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Triumph TR6 - Another New Owner

Thought I'd stop in and introduce myself. I'm Tom and I'm addicted to British sports cars!

My son (Mike, 20) and I flew from Chicago to San Jose a few weeks ago and picked up my latest acquisition
- a '71 TR6 (my first Triumph). It belonged to a friend of my brother for the last 8 years. After spending several days getting it ready to go, we headed East. We played "tourist" and visited 6 National Parks over 10 days and covered 3500 miles to get home. It was a great time - and the TR6 was a big part of that.

I've been slowly working the 'bugs' out of it, but have been using it as a daily driver since we got back. Now it's time to take the MG off the road to do the 3 way motor swap that's been in the works for a while. You're not going to stone me for owning that other marque, are you? Besides the B will be for bad weather and the odd nice day, while the TR6 will be for nice days and hopefully infrequent emergency use only!

Here are the particulars of the car:
1971 TR6
CC63828L
Paint 32 (Signal Red)
Trim 11 (Black)
Body # 63915CC
Engine # CC64139E

It looks to be pretty original except the head and intake manifold have been changed for later ones. It is truly rust free. The frame is still painted black with no sign of accident damage or rust (well it WAS black until we went down Sand Canyon on the trip, but THAT'S another story! Now it's red sand / dusty.) Plenty of oil leaks, so this one marks it's territory rather well! The engine is a little tired (we think it has 156k miles on it) as is the suspension and the paint.

Anyway, I'm sure you'll be seeing me around!

Tom
Tom Sotomayor

Tom,
BUGS OUT OF IT!

Heck...if you put 3500 on her in 10 days, there could not have been a lot of "bugs" in the first place:)

I AM convinced that '71 TR6s and Canadians have one thing in common.
We WILL take over this BBS. Tom, it is uncanny how many guys on this BBS own '71s What was the name of that thread???? Mr. Baker, Rick needs help with memory problem again.

Welcome and that must have been a neat trip.
No Tom we will not hold it against you. We are not all perfect in getting it right the first time we decide on which LBC marque.
Just havin fun with ya:)
Not at home at the moment. I am not like you, I do not have my TR6 numbers put to memory...would not do any good anyway.
Rick C
'71TR6

Rick Crawford

Tom and Rick-I've got CC60621L, a 1971 Signal Red with black interior.

I am not Canadian, but I hold no grudges against my less fortunate neighbors to the north. Way to the north from here in sunny South Florida, by the way.

Great, great year for our cars!

John
JL Bryan

I hold all kinds of grudges. What are you doing screwing with the all mighty dollar. Now I can't go to the great cheese nation up north and have it not cost me an arm and a leg!!!!
don
DON KELLY

Rick,
Your Commission number is CC65060LO...according to the Vintage Triumph Register!!
db
Doug Baker

Another in our nefarious scheme to take over this board and rename it the "1971 TR6 Forum." I am also glad to see that he has a "proper" color set of Signal Red with Black.

No problem as far as I am concerned having an MGB. Ipretty much learned to drive in an MGB and had a few of them over the years. Nice cars, fun to drive.

There was a thread name of "commision numbers" from last summer. I know there is another one out there, but am brain fading on the name of that one other than to say it seems like it was in the spring.
SteveP

Cute Steve..cuite. The accent on the EH (a) was a nice touch.

Doug, thanks for the help. Steve mentions the thread that had all of us 71s listed. Do you remember the name of that thread or did we do what we usually do and totally turn some new guys thread around.
Rick Crawford

Rick,

Yeah, it had a few bugs by the time we got back - mostly with the carbs and distributor. Made it kind of fun to diagnose when I had 3 bad condensers in a row! It has the typical neglect / abuse that any car would get after 35 years of continuous service.

The trip was AWESOME. Not to bore anyone, but the highlights of the trip were:
Dinosaur National Monument and Park
Arches N.M. (our favorite)
Canyonlands N.M. (Island in the Sky)
Hovenweep N.M.
Mesa Verde N.M. (2nd favorite)

We crossed at least 7 or 8 mountain passes on the trip. Lowest was 7000 feet, highest was the Continental Divide at 10,850 feet. We almost caught up with a Miata on one of the passes (I wasn't trying to - really). That PO'd him a lot - he'd passed us in the 'lowlands' about 20 minutes before!


Steve,

Well, I've got more than one MGB... Right now I've got 7. One is slated for the supercharger (that's one of the 3 way engine swap) and another is getting set (albeit slowly) for a Rover V8. One was Dad's retirement present and the rest are projects in various states. Then there is the AH 100-6 project.... I DO keep myself busy.

Thanks for the welcome guys!

Tom
Tom Sotomayor

Rick,
Forgot the thread, but I was keeping a SS with everyone's data and when I changed jobs recently may have "lost" the file. I looked w/o success last night, but will search again among my bugeoning TR-6 cd collection:)

Steve remains earliest of the 71 owners at CC5 something or 'nother, but Steve, have to disagree about Black/Red...Blue has gotta be the best body color and I'm still wavering over trim, but am leaning to grey leather!!
db
Doug Baker

Just so this isn't a love in for 71 TR6s I will pipe up.

Tom, congrat's on your smart invetsment choice. It will give you plenty of years of enjoyment- being it tinkering or driving.

Don, Sorry about the $. I think Canada is going to be the currency of standard soon. Its those darn resources- oil, nickel, copper, diamonds and TR6 owners :-)

Sure makes it cheaper for me to vacation in your fine country.

Mike Petryschuk
Georgetown, ON
69 TR6
CC28808LO
Michael S. Petryschuk

From the thread "commission numbers" with a last posting of 25 July, 2005 for 1971 cars:

28 June 2005 Update:

SteveP:CC56209L July 1970/1
Ken J: CC56757 Aug 1970/1
Kyran: CC57225L...OCT.1970/1
Don K: CC58660 Nov.1970/1
Charlie S: CC60260LO Dec.'70/1 (build started May'70:)
Joe S: CC60628LO Dec. 1970/1.
Dan M: CC61685LO, Jan '71(OD long gone) To be an 'OrD:)
RickC:CC62645L Sept.'71 Notice the date..(donor car)
Mike C:CC62976L, Mar.1971
Berry:CC63230L,Mar. 71 (254 TR6s after Mikes')
Jim: CC63860L,April, '71
Dan M:CC64944L, May '71 (1084 after Jim..WOW)
RickC: CC65060L May '71...(now with an O at the end:)..116 TR6s after Dans').
DougB: CC65881L, Jun 71
TOTAL=14
previous update had been 1 March 2005

Seven MGBs and a 100-6, yes, you need a diversion and TR6 will be just the thing to divert you. Now update that list with yours as part of the 1971 takeover plan.
SteveP

See, there you go. We can always count on the younger guys to come up with the info on us more important people. Thanks Steve. There you go Doug..info on us 71s is current

Tom, Awesome, just does'not seam to put the trip in perspective. The word bonding comes to mind. I think you are a lucky guy to be able to do such a thing with a son! I am close to my 2 sons but MAN!! that would be real cool to do!
So I guess we are now 15 71 TR6s??
Rick Crawford

I have been debating switching my interior and roof to tan, but now I think I should keep it the original black.

Why don't we have a 71 forum?

John
JL Bryan

By god, I'm changing mine to tan and I don't care who has a fit!!
don
DON KELLY

Oh Don...TAN with Royal BLUE??? Thought about it, but after seeing a couple of Z-4's and a miata so dressed changed my mind. Even thought "Biscuit" would go well with Royal Blue, but I'm really leaning to the light grey, with maybe charcoal carpets!! Of course, I'm so far from those days right now it might as well be anything!!
db
Doug Baker

Don, do it!! Tan IS the way to go! Mine is tan and it is a '74 (not '71 by the way). I think Rick C let the cat out of the bag, as there is a Canuck conspiracy underway. All TR6's will eventually end up in Canada (mine WAS a California car), the loonie will be worth 1.25 green backs, and the Stanley Cup will come back to Canada.
Cheers
Pete
Pete Russell

Ok - here's the updated list:

SteveP:CC56209L July 1970/1
Ken J: CC56757 Aug 1970/1
Kyran: CC57225L...OCT.1970/1
Don K: CC58660 Nov.1970/1
Charlie S: CC60260LO Dec.'70/1 (build started May'70:)
Joe S: CC60628LO Dec. 1970/1.
Dan M: CC61685LO, Jan '71(OD long gone) To be an 'OrD:)
RickC:CC62645L Sept.'71 Notice the date..(donor car)
Mike C:CC62976L, Mar.1971
Berry:CC63230L,Mar. 71 (254 TR6s after Mikes')
Tom S:CC63828L, April, '71
Jim: CC63860L,April, '71
Dan M:CC64944L, May '71 (1084 after Jim..WOW)
RickC: CC65060L May '71...(now with an O at the end:)..116 TR6s after Dans').
DougB: CC65881L, Jun 71
TOTAL=15

Steve - Diversion? Naw. This falls firmly under "Tom's Rule # 4: It's always easier to start a new project than finish an old one." I've got a bit 'o practice with that one! Besides, the TR6 is one helluva nice car.

Rick - Taking that trip with Mike was the best thing I ever did - we got a LOT closer. Plus he and I really enjoyed our trip together, it was breathtaking and fun. We'd never done anything like that before. We had such a good time this trip, we're talking about doing another road trip next year!

If you're inclined for that sort of thing, check out Moab, Utah - we spent 4 days there, but it could easily have been 2 weeks. Arches and Canyonlands is right there and there's lots of other stuff to do too: Hiking, biking, guided or rent-your-own 4 wheel drive tours, Colorado River raft tours, etc.

Tom
Tom Sotomayor

Tom, you left me out! CC60621L. Should put me between Charlie S and Joe S

John
JL Bryan

Sorry about that John. Gee, been here less than a week and already screwed up!

Tom


SteveP: CC56209L July 1970/1
Ken J: CC56757 Aug 1970/1
Kyran: CC57225L Oct 1970/1
Don K: CC58660 Nov 1970/1
Charlie S: CC60260LO Dec 1970/1 (build started May'70:)
John B: CC60621L
Joe S: CC60628LO Dec 1970/1.
Dan M: CC61685LO Jan 1971(OD long gone) To be an 'OrD:)
Rick C: CC62645L Sept 1971 Notice the date..(donor car)
Mike CCC62976L Mar 1971
Berry: CC63230L Mar 1971 (254 TR6s after Mikes')
Tom S: CC63828L April 1971
Jim: CC63860L April 1971
Dan M: CC64944L May 1971 (1084 after Jim..WOW)
Rick C: CC65060L May 1971...(now with an O at the end:)..116 TR6s after Dans').
Doug B: CC65881L June 1971
TOTAL=16
Tom Sotomayor

cc
benji

oops.
let's try that again

Benji's 1971 tr6: cc61654lo Jan. 71' (31 before Dan Master's!)
benji

Whoa, hold up just a minute there cowboys.

It's not the new guy's responsibility to put anyone else on "The List." If you want to be there, YOU are responsibile for putting yourself on "The List" in sequence. Tom didn't take you to raise, he already has his hands full with a barnfull of MGBs, a 100-6 and now the new toy along with anything he hasn't already confessesd to being smitten with.
SteveP

The Stanley what?
DON KELLY

LOL - You hit the nail on the head Steve, my interests are pretty ecclectic. In the past few years I've been into restoring old tube radios (console and tabletop), model airplanes (R/C and control line), car restoration, HSM (home shop machining), house remodeling, plus a couple of others. Cars have pretty much taken center stage for the last 25+ years, but the other stuff fills in some, or even takes over for a while - it just depends on my mood!
Tom Sotomayor

From sunny Puerto Rico,sorry Rick,Count me in, TR6 1971 CC58973L. I wish a could drive 3500 miles...the island is only 100 x 35 (miles) where distances between cities is in kilometers, gas is in liters and my pc monitor is 19 inches...we are not perfect...!!
From way back...my apologies to JL Bryan....
Angel L. Traverso

I just thought I would add my name to the roster of 71 TR 6 Owners as well.

Commission Number CC57632 OCT 70

3500 Miles in a TR6 I AM impressed. A much as l love driving mine 3500 is a bunch of miles. It does sound like a great trip though
Don Boito

All, did they spray 71's with more waxoil than any other year? Or did they sell more 71's than any other
year? Just trying to figure out what would account for such a heavily weighted occurance of 71's
Chris
Christopher Trace

Chris&all-It looks like 1974 was the highwater mark for sales of carb TR6s (13740)with 1971 being in 2nd place (12203). Maybe more 71s survived or 74 owners are hiding in the closet.
Berry Price
BTP Price

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