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01-05-2007, 03:58 PM
Hi all:
I`m AweMan { Not like AweSome or anything, more like AweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeMannnnnnnnnnnn!! {like when stuff goes south /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/cry.gif } I own a 1957 Tr-3 smallmouth {Actually according to the Commission # it was manufactured in 1956 but titled in 57} Hence the title says it`s a 57. I have owned this car sence 1965. Originally it was Ivory with baby blue leather interior. Long sence gone, both the paint and leather. I have reconditioned many things on the car in the past but never did a complete body off restore {until now} I have the chassis completed including a fresh engine. The tub is well on it`s way complete with body work done primed and undercoated. Hopefuly {When it warms up here} I can/will get the work going again and some decent pics to post.
I am a retired aircraft welder, I repaired cracked, broken military helicopter engine parts, blackhawks, cobras, pavehawks, chinooks, hueys just to give you an idea of the helos I have worked on. I love anything mechanical and challenges are what keeps me going {Tr`s are deffinately a challenge or at least challenging at times Hahahahahah.}
P.S. I have welded for 30 + years and have extensive knowledge about that subject. So you have any questions about how to,s send me messages and I will gladly respond

01-05-2007, 04:25 PM
I was just doing some welding before I read this (roll cage..race car). Man, if I had to do that for 30 years, I'd have a sore back!
Anyway, I owned a TR-3 back in the late 60s. Wish I still had it!
Aviation and British sports cars...a great combo!

01-05-2007, 05:01 PM
Welcome to the party AweMan!

01-08-2007, 09:44 AM
Welcome to the forum!

Where in Utah are you? I'm up in Midway. Lots of LBC folks around here, and a really good local club (British Motor Club (https://www.britishmotorclub.org)). Nice to hear another TR3 is coming back, I'm a big fan of that car.

I may have some welding questions for you eventually. My Bugeye is in pretty good shape, but there are a few things that need to be taken care of eventually. I've taken one welding class, so I know just enough to burn down my house. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

01-09-2007, 02:38 PM
Thanks Guys!
And to you drooartz I`m over here in Tooele, As for the welding all I have to say to you is Hahahahahahahaha, been there done that, I have even set myself on fire on more than one occasion LOL. Coveralls get a little raggety around the cuffs and the next thing you know you are smouldering Hahahahahah.
And to you aeronca65t yep sore back also on more {a lot more} than one occasion too! I have been in places {small containers, fuel cells, and confined spaces more than I would care to think back on} trying to weld some component on that some armchair engineer dreamed up, some good, most bad ideas to boot. Helos have several types of metals including magneesium, titanium, incolnel, {nickle} aluminum, various series of stainless steel depending on the component part and of course aircraft mild steel which is a 4130 series. Most of this type of welding is of the T.I.G. nature. Before my aircraft days I also repaired hevey mobile equipment cats, graders, scrapers {euclids} dumptrucks ect. so I am proficient in both stick {A.C.- D.C.}and M.I.G. {Wirefeed} also.

It`s NICE, REAL NICE to be retired Hahahahahaha.

01-09-2007, 05:51 PM
Welcome to th' whacko bin, AweMan. Seems you'll fit right in. A few of us here used to ride in some of those rotor-wing THINGS you listed, too.

Stay WARM out there.

01-09-2007, 05:54 PM
Aviation and British sports cars...a great combo!

Welcome to our family, you will fit right in.


01-09-2007, 10:19 PM
Tooele's not too far away, I get out there for some of the races at the new Miller track. I'm sure it must be nice to be retired, I'm on the far other end of that gig, many years to go before I can rest. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

01-10-2007, 01:43 AM
Did I forget to mention, I was a Uh-1 crewchief in 1968. Oh crap, must NOT be important! A long time ago and just as soon forgotten! ANDDDDDDDDDD does that nick insinuate what I think it does. {Involving endoscopes and such} If so I`m scaerd, J/K Hahahahahahahahahaha
Yea I know, warped sence of humor, thats me uh huh!
Thanks for the welcome PC, GB1 and DrEntropy

Retirement isn`t an occupation, it`s an obsession about bieng occupied when, where and with whom you choose /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

01-18-2007, 05:56 PM
I was a bit late to th' party: USAF "Aerial Combat Documentation Photographer", AAVS. Later "Combat Camera." 1970~1974... TDY a LOT!

PCS'd to Ubon for the last year. Flew in about anything in the inventory. I got to shoot film, mostly... 'cept on a few SAR missions (HH-53's) an' suchlike. Too much time in UH-1's.

01-18-2007, 07:57 PM
Hellicopters don`t fly!
They beat the air into submission!

Retirement isn`t an occupation, it`s an obsession about bieng occupied when, where and with whom you choose

01-18-2007, 08:47 PM
Welcome to the forum AweMan! You can post some of those TR3 pics in the members photo area and definitely some in the Triumph Forum as well. Hope to see you there!

01-18-2007, 09:10 PM
Did you by chance retire out of Hill AFB?

01-19-2007, 05:31 PM
You have a great forum here very nice and such a good job you have done.
No not H.A.F.B., actually I started my welding carrer at Dugway Proving Ground {South west of Tooele Utah out in the desert} where we worked on experimental projects testing the effects of various ordinance explosions on various shop equipment. Needless to say a very interesting job watching the engeneers blow up the mockups of machinery that I created. After a year I transfered to Tooele Army Depot where I worked for the next fifteen years on Heavy Mobile Equipment welding various components on them { cats, euclids, graders, 10,000 lb R.T. lifts, dumptrucks ECT. Then the B.R.A.C. comission decided that we {Tooele Army Depot} was non essential and closed the depot. I got lucky and was offered a job at Corpus, Christi Army Depot In Southern Texas {Corpus, Christi} where I spent the next ten years reparing engine components for various Military Helicopters Huey`s, Cobras, Apache`s, Chinooks, Blackhawks ECT. Finally I retired out of Corpus In March 2005. Out of all of the welding certifications I have ever had to pass the aircraft cert. was by far the most difficult, there were times during testing that I had my doubts if I could accomplish passing but I fanally got the hang of it and passed {Very Thin materials} I was used to heavy duty welding on stuff like one inch thick plate and stuff so the thin materials offered up quite a challenge, besides the variety of materials that were required to be welded, various series of stainless steel, magneesium, aluminum, titanium, inconel, {Nickel} and aricraft mild steel 4160 series. Magneesium, aluminum, titanium, ended up bieng my specialty, it seems I have a nack for these materials. The engine that I did the most work on is the T-700 gas turbine {for the Chinook} this engine is 50 years old and there are NO replacement parts for it so any part that could be salvaged was a great asset to the military and believe me I rescued lots of worn out, cracked, crash damaged parts in those ten years. The main housing for the T-700 engine is made out of magneesium and corrosion is the main cluprit that destroys it so in order to save that housing build up of corroded areas is required, the trick bieng not to distort the housing with excessive heat from the welding process.
I guess I`m rambeling on and on

Retirement isn`t an occupation, it`s an obsession about bieng occupied when, where and with whom you choose

01-19-2007, 06:32 PM
Howdy AweMan.
We were just out there in Dugway last weekend geode hunting with a large group of Landcruisers.
Im here in Taylorsville, You know just over the mountain.
Have fun, Would like to see some pic's of the car as well

01-19-2007, 08:23 PM
Hellicopters don`t fly!
They beat the air into submission!

Nah, they're so <u>ugly</u> the earth repels them!

Welcome aboard!

01-20-2007, 01:06 AM
Being away from the Tr project for ten years Not to mention my home and other properties, once I got back to Utah I had one heck of a lot of catching up to do on home maintenance and such. That being said, just before leaving I had built a room inside my garage and completely sealed the Tr inside. The purpose being to keep my teenage sons from monkeying with the car or loosing/destroying the parts for it. I have a couple of old poloroid pics but nothing digital to post on the P.C.. My intention for this spring is to dismantle the walls where the car is sealed in and roll the bugger out into the sunshine where I can re do an inventory and begin the restoration again. When I begin dismanteling this room I will have my digital camera handy. You`all might laugh when you see to what extent I went to to protect my baby. I promise I WILL post Pics A.S.A.P. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

Retirement isn`t an occupation, it`s an obsession about bieng occupied when, where and with whom you choose.

01-20-2007, 01:27 AM
Yea. But I have known many many dogfaces that would disagree with you about bieng ugly, Including myself. Bieng a Crewchief on a UH-1 Slick back in 68 Have seen many happy faces during an extraction from a hot L.Z. Or fire support from the Cobras always made my day when we had to go into any L.Z. Helos might be ugly to some but for others a god send. And yes they do look like bugs from **** {especially to the enemy} :P

Thanks for the welcome

Hellicopters don`t fly!
They beat the air into submission!

Retirement isn`t an occupation, it`s an obsession about bieng occupied when, where and with whom you choose.