5/7/02 - TVR #3261TM 5 minutes after rolling it off the car carrier. It has been sitting for 15 years exposed to the weather after the first owner broke the key off in the ignition. It has 26100 miles on the clock and sits on it's original tires. The tires would hold air for about 30 minutes.
5/8/02 to 5/9/02 - The car comes apart. The plan was to roll it into my workshop but naturally it is 1/4" too wide to go through the door. I built a platform alongside the shop (where the truck is parked in the picture above ) and put up a 10' x 20' awning.
||5/9/02 - Dash board out.
Wiring harness labeled. Drawings made. Pics taken. Much beer consumed.
Began work on engine compartment things which tie into body. Hope to lift
||5/11/02 - Body removed from
chassis. Was secured with 10 bolts, 4 in each seat tub and 2 in the fuel
tank area bolted through the rear-most frame rail. The pics from this
document how everything went together before it was taken apart.
||5/15/02 - Had to leave the
car to go offshore for a few days. The wiring harness is now completely
off the vehicle as are the brake lines. The right front suspension is now
also off. Both doors have been completely disassembled. Due to some sort
of digital camera problem, several pictures were lost so this section
is a little sparse.
|5/22/02 - The job of course gets
in the way of the project and this section is also a little slim on pictures.
Plus, the thumbnails are the wrong size. Oops. Both front suspensions are
now taken apart and waiting blasting and paint. The left rear is in the
works. Currently I am a little concerned about how the lower swing arm bolt
is going to come out.
|8/15/02 - Work on the car has gone
very slowly for the last three months. I have been very busy offshore -
it's a busy season this year - and lately, I have been down with first pneumonia
and now a broken toe. But things are fixing to get into gear again.
|8/21/02 - Finally getting back into
the swing. The frame is done and drying. The suspension members are painted
as well. The rear hubs are still at the machine shop but the news there
|10/28/02 - Clutch slave cylinder,
pedal box, and steering rack taken apart and prepared for rebuilding/replacing.
Finally got the rear hub carriers back with new swing arm pivot bolts fabricated
from grade 8 steel.
|11/7/02 - The engine is completely
broken down now. Well, except for the oil pump bushing which will not come
out and I haven't gotten to the point of serious force against it yet. the
pedal box and parts are off to the blaster along with rocker cover, oil pan
and timing cover.
|6/13/03 - Seven months since the last update to these pages. Pretty much tells the story. Yet another guy working on a car in his spare time discovers his spare time is not so plentiful as the requisite need. So this TVR is now up for sale. Work on the car continues, however, and the intent is to put this TVR on the track later in the year if nobody buys it before then.|