A Sidescreen Triumph is a specific type of car that was made in England decades ago. Perhaps you’ve heard of Spitfires, TR6’s, and TR7’s. Sidescreen TR’s are those cars’ older brothers.
Triumph TR2s and TR3s didn’t have roll up windows, they used plug in side curtains, also called sidescreens. Over 80,000 were made in the 1950’s and 1960’s, and many are still on the road today or are in the process of restoration. Unfortunately, many enthusiasts of these cars don’t understand how they were made, why they were made the way they were, or what their mechanic means when they are recommending work on their car. Some owners also struggle with what their maintenance manual is trying to show them. This isn’t a manual, but does show how many assemblies look when put together.
The chassis used in many of the photos takes many parts from these cars, often cut open, and allows readers to see what is going on inside. For those who attended the Triumph national meet outside Dallas in October, 2016, this is the cutaway chassis many of you saw.
As of mid-December 2016, the project was about 60 pages long and has over 40 pictures. My goal to finish during summer 2017 has been delayed, but a PDF test version is included below. I will charge a nominal fee to test my payment system and the delivery of the PDF file to the first 10 buyers when the e-book is finished. People purchase the test version will get a discount on the finished product, which will probably sell for $15 US. I will add more info as the book progresses. I plan to release it as a PDF, not an e-book or print book, but I am open to suggestions.
I am the writer, mechanic, photographer, and graphics person for the project. Progress is slower than I would like, but it is coming. My motto is, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Give him a hacksaw and he’ll be busy for years.” I started the cut-away chassis over 20 years ago, and I am running out of things to cut open. My blade is getting dull, too.
Here is an excerpt; click on the link below. NOTE – much of the table of contents page numbers are are missing, showing as an error, since those chapters were removed for this free excerpt. The Table of contents has been left so that you can see what I am doing.
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