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Old 5 Jan 2009, 10:46 (Ref:2365544)   #31
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............... Re it's spec, it does not have FIA papers but is probably one of the most standard Griffs you'll find racing. No wide arches, large wheels, electronic ignition, non-period block, huge manifolds etc. We run with a fully carpeted interior although have taken the spare seat out. The car is fully road legal and has just made it through yet another MOT.

The reason we haven't got FIA papers is that it runs the Ford Granada uprights, which were allowed for many years by the FIA, right up to the point we were going to put our papers in (early 2002 I think). We've made the decision to stick with the uprights rather than go back to trunions from a safety aspect. Even then, we've had some failures....

Engine is to FIA spec but we have fairly small manifolds as we don't want to cut into the foot well to stick anything bigger on - it's already tight in there. It probably has about 320-350bhp - most of the FIA cars are running 400+ bhp and certainly need the bigger wheels and tyres (and wheel arches).

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I understand the cooling system is now sorted Louise?
Where on earth did you get the front trunnions from?.

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Old 5 Jan 2009, 11:12 (Ref:2365559)   #32
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Hi TB. Cooling been sorted for some time thanks and it ran brilliantly at Daytona heat wise. No trunnions for us - still got the Chris Schirle uprights/hubs etc. I'd be very interested in finding out what trunnions people are using and how often they check them etc.
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Old 5 Jan 2009, 11:16 (Ref:2365562)   #33
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I know it ain't a Griffiths 200/400 but what was that 5000 that Pete Wheeler raced with us last year in the Heritage ? I know it looked a "Bitsa"
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Old 5 Jan 2009, 11:20 (Ref:2365564)   #34
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Just to clarify the Granada upright situation. About five years ago I was asked whether the Granada upright was legal, replied of course not and was then told all the TVR's were running them. By chance I was on a local trading estate in Martock Somerset doing something else and stumbled upon an organisation called the Granada centre. I went in and asked if they had any Granada front uprights. I was asked whether I wanted the early or the late type, and now flummoxed replied that I wanted them for my TVR Griffiths.
Ah, goes the man you want early types, sorry we have none of those and any we get we have a standing order from a man called Chris Schirle !!
I then went to the Oldtimer GP and we looked at all the TVR to find only one with the correct front suspension -but he had roller rockers. I then had a huge row with the German scrutes who wanted the roller rockers excluded before the event whilst I wanted them excluded afterwards so I could show the stewards right and wrong on the uprights.
Sadly despite this the FIA stewards did nothing on the day and took a year to deal with the issues which arose whilst a Griffiths which I knew to be wrong won the FIA championship.
The joys of it all you will never know.........

As an aside I hear all this safety stuff about Griffiths, it is probablty true, but if the car is not safe don't race it , it is not obligatory. In thirty years in Historic eligiblity I have yet to meet a competitors safety modificatiuon which makes a car slower.
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Old 5 Jan 2009, 11:25 (Ref:2365568)   #35
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Hi TB. Cooling been sorted for some time thanks and it ran brilliantly at Daytona heat wise. No trunnions for us - still got the Chris Schirle uprights/hubs etc. I'd be very interested in finding out what trunnions people are using and how often they check them etc.
They are having to use the Stanpart Herald originals,some are using the GT6 versions with the thicker stub axles but the problem is in the bottom bronze swivvle,not the stub.Two races maximum before crack testing,possibly four before replacing the bottom joint depending on race duration.
Jeremy obviously types faster than I!I think the biggest "Safety Issue" is with the Rear Uprights,they are getting old and brittle and impossible to find these days,hence the reason for the fabricated ones we did at CMS,no speed difference,just nice to know you could do a race with all four still in touch with the car.
Fairly similar situation to non-homologated MGB wheels?

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Old 5 Jan 2009, 11:35 (Ref:2365575)   #36
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I know it ain't a Griffiths 200/400 but what was that 5000 that Pete Wheeler raced with us last year in the Heritage ? I know it looked a "Bitsa"
Gordon, these cars do not seem to be well documented in TVR books but the 5000M driven by Peter Wheeler was one of 10 part built 3000Ms sent to Canada in 1970 and fitted with Ford V8 289 engines (nothing new there, then!). (Source - EVO 124).
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They are having to use the Stanpart Herald originals,some are using the GT6 versions with the thicker stub axles but the problem is in the bottom bronze swivvle,not the stub.Two races maximum before crack testing,possibly four before replacing the bottom joint depending on race duration.
I am aware of the weight difference but I can't recall an Elan having the same problem, Road or track. They must just cope (typical Colin Chapman) !
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Gordon, these cars do not seem to be well documented in TVR books but the 5000M driven by Peter Wheeler was one of 10 part built 3000Ms sent to Canada in 1970 and fitted with Ford V8 289 engines (nothing new there, then!). (Source - EVO 124).
Did Uncle Tom find it for him
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They are having to use the Stanpart Herald originals,some are using the GT6 versions with the thicker stub axles but the problem is in the bottom bronze swivvle,not the stub.Two races maximum before crack testing,possibly four before replacing the bottom joint depending on race duration.
Jeremy obviously types faster than I!I think the biggest "Safety Issue" is with the Rear Uprights,they are getting old and brittle and impossible to find these days,hence the reason for the fabricated ones we did at CMS,no speed difference,just nice to know you could do a race with all four still in touch with the car.
Fairly similar situation to non-homologated MGB wheels?
Funny that Terry I understood the real problem was that the hole for the quill shaft to go through on the original meant that the modern engine power needs a larger quill shaft so a larger hole in the newly fabricated rear upright ''On safety grounds'' solved the problem
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The Niek van Gils Schirle build TVR Griffith was once owned by Serge van Havre who did FIA GT with it in the 90ties
Does anyone know who ownes another TVR Griffith by Schirle which was raced by Carl Roslund from Finland in 2002 . It was owned by Jos Koster (NL) in the nineties.
And then we had this strange BRG/Nato green griffith 400 raced by a german round 2000.
But in this list do we talk about the real 1965 griffiths or are continuations
included as well? we could end up with 2 cars on one number from time to time................
And then we have ofcourse king Frits Kremers Griffith which ofcourse won the Spa 6 hours in 1995. .......................should be in the list It looks like a griffith like they all do but are they like the sixties griffiths.....
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Found in a garage, January of last year, for £1200! Apart from the obvious TVR link, there is another link to this thread as apparently Wheeler, who wanted to do the Heritage GT series in a TVR, couldn't fit his tall frame into .... the earlier Griffith body (same source).

Edit - this in response to Gordon's #38.
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Old 5 Jan 2009, 11:53 (Ref:2365588)   #42
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I understand that a totally un altered Griffiths turned up in the paddock at Spa last September and that a complete set of photos and dimensions were taken from the car to be used once and for all as the definitive suspension layout/dimension/pick up points for the car from here on in.
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Found in a garage, January of last year, for £1200! Apart from the obvious TVR link, there is another link to this thread as apparently Wheeler, who wanted to do the Heritage GT series in a TVR, couldn't fit his tall frame into .... the earlier Griffith body (same source).
I'd go along with that, I'm 6ft 2in and Pete towers above me
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Funny that Terry I understood the real problem was that the hole for the quill shaft to go through on the original meant that the modern engine power needs a larger quill shaft so a larger hole in the newly fabricated rear upright ''On safety grounds'' solved the problem
Ah,yes,well------ But seriously[belive it or not] The rears suffered because of the bottom location pin,the material,ie,cast alloy used to crack baddly and the pin would escape!
Esper,the King Fritz car was the first Joe Ward car.Cant for the life of me remember the chassis number though.Then of course there was the other car we looked after for Michael Hess,it was timed at 178mph down Dottinger Hohe,then the roof blew off because Michael opened his window!!
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esper, I'm after all of them in regards to info. It doesn't surprise me that some are not exactly original, but this thread was never intended to be a witch hunt to expose those, but it would be good to document them all wouldn't it? These cars just interest me greatly and if during the course of this we get chassis nos etc, all the better.
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