Joe Curry wrote:
> Thomas Dertz wrote:
> > After having seen some of the things you guys spell out TRIUMPH to be, I am
> > starting to get second thoughts about importing a LBC.
> > Untill now I have had the impression that as long as I am willing to pay
> > the extra $$$, it will be possible to get a restored and fairly reliable
> > car. Lately, however, I have begun to question this.
> > As I am no mechanic (I simply like the looks of cars like the Spitfire and
> > TR3): Will I be able to find a car that will not have to visit the garage
> > every 100 miles ? If so (and I know many of you do not like to answer
> > this) what prices should I expect for the mentioned cars of such quality in
> > the LA-area ?
> We tend to speak with our tongues in cheek regarding our beloved LBC's.
> Actually, these cars can be made to be fairly reliable daily drivers. But
> are of a different generation than what is expected today. They must be kept
> in tune and adjustment for them to be reliable. You don't have to be a
> mechanic (but it helps) in order to keep the cars running. It really isn't
> difficult to work on the cars and you'll find yourself doing so out of
> affection more than necessity.
> What you have to remember is they cars are now "old". If you get one that has
> been completely gone through and refurbished, you may have to pay a fairly
> steep price, but if done properly, the car should be as reliable as a late
> model (taking into consideration that routine maintenance is required more
> Don't let seemingly negative statements deter you from buying a Triumph. We
> owners want people to think we suffer more than we actually do. And if you
> weigh the utter joy we derive from driving the cars against the problems we
> have, the fun far overshadows the pain.
> Best Regards,
> Joe Curry '63 Spitfire (FC4505L)
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Joe, just could not resist, good job on your part, they are fun in every