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#466 jonlad

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 07:06 PM

don't lose that p clip on number 1 spark plug :lol:



#467 MrBounce

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Posted 31 December 2017 - 12:38 PM

There will be precious little work done on Zippy in the next month or so as we have the delights of a house move to sort out. That said, I have managed to do one small thing I have wanted to do since buying the car: sort the fuel cap properly. The problem I had wasn't the cap itself - I'd reconditioned it by giving it a coat of fresh paint and replacing the knackered foam with some fuel-proof rubber. That said, it wasn't perfect and the seal was knackered. All the Triumph TR7 specialists do not stock a new seal for the big cap (this was only used on the early TR7 fixedhead models for about 18 months) and I have never been able to find one on the bay of e. I then decided to search on the TR7 forum on the off chance. It turns out that one of the members has indeed commissioned new ones at the decent price of £12.50 including delivery. So a brief email exchange and some excellent work by Postman Pat saw the new items on my doormat yesterday.
 
Fitting was relatively straightforward (although getting the screws undone is awkward as you have to angle the screwdriver), and it was eventually all back together and looking VERY smart. I shall report more once Zippy has been moved to his new home.
 
New seal and foam backing obtained from the extremely helpful TR7 forum
 
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Old seal really was in a dreadful state
 
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All fitted back together on the bench
 
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And a view from the front. Lovely.
 
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Posted 20 January 2018 - 02:50 PM

As there 's an imminent house move in the Bounce household, Zippy needed to go to a "temporary new home" as I really didn't want to juggle all the fun of moving house along with the delights of car/trailer interfacing on the same day. What did I do in this situation? Call on my car-friendly mates, that's what. So Mr T, the Man of the Chair & Plank all popped round with a Volvo and a trailer plus the necessary muscle to get it up the ramps. Typically we'd chosen the worst possible day for all this - it was absolutely chucking it down. All that was needed was the kettle and a tub of Roses to keep everyone happy. 
 
Zippy was easy enough to get out of the garage, down the driveway and on to the ramps, mainly because I currently live on a hill, but also because of the fact that he weighs about the same as a crisp packet with wheels. He was soon up in the trailer and strapped down. Given that the trailer was specifically designed for Mini transportation, and Zippy's that little bit longer, it was a tight squeeze length-wise but all was soon sorted. I will get him back one we've moved in to our new pad.
 
Out of the soon-to-be-old garage.
 
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Belligerent orange Midas ignores driveway sign in pouring rain.
 
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In the trailer and strapped down. Time for a voyage!
 
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It was a bit tight in there!!
 
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Edited by MrBounce, 20 January 2018 - 02:56 PM.


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Posted 16 February 2018 - 05:02 PM

New house (well bungalow, actually), new garage, new home for Zippy.
 
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