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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK—Ralph owen's tr4a restoration and his 1964 spitfire

 

Hi Albert,

It was good to talk to you Saturday, here are a few pictures of the TR4A (solid axle) in work. The last 5 owners all took turns at starting to "restore" it but none finished! A lot of work sanding, cutting & fabricating done but more still needed. The car came with boxes of TRF parts and you are now supporting my bad habit, thanks!

After I hung up, I remembered a story about the early days of TRF and dealing with your dad. I was stationed in England 1979-82, & acquired a 1964 Spitfire that I wanted to "restore" or at least make it driveable. The exchange rate was very bad for us. I saw an ad (I think it may have been in British car & bike) for TRF with prices that were lower than I could find in town, so I placed an order. A few weeks later I got a letter from your dad because the post office didn't recognize the zip as it was a new base and the post office showed it as "unknown/invalid" address. So he wanted to make sure it was correct before he shipped. I wrote him that I was at a new base in England and the address was correct. When the parts arrived he had put in a letter thanking me for the order & that he thought it was funny I was ordering Triumph parts from the US as I was living in England, he even gave me a small discount! I'm still not sure why the TRF parts were 50% cheaper even with the postage to England......? Your dad had a way of understanding business & what the customer needed.

Thanks for your continued support for the British car community.

P.S. I still have the car, pictures above. (The "TRIUMPH" letters on the car are from the shipment referenced above)

Roy Owens / Dayton,OH

 

 

Photo of Roy Owen's TR4A

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TR4A welds

 

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Lots of rust on the TR4A

Photo of Roy Owen's 64 Spitfire

Photo of Roy Owen's 64 Spitfire

Photo of Roy Owen's 64 Spitfire