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12-22-2008, 09:12 AM
Hello everyone! My name is Michael and, while I posted this (more or less) on the main New Member forum, I wanted to say hi to the TR folks too.

My first car, back in 1967 or so, was a 1961 TR3A that looked a lot like my avatar. Drove it for about 12 years before it simply refused to be driven any more. Sure wish I had THAT to do over again...I would still have it! (I'm sure you've never heard that story before? :))

I was out of the LBC business until 1999 when the urge hit me and I found a 1959 TR3A driver. I drove the car for a couple of years, replacing, repairing and rebuilding things as I had time...starter, generator, carbs, front suspension, and master cylinder to name a few. Also installed a freebie :smile: overdrive gearbox.

When I bought the car, I knew I was going to have to paint it...ugly color, not original and the paint was cracking on several panels. So, I decided it was time. As of about five years ago,the tub was still on the frame, but everything else was removed and most of the paint was stripped. Unfortunately, life has a habit of getting in the way and I had to stop working on my project. Once things were back on track, I discovered that I had completely lost interest. So, the car, sans paint, has been sitting in my garage for the past 5 years feeling very abandoned. It's only companion has been the flash rust that has formed (surprisingly little though).

Not sure what happened, but a few days ago, something clicked and here I am again. Too bad it clicked in the middle of December - and me in Connecticut with an unheated, uninsulated garage. Can you mig weld in the dead of winter? Sure hope so! If not, surely I can find SOMETHING that can be done in cold weather.

Anyway, sorry to be so long winded. Just thought I'd introduce myself and let you know that, while I'm new here, I'm not really a noob. That said, I AM a noob at much of the stuff I still have to do...welding, bodywork and paint! Should be a trip!!

It's good to be back! :smile:

1959 TR3A

Mickey Richaud
12-22-2008, 09:15 AM
Welcome, Michael. You're in great company here, and I think you'll enjoy the camaraderie!


12-22-2008, 09:29 AM
A great place to spend those cold New England days. A warm welcome from the Deep South. pb

12-22-2008, 09:32 AM
Welcome to the forum!


12-22-2008, 11:12 AM
First off welcome to the forum:
To answer your question YES! One can M.I.G. weld almost anywhere with exception to in the wind which blows the shielding gas off of the weld bead. In the cold can present a problem too in that your flow meter {regulator} may want to freeze up and not flow or not flow correctly. Other than those two factors .... I say Have at it!
They do make and sell regulator heaters you can purchase at one of your local welding supply outlets. However .... you may not like the added expense. You could always redneck engineer some type of heat source for your flow meter {regulator} I suppose.
Pssssssssssst one of those 250 watt flood lights clamped nearby and shining on the flow meter will do the trick. If it keeps freezing move the light closer :lol:
Again welcome to the Forum

Andrew Mace
12-22-2008, 11:16 AM
Good to have you back, Michael! (We already knew each other from other e-mail lists, VTR National Conventions, and the fact that I "own" one of Mike's old TR3As. Well, actually it's a parts car that he was happy to see leave his yard. :wink: )

12-22-2008, 04:49 PM
welcome to our family.

12-22-2008, 05:09 PM
Welcome to our little slice of Heaven.

I see that you're in CT. I'm in RI and there are several great guys from CT who are here a lot, so you'll get to meet them soon, I'm sure.

12-22-2008, 05:41 PM
Welcome to the TR jungle. Glad to have you here. Hopefully Tom and TeeYah will be in touch soon. I picked up my TR3 from a dealer in Stratford CT...

Enjoy the Ride!!!

12-22-2008, 06:50 PM
Welcome. Its great to have another side-screen enthusiast on board. Keep us up to date with progress on your TR. We love pictures too!!!

12-22-2008, 07:20 PM
Thanks, guys! I appreciate the warm welcome...it's about the ONLY thing that's warm in Connecticut these days! I can't tell you how jealous I am when I see these pics of flowers blooming, tops down...and boats!

12-22-2008, 11:29 PM
As I say to all new members.

<span style="font-size: 26pt">Run away before it's too late!</span>

12-22-2008, 11:45 PM
As I say to all new members.

<span style="font-size: 26pt">Run away before it's too late!</span>

I WAS away...for 20 years, then back again, then away for 5 years, now back yet again. :crazy:

"Those who fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it."

Winston Churchill

He must have hung out down at the pub with Sir John. :smile:

12-22-2008, 11:45 PM
He said it best