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Triumph Roadster 2000 restoration: resurrection of a puzzle

Triumph Roadster 2000 restoration
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H Georg Ebner from Mondsee doesn't like albe things Austria. When he tackles something, he does it with care and usually quickly. Seen in this way, it is quite unusual for him to take six years to turn a restoration object back into a ready-to-drive car. This is what happened with a Triumph Roadster. But he has an acceptable excuse: 'After buying the car, I first built a workshop.'

Spontaneous purchase of the cat in the Sack

But how did Ebner get this car when he is neither overly enthusiastic about the Triumph brand nor about British automobiles? 'It was a kind of quick action,' says the Austrian with a smile. As a former master mechanical engineer in an international construction machinery company, he had to work on a wide variety of tools, which gave him a wealth of experience. And because he has already occupied himself a little with repairing or restoring old cars in his free time, many of his friends like to call in him as a consultant when technical knowledge is required Not surprisingly, he was supposed to accompany a family friend to England, where he wanted to buy a classic car. But somehow nothing suitable was found. In the end, only one piece of information emerged as interesting from the various on-site discussions: In the city of Leicester, someone should have started restoring a roadster that he had to abandon for health reasons. And this car would be for sale.

On the spot, the two men set off that same evening. 'We found a disassembled car, the dismantled parts were all packed in boxes and boxes,' recalls Ebner. His acquaintance waved his hand in resignation, but this screwdriver puzzle immediately fascinated him, which is why he spontaneously bought the Triumph Roadster.

'I knew Not even what it looks like. '

' According to the seller, it was a Triumph Roadster from 1949, but that actually didn't mean anything to me, 'recalls Ebner and adds with a laugh:' I still knew not even what the thing looks like. ' The vehicle owner promised to collect all parts of the Triumph Roadster, but everyoneInsider would raise a warning: Buy an unknown, dismantled car and trust that it is complete - the trouble seems to be programmed. But it went well.

Back at home, Ebner first considered how he would get the Triumph Roadster home. He used his many contacts, including a work colleague who transported tractors from England to Austria. In one of these transports, the dismantled Triumph found space on the loading platform - Ebner was able to sort the parts that had arrived just five weeks after the purchase. 'Everything was actually there, only the exhaust was missing, but I made it myself,' he says indifferently. This would have been a reason for complaint for others, but not for the passionate screwdriver.

Incidentally, the committed hobby restorer already had the necessary customs tools to cope with the upcoming task on the Triumph Roadster. Because during his work he often had to repair American machines. But what he was missing was the right place to screw. Therefore, he first planned and built a small workshop.

Information from the Triumph Club and photos will help

At the same time, he collected information about his new acquisition. He got photos to see what such a Triumph Roadster looks like in its complete condition, and the Triumph Club gave him technical information such as a workshop manual.

This is how he prepared himself after completion the new workshop to work. The previous owner had already set up the ash wood frame of the Triumph Roadster. As a cabinet maker, he had the necessary knowledge and talent. Ebner only made the wooden base plate himself. He didn't really like the plywood instrument panel.

His contacts helped him again. He got root wood through the company Danzer, which specializes in wood veneer and for which he had once worked in Africa, which he then cut and milled accordingly. After sanding it, he gave it to a friend who covered bathroom furniture with waterproof paint. He painted and sanded the wood several times. After this elaborate procedure, the instrument panel of the Triumph Roadster finally presented itself as shiny as a mirror and extremely elegant.

Slight deviations from the original

The frame of the Triumph Roadster had also been largely refurbished by the previous owner. Ebner restored the suspension, the brakes, the gearbox and theTwo-liter four-cylinder engine. In the latter, cooling water pressed through in the area of ​​the cylinder liners. But none of that was a problem for Ebner. He only took the help of a plumber to repair the front steel fenders.

The second Triumph Roadster is now in the works

He also gave the Triumph Roadster a British Racing Green paint job Order as well as refurbishing and moving the seats. He placed these in the care of a Pole who wanted to have the stalls restored in his home country for a reasonable price. 'You'll never see the seats and the money again,' warned Ebner's friends. You were wrong.

Oh yes, the exhaust. Ebner made it from parts of the systems of other cars. One of his useful contacts gave him access to the warehouse of a spare parts dealer, where he was allowed to measure pipes and dampers until he found the right parts and could then adapt them to his Triumph Roadster.

Finally the Triumph Roadster was there finished, Ebner was satisfied. But now he's working on the next car again. By chance he had come across another Triumph Roadster. Well, he doesn't like doing things by halves, but apparently doing everything twice.

Restoration Triumph Roadster 2000

Place of purchase /year: 1995 in Leicester, England
Condition of purchase:
The car was not ready to drive, but largely dismantled, with the parts being kept in boxes and boxes. It was a broken restoration, the wooden frame had already been overhauled, as was the frame.
Prehistory: The Triumph was registered in England in 1949, nothing more precise is known about its prehistory. The seller separated from his car for health reasons.
Scope of restoration : After the transfer from England to Austria, all parts first had to be sorted and assigned. Then the wheel suspensions, brakes and the drive train with gearbox and engine were overhauled, all wear and rubber parts were replaced. The already restored wooden frame could be taken over, the ailing sheet metal replaced or straightened out by a plumber. The base plate and the instrument panel were newly made in root wood, the electrics were revised, converted to minus dimensions and a hazard warning system was added. The soft top and the interior were also new.
Restoration period : 1995 to 2001
Expert support and spare parts suppliers : Bernhofer Carosserie, A-5020 Salzburg, Tel. 00 43/66 2/87 24 45 (sheet metal work), Ofner company in Salzburg, meanwhile no longer exist (painting), saddlery in Poland and various acquaintances
Costs : Around 13,000 euros
Value : According to expert opinion 35,000 euros


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