Hi everyone, I have recently bought myself a rust free Californian 65 tr4a irs here in the uk. According to the paperwork it’s been here since 1990 and secreted away in dry storage. A windscreen sticker, something like a raffle ticket gives details of a salvage dealer in the us and I have now discovered evidence that it’s been in a front end shunt at some time and am guessing that before it left the states the damage had rendered it undriveable and therefore consigned to salvage.
I’m pleased with it as it’s very original and am now in the process of stripping it down completely. The impact damage to the chassis has affected the drivers wheel and pushed it back slightly cracking the suspension turret.
I would like to find out more history for the car before it came to the UK but don’t know where to start. The US registration number is TUT053 and it’s a black/yellow Californian plate. I’m aware of British Heritage but I was wondering more about its history after it was sold. Is there anyone who can give me a start. Simon
Triumph tr4a timber dash
Posted by Yellowjag1966
Oct 30, 2017 04:22 AM
Joined 1 year ago
Dec 14, 2017 02:16 PM
Joined 6 years ago
Simon, I can’t help you with the history of your TR but I can tell you a bit about the salvage title. Here in California if a car is in an accident or flood etc and is considered a total loss it will be issued a salvage title. If it is registered do continued use it will forever keep the salvage title. Sometimes if it is in a salvage yard but does not have a salvage title they may choose to register it as a salvage just because it is easier. Sometimes it may not have anything wrong with it.
Dec 14, 2017 04:03 PM
Joined 1 year ago
Thank you for the reply. My TR has had a front end shunt at some time which is evident by the cracked chassis on the drivers side suspension turret so I guess this is why it ended up in the salvage yard. Simon
Dec 14, 2017 05:58 PM
Joined 7 years ago
If the turret is only thing cracked or damaged on frame, then you are n good shape. There is a gusset strengthening kit you can buy but I usually just reweld all the joints in the front and rear suspension.
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