The car has remained in a shed at Oxley in Brisbane since 1980. The owner Stuart Paterson drove the car around the block once a year, except in his words, "when he forgot". Stuart purchased the car from someone in Victoria in the late 70s.
Being an ex TR3 and then a TR3A owner from the 60s, I have had a "gentlemen's agreement" to buy the car from Stuart since 1982 and this purchase actually happened in September 2003. The car was originally powder blue, however the car was subsequently painted white by the Victorian owner. The rest of the car under the bonnet etc was painted black. Mechanically the car is very sound with very little use so I decided to clean the car up a bit.
the help of our TR "Doctor" and register
member Eric Carter, the "clean up" has
included massive de-leading of most of the panels,
removal of fibreglass repair patches over the extensive
internal rust, removal of the rusty panels and replacement
of new manufactured ones. Full body off chassis
restoration including straightening of the chassis
and on to the paint shop
See the NEXT INSTALMENT of Photos (July 06)
As purchased in September 2003
Photos 5 to 10: Initial body repair work by Eric Carter prior to removal from the chassis