Stu Lasswell's TR3
When I acquired my TR3 I was actually the president of the San Diego MG Club! They did not kick me out, but I was also not re-elected. That was in Nov. ’94, so I guess I’ve had the car for over 12 years now. The MG is gone, and the TR3 is much nicer than it was when I got it. It had sat for over a dozen years in a garage in San Diego, sidelined by a broken pinion gear, and I had it up and running in pretty short order… until we realized that the engine needed a complete rebuild! We moved to Arizona in Jan. ’97 and immediately joined the DCTRA. The car was definitely a beater, but was relatively rust free and fairly reliable. When it became so worn out that even I didn’t feel safe in it (that’s seriously worn) we made a deal with Paul Mcafee to do the paint job and bodywork, and whatever incidental work it might need. 18 months and somewhat north of $20 grand later, we had the car back basically as you know it now. Fortunately, my daughter got a college scholarship, ’cause the car pretty much ate up all the savings account and then some.
Now, I think I can call it money well spent, as we have enjoyed over 20,000 miles of trouble-free Triumph motoring, with trips to Missouri, Lake Tahoe, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and in-state trips too numerous to mention. My only problem is not having enough time to spend behind the wheel! Triumph’s forever!