Wednesday, April 29, 2009

First Post

This blog is set up to provide tips and experience during a frame-off restoration of a 1967 Triumph TR4A Independent Rear Suspension (IRS).

The car, which I found in the high desert of Southern California, was a barn find that the previous owner had his eye on since 1996. I was told that the engine was rebuilt prior to being put in storage...we'll see about that.

After he bought the car in 2006, he did some work to it:
- Thorough cleaning
- Re-powder coated the rims
- New tires
- New Weber DCOE-9 carbs
- New TWN intake manifold
- New Kirk racing exhaust header
- Rebuilt master cylinder
- Changed fluids
- New belt/hoses
- New fuel pump
- New points

I found the car on eBay, it was listed because the current owner had purchased a more complete '67 that had overdrive. After a short trip out to the desert, I verified that it was, truly a rust-free survivor and the story begins.

The pictures below chronicle the condition the car was in when I received the title (with 71,577 original miles) and trailored it home on 3/8/09. It started, drove, and stopped OK, albeit not in trustworthy condition for highway driving.