Celebrating 5 years of Dandy Classics

5 years ago, I turned my passion for motoring icons into a business. What started as a small shop developed into a 1500 m2 showroom, storage facility and parts warehouse. During these 5 years I have been lucky to meet a lot of fellow enthusiasts, helping them realise their dreams on wheels, or pass them on to someone else. In and out came a wide variety of cars, that attracted a wide variety of folks, all with a shared passion. Classic cars stir up emotions, inspire and connect people.

Rusty wrecks were rescued from leaky barns, shipped across the world and passed on to skillful enthusiasts. No doubt these cars have put their new owners to the test. Greasy fingernails, welding burns and bloody knuckles are just some of the physical discomforts that come with a restoration. The mental challenge is one of hardship and discipline, learning new skills and bringing that big project to an end. The biggest reward comes at the end. Finally that big smile on your face when you are able to drive your own crystallised blood sweat and tears; 'I love it when a plan comes together'.

Developing Dandy Classics is a journey comparable with the restoration of a classic car. It's a story of ups and downs, of perseverance and dedicated attention. Two major developments were creating a 2000 article web shop and establishing a dedicated storage facility. The collection of classic cars for sale is ever changing and growing, with old friends making place for new arrivals.

Looking back, it is hard to believe to have been in business for 5 years already. Time sure flies when you are having fun. A big word of thanks goes out to our customers. Without your trust and enthusiasm, this journey would not have been possible. Thanks a lot for your continued support! Lets make the next 5 years as memorable as the last ones.

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Closed for vacation…

Our shop will be closed for vacation until the 12th of August. Spare parts orders and most enquiries will be dealt with as soon as we get back.

Thanks for your patience and hope to see you back soon.

Team Dandy Classics

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Triumph TR6 bandenmaat

Af fabriek werd de Triumph TR6 geleverd met de kenmerkende Michelin Redline banden. Hoewel we ze soms nog tegenkomen op ongerestaureerde auto's zijn deze banden niet meer leverbaar. Bovendien is de opgegeven maatvoering van 185R15 niet meer van toepassing op moderne autobanden. Welke banden passen dan het beste op de TR6?

Velgmaat Triumph TR6

De Triumph TR6 staat op 15 inch stalen wielen met een breedte van 5,5 inch. Fabrieksoriginele banden hadden een hoogtemaat van 70 of 80, wat betekent dat ze een hoogte hebben van 70 of 80% van de bandbreedte (185). De buitendiameter van de Redline banden bedraagt 26,6 inch.

Brede banden?

Sommige mensen kiezen ervoor om hun TR6 uit te rusten met iets bredere banden. 205/70/R15 is een populaire upgrade, die past op de originele wielen. Dit geeft de TR6 een stoere, sportieve uitstraling. Er is echter een risico dat de banden bij maximale stuuruitslag of veeruitslag in contact komen met de auto. Aanpassingen zijn dan vereist, zoals het monteren van spoorverbreders. Let er ook op dat deze bandenmaat erg populair is voor bestelwagens en campers, met een hogere laadindex en stuggere wang. Kies dus niet zomaar een band, maar laat u goed adviseren of doe zelf de nodige research.

Standaard Triumph TR6 bandenmaat

Onze voorkeur gaat uit naar 185/75/15. Hiervoor zijn goede klassiekerbanden in de handel, met een mooier passend profiel. Ook 195/75/15 is een goede optie.

Onderdelen nodig?

Dandy Classics levert onderdelen voor Triumph TR6 sportwagens. Bekijk het assortiment in onze webshop.

TR6 aankooptips

Overweegt u een TR6 aan te schaffen? Lees dan eerst ons artikel met aankooptips. Ons actuele aanbod vindt u op de collectie pagina.

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What petrol to use in a classic car?

Which petrol should I use in my classic car? Customers regularly ask us for advise on the best fuel for their classic car. Because the answer is longer than the question, we wanted to share this information with other classic car enthusiasts.

Many older gasoline engines have been developed to run on leaded petrol with a high octane content. Fortunately (for environmental reasons and public health) this fuel is no longer available. Classic car owners should therefore look for alternatives. In this post we treat the most common fuels: Euro 95, Super 98 and E10 gasoline. We also deal with the use of lead replacements, high octane petrol and driving on LPG.

 

Euro 95 or Super 98?

As a rule of thumb, engines with higher compression need a higher octane gasoline than engines with lower compression. The higher the octane content, the lower the chance of pinging or detonation. Pinging is the spontaneous ignition of the air-fuel mixture, beyond the time of ignition. This creates opposing forces in the combustion chamber, which translate into an irregular course and a beating or pounding sound. That this is not good for the engine may be clear; It can cause serious engine damage.

The choice for Euro 95 or Super 98 is open for discussion. Many classic british cars run well on 95, provided the ignition is well adjusted. Generally, this should be somewhat later for E95, so that no spontaneous combustion occurs (too close to the top dead center). Especially for engines with a little lower compression, Euro 95 is perfectly suitable. This includes sedans, but also sports cars that were delivered to the American market in the 1970s with a somewhat lower compression (MGB, TR6). The sportier driver will benefit more from the highest possible octane content. Tuned engines with faster camshafts run better and last longer with 98.

 

E10 gasoline (ethanol)

For many classic cars, ordinary Euro 95 is more than sufficient. It is important however, to ensure that not too much ethanol has been added. For example, E10 gasoline (with 10% ethanol) is absolutely out of the question. Many soft parts in the fuel system (rubber hoses, diaphragms in fuel pump or carburettor, cork, zinc) are affected. Also, old petrol residue can dissolve in E10, resulting in concentration of pollution elsewhere. Also, ethanol (a type of alcohol) attracts water. This can lead to moisture and thus corrosion in the tank, especially during a longer period of storage. For example, Euro 95 often contains 5% ethanol. Therefore, if your classic is not used for a while, it is advisable to refuel a premium gasoline with the lowest possible alcohol content (Super 98, V-Power, Excellium, etc.).

(many types of wear parts for the fuel system of Triumph and MG sports cars can be ordered in our webshop)

Some suppliers are offering additives for E10, specially designed to counteract the harmful effects on our classics. We have no experience with these products and cannot say what the long-term effects are.

Lead substitute

Adding a lead substitute only makes sense if the cylinder head has not yet been rebuilt to unleaded specification. The lead substitute ensures protection of softer valve seats. Without the additive, they will wear faster, which can lead to compression and power loss. We supply a Castrol lead substitute, available in our webshop.

 

High octane petrol

Some filling stations in Germany offer 102 grade petrol. In the Netherlands, this grade is offered by Firestone, under the brand name Competition 102. Although for most cars the benefits will be hard to notice, it is good to know that no ethanol has been added to this high octane petrol.

 

LPG

Personally, I think gas is great for cooking, but I would never want it in my car. Typically, our classics are not driven enough to compensate for the higher costs of installation and maintenance. In addition, I'm an originality freak that does not like to drill holes where they do not belong. Treat your car with respect and leave the LPG installation out.

 

Always store with a full tank

This prevents condensation and rust on the inside of the tank. Is the car being stored for a long time? Keep in mind that the average Euro 95 petrol is outdated after about 6 months. In that case, it is better to refuel a premium petrol. After prolonged storage, always check the petrol hoses under the car and in the engine compartment and replace the fuel filter regularly.

 

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