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Tech3627 Lot Burdick
Mckinney, TX, USA   USA
I’m trying to get this old Triumph all back together. It has been setting for 23 years. It looks like something is either missing for this convertible frame, or something else was bolted to the package tray here. I need to put a top on it, but want to make sure I have everything I need for it. Does anyone know what is supposed to be bolted here?

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TR8todd Todd Kishbach
Mass, USA   USA
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You see all those holes in the rear panel? There is a strip of curved metal with studs welded to it that inserts into a fold in the roof. The studs pop thru the material and go thru those holes. There are tiny 8mm head lock nuts and flat washers that attach to the studs under those holes. They get covered over by the rear carpeted panel. The webbing goes at the outermost studs and does not use the square washers. Look inside your old roof for the metal strip. Hope you have it because those are pure unobtanium. A wedge has to die in orfder for you to get one. Do youself a favor. Replace the webbing, and the felt rub strips that go on top of the metal bows before you install the new roof. They are available at any fabric store for cheap money.

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Tech3627 Lot Burdick
Mckinney, TX, USA   USA
Unfortunately, I don’t have the old roof. I got this car in pieces and don’t see this piece anywhere. What would this piece be called? I assume this piece is crucial for installing a new top and not something I can really make.

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Tech3627 Lot Burdick
Mckinney, TX, USA   USA
What about the holes and marks on both sides of the seat belt? Am I missing something else too, or did the previous owner drill holes and bolt something to the car there?

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TR8todd Todd Kishbach
Mass, USA   USA
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There are black brackets that go under the seat belts. I can snap some pics of what you need later. I have a couple of those strips of metal with the bolts sticking out of them, but I need them. Last spare one I had, my buddy came by and took it. You can make one. Its just thin metal. You could make a template out of cardboard and trace it onto some thin plate and cut it out. Its curved so a straight piece won't work for you. I'll get pics of both the seat belt brackets and the metal strip later for you.

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TR8todd Todd Kishbach
Mass, USA   USA
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Here you go.


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Ron Avery Ron A
Oxnard, CA, USA   USA
Try Woody at the Wedge Shop, He has a few older parts in stock.



Ron
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darrellwalker Darrell Walker
Vancouver, WA, USA   USA
1966 Triumph TR4A "Christy"
1981 Triumph TR8 "Kate"
Here is what the seat belt retractors look like properly mounted with the guides. There appears to be stuff on both sides where something was mounted previously, not sure what it was.



Darrell Walker
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81 TR8 SATPZ458XBA406206
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Pat.L Silver Member Patrick Ledford
New Wilmington, PA, USA   USA
In reply to # 1598878 by Ron Avery Try Woody at the Wedge Shop, He has a few older parts in stock.

You can also Scott Harper at Team Triumph in Warren OH. I know he a has a TR7 DHC Spider (flood car) and I think he may have just received another TR7 Spider (May be restorable) in his breaker yard.

Woody, Scott, and Ted at TSI will mail.



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Tech3627 Lot Burdick
Mckinney, TX, USA   USA
Thanks for the help guys. I’ll look through all the extra pieces I have again to make sure it’s not somewhere in that stuff. I guess I don’t need to worry about the other bolt holes on each side of the seat belts.

It’s been a fun project with my son so far. I got the car all in pieces. It is a John’s cars V6 conversion car that my brother bought from John at John’s cars years ago. The engine was out of the car, transmission was in the trunk, no underhood wiring harness, locked up brakes, etc. It is now running and driving. My son is very excited and drives it as much as the weather allows without the top. Next steps are replacing the top, and redoing the seats. The rubber diaphragm under the driver’s seat fell apart and the upholstery is not great. My son also wants LED headlights.

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TR8todd Todd Kishbach
Mass, USA   USA
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Those extra holes are probably from a roll bar. Look on the floor behind the seats and see if there are holes at the outermost points as well.

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Rover827 Rich Truett
Berkley, MI, USA   USA
1979 Triumph TR7 "Haggis"
1981 Triumph TR8
1982 Triumph TR8
Darrell:

Where's you get that molded carpet in your white TR8?

Rich Truett

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darrellwalker Darrell Walker
Vancouver, WA, USA   USA
1966 Triumph TR4A "Christy"
1981 Triumph TR8 "Kate"
In reply to # 1599031 by Rover827 Darrell:

Where's you get that molded carpet in your white TR8?

Rich Truett

Hi Rich,

It is actually silver smiling smiley

It is the carpet from TST is Australia. More pictures here: https://www.triumphexp.com/forum/tr7-and-tr8-forum.3/new-carpet.1546540/

-Darrell



Darrell Walker
66 TR4A IRS-SC CTC67956L
81 TR8 SATPZ458XBA406206
Vancouver, WA, USA

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