I was originally in the market for a TR3, and although I still think the TR3 is still the most beautiful of the bunch, my eye was slowly drawn to a TR4. It was a little more aggressive yet still a classy brit car. It also fit my age better as in 2012, I was 27 years old. I felt the TR3 had too much elegance and beauty. With all the curves, in my opinion, it would look great for an older bloke with salty hair, but it might just look pompous or ostentatious with a mid-20's young guy. I could be completely wrong, but I slowly felt the TR4 was the car for me, although I'd miss not having the awesome curves and cut-out doors. I call the TR3 my retirement car because I'd still love to have one someday.
That said, I purchased a red 1964 Triumph TR4 sight-unseen off of Ebay for $5,900.
The car was from a seller in Utah. Not much more was given as to the history of this car. The ebay ad offered many 'extra' parts, such as gas tank, radiator, seat frames, overdrive unit (uninstalled), two doors, and a ton of extra small parts.
Let me say the online ad was more than misleading, but this comes from hindsight, as I am entering these early Journal posts all at once mid-restoration. The lines most false would be, "It's virtually rust free, what is there is pictured and it's very slight along the door sill, small holes easily fixed." How that would come back to bite me down the road.
After waiting about 6 months, I had the car shipped to Joe Siam at Chequered Flag Racing in Chatsworth, CA. He went over the car and it was far from road worthy, as the ebay ad had easily suggested. Turns out the shocks were pretty bad, pinion seal leaking, transmission leaking, rear oil was practically emptied out, bad engine mounts, carbs were leaking, brake and clutch needed minor work, steering rack boot replacement, and etc.
The only thing that exceeded hopes and expectations was the motor that tested at 155/155/150/150
So I left the car with Joe. Told him to make her roadworthy, and so he did. After replacing, resealing, and rebuilding many of the car's sub-systems and parts, I was eventually able to take my car home.
I live around 30miles from Joe and within 10 miles I was on the side of the road waiting for AAA. My battery was dead. Turns out a wire from the generator had vibrated off, and I was not recharging the battery. A quick battery change and cable reconnect got me the rest of the way home.
And so began the short while where I actually had and drove my 1964 TR4.