Upon the release of the majorly overhauled TR4, designed by Italian Giovanni Michelotti – a few notable changes were made to the front dash and console areas of the cars when compared to the earlier TR models. During the 15 or so years of production from the TR4, all the way through to the TR6 models – there were a variety of subtle changes, but the basic principles of these dash/console parts remained consistent throughout. One of the main inclusions in this area for the TR4 models – was the crash rolls surrounding the dashboard facia assembly panel. This consisted of the “upper” dash top scuttle crash roll pad (sold separately); which spanned from left to right directly underneath the windscreen glass; and the “lower” crash roll assembly pads which surrounded the left and right corners of the dash facia; meeting in the middle at the switch plinth assembly unit.
These crash pads were essentially a moulded metal framework covered with a vacuum-formed black grained plastic cover with an expanded foam backing. Unlike the earlier TR2-TR3B models which featured the Dash areas in a matching colour to the main trim – the TR4 to TR6 models always left the factory with this area in Black – presumably as a cost-saving exercise, as well as the undoubted acknowledgement that there is reduced glare from the sunlight from black surfaces, assisting in improved safety for the drivers. For the TR4 and TR4A models, the passenger side lower crash roll included a grab handle; but this was removed for the proceeding TR5 models onward.
Here at John Skinners, we have developed patterns enabling the original crash pads frames to be re-trimmed in a plain or pre-sewn french seam Vinyl (Ambla) or Leather cover – in either Black to suit originality or a custom colour scheme. These “Re-Trim Kits” are to be used in conjunction with your original crash pad assembly units to re-upholster these parts over the top of the existing pvc units. When offering this material cover in Leather (either grained or smooth), we will “skiv” any applicable parts down for you at no extra cost. Skiving, or the thinning of leather is a process to reduce the thickness by slicing away a layer of the “flesh” underside. This finish is especially useful for areas that are to be folded or bent whilst remaining pliable and without losing any of its core strength – helping to achieve a neat finish by reducing the bulk of the material in certain areas. We do not supply moulded foam units for this section – as we encourage our clients to re-use their original equipment where possible to avoid any issues with fitment of poorly manufactured after-market replica moulded parts. We have used this covering kit to great success for decades – and due to Johns ownership of various TR5 and TR6 models over the years – we know first hand of the fitment process of these parts. This kit, as well as various other in-house designed dash and console kits, are one of the many reasons that John Skinner Ltd continues to be the benchmark for interior trim and upholstery for Triumph TRs, and have been for over 40 years now.
- Available in Leather or Vinyl (Ambla).
- Two options of automotive-grade leather available to choose from – “grained” or “smooth” surface finish.
- Available in either plain materials with no stitching, or with a double top-stitched (“french seam”) finish, following the contour of the crash pad.
- Supplied with enough excess material to allow for ease in the reupholstery process.
- If ordered in leather, these parts are supplied pre-thinned/skived, at no extra cost.
- Made in England, only 50 miles away from the original production line.
- We source only the highest quality raw materials to manufacture our products – including leather from Italy and Scotland.
- 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.