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    TR2/3/3A Re: Slight clunk in the rear assembly somewhere.

    Steve...you're back! I thought the Chinese might keep you to extract Triumph secrets!

    1/4 to 3/8 sounds pretty typical for the pinion gear play. The real key for a differential is if it makes...
  2. TR2/3/3A Re: Restoring Smiths heaters as fitted to a 1959 Triumph TR-3A

    Thanks, Frank! Yeah, they updated the forum about 5 years ago, so most of the earlier posts, although still buried here somewhere, are not easy to find.
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    TR2/3/3A Re: TR3 Bodywork and Repaint

    Looks like a great 20 footer! I'd just drive it until you decide "it's time" to do the bodywork. I can tell from the pics that it will be pretty extensive once you get started on it. So best to...
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    TR4/4A Re: Can't get rear extension off. Help!

    Glad to hear! Funny how every so often a tailhousing fights being removed. If you polish the shaft with 400-600 grit paper where the bearing rides, it should never be this hard again! And, of...
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    TR2/3/3A Re: TR3 Bodywork and Repaint

    Alright, I recognize some questions in the second post!

    Any bending risks cracking 30 year old paint. It really comes down to how thick it was sprayed. If thin, it has less chance of cracking...
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    TR2/3/3A Re: TR3 floor pan to firewall question

    The year makes a difference on that lip. What year are you working on?

    Edit...disregard. I was thinking firewall instead of merely the corner
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    TR4/4A Re: Can't get rear extension off. Help!

    I am certain it is a matter of corrosion on the mainshaft and/or a burr. Heating may help...just be careful not to overheat.
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    TR2/3/3A Re: Head Torque - Wet or Dry

    Always lubricated! Otherwise all the torque is lost against friction and does not tighten the nuts...with the added affect of putting much greater torsion load on the stud than it should receive. ...
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    TR2/3/3A Re: Waking up a 1959 TR3A

    +1. I am very excited about the restoration!

    That said, be very certain to review all work done between checks. I have had more than one friend lose their entire car during restorations, with...
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    TR4/4A Re: Can't get rear extension off. Help!

    OK...

    First off, the tail bearing, which is stuck on your main shaft, is what is holding the assembly together. You need a puller which will press on the end of the main shaft, while holding the...
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    TR2/3/3A Re: Fitting the hood. Soft top.

    The front bow height is set by the length of the 2 straps to the middle bow. Before changing the strap length, though, simply push the middle bow backwards by hand to see if it will help remove the...
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    TR4/4A Re: Can't get rear extension off. Help!

    You did not mention the drive shaft yoke? Also, did you remove the brass bearing and speedo drive gear? I am a bit confused...we are talking about the aluminum tail housing on the tranny, right? ...
  13. Thread: Wheel Alignment

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    TR2/3/3A Re: Wheel Alignment

    Unfortunately, the adjusters could be set up either way. I set mine so that on either tie rod, if I rotate the front of the rod upward, it gets longer, and likewise, downward makes it shorter. To...
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    TR2/3/3A Re: Wire wheel conversion question

    By ‘61 the factory used the spline hub kits to add wires. Only the first 5500 TR2’s had integral wire hubs. In other words, it would not matter if Art’s were original wires or not, as far as fit...
  15. TR2/3/3A Re: Loss of Power - ride of shame on flatbed to the house

    My coil is 07/55. It’ll likely outlast me!
  16. Thread: Wheel Alignment

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    TR2/3/3A Re: Wheel Alignment

    Do not use the body to measure anything to do with wheel alignment. The body is not straight with itself from the factory, and it is never mounted to the frame straight either.

    I never mount...
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    TR2/3/3A Re: Recondition old wire wheels or buy new?

    I dunno. The stock steel discs don’t have a sterling rep either. But I hear what your saying. The 48 spokers are not that strong. The 64’s are a better choice...and the word is the 64’s were...
  18. Thread: tune up

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    TR2/3/3A Re: tune up

    Makes you think real hard before removing the stock extension and radiator fan. Those are the stock crank “dampers”.
  19. Thread: tune up

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    TR2/3/3A Re: tune up

    You have to "tune in" to it. When you've heard it once, it is like nails on a blackboard after that. Not the sound...but your reaction to it.
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    TR2/3/3A Re: Recondition old wire wheels or buy new?

    I tossed 3 sets that looked good, but the splines were too far gone. 2 sets were purchased and shipped from Ebay. No more messing around with used wires for me!! I did keep the best of the lot for...
  21. Thread: Disributor Points

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    TR2/3/3A Re: Disributor Points

    TR points are pretty flimsy. I can usually work with them...bending the metal or monkeying with the screw...until they are square and aligned. Once aligned they seem to stay that way.
  22. Thread: Sandy's TR 3

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    TR2/3/3A Re: Sandy's TR 3

    Lionell has a cool shrinking tool. I looked and Harbor freight sells one for about $100. I think I will invest in one before my next big sheet metal project, as it sounds infinitely easier than...
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    TR2/3/3A Re: Differential question

    Great! When I bought the "splitter", in 10th grade, I did try to use it as you did, as a puller by tightening the bolts to "split" the bearing or race from the shoulder. I learned quickly that it...
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    TR2/3/3A Re: Differential question

    If you plan to do differential work, you will need a bearing puller like Randall shows. Using a drift to remove bearings during the set-up is asking for trouble with your new bearings. I only have...
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    TR2/3/3A Re: Rear axle hub dis-assembly

    Nice...definitely a better way than using the press alone. I've collected all the parts to build a puller, but haven't gotten around to it yet...
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