[TR] Lost more than just my head!

Paul Dorsey dorpaul1 at gmail.com
Mon Aug 26 17:27:51 MDT 2019

It's been about 5 years since I've ran my TR3's engine and I now see one of
the exhaust valve's stuck open.  So I turned over the engine with a wrench
(having sprayed lubricant into the cylinders thru the spark plug holes), I
even ran a couple of feet of lamp cord into the spark plug hole hoping that
might help push out the rusty (I guess) valve but it still wouldn't budge
using my socket wrench.)  I contemplated using a cheater pipe on my socket
wrench, but didnt want to chance it.  At this point, I think I'll pull the
head and take it to my engine shop.  Question: Who do they get their parts
from?  Are they as good as Moss, or TRF?

Here  is Triumph Team.net archive link:
I forgot how I got on the list , but here is their email
triumphs at autox.team.net

Thanks, Paul Dorsey in Athens

On Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 9:15 AM DAVID MASSEY <dave1massey at cs.com> wrote:

> Let's see, stored outside under a tarp for several years, valve stuck
> open, valve made out of steel, steel rusts, um... yeah, I think so.
> Sorry for the bad news.
> FWIW, I took my head to the shop the other week.  It was working mostly OK
> but I was suffering from valve seat recession.  The machinist said my
> valves were rusting.  This on a working head.  So I ordered new valves.
> Lot$ of $tuff to do on this head.
> Dave
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul Dorsey <dorpaul1 at gmail.com>
> To: Triumph list Team.net <triumphs at autox.team.net>
> Sent: Sun, Aug 25, 2019 3:01 pm
> Subject: [TR] Lost more than just my head!
> I don't know alot and my TR3 has been up on blocks outside covered up with
> a tarp for about 15 years.  I think I started the motor about 5 years ago.
> Its been quiet since that time; I've wanted to wait until retirement to get
> it going again.  I didn't anticipate losing my drivers license, which might
> affect my plans.  However, maybe the TR3's stylishness will throw off the
> cops if they pull me over.
> I pulled back the tarp, (I had prievously removed the bonnett), lifted the
> valve cover and saw that I needed a pushrod tube as I never completed the
> valve adjustment job about 5 years ago.
> In doing so I also saw one of the valves stuck open! I don't remember this
> happening, but I'll need to address it before continuing with the valve
> adjustment. Is there any likelyhood that something like stuck open because
> of a dry valve guide?  Is it essential that I pull the head?  I kinda think
> it is.
> Paul Dorsey  60 TR3A
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