Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Wanted: Trailer hitch for 1960 TR3-A

Classifieds for members to buy/sell Triumph Cars/ Parts

  1. #1
    Freshman Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2019
    Location
    Berea Ohio
    Posts
    5
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Wanted: Trailer hitch for 1960 TR3-A

    I just acquired this 1960 TR3-A and want to ad a trailer hitch. If anyone has one for sale please contact me. Thank you. John

  2. #2
    Freshman Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2018
    Location
    Sherwood, Oregon
    Posts
    6
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Re: Wanted: Trailer hitch for 1960 TR3-A

    Hi John,
    Are you sure you really want to pull something with a 3? -- That said, I did. I think you'll probably have to create the hitch yourself, as it's not real common car to tow with.

    I've had my TR3 since high school and back then I had a motorcycle too, so believe it or not, I actually towed my bike from Oregon to Alabama with my TR3. I had to build the hitch myself (actually my body shop buddy did). He welded a T with the two sides of the top to the frame just behind the rear axle and then put a bolt through the hole in the aft most tubular crossmember and the stem of the T. (We used U channel, the top of the T was welded at the top of the U to the frame. The stem of the T, the U channel was turned over. I think that might have been to make it easier to attach it flat to the crossmember.) I would think any trailer or welding shop could do something similar pretty easily. You could probably do it as a bolt on if you wanted too.

    Good luck

    Bryan

  3. #3
    Freshman Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2018
    Location
    Sherwood, Oregon
    Posts
    6
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Re: Wanted: Trailer hitch for 1960 TR3-A

    one last comment: The hitch is really pretty low, so I had build a custom trailer for it too. -- The car's ground clearance is only 6 inches, so the hitch isn't much higher than that either. -- Just something to consider if you haven't.

  4. #4
    Freshman Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2019
    Location
    Berea Ohio
    Posts
    5
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Re: Wanted: Trailer hitch for 1960 TR3-A

    Quote Originally Posted by Highflyer View Post
    one last comment: The hitch is really pretty low, so I had build a custom trailer for it too. -- The car's ground clearance is only 6 inches, so the hitch isn't much higher than that either. -- Just something to consider if you haven't.
    Bryan--Thanks for the reply. I have a Mini-Mate by Kompact Kamp which I pull behind two different BMW motorcycles and the axle weight is 260 lbs. I think the TR3 should be able to handle that. By being able to tow the camper it offers additional options for longer trips. Regards, John

  5. #5
    Jedi Trainee TRopic6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Irmo, SC
    Posts
    326
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    4
    Thanked in
    4 Posts

    Re: Wanted: Trailer hitch for 1960 TR3-A

    John, My '59 TR3A had a trailer hitch when I got it in 1980. The story was a PO used it to tow their sailboat. It looks custom made and possibly a period kit. Note the nice body-matching curve to get some extra height for the hitch. Two bolts at the bottom plus some welds for attaching. Was going to take it off to look 'stock', but a pal said why not leave it for extra protection so it remains. Its actually pretty solid; the ball would have to be removed to get to the spare.

    I took some shots today with my cell phone. JeffTR3 Hitch_1.jpgTR3 Hitch_2.jpgTR3 Hitch_3.jpgTR3 Hitch_4.jpg
    Last edited by TRopic6; 04-22-2019 at 08:25 PM. Reason: typo

  6. #6
    Yoda PeterK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Maine
    Posts
    3,555
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    4
    Thanked in
    3 Posts

    Re: Wanted: Trailer hitch for 1960 TR3-A

    hitch593A.jpg I have a NOS Valley hitch for TR4-6 but the rear support requires two holes in the rear bumper bar (which 3s don't have). So whatever you do has to be supported at the rear, not just bolted to the rear frame members. Maybe you might tie into the bumper supports but be careful of tongue weight.

    Here is a photo of a home made hitch from a 59 3A that I found online a few years ago.
    PeterK
    1958 TR3A 1966 TR4A both HVDA

  7. #7
    Freshman Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2019
    Location
    Berea Ohio
    Posts
    5
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Re: Wanted: Trailer hitch for 1960 TR3-A

    Thanks for posting. I think your pal was right about the extra protection, what with todays drivers.

  8. #8
    Freshman Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2019
    Location
    Berea Ohio
    Posts
    5
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Re: Wanted: Trailer hitch for 1960 TR3-A

    Thanks for the picture. I couldn't get it to open when I clicked on it.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •