1966 Triumph TR4A (restored 2007/8)

As viewed and collected. Previous restoration begun and abandoned 10 years ago.

Stripped down and chassis blasted. Off to be powder coated.

Jump forward and the chassis is finished. Suspension all rebuilt, gearbox rebuilt, engine checked over (rebuilt previously) and repainted. Awaiting fitment of bodytub in background.

All panelled up, good gaps and any modifications made. Now it is all removed again for paintwork.

Build up progressing nicely. Really starting to look like a car again.

Dashboard going in, lots of missing pieces to be sourced. 


Roll forward to the finished interior, refurbished original steering wheel, recovered centre console and rebuilt seats. 

Refurbished hood frame ready for a brief period with it's original hood before the owner decided it deserved a new Mohair hood.

I'd prefer a descreet modern stereo that works over a period one that doesn't.  Of course that was then, in 2020 there are some really correct looking DAB tuners with all the modern features we expect, and with CDs being all but obsolete you can have all your music from a much smaller unit.

Really clean underneath with original style twin exit stainless exhaust system

Adjustable shock absorbers and braided stainless brake hoses are the only real departure from standard.  It drove beautifully first time out. 

What's not to love?  So British in bright red with chrome wire wheels.  Everybody wants to own one once.

Smart Michelotti styling fins and all. The fit of the panels around the boot lid is a particular problem when restoring these cars.  Poor quality panels don't help but mostly there's just a lot of work involved.

Immaculate engine compartment with so much room!  Overlooked until recent years in favour of the 6 cylinder TR5, but the 4 cylinder TR engine has a character of its' own and in many ways a 4A is an easier car to own. 

Burr Walnut is not a standard veneer for the dashboard but it does look lovely. Original steering wheel is a must in these cars.  Yes they are big, but they look great and give the steering the correct gearing and lightness.  Too many of these are thrown away in favour of a nasty small one. Too many pies!  

I short time later with a new Mohair hood.  Again, not as original but they look great and add a touch of class. 

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