This is my 1958 Triumph TR3 when i first got it.
Everything was a mess and rusted out.
This is what the engine looked like. It was full of acorns and rust. Well I began to work on the doors and put body putty on it and sand it all off to get them smooth first. This was one of the really bad crushes in the rear end. I decided to use a stud welder and pull it out manually. This tool pulls the stud that was welded onto the metal to pull out the dent in the side. This was hard work! This is me grinding down the rusted out bottom support bar. Both sides were completely rusted through. I then welded in the new support bar and finished it off with some body filler and sanded it smooth. Finally i repeated the steps and smoothed out all the imperfections in the body and body filled them all. Then finally i covered up all the body putty filler with a white spray paint filler to protect it. This is what she looked like after all the body work was done. This is my paint booth that i built in my garage to paint the car. I then put some final touch of red filler putty to get all of the minor scratches from the sandpaper covered up. I then began to mask off all the parts that i had restored. I then began to tack the car down (getting all of the dust particles and metal off of it before i painted it.) This is me mixing up the prep stage of the paint or "primer" Then I began to paint the hood, trunk, doors, etc. Then i started to paint the car. (I did about 4 coats of primer) (It was hard to get pictures in the middle of me painting....) This is what it looked like after i sanded the whole car, doors, and hood, trunk. Then i got ready to do the black coat. (I did 6 coats of black) These are some of the final pictures of the finished product, i put on 3 clear coats as well (Not enough film to capture me doing that part). For the engine i just took everything apart and cleaned it up, painted it and put it back together. Well that was my experience restoring this 1958 Triumph TR3. I've got some more picutres coming, of the soundsystem and headunit and custom interior. This is a final picture of the car with my sister and I. Here are some Still Shots of the tr3 finished taken on my camera.