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Not an AS but a beauty all the same.

Post by Paulmold on Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:05 am

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Re: Not an AS but a beauty all the same.

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Re: Not an AS but a beauty all the same.

Post by Johno on Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:48 pm

Cast a glance over the sellers other items soooooo tempting especially the Triumph Vitesse. Whistle1

I learnt to drive in the down market version of this the Triumph Herald, a car in advance of its time with independent suspension and disc brakes all round .

The Midget and Sprite look pretty good to hmmmmm. tap_fingers

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Re: Not an AS but a beauty all the same.

Post by Paulmold on Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:16 pm

I also learnt to drive in a Herald and had my mid-life crisis a few years back when I decided to get the sports car I never had so bought a Mk4 Spitfire. Having discovered just how difficult it was to get in and out of in my current physique, I sold it and bought a Mk1 Vitesse Convertible. I did like that car and the admiring glances it got.
Our first venture into motorhomes was around 15 years ago when we took a break from caravanning and bought a Mk2 Transit home-conversion with a solid-sided pop-up roof. The van was a bit of a money -pit but we liked the lifestyle, wanted something better, couldn't afford anything reasonable, so went back to caravanning until we got the Symphony almost 4 years ago. Our old transit was nowhere near as good as this Mk1 above.
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Re: Not an AS but a beauty all the same.

Post by deckie on Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:08 pm

Very nice, Paul allthumbz

We use to drool over owning one at the time !!

Another 'Herald' 'L' driver here .......... 'One point turns' in them smile!

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Re: Not an AS but a beauty all the same.

Post by Johno on Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:24 pm

The MK 1 Transit was a revelation to drive compared to other vans on the market in the late 60s, with its saloon car like handling I believe it became a favourite of the criminal fraternity along with I think the S type Jag', not that I drove Trannies on nefarious activities of course biggrin
The V 4 engine could be a bit juicy on short runs but I don't suppose that worried Ronnie and Reggie hugegrins
As well as being a motorhome anorak I guess I'm also a Trannie nerd allthumbz

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Re: Not an AS but a beauty all the same.

Post by Johno on Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:31 pm

deckie wrote:Very nice, Paul allthumbz

We use to drool over owning one at the time !!

Another 'Herald' 'L' driver here .......... 'One point turns' in them smile!

Brian

I'd completely forgotten the amazing turning circle the Heralds had as good as the black cabs of the time I reckon, it was rumoured that the front tyres could be rolled off of the rim if you turned to fast on full lock scratch head

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Nostalgia !!!

Post by Peter Brown on Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:13 pm

On a campsite somewhere near Windsor in 1970 I spent 3 months sleeping in the Bedford equivalent with 3 other chaps - I was in one of the top bunks. It was cheap but not romantic. Personal transport at the time was a Herald, when accompanied by the above 3 chaps, all 4 chassis outrigger members snapped off at once! Earlier I had a Morris 1000 that the front wheel kept dropping off and about that time was in a Rover 75 when the (forward opening) rear door came open and blew off at speed. A little later I bought my first brand new tyres, Pirelli radials, for my Triumph Spitfire - they lasted circa 4,000 miles!

I could go on about broken crankshafts and bent con-rods but you may form the idea that I was a bit rough - never.

Anyway, thanks for the memories.

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Re: Not an AS but a beauty all the same.

Post by Dutto on Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:09 pm

Johno wrote:...........

I learnt to drive in the down market version of this the Triumph Herald, a car in advance of its time with independent suspension and disc brakes all round .

.........

John,

........... and a "reserve" on the petrol tank and a "rust problem" on the bonnet and cills!!

When I sold mine a potential buyer actually turned up with a magnet and expected to stick it on the bonnet near the tie-down latches! tap_fingers tap_fingers

It was when fibre-glass fillers had just become popular and I was a major buyer!! up! up!

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Re: Not an AS but a beauty all the same.

Post by BobK on Sat Dec 22, 2012 2:52 pm

It may have had "round discs" but not discs all round !!! Rear were drums.

Had a few of them and still have the Standard Triumph official workshop manual (if anyone wants one)
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Re: Not an AS but a beauty all the same.

Post by Tommy-Darcy on Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:12 pm

Now that is cool up!

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Re: Not an AS but a beauty all the same.

Post by modelman on Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:32 pm

I had a Vittesse (2L six-pot Herald) in the early 70s, a real beut, I bought a scrap Hearald estate, chopped them both up, a bit of metal-bashing,
welding, then sprayed the latest colour 'Bronze-Yellow' with a matt black flash, Wide dished wheels & ended up with what I believe to be the only
Vittesse estate car going, a soppy little car with the Triumph 2000 engine, went like stink as well smile!


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Re: Not an AS but a beauty all the same.

Post by Dutto on Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:20 pm

modelman wrote: I had a Vittesse (2L six-pot Herald) in the early 70s, a real beut, I bought a scrap Hearald estate, chopped them both up, a bit of metal-bashing,
welding, then sprayed the latest colour 'Bronze-Yellow' with a matt black flash, Wide dished wheels & ended up with what I believe to be the only
Vittesse estate car going, a soppy little car with the Triumph 2000 engine, went like stink as well smile!


Nice to know the old "cut and shut" method worked so well for you! It was a perfectly acceptable practice in those days when a lot of cars still had a box-steel chassis. allthumbz

About the same time I treated myself to a new Ford Capri in a similar colour (I think "Arizona Gold" was the Ford name). wave

I really enjoyed that car, right up until a workmate said the colour looked like "Used nappy brown." and then followed up with "And I should know." based on the fact that he had five daughters under the age of nine! tap_fingers tap_fingers

I used to get my own back by telling him the sixth would have been a boy! allthumbz

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Re: Not an AS but a beauty all the same.

Post by Robbie on Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:58 pm

Thats one really sweet van, looks mint.

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