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  1. Darren, Thanks for the reply. I, too, have upgraded my 4A with new rear springs, poly bushings, and both front and rear stabilizer bars but I still feel a slight yaw to the left on rapid throttle reduction or power on upshifts. The yaw has been significantly reduced and the only thing left to change are the lever shocks. Mine are the original from the factory, circa 1966 and although they don't leak, it is difficult to tell what's going on inside. I get a pretty rough ride over undulating pavement and hence, I'm going to go ahead and install new shocks. This yaw or twitch has been a real mystery to all who have driven and worked on the car. Hopefully, new lever shocks will solve the issue. Regards, richard
  2. Babs, I've used a small Jaguar paper filter for years in my 4A. They're inexpensive and small enough to fit in the glass bowl. Be sure to elevate the fuel line prior to removing the glass bowl and be prepared for the possibility of a little fuel spillage when you first release the glass bowl clamp. Richard
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    4A Dashboard

    TIA-Richard, According to Bill Piggott's book "Original Triumph TR", Copyright 1991 by Bay View Books Ltd, page 93 "...the one-piece dashboard (TR4A) was now in polished walnut veneer...". I own a 1966 TR4A, CT-65074-L, built 25 January 1966. The dashboard veneer is indeed walnut but not stained as dark as newer replacement boards. Original 4A dashboards were lighter in color than currently seen on many restored cars with new or refinished dashes. Piggott's books with their fine photographs are a good source for determining originality. Richard
  4. Jason, Over the years I've ordered several parts from the Roadster Factory and they've always been as advertised and well packaged - the largest order being 5 Dayton wire wheels, knockoffs and hubs shipped from their Pennsylvania headquarters to my home in Washington. They often have good specials and parts which Moss U.S. may not have. Richard
  5. Does anyone have any idea how long lever shocks (TR4A) may last before requiring rebuild or replacement? If they don't leak, can they be assumed to be ok? TR4A solid axle is a very stiff riding car and it is difficult to tell how much dampening the shocks provide. Many thanks for any comments.
  6. Re gearbox conversions: This is another company that produces gearbox conversion kits. I am unfamiliar with them but the fellow that did my conversion with the California sourced conversion, is familiar with the New Zealand firm, has been to their factory, and is very impressed with their product. Could it be less expensive for Great Britain and European residents to buy from the NZ company (import taxes, duty etc.) rather from the U.S.? Here's the link: http://www.conversioncomp.co.nz/
  7. For some reason the link for the 5-speed transmission conversion does not work when copied and pasted into browsers. Please try this instead: http://www.hvdaconversions.com Apologies for the bad link address Richard
  8. Please see edited post re website for 5-speed conversion kit. http://www.hvdaconversions.com
  9. Alan, It appears the letter "l" was inadvertently not copied to the "htm" or dropped at the end of the link . Please try this: http://www.hvdaconversions.com/pgs-final/t...conversion.html
  10. Just an FYI for anyone considering a 5-speed or a 4-speed with overdrive for their TR. I just switched out my non-overdrive original 4-speed (1966 TR4A) for a 5-speed Celica transmission and the car has been transformed! The transmission is superb - short throws, cockpit looks absolutely stock, and rpm's at 60-65 mph dropped from approximately 3000-3200 rpm to 2200-2500rpm. Lightened flywheel, smoother clutch and now with a transmission known for going well over 200,000 miles. Here's the website for the fellow who developed the kit: http://www.hvdaconversions.com
  11. Badfrog, Thanks for your comments. I think the problem must be somewhere in the list you provided although to the best of my knowledge, the chassis is straight (never involved in an accident - I'm only the third owner of the car and I know the other two). In the interest of drivability, comfort, and engine life, I'm going to commit TR heresy soon in that I'm going to change out the car's non-overdrive 4 speed for a Toyota Celica 5-speed. It fits perfectly, no cutting or welding and the cockpit remains absolutely stock with no visual clue to the changed transmission. I'll keep the original 4 speed should a future buyer (although I have no intention of ever selling the car) wish to return the car to it's original transmission. With this change (also involving a lightened clutch), I'll address the alignment issues you've mentioned. Thanks again. Regards, Richard
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    Steering Wheel

    Frank, No, I haven't used this firm. My '66 TR4A has an original wood steering wheel purchased new with the car at the TR dealership in San Francisco (it was a dealer installed option) and therefore I do not have an original bakelite wheel. Good luck with the restoration - I think restoring it would be better than a reproduction. Richard
  13. Richard

    Steering Wheel

    Dave, Try: http://www.steeringwheelrestoration.co.uk/
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