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    First milestone in the TR4A restoration

    I just pulled the body off the frame. I replaced the floors and rockers with the body in place, to be sure everything stayed in alignment. But somehow, it just didn't seem like I was making progress; there was no dramatic, immediately visible change. Now there is.







    I made the cart so I could access both the underside and topside easily. I'm glad that I got a set of good casters; I can move it around effortlessly.
    The chassis is now in the garage; I've removed the engine and transmission. The main job now is cleaning off a half-century of crud.

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    Re: First milestone in the TR4A restoration

    Steve,
    That looks like you're making great progress...can't wait to get to that point on mine!
    Rut
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    Re: First milestone in the TR4A restoration

    Great work!, question, did you install/weld the rockers in first and then the floors after; or did you assemble/weld the floors and rocker panels first and then offer them up as a unit to the car? Which way works the best?
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    Re: First milestone in the TR4A restoration

    Looking great Steve. It's always exciting to get the body off!

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    Tush
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    Re: First milestone in the TR4A restoration

    Cool, some action on the forum. Be sure to keep posting!
    John

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    Re: First milestone in the TR4A restoration

    I think you have to do the floors first, because the inner rocker is actually part of the floor. If you did the rocker first, you'd have to weld the lower edge to a piece of material that you would later remove, and that, of course, doesn't make much sense.

    If anyone is really interested, I have a site describing the restoration: http://www.nonlintec.com/tr4a/

    I've been working on the frame, and at this point it is clean and ready for some simple frame mods. I plan to spend Saturday doing that, and then starting to paint it. Clearly, I need to get some paint on it fairly quickly, or I'll have more rust to deal with. Once the frame is finished, I can start installing parts onto it. That's another milestone: the point where parts start going back on.

    Meanwhile, I'm having more fun with this than anything I've done in a long time.
    Steve Maas
    1966 Triumph TR4A, undergoing restoration: http://www.nonlintec.com/tr4a
    1952 MG TD, restoration completed 2014, sold 2016: http://www.nonlintec.com/mgtd
    1960 Austin-Healey "Bugeye" Sprite, sold 2010: http://www.nonlintec.com/sprite
    1967 Porsche 912: http://www.nonlintec.com/porsche

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    Re: First milestone in the TR4A restoration

    Hello Steve

    That is a great site showing all the steps in your restoration. Going to bookmark it for reference.

    David

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    Re: First milestone in the TR4A restoration

    Steve,
    Your usual attention to detail is showing again!
    Rut
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