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Old Oct 22nd 2013, 11:56 am
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Originally Posted by Gordon Barlow
Here's a song about rag-tops, for all those who used to drive one. I worked the words of the chorus into a blog of mine in April this year called "Me and Miss Ohio". A Triumph TR-3 was the only NEW car I have ever bought, in 1967, newly married in the Bahamas. The TR-3 was not nearly as sexy as the TR-4, but by the time the 4 came out it was too late for me. Both models were called "Spitfire", I think.
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The "Spitfire" was a different model from the TR-x's. I recall that it was meant as competition for the Spridgets.
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Originally Posted by S Folinsky
The "Spitfire" was a different model from the TR-x's. I recall that it was meant as competition for the Spridgets.
Spot on. The Spitfire was a smaller car with totally different styling, like the MG Midget.
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Old Oct 22nd 2013, 12:48 pm
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Spot on. The Spitfire was a smaller car with totally different styling, like the MG Midget.
Yes, yes, you're quite right. I've just been on Google. These old farts and their false memories...! It was a Spitfire that we bought - not a TR-anything!
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Old Oct 22nd 2013, 12:59 pm
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Originally Posted by S Folinsky
The "Spitfire" was a different model from the TR-x's. I recall that it was meant as competition for the Spridgets.
Correct. The Triumph Spitfires were small, and very low two seaters. They were all very similar in appearance, and if I remember correctly the Marks I, II, and III all had 1200cc engines, but the last revision, the Mark IV, had a 1500cc engine. They resemble a motorised tea tray! The oddest thing about their appearance is that the highest point on the bodywork is significantly ahead of the windscreen.

I saw one near the town where Iive about four years ago. It headed off down the highway towards my home, so I followed it. It turned into my subdivision, and then into the cul de sac where I live, but whipped around at the end and rocketed back out before I managed to even try to flag the driver down.

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In later years, the Spitfire would have been (and probably was) dismissed as a chick's car, but we thought we were pretty cool back then, driving around with the rag-top down. Ours was white or cream. In 1970 in Perth (Australia) we bought a second-hand one in BRG, just like the one in Pulaski's photo. By that time I was losing my hair, and a half-bald bloke in a little convertible never looks cool! Never went down that road again.
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.... a half-bald bloke in a little convertible never looks cool! .....
Obviously it was time to move over to a Corvette!
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I had a TR-3A, with wire wheels. I think it was a lot sexier than the more boxy TR-4.

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The TR-3 was not nearly as sexy as the TR-4...
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The "Spitfire" was a different model from the TR-x's. I recall that it was meant as competition for the Spridgets.
In looking over this post, I am reminded of the Michelin TRX tires. My 1983 Peugeot 505S has those shoes. Expensive when baby needed new showes.
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Not very good tyres, either.
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Not very good tyres, either.
Beg to disagree -- ride and handling were excellent. BMW and Porsche used them for a reason. Also on Mustangs/Capris. However, because of the fact that they required special rims, there was really no secondary market [e.g. change over TO TRX].
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OK, if this thread is going to move into tyres, I'm looking for a recommendation....I've got a 2012 F150 that is going to need new tyres pretty soon. Currently has the original Pirelli Scorpion STR on it, which have lasted a touch shy of 30,000 miles. Don't need off-road capability, all mileage is town/highway, and about 20% is towing.

Any recommendations for the new tyres?
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OK, if this thread is going to move into tyres, I'm looking for a recommendation....I've got a 2012 F150 that is going to need new tyres pretty soon. Currently has the original Pirelli Scorpion STR on it, which have lasted a touch shy of 30,000 miles. Don't need off-road capability, all mileage is town/highway, and about 20% is towing.

Any recommendations for the new tyres?
My F250 has just racked up 60,000 miles on the stock Bridgestones that it came on. It'll need to be reshod before its inspection next April and I am almost certain to put the same (or as near as possible) tires back on it.
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OK, if this thread is going to move into tyres, I'm looking for a recommendation....I've got a 2012 F150 that is going to need new tyres pretty soon. Currently has the original Pirelli Scorpion STR on it, which have lasted a touch shy of 30,000 miles. Don't need off-road capability, all mileage is town/highway, and about 20% is towing.

Any recommendations for the new tyres?
Maybe hit up Tirerack.com and check out the reviews (and prices) there.
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Yeah, I'm looking at various sites, but struggling with the 4.8 star gazillion positive reviews for a $120 tire vs the 4.8 star similar ratings for a $200 tire....Although Ford must have a secret mine of gold plated tires, cos I asked the dealer, just for laughs, what he could do - $265/tire plus fitting/balancing!!
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Originally Posted by Yorkieabroad
Yeah, I'm looking at various sites, but struggling with the 4.8 star gazillion positive reviews for a $120 tire vs the 4.8 star similar ratings for a $200 tire....Although Ford must have a secret mine of gold plated tires, cos I asked the dealer, just for laughs, what he could do - $265/tire plus fitting/balancing!!
Can't help with the reviews, but I will say that I have had good experiences with the service from Tirerack. Hassle free.
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