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Triumph TR3 - boot locking

I'm restoring a 1957 smallmouth.working on the body, I'm looking for a picture from the inside where the boot is locked and how it is operating....
In the midle is only a lock with a key and two outer carriage-key locks.How does it lock to the body?

Regards,

Remo
R Frederiks

Your TR3 must be a very late smallmouth TR3 - near Comm. No. TS 22000 because your TR3 still has the 2 tear-drop shaped covers for the Dzus latches in the two bottom corners that you must open with the "T" handle carriage key and which is correct for the TR2 and the TR3 - as well as the center locking handle that they started to use on the late TR3 and also continued later on the TR3A.

To close the center locking handle close the boot lid. Then press down on the center handle and at the same time rotate it from 9 AM position to 6 AM so that the long "wing" of the handle is pointing to the rear of the TR. Then it will be closed. Then insert the key and turn the key 1/2 a turn clockwise. Then the boot lid is locked.

Don Elliott, Original Owner, 1958 TR3A
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Don Elliott

Hi Don,

Thanks for responding so fast.. Yes indeed my tr is a late one TR 21721L. Now what I realy want to know is how it (the trunk) fits to the body, because on the body is no "thing" where the lock goes into??????
I've looked in different books but I can't find a picture. (nice picture of your Triumph)If you are intersted I'll mail you some of my progres of restoring.

Regards Remo Frederiks, The Netherlands
Remo Frederiks

Hi Remo - The chromed part of the handle is visible outside the boot lid. Inside the boot - at the bottom of this handle is a square extension with a threaded hole back up into the square part. A plate about 15mm wide by 50mm long by about 3mm thick is screwed to the threaded hole with a small screw. This piece is in line, parallel to the chromed "wing" on the top of the handle.

When you press down on the boot lid and the chromed handle and turn the chromed handle from 3AM down to 6 AM, the plate inside also turns down and stays secure under the sheetmetal boot flange which is also supporting the rubber seal for the boot to keep out the rain water. That's all there is.

Don Elliott, original Owner, 1958 TR3A, TS 27489 LO
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Don Elliott

Hi Remo; Just logged into this site. I have a TR2 and I think you have the same trunk configuration as I do.
Don is right about how the tab rotates under the rear panel but I don't think you have the handle, or do you?
B. Towne

Hi B. Towne,

Sorry for not responding so quickly, but you are right the TR3 has the same trunk configuration as the tr 2. I haven't the handle in the middle only a key-lock. Now I do have the parts for the trunk section but on the body schould be a plate ore some thing where the turning piece goes on to...
I'm looking for these parts... So if anyone has a picture I'll make it.. Thanks Remo TR 21721L
R Frederiks

I think the tabs on the locks just go under the lip where the weatherstripping is.
Tom

Hi Tom,

When the tabs go straight under the lip of the weatherstripping, than there is too much movement with the lid.

Remo
R Frederiks

Hi Remo,

I parted out the only car I had that used this system, so the evidence is gone. Unless you're really into accuracy, just make up some steel plates and rivet or screw them in under the lip. I guess you could use nylon or something like a hardwood, too. Probably bevel the edge a bit so you don't have to push the boot down to get it latched.
Tom

Hi Tom,

Good advise....Thanks
R Frederiks

I'm now thinking aluminum would be best.
Tom

Hi Remo Been away for the weekend just checked in. I took a close look at my 2 and under the water chanel where the weatherstrip is attached there is a small plate perhaps 2 mm thick. The small arm that is attached to the lock is about the same thickness. It has an offset to it that is also about 2 mm. Mine has the offset up so that it is the shortest distance from the top of the arm to the base of the trunk lid. These arms (for lack of a better word) are availible at locksmiths and come in different offsets. Perhaps you just need a different offset. Good luck! Brian
B. Towne

Hi Brain,

Is it possible to make a picture of your tr2 boot and the situation of the locks?

Thanks

Remo
R Frederiks

Hi Remo Send me your e-mail address and I will try and get a picture for you. Brian
B. Towne

Hi Remo Just following up. Did you get the pictures?
Brian
B. Towne

Hi Brain,

Thanks a lot....
I've send you an email...as wel to your adres as to the business....

Regards

Remo
R Frederiks

TO
R Frederiks, The Netherlands

I have a tr that at one time the boot (tunk lid)
had only a key slot in the center of the lid.
I found a different lid that has a handle in the center on the boot (lid).I did not need to make any type of change to the body the handle will turn clockwise from 3 to 6 and hold.
I can make a picture if you do not have one at this time. Send e-mail address if you need it.

artazz
artazz

Hi Artazz,

I've got the pictures now ...
Thanks for responding. My car has a key slot in the center and two lock on each side. I've got all the parts now. the only picture I still want is from the body when the side locks are shut (from the inside).

Thanks
Remo Frederiks
The Netherlands
TS21721L
R Frederiks

Now there's a challenge..
Tom

This thread was discussed between 19/04/2004 and 05/06/2004

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