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Keith Davis 1956 TR3/1974 TR6

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I’ve been a Triumph nut all the way back to my senior year of High School, 1977 when I  purchased a 1974 Pimento Red TR6, which I still own. While still living in Ohio I traveled to Texas,  Colorado and took many trips up and down the east coast.

I moved to Arizona in 1999 and in 2001 came up against the AZ Emission test in which I failed numerous times. At this time I decided to restore the car. I have always enjoyed taking things apart, but the problem was it took me off the road for 3 years. This time I was able to get it thru emissions after discovering a bad cam shaft.

In May of 2006 I ventured away from Triumph’s and purchased a 1958 BN4 Austin Healey to restore only to find a bent frame and other untold ugly stories with the car. Needless to say, I sold it 9 months later to someone that was going to make a street rod out of it and didn’t care about the problems.

Which brings me to my latest purchase. After looking at an old DCTRA membership list I made a random call to a great couple in Tucson. After explaining who I was and that I was inquiring if they knew anyone who had a TR3 for sale. It turns out they had been thinking of selling their 1956 TR3. They purchased the car in 1958 in Tempe so the car has spent most of it’s time in Arizona.  The first year of the car’s life is unknown.

The car is a Salvador or Winchester Blue with factory overdrive, and a steel hard top. The car has all of original rust fee panels except for the deck lid, which blew off while being transported to Tucson. I will need to replace or repair the bonnet, it was louvered back in the 60’s.  Is anyone looking for a louvered TR3 bonnet?

As you can see from the picture, I should have plenty of help and supervision from Mallard and Ladybug.

9 Responses to Keith Davis 1956 TR3/1974 TR6

  • Mike Long says:

    Keith,

    Best of luck in this ambitious project. If it turns out as clean as your TR6 it will be gorgeous..

    I hope to see your family at the DCTRA pool party i’m hosting on 6/23 at 5pm. Call me anytime for info 480-544-8355.. Make sure and bring your TR6 for the evening..

    See you soon,

    Mike….

  • Paul Hedstrom says:

    Just a couple corrections on your TR3. Becky and I purchased the car in Tucson, not Tempe. The trunk lid came off while I was towing the car to Tucson during our move in 2002. Becky was behind me and ran over it which I was made aware of when we stopped in Florence. So Beth shouldn’t feel as though she is the only one to do such a thing.

  • Bob Davis says:

    Have you found a source for the Winchester Blue paint mixing code? I have a 57 that was Winchester blue with red interior.
    thxx,
    Bob

  • Keith Davis says:

    No I don’t have the correct code for the mix yet. Paint is still some time off. I do have a very good sample of the original color found after I removed the stone guard from one of the rear fenders. I’ve seen some of the mix codes for the Winchester blue paint I just dont’t remember were I saw them. Your car with blue and red would be very unique. I would like to see some pictures if you have them.

  • Bob Davis says:

    How is the progress on your? My chassis is complete, body work is complete, fenders/hood/doors/bonnet/tub/hardtop and boot are all cut in with Winchester blue. Put the tub back on the chassis last weekend. Next project is to paint the exteriors of the panels. My paint guy was able to source a PPG paint code for Winchester blue from a 1965 paint chip chart.

  • mark says:

    hello,i am looking for the little quater panels or the dog leg panels
    for a tr3.do you know where i could find some or a car that is breaking.
    thanks.mark

  • r says:

    Congratulations on your hard work.
    The 1956 TR3 is awesome. You are an artist in your own right. My Best to you always.

  • r says:

    Thought I saw a drive-by of the completed project in your old home state. Very well done indeed. Off to Maine soon to paint fall colors ocean side.

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