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Triumph TR6 - Bumperette Removal
Been a long COLD summer up here in Newfoundland with not many runs til mid-August with September & October being quite nice. Being bored spitless and hanging about in the garage I decided to remove the black bumperettes from the '76. What a difference! The car looks great - nice and clean even with the small blemishes on the chrome after the boobs came off. I would recommend this operation to anybody with a '74 to '76 car. I've still not installed the new engine but that will happen soon now that the driving season is over. I decided to hold off with the engine because I want to detail the engine bay and just dropping in the new engine would be quick but spoil the opportunity to do the job right. Hope to post a couple of pics soon. Cheers to all.
1976 TR6 (White)
Welcome back to the BBS, long time since "the voice from the Rock". Did you helput with TARGA Newfoundland this year?
I would like to seepicts of it as I intend to do the samething on my 75 TR6 this winter.
|J. G. Catford|
Will post pics as soon as I upload from camera. New computer - again!
Did Targa again this year as a Steward. Great fun but a lot of work;16 hr days! Apparently Hot Rod Magazine did a recent spread on Targa this year but I didn't see it yet. Check your mail.
|I intend to do the same thing but for different reasons. Until I rebuild my workbench my car doesn't fit on one side of the garage (by a few inches where the bench is) and my wife most certainly wants her car in the other side which is deeper. As you say, it'll give me a chance to see the car's cleaner look, plus do a thorough clean-up of all the bits.|
Is there a product or method you would suggest to really do a refresh job on those rubber overriders? I think the DPO put lots of Armorall or something on mine... they look pretty sad.
Some of you may have read my post entitled "double mastectomy", which elicited a response from K. in Canada. He was quite correct in his gentle rebuke of my inappropriate choice of words for the title of the thread. My original title and all subsequent comments thereon have been removed because as K. suggested I contacted the webmaster and requested that the title be changed to "Bumperette Removal" and he advised that this had been done. I apologize to anyone who may have been offended by my ill-thought choice of title for that original post. No disrespect was intended.
|Hi Bob etal.|
I would be curious to know if anyone has done the bumperette removal and retained their collector plate status, particularly here in B.C. Post some pics Bob, as your car is almost identical to mine in color and year.
|Removed the rear ones yesterday. Reveals rusty brackets and other crud for clean-up and repaint. That's good in that when they go back on I'll know their condition. Took 20 pounds off the car's weight too! Looks like the rear bumber must come off to remove the other pair of brackets that hold these North American marvels. Fun stuff to putter with... more fun than my wiring. New rear suspension parts come this week.|
PS. I'm not sure what collector plates are Rob. We have "Historic Vehicle" license plates in Ontario but that can't be what you mean.
|Collector plates in B.C. are issued to cars of 25 years or older that are in original condition... factory colours, interiors, power-trains, wheels, etc. There is a moderatly stringent process that one must go through to have the car designated as "collectors". Significantly modified cars can qualify after 50 years while very limited production cars can qualify in as little as 15 years. These cars are subject to various use restrictions including the non-use to and from work. The big plus is that it costs under $200/ year to insure it.... as low as $120! |
So I wonder if ICBC (Insurance Corperation of BC) will pass/fail me if I were to remove the bumperettes... I suppose I will contact them directly on the issue.
|Rob, the fellow you want to talk to is Nigel, he is with ICBC and the office is somewhere in North Van. I think i found the number quite easily after talking to a local ICBC agent. I had modified a late model Spitfire that i once owned from the original single Stromberg carb to a set of twin SU's. Normally a modification like that would make it impossible to get collector plates ( a co-worker was turned down for doing the same mod to an austin he had) After chatting with Nigel we came to the conclusion that Spitfires of that year were produced with twin carbs for the European and Australian market so why not here? I sent him the pics and he approved the collector plates. He is the guy you want to talk to for sure.|
|Wow, sounds awefully picky guys. Me thinks our "Historic Vehicle" designation is 'age of vehicle' related and there are restrictions as to use (clubs & parades) but then again, we are talking license plates here, not insurance. |
BTW, when I flew out to BC to pick up my TR6 I already had insurance for it - State Farm. Your ICBC AutoPlan brokers did not care. I had to buy enough ICBC insurance to get me back to Ontario. Grumble, grumble...
thanks for the info on Nigel... he is in the process of restoring a Midget and is sympathetic to all things British. I asked him about some aspects of my car last spring and he seemed receptive and reasonable including the Konig Rewinds. I will have to contact him... was hoping someone may have been through this hoop before.
Here are a few shots of a boot liner kit made of .062" aluminum... I finished it in black powdercoat and engraved the TR6 insignia into it.... and mailed it to a fellow in England today. As you can see it is for a PI application. Thought you might be interested.
|Ken, they can be very, very picky about collector plates for cars in B.C. Thankfully gents like Nigel are involved and do listen to reason.|
Rob, looks good! Great idea too, the stock ones were not the best from what i understand.
Hows your car? You must be done now are you? Great driving day here today....
A friend in NB told me about these fenders for sale on Kijiji. You may be interested since they are in Halifax, NS. At $20 each it sounds good to me.
Many thanks,my wings are fine.
When you removed the Bumperettes, did you have to put in any spacers in the mounts to keep the bumpers aligned?,,any photos of the mounts? I would lioke to remove them too jsut for the esthetics, the care has such beautiful lines especially without the rubbers
It was not me who was removing the "Bumpettes" it was Bob Evans in NF. I do know that on ebay someone sells Stainless Steel bolts that sort of fill in the holes on the bumpers
I only had to fill the holes with 2 carriage bolts on top of each bumper. They are not real nice stainless and a tad too long but I will replace them in the Spring. My bumper is misaligned - there was a small "hit" underneath adjacent to the right overrider so the bumper corner is up about 1/4" above the left one. It is only noticeable if you look closely at the clearance below both headlights. I tried releasing all the crazy bumper brackets and supports on the '76 but could gain no extra clearance so I guess I'll have to get it straightened. Haven't figured that out yet as there is a steel reinforcing plate tack welded inside the bumper between the bumperettes. Will likely have to grind off the welds, pry the plate away and press the bumper, then retack. That should nicely mess up the chrome so I'll probably have to get it replated or replace it. Anyway, it looks way better than it sounds here and I'll try to get pics posted. I think the hassle is worth it as the lines are much better with the bumperettes off. I'll have to temporarily reattach them as the car is due for reappraisal for antique insurance this year and the first appraisal (May 2004)notes the presence of the correct bumperettes in good condition. It also appears that if I replace all the old nuts and bolts with good stainless that the bumperettes can be easily reattached or removed without taking the bumper off the car.
This thread was discussed between 13/10/2008 and 29/10/2008
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