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Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

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Restoring a 1960 Triumph 3A

Posted March 02, 2009 12:01 AM by dstrohl

While many old car enthusiasts won't consider buying a basket case project such as this, to me there are far more positives than negatives. For one thing there's the price; if this TR3A had been complete and rolling it would have cost at least twice what I paid for it, probably more.

Having been disassembled already, this saved me a ton of painstaking and dirty work. With the car being in pieces, it's easier to inspect the body, chassis and all the ancillary components much more thoroughly because nothing is hidden.

While there's a strong chance that some parts may be missing, because this is a Triumph, if a particular part or trim piece is missing chances are excellent that not only will I easily find a replacement part but I will probably be able to buy that part new.

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03/03/2009 3:41 AM

Its a great car, I was around when it was new......Always liked Triumph sports cars...

Make sure you work faster than you did on the Spitfire, or your widow may be selling it on at some point!!! Still incomplete.....

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03/03/2009 8:11 AM

A restoration isn't a good financial investment. You always spend more on the job than the car is worth. A friend down the street has restored a couple of very nice Triumphs. When I said that I was thinking about getting back into a MG Midget like I used to have his advice was simple: I had young kids, I was busy with work and community stuff. He was semi-retired and the kids were grown. Buy a Miata and be happy.

That was great advice!

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07/19/2010 10:54 PM

Upgrade the front suspension to a '61, you'll be able to find parts easier for the disc brakes and calipers.

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