View Full Version : TR2/3/3A TR3A with automatic transmission?

08-19-2010, 06:04 PM
It's kinda hard to tell, but this TR3A appears to have an automatic transmission:


08-19-2010, 06:10 PM
Sure does - any guesses as to what is under the hood?

Andrew Mace
08-19-2010, 06:14 PM
Ford Pinto engine / auto gearbox?

08-19-2010, 06:18 PM
That would be my guess.

Don Elliott
08-19-2010, 07:47 PM
I know a guy who has a TR4 which has a 4-cyl Chevette engine mated to an automatic gearbox.

Also John Warfield, the Pres of TRA is wheelchair bound and he put a Triumph 2000 automatic gearbox in his concours winning red TR3A. Steve Hedke put a similar automatic in his dad Duane's TR6 after he suffered a stroke and could not use his left leg on a clutch.

08-19-2010, 08:19 PM
I am about 80% complete in my restoration of a 60 TR-3A in which I put an auto tranny so all my daughters could drive it. Now I must admit they all drive my Porsches which all have 5 speeds but that was not the case when I dreamed up this project. I have two other stock TR-3s. It's a souped up Chevy 20 4R mated to a small block 350. Mustang II front end and Currie 3.55 posi with a 4 link rear. One of the those projects that just grew and grew. Original intent was a V-6 Chevy mated to an auto for the kids. But my teenage son started helping, at least witht he ideas and spend.

08-20-2010, 08:07 AM
Dude where are the pictures???

08-20-2010, 08:45 AM
I'm not positive, but I think this is the same one that was on the market in Austin 1-2 years ago. If so, yes it is a complete swap, I think with a Ford engine which could have had Pinto origins. I had called on it way back when and it sounded decent body wise, but the transplant put me off.

08-20-2010, 11:25 AM
That makes my left leg feel unappreciated and thrown under the bus...

08-21-2010, 12:18 AM
That shifter looks an awful lot like the shifter in the 64 1/2 mustang I once had!
could it be a 260 v8 ford with a c4 auto trans?

08-21-2010, 07:57 AM
I am a gasser freak! That being said, if I am able to obtain this 58 I am after, I am really tossed between keeping it fairly stock but with raceing numbers, or mate a later model auto to it so the wife can drive it, or go whole hog and put a nice big v8 in it, raise the front with a straight axle and ford rear end? Value tells me stock. wanting the wife to enjoy it also tells me mate a later model auto to it with a adaptor plate. afrenaline tells me whole hog! LOL.

08-21-2010, 09:30 AM
I vote for teaching the wife to drive a stick! I taught my wife 30 years ago and she never looked back until we bought the Tbird last year (no manual models :().

Still working on my 16 year old. :smile:


08-21-2010, 09:42 AM
That thing has been for sale for over a year now.

Ford pinto engine & tranny.

08-21-2010, 12:17 PM
I vote for teaching the wife to drive a stick! Worth noting perhaps, that a stock TR3A is pretty forgiving and easy to drive. With that huge flywheel and low first gear, it's practically impossible to kill the engine.

08-21-2010, 12:44 PM
If it was for sale up my way, i'd consider it just as a 'daily driver' TR3

I've always wanted a TR3 (or tr2) badly, but my goal is to get a nice small mouth TR2 or 3 someday after i'm done working on my TR6

08-21-2010, 11:27 PM
Id teach her how to drive standard, but she is taking her time how to drive period. her mother is a maniac behind the wheel and totals at least one car a year! So the wife is always scared to be behind the wheel! But I convince her on occasion! I attempted to teach her once in a Nissan Stanza wich was fairly forgiving. But she jacked and jumped all over the place and started yelling at me! LOL. So I would rather NOT go there! LOL.