Tuesday, 15 June 2010


Thanks to Australian Classic Car for this review of Triumph TR2, 3, 3A, 4 & 4A - Enthusiast's Restoration Manual by Roger Williams.

"From selecting your first TR right through to what you thought of your restoration – it’s all here in this 210-page manual on restoring the four-cylinder TR sports cars. Perhaps you are buying your first early TR? This book gets right into what to look for. There are many photos of very rusty examples and as you read through you will become familiar with where those main rust spots are in the chassis and body. It also tells you what to look for in the mechanicals of the car – especially the renowned wet sleeve engine, gearbox, overdrive and suspension.

What comes first with any restoration? Preparation of course, and that includes dismantling and a plan that includes where the parts will come from and who will do the work. Now it’s time to roll your sleeves up and get dirty. First comes the bodywork and where the pitfalls are with the two differing body styles. What about chassis restoration, especially the independent rear suspension of the TR4A? It’s all there, of course. The early TR engine is interesting, being wet sleeve – never having to bore out the cylinders would have to be a plus. But just how do you insert the new sleeves? They all used basically the same gearbox. Brakes and suspensions are included in detail and it does recommend upgrading the TR2’s front drums to discs as fitted to later models.

However, it’s not all dirty-hands stuff as detail is provided on the correct trimming of all models. Interestingly, there are separate chapters on fitting hoods to both the early and later TRs. As with all publications in the ‘Enthusiast’s Restoration Manual’ series this publication is easy to read and full of highly useful colour photos."

Click here for more info about the book.