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Restoring a TR2
01-04-2004, 12:31 AM
Hi, I'm new to these forums. A friend and I have come across a 1952 Triumph TR2 and we are going to attempt to restore it as much as possible. Seeing how it is a project we just started we are not sure whether we will restore the parts we can and sell them or try for the entire car. Anyways, I am just looking to be directed to any sites or anywhere in general that we can do some research on this car and possible order parts from. Amazingly, we have all the original lenses for all the lights, all stamped "made in england". I'm not sure, but I believe that is one really good find. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
01-04-2004, 03:35 AM
Its by no means going to be a cheap or easy task, and depending on its condition you might need a 2nd car as a donnor, or be left buying lots of very expensive parts.
The UK is the only real source of parts, but there are specialist wreckers in the US and Canada.
Anywhere else in the world will require some very crafty searching, and of course joining your local Triumph car club is a must if you ever actualy want to complete the car.
The knowledge and experiance of its members will be essential.
http://www.rimmerbros.co.uk/ rimmerbros is a long established supplier of classic british car parts, and should you give some idea of whats avliable.
Use www.google.com and www.yahoo.com to search for Specialost Triumph sites, many of which exist, and many of which include complete rebuilds of cars.
There is also a Triumph Car magazine, but its hard to find, being printed in the UK, if you can source a few copys they are also very imformative.
The TR2 is a true classic car though, and worth a fair bit in any condition, what ever you do make sure its with in your limits.
01-05-2004, 08:34 PM
Thanks for the leads Moppie. I really appreciate it.
01-06-2004, 02:51 AM
No worries mate, have you got any pics of the car?
01-06-2004, 10:53 PM
I'll get some pics up when I get to my apartment. I'm moving in, and the car is at the apartment. Not sure still how much we can do with it, its pretty rusted. However, we can repair the metal rather cheap, a lot of contacts with steel workers. Hopefully that means we can salvage most, if not all of the body and frame. After that its finding the rest of the car, engine, gauges, interior, etc.
As I said, we're still in the early process of doing this so we're not sure how far it will go. I do know that we have all the body panels (hood, quarter panels, doors, trunk) and they are all in good enough condition to repair. Only a couple of small rust holes. If the rest of the car is in that condition, then we definitely will be able to salvage the shell of the car. We'll see.
01-08-2004, 08:03 PM
Awsome, the body and chassis are the most valuable parts, as they are almost impossible to replace if damaged or rusted beyond repair.
As long as you have them then rebuilding the car becomes much easier, all you need is either a donor car, or enough money to buy new parts.
Things like the guages are all avliable aftermarket, new or used/rebuilt. Things like the seats and interior can be easily retrimmed, and if an orginal engine isn't avliable one from a herald or spitfire can be made to fit and work very easily.
01-13-2004, 08:51 PM
Moss Motors offers a complete line of new body panels and even chassis. I owned and raced a '59 TR3 A and was easily able to find both salvage parts for it and NOS at extremely reasonable prices. For instance, I bought a NOS crankshaft for $125 which I thought was much more than reasonable. The old TRs are fantastic examples of classic British sports motoring and I encourage you to restore your find. Please keep us poeted as to your progress.
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