This is an illustrated
discussion of what I have learned about the TR2 through TR3B tools.
There seems to be some controversy about what tools were supplied
with which car. I suspect that some tools may have been left out
or substituted when the factory ran out of stock on hand. Also
the tool manufacturers made some changes to their products over
time. Then there were original owners who may have lost, added
or substituted tools in their kit. So there are lots of opportunities
for variations, some by the manufacturer, some by the Triumph
factory and some by previous owners.
However there is a set of tools that are generally accepted as
original and normally supplied.
Normally supplied are a tool roll, jack, jack ratchet, starting
handle, combination tool, screwdriver, adjustable spanner, pliers,
grease gun, three open end spanners, two box or tube spanners,
bar for box spanners, feeler gauge, distributor tool, coach key
and a valve stem remover. Disk wheel equipped cars also got a
wheel brace and a tommy bar for removing the hub caps. TRs equipped
with spoke wheels got a knock off hammer. After TS32585 a headlamp
removal tool was added to the tool. Tyre irons appeared in TR2
and 3 tool kits but normally not in TR3A rolls.
Most of the tools supplied in TR2 - 3B tool rolls were made by
T.Williams. They will have the T.Williams logo and a "Made in
England" label. The T.Williams logo is a "T" over a "W" inside
a circle. The logo and made in England label are raised letters.
Except for the grease gun, jack & handle, TR2 tools tended to
be finished in black oxide while later sets were finished in
This picture shows the adjustable spanner, and
the Tommy bar for removing hubcaps. The valve stem removal
can be seen at the end of a fixed spanner. The finish of the
steel tools is cadmium. The finish on the jack ratchet handle
not be cadmium.
There were two versions of tool rolls. The TR2 and early TR3s
had a plastic coated jute roll. The later TR3s and newer TRs had
a plastic tool roll. This roll is black in all but the TR3B. TR3B
rolls tend to be a peach like colour. Some may have been black.
This is a seven inch adjustable spanner that looks basically
like a pipe wrench. There were several manufacturers but T. Williams
was by far and away the most common manufacturer of adjustable
spanners in TR tool rolls. There were slight variations in the
spanner over the years. Adjustable spanners supplied with very
early TR2 black oxide. All others finished in clear cadmium.
This gauge consists of three feeler leaves riveted together at
the center. This allows them to rotate in relation to each other.
One leaf is 0.024 inches thick, rectangular 2-5/8th inches long
by 5/8ths inch wide. The other two feeler leaves are tapered and
rounded at each end. One is 0.010 inch thick, the other is 0.012
This is a plastic tool roll with cadmium plated
tools. This kit has a third box spanner and only two open spanners.
The end of a reddish orange coloured crank handle is in the
lower left corner. The wood screwdriver seen in the left pocket
has the wrong shaped handle and is not original
A wood handle screwdriver is included in the tool kits. The natural
Beach wood finish handle is usually round with a ball shaped end.
There is a chrome cap covering the bottom of the handle at the
base of the shaft. There were a couple of different shaped shafts
Open end spanners
Normally three were provided. In later TR3As sometimes as many
as five were provided. The three standard sizes are: 3/8 X 7/16
AF, 1/2 X 9/16 AF and 5/8 X 3/4AF. TR 2 and early TR3 spanners
had a black oxide finish with clear metal at the ends. Later were
clear cadmium finished. Triumph used the Superslim models of spanner
manufactured by T. Williams. The wenches had Made in England on
one side and Superslim on the other side. Both sides use raised
The black oxide finish of this kit marks it is
a TR2 or early TR3 tool kit. The plastic tool roll is likely unoriginal
as most if not all black oxide finished tool sets came in the
early plastic coated jute tool rolls. The screwdriver is not the
original type. The grease gun is the Tecalimit GB1801 model with
blue hammerite paint.
The grease gun appears to be a capped tube with a narrow pipe
and fitting at one end. The pipe is spring loaded and injects
a squirt of grease then the tube is pressed down. A plunger type
grease gun is common in British car tool rolls but was evidently
never used in early Triumphs.
Enots manufactured a blued #1 grease gun that appeared in
early TR2 tool rolls (a few black ones were used). This
has an externally sprung nozzle. Later TR2's used enots #1d
is the same
in all respects as the #1 except that it is 1inch (2.5cm)
longer in the body.
Tecalimit GB2801 grease guns were commonly used
in very late
TR2 through TR3B tool kits. The finish was usually blue hammerite
paint, but there were some bronze metallic panted ones.
The pliers are standard slip joint gas pliers. Early pliers had
the black oxide finish. Later pliers had a clear cadmium finish.
Look for the T. Williams logo and " made in England" labels.
Cadmium plated tool set for a steel wheel equipped
Triumph. Notice the tommy bar and the wheel brace. The jack is
the late style Smiths speedy jack with the bolted on lift hook.
The Lucas distributor tool can be seen to the right of the adjustable
spanner's base. The feeler gauge is just above the distributor
tool. The jack handle can be seen along the top.
Jack and handle
There are three models of jacks used in the TR2 through TR3B.
Very early TR2s used a jack with an external thread and built
on handle. All the other TR2 through 3B Triumphs were equipped
with a Smiths jack. The early version had the lift hook welded
onto the body. The late style had the lift hook clamped and bolted
to the outer tube. The earlier jack came in black or an orange
red colour. The late jack only came in the orange red colour.
The jack base was black oxide on both models. The square top was
ether black oxide or cadmium plated. Early jacks came with TR2
and TR3s. The late style jack started being provided sometime
during the TR3 production run and was provided with TR3A and 3Bs.
The jack handle is a ratchet design. There were two general types
of handles. One had a smooth handle. The other had a indented
centre handle and came with late TR3A and TR3B Triumphs. The handles
came in black oxide, gunmetal blue,black or red paint.
The wheel brace was provided with Triumphs equipped with steel
disc wheels. The colour is black. The inside of the nut socket
is blue hammertie paint.
Standard Dunlop style finished in black oxide. Provided with
TR2 and TR3 models. Unlikely to be found in TR3A models.
This is a pry bar that was provided with Triumphs equipped with
steel disc wheels. Early versions had a black oxide coating. Late
TR2 and newer models had a clear cadmium finish. They were provided
to remove the hub caps.
Provided only with wire wheel equipped Triumphs. Manufactured
by Thor. Hammer had copper ends on all but the early TR2s. Early
TR2 Thor hammers had one leather end. A word of caution. The copper
hammers can distort the knockoffs. Lead hammers deform themselves
and not the knockoffs. These are unoriginal but treat your knockoffs
Early jute tool roll, early black oxide tool
finish, early style Smith jack and late style jack handle. Pliers
are not original. Grease gun while contemporary is not the original
style. The rod between the open spanners and the pliers is inserted
into side holes in the box spanner to turn the box spanner. Black
finish starting handle along the top.
Provided with all models. Black or orange red paint.
Box or tube spanner
Two were normally provided. Finish black oxide supplied with
early TR2. Finish clear cadmium with later models. One spanner
is a 6 inch long spark plug wrench. The other is 7 inches long.
Tube spanners have holes in side for steel tubular rod.
Made by Lucas. Narrow end is a screw driver. Has a blued feeler
gauge riveted to the screw driver section. Used to set point gap.
Valve stem tool
Used to remove valve stems to deflate tyres. Brass cylinder knurled
at one end for grip. Notched at the other end. TR3B valve stem
tools may be plastic.
'T' handle tool for opening the bonnet, spare tyre cover, early
boot lids and to attach side curtains. Don't drive a TR without
Headlamp rim tool
Provided after TS32585 when the snap in head lamp rims started
being used. Five inch long 'L' shaped sheet metal.
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