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August 7, 2018

When a car goes through the metalwork phase and we repair all of the rust and dents, the next step is to start massaging the panel gaps.  This part of the job needs to be done on the chassis, which has not yet been restored.  We’ll have the car together and back apart again several times from this point, so to make the job a little easier we have created an extension arm for our engine hoist that hooks onto the inner cage bracing we use to keep it all in alignment.  This way, one man can pull or install a bare body tub (shell) in a quick and efficient manner. I’d also like to point out that this is not a “staged” photo, but that our workshop is normally this clean and organized.  Not too shabby for a shop with 8 guys working on 16-20 TR’s at all times!  You could say that we are neat-freaks, but the reality is that we pay attention to the details, which is why our cars are always extraordinary examples of the Triumph marque.  It’s also necessary to stay extremely organized, when parts are all similar and those from one car could easily be scrambled with parts from another!

July 31, 2018

Here’s a good example of why a specialist is the best decision for restoring your car, and another example of why Macy’s Garage is the BEST with TR’s in North America.  We can stock parts, because we work on nothing but TR2-TR6 cars, and we know that we won’t have to wait on the next XYZ to show up at our door to have a chance to use them. A few of you might recognize this small but important part.  It is the drive cable ferrule from a TR4A windshield wiper motor, and it is used from the early TR3’s through the TR4’s.  Now most wiper motor parts for this range are N/A, but this is a piece you can presumably purchase if the catalog companies happen to have them in stock.  Now this isn’t a piece which normally wears out, but as you can see in the part on the right, prior mechanics or restorers have a high odds of stripping the threads as they can be difficult to get started and it’s only soft aluminum.  Someone had been here before us and done just that, but fortunately we have a huge inventory of new and used TR parts on hand, and it was just a short amount of time before we had a replacement in hand, without waiting on the UPS truck to arrive.

July 24, 2018

We rebuild all of our own gearboxes and overdrive units here at Macy’s Garage, both for our complete frame-up restorations and for gearboxes that were previously removed and brought/shipped here for service.  Every one of the overdrive gearboxes we repair are given a dance on our test rig before being installed into a car or sent back to the owner for installation.  As heavy as they are, we want to be certain that they build up the proper amount of pressure and engage/disengage as they should before anyone has to wrestle them back into a car!

July 16, 2018

Lower fender (wing) repairs for TR2-TR3B are quite common, as it was a normal occurrence for water and dirt to make it past the inner “seal” and lay up against the unseen bare metal in this location.  There is a pre-made patch panel available for this area but it is very expensive at $240.00 (today), it doesn’t fit perfectly, and it is much larger than is normally required.  With all of that in mind, we usually create our own and replace just what’s necessary. Almost every time, the lower mounting flange will have to be fabricated, and in many cases it is the only piece that needs to be repaired.  As such, we’ve gotten very good at making a replacement part that looks and fits exactly like the original.  This goes right along with our blog photo from two weeks ago, where we showed that we make replacement parts that perfectly replicate the original areas being repaired.  Our goal is that if the cars ever need to be stripped and painted or restored again in another 40-50 years, no one will look at our work (if they can even find it) and ask “why did they do that?”, as we so often do now with cars that have been previously “restored”.

July 9, 2018

While it may sound simple enough to install a new wooden dash overlay in your TR4A or TR6, this is what it’s going to look like when you get about half-way through the job.  All of the switches and gauges install through the wood, and thus must be disconnected and reconnected once the wood overlay has been changed.  Now this photo is actually a complete restoration going back together, but the process is the same for changing a complete wiring harness or “simply” changing that piece of wood on the dash.  Now if your wood dash could use an update, and the thought of all these loose wires scares you, give us a call.  We’ll change out your wood dash overlay, even without restoring the whole car for you!

July 2, 2018

When fabricating patches for rusty and weak areas, they should ALWAYS be made to replicate the bad section EXACTLY.  Even in an area such as this TR6 rear corner which is never seen, it is important to replicate the details such as this stepped area, or you will have trouble fitting the taillight and rear fender later.  Taking shortcuts here and installing a flat patch or plastering over weak and rusty metal will only cost you time later during final assembly when you have to be more careful and deal with painted parts.  Now it does require special equipment to do this correctly, like a bead roller in this case, but Mark’s a tool junkie and never misses a chance to buy new equipment, so we do have everything that we need to do this kind of work at the highest levels of quality.
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© 2018 - Macy’s Garage, Ltd.

Blog  

   WHAT we’re doing, and HOW we’re doing it!

August 7, 2018

When a car goes through the metalwork phase and we repair all of the rust and dents, the next step is to start massaging the panel gaps.  This part of the job needs to be done on the chassis, which has not yet been restored.  We’ll have the car together and back apart again several times from this point, so to make the job a little easier we have created an extension arm for our engine hoist that hooks onto the inner cage bracing we use to keep it all in alignment.  This way, one man can pull or install a bare body tub (shell) in a quick and efficient manner. I’d also like to point out that this is not a “staged” photo, but that our workshop is normally this clean and organized.  Not too shabby for a shop with 8 guys working on 16-20 TR’s at all times!  You could say that we are neat-freaks, but the reality is that we pay attention to the details, which is why our cars are always extraordinary examples of the Triumph marque.  It’s also necessary to stay extremely organized, when parts are all similar and those from one car could easily be scrambled with parts from another!

July 31, 2018

Here’s a good example of why a specialist is the best decision for restoring your car, and another example of why Macy’s Garage is the BEST with TR’s in North America.  We can stock parts, because we work on nothing but TR2-TR6 cars, and we know that we won’t have to wait on the next XYZ to show up at our door to have a chance to use them. A few of you might recognize this small but important part.  It is the drive cable ferrule from a TR4A windshield wiper motor, and it is used from the early TR3’s through the TR4’s.  Now most wiper motor parts for this range are N/A, but this is a piece you can presumably purchase if the catalog companies happen to have them in stock.  Now this isn’t a piece which normally wears out, but as you can see in the part on the right, prior mechanics or restorers have a high odds of stripping the threads as they can be difficult to get started and it’s only soft aluminum.  Someone had been here before us and done just that, but fortunately we have a huge inventory of new and used TR parts on hand, and it was just a short amount of time before we had a replacement in hand, without waiting on the UPS truck to arrive.

July 24, 2018

We rebuild all of our own gearboxes and overdrive units here at Macy’s Garage, both for our complete frame-up restorations and for gearboxes that were previously removed and brought/shipped here for service.  Every one of the overdrive gearboxes we repair are given a dance on our test rig before being installed into a car or sent back to the owner for installation.  As heavy as they are, we want to be certain that they build up the proper amount of pressure and engage/disengage as they should before anyone has to wrestle them back into a car!

July 16, 2018

Lower fender (wing) repairs for TR2-TR3B are quite common, as it was a normal occurrence for water and dirt to make it past the inner “seal” and lay up against the unseen bare metal in this location.  There is a pre- made patch panel available for this area but it is very expensive at $240.00 (today), it doesn’t fit perfectly, and it is much larger than is normally required.  With all of that in mind, we usually create our own and replace just what’s necessary. Almost every time, the lower mounting flange will have to be fabricated, and in many cases it is the only piece that needs to be repaired.  As such, we’ve gotten very good at making a replacement part that looks and fits exactly like the original.  This goes right along with our blog photo from two weeks ago, where we showed that we make replacement parts that perfectly replicate the original areas being repaired.  Our goal is that if the cars ever need to be stripped and painted or restored again in another 40-50 years, no one will look at our work (if they can even find it) and ask “why did they do that?”, as we so often do now with cars that have been previously “restored”.

July 9, 2018

While it may sound simple enough to install a new wooden dash overlay in your TR4A or TR6, this is what it’s going to look like when you get about half-way through the job.  All of the switches and gauges install through the wood, and thus must be disconnected and reconnected once the wood overlay has been changed.  Now this photo is actually a complete restoration going back together, but the process is the same for changing a complete wiring harness or “simply” changing that piece of wood on the dash.

July 2, 2018

When fabricating patches for rusty and weak areas, they should ALWAYS be made to replicate the bad section EXACTLY.  Even in an area such as this TR6 rear corner which is never seen, it is important to replicate the details such as this stepped area, or you will have trouble fitting the taillight and rear fender later.  Taking shortcuts here and installing a flat patch or plastering over weak and rusty metal will only cost you time later during final assembly when you have to be more careful and deal with painted parts.  Now it does require special equipment to do this correctly, like a bead roller in this case, but Mark’s a tool junkie and never misses a chance to buy new equipment, so we do have everything that we need to do this kind of work at the highest levels of quality.
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