Oct 28, 2013 update to the Triumph TR3 project car

Ready to Race, But Foiled Again

A compression test proved our fears. We had engine problems once again.
After removing the intake manifold, we could also detect traces of water leaking down the block, indicating head gasket problems.

In anticipation of the SVRA Gold Cup race, we decided to give our 1957 Triumph TR3 a good once-over. It had been a while since we’d done more than check the fluids, done the routine maintenance, and hit the track.

We started with compression and leak-down tests, then looked into why our throw-out bearing had gotten so noisy.

We ran the car earlier in the season, and our new driver missed a shift and zinged the tach to nearly 8000 rpm. Before we went racing, we wanted to make sure everything was okay.

Unfortunately, the compression and leak down tests came back very negative. We’d damaged our engine during that last outing.

Once we took off the head, we saw that we had some bent valves, so it was obvious that our race plans would have to be put on hold.

We really want to pull the corners off the car, check everything, and do a proper preparation for next season, not to mention run the Gold Cup and HSR’s Savannah race. Alas, it was not meant to be for this season.

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10/28/13 7:58 p.m.

Seems the "to do" list probably should include ANOTHER new driver! : )

dougie Reader
11/22/13 2:28 p.m.

At the very least, a rev limiter might be a wise investment....

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