[May 26 2009]:
OK, here we go with a new season. Took Dotti for a drive a few weeks
back. Absolutely no problems what so ever. Just turned the ignition
on, hit the start button and she fired up like that. Changed oil,
break fluid and rinsed out coolant, and that's it!
[November 13 2007]:
Well, summer is indeed over for this time here in Norway. I haven't
updated the diary in way too long, so I'd thought it was time to add
some new scans to the site. Hope you'll enjoy them! More to come in
the coming weeks, months and years... In a few days, I will trailer
Dotti to Trysil in order to fix the dents from last summers
incidents with the Hanomag, so that the insurance company can pay me
the cash. Have no major plans for Dotti this winter as I have
started on my new project, the TR5, and the Lambretta 150LD, and I
just bought a new house that needs to be totally refurbished, so I
guess I won't have time for more this winter. Keep you posted on
progress, and will hopefully post pictures form the dent job in a
few weeks time.
[April 27 2007]:
Got my model car of Dotti from Geoff Sear last week. The car look
great! Geoff managed to get it almost the same colour as it is, and
even got the original number plates correct! Fantastic job! And what
a collector's item!
[April 24 2007]:
Well, got the rad back the other day - in perfect condition with new
super flow core and fresh painted black! Back in the car this coming
weekend, and back on the road, finally.
[April 10 2007]:
Springtime! Spent the day in the workshop yesterday in order to
prepare Dotti for the season. Changed the oil and filter, renewed
break fluid and bleed the breakes. A great day until it was time to
lower the car from the axelstands... Bang! The jack slipped and hit
the bottom end of the radiator. It was indeed not a good feeling or
sound and the radiator unfortunately had to come out. Took it to the
radiator shop this morning in order to fix it. Hope to have it back
early next week. So typical me.
[January 27 2007]:
My friend Per and I booked ferry tickets to UK on Wednesday. Leaving Stavanger for
Newcastle on the 5th July, going back on the 14th July from Newcastle to
Stavanger. Plan to go to TSSC International 7. - 8. July in
Stafford. Anyone up for a meet somewhere, please give me a notice
either on email or phone +47 91161778.
[January 20 2007]:
Moved to a new workshop/garage today. Didn't have the trailer
available, so I had to drive Dotti 12km in snow storm! It went well,
but it was freezing without windscreen and just googles. Had to wipe
the goggles for snow every 20-30 sec. Took it real easy, couse
without stud tyres, the back end wanted to go somewhere else than me.
[January 1 2007]:
What a beautiful day! Woke up after New Year's celebration without a
hangover! Decided to take Dotti for a spin in no-snow-Oslo for the
annual 28th REAL SPRING ASSEMBLY for open top cars without heaters!
Always on the year's first day, this is a crazy mix of old and new
cars, motorcycles, military vehicles, etc. etc. ranging from 1909
till 2007! The trip goes from down town Oslo (Universitetsplassen on
Karl Johan Street) up to Frognerseteren (on top of and with a
marvelous view of Oslo on 466 m.a.s.). Ice cream and coffee is
[September 16 2006]:
Took of the windscreen today in order to make a frame to mount
aeroscreens on. Will make it fit in the original mounting holes for
the windscreen, so it will be easier to swap over. Pictures to come...
[July 27 2006]:
Made up my mind - will go for alternator. Ordered one from Moss
today. Have already made arrangements for the change over, switched
polarity to negative ground, just waiting for the alternator to show
[July 25 2006]:
Removed dynamo today, and it is totally smashed inside. Perhaps a
good time to change over to an alternator?
[July 22 2006]:
My friend Per in his Triumph Vitesse and myself in Dotti made the
trip to Sweden for the annual Triumph meet held in Katrineholm, a 5
hours drive from Oslo. 1/2 hour outside Katrineholm Dotti's charging
lamp started to glow worringly red, and upon arrival in Katrineholm,
no charging was measured, and I feared that the dynamo was dead.
Didn't bring any spares, so on the way back to Oslo I swapped
battery with Per 2 times and made it home without any problem. Will
have to remove it and check it out. Great party though!
[July 18 2006]:
Have been taking Dotti out for a few trips so far this summer.
Unfortunately not as much as I wanted to, but overall satisfied.
Considering a trip to Sweden this coming weekend, depends on the
weather and of course if my better half allows me to go... Dotti is
performing great, no problems at all so far, which is great when
thinking about it, as she is a 52 year old vehicle without any major
[June 22 2006]:
Went on a really nice trip last Sunday together with my girlfriend.
Drove from Oslo to Modum to see Blaafarveværket [www.blaa.no], old
cobalt mines an hour and a half from Oslo. Parked outside late
Sunday evening, and when I came out Monday morning the rear left
wing was in this shape... Luckily, I actually noticed the car
standing next to me the night before, so I knew who to contact. He
admitted it right away, and we met that same afternoon to clear
things out. He had an old Hanomag-Henschel camper from the 70's and
it was his bumper who caused the damage. So, this coming winter will
be busy with a few dents to attend to.
[June 15 2006]:
The trip to Fagernes and beyond for the 2006 TON meet went very well.
Now the OD seems to work flawlessly as well, and no problems what so
ever during the trip, about 500 miles.
[June 9 2006]:
Finally! Back on the road last night. Did a shake down and
everything seems to be in order, except that the overdrive comes and
goes. I guess just a electrical issue. Now off to the annual Triumph
meet, will post pictures over the weekend.
[May 29 2006]:
Well, I hoped to be back on the road by now, but obviously it's not
that easy. After installing the new, eehm, old, TR4 axle this
weekend, I suddenly realised that the 4 U-bolts holding the axle to
the spring, didn't fit the slightly thicker axle. Went to a
blacksmith this morning, and he will make me a new set of clamps to
fit the Girling axle. Hopefully ready by the end of this week, or
early next week. Everything else is installed and ready, it is just the
U-bolts missing. Must be ready by the 9th June as it's the annual
Triumphs of Norway meet that weekend.
[May 26 2006]:
Went to Sweden yestreday to pick up a TR4 rear axle from a fellow
Triumph enthusiast in Örebro. This will be installed this weekend,
and then finally back on the road!
[May 24 2006]:
Finally got my FIVA registration papers and identity card in the
[May 22 2006]:
OK, finally found out the source to the problem. The probelm was
never the clutch, it was actually the rear left half shaft in the
axle. I guess the photo speaks for itself... Click on it to see it
more clearly. Now a new shaft is sourced. Obviously, I also needed
to split the diff in order to get the leftovers from the shaft out,
and by that a complete overhaul is taking place. Typical for me to
postpone this work until now, not doing it over the winter when I
actually had the time to do it.
[May 19 2006]:
After removing the gearbox again and meassuring the thrust bearing,
I found that it was thicker than the old one.
But that doesn't seem to be the problem. I know think the problem
itself is the rear axle. When jacked up the clutch now operates
correctly, but again, when down on the ground there is some noice
coming from the rear axel, and obviously no action forward, and I
actually think it has been the problem all along. When rear of the
car is jacked up, and in gear, I can hold the rear wheels still
easily without problems, and there is a clicking noice from the axle
itself. Anyone experienced the same? Or got a "simple" solution to the
problem? I will tomorrow remove the axle and my guess is that it's
time for a total overhaul, sad but true.
[May 3 2006]:
Engine and gearbox back in, but still having problems. Clutch will
not engage correctly. When car is jacked up, the wheels are spinning
when in gear, but as soon as on th eground, there is no power to
drive them around. Have adjusted fork on slave, and have ordered
slave cylinder kit and a new flexible hose as the old one is a bit
soft... If you have any other solutions, please let me know: email@example.com
[April 24 2006]:
Replaced clutch last weekend. Had to pull both engine and gearbox in
order to fix it. Too tight fit so found it easier to remove
everything for the job. Engine and box back in yesterday afternoon.
Silencer was rotten, so will build a new exhaust system as well.
Parts bought Saturday, will get it together this week, and be back
on the road Saturday next. While engine out, I also removed the
cartridge oil filter and replaced it with a spin-on adapter. It will
make the oil change so much easier. Replaced gearbox oil as well, or
filled the box with oil I should say. Hardly any oil at all in there!
2-3 more hours of work and then jump in behind the steering wheel!
[April 3 2006]:
Still haven't had the time to replace the clutch, but have now
finished dismantling and will be ready for the job in a couple of
days. Shame I will be travelling during Easter, so will not be back
on the road until late April. Finally got the new clutch from Moss
as well, after first having received a TR4A - TR6 clutch. But, it
comes handy when I start my TR5 project sometime next winter :-)
Also started planning this year's roadtrip - it will probably be
North-Norway's Lofoten area for 10 days or so. Keep you posted!
[March 30 2006]:
Will finally have the time to finish dismantling and prepare for
clutch replacement this weekend. Just another beautiful day - can't
wait to get it ready for the road again.
[February 5 2006]: Just moved to a new workshop, and have ordered a new clutch from
Moss Europe. Started dismantling in order to replace the clutch in a
couple of weeks time.
[September 4 2005]:
Driving up to Grefsenkollen in Oslo, the clutch failed on me and I
will now put Dotti away for this season and will have to replace it
during the coming winter months.
[August 26-28 2005]:
Took Dotti to the annual Triumphs of Norway meet, driving in rush
hour traffic out of Oslo on Friday heading for old silver mine city
of Kongsberg, a 200 mile round-trip without problems. Had to deliver
back the challenge cup trophy showing that Dotti was Car of the Show
[August 24 2005]: Had to
replace the left rear wheel bearing. About time, looked like it had
not been touched in 55 years! Topped up the axle with GL4 oil.
[July 22 2005]:
Two weeks ago we took
Dotti on a week long trip to Swedish island Gotland. Driving from
Oslo straight across Sweden to Nynäshamn just south of the swedish
capital Stockholm, then a 3 1/2 hours ferry crossing to the city of
Visby, a beautiful medieval city, with lots of Viking- and Hanseatic
history. Driving around the island a few days in
weather, before our journey continued by ferry from Visby to
mainland city Oscarshamn, just north of the city of Kalmar. Kalmar
Castle is for us scandinavians a very important place as the Kalmar
Treaty was signed here in 1397, uniting Denmark, Sweden and Norway [the
Kalmar Union]. From there we headed back towards Oslo, visiting
world famous glass work Orrefors en route. We didn't have any major
problems with the car, but I will now replaced the LHS rear wheel
bearing as there are some noise occuring from the rear, and after
replacing the other side a couple of years ago, I guess it's time to
do it. Both bearing and oil seal is on its way from Moss Europe.
Once again, Dotti has proved that she is a car that you can trust,
as long as she gets a little tender love and care! Distance
travelled: 1069 miles.!