The Truth About Cars » triumph http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 03 May 2016 13:00:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Digestible Collectible: 1980 Triumph TR8 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/digestible-collectible-1980-triumph-tr8/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/digestible-collectible-1980-triumph-tr8/#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2016 14:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1287066 As I was born in late 1978, I’m a bit young to recall the Malaise era. One of my earliest memories in life is of John Hinckley’s assassination attempt on President Reagan, so most recollections I have of the cars of the time were on used car lots and, just as often, with the hood up roadside. […]

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As I was born in late 1978, I’m a bit young to recall the Malaise era. One of my earliest memories in life is of John Hinckley’s assassination attempt on President Reagan, so most recollections I have of the cars of the time were on used car lots and, just as often, with the hood up roadside. […]

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Piston Slap: A Triumph Over A Sticky Clutch? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/piston-slap-triumph-sticky-clutch/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/piston-slap-triumph-sticky-clutch/#comments Thu, 03 Dec 2015 13:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1231377 TTAC commentator krhodes1 writes: Hi Sajeev, Here is one for you and the B&B: ’74 (more or less) Triumph Spitfire with a clutch issue. The clutch feels “sticky”, doesn’t release smoothly, and makes starting off in first a little challenging. Otherwise, the clutch works fine once you are moving. A bit of background: the clutch and […]

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TTAC commentator krhodes1 writes: Hi Sajeev, Here is one for you and the B&B: ’74 (more or less) Triumph Spitfire with a clutch issue. The clutch feels “sticky”, doesn’t release smoothly, and makes starting off in first a little challenging. Otherwise, the clutch works fine once you are moving. A bit of background: the clutch and […]

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Crapwagon Poll: 1978 MGB vs. Triumph TR7 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/crapwagon-poll-1978-mgb-vs-triumph-tr7/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/crapwagon-poll-1978-mgb-vs-triumph-tr7/#comments Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1168234 Today, I’m asking the readers to look at a couple underappreciated classics. I’m lumping them under the Crapwagon banner, as they are relatively unloved developments of some special British roadsters. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a child of the Eighties, so hot hatches and poster-style supercars certainly appeal to me. However, like many gearheads, my […]

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Today, I’m asking the readers to look at a couple underappreciated classics. I’m lumping them under the Crapwagon banner, as they are relatively unloved developments of some special British roadsters. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a child of the Eighties, so hot hatches and poster-style supercars certainly appeal to me. However, like many gearheads, my […]

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Piston Slap: A Silver Arrow Through the Heart? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/piston-slap-silver-arrow-heart/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/piston-slap-silver-arrow-heart/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:47:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1001802 TTAC commentator confused1096 writes: Sajeev, I need some insight and good advice from yourself and the B & B. Here’s the problem: After my wife’s back surgery we no longer use my ’99 Buick Riviera Silver Arrow (#120) since it’s not comfortable for her to sit in (too low down, shape of seat etc.). We […]

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TTAC commentator confused1096 writes: Sajeev, I need some insight and good advice from yourself and the B & B. Here’s the problem: After my wife’s back surgery we no longer use my ’99 Buick Riviera Silver Arrow (#120) since it’s not comfortable for her to sit in (too low down, shape of seat etc.). We […]

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Junkyard Find: 1979 Triumph Spitfire 1500 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/junkyard-find-1979-triumph-spitfire-1500/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/junkyard-find-1979-triumph-spitfire-1500/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=862769 The low-value British or Italian sports car that sits in rough condition in a yard or driveway for decades, then takes that sad final journey to the local U-Wrench-It— it’s been a staple of the American self-service wrecking yard landscape for what seems like forever. The MGB and Fiat 124 Sport Spider are by far […]

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The low-value British or Italian sports car that sits in rough condition in a yard or driveway for decades, then takes that sad final journey to the local U-Wrench-It— it’s been a staple of the American self-service wrecking yard landscape for what seems like forever. The MGB and Fiat 124 Sport Spider are by far […]

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Crapwagon Outtake: Honda’s Turbo Triumph http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/crapwagon-outtake-hondas-turbo-triumph/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/crapwagon-outtake-hondas-turbo-triumph/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:20:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=857497   Honda is gearing up to launch the all-new, turbocharged Civic Type-R, but they’ve actually made a boosted Civic before. And it was badged as a Triumph. The last Triumph ever, in fact. Banovsky’s Car of the Day tells the story of the Triumph Acclaim Turbo, a badge engineering job between Honda and British Leyland […]

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  Honda is gearing up to launch the all-new, turbocharged Civic Type-R, but they’ve actually made a boosted Civic before. And it was badged as a Triumph. The last Triumph ever, in fact. Banovsky’s Car of the Day tells the story of the Triumph Acclaim Turbo, a badge engineering job between Honda and British Leyland […]

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Junkyard Find: 1967 Triumph Spitfire Mark III http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/junkyard-find-1967-triumph-spitfire-mark-iii/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/junkyard-find-1967-triumph-spitfire-mark-iii/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:00:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=737417 Some old cars have managed to maintain a steady trickle of fresh examples into self-serve wrecking yards since I began crawling around in such yards, back in 1981 or so. The kings of this phenomenon are, of course, the Fiat 124 Sport Spider (in a few years of this series we’ve seen this ’71, this […]

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Some old cars have managed to maintain a steady trickle of fresh examples into self-serve wrecking yards since I began crawling around in such yards, back in 1981 or so. The kings of this phenomenon are, of course, the Fiat 124 Sport Spider (in a few years of this series we’ve seen this ’71, this […]

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Junkyard Find: 1965 Triumph Spitfire http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/junkyard-find-1965-triumph-spitfire/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/junkyard-find-1965-triumph-spitfire/#comments Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:00:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=655762 By far the most numerous British sports car in junkyards these days— and, in fact, for the last few decades— is the MGB. We’ve seen many of these cars in this series, but today’s find is just the second Junkyard Find Spitfire, after this ’75. The Spitfire had a long production run, 19 years total, […]

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By far the most numerous British sports car in junkyards these days— and, in fact, for the last few decades— is the MGB. We’ve seen many of these cars in this series, but today’s find is just the second Junkyard Find Spitfire, after this ’75. The Spitfire had a long production run, 19 years total, […]

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Junkyard Find: 1980 Triumph TR7 With V8 V6 Swap http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/junkyard-find-1980-triumph-tr7-with-v8-swap/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/junkyard-find-1980-triumph-tr7-with-v8-swap/#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2012 14:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=431680 We’ve seen a couple of “poor man’s TR8” race cars in the 24 Hours of LeMons: you take a TR7 and drop a junkyard V8 out of a junked Land Rover into it. This works better than both the “really poor man’s TR8″ (a TR7 with Buick V6 swap), in the sense that it sounds […]

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We’ve seen a couple of “poor man’s TR8” race cars in the 24 Hours of LeMons: you take a TR7 and drop a junkyard V8 out of a junked Land Rover into it. This works better than both the “really poor man’s TR8″ (a TR7 with Buick V6 swap), in the sense that it sounds […]

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Junkyard Find: 1975 Triumph Spitfire http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/junkyard-find-1975-triumph-spitfire/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/junkyard-find-1975-triumph-spitfire/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2011 14:00:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419096 A less-than-perfect Spitfire, like the MGB, typically spends a decade or three as a get-around-to-it-someday project car under a tarp in the driveway… and then it’s off to the junkyard when reality finally sinks in. I haven’t seen a beater Spitfire for at least a decade now, so this is one of many smoked out […]

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A less-than-perfect Spitfire, like the MGB, typically spends a decade or three as a get-around-to-it-someday project car under a tarp in the driveway… and then it’s off to the junkyard when reality finally sinks in. I haven’t seen a beater Spitfire for at least a decade now, so this is one of many smoked out […]

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Quattroporte, Stretch Limo, Model T, and More: The Greatest Gathering of LeMons Cars In History! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/quattroporte-stretch-limo-model-t-and-more-the-greatest-gathering-of-lemons-cars-in-history/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/quattroporte-stretch-limo-model-t-and-more-the-greatest-gathering-of-lemons-cars-in-history/#comments Fri, 03 Dec 2010 15:30:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=375299 With nearly 180 entries, the 2010 Arse Freeze-a-Palooza will be the biggest 24 Hours of LeMons race in history, and it also promises to have the highest concentration of never-belonged-on-a-road-course awesome machinery ever gathered in one location. At this moment, I’m wearing the LeMons Supreme Court judicial robes and busting cheaters, which means that I’m […]

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With nearly 180 entries, the 2010 Arse Freeze-a-Palooza will be the biggest 24 Hours of LeMons race in history, and it also promises to have the highest concentration of never-belonged-on-a-road-course awesome machinery ever gathered in one location. At this moment, I’m wearing the LeMons Supreme Court judicial robes and busting cheaters, which means that I’m […]

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Piston Slap: TR4 Compression Depression…Or Not? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/piston-slap-tr4-compression-depression%e2%80%a6or-not/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/piston-slap-tr4-compression-depression%e2%80%a6or-not/#comments Wed, 28 Apr 2010 15:57:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=354573 Ken Dowd writes: I’ve got high compression readings of over 190 lbs on all cyls on my TR4.  The head has been reworked twice that I know of, about .050 has been shaved.  I got these readings after putting the engine back together with all new sleeves, pistons, rings and a head/valve job.  I CCed. […]

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Ken Dowd writes: I’ve got high compression readings of over 190 lbs on all cyls on my TR4.  The head has been reworked twice that I know of, about .050 has been shaved.  I got these readings after putting the engine back together with all new sleeves, pistons, rings and a head/valve job.  I CCed. […]

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Curbside Classic: Triumph TR-6 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/curbside-classic-triumph-tr-6/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/curbside-classic-triumph-tr-6/#comments Tue, 27 Apr 2010 14:31:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=354314 For decades, British roadsters had a spell on Americans. And the rivalry between the MG and Triumph, the two leading exponents of the genre, was legendary. They each had loyal adherents to the respective marques, and the stiff competition kept the improvements coming, even if not exactly at a breakneck pace. But by about the […]

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For decades, British roadsters had a spell on Americans. And the rivalry between the MG and Triumph, the two leading exponents of the genre, was legendary. They each had loyal adherents to the respective marques, and the stiff competition kept the improvements coming, even if not exactly at a breakneck pace. But by about the […]

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