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Peerless #92


At the risk of having my son angry with me, I thought I might update all of you a bit on #92. I emptied all of the bits from the ****pit this weekend, plus the rear seat shell, so that I could get to a more fine-tuned assessment of things. I discovered that someone, not so long ago, may have paid some attention to the brake system and rear levelers. It would appear that the brake hoses are all relatively new as well as some of the hard lines. Also looks like the rear slave cylinders and front calipers are either new, or not very old. I did not have my "Ace-Assistant-Mechanic" (my dear wife) around to help bleed the brakes, but the fluid in the resevoir looked very clear and not discolored (discoloured). It will be interesting to see what the fluid looks like coming out of the calipers. The rear levelers look either brand new, or very well re-conditioned. The front levelers appeared to also be new. While looking at the front suspension I noticed that there are either several new parts or parts that have been cleaned and very nicely painted!! I have a size 7.5 head which will not fit under the car, so I am guessing just a bit. I had not screwed up my courage to the point of jacking up the car and putting it on jack stands - that comes later. In looking at body attachment points and other details, I can tell I am either going to have lots of questions, or lots of time spent searching this forum. By the way, does one have to remove the oil filter from the bottom? I swear that you folks from England must have size two hands and elbows that bend both ways!!!

My only regret was that Art could not be with me for this first shallow assessment. We are working on a timetable that might get him back home, or the Peerless out to him.

More later,

Kent and Art

p.s. The build number(?) on the backs of the seats is #110



-- Edited by rkent47 on Monday 28th of April 2014 06:58:45 PM

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Well, I did screw up my courage and jacked up the front end. I used a 2x4 piece of lumber to spread out the load and used the cross member just in front of the sump. I then place jack stands at each end and things seemed nice and stable. I pulled the front wheels with little effort even though the knock-offs had little to no grease on them. The brake bleeders were not completely frozen so I was able to work on them. Using a board I was able to pump the brake pedal and then hold it while I re-tightened the bleeder, so I was able to get some of the coffee coloured fluid out of the calipers. Oh! I did discover one thing, when you have the front end jacked up, you can not get a jack under the rear end!! At any rate, I was able to get the front calipers bled, but the pedal is still way too hard, which leads me to believe that at least one of the caliper pistons is stuck - probably the right side. I threatened Art that I was going to take off the calipers and do a re-build but he objected!! I was correct in my estimation that someone in the near past had worked on the brake system. The hoses are all new; some of the hard lines are new, and run incorrectly; master cylinder appears new; pads are new. Now all I have to do is get that caliper unstuck and I can roll it out of my wife's side of the garage and get it to a storage unit until Art gets out here!!!

Kent

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About a year later, #092 is now on a KwikLift in my son's garage/shop in Billings, MT. She traveled well on the trailer for the 650 miles jaunt. Since my wife and I will not be moving to Billings any time soon, #092 is in the hands of Art! I just hope he does some catching up with a picture or two and maybe some comments on this Board!!

Kent

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Arriving



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58 Peerless GT, 68 Triumph Spitfire, 70 Triumph GT6



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Who is that old dude!!?? We stripped it down to just the body and chassis for the long haul.

kent & Art

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 We'll the peerless has been resting after its long journey but now it is seeing some life breathed back into it. First is Whoa and then the Go. My dad fiddled w the brakes a while back but he and I bled them again. Peddle is Very firm but the car isn't wanting to roll. We did brake the rear driver loose when rolling it off the lift but it was not perfect. Getting it back up was a chore. Hopefully progress will continue. 



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It's official, The peerless is just a car, I do not have to fear it (yet) rear slaves are sticking. Unearthed one and when I pressed carefully on the peddle the slave would not move at all....until it did and it went fast. Then it would not return. I worked it by sqeezing it shut w channel locks and opening it up w the brake peddle. I'm sure they will need to be rebuilt but for now I have brakes....on one side, have to so the other side now.

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The Dad's two cents: yes, it is just a car, but only one of 325(?)!!!! It was a joy to be working on it with my son, though!! Even when I kind of threw my back out trying to push it around with the rear port side brake locked!! We were wishing for a TR3 Haynes manual that might cover just the older TR3s but no luck. Instead I happened to find Robert Bentley's entire TR3 manual on line!! Fantastic reference!!

tecb.eu/onewebmedia/Triumph%20TR2,%20TR3,%20TR3A%20factory%20service%20manual.pdf

When ordering parts for brakes, etc. what year TR3 does one use, if any? Any help in that direction would be greatly appreciated...

Kent & Art

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A problem I'm wrangling with too. Whilst I know that I have 10" Lockheed drums at the rear, I'm a little confused over the shoe used. The one that was fitted to the car looks nothing like the one illustrated online for the TR3. However, both the wheel cylinder and adjuster appear to be as the TR3 ones. Confused? I certainly am.

At the front, I have Lockheed one piece calipers but I understand that the later, two part (and more easily obtainable) ones will fit. Can anyone confirm this??



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Cracked into the engine in effort to eventually get it running. I had always heard of building oil pressure by manually spinning the oil pump to build pressure before starting and engine. I gave it a go but could not figure out how to do it on this tr3 engine. I also read taking the load off the engine and using the starter to build pressure was ok. So changed the tar...I mean oil for some fresh 20/50 and felt pretty confident w the cartridge oil filter. That confidence was misplaced as I screwed it up several times and made multiple messes. Spinning the engine resulted in oil circulation (as seen on the floor from a cartridge mistrial) BUT it never registered on the prssure gauge. Wondering if replacing the hose to the gauge would be a good idea...

Next to the cooling system which requires a new belt and thermostat.... Plan is to run massive amounts of water through the different components before connecting and using coolant.

Then carbs....

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As I was leaning over the nose of #092 I looked to my right and there was Orion, my first born; looked to the left and there was Keir, my second born. Life really does not get any better than when one can experience it with one's sons...

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I too have had those moments, Kent. Enjoy as they really fly past...these two are now 21 & 24...where'd that go!

 

days out.jpg

 

Ha, and you just wait for the "who gets this when you peg out then Dad" question!



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Great picture Nigel,

 

Made me think the same, time flies.

Mine are 16 and almost 13 now.

When my guys were young they sometimes showed some interest.
But that has all gone now, it's iPad's and phones now unfortunately.

Therefore they won't get it when I'm gonebiggrin

 



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Erik,

Don't give up, there are always grandchildren!!!

Kent



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whoa there tiger, we not getting anywhere near that for a loooong time!

And Erik, don't worry they do come back out of that "teen fug" and stop grunting answers in coverstation.

Jakes on the insurance for BP but I have to be with him....perhaps not a bad thing as he still has very little idea what to do when it stops!



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Ah, grandchildren!

Henry asks lots of questions, he's in danger of becoming a P&W expert.

 

Frank



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