Living with a Triumph TR4A
This page features that if we have just taken delivery of our new TR and now we start living with it as a family member. The truth is that we have had ownership in some shape or form for the last 26 years (2016). Here you'll find the car shows, maintenance, daily running and anything else.
The wedding of John & Sian Dillon June 4th 2016
Johnny and I met when we were 16 and have been friends ever since. The deadline to complete the restoration of our TR4A was geared by his wedding on the 4th June 2016. On my wedding morning, the picture on the left was taken 23 years prior to the picture on the right. Same TR, same guys at our respective weddings.
June 5th 2016 London to Brighton Classic Car Run
This is one of our favourite classic car events as all different marques are involved. The picture on the right shows me (Paul Anderson) checking out the rules and regulations and the navigation maps. The run usually takes you to a place of interest like a stately home. You stop for a while have a look around and then make your way to Brighton where all the cars park up on the sea front and the general public can take a look at the cars. This year, 600 vehicles were involved. They run it alongside the Kit Car event so plenty of replica AC Cobras on show.
The video on the left was taken from a bicycle by my sister-in-law. This is our TR4A on Madeira Drive in Brighton. This stretch of sea front is quite famous for speed trials and is a petrol head Mecca.
I thought the picture of Susi and myself in the TR4A below also taken by our Sister-in-Law looked like an old French film poster so I turned it in to one for fun. It's above the video.
Tracking and a small exhaust issue June 2016
On the London to Brighton Run I took a wrong road and it turned out to be a dead end. I reversed up a kerb as it was all the room we had and I dislodged one of the silencers. Loved the noise :-) So, whilst I was picking up a wheel for my wife's car and getting a tyre on it I had the guys sort my the back box. You can tell the tracking needs doing by the tyre squeal going around corners. Makes it sound exciting like an old cop movie but not great for wear and tear on your rubber. The exhaust was sorted at KwikFit and the tracking was sorted at Watling Tyres. You need someone with the older style laser tracking for a TR as KwikFit do not have the data for their system.
The pics above show how much the tracking was out. Now both sides read 7.5 and we have a steering wheel at dead centre.
Drawing a crowd
The TR is a crowd puller. one of these chaps offers me his wife in exchange for the TR????
So, the oil leaks start to show
The oil purlator seal, the sump drain, the gearbox drain have all developed a little weep! Pleased to report this was resolved by a sump drain seal washer and a tightening up of the odd bolt.
A couple of evening pictures September 2016
The engine is running in nicely. At the time of writing we only have 2500miles to go before we can get the car on the rolling road to test the BHP. Pictures show DMW 903C after a trip to London. I drove the TR back to road it lived on for many years. Felt strange being back there!
Using the car as daily transport / a summer of fun
Well, it is summer / September actually and better than our summer! Using the TR4A on a daily basis to run around is great fun.You really enjoy heading off to the next place and hooking up with friends. Pictures below show the TR4A DMW 903C on a little Jaunt to Eastwell Manor in Kent. in the workshop, at the Goodwood Revival and many more. Having the TR4A back on the road has meant life has changed a little as we get to go out in it all of the time. Great fun and we are always looking for excuses to head off - a real friend of the family has returned:-)
Good friend Claire after a spin in the TR4A
Rainy/sunny day in September at Tiffenden Airfield, Kent
Good wood Revival 2016 in the car park - the best place to see cars!
One of the pictures from the Practical Classics photo shoot.
The TR4A in our workshop ready for a night out!
Early evening at our local pub!
Just after rebuild at Tiffenden Airfield, Kent. In the low sunlight.
Parked up at Eastwell Manor in Kent
Parked up at Tiffenden Airfield, Kent alongside our Jensen C-V8
At the TR Register regional meet in Kent - new shirt!
Quick selfie before heading off to a local car event
The view of our TR4A from my daughters bedroom window!
Champagne for the first day our TR4A was legally back on the road!
Driving through our local village!
The large pictures below
The first picture was taken by Matt Howell for Practical Classics and featured on the inside spread of the October issue 2016. It is lo-resolution here. The picture below that was taken by Rana Dias at Eastwell Manor Gates in Kent. The Rana Dias pictures were featured in TR Action magazine, number 293 celebrating a TR4A Special Edition.
Picture Matt Howell for Practical Classics magazine.
Picture by Rana Dias for TR Action magazine
Pictures below show the ongoing repairs: February 2017.
Above column and seats stripped out ready for the fix. The seat backs have failed as the hardboard back is not strong or robust enough to stay put so we will fabricate some ply versions that should do the job.
A picture of our TR4A in the workshop brought in from the rain. We can now take top down pictures thanks to the mezzanine layer in the workshop.
Steering bushes failed and replaced
The old bushes and the new one were removed with a length of threaded bar and a nut or two two. It worked pretty well. Use a lubricant as it helps! The outer column had to be repainted after being bashed about. The inner horn ring that holds the brass ring snapped doit had to be glued together. The brass ring was cleaned and polished. The steering column rod was also polished where the bushes go. (Tip from Stuart of the TR Register Forum). The steering column was greased up before refit with copper slip. This was the inner shaft. If you have ever had to take one apart that has been stood for years you'll thank the guy that used copper slip when he installed it.
Reference Pictures of the steering column in the engine bay
Replacement Wiper Motor Box
Driving in the rain and the passenger wiper motor box went mad? The wiper arm got stuck and it was all a bit of a mess. So I took the plunge and replaced the wiper motor box. Everything seems to be working OK so fingers crossed. I think the issue that caused it all was the outer sleeve not being located in the wiper box correctly. As it could not be clamped in place correctly it developed movement. It's a sod of a job!!
Fuel leak found
There was quite a bit of 'dampness' on the top of the fuel pump. The issue was two fold. 1: Oil is seeping from around the fuel pump gasket albeit only a little amount.2: The fuel pipe in to the fuel pump is leaking at the pump. There is the problem...