analog wrote:Sister's husband had a TR4..
The Lucas "Dynamo" fell apart and destroyed its commutator , everybody in town wanted $200 for a replacement. That was a week's wages!
So we got an old Ford generator from a 60-ish pickup truck for $3.
Moved that wide pulley over to the Ford, modified brackets and put it in. It was outlandishly big for the engine...
Studied the dead Lucas and decided it had same internal field connection as the Ford, so just wired it up. You remember those Lucas electromechanical regulators with rounded top? They're actually pretty robust.
We were really proud of our mechanical job but what wowed his friends at the local TR4 club was we kept the Lucas regulator.
He drove it many years.
Those little British cars were incredibly fun.... the world needs a simple little car again.
Most of the John Deere tractor parts were interchangable with the TR-2 and 3s (never had a 4) My boss at the time rebuilt and sold old cars. I'd go with him all over the countryside with him scronging parts. He rebuilt a MG-TD Mk II ( the racing verson) and had as his personal cars a Studebaker Avante with a supercharger and a TR-2. I upgraded my TR-3 to a 3/4 cam and (memory) went from 53mm to 57? 63? mm cylinder, all in one day. The earlier TRs used wet sleeve cylinders (also JD tractor parts) When my starter motor went out, I just used my crank for a month or two. Got tired of that and priced a replacement. The "official" TR price was close to $100 (in 1969!!!) the exact JD starter was $8.95. But those damn electrics. When my gas gauge finally died I used a yard stick, thank God for the horizontal gas cap!!
I sold it when I got my 64 1/2 Mustang, Hurst shifter, posi-trak and a 289 bored out to a 301, Gawd, I loved that car!!!