THE ROADSTER FACTORY.    EMAIL NEWSLETTER.    MARCH 24, 2017.

Two Big Promotions Will Be Ending Soon—The Featured Model Sale Catalogues on TR4, TR4A and TR250, TR6 Will End in One Week, and The Semi-Annual Trim Sale With All Five Sections Now Posted Will End in Two Weeks.  Thanks to Everyone Who Has Responded to These Promotions So Far and to Those Who Will Respond in the Next Week or Two.  Note That Sale Prices in Any Catalogue Also Show Up in All TRF Web Catalogues.  Thus, You May Use Your Favourite Catalogue for Reference If You Prefer One Over Another...

Ends Friday Morning, March 31st 2017 FEATURED MODEL SALE CATALOGUE, TR4, TR4A—“Forty Pages of Listings” —Save 30%, 40%, 50%—Easy Navigation (Find Parts You Want with Two or Three Clicks)—Access Sale Catalogue by Using This Link

Ends Friday Morning, March 31st, 2017 FEATURED MODEL SALE CATALOGUE, TR250, TR6—“Amazing Prices on a Huge List of Popular Parts”—Save 30%, 40%, 50% on Parts You Can Use Now to Improve Your Car for the Driving Season Ahead—Click on This Link to Access 49-Page Sale Catalogue

Ends Friday Morning, March 31st, 2017 WEB SITE SPECIAL—“Electrical Components:  Switches, Knobs, and Control Cables”—Including TRF Replica Components and Parts from Other Sources; TR2, TR3, TR4, TR4A, TR250, TR6, Spitfire, GT6, and MGB—Special Prices in Effect Till the End of the Month—Access Sale Catalogue by Clicking on This Link

SEMI-ANNUAL TRIM SALE CONTINUES—A New Section Will Be Added Each Week—Please Click on the Respective Link to Access the Desired Catalogue Section...

•   Part One.  “Carpet Sets and Trunk Mats,” TR2, TR3, TR4, TR4A, TR250, TR6, TR7, TR8, Spitfire, GT6, MGB—Save Approximately 20%—Special Pricing Began February 24, 2017

•   Part Two.  “Seat Rebuilding”—Complete Listings for TR2, TR3, TR4, TR4A, TR250. TR6, TR7, TR8, Spitfire, GT6, MGB, MGB-GT—Save About 20% —Special Pricing Began March 3, 2017

•   Part Three.  “Interior Trim Panels—Complete Listings for TR2, TR3, TR4, TR4A, TR250, TR6, TR7, TR8, Spitfire, GT6, MGB, MGB-GT.  Original Quality, Made in England, Huge Price Saving—Special Pricing Began March 10, 2017

•   Part Four.  “Interior Crash Pads, Dash Recovering, Wood Dash Panels, Glove Boxes, and Sun Visors,” TR2, TR3, TR4, TR4A, TR250, TR6, Spitfire, GT6, MGB—Don’t Let Our Low Prices Fool You—TRF Is Famous for Quality, and These Parts Are Some of Our Best—Special Pricing Began March 17, 2017

•  Part Five.  “Convertible Tops, Convertible Top Boots, Tonneau Covers, and Related Components,” TR2, TR3, TR4, TR4A, TR250, TR6, TR7, TR8, Spitfire, MGB—Products of Robbins Auto Tops and The Magic Carpet Factory at the Lowest Prices You Will Find—Special Pricing Began on March 24, 2017

TR2, TR3 GLOVE BOX COMPANION (PARTS CATALOGUE)—The Electrical Section Has Now Been Added, and All Sections Now Listed May Be Used for Ordering—Click on This Link to Browse the Catalogue, or Find the Icon for It by Scrolling Down the Home Page—Check out the new Navigation Page!

BRITISH CAR CLUB EVENTS 2017—Please Provide Information for Your Event, and TRF Will Post It—Include What, When, Where, Web Site (If Available), and Contact Information.  Send to: trfpublications@aol.com—Thanks for New Dates Coming in Every Week...

TRF SUMMER PARTY 2017—We Will Stick to Our Traditional Dates, August 3, 4, and 5.  Cost Will Remain the Same as Last Year at $99.00 for One Person in One Car—Other Options Will Be Available.  Price Includes Driving Events, Car Show, Field Party with Picnic Feast, Event T-shirt and Lots More.  Camping on TRF Grounds Is Available, Hotel Rooms Will Be Blocked, and Everyone Will Have Fun Driving Cars, Eating, Drinking, and Socializing on Our Beautiful Farm and All Around the County—You Know, “The Usual Thing...”The Online Registration Form Is Posted Now, Or Print Out Our PDF Registration Form...

Dear TRF Customer,

I had planned an easy week this week in order to attend to some personal appointments and such.  However, the pricing of the tops, boots, tonneau covers, and side curtains was hard and time-consuming work.  This because of the lack of a good system of part numbers for tops and tonneau covers which does not file all of the ones made from Robbins material together or the ones made in Everflex or Sunfast material.  In fact, they get mixed by the computer file into an almost random order.  This is not an issue of importance to customers, and fixing it now would require reassigning hundreds of part numbers and then changing them in every catalogue.  Possibly a job for another generation or for a time when we would set up a new computer system.

I did not produce a new web site special this week because of the time required for pricing the trim sale segment, but all customers will find useful listings in the trim sale and possibly in the web special on switches and controls.  In addition, all of TRF’s catalogues are loaded with great parts at great prices which are only gradually being updated for 2017.

The summer car show season is still mostly in the future, but I have had communications this week from VTR and Triumphest, and we will likely be traveling to Flagstaff Arizona in September and to Princeton, New Jersey in August.  I haven’t heard from TRA yet, but the National Meet is in Columbus, Indiana in June.  An early show will happen on April 30th—The Capital Triumph Register will hold its 20th annual “Britain on the Green” show at Gunston Hall in Lorton, Virginia.  I am hoping to attend as a participant or spectator if I can get one of my boys to go along.  Although  “Capital” is a Triumph club, their show is a multi-marque event.  Aside from setting the dates, I have not provided much information on TRF’s Summer Party so far.  Please save the date—you may be assured that we will have a fun event with driving, competition, and good times.

Albert forwarded some photos for sent by Al Miller who lives in upstate New York of his 1974 TR6 restoration.  Albert didn’t send any text with the photos, but it looks like Mr. Miller is preparing his car well for painting.  The photos show what looks like epoxy primer on all of the panels, and there is a pile of what look like new fenders, also in the same primer.  I consider that it is best to remove the water based black primer from new body panels as a part of preparation for painting, as I have seen the factory primer fail, resulting in one case in a floor that had to be replaced again.  In fact, I had driven the car year-around for a couple of years, but after a restoration, I should have been able to do that. 

I have been writing about TR2 and TR3 a lot lately, but I am just as enthusiastic about most British cars, particularly the TR6 which I credit for giving TRF a good bit of the success it has achieved.  Enthusiasts who proceed as Al Miller is proceeding can build cars in their home garages that reach a much higher standard than a new car off the assembly line.  The difference is the loving care that an enthusiast can put into his project, where hours spent are part of the pleasure and not necessarily part of the bill.  Note that Mr. Miller test fits his fenders, holding them in place with cable ties—good idea!  Use this link to see the photos of Al Miller’s project.

I am going to quit writing for this time.  It is late on Thursday night, and I am kind of burned out from a hard week of pricing, sitting for hours in one position.  I am going home now to sleep with the idea of catching up on some projects over the weekend.  I will be back here at my desk on Sunday night to watch the weekend orders coming in from the internet.  That is an enjoyable part of my job.  I hope you have a good weekend, and I look forward to hearing from you again soon.

Your friend, 
Charles A. Runyan
The Roadster Factory 
March 23, 2017

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