Restored 1965 Triumph TR4A PrivateCars - Portland - 102 views
This 1965 Triumph TR4A is a solid rear axle car that received an extensive 10-year mechanical and cosmetic restoration completed in 2013. Every nut and bolt was removed, and the car was taken down to bare metal and repainted in its original color of Signal Red. The engine, drivetrain, suspension, and brakes were also fully rebuilt, and the interior was refurbished as detailed below. The selling dealer purchased this car from the owner who had the restoration performed, which totaled over $38k. This TR4A has been driven about 3k miles since the restoration and is offered with all restoration-related receipts and a clean Oregon title.
The previous owner commissioned the restoration, which took place between 2003-2013. The car was taken completely apart and the frame, body panels, and tub were stripped down to bare metal. 350 hours were spent on the body and paint alone, and the seller describes the Signal Red two-stage finish as very nice. All body panels are described as straight, and no rust has been found on or underneath the vehicle. Brightwork and trim was refinished, and the car has a Pilkington replacement windshield. A redundant hood release cable kit has been installed.
All new weatherstripping was fitted and the Robbins top is described to be in clean condition with clear windows and a good seal. The boot cover remains in good condition and a Sunfast tonneau cover is also included. Flaws are described as limited to some minor pitting on the passenger-side signal assembly, a minor flaw at the top of the front bumper, and a few areas where you can see faint sanding marks underneath the paint. The trunk was also refinished, and contains all jacking equipment and a knock-off wheel hammer.
The 60-spoke Dayton knock-off wheels are fitted with 165/80/15 Kumho tires with approximately 3k miles. The wire wheels were sent to Hendrix Wire Wheel in North Carolina (Dayton’s official service facility) where they were balanced and trued with the seller noting a smooth ride at-speed. The suspension and braking system are said to have been rebuilt during the restoration including a new brake master cylinder, rebuilt calipers and drum assemblies, rebuilt rear lever shocks, and new urethane bushings throughout.
The interior has been redone with new upholstery, carpeting, door perimeter edging, and a panel kit. The window channels, weather seals, and felt strips are all new. The dash is a custom made Zebrano wood assembly, and both upper and lower dash pads are described to very nice throughout. The odometer shows 29,902 miles with total mileage unknown.
The restoration included installation of a new wiring harness, and every electrical item in this car is claimed to be in working order including all gauges, lights, signals, fan, wipers, and the horn. The speedometer and tachometer were sent to Nisonger Instruments in New York for rebuilding.
The 2.1L four-cylinder and 4-speed manual transmission are said to be original and underwent extensive work during the restoration process. The engine has been completely rebuilt and balanced with new 87mm pistons, liners, bearings, camshaft, timing chain, and more. The head was sent to The Roadster Factory in Armagh, Pennsylvania for rebuilding, and features hardened valve seats for use with unleaded fuel. The motor is currently running Brad Penn motor oil with a high ZDDP content.
Other work includes a rebuilt transmission, new clutch, all-new hydraulic systems, and a rebuilt cooling system. An electric fan for the radiator has been installed with a manual override switch in the cabin. A new voltage regulator and voltage stabilizers were also fitted, along with a fresh Pertronix distributor and coil. The SU carburetors were rebuilt and have new throttle linkages from Burlen Fuel Systems in the UK. A rebuilt wiper motor, generator, and starter round out the extensive mechanical work.
The tidy undercarriage features a full stainless steel exhaust system from the header back, a 3/4″ sway bar, and a rebuilt steering rack. The entire rear axle assembly was also shipped to The Roadster Factory and rebuilt. No rust or corrosion issues are noted by the seller.
A large service file includes over $38k in restoration-related receipts. This TR4A reportedly starts easily and runs strong with a smooth powerband, good throttle response and a sweet exhaust note. It appears this car has been refurbished to a high-standard and is ready to be driven immediately. A video of this car is seen below:
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