After rescuing an original 1972 Dolomite from being scrapped after the original owner passed away last year, members of the Triumph Dolomite Club have set themselves quite a challenge as they plan to restore the car and have it running by the end of the show!
“It was only around the corner from me and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to rescue an honest one owner well looked after car,” explains stand co-ordinator James Shephard. “It’s sort of a barn find, or well a garage find!”
They intend to recommission the car over the three days show, having completed any welding beforehand. Jobs to tackle include replacing the complete braking system and the fuel system, before refitting the engine and gearbox. A refurbish radiator will also need to be installed along with a new stainless steel exhaust system.
The cooling system and steering will all be refurbished with new parts whilst an Lumenition Optronic electronic ignition system, Cibie halogen headlamps wiring in relays, will all be added.
James added: “Hopefully on Sunday evening, it will be in a position to put some fuel in the tank, start the car and drive her out of the show during breakdown. It is ambitious to say the least but it should be ready for an MOT on the Monday morning!”
The stand will be set up like a garage so that visitors can get a good view of what the club is doing, some may even be roped in to lending a hand.
You can see what the club is up against by viewing the car here
Or follow the car’s restoration thread on the Dolomite Club Forum which will be updated through the course of the weekend.
See the resto in progress in Hall 4, stand 462.