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November 12, 2018

We get a very large number of TR’s here that are in need of resuscitation after many years in storage.  In every single case, it is the fluid systems that need the most work, and the rubber that holds those fluids in place.  These trouble areas are always going to be the fuel system, the cooling system, and the brake/clutch hydraulic systems.  Once those three areas are addressed, along with a “normal” oil change for the engine, gearbox, and rear differential, most TR’s can be coaxed back to life. For a good example of what happens inside the hydraulic systems, take a look at this TR6 clutch slave cylinder.  The cylinder bore is heavily rusted, and no doubt the steel piston inside as well.  This car was sitting for “only” 10 years, inside a “dry” garage while this damage slowly occurred.  Imagine what problems you will find if your TR is stored for 30 years on a dirt floor, inside a damp and drafty barn!  Driving and maintaining your TR’s will always be better for them than lengthy periods where they sit and wait for you to get back to them!  It may also be better for your own sanity as well.  Have you ever seen a TR parked in front of a psychiatrists’ office?

November 5, 2018

We ALWAYS tell anyone who will ask, that if you are planning to purchase a TR4A, TR250, or TR6, any of the cars with the rust prone “IRS” style frame (including the TR4A solid axle cars), you absolutely MUST get under the car for a look at the frame before parting with your hard earned money.  This design frame is extremely rust prone, and there’s always a better than 50/50 chance that the metal termites have been at work.  Some times it will be repairable, and some times you will need to replace the entire frame.  Here’s an example where someone paid good money to have a rusty frame “repaired”.  It has been “worked-on”, but it certainly hasn’t been “repaired”!  When you are examining one of these frames for rust damage, you’re not just looking for holes, but for signs of metal plates or patches which have been scabbed over the holes or weak areas to make it appear “repaired” at a quick glance.  If you see something that looks like this, I suggest you run just as fast and as far away as you can.  There’s no telling how much of the original frame is left under these “repairs”, and tacking a new piece of metal onto a weak and rusty frame isn’t going to last very long.  The owner of this car told us that it was ready to “break in two” before he had it “repaired”.  We think it’s still ready to break in two!

October 30, 2018

We normally won’t post to this page more than once a week, but this is so exciting that we couldn’t wait to share it!  Richard Lentinello from Hemmings Motor News just posted a piece on our 100 point TR4 to the Hemmings Daily blog.  Follow this link to read the article and see all of the photos and comments on the Hemmings website:  Triumphant Triumph

October 29, 2018

We were recently honored to have world renowned metalworking wizard Ron Covell here at Macy’s Garage to present two days of his popular seminars for beginning and experienced fabricators alike.  Ron has over 50 years of metalworking experience, and held his first workshop at his home base in 1993. That first workshop was such a success, he started offering them on a regular basis, and soon started traveling the country to help fill the demand. His workshops continue to grow in popularity, and over four thousand people have attended so far. Ron markets a line of excellent instructional DVDs on his website www.covell.biz, and there is also a link there to his YouTube channel where you can view short segments from his DVD’s. His popular column, "Professor Hammer's Metalworking Tips" has run in Street Rodder Magazine since 1995, and in 2000 a second "Professor Hammer" series, focusing on issues unique to older trucks, was launched in Classic Trucks Magazine. Ron has written technical articles for Street Rodder Magazine, Classic Trucks, Super Rod, Metalcrafter's News, Sport Aviation, and Hot Bike magazines.  His schedule for 2019 is already full, but we have started making plans to have him return to Macy’s Garage again in 2020.

October 22, 2018

Jeff lives in KS, and he stopped by last week on his way home from New England to show off the trophy he won in the Great American Mountain Rally Revival.  Jeff has owned his TR3A for over 40 years now, and has close to 400,000 miles on the car, most of them his!  We rebuilt his entire drivetrain a couple of years ago, and he’s now got close to 30,000 miles on our running gear.  Jeff was full of praise for the power we built into his TR3 engine, and told us how he had to use every bit of it going up some of the steep mountain roads on this 700 mile, 2-day rally. Now in all of the years Jeff has owned his TR3A, this is the very first time he has participated in any kind of a rally or motorsports competition.  But now that the bug has bitten, he’ll be shipping the car to Europe next spring to compete in a 5000KM vintage car rally over there!  Look up “Diehard Triumph Owner” in the dictionary, and you’ll surely see Jeff’s picture there.  We’re happy we could help him to continue “living the dream”!

October 15, 2018

George was restoring his TR3A at home, and doing a pretty good job of installing new floors and outer sills, repairing the rear floor sections, and even installing a new trunk floor.  But when it came time to install the new replacement rear apron, he discovered that things just weren’t lining up right and he wisely decided to call in the Cavalry!  The rear apron is the most complicated area on a sidescreen TR body, and it’s the first place I check for rust when evaluating a TR2/3 to purchase.  It’s a place where multiple panels join together, and they all have to fit together like a glove if you want to have any chance of closing the boot lid or having the fender, bumper, and body mount holes align during final assembly.  It also doesn’t help that the new reproduction panels are always off just a tick from original OEM parts, so you have to know where to cut and modify the new parts or they’re never going to work.  Fortunately, our team has done this enough times that they could almost do it in their sleep, making a difficult job for anyone else look easy!

October 8, 2018

It’s always fun to come in on Monday morning and open e-mails with stories of events and photos of the cars we’ve restored.  Last Monday we got this photo from Andrew in Canada, taken at the Toronto British Car Day in Bronte Park.  This is the largest British car show in North America, with typically over 1100 cars and motorcycles in attendance.  Andrew’s 1957 TR3 which we restored for him in the original (rare) color scheme of Winchester Blue with Grey leather interior handily won the TR 2-3-4 class, and he was told repeatedly that if they had awarded a Best of Show trophy, it would have been his as well! In this photo you can see that Andrew has the soft top and side curtains installed, but this car is also equipped with a factory hardtop and our perfect rear hardtop window.  You can see other photos of this car on our June 4, 2018 blog, the TR2/3 gallery page, and in the opening photo of our HOME page.  The Winchester Blue is such a striking color today, that I can’t imagine why it didn’t sell well in 1957.  With lack-luster sales, the Winchester Blue was dropped for 1958 and replaced with Powder Blue, which then proved to be extremely popular!

October 1, 2018

It is very rare to see a broken crankshaft in the 4-cylinder TR2-TR4A engine, so when we find one like this we know we need to dig deeply to find the cause.  This engine was just rebuilt by the long term TR3 owner and had only been driven 250 miles before this catastrophy happened.  He decided that he would be better off bringing it to us for a “proper” rebuild, and to help his chances that it doesn’t happen again. When the owner delivered the engine and all of his spare parts to us, he happened to have a box containing an extra set of main bearing caps which he suggested we could use if his old ones were damaged.  BINGO!  The light went on and we had the clue we needed to explain the broken crankshaft.  The owner/rebuilder had “swapped” in a set of main bearing caps from another engine block, which is something to be avoided unless you then have the block “align bored”, which he did not.  The mis-matched bearing caps were not in perfect alignment, which obviously put a twisting stress on the crank, resulting in the failure you see here.  Since we don’t now know which caps are original to what block, we’ll choose a set and have the align- bore done to re-establish a straight crankshaft center line, so this won’t happen again!
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   WHAT we’re doing, and HOW we’re doing it!

November 12, 2018

We get a very large number of TR’s here that are in need of resuscitation after many years in storage.  In every single case, it is the fluid systems that need the most work, and the rubber that holds those fluids in place.  These trouble areas are always going to be the fuel system, the cooling system, and the brake/clutch hydraulic systems.  Once those three areas are addressed, along with a “normal” oil change for the engine, gearbox, and rear differential, most TR’s can be coaxed back to life. For a good example of what happens inside the hydraulic systems, take a look at this TR6 clutch slave cylinder.  The cylinder bore is heavily rusted, and no doubt the steel piston inside as well.  This car was sitting for “only” 10 years, inside a “dry” garage while this damage slowly occurred.  Imagine what problems you will find if your TR is stored for 30 years on a dirt floor, inside a damp and drafty barn!  Driving and maintaining your TR’s will always be better for them than lengthy periods where they sit and wait for you to get back to them!  It may also be better for your own sanity as well.  Have you ever seen a TR parked in front of a psychiatrists’ office?

November 5, 2018

We ALWAYS tell anyone who will ask, that if you are planning to purchase a TR4A, TR250, or TR6, any of the cars with the rust prone “IRS” style frame (including the TR4A solid axle cars), you absolutely MUST get under the car for a look at the frame before parting with your hard earned money.  This design frame is extremely rust prone, and there’s always a better than 50/50 chance that the metal termites have been at work.  Some times it will be repairable, and some times you will need to replace the entire frame.  Here’s an example where someone paid good money to have a rusty frame “repaired”.  It has been “worked-on”, but it certainly hasn’t been “repaired”!  When you are examining one of these frames for rust damage, you’re not just looking for holes, but for signs of metal plates or patches which have been scabbed over the holes or weak areas to make it appear “repaired” at a quick glance.  If you see something that looks like this, I suggest you run just as fast and as far away as you can.  There’s no telling how much of the original frame is left under these “repairs”, and tacking a new piece of metal onto a weak and rusty frame isn’t going to last very long.  The owner of this car told us that it was ready to “break in two” before he had it “repaired”.  We think it’s still ready to break in two!

October 30, 2018

Richard Lentinello from Hemmings Motor News just posted a piece on our 100 point TR4 to the Hemmings Daily blog.  Follow this link to read the article and see all of the photos and comments on the Hemmings website:  Triumphant Triumph

October 29, 2018

We were recently honored to have world renowned metalworking wizard Ron Covell here at Macy’s Garage to present two days of his popular seminars for beginning and experienced fabricators alike.  Ron has over 50 years of metalworking experience, and held his first workshop at his home base in 1993. That first workshop was such a success, he started offering them on a regular basis, and soon started traveling the country to help fill the demand. His workshops continue to grow in popularity, and over four thousand people have attended so far. Ron markets a line of excellent instructional DVDs on his website www.covell.biz, and there is also a link there to his YouTube channel where you can view short segments from his DVD’s. His popular column, "Professor Hammer's Metalworking Tips" has run in Street Rodder Magazine since 1995, and in 2000 a second "Professor Hammer" series, focusing on issues unique to older trucks, was launched in Classic Trucks Magazine. Ron has written technical articles for Street Rodder Magazine, Classic Trucks, Super Rod, Metalcrafter's News, Sport Aviation, and Hot Bike magazines.  His schedule for 2019 is already full, but we have started making plans to have him return to Macy’s Garage again in 2020.

October 22, 2018

Jeff lives in KS, and he stopped by last week on his way home from New England to show off the trophy he won in the Great American Mountain Rally Revival.  Jeff has owned his TR3A for over 40 years now, and has close to 400,000 miles on the car, most of them his!  We rebuilt his entire drivetrain a couple of years ago, and he’s now got close to 30,000 miles on our running gear.  Jeff was full of praise for the power we built into his TR3 engine, and told us how he had to use every bit of it going up some of the steep mountain roads on this 700 mile, 2- day rally. Now in all of the years Jeff has owned his TR3A, this is the very first time he has participated in any kind of a rally or motorsports competition.  But now that the bug has bitten, he’ll be shipping the car to Europe next spring to compete in a 5000KM vintage car rally over there!  Look up “Diehard Triumph Owner” in the dictionary, and you’ll surely see Jeff’s picture there.  We’re happy we could help him to continue “living the dream”!

October 15, 2018

George was restoring his TR3A at home, and doing a pretty good job of installing new floors and outer sills, repairing the rear floor sections, and even installing a new trunk floor.  But when it came time to install the new replacement rear apron, he discovered that things just weren’t lining up right and he wisely decided to call in the Cavalry!  The rear apron is the most complicated area on a sidescreen TR body, and it’s the first place I check for rust when evaluating a TR2/3 to purchase.  It’s a place where multiple panels join together, and they all have to fit together like a glove if you want to have any chance of closing the boot lid or having the fender, bumper, and body mount holes align during final assembly.  It also doesn’t help that the new reproduction panels are always off just a tick from original OEM parts, so you have to know where to cut and modify the new parts or they’re never going to work.  Fortunately, our team has done this enough times that they could almost do it in their sleep, making a difficult job for anyone else look easy!

October 8, 2018

It’s always fun to come in on Monday morning and open  e-mails with stories of events and photos of the cars we’ve restored.  Last Monday we got this photo from Andrew in Canada, taken at the Toronto British Car Day in Bronte Park.  This is the largest British car show in North America, with typically over 1100 cars and motorcycles in attendance.  Andrew’s 1957 TR3 which we restored for him in the original (rare) color scheme of Winchester Blue with Grey leather interior handily won the TR 2-3-4 class, and he was told repeatedly that if they had awarded a Best of Show trophy, it would have been his as well! In this photo you can see that Andrew has the soft top and side curtains installed, but this car is also equipped with a factory hardtop and our perfect rear hardtop window.  You can see other photos of this car on our June 4, 2018 blog, the TR2/3 gallery page, and in the opening photo of our HOME page.  The Winchester Blue is such a striking color today, that I can’t imagine why it didn’t sell well in 1957.  With lack-luster sales, the Winchester Blue was dropped for 1958 and replaced with Powder Blue, which then proved to be extremely popular!

October 1, 2018

It is very rare to see a broken crankshaft in the 4- cylinder TR2-TR4A engine, so when we find one like this we know we need to dig deeply to find the cause.  This engine was just rebuilt by the long term TR3 owner and had only been driven 250 miles before this catastrophy happened.  He decided that he would be better off bringing it to us for a “proper” rebuild, and to help his chances that it doesn’t happen again. When the owner delivered the engine and all of his spare parts to us, he happened to have a box containing an extra set of main bearing caps which he suggested we could use if his old ones were damaged.  BINGO!  The light went on and we had the clue we needed to explain the broken crankshaft.  The owner/rebuilder had “swapped” in a set of main bearing caps from another engine block, which is something to be avoided unless you then have the block “line bored”, which he did not.  The mis-matched bearing caps were not in perfect alignment, which obviously put a twisting stress on the crank, resulting in the failure you see here.  Since we don’t know now which caps are original to what block, we’ll choose a set and have the align-bore done to re- establish a straight crankshaft center line, so this won’t happen again!
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