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doc50
03-23-2016, 04:38 PM
Reminiscing about my TR3 sold in 1974. (Sold for $1025 in 15 minutes from when I set it out on the street...doh).

It was pearlescent black, tan interior, steel hardtop.

What I've never again seen are the aluminum billet upper door trim pieces that I found when re-doing the upholstery. They were about 3" long and they formed each end of the door and dash trim. They were made so as to be covered up and did not change the geometry of the door trim, when covered. They were just made to be the ends. When I saw that, I finished out the trim by only covering the steel 'factory' door trim and polished the ends to a high finish. The result was VERY cool looking.

I don't recall the steel middle section looking like it was just hacked off to accommodate custom ends, so I always assumed that all TR3s were built like this.

My question to the folks out here: Has anyone ever seen this feature on a TR3? Also, I don't know why someone would go to the trouble of making beautiful billet ends just to cover them up.

Thom
1959 TR3
#TS34909L(O)

Geo Hahn
03-23-2016, 05:38 PM
There was a time when the chrome end caps were NLA - in fact, I recall a concours restoration that used polished buffalo nickels at each end. Maybe someone was looking for a neat way to finish off the ends in the absence of the original part?

doc50
03-23-2016, 10:04 PM
I like the Buffalo nickels, Geo! i still can't figure why someone would spend many, many hours to shape each individual end piece with billet aluminum, only to cover it completely up like a regular production model.

The aluminum pieces were fully 3" long each.

This was just another TR3, NOT a show car (though I spent some energy making it nice).

I am secretly hopeful someone's seen this car and can ID it and send pix...

Thom
1959 TR3
#TS34909L(O)