Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Living With Classics -

Frank Richard­son’s 1958 TR3A has been re­built three times In the 48 years that he’s owned it, raced for five sea­sons and is now a much­mod­i­fied road car. ‘ The light­ened and bal­anced en­gine im­proves re­fine­ment, power and dura­bil­ity,’ he says. ‘ The rack-and-pin­ion steer­ing is more pre­cise and the TR7 five-speed gear­box raises the gear­ing. A high­torque starter mo­tor helps with hot start­ing, swap­ping from a dy­namo to an al­ter­na­tor keeps the bat­tery charged up and an elec­tric fan helps cool­ing. Rer­out­ing the fuel lines down the driver’s side so they don’t go round the front of the en­gine helps the petrol stay cool, too. ‘I’ve fit­ted Mazda MX-5 seats – they’re more com­fort­able and sup­port­ive than the orig­i­nals.’

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