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Welcome to this growing compilation of pamphlets, TR Owners' Manuals, articles, posters, competition tuning books and technical articles. NB. Individual links can be downloaded. Contents list coming soon!

Most of this material is out of print. It is well-known to many who use the TR Register Forum. But if you are a new owner, or considering purchasing a TR, you will find many valuable resources that provide essential background knowledge or technical, hands-on advice for restoration or maintenance.

True, books can be found online, second hand, but this library enables you to gain immediate access for consultation. If you know of useful material, including links to youtube TR teach-ins, please add your links in the response section below and I shall add them to the list. The ambition is to gather all scattered materials in a one-stop, expanding library resource, free of charge and available to all.

1. TerriAnn's Triumph TR website. Go to: http://www.tr3a.info/index.htm

This site contains valuable articles by TerriAnn, an American TR3A owner who bought her TR in 1986 and restored it herself. She launched her site in 1998. (The most recent addition is dated 2020).

It is organized into: 1. Articles 2. Data mine 3. Links.

Very accessible, providing practical advice to help new owners understand the peculiarities of Triumph TRs, how to service and repair them, or tune them.

As well as an account of her own restoration, the site provides a wealth of resources, including, for example, TR2-4A cylinder head information and specs, how to convert a positive earth car to negative earth, practical guide to Weber carburettors for TRs, common rust areas, a collection of articles by different TR experts, including the famous Kas Kastner, on a range of recurring issues and problems.

Also, TR Register of America "Judging Standards and Restoration Guide" (2004 revised edn.). Helpful as a buyer's guide, if originality is considered important, or a bargaining lever, when a car for sale has the wrong grille or back end, for example.

TerriAnn also provides access to original Triumph period Service Bulletins, scanned as PDFs (1954-1965). From 1954, Standard-Triumph issued bulletins as "Service Information Sheets". Credits: Joe Curry's print copies were scanned into PDF format by Michael Porter. First posted online by Dan Buettner, then collected and included in TerriAnn's website.

2. A US 1954 review of the TR2

This includes both the full, readable, text and reproductions of the original illustrated article. The author, Tom McCahill, was highly respected by Alec Pringle who corresponded with him many years ago.

Tom McCahill, "MI Tests the Triumph TR2", Mechanix Illustrated, August 1954.
http://blog.modernmechanix.com/tag/auto-reviews/

2a. Richard Heseltine, "1959-1961 Triumph Italia 2000", Drives Today, 8 February 2021.
https://drives.today/articles/155/retro/1959-1961-triumph-italia-2000/richard-heseltine.html

3. Continental tyres manual

https://blobs.continental-tires.com/www8/servlet/blob/85806/30cec2cae7fa004e1eae3b0f560e449f/download-technical-databook-data.pdf

4. On South African CKD sidescreen cars:

http://motor-assemblies.blogspot.com/?m=0

5. Screen assembly, by Stuart Edwards

https://www.tr-register.co.uk/forums/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=40017

6. Advice on fitting rag top (hood) and windshield

http://tr3a.info/sticks.htm

7. Tuning H series SUs from Burlen website

https://sucarb.co.uk/technical-h-type-carburetter-tuning-multi

8. Paint charts, courtesy of VTR

http://www.vintagetriumphregister.org/maintain/paint-charts/index.shtml

9. Velocity stacks (ram pipes)

9a Explanation 

https://mgaguru.com/mgtech/power/pp104.htm

9b Production Drawing  https://mgaguru.com/mgtech/power/pp104a.htm

9c Rolling road Test

https://mgaguru.com/mgtech/power/pp104b.htm

10. Antifreeze and advice not to buy OATs

Richard Meyer's advice on which antifreeze to pick:

https://mgaguru.com/mgtech/cooling/cool_121.htm

11. A-Type Laycock-De Normanville Overdrive:

https://www.tr-register.co.uk/forums/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=42516

12. R. D. Franck, Weber tuning

https://www.tr-register.co.uk/forums/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=42609

13. Some duplication, but worth scrolling through for whatever you need:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2H2NJt34OffMDVmOTZlZWItYTcyMy00ZDhkLTliOWEtOWU1OWRhNDZhYmRl

14. J.B. Calvert, "How a CV Joint Works", 25 January 2007.

Source:http://mysite.du.edu/~etuttle/tech/cv.htm

15. Windtone horns, courtesy of Ian Vincent

Source: https://www.tr-register.co.uk/forums/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=44949

16. SU Carb Guru Dave DuBois. The following links take you to the technical writings of the world famous expert.

DuBois was a gifted technician who used his experience to bring simple fixes to some of the perplexing problems of our cars, mostly related to electrical contacts, fuel pumps and safety. Until 2019, his writings were available online. For almost 50 years he graced enthusiasts with solid advice, good humour and perfectly working fuel pumps. He is sorely missed, but his son, Dave DuBois, has granted permission to publish his writings online The links will open in a new window.

http://www.dbraun99.com/Dave DuBois/

17. 1950s Overseas Lucas Technical Correspondence Course

Ideal for early TR2 owners: 1950s Overseas Lucas Technical Correspondence Course. Go to:

http://www.dbraun99.com/Technical Index/Lucas technical correspondence course SEARCHABLE binder.pdf

18. How to identify what distributor is fitted to your TR
Clear demonstration. Includes short youtube footage.
https://blog.simonbbc.com/about-distributors/identify-my-distributor/

19. Chart from www.starchak.ca listing Lucas distributor models.

http://www.starchak.ca/tech/pdfs/lucas.pdf

(NB. The distributor type number is stamped into the side of the body, immediately below the top of the metal rim on the side facing away from the engine.).

20. Craig Landum, "Repair Instructions for TR2-3A turning signal mechanism on steering wheel control head"

Instructions for removing the steering wheel control head

Peter Wigglesworth: "Not hard to get the horn push out.  Three screws at the steering wheel boss. Disconnect the 4 wires near the  horn that connect to the loom. Pull the horn push toward you as someone helps feed the wires up the stator tube. You can get the horn push control in your lap to fiddle with, without pulling the wires up the stator tube."

Craig Landum, For repair Instructions for TR2-3A turning signal mechanism on steering wheel control head, go to:
Craig Lundrum, 2009 http://xjguy.com/triumph/tr3a_turn_signal_mechanism.pdf
See also:
Clive Elsdon, http://www.ovtc.net/uploads/9/5/1/6/9516577/tr3_control_head-disassemble_-_clive_elsdon.pdf

21. TR 3A Step-by-Step Carpet Installation
https://triumphtr3b.wordpress.com/2020/05/08/installing-moss-carpet-kit-in-a-triumph-tr3a/

22. Larry and Tom Young, "Triumph Cams", Tilden Technologies, LLC (online), 2011
[About TR2-4 camshafts, including comparative technical table, based on manufacturers' data.]. (Courtesy of Ian Vincent who provided the link).

http://tildentechnologies.com/Cams/TriumphCams.html

23. Buckeye Triumphs, "A-type and J-type Laycock De Normanville Overdrive"

Technical article available online, courtesy of a member of Buckeye Triumphs, Delaware, USA

The Buckeye Triumphs site contains technical articles on brakes, body and miscellaneous, carburettors, clutch, gearbox, A- and J-type overdrives, mechanical, steering, and suspension (and their Newsletters 1999-2011).

https://www.buckeyetriumphs.org/gearbox

24. Gulf Lubrication Chart TR2-4A (just click on image below).

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25. TR 4-4A Lube Chart

Courtesy of Ian Cornish. The chart is fairly legible when you enlarge the image. I you seek a perfect copy, do contact the TR Register Office who sell them at a very reasonable price.

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26. Weber DCOE Theory, Operation, and Tuning (with links to youtube demos and several other sites) Illustrated guide:

http://240260280.com/Tech/Carbs/Weber/DCOE Theory Operation and Tuning.html

27. Dave Andrews, "Selection and Tuning of Weber DCOE"
http://www.s262612653.websitehome.co.uk/DVAndrews/webers

[NB. Dave Andrews set up and runs DVA Power, a small company situated in Milton Keynes specializing in engine tuning and building.]

28. How to fit TR2-3-3A-3B Bonnet Dzus Fastener Assembly. Moss pdf

https://mossmotors.com/media/instructions/802-918_980-178_INST.pdf

29. Mostly TR4-4A Manuals, technical articles, and entire books on tuning TR engines by Kastner, Vizard, and Williams.

http://tr4a.weebly.com/triumph-tr-pdf-downloads.html

[Credit: Thanks to Paul Anderson who sent the link to this material, originally compiled by Randall Young, a long-term owner of TR3As and Triumph Stags in Southern California.]

30. A Guide to Tuning Weber Carburettors, Borg-Warner, 1976 2nd edn. [PDF]
Includes suggested settings for Triumph TR2-3A and Triumph 2000. Clear explanations. Helpful.
https://linksharing.samsungcloud.com/knmYWkaKt7FU

31. Des Hammill, How to Build and Power Tune Weber and Dell'Orto DCOE, DCO/SP, and DHLA Carburettors, Dorchester: Veloce Publishing, 3rd edn. 2018

Practical, user friendly guide, explaining the workings, but concentrating on how to go about configuring your carburettors, by explaining what  chokes, jets, emulsion tubes and so on are available and how to choose the right ones for your Webers or Dell'Ortos, depending on use and engine configuration. Well-illustrated, lots of explanatory diagrams.

https://linksharing.samsungcloud.com/9csmWa2V09RJ

32. Understanding the Weber Carburettor (Part 1)

This is understandable and even useful, but only after reading some of the texts above. It complements them well, but I think it would only be confusing to watch this first.

33. Bellows-type thermostats (TR2-4)

This explanation of how bellows thermostats function deals with thermostats fitted to early XK Jaguars. But it is helpful to understand how they work, including on Triumph TRs. Thanks to Phil Brown for signposting this fact sheet within the Forum.

http://www.bobine.nl/jaguar/02-engine/thermostats-for-jaguar-xk-120-140-and-150/

34. Which “Viton” is the one to order? The following document explains the technicalities surrounding these seals and why you must specify “Viton Grade B” for O-rings and oil seals and get confirmation from your supplier that this is one in stock. [Credit: Thanks to Waldi for posting].

eriks - viton fluoroelastomers an overview (1).pdf

35. Velocity stacks [pls add any other info you have]

https://mgaguru.com/mgtech/power/pp104.htm

36. Description of SAH (Sid. A. Hurrell) tuning catalogue TR2-4

https://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/sah-triumphtune.htm

37. Alternator fitment and conversion, pages from The Unipart Rotating Electrics, go to: https://www.tr-register.co.uk/forums/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=59372

38. How to fit TR2-3-3A-3B Bonnet Dzus Fastener Assembly [Moss pdf]. Go to: https://mossmotors.com/media/instructions/802-918_980-178_INST.pdf

39. Training Video on TR6 TR7 TR8  Lucas wiper motor. Refers to Jaguar and MG, but the basic motor is the same.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aSaBMPp8ZM

40. "A" Type Overdrive Instructions
https://www.tr-register.co.uk/forums/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=60187

41. The Standard-Triumph Hardware Catalogue.

7Useful accompaniment to the TR2-3A Spare Parts Catalogue (4th edition). Invaluable resource, since it cross-references all the fastener details used by Standard Triumph.
http://tr4a.weebly.com/uploads/2/1/9/8/21980360/standard_triumph_hardware_catalog.pdf

42. TR6 Repair Manual (second edn.) "Brown Bible", in pdf format

https://britishcarbreakfastclubcom.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/tr6_repair_manual.pdf


43. "H" type SU carburettors
https://mgaguru.com/mgtech/carbs/carb.htm

44. SU Carburettors (all types), Technical articles by Burlen Ltd.
https://sucarb.co.uk/technical-h-type-carburetter-reassembly
 

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Thanks David great resource.

Take bow and have a drink.

Mods worth pinning for future reference?

Andy

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That’s the Triumph literature collection on the Google Drive account of Randall Young, a long-term owner of TR3As and Stags in Southern California.  Randall’s active on a number of forums (and a rare visitor here) who regularly shares info on a wide range of technicsl subjects.  

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Great list of resource info.

I am going to take the LUCAS Overseas Technical Corespondence Course, to make sure I do not let the smoke out.

Graham

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Have added a link, plan to provide a Finding Aid soon.

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On 4/13/2020 at 8:14 PM, DavidBee said:

Link added. Links checked.

Updated 15 April 2020

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Just added missing link to TeriAnn's invaluable website.

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Just added:

J.B. Calvert, "How a CV Joint Works", 25 January 2007.

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Some additional stuff has been passed to me this week.  Peter W

<<<<    Approx. 3 years ago Dave DuBois passed away

He was Americas answer to "The SU Carb Guru"

like Barney Gaylord is to MGA

Luckily for us, a lot of his ramblings can be found here.

http://www.dbraun99.com/Dave DuBois/

Another very useful document is a Mid 1950's overseas Lucas Technical correspondence course.

Ideal for early TR2 owners

http://www.dbraun99.com/Technical Index/Lucas technical correspondence course SEARCHABLE binder.pdf

In fact,  take a week off & browse the whole website.

http://www.dbraun99.com   >>>>>>>

 

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On 5/2/2021 at 8:32 AM, BlueTR3A-5EKT said:

Some additional stuff has been passed to me this week.  Peter W

<<<<    Approx. 3 years ago Dave DuBois passed away

He was Americas answer to "The SU Carb Guru"

like Barney Gaylord is to MGA

Luckily for us, a lot of his ramblings can be found here.

http://www.dbraun99.com/Dave DuBois/

Another very useful document is a Mid 1950's overseas Lucas Technical correspondence course.

Ideal for early TR2 owners

http://www.dbraun99.com/Technical Index/Lucas technical correspondence course SEARCHABLE binder.pdf

In fact,  take a week off & browse the whole website.

http://www.dbraun99.com   >>>>>>>

 

Thanks, Peter! I have now numbered the items and shortened the intro a little. Included these. Am only just back on the case after months of heavy pressure at work.

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On 2/14/2022 at 3:07 PM, BlueTR3A-5EKT said:

Training Video on TR6 TR7 TR8  Lucas wiper motor.

Refers to Jag and MG but the basic motor is the same.

 

Great! Thanks, will copy link asap

Ciao

David

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Speedi Sleeve - Made by SKF to repair worn seal areas of shafts etc.

 

1. Half Shaft Girling solid axle. TR3/3A/3B/4/4A .  where the axle tube seal wears on the axle shaft.    -    SKF 99131  or SKF CR 99131 (CR is uprated item)

2. Pinion Drive Flange on the nose of the axle/diff.   TR2/3/3A/3B/4/4A/4A IRS/250/5/6.  -  SKF 99149  or  SKF CR 99149  (CR is uprated item)  (Moss 520-500)

3.  Front Crank Pulley. Wet liner Engine . TR 2/3/3A/3B/4/4A/4A IRS   -  SKF 99175  or SKF CR 99175.  (1/2" wide) (CR Type is uprated item) (Moss 520-505)

    NB.  You can use SKF 99174 or SKF CR 99174 which are 3/8" wide and need care when installing to get in the right position over the wear groove of the engine front pulley drive flange.

 

Peter W

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