[TR] Whitworth Wrenches on a TR3?

Jim Henningsen trguy75 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 13 03:54:08 MDT 2019

Thanks Bob and all the others for the feedback.  Will tackle the job this
weekend.  I greatly appreciate the collective wisdom and options too address
the next challenge on the 3.  

Jim Henningsen

-----Original Message-----
From: Kinderlehrer <kinderlehrer at comcast.net> 
Sent: Monday, August 12, 2019 10:57 PM
To: 'Tom Walling' <pdqtr6 at comcast.net>; 'Jim Henningsen'
<trguy75 at gmail.com>; 'Triumphs' <triumphs at autox.team.net>
Subject: RE: [TR] Whitworth Wrenches on a TR3?

I literally just did this today to replace the felt in the steering column.
Just to add a few hints, to remove the control head, remove the 3 grub
screws in the steering wheel, they are a little hard to see if you are not
looking for them, and pull the head out from the stator tube.  If you have a
little extra wire coming out of the steering box, you don't have to remove
the horn-push/turn signal head completely - it may be helpful to have
someone feed the wires up from the bottom of the steering box while you pull
on the head. If you don't remove the head completely along with all the
wires, which just makes it that much more difficult to reinstall, you can't
use a socket on that nut. I used a large adjustable crescent wrench
vertically with a screw driver through the hole at the end of the handle,
but an open end wrench of the right size if you have one, which i don't, may
work better.

BTW, I don't have any Whitworth wrenches and have managed many projects on
my TR3 and my 49 TR 2000 without them. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Triumphs [mailto:triumphs-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of Tom
Sent: Monday, August 12, 2019 5:30 PM
To: Jim Henningsen; Triumphs
Subject: Re: [TR] Whitworth Wrenches on a TR3?

You're in luck Jim! Leave the front apron right where it is. Set the car so
the front wheels track straight and remove and disconnect the horn-push /
turn signal head. Right before your very eyes will be a big nut (guaranteed
you won't have a socket that fits, but that's a good reason to add one to
your tool box). Unscrew the nut and carefully pull the wheel toward you
until it comes off of the steering column shaft. Fiddle with the wheel until
it looks right to you and (you guessed it), the rest is the reverse of what
you just did. This is one of the easier jobs on a TR3.

> On August 12, 2019 at 6:52 PM Jim Henningsen <trguy75 at gmail.com> wrote:
> First, being relatively new to the TR3 line, I am noticing some of the 
> bolts don't match up to my SAE wrenches.  I have had to use metric on
> Haven't had this issue on the 4, 6 or 8.  Are these Whitworth sized 
> bolts and nuts which would mean I should invest in a set of those 
> wrenches?  I always like a new tool but want to check first.
> Secondly, what steps do I need to do to get the steering wheel lined 
> up to be straight.  The car tracks nicely down the road in a straight 
> line but the steering wheel is at the 11 and 5pm clock positions left 
> and right hands respectively.  The shop manual says take off the front
apron etc.  Ouch.
> It's a 60 TR3A, is there an easier way to disconnect wheel like a TR6 
> to align correctly.
> Thanks,
> Jim Henningsen
> Ocala, FL
> 60 TR3A
> 61 TR3A
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