I am afraid I had the same problem. About 500 miles. That part has no
chording in it at all and will split just from the torque movement of the
engine over a short period of time. It is just plain soft rubber. The
outside cloth mesh is supposed to give it strength but is only decorative in
this part. Mine started to split on the thermostat housing side.
I ended up getting a alternative from Moss that has the required chord
reinforced hose material. The part you describe looks absolutely original
as I remember them but does not stand up.
62 TR4 CT16260L - Groton, MA
My TR4 Restoration Web Site
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of David Moag
Sent: Friday, October 29, 1999 4:44 PM
To: Triumphs Mailing List
Subject: Very Early Radiator Hose Failure
Just got back from a great little drive through twisty roads and hills in
the TR3B. I was going to stay longer, but something said to go home. Good
thing I did -- when I got there I found the top radiator hose issuing a
strong squirting stream out of its side. This is a new hose with all of
about 50 miles on it. I hope it's an isolated occurrence, because the spare
I'm about to put on came from same place. It's one of the cloth covered
original style hoses. Has anyone else had this happen to them so quickly?
I'd just as soon not name the vendor, because this is probably a very
isolated thing (although I'll change my mind if a lot of you say "me too"),
and I've been quite happy with virtually every thing I've gotten from them.
And if anyone has any great tips on how to replace this hose without
removing bonnet -- I'd be happy to hear. It doesn't appear to be easy (of
Still a great drive!
62 TR3B (enjoying its rebirth)