Today I made a visit to my friend Richard who is halfway through restoring his Triumph Dolomite from the ground up, Ive followed hos efforts from the start and if Im brutally honest, Rich is doing a fine job, no corners being cut and a lengthy, meticulous effort is going into each and every section of the car.
Lack of a garage was no deterrent and certainly didnt put Rich off from facing this monumental task, something thats been his life goal from the start of him becoming a man, ever since dabbling into the world of the Dolomite, after the car suffering some mistreatment and bodge repairs that done badly in the cars past, these efforts left the car failing to stay road worthy and subsiquently left laid up and gathering dust in Richards lock up, waiting for the perfect time and money situation, Richard bide his time and fought the urge to do another quick fix to see the car return to road use.
Fortunately for Richard, between his home and his grandfathers, theres a decent plot of land sizable enough for a garage, but not looking to erect a built unit, Richard and his family instead looked into using a far simpler and more economical pop up garage, releasing further funds into the restoration.
With encouragement from his Uncle, an experienced and keen car fettler himself, the restoration begun, stripping the car to its bare laurels, every nut and bolt, every fixing, the car was to be overturned to get every nook and cranny attended to, so with help from his grandfather, who was a time served carpenter with skills reaching into metal work and fabrication, between the three they built a nifty homemade roll over Jig, beefy enough to turn the dolomite over and lock into place, the cars gremlins had no place to hide!
With the Dolomite now back to bare metal, the car was rooted out of its rusty past, and at a turning point in its some 30 years of life, it was tin worm free!
A perfect base to build apon then?
Richard never planned to simply restore the 70s icon, but improve on Triumphs efforts and make the end result more worth his attention and money, something that would catch eyes and bring a grin to Richards face when faced with a B road.
Wide bolt on fibreglass arches, a Sprint engine running on twin Webber DCOE's, sound deadened, perspex windows Debumpered and finished in a gloss black topcoat including the underbody, Richard really plans to make a sorted Dolomite, and it will check off a big life achievement from his scrap book, something he can enjoy and be proud of.
Talking to Richard about his efforts thus far, his pride is eminent, and hes all to keen to point out and remark at his alterations and workmanship, that both him and his invaluable uncle have achieved so far.
the body work side of the restoration is almost at its end, with the underside painted, the engine bay smoothed out, painted and polished, the body bare metal, fillered and preped, its only a spray job away from the next stage, the mechanicals
Things are well on track for Richards Dolomite, and im eager to see the progression of its restoration, once the suspension is being offered up to the car I will continue my report!
But for now, the project is at the mercy of the sand blasting company who is primarily taking care of the running gear prior to painting by Richard and Robert his uncle.