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Triumph TR6 - Considering my first TR6
I've had MG's for years, with a few Triumph's along the way, but never a TR6.
There are a few for sale around here and I wondered what I should look for in a TR6, like body problems, particular mechanical issues, etc. Things that are peculiar to a TR6.
Prices... I know condition plays a big role, but what sort of prices are fair?
Any advice would be appreciated!
Body and frame problems are not likely an issue for you as you are in a fairly dry environment. However, if the vehicle is not a local vehicle, you may wish to check a couple of areas prone to rust.
Rockers, rear fenders above the signals and rear deck areas are all subject to severe rust. These areas are fairly obvious.
The frame section , at the trailing arms are very prone to rust. These can be fixed but expensive to do correctly. In some cases I have seen these areas fixed poorly with metal welded over the damaged area.
Good luck, John
John is right on about rust areas, from what I understand, but a couple of other issues which come to mind are cracked diff mounts (passenger side front is the main problem) which is a simple enough fix, but requires removal of the diff and welding. Still on the chassis, I would have a look at the front suspension mountings - the later TR6 had reinforcements for the lower wishbone mounts, but earlier ones didn't. My car is a later year but still has a pretty poor repair to that area.
If you have had Triumphs before then the chances are you already know to check for crankshaft end float - the thrust washers wear and can fall out, so make sure that the crank pulley can't be levered more than a finger nail thickness or so (that's the level I was told is maximum allowable - not very sceintific, though!).
Another fairly common issue is failure of the pin holding the clutch fork to the shaft. This is a cheap part but requires quite a lot of work to replace it (gearbox removal).
I have been working on a friend's MGB lately and it is amazing how much more modern the TR6 seems. Those kingpins are a huge hassle - at least they are when the car hasn't turned a wheel in 20 years...
I hope that something here is helpful. Good luck with your search!
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This thread was discussed between 19/05/2008 and 20/05/2008
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