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M_Pied_Lourd
12-06-2009, 12:29 AM
Hi all,

Had a great day in the garage today and made some good progress on the 3A.

Thought I would post some pics.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Axle/P1060420.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Axle/P1060419.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Axle/P1060418.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Axle/P1060428.jpg

Emergency Brake and then on to the front suspension......

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

tdskip
12-06-2009, 12:41 AM
Wow - that looks great.

Brosky
12-06-2009, 08:31 AM
Nice job!!! That really is the optimium way to do this kind of work. Keep the pictures coming.

Tinkerman
12-06-2009, 09:16 AM
Looks Great! Nice to be working on clean parts isn't it. It is also really great to have a fun day in the shop!

Good going, Tinkerman

TR4nut
12-06-2009, 09:28 AM
Very nice! - is that an Addco setup in the back, or something different?

Randy

M_Pied_Lourd
12-06-2009, 11:07 AM
Hi Randy,

Yes, it is the Addco setup. I have an oversized bar in the front as well.

Cheers,

M. Pied Lourd

tdskip
12-06-2009, 11:09 AM
He does good work Randy, eh?

He doesn't know it yet but I'm about to ship him a TR4a which will be so sloppy he won't be able to help himself but to restore it to this quality... Shhhh...

tinman58
12-06-2009, 11:10 AM
I love the work you are doing, looks great. Could you show some picts of the rear sway bar? I have the same one but I am not sure on the exact installation. The instructions are fair at best.

M_Pied_Lourd
12-06-2009, 11:16 AM
Sure Dan,

I will take some pics of it and post them later today.

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

poolboy
12-06-2009, 11:22 AM
Fascinating ! Way more than I can tackle.

apbos
12-06-2009, 11:46 AM
Very nice work! My shipping address is................... :bow:

Paul

NickMorgan
12-06-2009, 03:33 PM
That's looking very nice. It should handle like a go-cart when its finished!

M_Pied_Lourd
12-06-2009, 03:47 PM
Had fun taking apart and putting the handbrake back together.

Anyone interested in some pics? Looks a little more daunting but is probably less tricky than a TR6 one IMO.

Cheers,

M. Pied Lourd

M_Pied_Lourd
12-06-2009, 11:18 PM
Here ya go Dan, some pics of the rear sway bar.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Suspension/P1060443.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Suspension/P1060446.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Suspension/P1060447.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Suspension/P1060451.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Suspension/P1060452.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Suspension/P1060454.jpg

Cheers,

M.Pied Lourd

PeterK
12-07-2009, 08:32 AM
Never seen an Addco bar that attaches with links like that. Must be a new design for the 3. How is the rear bracket attached to the legs of the frame?

The rear Addco on my 4A solid axle is also different in that the bar goes forward of the axle instead of behind. The IRS version goes behind, same as the 6.

tdskip
12-07-2009, 10:12 AM
Peter - any pictures of how yours on the 4A mounts?

Silverghost
12-07-2009, 10:27 AM
This is bordering on porn I tell ya!!! LOL

M_Pied_Lourd
12-07-2009, 10:49 AM
Hi Peter,

If you are talking about where the bushings and brackets mount to the frame they are secured through the frame with lag type screws. I also have an option of adding a couple of welded plates to the base of the frame to reinforce the area if required. It seems pretty sturdy now, but I will keep an eye on it in the future once I get some driving in.

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

PeterK
12-07-2009, 01:27 PM
Hi Peter,

If you are talking about where the bushings and brackets mount to the frame they are secured through the frame with lag type screws. I also have an option of adding a couple of welded plates to the base of the frame to reinforce the area if required. It seems pretty sturdy now, but I will keep an eye on it in the future once I get some driving in.

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

Eeek - lag screws, really? Like this ? https://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/11rxJd9DSZL._SL500_AA110_PIcountsize-600,TopRight,0,0_AA110_SH20_.jpg

Lag screws are for joining wood and most certainly rip out of your frame taking bits of frame with it.

My advice would be to install reinforment plates on top of the frame and drill all the way through the frame channel from top to bottom and then use a grade 5 or better hex bolt and lock nut, either nylocs or metal. The bottom won't need reinforcement since it already has the Addco mounting plate there. It's already a weak point in the frame back there so the more solid attachment, the better.

PeterK
12-07-2009, 01:35 PM
Peter - any pictures of how yours on the 4A mounts?


The 4A solid axle has a unique mount. I have the Addco install sheet and it shows a front of the axle mounting. Mine is hanging by nylon straps as I haven't finished up back there but I will try to get a photo for you. Last week it was up on the lift but since the snow is here, my Audi is "up", the 4A is "down" and the 3A is in the new addition.

The end links are normal Addco style - a thick metal plate that bolts to one leg of the u-bolt the spring plate, then poly bushings and a bolt between the bar ends. From addco.net https://02bbfb5.netsolhost.com/images/solution.jpg

TR3driver
12-07-2009, 03:07 PM
I'm pretty sure that the lag screws are NOT standard ADDCO. My rear ADDCO bar came with these clever U-bolts that go inside the frame, with nuts & washers on the outside (and end links just like PeterK describes).

I was a little dubious about the U-bolts when I installed them, but I just removed them the other day after almost 20 years of service and both the bolts & the frame where they were mounted looked fine. No signs of any bending or stress, so they were evidently perfectly adequate.

M_Pied_Lourd
12-07-2009, 06:06 PM
Hi Peter,

I like your idea and I think that I have all the parts to make that work. Will let you know how I make out.

I have an addco rear bar mounted on my TR6 and it has a metal plate welded to the frame with threaded studs that secure the bushing bracket with nylocs.

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

mallard
12-07-2009, 07:30 PM
The chassis looks very good. I do agree with Peter about the lag screws. I think I would thru bolt the mounts to the frame with a plate welded to both sides so you don't crush the frame. Or at least weld one plate on the bottom of the frame and thread the holes. Over time those lags will come loose and damage the frame. Everything else looks great.

DrEntropy
12-07-2009, 07:39 PM
Eeek - lag screws, really?.... Lag screws are for joining wood and most certainly rip out of your frame taking bits of frame with it.

I second Peter's Eeek!!!

That's cat-arse-trophy waitin' to emerge. It'd be better to solidly mount it now rather than do damage control later, IMO.

M_Pied_Lourd
12-07-2009, 10:42 PM
When I break the welder out to work on the body, I will weld on some plates top and bottom and come up with a better solution as suggested.

Will do it at the same time that I weld in anothe tube inside where the rear shackles mount.

Thanks for the feedback.

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

PeterK
12-08-2009, 08:46 AM
The tube insert is also a good thing.

While you'll already be back there - have you added the rear spring locator kit - consists of bronze bushings and delrin washers to replace the rubber rear leaf spring bushings?

M_Pied_Lourd
12-08-2009, 03:26 PM
Hi Peter,

Yes, allready installed. Thanks.

M. Pied Lourd

M_Pied_Lourd
12-21-2009, 08:46 PM
Quick Update.....

Finished Up the front suspension this evening and will fit the new steering rack tomorrow....steering arms have been reversed as instructed for installation of the rack conversion.

Please excuse the rusty rotors.....I resisted the urge to buy some new ones...

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Front%20Suspension/P1060541.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Front%20Suspension/P1060546.jpg

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

tdskip
12-21-2009, 10:55 PM
Looking good there - good progress I'd say. You pleased with how this is coming along?

M_Pied_Lourd
12-22-2009, 09:43 AM
Hey Skip,

Yep, I am happy with the progress....However, I knew that I would be ok with the mechanical stuff. Its the body work and welding that will be a challenge for me.

I always said that I wanted to learn to weld...the MIG is sitting in the living room still in the box, ready to go! I suspect that within the next month or so, I will begin practicing on the parts car.

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

tdskip
12-22-2009, 09:58 AM
I always said that I wanted to learn to weld...the MIG is sitting in the living room still in the box, ready to go! I suspect that within the next month or so, I will begin practicing on the parts car.

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

Nothing to do but jump in. Grab a bunch of scrap metal, thick gauge to start, and just start hitting it with the MIG. It really is just a matter of practice and using the welder to get a feel for it. I'd recommend not even trying to run a bead on thin stuff for quiet some time (if ever), just do a set of tack weld (a quick 1-2 or 1-2-3 count) to start.

I think you'll come to love it - I can't imagine not having a MIG handy now. I use it all the time.


Let us know how you make out!

M_Pied_Lourd
12-22-2009, 06:55 PM
Nice to get it back on 4 wheels!

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Frame/P1060575.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Frame/P1060568.jpg

Started working on the Rack and Pinion Conversion today as well. I installed the mounting plate and test fitted the rack and then took it off again...I think that I will install it fully after I drop the engine back in it.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Frame/P1060578.jpg

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

angelfj1
12-22-2009, 07:01 PM
M. Pied Lourd

First class work!!!

DrEntropy
12-22-2009, 07:05 PM
Looks to be on 12 wheels from here... :jester:

Good progress! It's pix like those wot make me feel like such a schlub.

In the last six weeks I've managed to clean and PAINT the pieces for the last of the suspension rebuild.

*sheesh*

TR4nut
12-22-2009, 07:27 PM
Very nice!

Have you shown those rims before? Can't remember drooling at them earlier, but I am now. What are they?

Also- noticed you didn't opt for the later style ball joint / 3 degree trunnion - was that intentional, or just not considered? Rims look pretty wide, maybe that later style would give interference up front?

Keep those shots coming!
Randy

M_Pied_Lourd
12-22-2009, 08:25 PM
Hi Randy,

I did post once asking if anyone knew the origin of the rims when I first bought the car.

I found out a little more about them after I dug them out of the storage shed this morning. Wondering if anyone is familar with these rims or the company that produced them. Here are some pics of the backside.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wheels/P1060555.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wheels/P1060552.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wheels/P1060553.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wheels/P1060554.jpg

I cleaned one up a little bit just for fun. I plan on re-painting and polishing the aluminum . I wasn't intending on using them, but I have to admit that they are growing on me....

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wheels/P1060558.jpg

Here they are in action


https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/TriumphRacing.jpg

I didn't consider the later suspension set up as I am trying to build this car with the parts I have on hand between the good car and the parts car.

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

TR4nut
12-22-2009, 09:13 PM
I hadn't seen them before, but they may be Dunlop's, as shown by Quiller:
Dunlop 13" (https://www.quillertriumph.co.uk/Quiller/Parts/partsused/partsusedalloywheels.htm)

Just my opinion, but I think the look works, especially if you are staying with a racer look.

bgbassplyr
12-23-2009, 01:20 AM
Breathing protection berfore welding. Prevent lung damage and/or life termination.

Also be sure those wheels are aluminum and not mags.

toysrrus
12-23-2009, 04:41 AM
Hi Folks,

I`ve seen those rims on an MGB (I Think). I`m quite certain they are a "Stock" rim to somesort of Car but Which one ????????

Regards, Russ

toysrrus
12-23-2009, 04:43 AM
Hi Folks,

I`ve seen those rims on an MGB (I Think). I`m quite certain they are a "Stock" rim to somesort of Car but Which one ????????

I just thought of one. Would it be to an "MG Midget"? "Na"; Their not "15" inchers on a Midget!

Back to the drawing board.

Regards, Russ

rlwhitetr3b
12-23-2009, 09:16 AM
Looks to be on 12 wheels from here... :jester:

Ah, shouldn't that be 16 wheels?

DrEntropy
12-23-2009, 09:38 AM
yeah.... numb digits. We're havin' 'winter' early here. :wink:

tdskip
12-23-2009, 09:56 AM
What, under 70 degrees you get fuzzy Doc? LOL.

Was kind of funny - we did an outdoor hot chocolate / homemade cookie party here and everyone was complaining that it was sooooo cold. It was 50 out! Oh man, I have to toughen up the kids. :-)

DrEntropy
12-23-2009, 10:13 AM
YuP!

68* is about my lower limit. I get ~crabby~ then.

50 is life-threat. :smirk:

tdskip
12-23-2009, 11:02 AM
YuP!

68* is about my lower limit. I get ~crabby~ then.

50 is life-threat. :smirk:

LOL

M_Pied_Lourd
01-17-2010, 05:09 PM
Hi Guys,

Progress update.

Things are moving along nicely. Just about finished running the brake/fuel lines. Most things back on the engine except for the generator and spin on oil filter adaptor.I pulled the header off to wrap it and will install it again once I pick up the wrap. Still waiting to torque the steering rack down and am still waiting on the rod end. Sat the radiator in place and it fits perfectly and looks good. Too bad you can only see the neck once the apron is on.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Engine/P1060694.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Engine/P1060697.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Engine/P1060704.jpg

Disregard the old lower rad hose....just there to check the fit.....I do have all new hoses.

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

tdskip
01-17-2010, 05:12 PM
WOW!

DNK
01-17-2010, 05:21 PM
you sure your not building a 32 Ford? :laugh:
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Engine/P1060697.jpg

pjsmetana
01-17-2010, 06:50 PM
lol @ 32 ford! Thats the rad not the grill!

I wish I had a 32 Ford... :laugh:

Don Elliott
01-17-2010, 07:07 PM
Dave - I can't see the generator or alternator.

M_Pied_Lourd
01-17-2010, 09:28 PM
Hi Don,

Generator is on the bench at the moment.

I was thinking of doing an alternator conversion but I think that I have decided against that for the moment. I have three good generators to pick from so I think that I will get the car up and running before I decide if I want to swap. Getting the generator back on the car will be one of this weeks projects. It certainly has been nice these past few days working out in the garage as it has not been so cold.

Cheers,
Dave

mallard
01-17-2010, 10:41 PM
Looking Great

tdskip
01-18-2010, 09:08 AM
Dave, aka M Pied Lourd, aka Tush, aka wrench extraordinaire from the great North;

One of us could just happen to swing by and "accidentally" tip over the work bench where the generators are stored so they are all damaged to a point where you <span style="text-decoration: underline">have</span> to get an alternator?

M_Pied_Lourd
01-18-2010, 09:39 AM
I have triple redundancy built in....one is on the bench, one is in the garden shed and one is in the basement....you see, there is method and reasoning behind my parts storage madness! :smile:

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

tinman58
01-18-2010, 10:27 AM
Dave, Very nice work!!
It is funny how that when we replace something it is never thrown out. "just in case" "They don't make this anymore" etc... I now have two steering box's two hood bows, etc. etc. etc.....

M_Pied_Lourd
01-24-2010, 02:51 PM
Did a bit more over the weekend...

Generator cleaned/painted/installed.
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Generator/P1060711_00.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Generator/P1060712_00.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Generator/P1060714_00.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Generator/P1060721.jpg
Header wrapped.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Exhaust/P1060732.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Exhaust/P1060736.jpg

Did a few other things. Installed the clutch slave/flywheel inspection cover, lower rad hose, heater valve/pipe etc.

Recieved my missing steering rack end link so will be installing that in the next few days.

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

tdskip
01-24-2010, 10:34 PM
Nice!

How did you clean up the alternator case?

Which Eastwood paint on what part?

M_Pied_Lourd
01-24-2010, 10:53 PM
Hey Skip,

I took the pulley and fan off. Took the back off and checked/cleaned the magnets and connections etc and blew some compressed air in there to get all the dust and debris out.

I used my dremel with a buffing pad and compound to do the rear and front aluminum casing bits and then taped them off. I used eastwood underhood black for the casing and the fan. I used eastwood spray grey for the pulley as I wanted the waterpump/generator/thermostat housing to match (Yes I know it's not the correct colour but I am doing what I like and this will never be a concourse car with the life it's had).

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

PeterK
01-25-2010, 08:02 AM
Beautiful job on the header wrap.

RCH
01-25-2010, 06:36 PM
Have I seen these wheels on A mid 70's Jensen Healy?

M_Pied_Lourd
01-25-2010, 06:49 PM
RCH,

Not sure where they are from or what they are off of.....I suppose it is possible. :smile:

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

M_Pied_Lourd
01-30-2010, 04:25 PM
Pretty cold out in the garage so I though I would do a few smaller projects to get them out of the way. Decided to go ahead and refurb the clutch/brake MC and the windscreen wiper motor. Here are a few pics of the projects.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Bulkhead/P1060758.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Bulkhead/P1060762.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Bulkhead/P1060774.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Bulkhead/P1060777.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Bulkhead/P1060785.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Bulkhead/P1060816.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Bulkhead/P1060830.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Bulkhead/P1060832.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Bulkhead/P1060838.jpg

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

bgbassplyr
01-30-2010, 04:30 PM
Very nice!

tinman58
01-30-2010, 06:21 PM
Oh so Pretty!!!!

DNK
01-30-2010, 07:38 PM
Dave -59 degrees in mine
https://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o316/donkelly23/TR6/DSCF6139.jpg

M_Pied_Lourd
01-30-2010, 07:54 PM
Downright Cozy Don :smile:

Last night is was about -20 C (-27 C with the Windchill).....the garage is pretty drafty to say the least. I do have a small 240 V electric heater in there but it is struggling to keep up. I did have it up to about +10 C ( about 50 degrees F) and it is comfortable enough to work out there.

Cheers,
Dave

tdskip
01-30-2010, 07:57 PM
Hey - guys. Look. Don has a TR6. Who knew? When did that show up? LOL.

Nice work, as usual, Tush!

DNK
01-30-2010, 09:49 PM
Santa dropped it off :laugh:

Brosky
01-30-2010, 10:08 PM
So that's where that car went to hide......

How about a few closeups?

tdskip
01-30-2010, 10:55 PM
What is that color Don?

DNK
01-30-2010, 11:02 PM
Baby SH** Brown

AngliaGT
01-30-2010, 11:33 PM
Don,

How do you get it through those two doors?

- Doug

DNK
01-30-2010, 11:49 PM
it'll fit thru those doors fine. I also have a 3'0"-7'0" just out of view
















Of course I also have 2 standard 8'garage doors and a 10' garage door if it gets angry

prb51
01-31-2010, 11:27 AM
MPL,
Everything looks fantastic.
Are you going to use DOT5? I've used it for a few years now as I repainted everything as you've done only to have a leak from the bottom of the resevoir that followed the pipe to the Brake cyl and down the pedals etc...had to remove everything and redo.
If I were you and using dot3/4 I'd test the res for holding fluid before installing.

M_Pied_Lourd
01-31-2010, 02:19 PM
PRB,

Yep, going with DOT5. I use it in my TR6 and have had no issues.

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

KVH
01-31-2010, 02:20 PM
How did you refinish that wiper motor to look like that? What did you do, and what paint or finishe did you use. Looks great.

M_Pied_Lourd
01-31-2010, 02:55 PM
Hi KVH,

Two ways that you could do it.

1st way is the easier way and it is more "cosmetic" than anything. You could just clean and scuff the surfaces with a scotchbrite pad and wipe clean with a degreaser/paint prep solvent...I use PRE from Eastwood in the areosol format. Tape off the areas and paint in two stages. For paint I used Eastwood Alumablast and Eastwood Underhood Black (+ their slef etching primer).

2nd way and the better way if you are looking to do a full refurb is to take it all apart and give it a thorough cleaning....take out all the old hardend grease etc. Check the wiring and replace/resolder as required etc..check/replace the contacts etc. You can then take the casing/body/capping etc to the blasting cabinet (if you have access to one). I used aluminum oxide to clean the parts before painting. I was thinking of keeping the aluminum casing natural as it cleaned up really well but I think that the paint will hold up better in the long run. Re-assemble with fresh grease and you are good to go.

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

M_Pied_Lourd
01-31-2010, 03:03 PM
Ok, todays project was to clean up the carbs and intake manifold as best I could.

Here are some "before" photos of them test fitted to the engine and the intake before being blasted with aluminum oxide.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Carbs/P1060842.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Carbs/P1060844.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Carbs/P1060850.jpg

During
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Carbs/P1060851.jpg

After.
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Carbs/P1060856.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Carbs/P1060858.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Carbs/P1060863.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Carbs/P1060868.jpg

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

TR4
02-01-2010, 01:44 PM
Well, that sure did pretty things up quite a bit...very nice.

tdskip
02-01-2010, 02:26 PM
That does it - Tush, exect to receive a big honking box full of 3 or 4 cars worth of stuff to get "the Pied treatment".

Don Elliott
02-01-2010, 03:44 PM
Dave - The "after photos" look so clean, I bet you could cook on them.

M_Pied_Lourd
02-01-2010, 04:02 PM
Thanks Don,

That is a big complement coming from you. I am just trying to make it "presentable" and "dependable" (as much as can be anyway :)). Today I am working on pulling the heater apart and cleaning it up. Looks to be in pretty good shape fortunately.

I think that I am going to start on the guages by the end of the week....trying to do alot of the smaller work prior to starting work on the body (although I have been picking at that as well)

It's all gotta get done sometime right, so It doesn't really matter as far as the order is concerned. I would like to have the body ready to send out by the End of March however....I have another week vacation scheduled soon and I should be able to get alot done then as well.

Cheers,
David

DrEntropy
02-01-2010, 08:51 PM
That's just plain sexy. :thumbsup:

BillJoBob
02-02-2010, 06:25 PM
Wow....if I didnt know better, I would think somebody had snuck in to my shop and took pics of my build. Nice frame. did you use POR 15? I like that sway bar too. Where did it come from? Moss? TRF? I will post some pics soon. Nice to see that I am on the right track with a Jedi...lol.

M_Pied_Lourd
02-02-2010, 07:13 PM
Hi Bill, Yes indeed POR15 it is. Had good sucess with it on my TR6 restoration. My sway bar came with the car (a former vintage racer) and I believe it is an addco bar that matches the front bar as well.

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

M_Pied_Lourd
02-07-2010, 04:51 PM
Too cold to work out in the garage today so I though I would work on a project inside the house.

Take a look at the date on the bags that I pulled out of storage....

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Dash/P1060907.jpg

Funny that it is 1 year to the day since I first took them off the car.

Took them all apart to clean and polish them. Temp and Amp guages can be a little bit tricky I found, but I think that they came out pretty well.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Dash/P1060910.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Dash/P1060926.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Dash/P1060927.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Dash/P1060925.jpg

Going to work on getting the center cluster blasted and painted during the next week.

I am starting a mini vacation on Wednesday and am determined to set the Mig welder up and start practicing....hope to start making some patches to the body by next weekend.

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

M_Pied_Lourd
03-29-2010, 06:38 PM
Thought I would move back to this thread with a few updates.

So welding is continuing. I have fixed the spare tire pan sides and the trunk on each side and am awaiting the rear body mounts and closing panels before I can finish that area.

I decided to move on to some other problem areas. Here is what I am working on now.

Rear wheel arch drivers side.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070269.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070272.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070277.jpg

I have a bad spot on the front drivers side inner wing

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070286.jpg

I decided to cut it out with the body to frame mount attached

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070296.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070289.jpg

I am going to see if I can rescue the mount, however it looks like it might be pretty rusty as well in spots.

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

Tr3aguy
03-29-2010, 06:44 PM
How long did it take you to figure out the welding part? I have a lot of replacement parts that I need to accomplish!

M_Pied_Lourd
03-29-2010, 06:53 PM
Well, I am still an amateur in the welding department, but I am getting better (I think). I have now welded in 6 patches on the car. Takes practice and patience. I still blow holes in the metal now and again but at least I am getting better fixing them. I practiced for about 2 weeks on scrap metal before I attempted it on the car. I have been through one bottle of MIG gas so far (about 4 hours total of welding) and just had it re-filled today.

I still haven't finished the inner sills as of yet as I wanted to get some practice in on easier spots before I attempted the repair in a confined area.

The plan is to get the welding done on top of the car before I flip the body over and work on the bottom. I hope to do that in the next couple of weeks and would really like to get the body out to paint by the end of April.

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

Jprmm15
03-30-2010, 05:28 PM
What did you use to clean and polish gauges? WOW, your project looks great!!!

tdskip
03-30-2010, 06:00 PM
Tush - I'm not overly thrilled with the inside of the rear arch, looks pretty scabby in there...

Don Elliott
03-30-2010, 07:18 PM
Dave - I have a brand new pair of front inner fender supports. When I was doing Frank's, I had the shop make my a second set. Are you interested ? If so I'l have to look for them. They are made of 16 gauge - thicker than the original ones.

M_Pied_Lourd
03-30-2010, 08:42 PM
Hi Jpr, thanks. I took the gauges apart and cleaned them with a qtip and gave them a quick wipe again with a qtip with pledge furniture polish.

Skip, a little rusty in there but solid enough after prodding with a screwdriver. Before closing that area in, I sprayed inside as far as I could go with rust converter.

Don,

Sending you an email.

Thanks
Dave

tdskip
03-31-2010, 12:06 AM
Skip, a little rusty in there but solid enough after prodding with a screwdriver. Before closing that area in, I sprayed inside as far as I could go with rust converter.


Figured as much, just being anal about it... Sorry.

M_Pied_Lourd
03-31-2010, 09:24 AM
What I am also going to do is drill an access hole in that small plate that I just welded in and I am going to spray waxoil in there and then plug the hole with a rubber plug. I have been thinking now that what I should have done was welded a nut on the backside of the panel and just put a set screw in there that I could remove. Figured I could give it a shot of protection once every little while. Oh well...next restoration :smile:

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

Don Elliott
03-31-2010, 10:36 AM
Dave - You will rarely get humdity or water splashing up into there unless you plan to do a lot of rainy weather driving.

tdskip
03-31-2010, 11:59 AM
I agree w/Don, once converted and sealed if the metal is solid <span style="text-decoration: underline">and</span> you get the scale off first you should be OK.

M_Pied_Lourd
04-04-2010, 10:41 AM
Hi Guys,

So, a little more progress over the past couple of days.

So here is the panel that I cut out and seperated in order to try and save the mounting bracket.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070298_00.jpg

As you can see, pretty bad.

Don E, fortunately has some replacement mounts that he is selling to me otherwise, I was going to have to fabricate something.

I cut a patch out of my parts car and cut it to fit in

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070311_00.jpg

Here it is welded in

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070318_00.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070312.jpg

The bottom flange will be trimmed and welded to the bottom of the new mount once I get the mount from Don. Here is what it should like.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070279-1.jpg

Here it is part way through the grinding process.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070324_00.jpg

I started stripping out the fiberglass on the drivers side inner sill...looks interesting....

Cheers,
Dave

tdskip
04-05-2010, 09:50 AM
"Interesting" as in what the $^@%?

It's been great to see you tackling these jobs after never having picked up a MIG before. Just think how she'll drive with all of the strength you've put back into her Tush.

Some more grinding, some filler, and that repair will disappear. Good stuff!

M_Pied_Lourd
04-21-2010, 07:53 PM
Quick update.

After not working on the car for a couple of weeks, tonight I decided to flip her over and work on the bottom a little. Something that I have been putting off.

Yes, unfortunately, a futon mattress was harmed in the process.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Body%20Flip/P1070341.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Body%20Flip/P1070345.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Body%20Flip/P1070338.jpg

Started stripping and spent a couple of hours on it. Will continue tomorrow but it is not going too bad.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Body%20Flip/P1070353.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Body%20Flip/P1070352.jpg

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

HerronScott
04-21-2010, 08:01 PM
I wish my spare tire compartiment looked like that. You can see through mine and then through the trunk floor as well....

Scott

M_Pied_Lourd
04-21-2010, 08:04 PM
Well Scott, if it is any consolation, you could see through the side of the spare tire compartment on both sides as well as through to the trunk...Those patches have been made and just need a little more finishing.

Cheers,
David

TR4nut
04-21-2010, 09:11 PM
Looks good David. I am dreading that part on my 59. Its undercoated and I haven't put much of a dent in it yet.

tdskip
04-21-2010, 10:25 PM
Good to see you well enough to be back at it!

That spare tire area does look pretty good.

tdskip
04-21-2010, 10:25 PM
Looks good David. I am dreading that part on my 59. Its undercoated and I haven't put much of a dent in it yet.

Not much to do but go after it Randy (he says from a safe distance whereby he can't actually offer to help....) :-)

M_Pied_Lourd
07-29-2010, 05:34 PM
Hi Guys,

Bit of an update as I am on vacation this week and was able to work on the car for a little bit.

I decided to tackle the inner sills after thinking about them for a very long time...oddly enough, they weren't repairing themsleves no matter how hard I thought about it.....

So, some beginning pictures to refresh your memories

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070009-1.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070671.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070672.jpg

The outer was solid enough so I cut off the inner and pulled a patch from the parts car. Here are the side by sides.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070674.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070677.jpg

Ready to go in
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070681.jpg

Passenger side in.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070682.jpg

Drivers side tacked in before I ran out of MIG Gas.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070694.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070696.jpg

Bought the manual metal punch as suggested. Works great

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070699.jpg

Off the the welding shop tomorrow to get the bottle filled and will finish it up tomorrow and then will start on welding the floor repair section back in.

Cheers.
Dave

tdskip
07-29-2010, 07:17 PM
Ohhhh - pretty tool. That is a serious bit of kit there.

Nice work for a guy who doesn't know how to weld ;-)

M_Pied_Lourd
07-30-2010, 03:06 PM
Have you ever just wanted to get out a big can of Bondo :yesnod:

Fix one thing and find another....was cleaning up the bottom of the stills and found some pinholes and then started cleaning up the sides out the outer sill and beneath the bondo layer found some more holes. So, I did what was right and pulled the outer sill off completely. Not something I had anticipated doing. Here are some pics.

Pinholes and more....

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070701.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070703.jpg

You know you wish you hadn't....

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070707.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070709.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070711.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070714.jpg
Looks like the PO just braised a patch over the old sill...

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070720.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070722.jpg
Also have a hole beneath the stone gard. Suggestions on how to fix this? I am thinking of cutting out the section in red and I need to get below it anyway to fix the sill. Anything that I should look out for...words of encouragement?

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070725.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070726.jpg

Oh yeah..looks like someone has been in there before...
Cheers,
Dave

TR4nut
07-30-2010, 03:16 PM
Dave-

Keep it up, the work you are doing looks great and is giving me more incentive to start tackling my 3A body. I missed the earlier discussion on the hole punch - is it better than the air tool version? I bought a Harbor Freight combo flanger/punch that in limited duty seems to do okay.

Randy

M_Pied_Lourd
07-30-2010, 03:31 PM
Hi Randy,

The punch seems to work pretty good and it comes with 6 different sized dies. It works up to 16 G sheetmetal though I can tell you that it takes some significant force to punch through that...I am lucky that I am a big guy and can lean on it. The air punch that I looked at only had one size die included so I thought that I would go for the flexibility.

Cheers,
Dave

M_Pied_Lourd
07-30-2010, 06:40 PM
Had a couple more hours before the ball game came on so I decided to see what was behind the panel.

Here is what it looked like

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070727.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070729.jpg
So I went ahead and cut out the rot

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070738.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070740.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070750.jpg

And I cut the section out of the parts car that I will prep tomorrow morning.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070746.jpg

Will post some more progress photos tomorrow (hopefully)

Cheers,
Dave

Tr3aguy
07-30-2010, 06:45 PM
David...
It is really encouraging to see your progress.....I think if you are going to do it....do it right....even if you are not going for concourse restoration....that way it will be around.....
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pucman/3408571886/
That is why this is already purchased

Tr3aguy
07-30-2010, 08:01 PM
Hmmm I give up on the photo thing....I post like it is supposed to be but does not show up?

M_Pied_Lourd
07-30-2010, 08:05 PM
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/3408571886_d3df80dfd5.jpg

Looks great JP.

Cheers,
Dave

cmacmillan
07-31-2010, 11:56 PM
Dave - just read through the whole thread....not sure how I've missed it to this point - amazing work! What kind of MIG kit did you pick up? (apologies if you already mentioned and I missed it!)

-Cam

tdskip
08-01-2010, 08:23 AM
Cam - I think it was something like this if not this exact Hobart model. If you are going to be doing any amount of welding you want a decent machine. You can also go to Weld-talk (at the Hobart site) and ask what they recommend, good people there.

https://www.hobartwelders.com/images/product_shots/handler140.jpg



The Handler® 140 operates off 115 volt standard household current for maximum versatility. Comes ready to weld with or without shielding gas, no additional kit required. With an amperage output range of 25 - 140, it easily handles a broad selection of solid mild steel or stainless, flux cored and aluminum wires.

PatGalvin
08-01-2010, 08:56 AM
I have the very same Hobart welder, circa 1992. It still works great and is more than adequate for any welding required for the car. It was $600 then... That was when MIG was fairly new technology for hobbyists. With CO2/Argon mix gas, welds look pretty darn good. I have gone through about 10 pounds of wire on my TR3 (although, I'm sure a good bit of that ended up on the floor, after grinding).

Pat

M_Pied_Lourd
08-01-2010, 09:04 AM
Hi Cam,

I have the Lincoln Easy Mig 140. Works very well and I am very happy with it. I am slowly figuring it out and now am more confident playing around with the wire speed and amps. You can buy one at CT for between 5/600. All in you will be around the 1000 dollar mark with a good auto darkening helmet/gloves/accesories/welding gas/bottle etc etc.

Will post some more pics this afternoon of the rear sill repair. Not completley done yet but you will get the idea.

Cheers,
Dave

PS, what ever happened with your fuel pump?

tdskip
08-01-2010, 09:37 AM
Ah, that is right, thought you went with the Hobart. In any case, either of these are good machines and you want a good machine if you are going to jump in Cam.

I'd encourage you to go for it - once you have a MIG you'll wonder how you ever did without one!

luke44
08-01-2010, 10:22 AM
Hmmm I give up on the photo thing....I post like it is supposed to be but does not show up?

JP - I know your frustration as I went through it. I had a very patient guy help me learn it in the beginning too. I'm not giving up on you man - you were so close - check your PM's and promise me you'll try one more time...

Tr3aguy
08-01-2010, 12:29 PM
like this maybe...

https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3339/3408571886_d3df80dfd5_b.jpg

luke44
08-01-2010, 01:43 PM
like this maybe...
Feels good huh? :wink:

M_Pied_Lourd
08-01-2010, 09:03 PM
Hey JP, Great Job!

Ok, a couple more photos.

The cleaned part ready to be cut for the patch

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070751.jpg

Patch fitted. I will be welding in the bottom of the verticle link later.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070758.jpg

Welded in and ready to gring the welds.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1070765.jpg

Cheers,
Dave

tdskip
08-01-2010, 09:10 PM
Good stuff Tush - keep us posted!

cmacmillan
08-02-2010, 10:15 AM
Thanks for the run-down guys. Based on what you're saying and browsing the shops, 500-$600 seems to be the price point for a decent MIG - I'll keep an eye on CanTire...maybe ask Santa for a shiny MIG!

Dave - I knocked the loose valve back out and have been trying to think of some way to secure/seal it. I was thinking of putting a few dots of something like Permatex to keep it from wobbling....that's assuming gasoline wouldn't affect the adhesion.

M_Pied_Lourd
08-02-2010, 02:59 PM
Hi Cam,

Don't think that the permatex is a good idea. Most likely will have a problem in a gas environment.

Cheers,
Dave

cheseroo
08-02-2010, 03:43 PM
Tush,

I'm very impressed. Seems like this thing keeps trying to knock you on your backside and you keep soldiering through. Speaks much of your character. You are doing a beautiful job but at this point I wouldn't care what it ends up looking like. I'm sure you'll be a grinning when you drive it.

Enjoy!

Don Elliott
08-02-2010, 04:10 PM
I'm sure Dave will cover it lovingly all over with icing sugar and light a 100 candles to celebrate it getting finished.

When you're finished, don't forget your other job. I hear you make some tasty dishes !

Don

M_Pied_Lourd
10-17-2010, 09:29 PM
Well, been a little while but wanted to get the 6 put into storage before continuing with the 3A project. So, the 6 went into storage on Saturday and today was garage cleaning/organizing day for the most part but I did manage to get to play a little bit. Thought I would start on the rear valence of the car. It is a big mess with lots of pop riveted patches/brazing/bondo and rust etc. Thought that I would start by removing the closing pieces at the bottom of the valence. Got one piece out tonight but it was getting too late to be noisy in the garage....some pics anyway.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1080310.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1080316.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1080312.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1080321.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1080323.jpg

And the two new closing pieces.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1080309.jpg

Bought some outer sills as well and did a quick test fit and they look like they are going to work out very well so I am happy about that.

Thats it for tonight

Cheers,
David

tdskip
10-17-2010, 11:06 PM
Go Tush go!

Watch the profile of the sills, there have been fit issues noted on these.

M_Pied_Lourd
10-21-2010, 07:32 PM
So now that I have practiced some welding......I am going to tear it all apart :smile:

I mentioned in another thread that I bought some new inner sills (to go along with the outer sills that I bought allready) and some new floor pans.
I am not unhappy with the repairs that I did, but they are not going to be as good as they could be with all brand new panels. I am only going to do this once so might as well do it right!
So tonight, out came one of the floor pans. Going to do one side at a time. Before I remove the sill, I am going to weld in some more bracing to help with refitting everything as it should be. I believe that my Williams book suggests tacking in the floor pan before removing the sill completely so I will have to look at that option. Advice as always is more than welcome by those that have BTDT. I have done a search of the archives and found a few good threads on the subject with some good pics as well.
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Floor%20and%20Sill%20Repair/P1080391.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Floor%20and%20Sill%20Repair/P1080392.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Floor%20and%20Sill%20Repair/P1080395.jpg

Cheers
David

M_Pied_Lourd
10-27-2010, 06:49 PM
Just like Christmas today...received my alternator conversion, my new inner sills, rear side stiffeners and new floors (and a few other little things). I have to say that I am happy with the new inner sills and the stiffeners (both heritage) but the floors leave a little to be desired (marked made in the USA/not heritage). I did drop the passenger side floor in and it seems like it is going to fit ok at least.

In another thread I asked about the availability of the tubes that run through the rear valence closing piece. I ordered the distance tube as suggested but it is not the right part so it will have to go back.

Will post some pics a little later.

Cheers,
David

TR3driver
10-27-2010, 07:20 PM
In another thread I asked about the availability of the tubes that run through the rear valence closing piece. I ordered the distance tube as suggested but it is not the right part so it will have to go back.
Oops! I was at least one of the guilty parties. My apologies, I misunderstood the question. I thought you were looking for the distance pieces, instead of the tubes that are part of the body.

AFAIK the body tubes are part of the rear apron assembly, not serviced separately. Shouldn't be too hard to fabricate, though.

M_Pied_Lourd
10-27-2010, 07:51 PM
No Problem Randall. I will see if I can fab something up. Will see if I can find some suitable tubing at Home Depot etc. I think that the ones that are on the car are too far gone to repair.

Cheers,
David

M_Pied_Lourd
11-07-2010, 06:54 PM
Hi Guys,

Bit of an update. So, I have been working on the inner sills and floors and am getting to the point where I am about to weld in the passenger side sill. Doing lots of measurements and fit checks as I don't want any surprises in the end. I am psyching myself up to actually do some welding after looking at it and checking it again and again. In the meantime, I have been doing a few smaller jobs all to keep the project moving along in some form.

I think that the next thing that I will have soda blasted will be both doors so I have begun to take them apart.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/P1080402.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/P1080411.jpg

Not too bad as they seem to be in good shape overall. One of the wood blocks split into about 3 pieces so I will have to replace that. A couple of stuck fasteners to get out still.

After the doors, the wings will go to get done so I spent the afternoon today with a heat gun and a scraper taking the undercoating off.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/P1080498.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/P1080493.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/P1080500.jpg

Original paint under the stone guards.
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/P1080503.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/P1080506.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/P1080509.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/P1080515.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/P1080519.jpg

Some surface rust to take care of but I think that it looks pretty good.
1 down and three to go!
Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

tdskip
11-07-2010, 08:20 PM
I've seen a LOT worse Tush!

M_Pied_Lourd
11-29-2010, 07:41 PM
Quick update.
Been working on getting the passenger side sill in the car and am taking my time to fit the door, outer sill and front wing before I weld things up. I have tacked the bottom of the A post temporarily.

I think that it looks not too bad although I haven't much to compare to....the door gaps were not great on this car to begin with as it had been in a few scrapes/crashes in its time I am sure.

Here are some pics. If anyone would care to comment on the gaps so far, I would welcome the feedback.

Pics are a little dark....
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Floor%20and%20Sill%20Repair/P1080585.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Floor%20and%20Sill%20Repair/P1080588.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Floor%20and%20Sill%20Repair/P1080589.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Floor%20and%20Sill%20Repair/P1080591.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Floor%20and%20Sill%20Repair/P1080593.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Floor%20and%20Sill%20Repair/P1080596.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Floor%20and%20Sill%20Repair/P1080600.jpg

There is a problem with the front fender fit at the bottom where it contacts the outer sill. I am going to have to recess the area a bit better for the fender to fit properly. Right now, the outer sill is preventing the bottom of the fender from contacting the mounting points underneath on the inner sill.

Cheers,
David

M_Pied_Lourd
12-27-2010, 05:27 PM
Hi All,

Thought I would update this thread. Nice to get some time off over Christmas to work on the car a little bit.

Finally got the inner sills welded in after alot of test fitting of the doors and front fender. Also welded in the floors (on the topside at least) and welded in the outer sills.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Sills/P1080714.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Sills/P1080716.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Sills/P1080747.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Sills/P1080625.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Sills/P1080725.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Sills/P1080745.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Sills/P1080746.jpg

Cheers,
Tush

M_Pied_Lourd
12-27-2010, 05:34 PM
Thought I would also start cleaning up the tub a little bit to do something different for a change.

Did a little stripping of the bulkhead and took out the brake/clutch housing and media blasted that.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Interior%20Strip/P1080729.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Interior%20Strip/P1080726.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Interior%20Strip/P1080736.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Interior%20Strip/P1080739.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Interior%20Strip/P1080751.jpg
Found more braising on the top of the front drivers side wing

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Interior%20Strip/P1080749.jpg
Started working on the rear of the tub as well
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Interior%20Strip/P1080748.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Interior%20Strip/P1080780.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Interior%20Strip/P1080781.jpg

Cheers,
Tush

tdskip
12-27-2010, 07:28 PM
Yum, fresh metal always looks so good doesn't it. Nice work Tush, great to see how far your fabrication skills have come so quickly.

M_Pied_Lourd
01-22-2011, 04:16 PM
Started doing some repairs on the wheel arches at the top as they are both pretty rusted out. Not finished yet as I ran out of Mig gas before I could do the plug welds at the bottom. Here are some pics.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wheel%20Well%20Repair/P1080807.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wheel%20Well%20Repair/P1080812.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wheel%20Well%20Repair/P1080818.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wheel%20Well%20Repair/P1080820.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wheel%20Well%20Repair/P1080824.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wheel%20Well%20Repair/P1080825.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wheel%20Well%20Repair/P1080826.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wheel%20Well%20Repair/P1080829.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wheel%20Well%20Repair/P1080832.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wheel%20Well%20Repair/P1080834.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wheel%20Well%20Repair/P1080837.jpg

Still need to drill the holes for the wing mount and attache the cage nuts to the back. I think that I have enough room to get a mig torch in there....if not, plan b.

Cheers,
David

TR6BILL
01-22-2011, 06:30 PM
Tush, you have got to be a gluten for punishment.

mallard
01-22-2011, 07:37 PM
David looks like some good work. I got to do some welding myself on Sunday. What's with the five holes on top of the fender well?

M_Pied_Lourd
01-22-2011, 07:54 PM
Hi Keith,

There must be about 30 holes in different areas where the PO installed various rolls bars (none of them came with the car). Will weld them up eventually.....

Bill, much more effort going into this one over the TR6...then again, the 6 came from California...not alot of rust on that one. On this one, age + rust + vintage racing has not been kind!

Anyway, still having fun, just taking alot more time to get this one to be a good looking driver.

Cheers,
David

Don Elliott
01-22-2011, 11:07 PM
Dave - Are you planning to publish your work as a book explaining how to restore a TR3A ?

Regards

Don Elliott

M_Pied_Lourd
01-22-2011, 11:22 PM
Now thats not anything that anyone would want to buy :smile:

My car wasn't in two pieces like yours was! If there is anyone that could/should write a book, it would be you Don.

Still having fun.

Cheers,
David

PS, still looking for that stub axle. Been through the basement and garage bins with no luck. Trying to get out to the garden shed but the weather is making that difficult....

Brosky
01-23-2011, 04:25 PM
Nice work you have going there my friend. Will you be able to seal all of that up when you are done so that no rust starts back in the again?

tdskip
01-23-2011, 04:53 PM
Tush - kind of hard to see but is that a lap or butt joint on that metal strip?

M_Pied_Lourd
01-23-2011, 05:58 PM
Hey Paul,

Might be a little difficult to do much in that area as I don't want to build it up too much and effect the gap at that top seam where the beading drops in. I will probably check it after the paint is done. I can say that I did use weld through primer between the layers. I can also say that it will be sealed most likely with POR 15 on the inner tub as well. I was thinking that I might like to try to lizard skin product for fun......

Tom, So it was a two part repair. I didn't show a picture of it, but the first thing I did was to repair the metal on the inner rear quarter panel over the wheel well butt jointed on the bottom and sides. I did the repair in three smaller sections because of the arch. After I repaired the base metal, I repaired the side of the "saddle" section by butt welding up to where it forms the edge where the beading will be. The bottom of that piece is welded with spot welds about a 1/4 inch from the top arch of the wheel well.

Hope that my answer makes sence.

Cut some more stuff up and found some more holes this afternoon....will post some pics a little later.

Cheers,
Tush

tdskip
01-23-2011, 06:13 PM
Makes sense - and weld-thru primer is about the beat you can do at this point. I like to get a creeping type of cavity wax in there as well once the welding is done.

AEW
01-23-2011, 06:36 PM
I'm trying to reduce my pile of unnecessary things. One of the tasks is to say goodbye to some of the parts car scraps. I think I could have given you those tub parts you are making for just postage. Sorry a bit late I understand:(

(possibly need a new post from here)

Is there much use in trying to salvage parts like the upper wheel arches? I wasn't planning to bother. Also does anyone know if anybody cares to be told of the total destruction of the car? I mean does VTR collect defunct TS comm numbers or any thing?

M_Pied_Lourd
01-23-2011, 07:29 PM
Hi AEW,

No Worries. Actually, I don't mind making the repair panels if they are not too complex and beyond my skill set.

You wouldn't happen to have the following areas on your parts car would you....

Looking for the rear valence, or at least the sides on the right and left....don't need the center section.

I am also looking for the bottoms of the b posts on both sides where the rock guards would cover.

Cheers,
David

M_Pied_Lourd
01-23-2011, 10:24 PM
Played around a little bit more in the garage today and decided that I would tackle the front passenger side inner wing. Pretty rusty along the outside edge and all the cage nuts had rusted off. Need to weld some new metal in so out with the old.....

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Front%20Wings/P1080841.jpg


https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Front%20Wings/P1080843.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Front%20Wings/P1080846.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Front%20Wings/P1080858.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Front%20Wings/P1080855.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Front%20Wings/img_0948.jpg

Thought I would break the patch into 2 sections and keep the little tab in the middle for reference plus I wanted to move a little higher up to save the cage nuts for the hood latch bracket.

Continued stripping paint off the car as well and it is about 80 per cent done....found another hole to deal with that was covered with fiberglass...kind of and odd place....

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Front%20Wings/img_0952.jpg

And a general shot of the body

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Front%20Wings/img_0965.jpg

Will try and weld that patch in in the next couple of days. Going to get some more Mig gas tomorrow.

Cheers,
David

tdskip
01-23-2011, 10:43 PM
Good progress Tush - make sure to insure her well. :-)

M_Pied_Lourd
01-23-2011, 10:54 PM
You know what Skip, I have been giving alot of thought to installing a third brake in the rear valence before I send it out to paint. I would like it to look more "built in" so to speak. I have read some horror stories on here and elsewhere about 3s being rear ended...

Soon as it is finished I will have it appraised by the same guy that did my 6 and will insure it with the same company that does my 6 as well.

Cheers,
Tush

TexasKnucklehead
01-23-2011, 11:50 PM
David, Tush, M...

I have really enjoyed your pictures and progress. I am impressed with all of it. I am just about to begin the 'body work' portion of my restoration, so am paying very close attention. Regarding the latest inner wing cage nut area refurbishing, would it not be easier to do multiple small metal patches? How will you locate the position of the new cage nuts/holes?

Is that 2nd hole in the cut off section for the fender mirror?

Jer

M_Pied_Lourd
01-24-2011, 12:07 AM
Hi Tex,

I couldn't do smaller patches as the metal was pretty rusty and thin and I wouldn't have anything to weld to. I decided to cut from one area to another where I knew that I could weld it solidly. I kept the two cut out sections to make a perfect template for the replacement patches. I also wanted to make the patches as long as possible as I thought it would be easier to keep the outside edge aligned (not sure if it matters as you will never see it when it is done unless you look under the car...)

To answer you other questions, I plan on fitting the fender using the front wing holes and the captive nuts where the fender fits to the bottom of the sill. I can mark where the holes need to be drilled through and then can attach the captive nuts. Option 2, I could just lay over the template pieces and mark where the holes were.

Since the car that I am restoring is a former vintage racer, I think that it has had more than a few bumps in its life. I think that the fender location was changed slightly thus some of the extra holes in the old metal as you can see in that pic that I posted with the extra holes.

I plan on fitting all the panels including the boot and bonnet before I drill anything. Once I know the alignment is good, then I can mark, drill and weld the cage nuts.

Hope that this has answered your questions.

Cheers,
David

DNK
01-24-2011, 04:41 PM
David,Tush,M...
Nom de Plurals...
Pretty funny

M_Pied_Lourd
01-24-2011, 05:57 PM
Hi Guys,

Got the patches welded in today. Here are a few pics.

Here are the patches that I cut.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Front%20Wings/P1080881.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Front%20Wings/P1080884.jpg

Tack welded in

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Front%20Wings/P1080887.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Front%20Wings/P1080891.jpg

Fully Welded

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Front%20Wings/P1080895.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Front%20Wings/P1080897.jpg

Bottom side

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Front%20Wings/P1080903.jpg

Ground out

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Front%20Wings/P1080913.jpg

Cheers,
David

poolboy
01-24-2011, 08:37 PM
You're a man of many talents, Tush.
Hard to believe that an executive Chef can from his kitchen and then go home and build a car in his garage.

Brosky
01-24-2011, 08:39 PM
When do you find time to be an executive chef???

M_Pied_Lourd
01-24-2011, 09:08 PM
Well, I don't know why I actually own a whole house sometimes....If I am not at work, then I am mostly in the garage. I even put digital cable and a small flat screen out there to keep me company. Wish that I had more garage space and maybe a barn, then I could really be dangerous....

I always thought that I might like to do something like I am doing now as a retirement "hobby". The only problem is that I need to keep working in order to support the hobby.....its a vicious circle isn't it?

Cheers,
Tush

tdskip
01-25-2011, 11:58 AM
I always thought that I might like to do something like I am doing now as a retirement "hobby". The only problem is that I need to keep working in order to support the hobby.....its a vicious circle isn't it?


Yep!

Brosky
01-25-2011, 02:24 PM
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

We work to buy our cars. We work on our cars. We need to work more to pay for more parts to do more work on our cars. Then we buy another car. We work more to pay for another car.....and on ....and on ....and on................

mtlman8
01-25-2011, 03:08 PM
Thats the point you realize, it's the journey, not the destination.

Brosky
01-25-2011, 08:37 PM
Did anyone ever hear "The Song That Doesn't End"?


Listen at your own risk.... (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Db_S5iYFSY4)

M_Pied_Lourd
01-25-2011, 09:14 PM
Catchy......

It's eating my brain!

Cheers,
Tush

ps hard to believe that this thread has over 10 000 views....

M_Pied_Lourd
01-25-2011, 10:47 PM
Just bought a rear apron off ebay....one more piece of the puzzle.

Cheers,
Tush

toysrrus
01-26-2011, 03:16 AM
Hi Tush,

I`ve been where you are but not by myself. My body work is being done by a professional restorer. I just wanted to mention that relative to the "Cage Nuts"; You would be doing yourself a big favor by buying them from "Macys Garage". They are Stainless &amp; He captures the nuts in the cages where they will "NEVER" move.

I wish I could post some pics of mine here but again; I`m tentative in de-sizing my existing pics cause I lost a few of them in the past &amp; You just can`t go back to the "Before" stage to retake the pics; Thank Goodness!!

Lookin Good by the Way,

Russ

ekamm
01-26-2011, 07:59 AM
You really only need make a copy of any image and screw with the copy to rewtain all of your originals or upload to a sharing site and still keep tour copy.

M_Pied_Lourd
01-26-2011, 09:48 AM
Hi Russ,

Thanks...

One of the first things that I bought for the car were the cage nuts from Macy's. I bought them as soon as I encountered my first "seized" cage nuts while trying to unbolt the seat tracks from the car. I knew then that I was going to have to replace a whole lotta cages so I bought 30 of the 1/4 28 and some of the 5/16 24.

Here is a pic of them

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Cage%20Nuts/P1030672.jpg

AS an FYI, they are not SS but are mild steel.

I also but all of the Stainless Kits he had to offer to help me in my re-assembly.

Cheers,
David

M_Pied_Lourd
02-21-2011, 06:25 PM
Hi Guys,

Still waiting for my new rear valence so I thought that I would keep myself busy doing some of the smaller stuff. Before I could get to the smaller stuff, I had to pull apart my compressor and rebuild it as it had decided to quit on me. So with that done, I could do a little media blasting during the week.

I posted a pick of the seat tracks in another thread but also did a few more pieces..

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Small%20Parts%20Refinishing/P1080984.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Small%20Parts%20Refinishing/P1080988.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Small%20Parts%20Refinishing/P1090009.jpg

Thought I would give the soda blaster guy a bit of a head start on the wings and used some aircraft stripper to take off the paint layers down to the primer.
Will drop them off at the blaster in the next week or so.


https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Body%20Stripping/P1080977.jpg

Cheers,
David

TR4nut
02-21-2011, 06:45 PM
Nice work David - I need to send you my address, most of that stuff should fit in a medium sized box!

tinman58
02-21-2011, 07:09 PM
Beautiful stuff David! I wish I had bought a media blaster a couple years ago. Would have saved a lot of sanding and wire brushing. Are those parts powder coated or rattle can?

M_Pied_Lourd
02-21-2011, 07:23 PM
Hi Dan,

Rattle Can. I did the bumper brackets in a gloss black and the rest of the black items on the table in a semi gloss black from Eastwood. I did the seat tracks with silver cad from eastwood as mentioned in another thread.

Cheers,
David

tdskip
02-21-2011, 08:53 PM
Nice! Thanks for the update, and Randy it will be a while before anything is shipped since he's going to be busy on my stuff :-)

TexasKnucklehead
02-22-2011, 09:38 AM
David, don't tell us you're getting lazy now. The brake/clutch pedals come apart a little farther you know. Mine probably had a little more sand/dirt inside, but after complete dis-assembly and re-greasing, they operate much smoother.

Your updates are inspiring.

M_Pied_Lourd
02-22-2011, 09:50 AM
Hiya Tex,

Nope not getting lazy :-)

If you notice, the pedals are not on the completed table. I am taking mine apart as well. The media blaster didn't remove some of the sealer that is applied to the back of the pedals so I am doing that by hand.

Oh, one more thing. My Holes are out of round so I will be welding and drilling prior to painting.

Will post some pics of the completed project.

Cheers,
David

tdskip
02-22-2011, 10:14 AM
Oh, one more thing. My Holes are out of round so I will be welding and drilling prior to painting.


That bugs me to no end - not really a design flaw or anything - just use. Just some blobs of MIG and then smoothed to shape Tush? What do you use to get the opening back to correct profile?

M_Pied_Lourd
02-22-2011, 06:26 PM
Hi Tom,

Yes, I think that I will weld a blob in there but try and not fully close it. I would like to be able to keep the center of the hole open a little bit if possible so I can use it as a pilot to drill a new hole.

I do have an extra pedal that I need to check to see if is any better...I might not have to do anything at all.

Cheers,
Tush

M_Pied_Lourd
02-22-2011, 08:38 PM
Whadda ya know....

Rear valence showed up today....

Looks ok. Haven`t been out to the car to hold it up and compare what is on there now....

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/P1090015.jpg

Somehow, the bottom flange doesn`t look right to me....I think that the bottom finishing piece might be welded on the wrong way round (upside down).

At least it gives me something to work with. Will post more pics when I get a chance to look at it a little better...long day today and am kinda tired and can`t be bothered to go out to the garage....

Cheers,
David

tdskip
02-23-2011, 12:07 AM
Looks like a pretty good piece.

M_Pied_Lourd
03-08-2011, 03:09 PM
Hi All,

Had a bit of time to play today so thought I would take a look at the rear valence issue.

I was intially thinking of just replacing the bottom half of each side of the valence while leaving the top part attached.

Here is where I started.
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/P1090031.jpg

You can see I left a section of the bottom piece in the middle attached as well but I decided to remove that after I removed the other side 1/4.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/P1090049.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/P1090050.jpg

Here is what the drivers side 1/4 looked like on the inside

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/P1090046.jpg

I then started to look at the top piece of the valence that was left. I found some rust through holes at the top inner fender where the valence side tabs attach to. To fix these holes, I was going to have to remove the tabs. I found a few other small areas of concern so I ended up removing the whole rear valence so I can fix it properly. Here is what it looks like now.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/P1090056.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/P1090063.jpg

Tomorrow I am going to see how the new piece fits and do some cleaning of the area and replace some of the rust through areas on the side panels.

Cheers,
David

Don Elliott
03-08-2011, 05:56 PM
Dave - You still have to weld in the vertical piece that has the flanges all around. The flange that mates to the outside bottom of your spare wheel well should have the flange hammered with a curve in it (symm. about the centerline) so the fllor of your wheel well will be curved down when you look inside from the rear. This is needed to permit the wheel to slide into whe well.

Normally this flange should be about 5/8" wide but wityh the looks of your wheel well (looking cut too short), you may have to make that flange a bit wider to overlap.

Don Elliott
03-08-2011, 06:02 PM
This is how it looked on Frank's late TR3A before I cut it off and replaced it. You can see the curve. I had these two closing pieces made by a sheetmetal shop where they specialize in cutting and bending parts that are hard to find. I believe these are available now from Roadster Factory and other suppliers.

M_Pied_Lourd
03-08-2011, 06:10 PM
Hi Don,

Thanks for the heads up. I do have that verticle piece that fits the contour of the spare tire floor. As you can see in the picture, I also bought the bottom closing piece for the valence as well (with the drain holes on the end corners) but it is allready attached to the new valence so it looks like I will have that as a spare.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1080309.jpg

Cheers,
David

DNK
03-08-2011, 11:38 PM
DAve- Your doing such a nice job. Does it seem like your making progress?

tdskip
03-09-2011, 12:01 AM
I'd say he is making progress Don. Now, how is your kitchen coming along?

M_Pied_Lourd
03-09-2011, 08:34 AM
Hi Don,

Not really.

At this point, as soon as I start looking at a particular area, I find something else to repair...this has been the case with most of the areas on this car....sometimes it feels like I am going backwards!

I have a bunch of areas that are "partially" repaired as I seem to be jumping to different problem areas of the car and then waiting for parts/sheetmetal/welding materials to complete.

I have had the garage doors closed (winterized) for over 4 months now and it is beginning to get a little "stuffy" and dark in there. I am looking forward to Spring when I can get the garage doors open to let some light and air into the space.

I need to bring the TR6 home in about 6 weeks time so I need to make some more progress on the 3 body before them so I can get it back on the chassis.

Cheers,
Tush

tdskip
03-09-2011, 09:29 AM
Tush - I'd respectfully differ. :laugh:

Figuring out what is wrong and what you have to work with is progress! Assembling the correct parts and coming up with a plan of attack is progress, after all how could you proceed without that. Right?

This is why I dread picking up an angle grinder sometimes and actually confirming what I suspect is under the paint, but it is necessary, <span style="text-decoration: underline">unavoidable</span>, and ultimately represents a step forward.

Hang in there.

M_Pied_Lourd
05-23-2011, 03:14 PM
Been a long time since I updated this thread. Haven't had too much time to work on the car unfortunately as of late...real work just gets in the way. Been picking at little bits here and there but haven't done anything really significant for a little while.....

Raining again today. Hurts me to push the TR6 out in the rain as I have done so quite a bit as of late but it is the only way that I can work on the TR3A....here she is this morning....

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/P1090195.jpg

Been such a rotten spring here combined with my work schedule, I have only had it out 3 times since I brought her out of storage in April.

The TR250 is acting like a shelf for TR3A parts...I did this intentionally so as to not be tempted to start working on the 250 before the 3A is completed.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/img_1077.jpg

Started working on getting the rear valence back on the car. First needed to fill in the areas where I drilled out the old spot welds.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/P1090197.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/P1090198.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/P1090200.jpg

Test Fit the Rear Valence and tacked it in a few places.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/P1090205.jpg

Going to check the spare tire door fit and the fender fitment before I weld it in.

I did buy a used spot welder and have been playing around with it a little bit. Wish that I had purchased it a little earlier in the project. Would have been great for the inner and outer rocker replacement.

Cheers,
Tush

poolboy
05-23-2011, 03:38 PM
Poor Pearl..all dressed up and no place to go..

TexasKnucklehead
05-23-2011, 05:03 PM
The TR6 looks great. -even sitting in the rain. I don't know about anyone else, but my breath rate changes when I see the pictures of how that TR3 is coming along. I like to think I'm making (forward) progress, but it's fun to see others who definitely are.

Keep up the good work.

TR6BobNF
05-23-2011, 06:33 PM
David:
Nice work on the TR3A but it was your TR6 that really piqued my interest. Mine is white also but not Old English White, much to my dismay but my fault for not going back to OE White for the respray in 2005. I went with the brighter white that the DPO had put on the car. While surfing a few months ago I saved a bunch of pics of TR6 colors that I liked in anticipation of a repaint to some other brighter color or back to Old English White. Attached is one of the pics that I really liked and saved as an example for my color choice portfolio; your TR6. https://C:\Documents and Settings\Bob\My Documents\My Pictures That is one great looking TR6, the color is great and the hardtop and aftermarket wheels really compliment the clean lines of the car. Nice job!
Cheers,
Bob

TR6BobNF
05-23-2011, 07:00 PM
Durned pics did not attach. Trying again with pic of David's TR6. Beautiful!
Bob

TR6BobNF
05-23-2011, 07:01 PM
And the other pic. Very smart looking car!
Bob

M_Pied_Lourd
05-23-2011, 07:52 PM
Thanks for the complimentS Bob and Tex.

Bob,

When I restored the car, I found that it had the original crash pad on it and it had never been removed. I found that this is the best place to find the actual factory color of the car in unfaded, untouched condition. I buffed this area a little bit and then had the paint shop that painted my car take a digital sample of it. The color was matched from that digital sample.

Cheers,
Tush

tdskip
05-23-2011, 09:07 PM
Thanks for the update Tush

M_Pied_Lourd
06-09-2011, 08:58 PM
Still playing with the rear valence. Loosely bolted on the rear wings and dug out the boot lid. I can tell you that it is one big pain in the butt trying to get everything to line up. I am going to have to resort to doing some cutting and grinding I am afraid to get the gaps evened out.

I was going back and forth on weather to use the old channel that was on the old valence or go with the new one that was supplied. I decided to go with the old one as it seemed to be of better quality and I figured I could weld it back to where I cut it off as a reference point.

Here is the old channel being seperated from the old valence. The new valence didn't come with the center stiffener piece as well as the tab for the boot lock.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/P1090210.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/P1090211.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/P1090212.jpg

I have fit issues on each corner...

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/P1090217.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/P1090219.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/P1090220.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/P1090223.jpg
https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/P1090225.jpg

Will keep playing.....

Cheers,
Tush

68tr
06-10-2011, 02:51 PM
Tush,

How did it line up against the old Valence before you removed it? Just wondering about the value of saving the original top 1/2 of the rear valence (in situ) and just replacing the lower 1/2 ala Don Elliott? It would reduce the number of changes in the reference points? This is in my future as well....

Mike

M_Pied_Lourd
06-10-2011, 04:29 PM
Hi Mike,

I think that the fit was better with the old valence. Once you start stripping original panels off the car I think that it is always a challenge to make the replacements fit as well as the originals did (I know sometimes the original fit were suspect as well). I also know that with alot of time and effort, the panels can be made to fit much better than they ever did if you have the skill set.

I did contemplate using the top half of the panel but I found that I had quite a bit of rust on the top side of the valence where it wraps around on the top of the inner fender. When I removed the valence, there was actually no metal left underneath this area (looked like someone took a bite out of the metal). I actually had to weld new metal in this area to have something to weld to when I install the new panel.

The real reason that I used the whole new panel is that my old valence had no flanges on the sides. They had completely rusted away. I had nothing to fix the new side stiffeners to.

Cheers,
Tush

68tr
06-11-2011, 08:54 PM
HI Tush,

Sounds like you had few options. Great information and you are doing a wonderful job with it. Thanks for sharing your work.

Mike

M_Pied_Lourd
06-12-2011, 03:51 PM
Finally welded it on. I am not too unhappy with the gaps either. A big step for me to get this done as it was becoming a bit of a mental roadblock for me. Lots of things to consider with fender fit, boot fit, spare wheel cover fit etc etc.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/P1090230.jpg

Finally got the first fender completley stripped and ready for new cage nuts on the rear. After I stripped it, I sprayed it with self etching primer to stop the surface rust.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/P1090235.jpg

I feel like things are moving forward again.

Cheers,
Tush

mallard
06-12-2011, 04:18 PM
How did you take care of the large gap between the bottom corners of the deck lid? It looks very good now. I need to weld a little material to the bottom corner edges of my deck lid to make an even gap.

Don Elliott
06-12-2011, 05:01 PM
It looks great Dave. You must have been working on it (or on a wedding cake) during Spring Fling Weekend. I thought I might see you there. They awarded me "Best Engine Compartment" up in Collingwood. Drove 860 miles for that event.

M_Pied_Lourd
06-12-2011, 05:20 PM
Hi Keith,

That is exactly what I had to do. I welded some material into the corners to even out the gaps. The drivers side was much worse that that passenger side.

Hi Don, first TTC event that I have missed since I have been a member. Unfortunately, our company is going through some labour unrest and there were 2 strikes going on at two of our centers. It was all hands on deck and I ended up being away from home for 16 days all told. Wish that I could have made Spring fling. It would have been great to see you and the car again.

Maybe we will see you at the Canadian Classic in July? The TTC and OVTC will be participating in the ABCD in Britannia Park.

Cheers,
Tush

Gordon_Dedrick
06-12-2011, 06:27 PM
Tush

What wonderful work! I have been following this restoration since the days when you said you needed to learn to weld! You and your car have come a LONG WAY and I can tell you that most people with TR3's would be thrilled to have a car that looks like yours at this stage. KEEP WORKING!!! We are all anxiously awaiting the finished product. You have been so meticulous in repairing EVERYTHING to a standard that most of us could only hope for! Your car is going to be magnificent.
Gordon

Don Elliott
06-12-2011, 08:27 PM
I'm glad to read that you welded in a bit of sheetmetal to even up the gaps - as opposed to using Bondo or a bit of icing sugar.

Sorry Dave, I won't be at any of those events you mention because if my cardiologist tells me it's OK to fly, I'll be in England at the TR Register International in Harrowgate in North Yorkshire - the last weekend of July.

M_Pied_Lourd
06-12-2011, 08:30 PM
Thanks for the kind words Gordon and the encouragement.

Cheers,
Tush

tdskip
06-13-2011, 12:28 PM
That <span style="font-weight: bold">is</span> a big milestone Tush - looks great

Tr3aguy
06-13-2011, 04:36 PM
Tush....why do you have to live in Canada....when I reach that point if you were in Maryland or something I could buy enough beer to make you come by....but Canada is a little out of the way from Virginia.....
Looking great.....really

TR4nut
06-13-2011, 06:05 PM
My thoughts exactly JP - I already tried to lure him down to Texas. Nice job Tush!

M_Pied_Lourd
06-13-2011, 06:08 PM
Trust me guys, if I can do it anyone can :-)

Thanks though!

Cheers,
Tush

PS, I will say that restoring a TR3A (Body wise at least) is much harder than a TR6 IMO. The TR6 was great practice.

Brosky
06-14-2011, 09:01 AM
I'm impressed......and you can cook too!!!

Dino_V
06-14-2011, 12:17 PM
Awesome job so far! Can't wait to see it complete!

M_Pied_Lourd
06-15-2011, 08:07 PM
Over the last couple of days I managed to get the 4 fenders stripped down to bare metal to see what I have to work with....

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wings/P1090239.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wings/P1090248.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wings/P1090251.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wings/P1090259.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wings/P1090266.jpg

The two rear wings are in pretty good shape although all the cage nuts have rusted...the centers are gone but the tabs on the sides are there....One rear wing has had a patch done back by the tail light.

The two fronts have seen some action on the race track it looks like. One is pretty beat up on the nose...you can see all the yellow bondo in one of the pics and the other is pretty rough one the bottom with some patching etc...you can see that one with the holes in it where it looks like they epoxied the panels together...the main problem is that the structure has been weakened and it likes to "oil can". What can I do to prevent the "canning"? I think that I read to heat it with a torch in the area but I am not sure.

Anyway, sprayed them with a light coat of primer for now as I didn't want them to surface rust.

Thats all for now.

Cheers,
Tush

Willie_P
06-16-2011, 10:53 AM
MPL: Can you let me know the source of your Radiator and Fan? that is the exact set-up I am looking for on my car.

thanks, wp

M_Pied_Lourd
06-16-2011, 12:44 PM
Hi Willie,

It is a Wizard Rad with a SPAL fan mounted. Temperature sender bung is in the radiator as well for the sender kit that I bought along with the fan.

I got mine from Art Lipp.

Send him and email at lipp04ATyahoo.com (remember to replace the AT with an @ )

I also bought an alternator conversion kit along with a modified control box that I have yet to install from him.

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

rooster
06-18-2011, 11:51 AM
Hi M. PL

What's the paint stripper you are using? Have you tried it on the "tar like" undercoating stuff?

Thanks

Todd

M_Pied_Lourd
06-18-2011, 06:00 PM
Hi Todd,

I have been using a couple of different types. First is an "aircraft stripper" that is quite expensive and comes in quite a thick brushable gel. The second about 1/2 the price of the aircraft stripper is a stripper that you would used for furniture or glue removal.

I would say that the cheap one works as well as the more expensive one. I still find myself have to use a sanding disc to get the bondo out of the fenders.

I haven't used it on the undercoating. I still use a heat gun and scraper for that or a wire brush on my grinder (makes a mess but its effective).

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

rooster
06-18-2011, 11:08 PM
Hi,

I've been using the grinder and wire brush, but been looking for a less messy and "elbow greasy" method to remove the undercoating.

Looks like you've gotten a lot done on your car. I've been working on a rebuild of my 6 for almost 2 years and haven't gotten any where near the point where you are. Good Work!

Cheers

M_Pied_Lourd
11-20-2011, 10:11 PM
Hi Guys,

Well, been quite a while since the last update. Back to working on the project now that the other TR's are stored away for the winter.

First thing I did was take all the body panels back off that I had put on just to remember what the car looked like. I then took the body off the chassis for what must be the 50th time. Flipped it over to begin work again on finishing where I left off on the rear valence.

I last stopped working on the car at a point of frustration. I realized that I needed to take apart the bottom closing piece of the bottom of my newly installed valence. Nothing I hate worse than having to drill/cut into a new piece of sheet metal. I had to take out the bottom horizontal closing piece so that I could have access to weld in the verticle close in panel directly to the bottom of the trunk floor.

I was also having a tough time trying to figure out the verticle close out panel fitment. Lets just say it needs a few modifications including reversing the direction of the bottom flange one either side of the spare tire pan....

So I got a start on it and understand now how it goes back together a little better...I didn't have much to work with to go off of...here is a reminder of what I had to work with....

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/P1080317.jpg

So, first task was to remove that bottom horizontal closing piece on the bottom of the valence.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/img_1417.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/img_1419.jpg


https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/img_1423.jpg

Here is the mod to the bottom verticle close out panel


https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/img_1431.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/img_1432.jpg

Old vs New

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/img_1436.jpg

Welded in the verticle close out panel and proceeded to figure out the rear mount and close out panel arrangement.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/img_1439.jpg

Spot welder came in handy to mount the body mounting bracket to the close out panel.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/img_1445.jpg



https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/img_1448.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Rear%20Valence/img_1451.jpg

So before I go any further, I need to put the body back on the frame and check the orientation of the body mount to make sure it line up where it needs to be.

Will do some more this week.

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

CJD
11-20-2011, 11:16 PM
Dave,

I finally had a couple hours to go through this entire build thread. You are a saint sticking with it through so many patches! I am very impressed. You are on the home stretch now, so keep with it!

John

EV2239
11-21-2011, 07:05 AM
I've just been through all this on mine, which I think might have been rather worse!

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1151/5114848806_d273bef713_b.jpg

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1151/5102365052_603c0a1afe_z.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4088/5078338896_7c62893775_z.jpg

Here it is now having been on the road for a thousand miles or so. i love it, it's great fun and goes rather better than I expect.

https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6238/6291665929_5b1ccfeb30_z.jpg

I really wish you well with the work, which you're doing really well. I hope the car is as much a success for you as mine is for me.

Ash

M_Pied_Lourd
11-21-2011, 08:04 AM
Hi Ash,

Was following your thread on the Register as well. Your car turned out fantastic and is certainly an inspiration. I hope to get all my body work done over the winter and will then get it into paint hopefully in the early Spring when it gets a little warmer.

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

EV2239
11-21-2011, 08:26 AM
Thanks very much! I wish you well in rather colder winters than ours.

Ash

Don Elliott
11-21-2011, 12:36 PM
Dave - I visited Ash when I was un England driving TS2 for 23 days. It truly is a nice car. You and Ash had to go through exactly what I did from 1987 to 1990 on my 1958 TR3A.

Welcome to this forum Ash.

Cheers - Don

DNK
11-21-2011, 12:37 PM
Uh, Don....think cAP locks wAS oN

Don Elliott
11-21-2011, 12:46 PM
Don Kelly - That's a good thing about the "Edit" button. It's like a Triumph - you can fix them both.

Don Elliott

mallard
11-21-2011, 07:36 PM
MP your making great progress and doing some fine work. Keep pluging away, or should I say spot welding away.

M_Pied_Lourd
11-21-2011, 10:44 PM
Bit more progress today. Tacked in the rear body mount and put the body back on the car.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/img_1457.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/img_1458.jpg

So, mounts do seem to line up with the holes on the frame...curious though as they seem to be a little far back. If anyone could take some pics of theirs for comparison it would be greatly appreciated.

Here is what mine looks like.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/img_1468.jpg

Left the mounts for now and started to work on the driver side rear wheel arch where there are some rusty bits and missing cage nuts.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/img_1482.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/img_1489.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/img_1491.jpg

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

DNK
11-21-2011, 10:46 PM
Dave your an inspiration to me at least.
Can cook and melt metal :winner1:

M_Pied_Lourd
11-21-2011, 10:54 PM
Actually, just looked back at Ash's photos and looks like his mount is in approximately that same position as mine..

Cheers,

M.Pied Lourd

Tr3aguy
11-22-2011, 08:15 AM
M Pied,
It is looking great...I wish I had the talent. I will be trailing the car to a shop Friday. I need to get back on track and the welding in my one car garage is not a viable option right now. We will see how much they want to get the base solid. I hope it is within my budget.....and maybe by the time it is done I will have more confidence with welding.

I have most of the metal so just need to pay for the labor....

Don Elliott
11-22-2011, 07:50 PM
Dave - Would this help ? THis is "before" taken about 1987.

Don Elliott
11-22-2011, 07:51 PM
And this is from 1989.

M_Pied_Lourd
11-22-2011, 08:32 PM
Hi Don,

Thanks for the pics. I have been using another one of your you posted earlier in a different thread as my main reference points. Thank goodness for pictures (especially when mine looked so bad to begin with).

What I was more interested is when the body is mounted on the car, where the rear bracket sits on top of the frame. Just wanted to see some examples of the relative position of the bracket. The holes line up on mine (the one on the my frame is slotted and the mount is a single round hole) so that is not issue. It just looks to the eye that tha body mouting bracket it sitting a little more to the rear than it should. Have a look at Ash's photo where the mount sits and have a look at mine. Hope that I am making sence....

Cheers,
Tush

CJD
11-23-2011, 09:31 AM
Well, I went out to take pictures...and discovered how tight the area around the rear mount is. Of course, none of the 2000 pics I took while the wing was off showed the mount!?! This is the best I could do...

https://i1082.photobucket.com/albums/j377/cjdurant/rearmount.jpg

https://i1082.photobucket.com/albums/j377/cjdurant/_DSC7300.jpg

M_Pied_Lourd
11-23-2011, 09:53 AM
Those a perfect pics. Thanks very much. Looks very close to mine. Now I can weld mine up :-)

Cheers,
Tush

M_Pied_Lourd
11-27-2011, 01:36 PM
Moving around a little bit on the car and thought that I would finish up the driver side rear wheel arch that had some suspect previous repairs and missing cage nuts and rusty metal being held in with pop rivets.

Not one of my prettier repairs but it is much better than it was and all the cage nuts are present and functioning as they should.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wheel%20Well%20Repair/img_1494.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wheel%20Well%20Repair/img_1500.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wheel%20Well%20Repair/img_1501.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wheel%20Well%20Repair/img_1520.jpg

Also grabbed a repair section from my parts car to close off the bottom of my doglegs where I repaired my inner sills.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wheel%20Well%20Repair/img_1508.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wheel%20Well%20Repair/img_1515.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Wheel%20Well%20Repair/img_1513.jpg

My next repair will be this passenger side footwell hole that was covered with layers of fiberglass. What a pain in the A$$ to get this area clean. I gave up on it for now...can't get the carpet clamps off either just to make things a little more interesting.

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/img_1525.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/img_1528.jpg

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

M_Pied_Lourd
12-19-2011, 09:20 PM
Although the holes were rather small, I had to count (and fill) them all....34 in total....I think that I am getting fairly close to getting some POR15 applied to the interior of the tub at least.

Took the body off again tonight as I think that I am going to concentrate on getting the engine fired up. I have never heard it run(wasn't running when I bought her)and I don't think that it has run in about 7 years....should be interesting! I think that I need to gather up a few of my local triumph guys for the occasion.

Anyway, a few photos as usual...although kinda boring....

Fixed this guy...

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1090923.jpg

https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1090931.jpg

Old Roll Bar Mounting location(s)

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https://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo145/Pied_Lourd/Welding/P1090951.jpg

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Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

Tr3aguy
12-19-2011, 09:38 PM
Looking good.....Keep it up because you are pushing me....thanks

mallard
12-19-2011, 10:51 PM
Looks like good solid metal your working with.

M_Pied_Lourd
12-19-2011, 11:32 PM
Not bad in certain areas Keith...I have seen much worse. I am still amazed at how much metal I have taken off the car and replaced though....

I think that the only welding I have to do left is the rear close out panel, battery box, left and right dogleg bottoms and a few fender plugs..I am sure more stuff will pop up though when I start playing around with the panels again.

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

racingenglishcars
12-20-2011, 01:33 AM
Don't you just love all those holes. You are doing beautiful work.
Similar to the Jeep I just did. 44 holes in the roof, 37 - dash, 19 - back panel. They went wild with a drill.

BillyB62
12-20-2011, 07:51 AM
Nice job on filling the holes - and I'm digging the Beatles reference!

mgedit
12-20-2011, 08:17 AM
Looks great Tush. Keep up the good work. Cheers, Mike

PeterK
12-20-2011, 09:32 AM
"Nobody knows how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall."

Might be a great name for your project?

Don Elliott
12-20-2011, 10:27 AM
On the late TR3A (TS 81551 L) that I restored, I had to get "new" front and rear fenders plus the LHS door because of the accident that had occured before it sat for 3 winters and summers in a garden under a tarpaulin.

The "new" rear fender looked good when I got it, but after taking out the "Bondo" along a 4 foot long scrape almost the fill length, some DPO had drlled 56 small holes about 3/16" diameter along the scrape and along each side of it. Then he had taken a tapered pin and hammered this tapered pin into every hole to flare the hole inwards so the Bondo wouldn't fall out.

I removed it all and plug welded all these holes closed with my MIG welder and then ground off the excess and sanded it flush - as it should have been done in the first place.

The fender came out perfect.

M_Pied_Lourd
12-21-2011, 06:23 PM
Put the carbs on, fuel pump, oil filter, dizzy today...looks like the Test Start day is planning for December 27th so I am looking forward to that. Going to look after the cooling system tomorrow and work on getting the oil/temp/tach guages hooked up in some sort of rig. Need to play around with the exhaust a little bit so as not to scare the neighbours!

Will take some video of the occasion that I hope will be successful!

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd