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    New member and proud (gulp) new owner of 1973 Triumph TR6

    I'm an ex-SCCA FF, FC, and FM racer and after finally hanging up the driving suit in 2006 I discovered withdrawals are a real thing when I didn't touch any tools for a few years. So I decided to build some old trucks for myself and a couple neighbors - 1948 1/2 ton Chevy; 1956 3/4 ton Chevy "farm truck;" and my own 1959 Apache. Another neighbor had been pressing me for years to get his derelict '73 TR6 (which had been sitting under a fabric car cover for thirteen years in his driveway) back on the road. I wasn't interested until he offered to sell it to me for $250 now and $250 if I sold it. Too tempting to pass up, so I bought it and had it hauled up to my house. In fact I'd been looking for a project for the garage at home instead of at our shop in Fallbrook.

    I'm pleasantly surprised that, like in the case of old Chevy trucks, you can literally build one of these Triumphs from the ground up with parts readily available, even if more pricey than the truck stuff. After being completely unimpressed dealing with the ignition switch - PO lost the keys - I have come to admire the engineering of the car now that the drivetrain is out - engine at the machine shop - and the body is off the frame. Lots of problems to solve and rubber parts to replace and improvements to make, but I love going out to the garage at all hours of the day and fiddling with it. I admit that I got lucky in the rust department because although the driver and passenger floors and the trunk floor are getting fitted with new sheet metal, the frame is in great shape. The only issue is an apparent twist in the flexy frame which, in turn, has caused the body to settle into a twisted condition. It isn't much, but it is visually noticeable and measurable. I'm at the scratching my head stage with it until I get the front suspension pulled off (rear already gone) and can set the frame down on the garage floor. If I can manage I'll attach some random photos of the project so far.
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    Re: New member and proud (gulp) new owner of 1973 Triumph TR6

    Welcome to the British Car Forum Nichola. Looks like you got a great car at a good price. The tinkering is only half the fun... you'll have a smile on your face when you get to drive it!
    Head over to the "Triumph" section of the forum for knowledgable friendly help whenever you need it.
    Be sure to check the box section of the trailing arms as it is a known area prone to rust. The '73 was a good year for the TR6.... and I'm partial to it
    Also while the body is off the car you might consider a 5-speed conversion as it makes driving on the highways better at lower revs.
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    Re: New member and proud (gulp) new owner of 1973 Triumph TR6

    Hello Nichola

    Welcome to the forum.

    The Triumph section is very active and you are sure to get plenty of tips, help and advice there for your TR6 project.

    A friend is doing a TR6 right now and he fitted up rated drive shafts/half shafts. Not sure where he got them but I am sure someone in the Triump section will know.

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    Re: New member and proud (gulp) new owner of 1973 Triumph TR6

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidApp View Post
    Hello Nichola

    Welcome to the forum.

    The Triumph section is very active and you are sure to get plenty of tips, help and advice there for your TR6 project.

    A friend is doing a TR6 right now and he fitted up rated drive shafts/half shafts. Not sure where he got them but I am sure someone in the Triump section will know.

    David
    Here you go Nichola.... this is where you can get the uprated drive shafts and half shaft. Richard Good is a trusted TR6 supplier https://www.goodparts.com
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    Re: New member and proud (gulp) new owner of 1973 Triumph TR6

    Welcome to the forum.
    i have a shop in Fallbrook and if you need anything let me know. I am a Moss motors distributor...if your require bits.
    Cheers,
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    Thank you. I will carefully inspect for rust everywhere on the frame. I have not seriously considered the 5 speed conversion, or the TR6 overdrive, but I will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grantura_MKI View Post
    Welcome to the forum.
    i have a shop in Fallbrook and if you need anything let me know. I am a Moss motors distributor...if your require bits.
    Thank you for the welcome note. Is your shop in Fallbrook CA named englishmotors?

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    Re: New member and proud (gulp) new owner of 1973 Triumph TR6

    Quote Originally Posted by Gliderman8 View Post
    Here you go Nichola.... this is where you can get the uprated drive shafts and half shaft. Richard Good is a trusted TR6 supplier https://www.goodparts.com
    Goodparts.com is one of the half dozen suppliers I have used so far. Just spoke with Richard a couple days ago when I ordered parts for the rear suspension. Thank you.

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    Re: New member and proud (gulp) new owner of 1973 Triumph TR6

    Nope.
    That is the name of a car show that we produce.
    PM me if you what my contact information.
    Cheers,
    D.
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    It is amazing how much stuff you can find for these British Cars. I am a Divisional Grid/Pits worker in St. louis and would give sources to some of our British Car racers. I bought a 64 Valiant, made in St. Louis, and have had more problems getting parts, especially panels, than my 58 Jag (rare as it is) is easier to get parts for. Good luck on the 6, lots of Triumph info here. My wife drove a GT6 for 10 yrs to work and over 140,000 miles. Kept me busy on occasion, pretty reliable.
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    Also had , 68 Cortina 1600E, 64 Spit 4 & 80 1500, 73 GT6 3, 71 XJ6, 79 XJ6, 86 XJS V-12, 53 XK120 OTS.

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    Re: New member and proud (gulp) new owner of 1973 Triumph TR6

    Quote Originally Posted by LarryK View Post
    It is amazing how much stuff you can find for these British Cars. I am a Divisional Grid/Pits worker in St. louis and would give sources to some of our British Car racers. I bought a 64 Valiant, made in St. Louis, and have had more problems getting parts, especially panels, than my 58 Jag (rare as it is) is easier to get parts for. Good luck on the 6, lots of Triumph info here. My wife drove a GT6 for 10 yrs to work and over 140,000 miles. Kept me busy on occasion, pretty reliable.
    I love the Jags of that vintage. Regarding the resources for Triumphs and other Brit makes, I'm impressed that we have so many options for parts and advice. Quite a bit more pricey than the parts for the trucks I've rebuilt in the past few years, but still reasonable. I'm sure I'll have at least $7-8,000 worth of parts into this TR6 before I'm finished, not including paint. And that's probably low/wishful thinking.

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    Don't be afraid of ordering from England. Martin Robey gave me a discount, saved a ton from US prices and shipping and quicker. I use Ebay.UK a lot too, maybe shipping costs more but gets here quicker and no backorders. I learned from working in shops to circumvent retail and go tonthe manufacturers.
    Larry K
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    03 Cooper S, 2011 Cooper S Countryman, 2011 Land Rover LR4 HSE LUX, 1964 Valiant V200
    Also had , 68 Cortina 1600E, 64 Spit 4 & 80 1500, 73 GT6 3, 71 XJ6, 79 XJ6, 86 XJS V-12, 53 XK120 OTS.

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