Triumph 1800 Roadster Street Rod Restoration

August: The First Month

This is a photo log of the restoration of one of my Triumph1800 Roadsters started August 1, 2007.
This car will sport a 350 Chevy small block engine with supercharger, 4 speed transmission, Chevy rear end, and Mag wheels for now.
The first four weeks were all about removing all 6 coats of paint using aircraft paint stripper. Remember when using a sander or grinder on this car, only the front fenders are steel, the rest of the body is soft aluminum. Next I removed the old engine, transmission, and drive shaft.

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 September: The Second Month

The second four weeks were all about removing both outer and inner front fenders from the car. Removing all unneeded wire, brake lines, master brake cylinder, brake, gas, clutch linkage, mounting brackets from the frame, and front arm shocks. Remove old paint and rust from front section of the frame, and paint with primer.

 

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October: The Third Month

The third four weeks were all about prepping the items that need to be re-chromed. This was no small task, the grill, all handles, window trim, lights, hinges, all had to be disassembled down to single parts. The dickie seats alone took me four hours each to disassemble and stamp; do not forget to stamp the seats for easy reassembly.  I decided to chrome a few parts that were not originally chromed, for example: the dickie seat slide bars, and the rear license trim plate.

 

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Due to the fact that I will be driving the car at night alot, I felt it necessary to modify the headlights for better night driving. Jim Boffo from Boffo Motors fitted a MGB headlight inside the Triumph headlight, see photo below for how he did this modification. Jim made metal tabs that the MGB headlight would mount to, then he welded the tabs to the inside of the Triumph headlight. Once the cats eye lens is put back in place, you can not tell the headlight was modified

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 November: The Fourth Month

The forth four weeks were all about test mounting the V8 to the frame. First we had to remove the cross member under the firewall.

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Then came the the first test fit, after removing the lower wood section of the firewall, we slid the V8 and transmission into place. 

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 December: The Fifth Month

Sorry guys, I took December off for the holidays. 

 


Contact Bob Capo at bob@bobcapo.com for further information
on any of our restorations.

Thank You.