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06-20-2015, 11:44 AM

How does the Grab Bar mount in a post 60000 TR-3A? I barely have enough room for the glove box door to clear the dash pad. Does it screw thru the dash pad? Is it centered above the door or offset? Any photos would be appreciated.

Thanks, Roy

06-20-2015, 12:18 PM
If you look under the pad, I think you'll find clip nuts that it screws into. Should be cutouts in the aluminum shell for the pad as well. Sorry I don't recall offhand if it is centered, but the clip nuts will define where it has to go. It doesn't just screw to the sheet metal.

06-20-2015, 12:22 PM
This sounds wrong and I only have the one example, but when I restore a 1961 tr3 I tried using a grab handle of a 1958 and the glove box would not open. It hit the door by maybe a 1/16 so I am not sure, if you are experiencing something like that you might consider looking into it.

Marvin Gruber
06-20-2015, 12:28 PM
The cockpit capping over the dash has cut outs in it where there the grab bar goes. Feel underneath the capping where the glove box is. You should feel the two cut outs or holes in the capping. As Randall mentioned there will screw clips in the dash metal under the capping where bar will attach.


Geo Hahn
06-20-2015, 09:25 PM
Left of center - in fact, the left end of the grab bar roughly lines up with the left edge of the cubby box.

06-21-2015, 03:14 PM

Thanks for the help. The Grab Bar is out of the parts box and on the car! The original clips had left a good mark on the cowl pad so it was easy.


06-22-2015, 06:36 AM
Congrats on getting that back in place. I puzzled for days trying to install one on my 1959.

I've always wondered if the TR3 grab handle was invented by British dentists, to guarantee they'd have work. A hard stop, and the passenger's teeth seem destined to end up right on that handle.

06-23-2015, 09:52 PM
I've removed my grab bar for safety.

Geo Hahn
06-25-2015, 08:22 PM
I've removed my grab bar for safety.

Did you notice on the back it says 'Another fine product from Takata Industries'?

I vacillate on whether to leave it on or take it off -- can see benefits/hazards both ways. But the 3 is the one car I almost never have a passenger along and when I do they don't complain.


06-25-2015, 08:50 PM
That photo sure reminds me of the famous WW2 XP-59 (experimental jet pursuit aircraft) story: jet pilot with a derby hat on his head, and a cigar in his mouth, waving to P-38 pilots as they pulled up close. Next morning not one P-38 pilot admitted seeing a "plane without a propeller, flown by a guy in a derby hat, smoking a cigar".

Some versions of the story say the P-59 pilot was also wearing a gorilla mask.


Another version of the story: