c) Frame Restoration

Here begins the frame-off restoration.  These pictures show the frame as it was when the body and suspension where removed.  After the frame was completely wire wheeled, I performed the required frame strengthening.  This involved adding plates to the rear differential mounts and boxing in the protruding supports.  I also strengthened the front steering mount and front body mounting points.  I then neutralized the metal with Navel Jelly and then sandblasted it.  The finishing included a coat of POR15 then Rhinoliner (truck bed coating).  I’m sure that the TR will enjoy a much more pampered life after the resoration but preventing any rust in the future is paramount.

Frame As-is after bodt removal

Frame is stripped and ready for strength upgrades to be welded in

These are some pictures of the welded sections.  The object here is to strengthen the mounts for the differential.  This was the perfect excuse to purchase a welder.

Weld Frame 1

Boxed in the open mounts “now they are very strong”.  Pretty nice welds for a greenie.

Weld Frame 7

Here you can see the finished frame.  Ready for the suspension

Frame Resto 1

Frame Resto 6

Fortunately there was not a lot of rot on the frame, actually there was none which is why this particular car was perfect for a restoration.

Published on November 7, 2009 at 10:46 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. What’s up, I check your new stuff on a regular basis. Your writing style is witty, keep it up!

  2. whoah this blog is excellent i like reading your posts. Stay up the good work!
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  3. Great work. I am building a 1972 TR6. By chance, do you know where I can get the Chassis (frame) specs?

    • Sam: I am pretty sure that the “Big Blue Book” Triumph owners manual. Has the specs that you are looking for.

  4. Thanks for posting. I am looking at restoring my TR4a as I think the frame is kind of dicy. Gives me some confidence (maybe misplaced) that I can bring the frame up to snuff.


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