[TR] TR3 stone guards
dlhogye at comcast.net
Wed Jan 6 19:47:25 MST 2016
You are right on about the stone guards. The repros don't fit anything like the originals. I found that much trimming is needed, but I got mine to look factory by doing the necessary work.
Reusing original parts should definitely be considered.
In a matter of a few hundred miles, the new ones got all pitted and dented anyway. They look perfectly used now.
If it's going to be a trailer queen, by all means, make the repros work. But protect them with layers of foam, because the slightest momentum past pushing the car in the driveway will cause pits and dents.
From: "Andrew Uprichard" <auprichard at uprichard.net>
To: triumphs at autox.team.net
Sent: Wednesday, January 6, 2016 3:24:31 PM
Subject: [TR] TR3 stone guards
I don’t know about others, but my experience with the aftermarket TR3 stone guards (especially the large ones which fit over the rear fenders) has been very disappointing. Badly made and frustratingly hard to fit. So when I started the latest restoration on a CA car with minimal rust (lots of other problems, but rust wasn’t one of them !) I decided I would try to salvage the stone guards. They were heavily pitted and dented and I thought I was wasting my time, but I started off hammering out the dents and then I used a grinder to level all the pits and scratches. I followed with 80 grit, then 150, 320 and 600. Then aluminum polish and finally a good waxing. I have to say, the end result was really good – and they fit !
Having said that, I guess I spent most of a day on the 2 large guards, so this approach would make little sense for a restoration shop or someone charging by the hour. But for someone like me with time on my side, I saved $100 not buying new and I now have guards which will fit.
I learned a lot from an older guy in a restoration shop who routinely threw out the old and replaced with new. Maybe there was a day when “new” really was better, but the more of these cars I do (and I am now on number 13) the more I try to keep whatever I can and only replace where absolutely necessary.
Just my 2 cents……..
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