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  • JonS
    started a topic Getting a TR6 after more than 40 years

    Getting a TR6 after more than 40 years

    About 45 years ago I worked in a garage that specialized in British cars so I got to see, work on, and drive, TR6s, MGs, Jaguars, etc. I recently moved to New Mexico and would at last like to have a TR6 of my own. I was told this forum is a good place to begin the search. I am not in a hurry and don't plan on getting one until the spring, but if the right one comes along.......

    My ideal TR6 would be a 1969 in maroon with a tan or black interior, overdrive, and wire wheels, and no boot rack. The wire wheels are negotiable. Having done frame up restorations 40+ years ago, I know this is not the way to go for me. I am going to take the advice I have been given which is to get the best one I can afford and enjoy it. This sounds like a good plan to me. I don't need or want a concours car, perhaps one that recently was and would now be considered a show/driver car. This will not be a daily driver, but the whole purpose is to drive it.

    If possible, an original frame that has had the proper maintenance and structural modifications to make it safe and solid for a reasonable number of years in a desert climate would be nice

    If anyone knows where I might find a car about like this, please let me know.

  • JonS
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    Thanks very much.

  • MARKRL
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    Jon,
    Good luck and welcome! I have been off of the site here for quite awhile. I have some catching up to do for sure. I will tell you a few things. This site helped me get my car, helped me as fast as you can imagine with answers to my questions, and guidance that helped with repairs, etc. This is one of the nicest groups of people I have never met! I learned so much about TR6' before I got mine from here, that I couldn't wait to get one to try everything. You found pretty much the best place to be confident in owning your car, and acquiring any help you need. Good luck with your search!
    Mark

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  • JonS
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    Thanks, I saw CR and don't know what I was thinking. WRT, the CR's, I have not seen numbers that show how the HP in the CC cars changed. Perhaps I missed that. The changes to CF cars seem better documented - wish that I could have one :-)

  • poolboy
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    FWIW
    CR= Compression Ratio...ie "7.5:1" and "7.75:1"
    I was just commenting because of what you stated about the non existent cam change.
    Last edited by poolboy; 09-06-2019, 06:34 PM.

  • JonS
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    I am not sure about "CR's'" in the quote, there were none. In any case it does not matter to me since I have been and remain primarily interested in a 69. I might go to a 70. I know many people like 72s.

  • poolboy
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    I think the reality of the situation is that US cars prior to 73 had cam 307621 in cars with Commission # below CF 125000 . From 73 on CF 125000 and higher had cam 311399.
    The CR's in that quote from page 206 may also be wrong if it's linked to the cam change dates.
    http://www.hottr6.com/triumph/tr6cams.html

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  • JonS
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    Originally posted by poolboy View Post

    Cam change in mid 70 ??..Not in the US cars
    It is possible that I misread the change. On page 206:

    Carburettor TR6s initially used the TR250 engine, but in late 1970 the 18 degrees/58 degrees/58 degrees/18 degrees camshaft was introduced, together with a reduction in compression ratio to 7.75:1. Compression ratio dropped further to 7.5:1 in late 1974.

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  • poolboy
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    Originally posted by JonS View Post

    Thank you very much for this. I appreciate the pointer, but based on what I have learned so far (mostly from reading the Collector's Originality Guide Triumph TR2 TR3 TR4 TR5 TR6 TR7 TR8) I think I am going to stay with a 69 but would go mid year to a 70.5 when they changed the cam.
    Cam change in mid 70 ??..Not in the US cars
    Last edited by poolboy; 09-05-2019, 06:08 PM.

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  • JonS
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    Originally posted by tr250 View Post
    So Jon, have you found something? I know of a guy selling an extremely nice & nicely upgraded/modded 69. He's in Bowling Green, Ky. I believe you'll find pix on Facebook market place. When i heard about it being sold, I was blown away. Didn't think the owner would ever sell...so I called & checked if he was about to die or something. Guess he drives it very seldom any more. He did a frame up restore on it. Won't be cheap. Richard Seaton is the owner.
    Short answer is no. My plan is still to get one in a few months, but here again if this is a once in a lifetime chance I should consider it. Can I contact Richard through this forum?

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  • JonS
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    Originally posted by Elwood View Post
    I'm late to the party as usual. If you would consider a 74, and if you would consider Mimosa, there's a beautiful 74 Mimosa available in the Chicago area. The frame is solid, the bodywork and paint are very nice,
    the drivetrain is rebuilt with relatively low miles (it is currently equipped with a rebuilt Toyota 5 speed, not an uncommon conversion), it has alloy wheels,etc. The previous owner had alll of this done, then passed away and the current owner has lost interest in the car and it is for sale. I'm sure you could buy it for what you have budgeted. I have no financial interest, I just want to see this nice TR6 back in use with someone who will appreciate it.
    Thank you very much for this. I appreciate the pointer, but based on what I have learned so far (mostly from reading the Collector's Originality Guide Triumph TR2 TR3 TR4 TR5 TR6 TR7 TR8) I think I am going to stay with a 69 but would go mid year to a 70.5 when they changed the cam.

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  • tr250
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    So Jon, have you found something? I know of a guy selling an extremely nice & nicely upgraded/modded 69. He's in Bowling Green, Ky. I believe you'll find pix on Facebook market place. When i heard about it being sold, I was blown away. Didn't think the owner would ever sell...so I called & checked if he was about to die or something. Guess he drives it very seldom any more. He did a frame up restore on it. Won't be cheap. Richard Seaton is the owner.

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  • Elwood
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    I'm late to the party as usual. If you would consider a 74, and if you would consider Mimosa, there's a beautiful 74 Mimosa available in the Chicago area. The frame is solid, the bodywork and paint are very nice,
    the drivetrain is rebuilt with relatively low miles (it is currently equipped with a rebuilt Toyota 5 speed, not an uncommon conversion), it has alloy wheels,etc. The previous owner had alll of this done, then passed away and the current owner has lost interest in the car and it is for sale. I'm sure you could buy it for what you have budgeted. I have no financial interest, I just want to see this nice TR6 back in use with someone who will appreciate it.

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  • JonS
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    Originally posted by tr250 View Post
    Have a look at Roadster Factory’s classifieds. There’s a very reasonably priced 71 Damson/w new tan trim
    I was not aware of this site. I will add it to my list of sites to check. I sent an inquire to the 71 you mentioned.

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  • SapphireBlue72
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    I saw that. Good you mentioned it.

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