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TR4/4A TR4A top's rear attachment


Obi Wan
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I was wondering if some early TR4As used the same rear attachment for the convertible top as the TR4s.

Below is a picture of the rear attachment on my early 4A. It consists of the same trim strip and lift-the-dot fasteners as the TR4s, but the frame and everything else is 4A. I suppose it's possible that someone may have replaced the original top and rear attachment early in the car's life--maybe got a good deal on a used TR4 top and its trim.

I also remember replacing the top on my TR4A back in the 1960s. I don't remember a lot about it, but I do remember installing a bunch of lift-the-dot fasteners. I'm quite sure I didn't attach the top to a retainer bar. Or, maybe I'm hallucinating--we did that a lot in the 60s.

FWIW, Piggot's book says that all TR4As had the 4A-style top.

Anyone have any insight on this? I guess it doesn't really matter, as I'm installing the 4A retainer bar anyway, but I'm curious.


Marvin Gruber

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All TR4s had the three piece alum strip around the back cockpit. All TR4As had the covered strip. Its the same on TR250s and TR6s. Body tub lip is different so will take some work to make fit right. To answer your question, I've never seen a early TR4a with the TR4 rear capping. Can be done but not by factory.
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