Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:50 AM
With the new look forum I thought it overdue time for a thread on the TR7, but as the original build threads have been lost to old age, I thought I should start with a recap.
Back in 2004 my wife and I decided we needed a bigger house and of course the most important bit for me was that it had to have a garage, eventualy we found the perfect house, lots of off street parking, nice neigborhood and of course, no garage! But there was room for one to be built. So I did the sensible thing and in 2005 went searching for a project car (still no garage yet!). The brief was simple. It had to be retro, soft top, good spares supply, fun and above all CHEAP. The choice boiled down to either a Triumph Spitfire or TR7. And I cant get out of a Spit!
A couple of weeks searching on Ebay and the "perfect" car turned up. 1980 DHC in rattle can green, complete but rusty as hell.
£150 later it was mine. Nothing worked, lots of bits had been unbolted and then been refitted with the bolts finger tight or less, lots of parts were in the boot, and it got worse. It was FULL of filler, repair patches had been welded on to get it through MOT's but I was able to pull them off with my bare hands and panels were crumbling to dust in my hands. BUT. I can weld and Ebay was well stocked with repair panels.
And I got the engine running.
3 years later it pulls into the MOT station looking like this.
Finally legal I drove it around for a few weeks just to make sure it was ok and then I started to prep for paint. With 3 weeks to go to the 2008 Retro show at Santa Pod it needed some colour. This was my first attempt at 2k, the front half of the car went ok, a bit dry in places but I was proud of my first effort, the back half was a disaster - it had a texture like 80 grit sand paper. But I had no time left to re do it, A mate and I fitted it up the night before the show, the following morning it recieved its first oil change and I was off.
Safely there and back again, tyres rubbing in the arches, worrying bangs and crashes and the roof flapping in the breeze!
In the next 3 weeks I redid the drivers side rear wing and door and got a good result, and then drove it to Yorkshire.
For the next 2 years I didnt touch the paint but fitted a Sprint 16v engine, sorted out the worst of the knocks and bangs, bigger brakes and lots of lowness. September 2010 saw me paint the bonnet and it came out ok. By 2011 I was starting to notice a bit of ware and tear on the body, a few nicks and dings here and there but it was ok for a car I used rather than garaged.
At the 2011 Retro show it was on the Triumph stand along side some very pretty and powerful cars.
And was even pictured in Retro cars Mag.
But after the show I found a significant dent! in the panel I was most happy with !!
Well that was It, Time for a refurb.
So the list of jobs to do:
Fix the dent
Fix the blown filler on the NSR wing and weld in a blank for the running light.
Sort out the front wing to bonnet panel gaps on both front wings.
Sort out all the rough areas of body, wing lips, sills and inner wings.
Paint the whole car
Paint the centres of the alloy wheels (dark grey with metal flake???)
Make new door cards.
Re do the carpet.
Fit the new hood I bought last year.
I have made a small start.
Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:58 AM
But now it sort of done so I can get back to my car.
Here is how it stands now with partially rubbed back door, wing and windscreen surround.
Skirting boards for the conservatory on top but I can put off fitting those for now.
The Dent that started it all
Orange peely boot lid.
Progress for this week.
Oh and something I fitted a couple of years ago.
Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:42 AM
Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:41 PM
Posted 25 February 2012 - 09:53 PM
Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:46 PM
Quite a few low spots in the door.
Posted 17 May 2012 - 08:52 PM
Posted 23 May 2012 - 01:15 PM
Keep up that prep, it'll be worth it in the end.
Posted 07 June 2012 - 07:46 AM
I have done more than this, the boot and rear panel are now both done and ready for paint and the OSR quarter panel has been started, but the battery went flat in the camera before I could get any pictures.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 02:27 PM
I haven't been snoozing but progress is slow,
NSR running, light,
The US models of the 7 have marker lights on the side, the uk versions have ugly plastic blanks shoved in the gap, I decided first time arround to smooth them over but I didnt do a very good job on the NSR, this time would be better.
Filler dug out and the area cleaned up.
Plate cut out and welded in, welds ground flat ( I will add more photos of this as I have some on my other camera)
Skim of filler.
Sand off and prime.
It looks better in the pictures but it isnt bad, needs a bit more sanding.
The dent repair is going ok 2 but I havent got any up to date pictures yet. More to follow.
Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:49 AM
Want to do the wing on my LS when your finished?
Posted 04 September 2012 - 10:03 PM
and not a great deal of progress to be honest.
More of the blank fill in.
And some other stuff.
Posted 06 September 2012 - 07:43 AM
Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:30 AM
The TR7 is now...... a shopping trolly!!!!!!
In the last update you can see that I rolled the car out of the garage, I turned it around so that I could start work on the front panel and do a little bit of welding to the suspension turret. I left it looking like this:
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But I was left thinking how much easier this would be if I could move the car about the garage easily, like it was on a trolly. Hmmmmm.
So a bit of shopping later and I bought a bit of 50/50 box section and 4 caster wheels (that each cost more than 7 meters of box!) and made my self a frame to move the car around in the garage.
It is a bit taller than I wanted but I wanted wheels big enough that the would glide over the concrete and would give me enough space to get under the car to paint the sills. Hopefully this might speed up progress a touch!, Well you can hope.....
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