commission number TS75519L was built in May of 1960 and was sold
in the United States as a 1961 model.
- Factory colour: signal red.
- Factory interior: black with white piping, leather
seats, rear seat cushion. White soft top and side curtains.
- Factory options: Steel wheels, heater
Changes from stock (1998 rebuild/restoration):
The Rebuild goal was to create a like new period street/autocross
car. This means that the car was rebuilt as close as possible
to concourse specifications EXCEPT where a new owner, in 1960,
might have dressed the car up and prepped it for daily commuting
and weekend racing. Except for the wood Motoleta steering wheel
and the addition of Simpson racing seat belts, every effort has
been made to rebuild the exterior and interior into new stock
condition. The engine bay was kept as stock as possible except
for race modifications and where an owner might have "spruced"
it up when new. Except for the ITG air filter I tried to have
period parts inside the engine bay.
Changes in options: 60 spoke chrome wire wheels, overdrive,
windscreen washer, adjustable steering column, factory hard top
Hydraulic systems: Unpainted polished stainless steel
tubing replaced rusted factory steel tubing. Factory tubing routing
used. DOT5 fluid used.
Exhaust system: Chromed 4 tube exhaust header with ceramic
coated interior. Resonator replaced by straight pipe for a TR2
Suspension: Factory optional competition coil springs,
Poly bushings in place of rubber, Spax adjustable shock absorbers,
Addco front anti-sway bar, rear shocks rebuilt with heavy duty
Transmission: TR4 all syncro overdrive unit with TR3 shift
Differential: Salisbury type limited slip and large capacity magnesium back cover
Engine: Rebuilt at Greg Solow's Engine Room in Santa Cruz
Head: Late TR4A head with 0.060" removed from
the bottom surface, shrouding removed from combustion chamber
around spark plugs. Valve pockets enlarged and polished. Hardened
valve seats installed inside out to create a venturi shaped
opening. Oversize intake valves. Ports polished and matched.
Pistons & liners: 87 mm. "Eyelashes" cut into top
edge of liners below where the shroud was removed around the
Crank: Cross drilled and nitrided. Harmonic dampener
Cam & valve train: 280 degree Babe Ericson cam (Cam
peaks at 6000 RPM with wide power peak), 56 or harder tappets,
shortened push rods, lightened rocker arms with matched weight,
special springs and retainers. Springs between rocker arms replaced
by copper tube spacers. Special rocker shaft pedestals that
support the ends of the shafts.
Intake: Twin DCOE 45 carburetors on polished TWM intake
manifolds. Short air horns. ITC air filter.
Ignition: stock distributor with recurved mechanical
advance. Lucas sports coil.
Exterior: Wilco finned cast aluminum valve cover with
Moon breather, optional finned aluminum oil sump with extended
oil pick up, external oil cooler, narrow fan belt & pulleys,
electric fan, polished thermostat housing
Interior: Balanced drive train, many new hardened fasteners ( a lot of ARP fasteners),
oil passages cleaned up, oil pump reworked with new gears.
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