I think you finally found your car. Mine was in worse shape when I got it,
and I'm sure many of us could say the same thing. Sounds like it ought to
be in the $4 - 5k range. If the price is right, you might want to make the
Look, you're never going to find exactly what you pictured in your mind for
a car. Life is full of compromises. You may learn to love the grey
interior. If not, change it to black. It's a low priority. Among the
higher priorities is the fact that it sounds like the carbs will have to be
machined and rebuilt. That's what I'm doing this winter too.
> Date: Mon, 07 Dec 1998 20:33:55 -0800
> From: Michael Ferguson <email@example.com>
> Subject: Have I FINALLY Found it??
> Folks, the following is a (probably too long) account of a '59 TR3 that
> I'm closer to buying than any car I've looked at so far! I'd appreciate
> it if you'd read this and offer any suggestions or comments. What does
> it sound like is wrong with it? How much do you think it's worth?
> What'll it cost to make it a presentable driver (FAR from Concours, but
> not embarassing). I could really use some expert advice.
> Good, solid body/frame. Some surface rust on floor pans and minor bondo
> in a few spots (lower wings). Otherwise, no rust anywhere! Fiberglas
> front apron, but rest is all steel and he has a somewhat rough, but
> restorable steel front apron as part of the deal. Definitely needs
> paint. Some cracking and quite a bit of fading on bonnet and boot lid.
> Needs stripped inside and out and resprayed. Looks good from a distance,
> Compression is between 150-155 on all four cylinders. Says he has
> receipts for engine rebuild, but I haven't seen 'em. Oil pressure very
> good as well. Started easily and ran very well during my 45 minute
> drive. (HINT: Either wear a jacket or put the hood and side screens on
> when it's 40 degrees outside - a sweatshirt is NOT enough! Don't ask me
> how I know this. 8^)
> Some slop in the steering - maybe 1/2" steering wheel movement with no
> wheel movement. At about 40MPH, there's noticeable shimmy / cowl shake.
> Ok at lower or higher speeds. Pulls to the right when braking. One new
> brake caliper.
> Engine idles a bit high. Adjusted throttle linkage set screw down to
> 1000 or so, but after running awhile, RPMs back up to 12-1500. Some
> black exhaust and black, powdery looking spark plugs. Deal includes a
> Unisyn. Sounds like I'll need one!
> Decent condition interior, but it's a light gray vinyl w/ gray carpet.
> Really would rather black, but owner doesn't seem to care about
> originality (or that I DO care). Top is brand new, but also gray. Side
> screens are original in VG condition, but they've been colored gray.
> Tonneau is good (and BLACK). By the way, the car is painted burgandy.
> All instruments work. Owner says it has a new clutch - again no
> receipts, but it did seem smooth.
> I didn't notice it, but owner told me the non-overdrive TR4 transmission
> sometimes slips out of second gear. Why?
> Car has not been driven much in the last several years.
> Chrome wire wheels in good condition (slight surface rust in hub area),
> new stainless exhaust, new wire harness (installed), no tools (jack,
> crank, etc.). Original horns replaced by louder ones. Horn button under
> dash - steering hub button doesn't work, but turn signals do.
> Bottom line...
> What do you think the car is worth? And how much more do you think it
> would cost to make it a nice, presentable, reasonably reliable (huh?)
> car? I'd really appreciate your collective wisdom. Thank you!!
> - --
> Michael Ferguson
> Vernon CT