Triumph TR7 Restoration

The TR7 Restoration has been a work in progress for over a decade now. This section is imported from an old blog I used to run back in the day, alongside the YouTube video uploads I’ve done by way of continuing the blog.

More stripping

I did a whole load more stripping this weekend: It’s surprising how much surface rust there was hiding underneath the paintwork – or maybe not, it is a Speke car after all! Either way, it looks like I caught it just in time. It’s all surface rust, with none of it looking in any danger …

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Stripping

Got the paint stripping started today. 🙂 I’m using nitromors at the moment, for no better reason than I had some sitting on a shelf. Start: During: Finish: Check out the rust on top of the wheelarch! It’s just surface rust though, nothing serious – apart from the seatbelt mount. I’ll weld a new plate …

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More rust

Now I’m mobile again, I got back to the ‘7 today. I’ve now got all the underseal off completely, and the underside is now ready for stripping and painting. Finally! The only bits I haven’t done yet are the gearbox tunnel (gearbox is still in the way; I’ll sort that out once I’ve pulled the …

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Slight hitch

I was just on my way to work on the TR last sunday in my Astra, I pulled up to a junction, and the engine died. Uh oh. When I tried to restart it, I got a strange whirring noise from the starter – I’ve heard that before. A quick check and sure enough, the …

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Disgusting

I’ve just spent a few hours over the last two days getting rid of the last of the underseal from the back end of the car. What a disgusting job! I’ve been thinning it out using white spirits, which is pretty effective, but turns it into a sticky, tar-like goop. It got in my hair, …

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Rust – ouch!

I’ve now got most of the underseal stripped from under the car, the main problem areas were the wheelarches – the stuff was 1/2 inch thick in places! As I was suspecting, pulling the underseal off revealed a few areas of rust – Some worse than others: Apart from the rear sills and the seatbelt …

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Heads back

I phoned the machine shop today – the heads have now been skimmed and cleaned, and are ready to pick up. Nice and clean and shiny now! As for the rest of the engine, I’ve just got to clean up the outside of the block, then the sump, and it’s all done – I can …

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More on the back end

I’ve now got all the rear end stripped out, the last thing was the fuel tank this afternoon. In spite of all the horror stories I’ve heard about tank removal, it was actually a breeze – although it probably helped to do the job without the axle in the way! I’d left all the bolts …

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Work begins

Well, it’s finally started! I had a small problem just after taking the car off the road, in that I was told I can’t use the garage it was in to do any work! That was a bit of a blow. 🙁 But I have now rented a garage nearby, and moved into it last …

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A sad day

Well, today (Yesterday!?) was the cars’ last day out on the road as a 2ltr TR7. The road tax expired today, and with the MOT also due in a couple of weeks, I decided it wasn’t worth retaxing it. If I’d been confident that she could have sailed through the next MOT without too much …

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