings so far. We discussed agreed value, which we could done at no charge, but I think there is enough of a market in Tamoras to know what a good condition low-mileage original car would go for so don’t see the point.

Hopefully we will get to make use of the free Trackday Cover, but not sure we will use much of the 45 days international cover included.

October 1, 2013

A day of free car detailing!

Filed under: TVR — Administrator @ 9:35 pm

Back in August I responded to a post on the Cotswold 3 Counties TVR Facebook page where Richard of Autocar Detailing was offering a free Enhancement Detail (worth £220), in return for use of photos of the photos and help with some text for an article in Sprint magazine.

I responded to this, and was pleased to hear that my car had been selected. As Richard was doing this for free, I was happy to do it on a day and in a place that suited him, so on a cloudy Tuesday I left home at 06:00 to travel the 80 miles to Shrewsbury. Leaving at that time thankfully avoids the awful traffic around Worcester and the M5/M6 junction wasn’t too bad either. After stopping for an expensive tank of V-Power Nitro just off Jn4 of the M54 I arrived too early (07:40) and spent some time in the Screwfix car park waiting for Richard who was leaving home.

Waiting at Screwfix

Richard arrived shortly after and we set off the the unit he uses when working from Shrewsbury, which is part of the Hawkstone Cars premesis, run by a helpful chap called Neil.

Car cleaning was a multi-stage process:

The cleaning started with snow foam to lift the dirt off followed by a rinse with a low-pressure washer to remove the snow foam.

The wash followed, using a lambswool mitt and the ‘two bucket’ approach (one to wash, the other to rinse the mitt), and with ‘grit guards’ in the buckets to help avoid the mitt picking up any grit off the bottom of the bucket. A straight back and forth motion was used to reduce the risk of any swirly marks.

Drying was by a microfibre towel (reduced risk of scratching compared to a chamois leather if any contaminants remain).

Wheel cleaning followed with some special wheel brushes (I need these) and a non-acidic cleaner. The car was then ready to head inside (after I had taken it round the block to dry the brakes off).

It was strange watching someone clean my car for me. This is something I have been doing for decades now and it didn’t feel right. But Richard was happy to explain what he was doing and I learned a lot of useful things.

Snow foam

2-bucket washing

 

Wheel cleaning

With the car moved inside the workshop, a clay bar and some lubricating spray was used to lift any remaining contamination on the surface before polishing could start.

Richard thought the paintwork was in pretty good condition overall with some slight swirling marks that he thought he could polish out. Perhaps he should have chosen a more challenging car, but that would come under the ‘correction’ side of detailing and be a lot more work than the 1 day we had.

Clay bar application

Start of polishing, with headlight masked and a tape strip to show before / after on a panel

Having seen some of the polishing done, Richard said the rest of the polishing was a bit I could probably miss, so he gave me a lift into town (plenty to see / do / eat in Shrewsbury), including Creative Audio, my favourite home cinema / Hi-Fi shop, before picking me up 3 hours later.

By 14:30, Richard had polished all the panels, and had done 3 of the 4 wheels with a sealing wax to help them repel brake dust.

Wheel sealing

With that done, it was time for 2 coats of hand-applied hard Carnauba wax with some drying time between.

Wax on (then wax off)

Richard also worked round the doors, boot, bonnet and around the small front / rear lights with a quick wax solution.

Cleaning the parts others may not.

The glass was done next. Cleaning was followed by the application of something special to the windscreen which helps water bead off it (and seemed to work on the drive home).

With that done, the car was ready. There are still the few paint chips on the nose and a couple of deeper marks, but overall it is very pleasing. You have to look closely to see any imperfections and the panels have a deep shine to them.

This was 8.5 hours work by Richard without really taking a break. And that is for a fairly small car. A lot of effort goes into the Enhancement Detail, and it seems to be something that is worth doing when a car could benefit from that level of attention.

Complete

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Richard after a day of hard work, and me after a day of watching and eating in town :o)

With this work done, there should be no need for me to wax the car for ~ 6 months (perhaps longer given its easy life in the garage).

And there should be no need to polish it for a long time. Hopefully with some of what I have learned about washing the car I can minimise the chance of it getting any new scratches / marks.

With the Enhancement Detail done, future cleaning could be done by myself, and perhaps making use of the Maintenance Detailing if required.

Sadly it was raining outside. This gave a chance for it to demonstrate some good beading with rain water and thankfully the rain stopped after 5 minutes and I had a dry drive the rest of the way home. Traffic round Worcester was awful though, I am glad I don’t have to do that every day.

Many thanks to Richard for his hard work during the day, and hopefully the future Sprint article will be useful to readers.

The list of products used is:

  • Krystal Kleen Blizard Snow Foam
  • Dodo Juice Basic of Bling wax safe wash
  • Washed two bucket meathod with Dodo Juice Trible Mitt using straight back and forth motion rinsing after half a panel
  • Patted dry with a Dodo Juice double touch drying towel
  • Clayed using Dodo Juice Supernatural clay bar and Autoglym clay lube
  • Machine polished 3M Extra fine compound and yellow pad
  • Cleansed with Dodo juice lime prime
  • Two layers of Dodo Juice supernatural wax
  • Wheels sealed with Poor Boys wheel sealant
  • Tyres dressed with Dodo Juice tyre and trim

In other news:

  • I now have a standard Tamora back box from Don1 of Pistonheads fame. This can be swapped on when I have concerns about noise, hopefully with some way to test the before / after levels properly
  • It is nearly time for our Performance Driving day with CAT Driver Training. This covers 5 skills (braking, high speed, under/oversteer, cornering and the Alipne circuit) and we are both doing it swapping in/out through the day. Hopefully all the work done on the car will pay off after the last attempt. CAT have been very good with letting us rearrange over this lengthy timescale.

September 8, 2013

September Shelsley Walsh Breakfast club

Filed under: TVR — Administrator @ 8:00 pm

Only one drive between the last breakfast club and this one. I went out on a Friday afternoon and encountered the UK slow drivers group on an outing all over Worcestershire which was frustrating. The TVR is only coming out every couple of weeks in order to have a long run and then it is tucked back in the garage.

The family stayed at home and I took my father along this time as I though the range of cars there would be of interest (they were).

It was a cool start today, so coats-on for the drive at 08:30 and quiet roads all the way there. No 20 mph Oldsmobile to follow for the last few miles. And unlike last month no short queue to get in. Turnout was a little quieter than normal, but still a good range of cars.

We were directed to park in a different place to our normal garage. Not sure why, but there was a TVR Griffith for company.

Tamora and Griffith

A few friends were there, bringing their interesting cars.

Colourful

Blurry Elan

There was a nice T350 in pearlescent paint

Also colourful

Nice R8 V10

Atom

After a good breakast and a long time spent looking at cars and talking to people we headed home later than expected. The drive back was a little warmer and the car was running very well. I am looking forward to Millbrook next month.

Here is a different view of the car, with the roof (inside its Leven bag). There is still a decent amount of boot space in front and behind the roof, which isn’t too hard to get in there. A powered  roof would be quicker, but that isn’t the TVR way which has the advantages of lightness and less to go wrong. I quite like the rear aspect of the TVR, but the curved surface always captures the photographer in the shot.

Roof panel in boot (in Leven bag)

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.

July 14, 2013

Sunny Shelsley and a service booked

Filed under: TVR — Administrator @ 4:41 pm

During the week I booked the TVR in for a service at TVR Power.

This has been a low mileage year. When we bought the car it was 9 years old and had 13,500 miles (only 1500 miles / year). We then did 5000 miles in the next year, which I think is respectable for a fun car. But this year will be little over 1000 due to the arrival of the baby and other things like getting the house ready for sale.

Chatting with Jason at TVR Power, we discussed getting a low-mileage or 6000 or 12,000 mile service. Having discussed it, we settled on  a 12,000 – Partly to keep the service history full, but also for peace of mind given it isn’t just about miles but about time.

As well as the service there is the question of a new starter motor (see this post), and fuel injector cleaning (see this post). That will all add to the cost, but if I want to keep the car in A1 condition, then it needs doing.

Having not been driven for a few weeks, just sitting in the garage in the trickle charger, I took the car for a roof-down drive on Saturday and it behaved well. This got through all my checks and the roof down ready for Sunday’s earlier start for the Shelsley Walsh Breakfast Club.

As before, our son (now 9 months old) went in the TVR with me, and my wife had a lift, this time in a friend’s Vauxhall Monaro, and another friend was with us in a Z4M. The drive out was fine, but there were some especially slow drivers around, including one 3-Series that was tremendously slow, but luckily stopped in a village and we could pass it. A little while later it arrived at Shelsley. When we arrived not long after 9 there was plenty of parking space. I joined the TVR parking section and my friends went to the ‘other car’ section.

Parked with S-Series TVRs

I quite like this aspect, even if the motoring press of 10 years ago didn’t.

Our friends’ cars

Breakfast was as good as ever. Lots of space to sit inside as everybody was enjoying the sun. I was quite happy to avoid the hot sun, and our little lad was content in his buggy being wheeled around. The buggy wasn’t an easy fit in the TVR (I would have had to remove wheels), but the Monaro had plenty of space :)

Enjoying his day out

There were plenty of cars to look at, and I had a chat with a few of the owners, as well as chatting about my own car which people seemed to like and be interested in. General summary I gave people is that it has been reliable but seems to be expensive to keep it that way.

The start

I do like these

Cars

Cool cars

Another one!

The drive back again had a plenty of slow drivers and a large farm vehicle. But there were a few opportunities for the TVR to make some noise and do a little overtaking. It really is quite loud and sounds good with the roof down. I tried to entertain the following friends with some full-throttle and plenty of pops and bangs on the over run.

It was quite warm on the drive back, but water temps held to 90 / 91 when we were in traffic for a short while. Our son slept through the return journey as he had going there.

It is now tucked up safely in the garage, possibly until the end of month service, although with this good weather there are plenty of reasons to get it out.

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