1959 Triumph TR3
"Hmmm, I'll be that spring clip
shouldn't be spead apart like that.  
Let me get my ChannelLocks and
squeeze it back together."
Hey, who would have thought 50
year old rusty metal wouldn't just
squeeze back together?
Memo to myself:  Don't do this
Two bolts on each side behind the
Two bolts on each side under the
Six bolts under each wing.
So the six or seven bolts across
the front piece (right side of the
picture) all need to be removed?
Any others hiding anywhere?
Sucess!!  Apron was just tightly
wedged between the fenders.  
The steering box will get removed
and rebuilt.
With the apron off, the
radiator is the next thing
out.  It will be taken to a
radiator shop for
cleaning and testing,
then painted.
Along with the front
suspension.  And that's
just the beginning . . .
Indeed, it looks like perhaps the
coolant in the radiator froze at one
Hmmmm, the bottom tank doesn't
look quite right . . .
With the radiator out of
the car, I could give it a
closer inspection.
Looks like a replacement radiator
is in the works.  While a nice shiny
aluminum replacement radiator
would be nice, I think the budget
will dictate a used stock
With the radiator removed, you can
see the damage to the engine fan,
which was the main reason for all
this work to begin with.  Of course,
once I'm this far, I'll naturally have
to spend hundreds of hours and
dollars fixing/improving things
while I have the access.
If the fuel tank is out of the car but
you still need to run the car?  A
dirtbike gas tank to the recue!
Some fuel line from the motorcycle
tank petcock to the TR3 fuel line,
and you're good to go.
I found another stock radiator on
eBay, and will send it off to be
tested and cleaned.  Assuming it
checks out, it will replace my
damaged radiator when the car
goes back together.
Despite what the manual says, the
crank pulley proved impossible to
remove without using the gear
puller as pictured.  I had to remove
the cross-brace to get access.
By the way, the timing pointer
makes an
excellent point to slice
your finger when spinning the
ratchet while loosening the timing
chain cover.
Close up of the timing chain and
Timing chain and gears.
Shot of the top of the camshaft
gear and timing chain.
Checking for chain wear.
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Checking for chain wear
by noting the deflection.