For those interested, below is the background and a photo album of my first TR6 restoration which was carried out from 1980 until 1985, which started the interest, and passion for this model when I bought it back in 1979.It is of a typical restoration project many enthusiasts have carried on their TR6, due to the dreaded rust which is so predominant on the home market TR6.
My TR6 pi was built at Standard Triumph (then British Leyland), Canley, Coventry on Tuesday 8th.August 1972.
Body Colour: Triumph New White.
Commission No: CP 77283"O"
Engine No: CP 77315-
Trim Colour: Black Ambla
Dispatched from the factory on Thursday 10th.August 1972 to Henlys (Manchester)
The TR6 remained in the showroom until sold and first registered on Thursday 28th.June 1973 as NBU 324 L. (Oldham registration) PEE 5, a Whitby registration number was transferred by the owner on 13/01/1978. I transferred A TR6 0K on to the TR6 in 1986, after the restoration was completed.
I currently own one TR6 but I have owned a few more! I have restored five TR6 s' to Concours condition over the years observing originality totally, This was my first TR6 and the one that started my interest and enthusiasm for them.. It was bought while I was in the Merchant Navy, shipping in and out of Southampton docks on a RO RO vessel on a weekly service. I used to scour the Exchange & Mart which was the second hand car "bible" at the time (the classic car magazines of the time were not as prolific as they are today). Anyway I found a TR6 pi advertised and as it fairly local to where the ship berthed, in Verwood, which is near Southampton. I phoned up about it, the guy said it was having some work done on the differential?? alarm bells should have rung, but didn't. I arranged to meet him the following week which was February 5th 1979. The TR6 pi looked very nice in its fresh new Triumph White paintwork!!. Mileage on the speedometer was 35,067 and had 11 months MOT to run. I had a test drive it performed very well, it pulled a little to the side due to a low tyre pressure in one of the front tyres. (I hadn't driven a TR6 since 1972, when I worked at the Triumph factory, at that time I had a spell ashore away from the MN, and got married). The princely sum of £1,475 was handed over and I drove away my first TR6 pi, registration number Pee 5. I used the TR6 regularly to go back and forward from Southampton to Coventry as well as using it on leave, to various club do's and classic car shows etc.. It was about six months later the dreaded rust bubbles started to appear, I suppose the salt air had accelerated it even though it came with me on the ship. I decided to run the TR6 for a few months more. It was 17th January 1981 (when the MOT expired) PEE 5 was taken off the road then do a little bit here and there, foolish me, the more I rubbed down the more filler and holes I found. What looked to me a quick restoration job by replacing some outer panels ended up to be a major rebuild on the TR6, which was my first!
Stripping the TR6;
After the bumpers had been cut off due to the bolts being rusted on and the exterior panels unbolted and peeled away, it became obvious that the rust had spread from the wings into the inner shell. The inner shell was badly corroded. The remaining boot, bonnet, doors of which were amazingly sound and reusable and the windscreen were taken off the the inner shell, then separated from the chassis. Both were sent off to be sandblasted and primered. Unfortunately the inner body-
The engine had only done 42,231 but it was rebuilt just needing new standard piston rings, new seals, a new oil pump, and the crank shaft reground by 15 thou. Gear box was stripped and as it did not have overdrive fitted originally I acquired a new "A" type overdrive unit and fitted a new TR6 150 bhp main shaft.
The engine and gear box were installed into the chassis and a standard Unipart exhaust system was fitted.
The TR6 Restoration;
The panels I accumulated over quite a few months , were all original Stanpart. I acquired them from dealers, advertisers and auto jumbles in fact wherever I could get them, the same applied to anything TR6. The only TR6 panels unavailable at the time were the scuttle top panel, outer sills, though a repair section sill was available which fitted in the door apertures in between the wings? which is not the usual place for rust! (it rusted behind the wings) and the panel which is upright behind the battery, also the reinforcement panel that fit behind the rear valence. (as these were not available at all from dealerships). In about July 1982 I managed to acquire a good second-
The Assembly of the shell:
With all the panels purchased and the chassis completed, The thought turned to how am I going to assemble it! bearing in mind this was my first restoration. I had owned a Herald estate in 1972 but only done minor work i.e. changing wheel bearings etc. I decided to build the front half of the body-
This task was given to Henlys' which was a Triumph (BL) dealership (Accident body repair facility), quite close to the factory also on the Fletchamstead Highway in Coventry. They agreed to prepare the TR6 inner shell and the outer panels, then paint in primer and prepare again before painting the inner shell, bolt on the outer wings, prepare and mask of cockpit and wheel-
Crash pads and centre plinth were refitted as they were in excellent condition. New black interior trim as original specification,. The seats were re-
Toughened windscreen and door glasses replaced using new Triplex (Original Equipment suppliers)
TR6 Soft top was replaced with original (diamond pattern on underside of material). I also managed to buy new OE Hood bag and Tonneaux cover.
Head lights, side lights, wing repeaters, bumper light, rear light assemblies were all replaced using new OE parts. Wiring harness is the original.
Front and rear bumpers were the originals but were re-
Originally had steel ones but I replaced them with Dunlop 5.5k 72 spoke chrome wire wheels. They were transferred on to COV 897 K which stayed on the car when I sold it and replaced them with original equipment steel rims. (chrome wires look great when they are clean and shiny but take a lot work to keep them like that, ask my wife, she had many broken finger nails over the years!!).
Initially I put 185x15 Goodyear G800 radial tyres on the 72 spoke chrome wire wheels. They lasted me for a very long time but as they were no longer available, I replaced them with the standard 5.5J steel rims with 165x15 Michelin XAS asymmetric tyres, these are the original fitment tyres for the TR6 as were the Dunlop SP Sport which are also not available .
My wife did not like the registration number PEE 5, it was a little embarrassing when school children used to giggle at it. I acquired the registration mark A TR6 0K which was registered on a Ford Cortina mark 3 in October 1985 and was transferred to the TR6. Click this link below to see the photo album of the complete restoration. It has now been re registered MCL 242 L and was sold in August 2010 in the UK