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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:50 pm 
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I found this fascinating silent video of new TR3s being manufactured on a then-modern Standard-Triumph assembly line in Coventry. Machines made the parts, but human hands assembled them into an actual car.

If you pay attention you can see Colin (the elder)'s actual TR3A getting the body fitted to the frame, and perhaps that's his dad wearing the lab coat in the background! Colin might have brought his dad's lunch to this site as a kid, so maybe he has walked these very floors.

Triumph produced about 75,000 of the nimble, rugged TR3s from 1955-1962. They were hugely popular in the USA.

https://youtu.be/6H1Ousqqf3E

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:18 pm 
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Frank,
Finally getting to this great post!
Yep, could have been mine, we mounted the body to the frame like that just lowering it on very slowly.
However it was just the tub not a complete body with fenders etc all bolted up.
We lived about 4-5 hours away from Coventry, Dad visited the Factory about every 2 weeks or so.
My Brother did his apprenticeship at Canley, I would probably have ended up in that program also, you had to be a family member to join the apprenticeship program.
This is a link to the Standard - Triumph Works Directory with some family history:
http://www.triumphworks.co.uk/frank-gentle/

My Brother has been able to connect with some of his old "mates" through this site

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:20 pm 
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When we attended the classic car displays at LRP in May I photographed a lovely little 2.2L TR3-B (1962) belonging to Andy Stowers of Goshen (altho it wore Wisconsin plates). Of course, I can't transfer any of my photographs onto this website :roll: .


You might already know Andy and his perfect fire engine red 3-B.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:08 pm 
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Frank,
Not quite the factory assembly line, this photo shows Dad on a tech rep. service call at a Standard -Triumph Dealer, I think in Stockport UK. Colin's Grandfather on the right, the car is a Triumph Renown.
Looks like a confused Lucas Rep. on the other side of the car, still have that "Shelley" screw driver shown in the foreground, to the left of the screw driver a very serious "drift", I'm sure you know what one of those are Frank.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:58 pm 
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My 1964 AutoMech teacher could look at a drift and tell if it had ever been misused or not. He said there was only one correct way to use a drift and it required surgical accuracy, exactly in line with the pin it was intended to move. Any deviation from the dead-on angle resulted in either a mushroom on the drift or a peen on the pin. Today all my drifts look like dogbones :oops: . He's probably rolling in his grave.

Juan Manuel Fangio's 'drifts' were things of beauty, tho that's another story.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:56 pm 
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A couple almost-related videos involving the cars of my youth:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZgHQ3X ... gs=pl%2Cwn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEVEQ6q ... e=youtu.be

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:58 pm 
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Looks like Datsun copied the round side dash air vents from the Vogue. :lol:

Can't open the second link :(

Cool video :thumbs_up:

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:32 pm 
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Frank, you got it!....and another car from my "ute"
Photo below taken by Dad, my Mom and Me with a Triumph TR10 Estate Wagon some where in the White Mountains of New Hampshire 1958. My sailing dingy on the top, dad didn't like to be far away from boats
This was actually the Factory Press car, shown in the 2nd photo.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:10 pm 
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Reminds me oddly of the Hillman Husky 2dr shooting brake, for some reason.

Sorry John, I inadvertently cut off the all-important "h" at the beginning go the link. Try again, pleaZe.

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