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XIX
THE CAST OF CHARACTERS
1968 TR5, Comm. No. CP2408LO—Continued
Eventually, a better solution was found, that of fitting a Bosch fuel pump which
did not overheat.  With this configuration Charles and John Swauger drove the TR5
all over the U.S., making many trips to shows in California, Florida, Georgia,
Washington, and even into Canada.  Over the years, the TR5 was restored partially and
then completely.  After that, Charles drove it for a couple of years in the late 1990's as
his only vehicle.  The end of this phase came in 2003 when the car was loaned to a
young TRF employee for his wedding day.  He crashed it on his wedding night, running
it into the bank at a T-intersection with his new bride in the passenger's seat.
Thankfully, no one was seriously injured, but the frame of the car was destroyed, the
floors were ripped loose, and the factory steering wheel was bent into a pretzel by the
driver in his anguish.  The TR5 then went into the barn at Runyan's farm for an
extended rest.
It came back out in 2009 for complete disassembly and a frame-up restoration on a
restored frame that had been removed from the same car years before.  Everything was
done this time with assembly and body work by Randy Phillippi and a new drive train
built by Tom Spadafora using Carrillo rods and forged pistons.  The body colour
remains signal red, and the interior is still black.  Charles's TR5 is better than new now,
and he drives it conservatively with the idea of preserving it for the future.  It is a really
wonderful car and Charles's favourite after his 1960 TR3A, the car that founded The
Roadster Factory.
TR5 Engine Compartment

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