Wed Feb 10, 2021 12:28 pm
Norfolk Jim wrote:I had an 1850 Dolly but it was a money pit!!!! I drove from Bury St Eds to Norwich to see my girlfriend (now wife) and a spark plug came out the head!! Cost a fortune to have it helicoiled. I tried a Sprint but in the end bought a race tuned Cooper S 1360 (was 1275) which made Dolly Sprint look like a Toledo! It had 200 hp with twin, twin choke webers etc.......................
Wed Feb 10, 2021 1:05 pm
Wed Feb 10, 2021 8:10 pm
Norfolk Jim wrote:My Cooper was fine in any traffic as you could pull in or out the second carb when ever you wanted. Single carb was used for economy and around town but if you felt happy you pulled what used to be the heater knob this via a vacuum brought in second of the big webers. You then had around 125 miles with 2 full tanks lol!!! Engine would happily spin round to near 9000 rpm and from 6000 you got this deep growl from the racing cam. Only needed clutch around town as it had Jack Knight racing box so quick shift. Had an exhaust you could put your arm in! Wolfrace super slot wheels, twin Cibies to light up everywhere, Wood & PIckett interior, webasto roof, Corbeau race seats and harness and neat roll cage. Went like stink. It would do 60 in second gear with ease and 100 would come up stupidly quick in 3rd gear with engine screaming!!! Never did 0-60 but reckon around 4 secs. Never took it over 100 as rather scary in such small space. Sold to American off Mildenhall base (we lived in Newmarket in late 70's) who sadly killed himself in it 2 months later - hit a tree!!!!! Poor devil. There was an old chap who lived in Bury who serviced it for me every 3 months. I supplied stuff and he simply tinkered to keep it running perfect - he refused to drive it..................sold it for twice what I paid for it; wish I still had it.
Thu Feb 11, 2021 2:51 pm
Thu Feb 11, 2021 4:28 pm
Norfolk Jim wrote:Mine didn't look that fast as only obvious thing was exhaust size (which is what most people saw) and slightly extended wheel arches to cover the Wolfrace wheels.
Yeh the high lift cam lifted a long way and sometimes sounded like coming through bonnet at 9000 rpm, but mine would drive around town fine; you simply kept in a low gear if you wanted to move quick. From what I recall the engine was a 1275 from an Austin 1275 and was bored out by specialists to 1360 with the racing gas flowed head and race cam. Must admit it was great fun to drive round the small Suffolk roads where we lived. Exhaust was pretty quiet but then under power gave that deep Cooper growl and then howl. Nearest I've come to the noise was in sons JDM Honda Civic EK9 which revved freely to 7500 rpm - that had amazing sensation at 5500rpm when VTEC cut in of gaining a second power surge - wow.
Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:03 am