TR3

  • Model:TR3
  • Year:1956
  • Purchase Date:2005-06-10
  • Reg:
  • Comm No:
  • VIN:TS11537
  • Engine No:
  • Paint Name:Cotswold Blue
  • Mileage:0
  • Location: CA
 

Started restoration November 2010 … separated body from frame and mounted body on rotisserie.
December 2010 … tackling body work over the winter and starting to check out the mechanical components and frame.
January 2011 … body work near completion, primed and painted on all interior parts … waiting to do final painting till body back on frame. Colour is Cotswold Blue. Tracking down missing parts and refurbishing electrical and mechanical components.
February-March 2011 … working on exhaust and brakes and sorting out wheels. Gave up trying to straighten steel rims and purchased new Minator wheels and Kumho tires. Hoping to get body back on frame soon. Continuing to track down parts and rebuild bits and pieces as required. Heater rebuilt, horns refurbished, and finally found a replacement for missing wiper wheel box. Fuel gauge and sender unit matched. All parts for dash located and cleaned/rebuilt ready for final assembly. New vinyl applied to dash, centre panel, and glove box door.
April 2011 … resolved rear drum fitting problem, and installed new wheels and tires. Exhaust manifold and stainless exhaust system installed. Ran new fuel line, but still need to rebuild fuel tap as it was damaged (will replace inner workings). Working on rebuilding pedal box assembly (one pedal needed welding and redrilling) and master cylinder. Located wiper motor bracket and wiper motor now complete. Turns out I had wrong pedal assembly, so need to find an earlier one, not the newer one I received with car.
September 2011 … slow progress over the summer … fuel tap rebuilt and ready for installation, correct pedal assembly located and rebuilt, body back on frame, doors fitted, and block sanding completed and now ready for final paint.
October 2011. Final painting of car completed and car now back in my garage. Very happy with colour (Cotswold Blue). Starting to refit the components that were rebuilt earlier and to work on upholstery.
November 2011-January 2012. Wiring harness laid in place, rear lights refurbished, beading installed between panels, fitted splash guards, wiper mechanism, pedals, and heater in place, seats reupholstered, and all interior bits trimmed. Gas tank and filler spout installed. Scuttle vent installed. Working on tracking down bumper springs so that bumpers and front nose piece can be installed.
February 2012 – August 2012. Had a bumper spring made locally and now have finished front end and bonnet installation. Interior essentially completed (carpet and upholstery). New windscreen seals installed. Mirrors added. Hood stick frame refurbished and installed. Master cylinder rebuilt. Next project will be installing master cylinder and running lines to brakes and clutch and bleeding the two systems. Am going to try DOT 5 silicone fluid, which I hope does not mess up the rubber seals.
September 2013 – Quite a long time to sort out last details (generator not charging, vacuum leak at intake manifold, and assorted little issues after this 3.5 year restoration), but low and behold I completed the restoration in late September, the car passed its safety check, and it is now licensed and insured. First drive was to the wife of a great friend who was a tremendous help with my restoration (but who recently passed away) and then on to a meeting of the Ottawa Valley Triumph Club. Round trip was 56 miles (seemed somehow appropriate for my 56 TR3) and all was fine. Was a cold evening but what a fun experience. I’m still smiling!

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Photo Galleries

Back Together

(22/05/2015)

Hood and Side Screens

(22/05/2015)

Interior and Doors

(22/05/2015)

Engine Compartment

(22/05/2015)

Master and Slave Cylinders

(22/05/2015)

Chrome Trim and Front End

(22/05/2015)

Scuttle Vent

(22/05/2015)

Gas Tank

(22/05/2015)

Wiring

(22/05/2015)

Upholstery

(22/05/2015)

Final Paint

(22/05/2015)

Block Sanding

(22/05/2015)

Body Back on Frame

(22/05/2015)

Pedal Rebuild

(22/05/2015)

Starting Point

(22/05/2015)

Wheels

(22/05/2015)

Exhaust

(22/05/2015)

Wipers and Windscreen

(22/05/2015)

Horns

(22/05/2015)

Heater Rebuild

(22/05/2015)

Gauge/Dash Rebuild

(22/05/2015)

Primer/Paint

(22/05/2015)

Body Work

(22/05/2015)

On Rotisserie

(22/05/2015)

Body Off

(22/05/2015)

General

(22/05/2015)

First Triumph 59 3A

(22/05/2015)
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