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    Well, seems I cannot help myself when it comes to Triumph cars, and there does not seem to be any cure for this problem. I have a nice 75 TR6, and an equally nice 1965 Corvette Fuelie Coupe I restored. I don’t need new projects, especially since having open heart surgery recently (total surprise, unexpected, never any prior health issues) so lucky to still be here, but in the last 2 days I put 2 more Triumphs in my shop. I bought a 1969 GT6+ MKII followed by a 1974 TR6. Both are rather original examples with few to no modifications. The GT6 is a solid rust free car. The TR6 needs floor pans. Neither run, yet. But I’ll deal with the running and stopping issues first as I do with any project I attempt, then the body work if I get that far. So, appears Christmas came early for me this year!

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    Like them both, especially the GT6. But would prefer the Bonanza...😉

    Congrats.
    Keith, Huntsville AL, 1971 CC66559U
    10.0:1 CR gasflowed head | Weber DCOEs | CP "150hp" Cam | Distibutor by Advanced | Lightened flywheel | Phoenix SS Exhaust System | HVDA 5-Speed | Good Parts suspension and anti-roll bars | Konig Rewinds | Boyd 15 gal tank | Miata Seats and Mr Mikes covers | Carl Visser dash | Mohair hood | Gas-strut bonnet and boot lift kits

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    • #3
      If only you didn’t have to get back out of the GT6...it’d be the perfect car 😜
      So much rust, so little time

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      • #4
        I have a secret affinity for the styling of the GT6, although never owned or driven one.

        My 3rd favorite Triumph after the Italia...
        Last edited by tr6harris; 12-09-2018, 02:20 AM.
        '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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        • #5
          Well, you had to have a blue one right?

          Nice additions to the collection. You are catching up to Todd.

          Cheers
          Tush
          81 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce, 81 Triumph TR8
          73 Triumph TR6 CF4874UO, 68 Triumph TR250 CD5228LO
          62 Triumph TR4 CT6716LO, 60 Triumph TR3A TS69891LO
          60 Triumph TR3A TS64870LO, 59 Triumph TR3A TS44836LO

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          • #6
            Yes, very nice additions indeed,.....and no one will catch up to Todd......wait, - squirrel!

            Cheers,

            Wolf

            76 TR6 CF58170UO (The Lady)
            72 TR6 CC80068UO (The Slut)
            68 TR250 CD4893L (retirement project)

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            • #7
              Wow. In 1969, I was young enough to feel that there was nothing, absolutely nothing wrong with a GT6. I still feel that way, though I have never owned one.
              On the other hand, the last closed car that I owned that lacked air conditioning was in about 1983. I have gotten spoiled and soft, I suppose.
              Late last summer, I was privileged to take a 100-mile drive in a GT6. The day was unseasonably warm, and so was I. Funny that I can leave the hood raised, rear screen zipped out in my TR6 and feel relatively more comfortable. Yet BL made a/c optional on the TR?
              Beautiful cars. Enjoy.

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              • #8
                Thanks guys. Haven’t had time to dig into either car as yet, and not quite sure what I will do with them going forward. They happened to find me, the price was right on each car, and I just had to try and save them and either bring them back to life myself, or find someone else that will. I can understand the lack of AC issues, faced that same problem with the Corvette when I restored it, so now I have a Fuelie running AC after finding a way to run the compressor without giving up the original Fuelie air induction system. I’m sure I can find a way to do the same on the GT6 if I keep the car. I think it would make a really nice car with a 5speed and AC! The Bonanza has no AC, but being tubronormalized I just go high to cooler air and stay there as long as possible, but I agree, no AC is a pain. Guess we get a little spoiled driving modern vehicles with all the creature comforts like ice cold air, heated seats, some even have heated steering wheels, and autopilot, lane departure warnings, backup cameras, side cameras, bells, whistles, warning voices.... I still like things a little more simple. Nothing like a manual transmission and side pieces, or a throaty exhaust on a twisty turns road!

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                • #9
                  I knew this girl in college (70’s) who was pretty cool and drove an enormous, overweight, underpowered Checker. One day she said she had an errand to run, and she came back hours later in a brand new GT6. What a change!
                  SR
                  73 TR6. HT/AC/OD
                  86 930
                  91 535i

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                  • #10
                    Yer living the life, Texas Pilot!
                    1972 Sapphire TR6 #CC84,something

                    1959 Red TR3 (Wife's)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Tush View Post
                      Well, you had to have a blue one right?

                      Nice additions to the collection. You are catching up to Todd.

                      Cheers
                      Tush
                      looking at your signature line...you’ve blown by me

                      At least on cars I plan on keeping

                      So much rust, so little time

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                      • #12
                        Make sure you hang on to those original black California plates. They don’t make em like that anymore and they sure make the car look original. Well, CA has started to issue custom plates in the old black with yellow lettering, but they just aren’t the same.
                        ‘70 TR-6

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Neddie Seagoon View Post
                          Make sure you hang on to those original black California plates. They don’t make em like that anymore and they sure make the car look original. Well, CA has started to issue custom plates in the old black with yellow lettering, but they just aren’t the same.
                          I’ll probably find 1969 Texas plates if and when the time comes, as TX allows year of manufacture plates provided they pass DMV inspection. I’ve got 1965 plates on my Corvette, which seems to stump some people who ask “did you buy this car new?” Or I’ll go with the typical Classic Car plate which is what I have on my 75 TR6, provided I decide to keep the car or find her a new home.

                          Started buffing the paint on the TR6 that I also found, its badly oxidized from sitting in the sun, and stripped off the old brittle soft top. Overall the car is in much better shape than I initially expected. I’ll get a coat of polish on her so she feels better then pull the gas tank to flush the fuel system, clean the carbs and get fresh fuel flowing then get the ignition system sparking and see what happens.

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                          • #14
                            Well if you find the GT6 unexciting, you can try one of these projects from old "Other Triumphs" threads

                            http://www.6-pack.org/vb5/the-6-pack...ic-gt6-project

                            http://www.6-pack.org/vb5/the-6-pack...t6-yes-2000-hp


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                            • #15
                              Ha! Birds of a feather! I also have a '74 TR6 and a '69 GT6+. I'm just finishing up the TR6, and trying to decide if the GT6 or the MGA will be next. I'm toying with the idea of a Rover/Buick 215 V8 in the GT6.

                              Please do keep us posted on your progress on the cars.

                              Ed
                              For just a little more, you can do it yourself!

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