Photo of the Week
Macy's Garage, Ltd.
December 16, 2017
||Mary's drum brake TR3 (1956) arrived here on
a transporter from sunny Arizona this week. She knew about our shop,
but was reluctant to send her car across country, and opted to have it
restored by a local firm who assured her that they could do the job.
Guess what? The car ended up making the trip here anyway!
We'll probably post more photos of this "restoration" as
time goes along, but the down and dirty story is that after all the
assurances that they knew what they were doing, Mary received a car that
they couldn't make run. They didn't do too good at making it pretty
either! We're still compiling a list, but after a quick walk around
it's pretty obvious that these guys shouldn't be entrusted to restore ANY
car, let alone a Triumph that they obviously knew nothing about.
Unfortunately, this is a familiar story that we see
repeated over and over again. Now it's true that repairing and
restoring these cars isn't rocket science, and anyone who is a caring
craftsman that will put forth the effort to research them thoroughly will be
able to turn out an acceptable restoration. But there are far too many
shops out there who don't give a crap, or don't know quality when they see
it. Owners need to research, research, research too, and don't buy
into slick assurances that anyone with a sign out front will be able to
provide the quality that you are paying for. Did I mention that we
don't have a sign in front of our shop? The TR folks know how to find
us, and we are far too busy to be bothered by the multitudes who want a tour
just because they like old cars!
December 8, 2017
|Whenever a TR4-TR250 bonnet gets bumped, the
natural downward roll that they have originally gets tucked under even more,
and it pulls much of the metal behind down with it. The marked area
shown in the photo on the right is now very flat, and the solution for most
body guys is to fill it up with bondo, as was done previously with this
Now the bondo base does make the hood look
somewhat smooth again, but the additional thickness means that in most
cases, the studs to fasten the bonnet badge and the TRIUMPH letters will not
reach completely through, and thus cannot be securely fastened to the hood.
The correct repair, performed by a talented metalworker
using quality equipment, is to stretch the flattened metal back up into the
space it needs to occupy, restoring the original shape and keeping the hood
thin enough to securely attach the badge and letters. We have both the
required elements here, talented people and the best equipment. Don't
think that a cheap English Wheel from Harbor Freight is going to give a rank
amateur the same results that a seasoned professional like Matt is going to
achieve on good equipment, when it's more than likely that the hood in
question will be destroyed by rookie mistakes and bad equipment.
Notice that our English wheel is a Covell Signature Series
by Metal Ace. Ron Covell is one of the world's best metalshapers, and
he's also one of the best teachers that you can learn metalworking skills
from. We are happy to announce that Ron will be here at Macy's Garage
in October of next year to give two workshops, Basic Steel on October 20 and
Basic Aluminum on October 21. Sign up now at
www.covell.biz and plan to attend the
workshop(s) to learn new skills, and visit Macy's Garage at the same time!
November 20, 2017
||Stetson purchased his TR6 new in 1969, and
wants it restored back to new condition in time for it's 50th Birthday next
year. When we first unloaded the car off of the trailer, it looked too
nice to restore, but then we started looking a little closer and noticed
some areas of his re-paint that weren't holding up too well.
Obviously, we needed to strip everything off to find out what was happening
below the surface.
Once we got the car down to bare
metal, we found plenty of previous work that needed to be re-done.
Just one example is the upper rear corner of the left (driver's side) rear
fender, where a patch had been welded over a very rusty section, just
something to keep the bondo from falling through the hole when it was
slathered on. We found it interesting that the "skilled professional"
who made this repair was not capable of reproducing the body line in the
fender, so he cut his patch out around the "thankfully" good body line.
What really hurts is that all of the old rust remained below, with plenty of
holes for moisture to get in and become trapped between the new patch and
the remains of the original fender! There were more repairs of this
type that we can count, and we'll have to cut away 100% of them and fix them
correctly once and for all!
||I received the following e-mail from Stetson
over the weekend, and thought it would be appropriate to share along with
Mark: I can't say how much I
appreciate the combination of clearly written invoices and large number of
good photos that follow each invoice. I spend a lot of time going
through the photos and being amazed by:
- the many hiding places for moisture and rust to collect
- the wide range of shabby repairs made by those who
worked on the car in the past
- the damage caused by "park by Braille" drivers on my
street in Alexandria, VA!
I read your website and what you say about correcting the
errors made by others, but didn't think it would apply to my car.