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    I owned a TR6 back in the early 80ies. Couple months ago I purchased a 1971 TR6. Not in the best of shape. After checking it out and finding that there was very little rust other than surface rust, I've decided to make it pretty again. First I got the engine running well. Then I striped her down to find the hidden rust. Not frame off but fenders,interior,bumpers,grill, etc. I was surprised to find the only areas of holes were behind 2 front wheels at rockers and one half dollar size hole near where driver side rear bumper attaches. I've got it up high on jack stands and have cleaned underside with wire wheel on drill. Frame appears solid. even where trailing arm attaches. I still does need alot to make it pretty again and have ordered many things from supply houses ( they kill you on shipping charges), and used from craigslist and ebay. After purchasing many things I went looking for parts car. I did buy a 1974 that is not in good shape but many good parts. I wanted to find a overdrive for the car and quickly learned how tough that was going to be. Looked at new one...but not sure I want to go that high of a price. Then found a 1984 Toyota Celica supra trans for $500. Kit to install would be $2000. I just didn't know if I would be sorry later down the road if I went that root. So I kept looking and found an other 1970 parts car in Baltimore with the Electronic overdrive. Now comes the fun part of trying to put her back together. I am glad I have the 1970 parts car for help viewing as I need it. I'm a Roofer-sider by trade. wish me luck

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    BTW...first time on this site so if I'm posting in wrong area let me know

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      Welcome! You have all winter to 'get her ready' for Spring and Summer 2019. Enjoy the journey and be sure to post questions for the many experts on this board.
      1976 TR-6 BRG - CF57239U
      Carbs by Poolboy
      Rear Camber Kit, Rear Hubs by Goodparts
      Gear Reduction Starter by TSI
      Distributor by British Vacuum

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        The only issue I've come across so far is the heat gauge. at first it wasn't working so I grounded wire at thermo sensor and gauge went to Max heat. I replaced the sensor at the thermostat and after I started car and after a few minutes it read on the gauge that it was over heating.Even with no thermostat in. Engine and it was running fine and didn't seem to be over heating so I bought a laser heat sensor. Laser read appox 180 at thermo. I thought then it must be gauge itself so I purchased a use one. Put it in and it needle did not move after running car for few minutes. So tested by grounding wire at sensor and new gauge showed max heat. Tested with Lazor again and same reading at thermostat area of 180. I'm thinking it must be an other bad sensor at Thermostat. Do these go bad alot?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by G0necntry View Post
          I owned a TR6 back in the early 80ies. Couple months ago I purchased a 1971 TR6. Not in the best of shape. After checking it out and finding that there was very little rust other than surface rust, I've decided to make it pretty again. First I got the engine running well. Then I striped her down to find the hidden rust. Not frame off but fenders,interior,bumpers,grill, etc. I was surprised to find the only areas of holes were behind 2 front wheels at rockers and one half dollar size hole near where driver side rear bumper attaches. I've got it up high on jack stands and have cleaned underside with wire wheel on drill. Frame appears solid. even where trailing arm attaches. I still does need alot to make it pretty again and have ordered many things from supply houses ( they kill you on shipping charges), and used from craigslist and ebay. After purchasing many things I went looking for parts car. I did buy a 1974 that is not in good shape but many good parts. I wanted to find a overdrive for the car and quickly learned how tough that was going to be. Looked at new one...but not sure I want to go that high of a price. Then found a 1984 Toyota Celica supra trans for $500. Kit to install would be $2000. I just didn't know if I would be sorry later down the road if I went that root. So I kept looking and found an other 1970 parts car in Baltimore with the Electronic overdrive. Now comes the fun part of trying to put her back together. I am glad I have the 1970 parts car for help viewing as I need it. I'm a Roofer-sider by trade. wish me luck
          Was that the ONE owner car with a bad frame? If so, what you gonna do with the rest of the car once you pull the overdrive box? I’m a sucker for rust 😀
          So much rust, so little time

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          • #6
            Check the wire connectors on back side of temperature gauge- they are visible/reachable with needle-nose from bottom/backside if gearbox cover side panels are removed.
            Light green connector should be on right side; blue-green wire connector on RPM gauge side.

            And, yes, many of the temp senders are not suited to TR6 temperature gauge. Finally got a working one from The Roadster Factory, although it still read a bit high.
            Try the sender from parts car, the old ones may be better than new one.
            Last edited by SapphireBlue72; 12-03-2018, 01:31 PM.
            Walt
            CC80954U '72 TR6 original condition/sold 16.500.
            poolboy rebuilt the Z-S Carbs. Philstr6 rebuilt both rear hubs.

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            • #7
              Not sure what I'm going to do with the car after I pull trans. I was going to use the front fenders on my rebuild until I discovered they are Both fiberglass..I haven't even looked under her yet to see just how bad it is rusted. An other thing I noticed is that it seems to sit much lower in the front. Like someone has lowered it.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by G0necntry View Post
                The only issue I've come across so far is the heat gauge. at first it wasn't working so I grounded wire at thermo sensor and gauge went to Max heat. I replaced the sensor at the thermostat and after I started car and after a few minutes it read on the gauge that it was over heating.Even with no thermostat in. Engine and it was running fine and didn't seem to be over heating so I bought a laser heat sensor. Laser read appox 180 at thermo. I thought then it must be gauge itself so I purchased a use one. Put it in and it needle did not move after running car for few minutes. So tested by grounding wire at sensor and new gauge showed max heat. Tested with Lazor again and same reading at thermostat area of 180. I'm thinking it must be an other bad sensor at Thermostat. Do these go bad alot?
                Might be worth getting an aftermarket capillary type gauge & swap out the sender. This will give you a better sense of actual temperature.

                As as far as senders failing...not usually, but stranger things have happened
                So much rust, so little time

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                  SapphireBlue72 I have the whole dash out so no problem reaching...LOL...

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                    Originally posted by G0necntry View Post
                    Not sure what I'm going to do with the car after I pull trans. I was going to use the front fenders on my rebuild until I discovered they are Both fiberglass..I haven't even looked under her yet to see just how bad it is rusted. An other thing I noticed is that it seems to sit much lower in the front. Like someone has lowered it.
                    Could be really worn out springs or more rot up front. From what read in the ad, the rear wheel had pulled away from the frame.
                    Last edited by tr250; 12-03-2018, 01:39 PM.
                    So much rust, so little time

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                    • #11
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                      I've looked under the front from inside the hood. Doesn't look bad there. But sitting next to my '74 parts car it looks much smaller. Back tire trailing arm has pulled off though.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by G0necntry View Post
                        Karter
                        I've looked under the front from inside the hood. Doesn't look bad there. But sitting next to my '74 parts car it looks much smaller. Back tire trailing arm has pulled off though.
                        Maybe because the 74 front bumpers are a few inches further away from the body plus the over riders?
                        So much rust, so little time

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                        • #13
                          Gonecntry,

                          Welcome to the forum. TR250 has seen your parts car I guess but none of us have seen anything. How about some pictures for us to visualize what is happening.

                          And you posted in the correct place to introduce yourself. Questions can be directed to the appropriate subsections as need.

                          Where in Delaware? I was just in Rehoboth for work a few weeks ago.
                          1972 Sapphire TR6 #CC84,something

                          1959 Red TR3 (Wife's)

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