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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2023 6:40 pm
I figure I may as well start a new topic for this build.

It's going to be the full frame off every nut and bolt restoration. There will be plenty of frustration, the Brits definitely build differently than we do on this side of the pond.

As you can see I've started on the teardown. Pulled the engine, trans and rearend. Had them all rebuilt other than the carbs, still need to do that. Really expensive to build these little motors.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2023 6:45 pm
What year is it?

My sister had a Triumph once and somebody stole it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2023 7:28 pm
It's a 1959. I bought it in 1978 but didn't drive it much the last 30 years. Motor ended up seized.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2023 9:51 pm
Got one side stripped, quite a few caged nuts failed. Had to cut a dozen or more bolts off. Found a place that sells the caged nuts so that's a plus.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2023 12:36 am
Ah The fun part! Tear it all down and start cleaning.

Looks cool as Heck gonna be nice on the other side!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2023 1:25 pm
I usually enjoy the teardown but this little car is going to take a lot longer than most. The wings (fenders) are bolted on from every direction, 20 bolts on the front fender alone.

Started stripping the front fender, I had a good size hole repaired in both 45 years ago before I was doing this stuff. I'm not liking what I'm seeing. Butt ugly weld and a TON of filler. Not sure what that's about but I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to cut about a foot out of it and replace it. I'm told they make pretty good pieces to do that.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2023 7:16 pm
I stripped the spare tire door. It wasn't fitting right, stuck out at the bottom, not sure why but it was bent out. Got that massaged back but it doesn't seat all the way in. I may have to move the locking tabs in further? Otherwise it's in pretty good shape, a bit of filler so it did get a small hit at some point.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2023 5:49 pm
Finished stripping the left front fender. There should be about 3/8" of curve in the back of the fender from top to bottom. Looks like the repair was done with a dead flat patch hence the gobs of body filler. I'll need to cut that out and do it right.

A small hit further up and some damage at the bottom front. At least it's not rusty.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2023 6:11 pm
Do you have a Shrinking disk?
I have a few of them now of different sizes, I would use a small one on back side and a big one on the out side to work all those small dings. Then work it with hammer and dolly lightly then hit it again with the Shrinking disks. You'll have the fender looking like new in no time.

Just remember light to no pressure with shrinking disks and a cold wet rag repeatedly.
DO NOT over heat panel or spots till blue ever! just reapply heat and cold rag over and over
less is more.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2023 7:36 pm
I do have some shrinking discs. Are you referring to the small dings on the top of the fender? Not much room to get a disc on the back there. The big ugly patch is flange welded so it's double metal all the way around. Don't know if a shrinking disc would work on that.
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