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Old 02-15-2009, 06:39 AM
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i'm looking for an old british sports car...a triumph tr3 tr4 tr6...austin healy,big body,no bugeyes...sunbeam alpine...mga...
anybody know anyone with one for sale ????
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Old 02-15-2009, 06:53 AM
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Had a TR-3 many years ago. Before it was 10 years old
I was having to special order parts from a place in Jacksonville,
Florida who in turn had to order them from England.
Fun car aub also a nightmare to keep tuned-up.
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Old 02-15-2009, 07:06 AM
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My 1st car was a TR6. After college I bought a 1980 TR8 and had it until 2002.

I hope you know a good British car mechanic, your going to need one. My neighbor down the street owns a TR6 he might be selling. Check the link I supplied. In the month of May they normally have a car show with only British cars. Its a great place to go if your looking to buy. Its about 5 miles from my house, about 2.5 hours from Cape May.

http://www.ushistory.org/hope/more/calendar.htm
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Old 02-15-2009, 08:15 AM
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I had the spitfire and my buddy had a tr6 , hope your mechanicly inclined - and only need it for a 4th car or so -never again
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I own a TR3B that my son and I restore. IMO this is the best way to go about it. Parts are super easy to get from Moss Motors. Make all the quarter panels, floor pans, and everything else for the car. Granted you have to tweak them a bit due to each car being a little different. The whole positive ground thing is a bit of a nightmere for electric, and Lucas is a pain in the ass (but its charm...?hah).

Fun classic car to rip around in.
There is a TR4 down town that was for sale in october. I'll see if it still is
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:04 AM
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A few more links

http://www.delvaltrs.org/
http://www.ushistory.org/hope/events/carshow.htm
http://www.newhopeautoshow.com/

Pennsylvania - April 18, 2009
Spring Brits on the Delaware
Kintnnersville, PA
All foreign marks welcome
Contact Tony Hess (610) 346-9026 or aghbop@aol.com
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:09 AM
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FASTFJR - 2/15/2009 12:04 PM

A few more links

http://www.delvaltrs.org/
http://www.ushistory.org/hope/events/carshow.htm
http://www.newhopeautoshow.com/

Pennsylvania - April 18, 2009
Spring Brits on the Delaware
Kintnnersville, PA
All foreign marks welcome
Contact Tony Hess (610) 346-9026 or aghbop@aol.com

thanks !!!!
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:12 AM
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You want to buy a British sports car, yet you complain about Grady Whites?
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:14 AM
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If you're not a good mechanic now, you will be! As soon as you get one, order a slave cylinder for the clutch. You'll need it sooner than you think.
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:31 AM
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Hemmings is a great place to find this stuff. Get ready for sticker chock.
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Old 02-15-2009, 09:35 AM
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The good news is that there aren't any relays in the electrical system. Battery to fuses to appliances. Easy to trace and replace. The bad news is that you will be doing this chore or you'll risk an electrical fire in the system. At that age, the odds of decent sheathing on the wires are long.

I rebuilt the 4-cylinder engine in our 1967 MGB-GT by myself...it was almost intuitive...and simple as far as motors go. Everything on them is simple.

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Old 02-15-2009, 11:28 AM
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Not sure if you are interested in Jags, but my dad has a 1970 (I think, know it was one of the last yrs they made the car) Jag XKE convertible he has been thinking about selling. Can get more details if interested.
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Old 02-15-2009, 01:26 PM
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I was an Import mechanic for 14 years. That said I bought a 1966 Triumph Spitfire and let me tell you if you don't know much about mechanics you better be best friends with one. Those side draft carbs are a BITCH Not to mention the British are known for crappy electrical systems.
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Old 02-15-2009, 01:38 PM
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I have a TR-3 B. It was my high school graduation present and I never let it go. It is the most fun car I have ever been in. Everything that was said about electrical and carbs is true!!! Also they leak oil like crazy. Right after a rebuild they will start dripping...lol. If you think boats are expensive just wait till you have a daily driver from the british.
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How about a reliable new style British sports car? One word - Miata. Not as cool as the British car, but just as fun to drive. Most importantly, inexpensive and bullet proof.

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Hey, you mean like one of these......



Sorry, not for sale.
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triumphrick - 2/15/2009 10:53 PM

Hey, you mean like one of these......



Sorry, not for sale.

that's exactly what i mean !!!! i'm looking at a '63 tr4 in tennesee...red with tan interior...and another one in jersey,it's old english white and tan...
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Older British and italian cars were electrical night mares my friend use to have a MG and it always had some electrical thing going on
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Lots of fun, Get a good mechanic.....

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Miata's are no fun, they're too reliable. TR3 had soul, a real rush to trust the Lucas stuff a night. Can't go wrong with any old Brit roadster.
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