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TomMull
05-10-2018, 08:05 AM
Here's one on eBay in the UK, but for a TR4:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Triumph-TR4A-TR5-TR250-Six-Blade-Tropical-Fan-Rare-Nice-Refurbed-Condition/323243951869?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.S EED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D51004%26meid%3De70458023afb47 589dae13ca8ba61c4c%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3 D15%26sd%3D323243951869%26itm%3D323243951869&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3A604b034e-5447-11e8-b25c-74dbd180c739%7Cparentrq%3A49dd17fb1630aa12ab1df021 fff58752%7Ciid%3A1
I know I'm not the only one looking for a tropic fan for my TR3 and that there has been a bit of discussion about the TR3 and TR4 fans. Consensus seems to be that they are not interchangeable.
Any thoughts?
Tom

Marvin Gruber
05-10-2018, 09:37 AM
Tom,
I have a couple of the six blade fans from the later TR4. I have not tried one on a TR3 but don"t see why they wouldn't work on the TR3. BTW, not looking to sell these fans, have cars for them to be installed in.
Marv

sp53
05-10-2018, 10:55 AM
Nice looking fan!

sp53
05-10-2018, 10:58 AM
I think the fans interchange. the cone piece is different on a tr4; it is a lot longer.

Geo Hahn
05-10-2018, 11:05 AM
I installed them on both a TR3A and a TR4 and saw no differences in the fans or the fits. I suspect both were GT6 fans but cannot say for sure (rivet size may be a clue here).

Apart from cooling I prefer then because the cruciform is larger meaning less aluminum blade extending past the steel. I had a fan breakage twice with the stock fan:

https://i.imgur.com/TK9zAUl.jpg

TR4nut
05-10-2018, 06:56 PM
It’s one and the same tropical fan for tr3 & tr4. Look for an early GT6 fan, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Geo Hahn
05-10-2018, 07:27 PM
FYI - A picture I saved from Carl showing the GT6 fan on the left and a real Tropical fan on the right.

https://i.imgur.com/cuG1nz1.jpg

I think both mine began life as GT6 fans but they work great. Just wanted to note the possible (minor) difference.

https://i.imgur.com/pnnXPgr.jpg

TR4nut
05-10-2018, 08:09 PM
Interesting picture Geo - hadn't seen a direct comparison showing any variation until now - I'd still argue over a beer that its essentially the same fan, or at least an evolving design. The Vitesse catalog shows three fans numbers for the fan, I believe all 6 blade metal: 209244, then 211529, and finally 211986. The 211986 is also the tropical fan part listed for the 4A. I've never seen a factory number specifically referenced for the TR3. Practically speaking, I happen to know you can get away with a GT6 fan in concours :fat:

Geo Hahn
05-10-2018, 09:05 PM
I'll never tell. Actually, as I recall, I got one of mine from you. This one...

https://i.imgur.com/v5GOOsQ.png

TR4nut
05-10-2018, 09:12 PM
Hey I recognize that fan! And the hand holding it!

And as I recall I may have provided one of those TR 4 fans but I remember it having all 4 blades ... sorry about that! The TR4 4 blade design has not held up well.

sp53
05-10-2018, 09:16 PM
Heck, Geo I am glad I am not alone with my eye ball for aspects.