THE ROADSTER FACTORY.    EMAIL FROM ALBERT.    DECEMBER 12, 2018.

Save Up To 20%...

SEASONAL SWEETENER—Place an Order Valued at $125.00 (Parts Total), Regular Prices and Sale Prices, and Dolly Will Subtract $25.00 from Your Order Total.  This Offer Will Be in Effect until 8:00 A.M. on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Discounted Gift Certificates, “Car Nuts,” and More Great Gifts...

DELUXE CHRISTMAS GIFTS, “A Little Book of Christmas Gift Ideas,” Gift Ideas Large and Small—Includes Discounted Gift Certificates, TRF “Car Nuts” Peanuts, and a New T-Shirt Featuring the Badge from the Jabbeke TR2.  Plus Several Dozen More of TRF’s Best Parts—Vintage “Teddy” Catalogue Cover—Click Here to Access

Find Hundreds of Additional Gift Ideas...

NEW MULTI-MODEL SALE CATALOGUE, “TRF Shopping Guide, 2018-2019,” Including Parts Listings, Customer Photos, and Research Findings, TR2, TR3, TR4, TR4A, TR250, TR6, TR7, TR8, Spitfire, GT6, MGB—Competitive Pricing on Two-Thousand Part Numbers—Click Here to Check It Out...

Sale Pricing Ends Before Christmas...

SEMI-ANNUAL TRIM SALE CONTINUES—All Sections Are Posted Now—Please Click on the Respective Link to Access the Desired Catalogue Section...

•  Part One.  “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 Savings

•  Part Two.  “Carpet Sets and Trunk Mats”—Wilton Wool, Tufted Nylon, and Rayon Loop Pile in a Full Range of Colours, TR2, TR3, TR4, TR4A, TR250, TR6, TR7, TR8, Spitfire, GT6, MGB—Best Carpet Sets Available Anywhere...

•  Part Three.  “Seat Rebuilding; Seat Upholstery, Inner Foam Kits, Straps and Diaphragms”—TR2, TR3, TR4, TR4A, TR250, TR6, TR7, TR8, Spitfire, GT6, MGB—Made in England—The Most Authentic Parts for Your Restoration...

•  Part Four.  “Interior Crash Pads, Dash Recovering, Wood Dash Panels, Glove Boxes, and Sun Visors”—New This Time, Book-matched Mahogany Dash Panels for TR250, Complete Listings for TR2, TR3, TR4, TR4A, TR250, TR6, Spitfire, GT6, MGB

•  Part Five.  “Convertible Tops, Convertible Top Boots, Tonneau Covers, Side Curtains, and Related Components”—TRF offers More Materials and Colours Than Any Other Source—All Tops and Tonneau Covers Are Genuine Robbins Brand—Save $50.00 to  $100.00 and More on Every Component Listed—TR2, TR3, TR4, TR4A, TR250, TR6, TR7, TR8, Spitfire, MGB

•   All Sections of the Trim Sale Are Posted Now—Special Pricing Runs Through Thursday, December 20th, Last Orders by 8:00 A.M. on Friday, December 21st

Check for Christmas Availability...

NEW WEB SITE SPECIAL, NO. 27, “Covercraft-Brand Car Covers, Poly-Cotton Dust Covers, Flannel Lined Car Covers, All Weather Car Covers,” TR2, TR3, TR4, TR4A, TR250, TR6, TR7, TR8, Spitfire, GT6, MGB—Sale Prices in Effect Until Thursday, December 13th, But You Need to Order By Tuesday, December 4th to Ensure Christmas Delivery—Click Here to See the Listings

Special Pricing Ends on Friday Morning...

TRF MICRO CATALOGUE NO. 50, “Safety Belts (Seat Belts) for Triumph and MG, Lap Belts, Static Belts, Belts with ‘Stalk Latching,’” in Colours to Match Interiors, TR2, TR3, TR4, TR4A, TR250, TR6, TR7, TR8, Spitfire, GT6, MGB—Access by Clicking Here

Some Dayton Wire Wheels Still in Stock...

TRF MICRO CATALOGUE NO. 62, “Dayton Wire Wheels,” TR3, TR4, TR4A, TR250, TR6, Spitfire, GT6, MGC.  Sale Pricing on Chrome and Painted Wheels—Click Here to Take a Look...

TRF CONTACT—Web Site: www.the-roadster-factory.com—Sales Department Phone:  800-234-1104—Customer Service:  800-283-3723

Dear TRF Customer,

It’s been a busy week at TRF, but not quite as busy as I had hoped so far.  We’ve been expecting a consolidated air freight shipment from the UK since last week.  Initially it was delayed because the flights were overbooked due to holiday shipments.  It finally flew over late last week and customs released the shipment on Friday.  We expected the delivery truck on Tuesday, but when it arrived a number of packages were not ours and they had to take the whole thing back to the terminal to get it all sorted out.  Hopefully all our packages really are at the airport in Pittsburgh and not at the airport in Timbuktu or The North Pole.  The shipment includes windscreens, wood steering wheels, Spicer u-joints, Heritage body metal, Trim Panels, Seat Kits, Wool Moquette door seals, EBC brake pads, Tex wiper blades and hardware from the specialty supplier we use in the UK.  For now we are in "hurry up and wait" mode, though I do hope to see the shipment some time later this week.

We import a lot of parts from the UK and Europe, but we don’t send a lot of retail orders over to that part of the world.  Obviously shipping charges have something to do with this and there are retail parts companies there to fulfill the demand.  One category of part I’ve noticed that we do often ship to retail customers in the UK and Europe is TR6 hard top parts.  This is because TRF has better coverage for this than anyone else in the world, I think, and a lot of suppliers don’t seem to think it’s worth the bother listing the parts.  Charles lists the hardware for the various attachment points in thoughtful kits to make ordering simple and all the seals and chromed trim are available from TRF, too.  Of course the final touch is a headliner kit, complete with trim boards for the rear shelf, which Brenda makes up for us at the Magic Carpet factory in either off-white or black. If you’d like to take a look, here’s a link to the listing for the hardware kits and headliners. Links to the seals and chrome are at the top of the page:

http://trf.zeni.net/TR6-TR250GB/398.php

You may remember I mentioned I was sending samples of some TR8 PI plenum hoses to Jim Tencate.  He sent out an email indicating he’d received them last week, and one of the people he copied on it brought up the fact that TRF has a lot of TR7/8 parts that aren’t listed in the online catalog.  We actually have a lot of parts for the other models we service that aren’t in the web catalog listings too, but if you have access to the original Triumph parts book listings, you can search our online database for the factory part number and see what the current status of the part is.  Here’s a link to the online data base search page if you are interested in trying it out:

https://gar.zeni.net/trf/

I think this function is also nice if you are using a TRF paper catalog, as you can simply type the part number in and add it to your cart without searching for it in an online catalog listing.  As you probably know, our website does not tell you if a part is in stock, but if it is priced then it is available to order and we usually get in touch with you via email within a day or so when you place the order to give you an estimate if the part is out of stock.  I thought another way of approaching the TR7/8 stock question was to make a list of parts we do have in stock in good quantity for TR7/8 and send that to Jim and his cohorts.  I started by sorting out all the TR7/8 specific parts, then sorting out everything we had in stock in good quantity.  I started with a list of about 100 random parts and I sent the list to Jim earlier this evening.  There are many more part numbers to go through and I’ll try to do a new list of 100 every week or two.  If you are interested in a copy of this list, drop me an email.  I only have it in Excel form at this point though, and you would need a factory book to clarify the description and application of the parts as the descriptions are a little vague.  Perhaps we can get a listing of these parts posted to the website in the future for easier access.

We don’t get a lot of walk-in business on Saturdays this time of year, but long-time customer and friend Sandy Thomson stopped by for a few hours last Saturday.  He was in the area because one of his sons had some college hockey games and Sandy stayed at “The Dillweed”, which is a bed and breakfast a mile or two away from TRF.  Speaking of hockey, if you’ve ever seen the movie “Slapshot”, there’s a bar called Joyland a couple of miles away where some scenes were filmed.  The bar is closed now I think, but the sign is still up and I often see people stopped on the side of 403 taking pictures of it.  Anyway, I’m not sure what Sandy did previously in life to support his Triumph hobby, but he has now opened up a shop called Coventry Motorworks in Easton, MD.  His sons are involved in the business too and it sounds like they do everything from tune-ups to frame off restorations.  Sandy seemed very happy and I can tell this is something he’s probably dreamed of doing for a number of years.  If you live near Easton and need someone to take a look at your British car, please keep Sandy in mind. 

I always like to post a picture of a customer’s car and this week I had an email from Dave Bermani with a picture of his TR250.  I think it’s black, but it might be royal blue.  Either way it looks great and I’ll have Karen post a picture as a Photo of the Week.

Please take a look at the specials outlined in the headlines as there are many deals going on.  The discount sale has ended, but we are starting a promotion where you save $25 on a parts order of $125 or more.  This applies to just about any order, including orders for the trim sale, so it’s a nice little sweetener if you are ordering a carpet set, seat kit or something else from the sale.  Parts needed for Christmas delivery do need to be ordered in the next week or so, although with Christmas Eve falling on a Monday this year, expedited shipping is probably possible if you place your order by next Friday.  And if you need a gift certificate at the last minute, we can email that to you on Christmas Eve.

I hope the rest of your week is great.  Charles will write to you on Friday and I’m sure he’ll have some new specials to post.

Best,
Albert
TRF

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