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    new member in BC Canada

    hello all,

    First off the handle is from my over 40's rugby club the Twilighters. Not playing right now due to COVID but will hopefully be back on the pitch in the fall of 2020 then touring to Japan. I'll be 62.

    I just rolled a 1961 TR4 into my garage to join my 1976 Spitfire 1500. This car has been the project of previous owner. He was a Lucas rep and brought it up from New York to Ontario Canada 30 years ago. He then brought it out to Vernon, BC Canada. He completely redid the body to better than factory. He had boxes of NOS parts he collected but he never reassembled it. Engine and tranny are rebuilt and the only things in the car other than the rugs, panels and seats. He passed away and now I have started the build. Just got to my home garage yesterday.
    So I'm looking for advice and knowledge. I have already figured out from your forum that the blue wrap on the wiring is correct - Lucas Blue. So thought I'd join. I'm capable but having not torn this car down myself there is going to be stuff I just don't know or can't identify.
    I'm going to pull out the tranny as it needs an overdrive. Windows aren't in so door panels need to come off. So I'll be sitting with a clean true body and the motor in(never been started). Its going to be a cool project to get me through COVID and I'm documenting it on Facebook.
    Today while trying to stow all the parts I could not find a place for the radiator (looked like it had been primed and packed away 20 years ago). So I cleaned it up, painted it and installed it - and so the build begins.

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    Re: new member in BC Canada

    so first ask for advice.

    Motor has been rebuilt but has been sitting unstarted. i was told they would roll it manually periodically. I want to roll it over by hand to keep it ready. I checked the dipstick and there is no oil in it. I'm thinking I should add oil then maybe put transmission fluid down the sparkplug holes then roll it over manually in a couple days. Does that sound right?

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    Re: new member in BC Canada

    Need to go to Triumph forum and you'll get plenty of answers. I would add a non-detergent oil for storing and first intial startup, and trans fluid OK in cylinders, but most any oil will do.
    Larry K
    58 Jag 3.4 MK 1 auto under restoration, 57 Jag 3.4 MK1 manual (parts car),
    03 Cooper S, 2011 Cooper S Countryman, 2011 Land Rover LR4 HSE LUX, 1964 Valiant V200
    Also had , 68 Cortina 1600E, 64 Spit 4 & 80 1500, 73 GT6 3, 71 XJ6, 79 XJ6, 86 XJS V-12, 53 XK120 OTS.

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