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  1. Outstanding! A real beauty!
  2. This drawing is from my Bentley Shop Manual. Has anyone actually seen a reconditioned engine identified by one of these plates? Where was the plate fitted? Have a photo? Thanks in advance Frank
  3. Yes, another powder blue, and he's not Dutch - amazing! A very lovely car!
  4. openroad great! glad that you have that sorted cheers
  5. Hello Conrad. A small story is appropriate I think. In restoring the TR3A, we sent lots of bits and bobs off to be plated. Along the way, I learned some of the secrets to success for this type of refurbishment. The appearance of your parts is directly proportional to the amount of work you put into the preparation. Don't expect heavily pitted parts to come back smooth and shiny. Unless you contract for polishing this will not be included. it is best to discuss your expectations with the plater, maybe borrow a good finished example and bring this plus your part so he knows what you want. It is possible to prepare your own parts for plating. A small abrasive wheel and a buffing wheel with a few progressively finer buffing compounds can improve the final appearance. Remember, the zinc layer is very thin and basically transparent. Here's an example of some parts that we wanted to save and how they looked after re-plating with clear zinc. The yellow , green and other coloured zincs are NOT correct for early cars. I would say that perhaps starting with the TR5/250 the yellow, "iradite" started to appear. When we began in 2001, our plater charged $40 for anything you could fit into a 1 gallon bucket. Now, he charges $110 for the same, due to all of the environmental regs, etc. Is it the same in the UK?
  6. We static balanced the fan on our 3A. Another type of balance, dynamic balance, requires special equipment, similar to that used to balance your tires. Have you ever balanced a lawnmower blade? This will be similar. See sketch below First remove the fan from the hub. Clean it up and remove all attachment hardware Check for loose rivets and cracks around the rivet holes. If you find cracks, you fan is toast. If you find loose rivets, carefully peen them tight. You need a temporary shaft on which to mount the fan and a pair of knife edge supports. We used some scrap lumber and a couple of utility knife blades Place the fan on the shaft and then onto the knife edges The supports/knife edges must be dead level The object is now to get the fan to remain exactly horizontal without dropping one blade. Commercially, they balance fan blades by either adding weight to the lightest blade (the one that rises up) or removing it from the heaviest blade The best place to add or remove weight is at the center of gravity of each blade. Triumph has incorporated a little piece of metal, a balance piece, which can be moved in and out until balance is achieved. We found the best approach was to first balance the fan sans all hardware, including the balancing piece. We did this and found that there was one heavy blade. Using a small grinder, we carefully removed material from the steel spider (not the blade) of that heavy one, until we got a good balance. Once you have the blade balanced, rotate it 180 degrees and check to be sure it's still in balance. If not, then your blade edges aren't level or the shaft is out of true. You can spend as long as you wish on balancing - once you get to the point where the blades will only rotate a few degrees from level then that's probably more than good enough. Now you can replace the hardware and check its effect on balance. You will find a point where the balance piece location is neutral. Then do one more 180 degree rotation. If it is still in balance you can mark the position of the balance plate and remount your fan. Once back on the engine our fan ran true without noticeable wobble or vibration.
  7. Remember Ramar of the jungle?
  8. popped it in the dishwasher when she who must be obeyed was out!
  9. Ian: If you do remove the fan be sure to check that all of the rivets which fasten the aluminium blades to the steel cruciform haven't loosened. If they are loose check for stress cracks radiating from the rivet holes. If the blades are cracked, your fan is toast and you need another. Another option for increased cooling air is to fit a "tropical" fan.
  10. The speedometer and tachometer on my TR250 have blue plastic filters for the instrument lamps. The small gauges have a thin plastic film (tape) to accomplish the same effect. The blue was changed to green later for the TR6. Cheers
  11. angelfj


    Hi Phil. My first TR was a 1967 TR4A. BRG with a black interior. I am fairly sure that the carpet was nylon loop rather than a cut pile. Cheers
  12. Stan: My friend Brian and I have done a great deal of research on this and related issues. We understand that there could have been exceptions and variations. However, we are fairly confident that this assembly was already attached to the bonnet before it entered the paint line at Mulliners and thus was sprayed body color. Same goes for the boot latch assembly and prop rod.
  13. Outstanding!!! That's the ticket Cheers, Frank
  14. Thanks Stuart. That's a good shot but I was wondering how the spring was oriented. problem is I'm sitting here with a pile of parts.
  15. anyone have a close-up photo of this assembly? thanks in advance
  16. Roger, with a 10 volt supply wouldn't he consume less petrol??? Sorry, I'm just leaving.
  17. Seriously? I'd love to see before and after photos if you'd like to share them with us.
  18. Thank you all for the compliments. This has been a daunting task which never would have been possible without your help and encouragement. For Menno, in keeping with the original build record, the weather equipment (top & sidescreens) are black. Only black, white and fawn were offered in 1959. A pity I think, since red seems to compliment the Silverstone Grey so well. However, I do have a red hood stick cover and tonneau, which should look grand! Future plans include a red top.
  19. Oh, you mean like this when we began the project over 10 years ago. But, we've come a long way since then! May 2010
  20. Should these hood webbing retaining plates be painted or bright plated? If painted, black or same colour as the hood frame? Thanks, and this could be the last nit pickin' question exercise! maybe Incidentally, we don't have anoraks here, but we DO have hoodies. If you wear a hoodie here you may draw more attention to yourself than you'd like! That said, I don't wear an anorak or a hoodie nor do I engage in anti-social behavior.
  21. Brian: You MUST send this story into the editor for publication in TRAction! Outstanding.
  22. Thanks to all who replied - got this sorted.
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