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    TR4 Flooded in flash flood

    A month ago, my office was destroyed in a flash flood. My office is a 1940's service station I converted into my law office. I only handle motorcycle wreck cases. It's decorated with old auto/gas/motorcycle/coke etc advertising signs. The bay doors open and I stored my TR4 in one bay and my Harley-Davidson was parked in front of my desk. We had 4 feet of water inside my office. I am in the restoration process.

    I'll probably have some questions. The carbs need to be replaced. I am a bit of a purist, but I am kind of leaning toward Weber carbs. Side draft? Down draft? Or, stick with the SU?
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    Re: TR4 Flooded in flash flood

    For sure NOT down draft
    When did you guys flood?
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    Re: TR4 Flooded in flash flood

    Greenville. August 9th.
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    Re: TR4 Flooded in flash flood

    What makes you think that you would prefer Webers to the SUs?

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    Re: TR4 Flooded in flash flood

    I love the new Mikuni's on my 250. I would use them.
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    Re: TR4 Flooded in flash flood

    Hope water did not get into the engine & drivetrain.
    If so, good luck with it. Had 2 cars flooded the same way.
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    Re: TR4 Flooded in flash flood

    Sorry to hear about the flood, but it sounds like other than the headache you will get to the cleanup in time to avoid big issues with the engine, gearbox etc. I say stick with the SUs. Go with side draft webers if you want to have something always considered cool but more challenging to set up.
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    Re: TR4 Flooded in flash flood

    Not enough information. If the engine is otherwise stock, I'd say for sure stick with the SUs. If it's heavily modified, then side draft Webers may be worth the extra hassle and expense (but I'd still go for SU).
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    Re: TR4 Flooded in flash flood

    I tried DCOE40's with an admittedly stock engine. Great idle - the best. Good, good power. Incredibly high fuel consumption. And, there was always a slight but annoying bog/flat spot when going from steady throttle to first "tip in" of the accelerator pedal.
    There are so many tuning combinations that you may spend a good hunk of change trying to get it right. I gave up.
    Think they'd probably be great on the track.
    Mine have been "garage art" for more than a decade.

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    Re: TR4 Flooded in flash flood

    The differential may have taken in water..I bought a parts car from a flood, the engine and tranny was fine, but the differential bearings didn't fare so well. I don't know how much the car was driven with that water but enough..and the rear lever shocks also took in water..at least one of them did.
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    Re: TR4 Flooded in flash flood

    Kirk, I would take the back cover off the rear end and put some diesel fuel in a pump up sprayer and give everything a good cleaning. After all has drained out, use a spray can of white lub grease and cover it completely. Just hang the cover on until you are ready to get serious about driving it. At that time you can check for any rust.

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    Re: TR4 Flooded in flash flood

    Found a set of reman HS6 carbs for a TR4A. Will they work on a 62 TR4?

    Then engine is not heavily modified, but it does have the centrifugal advance distributor, header and Monza free flow exhaust.
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    Re: TR4 Flooded in flash flood

    They will work just fine. Even better!

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    Re: TR4 Flooded in flash flood

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk_Fisher View Post
    Found a set of reman HS6 carbs for a TR4A. Will they work on a 62 TR4?

    Then engine is not heavily modified, but it does have the centrifugal advance distributor, header and Monza free flow exhaust.
    I believe you'll need to change the throttle linkage, and maybe choke. Otherwise, should work fine. You could try running "richer" needles and see if that gives you a bit more power, as reducing exhaust restriction tends to make the engine run lean.
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    Re: TR4 Flooded in flash flood

    Whew, $1,700 for new SU's.
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    Re: TR4 Flooded in flash flood

    With 4 foot of water I'd also drain the engine and transmission just in case some got in around the lower gaskets and seals. Cheaper to do that than possibly find later it did get in and cause rusting or ruin something.

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    Re: TR4 Flooded in flash flood

    I alluded to the engine being flooded. If that's the case; you'll have more problems than
    carbs ! You can't just drain the engine and gearbox; you have to flood them completely with the cheapest oil you can buy.
    Let it sit for a few days and do the same again. Plus you have to check the cylinders for water. There's more than just what I said.
    I hope this is not the case.
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    Re: TR4 Flooded in flash flood

    It did get water in the engine, and likely in the transmission. The mechanic that is helping me with it, was the head mechanic at the local Triumph dealer in the day. He also used to race them and builds a **** of a racing motor. That said, any experience or suggestions with flood restoration, speak up!
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