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Triumph TR3 - Reviving a sleeping tr3

Hello, TR3 enthusiasts, I'm hoping there's been a BTDT for "reviving" a long dormant TR3A. It's been parked for about 25 years; as far as I know, it was last running when it was parked. I can turn the crank w/ the tool; there's actually hydraulic fluid in the resevoir. The battery was pulled when it was parked. I plan to pull the gas tank, change the oil, (reads full!), etc. Any other advice? Best, Kevin 1960 #58370

Related to pulling the tank, you may have to run some fuel through the gas line (maybe rout through it with an old speedo cable or something)and clean out the sediment bowl on the fuel pump. Take the tops off the float bowls trying not to break the gaskets or bend the float tangs. Pull the floats and clean the bowls. Fill the carb dashpots with motor oil if they need it, and oil the throttle shafts. Pull the choke all the way out and work some petroleum jelly around the jets, linkage, too. Take the cover off the end of the starter shaft and soak a little oil in. The end of the generator, too. Put a little oil into each spark plug hole before you turn the motor. Take the valve cover off and pour some oil over the valve gear. If you have a water pump with a zerk give it a little grease. Replace or smooth up the points and put a couple drops of oil under the rotor. Clean out the dizzy cap and scrape the contacts and rotor to shiny metal. Clean where the groundstrap bolts to the firewall. I had to bop the voltage regulator to get the charge light to go off. And the front carb needle stuck too, requiring the rap of a screwdriver handle to stop the overflow.

Or just start it up, maybe none of this is really needed. I didn't do this, but it would be a good idea to run up the oil pressure with a drill. Is that enough stuff for ya? I just did this same thing a couple months ago, sure was good to hear her purr again.

Kevin - Check out the TRSC (Triumph Register of So. Calif.) web site : -

I've been a member of TRSC for 17 years. Click on the RH menu for events and meetings. They are a great bunch of guys and gals. The club monthly magazine is one of the best for tech help.

They might even want to have a Saturday Tech Meeting (at your place ?) where their experts help you step by step and get your TR3A running again.

Mention my name when you contact them.

Don Elliott, Original Owner, 1958 TR3A.
Don Elliott

I have a TR3 1959 Triumph My father in law left it to us when he past away it was painted and the body is in great condition.We have alot of new parts for it and no time to restore it do you no of anyone that would be interested in buying it.It is going to be a great car for someone. Thanks Angie

Angie, I'm sure there are a lot of people interested in reviving the old girl. I live in Nebraska, don't have a place to store another car. If you get a webshots space or something like that, put a bunch of pictures on the web showing the good and not so good things about the car. If you can roll it outside, that would probably work better for showing off the paint.

Just to give you an idea of value, a TR3 sold last week on ebay near me (Omaha) for about $5000. The body looked pretty good, needed a little work, the interior was newish looking. A totally restored car can bring over 10K, some rusty wrecks bring very little unless you part them out. Anyway, if there's anything specific you need to know, I'm sure there are lots of us willing to help you find a new home for the TR. The more details and pictures you provide, the better.

My email is if you'd like to send me a letter.

This thread was discussed between 05/09/2004 and 29/09/2004

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