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Hello folks, I just joined the forum and wanted to say hello. It seems like a great community on here so delighted to have discovered it as I'm sure I'll need some questions answered as I get to know my Bentley. Already I've learned so much by reading through the various threads. I think there are a few guys on here from Ireland already.

I purchased a 1989 Bentley Turbo R in the UK in February. It was reasonably cheap (I have a '67 Jaguar E-Type and '73 Land Rover Series so only had a certain budget to work with and wanted to leave funds for ongoing maintenance most of which I will do myself), had 8 months MoT and seemed reasonably solid and honest.

Almost no history -hence the price- other than new radiator, head gaskets and pump seals have been done by a specialist 2 years ago which is not a bad start. Some body work/paint will be needed to make more presentable (left side rear wheelarch full of filler and lower front wing has visible rust) but overall very solid, the interior is great (ok the passenger seat seems to have a mind of its own and moves constantly!) and underneath it is in pretty good shape. I've done a long list of jobs to be done - mainly tidying things up and catching up on maintenance, water seems to be leaking into the boot even though the seal looks ok for example - but thats all part of the fun of owning an older car - right!?

Thankfully It ran great on my 280 mile drive home (via ferry) to Dublin (it had only been driven 22 miles since July 2018!) - a drive i'll remember for a long time as I had a huge smile on my face all the way and the car did'nt miss a beat thru sun, rain, hail and a small mudslide in Wales.

I like working on my classics almost as much as driving them so I started with full service (oil+filter, gearbox filter and fluid,air filter, wiper blades, diff oil etc.) and am going to do spark plugs and coolant/thermostat next week. Unfortunately the main fuel line disintegrated when I was doing the fuel filter so I ordered a full set (the line up over the rear axle looks fun) but I will replace the fuel line feed to the filter and return pipes under the sill for the moment. I want to go through the brakes/hydraulics (although the brakes seem great and the two lights go out correctly upon starting) and i'll do a full hydraulic service (accumulators, flexible hoses, fluid etc.) and pads/discs/calipers as needed soon. Once the mechanical side of things is known to be good and I get through the local MoT-equivalent here in August I'll see about getting a guy to do the welding/panel work and a bit of paint - unfortunately I can't afford a full respray at this point in time.

All the best and looking forward to the journey.
Kevin
 

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Welcome to the forum Kevin & continued happy motoring. You can get replacement wheel arch panels from Flying Spares in the UK if you need them.
 

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Thanks so much Shadow11....I had seen your posts and another gentleman (from Wicklow I think) so delighted there is some local representation! Flying spares are getting to know me pretty well already for the mechanical side of things will look into those body parts when the time comes. If you are ever up in Dublin message me and we can meet up for a cup of coffee and a chat. Kevin
 

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Welcome, Kevin! There's a few of us kicking about in Ireland -- although I'm a displaced Yank, so I only half count. ;)
 

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Would be delighted to meet up Kevin (once the deadly virus has abated). There's an RR enthusiasts gathering (Australian RR Forum) planned for 3rd July, group will be staying at Ballsbridge Hotel and attending the Terenure College classic show on Sunday 5th July and another event near Lucan on 4th July and hopefully the virus will be history by then, fingers crossed.
 

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Hi, Bookmark the Bentley Heritage site. It offers you the exact parts for your car per VIN # and workshop manual along with service bulletins. You will find the info there very helpful before you start any work. You can't assume anything with the marque.
 

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Hi Kevin, nice car .
I sent you a private message, check on your avatar then conversation.

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Welcome Kevin and all other Irish members. If you join the RREC you can then subsequently join the Irish section. Typically we have four rallies each season, two in NI and two in Republic. Great Cars, Great People, mighty Craic!
 

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Welcome,
I am in Wicklow and when all this is over I would like to meet,I go to Dublin every week.I just bought one in Febuary in the UK,I was watching it for a long time ,which one did you buy.
Larry in Wexford has a beautiful Shadow ,we have met.
I have had a Shadow2 Bentley8 Apirit 84 Turbo R Spirit 88 & now a Bentley 8 1986,I ran 3 of them on KPG and used them daily.
 

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Thanks Kevin...when all this is over as you say we will have to meet for sure......!
@RRCloud#3 - I have indeed joined the RREC so must connect with the Irish section.

All the very best guys, Kevin
 

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While I'm not a member of RREC I am pretty active in the Irish section of the AMOC (and I've even brought my Bentleys to a few of their events when the Vanquish is being cranky). We should organise some joint events....
 
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