1959 TR3A PROJECT
This is the documentation of a 1959 TR3A repair. The vehicle is a former restoration from 3 decades ago, previous owners had a failed engine on day one after an engine rebuild due to a blown head gasket based on overheating. Evidence of liquid head gasket repair was added based on aluminum particles around the gasket sealing points. The head removal points to running of the engine with a loose head nuts resulting in a warped head gasket. This page will be devoted to documenting the journey of bringing this TR3A back onto the road for future trips to BOG and less traveled roads!
Topics that will be explored:
50A alternator upgrade
Tip for assessing your new project : Use the TRA Triumph judges check list to size up what you have and need to replace or restore.
To the right are pages from the factory service manual for engine specifications for your personal reference
The head was pulled with several days of gentle work. It exposed what was expected, a blown head gasket due to improperly set head nuts.
Further evidence of two types of head gasket commercial repair liquid
Three weeks of PB Blaster soak resulted in a small amount of piston movement. This told me that that the engine froze due to a long period of high heat.
I made a decision to preserve the engine and prior rebuild by not using it and pulling both engine and transmission given multiple points of incorrect installation and rebuild.
The radiator was operational but not original (no crank hole) A proper and new one will be installed.
A fresh rebuilt engine will be installed along with a either rebuilt TR3A or MOSS MOTORS 5 speed FORD T9 transmission.
The transmission tunnel was held down with less than 20% of the bolts intended.
Beware of vehicles sold as prior restored condition, are you aware of the work done and by whom? Are the correct parts and materials used?