View Full Version : Quick VIN confirmation

09-14-2009, 11:01 AM
The TR4 is CT 57444, 32 H11 L

So car number 57444, paint code 32 which is signal red and interior trim 11, which is black. What are the "H" and "L" for? L is export to USA?

Since she was originally signal red does this mean I can paint her Red without getting "resale red" jabs, LOL.

09-14-2009, 11:42 AM
yep and 'H' = leather

09-14-2009, 12:02 PM
I believe L is for Left Hand Drive which of coarse would mean export to the US.

09-14-2009, 12:11 PM
Yep, H is leather, L is left hand drive.

09-14-2009, 12:18 PM
Thanks guys!

09-14-2009, 03:13 PM
Since she was originally signal red does this mean I can paint her Red without getting "resale red" jabs, LOL.

Do whatever you want... ...if they dont call it "resale red" then they'll call it "arrest me red" then ask how often you get pulled over in it. Ive had red cars my whole life except my new one, which will be blue when Im done, and I get this all the time. Whats confusing is how shocked they get when you tell them you never get pulled over, and explain to them how they only pull you over if youre breaking the law.

Geo Hahn
09-14-2009, 03:22 PM
Yep, H is leather...

In case it isn't obvious, it's an 'H' because it's an abbreviation of 'Hide'.

Lou Metelko
09-14-2009, 05:40 PM
CT57444L is a 1965 TR4A with solid axle, built in the summer of 1965. Straight TR4s ended about CT42000 with the TR4As beginning with CT(or CTC)50000. A prefix CTC designated an IRS car with the CT prefix for the solid axle. Quick way to see if you have a 4A is to look at the frame - major difference between a 4 and a 4A frame.

Betsha the vin tag has been "altered"

Lou Metelko
Auburn, Indiana

09-14-2009, 05:48 PM
Hi Lou, she is a solid axle car. Thanks!

09-14-2009, 05:54 PM

Pictures? Engine setup with SUs or Strombergs? What shape is the car in? Which TR are you going to get roadworthy first? I'll think of something else to ask in a bit!


09-14-2009, 06:50 PM
Hi Randy - I've actually had her for several years now but once I got under the primer I discovered sill issues and a replacement inner fender that wasn't done properly. Best I can figure she took a hit to her passenger side at some point, but the frame looks OK so it couldn't have been too bad (I'm sure I'll regret writing this).

She's fairly solid, but with lots to sort. She needs all the basics in terms of suspension rebuild, and the "new" gearbox I had put in was of course skunked. Grrr... Anyway, she's a feasible project now that I know what I know from learning the hard way.

One thing I do need help on is sourcing #59 on the drivers side. Mine mounting point for the link is oval shaped and it makes for some interesting handling to say the least.


Some pictures as bought.




Now keep in mind that they were all bought <span style="text-decoration: underline">cheap</span>, with reasons as it turns out. LOL. Here it goes. as it stands today the '74 TR6 and the '80 TR8 are on the road and will be used a bunch once the weather cools a bit here. The '71 TR6 is basically my training wheels, in that anything I need to learn how to do which has a significant risk of my irreversibly screwing it up gets done on her first, hence all the welding. The TR3 could be back on the road soon if shipwright's doesn't take over, which it 99% likely will.

This TR4 could be a couple months worth of work to get back on the road, but we'll see. I actually miss driving her the most for some reason.

The plan was to get them all running and driving in a good way and then decide which ones where going to make the cut for long, long term ownership since I can't keep them all.