Way back in the days of yore when is was but a mere youth the first TR7 was
launched and there I was in the workshop and the transporter had arrived
with this secret car that was going to be launched at the motor show (a
major deal!) That car was the first 4 speed Speke built TR TR7 a Java Green
4 speed. I done the PDI on that car and half of the electrical things did
not work, the rear lights let the water in, the headlamps jammed half up (or
closed depending upon your outlook on life) In short it was a total joke!
Ok today I was rebuilding the transmission on a very late TR8, The car is
superb, 130k miles almost no wear on anything and the owner says that at 15k
he had the ign amp replaced under warranty, and since then nothing but
normal service work. He is now getting a 4.9 liter engine fitted plus a
whole host of other goodies, it is going to be a present for his son.
In my opinion if the early cars had been as good as these later ones were,
then history may well have been different.!
John J Black
Waterloo Drivetrain Systems
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Subject: Re: Re:TR7 "design"
I would not disagree. Tho my car was not a Skepe car, the overall build
quality was only somewhat better than Speke cars I looked over.
As many before me have said, if the TR8 had come sharply on the heels of (or
before) the TR7, what a difference. I would have bought into the styling for
the sake of that engine!
I guess one of my real issues with the wedge was the return to the tiny
roller-skate wheels after years of gutsy-looking TR's with the hallmark
wheels for the age. Looked great. Perhaps if the car was a bit more like the
AC3000 in terms of style, it would have nee a bit more atttractive
(admittedly, a subjective thing as you mention.
Always just an opinion!
In a message dated 10/26/2000 6:15:43 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< If you had reliability problems with your TR7 it is probably due to the
fact that it was an early model built in the Spoeke factory that is
infamous for the labour problems and employee moral. If you were
disatisfied with the horsepower then you should drive a TR8! All cars sold
in the US in the late 70's fell short of expectations in this department
and those sold elsewhere were more rewarding to drive. The TR8 compensated
for this with cubic inches. Even today, compared to the modern cars
enjoying the technical and performance advances of the last 20 years the
TR8 compares favorably in not just acceleration but in handling and ride
comfort to boot!
But if image is paramont, drive a TR3! Nothing gets looks and comments
like a TR3! >>