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Tr2 hood---I was cleaning out the barn and moved around some tr3 sheet metal I have had since 1975. I knew what I had there--- I thought anyway, but when I looked closer at the hood the hood has no fold on the back edge. I remember John saying his tr2 only had the cut edge with no fold on back. Are there any other differences on a tr2 hood? They must inner change with a tr3 because I bought this whole 1958 car in 1975.
 

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The TR2 hood will have four air vents at the back and front brace bar will have two sets of holes drilled for the double spring latches
 
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Thanks Marv the hood only has 2 vents. Did the 1957 and 56 tr3 have that cut edge on the back of the hood without the finish fold on the back edge?
 

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Yes, the early TR3's also had the rough edge at the rear...I am pretty sure it is all the bonnets before they added the raised plinths.
 
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I have owned a 1958 TS29xxx since 1973, and it has the fold on the back of the hood and flat panels on the hood and deck lid. I stripped it in 1973 by hand and the car was red on top with was Apple Green Lacquer from factory. I do remember at the time the hood was in primmer and I do not think it had the Green underneath. I remember that because paint remover would not work kinda sorta on the lacquer. The lacquer turned to maybe light gel, and I had to use lacquer thing to get off the lacquer

I just restored is 27036 and it is a 1958, but I used a 1959 hood. Both cars have flat panels also--- But what is different is the first hood I found with the ruff back came of 27036, but it was dented, so I went with the 1959.

After all that, and with the limited information I have on the subject. Heck I knew nothing about the ruff hood deal until John commented on it. I am convinced the change happed around TS 27000. I had great visons of people begging me to sell, but now —oh life
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So the 55 and 56 should have the rough cut hood, but the 55 has 4 vents and the 56 has 2 vents. Does that sound generally correct? Marv you have by experience become one of the few that would know.
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Because I find it interesting to discover something new about these cars, I will show what I think is correct for the 56, 57, 58 hoods. I have a 58 hood with a smooth hood no raised hinge and a 90 degree bend on the lower edge an earlier 58 hood with a smooth top and a cut edge, so it looks like a 58 could be either way. It looks like the 56 has a rivet and a cut edge because of what Marv and Mike stated and Mike’s picture. So, I guess the 56 is the unique hood because it has 2 vents, cut edge, and brass rivets on top to hold something-- probably some kind of backing for the hinge. And, TR2s are different—like Marv said.
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