VEHICLE DESCRIPTION & HISTORY
Just once in a lifetime we come across a vehicle that somebody has cherished and nurtured beyond the norm. The current owner believes that POP464 is one of these meticulous ‘nut and bolt’ rebuilds that defies the TR’s humble beginnings.
In 1996 Geoff Hoskin, a well-known and respected local engineer and successful rally competitor purchased a very poorly TR2, POP464. Over the next 10-12 years Geoff proceeded to dismantle, rebuild, refurbish and renew POP up to an exemplary standard.
There is an album of photos showing various stages of the project development, from the bare shell to the finished car. POP was rebuilt with brand new components where they were still available, and one or two items that are too rare to find were refurbished and refitted.
The TR2 bodyshell sits on a substantial ladder chassis. This chassis and forward body panels are prone to accident damage and corrosion which usually require much welding and patching to repair. However, early in the rebuild Geoff took the unusual decision to commission the construction of a brand new chassis and new front body panels. Both would have to be handmade using 1950 techniques and original dimensions.
Having committed himself to these expensive items, from here on the rebuild was going to be the very best to take full advantage of the new chassis and body panels. Additionally, Geoff made strenuous efforts to ensure that the rebuilt body and ancillary items visually corresponded as accurately as possible to the original factory car. There is an A4 folder with invoices for all of the purchased spares, which runs into over 20 pages detailing almost every nut and bolt.
During the rebuild process Geoff Hoskin took the sensible decision to improve many of the TR2 well known engineering weak points including:
- Servo assisted brakes with upgraded drums.
- Rack and pinion steering.
- Refurbished TR4 gearbox enabling overdrive on 3 gears.
- Refurbished overdrive.
- Refurbished TR3 rear axle.
- Electrical system converted to alternator from dynamo.
- Full engine rebuild and cylinder head modifications to take unleaded fuel.
- Uprated clutch.
- Electric cooling fan.
- Uprated suspension components.
- Later steel wheels (TR5) to enable wider tyres to be fitted.
- Part electronic ignition.
- Audible indicator warning.
- Hidden ignition switch.
The history ‘pack’ for POP464 not only includes invoices but also:
- An original 1954 Triumph Company brochure for the TR3.
- Original green logbook.
- The Standard Triumph Register with a printout for TS 4622.
- The original chassis plate for TS 4622. (A new TS 4622 duplicate plate from the register is attached under the bonnet in the correct position.)
- Correspondence with the DVLA to retrieve the registration POP464.
- Original TR2 instruction manual.
- The Motor, April 1954, which includes a TR2 road test report.
- The Autocar, Feb 1955, which includes a TR2 road test report.
SOLD WITH 3 MONTHS /3000 MILES (WHICHEVER SOONER) ‘IN HOUSE’ WARRANTY AND 12 MONTHS MOT
THE MORGAN & CLASSIC CAR SPECIALIST in CORNWALL
Perranwell Station – Near Truro – Cornwall – TR3 7PT