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    On my '76 TR6, the glovebox is nearly impossible to open. (The wood around the top edge is damaged where the DPO frequently used a screwdriver or other metal object to pry it open while the latch-button was depressed.) I have seen some pictures of some cars where the latch has a small finger hook at the bottom to facilitate opening. Why doesn't my car have that?
    The light switch has a light spring on it that is depressed when the door is closed to break the circuit to the bulb. I wonder if this spring was originally strong enough to push the door open against the pressure of the finger pushing the latch-button in the opposite direction.
    In any case, I need a solution. Anybody got any help for me?
    Thanks in advance! Also, I apologize if there are old threads on this topic. I'm having trouble getting the search function to work well.
    Ocularsharp

    1976 Pimento/Black
    Minilites
    37K orig miles
    1976 Pimento/black
    VTO alloy "Minilites"
    Dolly Parton's removed

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    Originally posted by Ocularsharp View Post
    On my '76 TR6, the glovebox is nearly impossible to open. (The wood around the top edge is damaged where the DPO frequently used a screwdriver or other metal object to pry it open while the latch-button was depressed.) I have seen some pictures of some cars where the latch has a small finger hook at the bottom to facilitate opening. Why doesn't my car have that?
    The light switch has a light spring on it that is depressed when the door is closed to break the circuit to the bulb. I wonder if this spring was originally strong enough to push the door open against the pressure of the finger pushing the latch-button in the opposite direction.
    In any case, I need a solution. Anybody got any help for me?
    Thanks in advance! Also, I apologize if there are old threads on this topic. I'm having trouble getting the search function to work well.
    Ocularsharp

    1976 Pimento/Black
    Minilites
    37K orig miles
    Ocular...--- In no particular order to answer your post: I believe Triumph was following the safety regs in the US when eliminating the finger pull on the glovebox door.

    The spring in the plunger that helps to open the door can become weak over time. To assist in the opening I added a short length of compression spring to the plunger, the last coil crimped to stay put.

    The spring was not so strong that it interfered with the door alignment with the rest of the dash wood.

    Dick

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    • #3
      Thanks, Dick! Good looking solution.
      I also found a thread that directed me to a TR-4 finger pull that could be another solution.
      Man, I love this site.
      Ocularsharp
      1976 Pimento/black
      VTO alloy "Minilites"
      Dolly Parton's removed

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      • #4
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        Ordered the chromed finger-pull from TRF. I liked the look of it, used to have one on my TR4.

        Their part number is 609463, price is $6.50.

        I had to use a spinning drill bit to trim open the wood around the regular lock- very, very carefully I cut out the opening so as not to damage the wood dash panel.
        Walt
        CC80954U '72 TR6 original condition/sold 16.500.
        poolboy rebuilt the Z-S Carbs. Philstr6 rebuilt both rear hubs.

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        • #5
          There is a tab on the top left edge inside of the glove box that has a little round black rubber pad about the size of a worn eraser. The tab can be bent out to exert pressure on the lid, then when you push the lock button it pops out a bit. I can take a picture if you like. Check your glove box, you probably have at least the tab and maybe the pad has fallen off. Wouldn’t take much to make a pad if you have the tab.
          Last edited by lfmTR4; 01-04-2019, 07:27 PM.
          I72 Pimento w/overdrive

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          • #6
            Added a finger tab to mine.

            Have a short piece of rubber hose to serve as the light plunger spring, and the stopper tab on the left is long gone on my dash.

            One day I will fix the door misalignment, and install that stopper tab, which tr6easyrider sent me a year or so ago! (Thanks man!)
            '74 TR6 CF13007U aka "Mr. T"
            Custom Blue (Delft-Like) and New Tan (Formerly Mallard and New Tan)
            Points, Ballast Bypassed, Bosch Blue Coil, Moss Cobalt Wires, Champion RN12YC plugs.
            Peaks and tweaks, but the spirit of Original
            Redlines always.
            My wife is the Driver, I'm just the Mechanic....

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            • #7
              I added a finger-pull from TRF to my '74 as well
              Derek McAllister
              Toronto
              ’74 Sapphire blue CF22200U

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              • #8
                Thanks for all the guidance. I did order the finger-pull. I carefully sanded out the lower lock opening to allow it to fit. Even after installing it, the door was hard to open. I determined that the latch on the lock was sitting too high...and that this was probably my major problem all along. I filed it down little by little. After about 5 "remove/reassemble" cycles I finally got it filed down to where it works smoothly. I supported the "catch" with a small nail while using a flat file to remove metal from the catch (all done in a vise). I also removed and filed the upper catch in the glovebox a little. Now it works easily with one hand and no crowbar is required.

                I just thought I would add this info for others having the problem. Cheers and happy motoring.
                1976 Pimento/black
                VTO alloy "Minilites"
                Dolly Parton's removed

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                • #9
                  Randy Keller at Prestige Autowood is one of the main suppliers of dashes to Moss and VB so he knows his stuff and makes beautiful dashes that are finished to the nth degree. When I got my current dash from him I questioned him about the fit of the finger pull...... why it didn't sit flush.... why would I have to sand this beautiful dash to make it fit correctly..... he laughed and said the picture I sent shows it fitting the way Triumph designed it..... it never sat flush and routing/cutting the hole for a flush fit would be easier for him than doing it for the correct fit...... so here's the picture I sent him
                  1975 Mimosa with a few upgrades/mods:
                  Patton TBI
                  HVDA Toyota 5 speed
                  Goodparts Nissan Diff
                  Goodparts CVJs
                  AAW Wire Harness
                  Miata Seats
                  Boyd Welding Custom 15 gallon aluminum gas tank

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                  • #10
                    Wow, that burled wood is beautiful! When I redo my dash, I'm not sure I even want a lock. A nice pull and friction latch would suffice.
                    1976 Pimento/black
                    VTO alloy "Minilites"
                    Dolly Parton's removed

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