1977 Triumph 2500TC 2.5 from Australia and New Zealand
A genuinely practical classic
Water pump leaked - replaced with a used item for $50.
Driveshaft UJ replaced - worn - WOF failure.
New shocks fitted - originals past their best - discretionary decision.
Ballast resistor failed - replaced, $10.
Brake master cylinder - leaking - replaced with new.
Alternator - new brushes and bearings - routine wear and tear.
Paint faded - resprayed.
Driver seat clips broken - easily fixed.
Steering rack boots replaced - small tears - WOF failure.
Tie rod end worn - WOF failure.
Engine mounts - collapsed - easily replaced.
Very tidy, low mileage unit in everyday service.
Very comfortable and easy to drive (despite no P/S).
Very easy to work on and maintain.
Most "failure" items are simply due to normal wear and tear over 30 years - and I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so anything looking poor is fixed to as-new.
Bit downside is fuel consumption - 18-19mpg around town - the autobox is the guilty party here.
Would I buy another one? You bet! (But a manual with overdrive this time.)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th December, 2010