1965 Triumph TR4A
As seen on Season ??? of FantomWorks
She is actually my 5th triumph, my first, shortly after getting married in 1983 and my third one a TR6 I sold around 2007 to my 10 year old daughter’s exclamation “Daddy you promised me you would never sell her”. Well that did leave a mark She is grown now with children of her own. I miss the rides with her an her brother and the fun we had. Recently when I found out I was expecting another child I thought it fitting to also add another Triumph to the family. I purchased my 4th Triumph a 1969 TR4A IRS locally and jumped in with all of the restoration items I love. She ran a little rough and had flat black primer but engine and paint could wait. after a year of working on he and chasing gremlins in the electrical system it was time for a engine rebuild. I found a shop who informed e the engine could not be salvaged but he had a deal. He had a recently rebuilt engine and transmission with overdrive from another 4A that the owner no longer wanted. YES and we went forward. The work was finished I was excited and began to lo a the body more critically. A lot of bondo, the lines were not straight, there was rust. Well it just happened that Triumph 1965 TR4A body from the engine I just had installed was repaired and according to him rust free and available for purchase. A 5th Triumph. Now I had the original body and the car but on 2 different chassis. It was body work and could wait. My new engine was home . and doing well for a while at least. I still had gremlins in the electrical system. I still had what I thought a perfect body ready for paint. I am active duty and knew I was moving soon so I realized I needed to make the 2 cars one. I found Dan. The plan was to paint the good body and switch out the old 1969 black body with the 1965 ready for paint . Dan quickly explained that my perfect ready for paint wasn’t quite ready for paint. There were a few more steps. . Dan and his team also went over her and provided me with invaluable information and repairs to areas that needed attention. I now live in Atlanta with my wife and another young daughter. I am fortunate to have my son and daughter here with 3 grandchildren and one on the way. MY 85 year old dad is here too and I still use the first socket set he gave me over 30 years ago. I look forward to being The granddad with the Red antique sports car.
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Improved old wine in a nice new bottle aptly describes the Triumph TR4. The chassis, for example, came from the TR2/TR3, though handling was improved by three-inch wider tracks and a switch from antique cam-and-lever steering to more precise rack-and-pinion. Up front was a 2.1-liter four that owed much to the sturdy 2.0-liter engine of previous TRs. The same held for the four-speed manual gearbox, though a synchronized first gear struck a blow for modernity.
Inevitably, the TR4 was heavier and a bit slower than late TR3s, and stiff springing continued to give a rock-hard ride and some unwanted bump-steer. But Triumph had a fix for the latter: independent rear suspension, via coil springs and semitrailing links. It arrived in 1965 for a revised TR4A that also featured a permanently attached soft top that was much easier to operate. Although the new rear end tended to bottom easily, it improved handling and ride comfort, especially on rough surfaces. No wonder the independent suspension quickly went from optional to standard equipment.
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