(or How to Turn a Scrap Heap into Sports Car in 60 Months or Less)
279 Harriman Heights Road
Monroe, NY 10950
Last update: 3/04/03
- This story really begins in 1972, when I first saw a TR-3A. She was
black, with a rip in the convertible top, black tape on the sidescreens
and a tattered interior. The owner wanted $150 and I wanted her, but my
father refused to allow it. Instead he took my money and got me a nice
beat up American car. Twenty years passed, and along the way I acquired a
wife, 2 kids, a house and a business, but no Triumphs.
- On a business trip to Santa Barbara in 1993, I met a fellow who had a
TR6 and a few books about Triumphs. That night I called my wife. "Honey,
I'm going to buy a TR3". Needless to say, she was less than thrilled.
Nevertheless, I scouted about for a few months, but found nothing
locally (at the time I lived in northern New Jersey), and was unwilling to
buy a car I couldn't look at. As it turned out, I doubt that I could have
done worse if I had bought a car sight unseen.
- Eventually, we decided to move from our hometown. Business was good,
but taxes were getting too high and the town was getting run down. The
search for a house started. Then I saw the ad. "1957 TR3, runs good,
needs work -$2000 firm".
- I went, I saw, I drove it a bit. I liked it even though it looked
like hell. The owner had done a lot of mechanical work on it and pointed
out the blatant problems with the body. So, I bought it. As it turned out,
the price was the only thing firm about the car!
A friend of mine stored the car on his lot while we found a house, went
through the pain of selling our house, buying the new one and moving. We
moved in in January. In March, I rented one of those trailers that carries
the front wheels while the car drags behind, and moved the car to my new
- Five years passed before the car was back on the road. I'm quite
pleased with it and consider my investment of time and money well worth
it. Because I've done every bit of work on the car myself, I don't worry
about driving it, since any damage that can occur (short of total
demolition) I've already repaired! I've also added a couple of other
British cars to the stable. After suffering quite a few family
fights about who got to ride with me, I bought a Triumph Stag that had
been sitting in a garage for 12 years. I spent two years making a daily driver out of that.
I've also picked up a 1975 Triumph TR6 that I won on an Ebay
auction for $500. That one is primarily a bodyworking job, since it seems in good shape mechanically. We're about halfway through, and it'll go to my oldest son when it's dome.
However, none of them can hold a candle to the TR3. It's worth every minute
- The story of what I've done with the car is on
the other pages you'll find here.
If you've got a question or comment about something I've done, or are
interested in any spares I might have, you can send me E-mail me or US
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