Since I was 5 years old I have always wanted to own a triumph TR 3 or an Austin Heally 3000. My dad owned a foreign car shop in Ohio when I was a little fellow and to pass time I would play in the TR3, even at an early age I can see the frog eyes and remember how beautiful and odd at the same time that it was. A few weeks ago I stumbled on two of them while I was out of town and stumbled across both TR3s for not much money. The end result 5 hours later they were in my shop. They are both rusted out really bad, and probably in retrospect should of been left to die a peaceful rusting exisitance. I however had other plans for my rust infested friends as I could see potential and remember that the bonnet on one of these was worth the asking price for both cars, how could I go wrong? As I disassebled the car in which I believed to be in the best shape I realized that the only tools that were required were a drill bit and a sawzall, yes they were that rusted. My next step is to build a frame job and build a new frame from scratch, I have a CNC plasma table that I recently built so this should be no problem. Once the frame jig is done then I will build the frame and then attach the body back to the new frame and start my sheel metal fabrication. I have done this before on an MG 1962 however I was kind of surprised at how badly the car had deteriorated. The plus side is the motor was full of anti-freeze and turned over as well as a complete transmission in the car still. Hopefully I can find a tub from someone reasonable in the southeast region. I love these little cars and believe that the journey is more important than the destination. If the project takes 5 years and lots of sheet metal it is all good, as I am a teacher and on a fixed budget it will take a while longer but looking forward to the journey.