We had our estate. Now we needed another car. It seems the group, as a whole, was a sucker for cars with names. When purplebargeken put Flipper up for sale on the Dolomite Club forum we jumped! Flipper is a Dolphin Grey 1300 Front Wheel Drive Triumph. Front Wheel Drive? We knew NOTHING about Triumph’s front wheel drive other than the engine stayed front-to-back instead of side-to-side. This meant that the engine actually sits on top of the transmission. I think we bought Flipper more to be around that setup and check it out more than anything else. We picked her up for a bargain but soon the bills began to mount. It seems somebody had repaired the shock tower with newspaper and bondo. This is not a good option for a car in which one planned to go travel 2000 miles in Europe.
This would have been a good time to write Flipper off but we’re not very bright so we poured over twice what we paid into the required repairs and still had a car that looked like this! Now you can plainly see that new front fender was properly installed. We decided against painting it to match so that we could share our brilliant story with any and all who asked! The truly amazing thing is how well Flipper drove. That little 1300 with a single carb really did well. It was truly the shock of the trip. The interior is red and in very good shape. The trick was to drive long enough to forget what the outside looked like and you thought you were in the best car out there!
We were in early 2013 and Doug had finally decided to pull the trigger. He found a white MK I 2000 Saloon on ebay. He had to spend some money on it but it was for things like tires and rubber bushings/mounts. You know, things that normally wear out. He didn’t have to rebuild that car! Lee and Tim were the caretakers for his car now named Casper. Those guys did a bang up job and really prepped Casper for the 10CR.
We were one car short. Billy Ray really wanted a Sprint and we had several get away at the last moment. Fortunately, I had become very good friends (well as good as one can be on the internet) with Jon Jackson. Jon makes an amazing brake upgrade for the Dolomite that has saved my life more times than I car to admit on this page. He had a Sprint and was considering parting with it. After a few months Rebecca completed our fleet. Now Jon is known for speed.He drives well and fast. He built his car to do the same.
We were six months out and in pretty good shape with The Mule, Flipper, Casper, and Rebecca. The finances were looking shockingly good for a guess of $1800 each two years earlier. But there was a big surprise waiting for us around the corner that nobody could have guessed.