View Full Version : TR2/3/3A TR3 Boot Bolts

08-06-2011, 08:32 PM
Can someone please tell me if these two bolts sticking out of the inner wings belong there?



08-06-2011, 08:42 PM
Don't think so. Don't have them on either of mine.


08-06-2011, 08:49 PM
Nothing like that on mine, don't think they are stock.

08-06-2011, 08:59 PM
Thanks, I should have asked earlier so I could weld up the holes. Oh well, guess they'll get plugged during the next restoration, in 50 years or so!?!


08-06-2011, 10:07 PM
Jeez, your car looks beautiful! Got more pics?

08-07-2011, 12:28 AM
<span style="color: #003333"><span style="font-size: 11pt">When I did my Restoration on my 3A, I did what I thought was a complete "hole research" and in the end I had 3 holes un-accounted for (like you, after the paint)

I just found the right size rubber plugs and hoped the judges didn't catch it.

Be sure to figure a way to block those holes to your boot....road dirt &amp; dust will get into your boot &amp; cause havoc with all the neat things that you will be carrying around on your tours.
Frank </span></span>

08-07-2011, 07:50 AM
There was a very special, factory offered, luggage set that was built to just fit into the boot,perhaps your car came with this option?? I have only seen pics,but it may have had some fasteners.....
MD(mad dog)

08-07-2011, 08:46 AM
Good thought, but the fitted suitcase accessory for the trunk didn't have any tie downs and was a discontinued line after the TR2. Not to say a PO didn't acquire one, or something else, and fitted a hold down strap.

Those added bolts with ferrules are in the right position for one and the castellated nuts are of the era.

Could be anything of course.


08-07-2011, 12:32 PM
The posts seemed so well placed and cleanly assembled that I assumed the whole time that they were supposed to be there. I was thinking they mist be ties for the sidescreens or something. Now that I'm down to the final assembly, I've had more time to study the little nit-noids, so I am catching things like wrong bolts and the like. My give away here was that the sleeves look like they were cut with a pipe cutter...so most likely homemade -although some PO took a lot of care to make them symetrical and even.

It's funny how you get pickier as the restoration goes on. When I took the car apart, all the tail lights looked good to me. I went to install them the other day and couldnt believe a year ago they looked good to me. Just ordered new ones...guess it's all perspective!

Thanks, all. For the good input...


Here's a pic after the hand wet sanding with 2000 grit, getting ready for the buffing


08-07-2011, 07:08 PM
Dang John.....your almost ready for a cruise.....looking awesome. Gotta learn that paint technique you have there....

08-07-2011, 07:37 PM
The bonnet, apron, and front fenders fit very well in the picture. You do very nice work.