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  • Birthday 06/13/1957

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    Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
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    1962 Triumph TR3B, 2003 Toyota Tacoma DC 4WD TRD, 2008 Lexus RX350, 2012 BMW R1200GSA, 2015 Toyota Tacoma DC 4x4 TRD

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  1. I've got a list of things to do when I finally visit my final two states. I think seeing a long door TR2 on the beach at Waikiki just got added to the HI list, Dan!
  2. TR3As were only silver-painted wire wheels from stock, or on special exception to make a sale, chrome wheels were allowed to be specified by the selling dealer (they weren't a standard offering). There are folks who like the look of body-colored wires (or another color, I guess) to remind them of the first few years when TR wheels *were* body colored or to remind them of a different era. Julian Richards, gearhead neolithic archaeologist, for example, runs BRG wires on his BRG TR3A 'cause it reminds him of the 1930s. To each his own. Don't let "correct" stop you from doing what you want, unless of course concours is what you want. Julian's car in front of Wilton House, May 2017:
  3. For reference, here are the other pages of that September 1956 TR3 accessories brochure as a slideshow. https://4xdog.smugmug.com/frame/slideshow?key=5KHMZw&autoStart=1&captions=0&navigation=0&playButton=0&randomize=0&speed=3&transition=fade&transitionSpeed=2&clickable=1
  4. Hah! Pre-decimal currency has never made sense to me, Stan! The idea of 1 pound and 1 shilling as a unit of measure is stranger than anything we do over here, and that's saying something. Perhaps guineas were still used for pretentious stuff like bespoke luggage, too.
  5. The fitted suitcase was a tenner in 1956. That's the equivalent of £250 today based on inflation alone.
  6. Here's how the fitted suitcase was presented in the September 1956 TR3 accessories brochure, Stan:
  7. Well done then, Martin! (I could have imagined you painted your V8 all red, Chris, but it didn't make sense that you'd have a British trailer.)
  8. Well done, Chris! That laurel wreath is a real treat to see.
  9. With the steel plates behind the escutcheon, there's possibly a "structural" element to them. Were there any aftermarket parts back in the day that might have used rods or sticks in a different way? Possibly some different kind of hood (or "top")?
  10. The middle photo in my collection above should not be taken as an example of what's "correct" Sure, it's the grille from my car, which I've owned since 1981, but before I got it the car had been in a big, badly-repaired shunt. The shroud one sees now is not the original -- I know that for a fact, 'cause I know the car it came from. The grille my car came with is certainly not the original, and has been fitted to at least two aprons during collision repair and during restoration over the years. There's every possibility, and likelihood in fact, that it's been fooled around with regarding bowing. My grille in the second image was shown to illustrate apertures, not flatness.
  11. The reproduction grilles are complete dreck (IMHO) as far as the openings are concerned. Here's the original grille on my TR3B next to one of the better(!) modern reproductions from a few years ago. Here's a NOS original grille, probably from several years before my 3B's was made and the tooling was still crisper. Note the fine detailing around the crank opening. Compare that to the photos above. And best of all, here's how the factory modded the grilles for the 1959 TR3S cars at LeMans. Paul Hogan has done a similar mod for his tribute car, and it's on the list for a spare grille I have here. It looks better, and fershure would let more air through.
  12. Not prospective customers -- rather a group of Americans who'd already bought and paid for their TR3As and were taking factory delivery for a tour of the continent. The S-T factory was the last stop back in Britain after several weeks of driving. Perhaps since they already had the money things like sweeping the floor were less important...
  13. Those factory images were taken by one of the participants in the 1958 American Triumph Rally of Europe. Not a 3B, I'm afraid. And I'm with Stuart. There's zero doubt the grilles were flat when new, IMHO.
  14. I had a similar noise from my TR3B a few years ago that turned out to be a loose dynamo pully (as others have suggested earlier in this thread). It's an easy thing to check, so worth having on the checklist. Although from your video, Stan, it sounded more like the noise was coming from the rear of the engine.
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