Upon the release of the overhauled TR4 IRS – dubbed the “TR4A” – a few notable changes were made to the carpet set. At first glance, most of the carpeted areas of the car looked similar to its predecessor, the TR4 – but due to updates to the Dash Console area at the front of the car, as well as the moving of the safety handbrake lever – some carpet pieces were adapted to suit. As with the previous incarnation, the Front Floor Footwell carpets were extended allowing them the bend up into the engine firewall section of the car, underneath the dash. The Rear Floor Carpets maintained the rear floor pan shape following the curvature of the tub around the Wheelarch Wheels. The Rear Shelf was a large one-piece setup with it folding over the shelf and down onto the tub floor. There were cut-outs at the rear for the differential “diff” hump, and at the front for the prop shaft tunnel. The Sills were again carpeted running from the A posts to the B posts along the base of the door opening step. Another area which remained unchanged to the TR4 models was the “A” Post Kick Panels in the footwell, directly in front of the doors. These carpets pieces were trimmed onto a millboard panel and affixed in the car. With the Gear Lever Stick being repositioned on the top of the newly introduced H Frame Console Assembly, the carpet underneath this area reduced in size to allow for this floor to dash framework of the console to be fitted. The prop shaft cover received an update with a pre-sewn material handbrake gaiter cover – as the propshaft tunnel was the new favoured position of the hand-operated safety brake mechanism. These changes first introduced for the TR4″A” model – were maintained for all the following TR5, TR250 and TR6 models.
Following on from the uncertainty of the exact materials and colours used for the Triumph TR4 carpets – the records for the TR4A to TR6 carpets seem a little more conclusive. For the TR4A, TR5 and TR250 models it appears that Triumph favoured using Wool “cut-pile” carpet, rather than the briefly used synthetic Nylon Rayon “loop-pile” carpet of the late TR3As and TR4 models. Some TR6 models seem to have also left with Wool Carpets, before Triumph switched to a cut-pile Nylon synthetic material toward the end of the TR6 production era. The carpets were made in a colour to complement the main trim colour – and featured a Vynide (Leathercloth) binding on the edges – and as with previous models, not all edges of every piece were bound. Exactly like the TR4, there were rubber ribbed heel pads situated on the Drivers Side Front Floor Footwell carpet, as well a small “D” shaped heel pad on the driver side vertical A Post Bulkhead Panel, and a matching “D” heelpad on the drivers side section of the gearbox clutch housing carpet section.
Our patterns for these carpets were templated using doner cars and the factory originals. Over the years, John himself has owned and restored numerous TRs – and we have also worked very closely with trimmers and restorers to update and improve the carpets were possible. An example of this has been making certain un-edged areas of carpet pieces wider/longer to allow for easier position and fitment to cater for inconsistencies between the cars. We can offer either Wool or Nylon for your restoration, although we strongly recommend Wool as it is superior in quality, finish and feel. We include the three heelpads as outlined above, but can also offer a universal setup if you prefer with heel pads on both driver and passenger sides. Our kits also include the pre-sewn handbrake cover (in leather or vinyl) in a variety of colours. Our familiarity with these cars, correctly templated – with logical improvements based on personal knowledge of the cars – and our use of only most premium raw materials has made John Skinner kits the industry benchmark when it comes to restoring your Triumph TR4A-TR6.
You may wish to consider our Underfelt Soundproofing Kit to ensure the best fitment in the car, as well as the Carpet Fixing Kit. Replacement A Post Footwell Kick Panels and the Propshaft Handbrake Panel may also be required depending on the condition of your original panels.
- Available in automotive-grade Wool or Nylon carpet; with a rubber latex backing.
- Traditional “e” cross-section binding edge finish – where the material edge trim material tucks round on itself meaning no raw material backing is exposed.
- The edging/binding/beading is made using Leathercloth (Vynide), which was original for this era of manufacture; see our FAQ section below for more information.
- Includes a pre-sewn Handbrake Brake Gaitor in a colour and material of your choosing.
- A total of three Black Ribbed Rubber Heelpads are stitched to (1) the drivers side front floor pan carpet, as well as a small “D” shaped heel pad situated on (2) the driver-side outer A Post Bulkhead panel, and (3) the drivers side inner gearbox clutch housing cover.
- Made in England, only 50 miles away from the original production line.
- We source only the highest quality raw materials to manufacture our products – demonstrated in supplying the Wool carpet material used for the restoration of Daimler Princess belonging to the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
- John Skinners offer the widest range of colour options on the market – including all the correct original colour combinations, as well as many more custom shades.
- Worldwide material and colour samples service is available upon request, to ensure you get the look and finish your car deserves.
- Our kits are manufactured using the same methods and templates that we have used to great success for 40+ years. Rest assured, we know they fit!
- JSM has contributed to various notable Triumph restorations including TS01, and the much-publicised Triumph TR2 “Jabbeke“ MVC575 restoration project. We also worked closely with Mark Macy of Macy’s Garage (USA) on his wife’s TR4 – becoming the only Triumph TR to ever score the perfect 100-point score in the TRA Concours D’Elegance – back in 2018. Mark Macys own TR4 came in second place, at the same show – also with JSM trimmed fitted.
- Access to help and advice when it comes time to fit these re-trim kits – we have been making and fitting these same parts for a long time – we know all the tricks, and we are more than happy to assist you or your trimmer should you get stuck. As noted above, John himself has used this part on a number of his own TRs, so we are well versed in the fitment process.