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Triumph TR6 - Help Please!!!! #2

Everyone that replied to my first message Here is my answer:

Actually I am Ted's daughter and I need these questions answered. My Uncle has a Triumph TR6 and I begged him to let me drive it and he said I could if I answered these questions correctly. So, Please anyone who knows about these cars, Help Me!!

Please Answer the following questions:

1. What was the original use of the 1984 cc engine used in the Triumph 250 and the Triumph TR6?
2. Where is "reverse" located in the shift pattern of TR6?
3. What does BRG stand for in describing a TR6?
4. Who is the primary supplier of TR6 OEM electrical components?
5. What is the difference in a "baby bumper" TR6 and earlier TR6s?
6. What are the traditional tires associated with a TR6?
7. Where is the ignition switch located on a TR6?
8. Info on the manual choke knob between the human operator and twin weber side-draft carbeurators found on the 1976 Triumph 1976.
9. When ( things on # 8) are used, when you disengage, does it operate front, back or both carbeurators?

Please anyone who will help me, I would greatly appreciate it!! Thank You!!
Hillarie Shields

Hi Hillarie

I will help you if it means that you get to drive your uncle's TR6

1. The engine was initially used in the Triumph 2000 Saloon in 1963 and then latter loaned for use in the GT6. The engine was re-stroked to become 2498cc and dropped into the TR250 and TR6

2 Reverse is, right and back

3. British Racing Green

4. Lucas

5. Rubber bumperettes, this allowed the TR6 to pass the 5 mph bumper regulations

6. Tires were 185 R 15 redwalls either Michelin X or Goodyear G600. In Europe they were 165 R15 Dunlops (not redwalls)

7. Ignition was on the switch plinth on early cars and then moved to below the steering column

8. Tell you uncle that 'Original' TR6 only came with Stromberg CD 175 carbs in North America and any info on the use of the Webers in in the instructions that came with the modification

I would have answered you slightly different. First off, you do not get "brownie points" for pretending to be someone you are not (especially on the internet!!!). I think you owe us all an appology for that. Secondly, you have learned nothing in this exercise. I an sure your uncles' intention was for you to learn something about his little sports car so that you might appreciate it a little more when you drive it. What you have accomplished here so far could be compared to cheating on an exam.
Now putting that aside, I dare you to find the answer to 4 questions and show your uncle that yes you did put effort into this and DO deserve to drive the car.
Question #1 was sort of a "trick " question to you. If you compare Stevens answer to the question you will see that the question can be answered differently.
OK #1. Why was the TR250 named the TR250? If you look at the history of this car you will see that the car was always designated TR? with a number being the question mark. In earlier models (years manufactured)they also had a letter. eg. TR4A.
#2. Was there ever a TR5?
#3. What does TR stand for?
#4. What was the last TR? made? (what is the number)?
Will you do this for us Hillarie?
Ask your uncle for a book (hopefully he has one) that you can very easily get these answers.
One final point...the very last word in your #9 question is spelled incorrectly. What is the correct spelling (this is a trick question)!
I hope you reply.
Rick Crawford
proud owner 1971 TR6 who spent 3 years LEARNING how to restore my 6 from a pile of boxes full of parts.
Rick Crawford

First off, Rick, you could take some lessons in manners from Steven. This was just a friendly bet between two family members. I used my Dad's name because I didn't think anyone would reply to a teenage girl. Go look back to where you put " uncles' intention." That shows plural possession and it should be singular possession. Now do you really think a cheater in High School would know that? By the way, I am a straight A Honor Student. I won't waste my time answering your questions.

Steven, thanks for your help but I have two more questions. Here they are:

1. Where is the bonnet on a TR6?
2. Name the six gauges in the dash of a TR6.

PS- Rick........carburetor
This was not an exam just something fun. It is not your business to be rude to anyone like that.

Hillarie Shields

I guess for all those who think driving a sports car is dangerous should try out a sports car bulletin board.

Rick, on the issue of cheating, I have to take Hillarie's side. My own experience has been that this BBS has been the most educational resource for me to use in my own restoration. You guys have helped me every bit as much as TRF, Haynes, and Bentley manuals. In that context, it a legitimate reference source for her research. I think it was an inventive solution for her questions (though the first posting could have been more candid.) My kids would have done the same thing.

Hillarie, if you check other postings in this BBS, you'll find Rick taking the time to respond all over the place helping others work out problems. I would have read his response as intending to challenge, not insult.

So having said that...
The 'bonnet' is known to Americans as the hood. Just for fun, the TR6 'hood' is the convertible top. (go for bonus points)
The 6 guages are speedometer, tachometer, oil pressure, water temp, fuel, and ammeter.

Praying that all my spelling was ok. Keep up the good schoolwork.
Mark H


Please let us know how the drive in the 6 was.
Rick Orthen

One correction for Mark on the guages, in later TR6's the ammeter became a voltmeter

Hey Everybody!

Rick Orthen, Steven from Toronto, and Mark Hauser thank you so much for the answers to my questions. I am going to visit my uncle in Baton Rouge on February 13. I WILL get to drive the TR6. I will let you know how it goes! Talk to ya in a couple of weeks!

Hillarie Shields

OK. I have one more question. It's the last one, I promise. Look back to the very top of the page on the first time I asked you guys these questions. Could you please answer number 9 for me? Thanks!

Hillarie Shields

Yes my response was intended to challenge NOT TO INSULT. Hillarie we owners of our TR sports cars take our cars very seriously. We also take this BBS VERY seriously and as Mark infered, we have one purpose here and that is to help each other. If you look at your first posting, there was a few chaps wondering what the questions where all about. You see, the questions to us are like asking someone what colour (Canadian spelling) is the sky? EVERYONE on this BBS "knows about these cars".We where, shall I say, suspicious.... what is this all about?
YES!! Hillarie, you would have gotten a different response if you had been up front with us(me)from the get go. ( read that last sentence).I still stand by my statement re pretending to be someone else. I am sure you appreciate that this is a serious issue on the internet. Hillarie, I grew up in a time when learning something meant going to the library to get the info and actually learning. Now all one needs to do is go to the internet and have the answers given to them. Is this progress???...sorry, that is a whole other issue. You could say well what about this asks a question and one gets an answer. The big difference is that if you look at the answers, there are usually several different responses, opinions,ideas,etc. This is our learning experience and as Mark said "educational resource". With this in mind Hillarie, my intention was to try to stimulate an actual learning process. Being an A student you know that being given the answer is not the way to learn something. Using the word cheating was, I admit, a little strong and for that I appologize to you and to this BBS.Hillarie, I do not need a lesson in manners but thank you for the lesson in grammer. Probably I need a lesson in spelling also.
Now that (hopefully) we understand each other, I still invite you to answer my questions...just for fun. No Hillarie, this is not an exam but an attempt to get you to learn something about your uncles' (was that right:)and our cars. You see, everyone who participates in this BBS sees that all (well most of them) have to do with your first question.
Obviously I was taken wrong on the carb spelling question. My intention was definitely not to be rude and say that you do not know how to spell but to get you to see what was the "trick question". (If I had meant to be rude I would have simply left it at "you spelled it incorrectly"). Yes you spelled it correctly (in your P.S.)but then again no you did not. You see, the English people spell it differently. That is the "trick".
Rick C
P.S. Here is a joke for you to ask your uncle
Who invented the first intermittent wiper? Answer: LUCAS
He will get the joke.
Rick Crawford

Both carburettors (the other spelling) equally when you "push the choke in" (disengage). Keep in mind what Steven said..webers are not original to the TR6, they are an "after market" change. You would have difficulty finding the answer to this question anywhere. The original equipment carbs (twin ZS) operate the same way. FYI ZS stands for Zenith Stromberb
Rick C
Rick Crawford


I live in a rural area with a very small library that does not have the type of info I was looking for. I looked to find the answers I needed but didn't find them. I dont really care about what you said about being honest on the Internet. No, "uncles' and our cars" was not right. 'Uncles' ' shows plural possession but uncle is singular. Thanks for the answers to my questions.

Hillarie Shields


I understand Rick's answers and suspiscions as you seems to be younger than 16, referring to your e-mail address, and logically not having a drivers licence. This whole trivia smells the hoax...
Cheers. J.G.Catford
Jean G. Catford

Please answer this for me:

1. On the manual choke knob between the human operator and the twin Weber side-draft carburetors found on the original 1976 TR6- 1) when do you use it? 2)when you disengage 3)does it operate front, back, or both carburetors?

If you know this, please answere it and dont worry about suspicious things and be nosy as everyone else has. Please answer.

Like I said earlier, original TR6 never came with Webers but I assume that the operation of the choke would be similar to truely original TR6 fitted with ZS carbs.

You pull out the choke to start a cold car and gradually push it in as the operating temperatures increase towards normal. One tries to push the choke back in as quickly as possible while maintaining good drivablity and idle quality. Driving too long with the choke out will suck a lot of gas and build up lots of carbon in the engine.

I am not sure on the set up that he has with his webers and why would he put on double side drafts ( the norm is triples) but I am sure that the choke works on both carbs


I'm sure you will enjoy your drive in your uncle's TR6, however you may be horrified by the "Cajun" language in Baton Rouge! French may come in handy as well. In any case, have a safe & enjoyable trip.

You may be confused by English terminology vs American english terminology for automobiles. Here are some examples: American english/ English(as in UK)

Hood = bonnet
Top = Hood
Trunk = Boot
tachometer = rev counter
Here is one I really like; light(flashlight) = torch

These are just a few. Try following an English manual while rebuilding the motor. Sometimes, you're not sure what it is telling you to do! (until you understand English terms).
Your uncle will also know who the Prince of Darkness is.
I may have missed it above, but the choke knob is connected to the carburetor via a cable assembly, in case you need to know that little detail.


Pete Haburt

Pete Haburt

Is the Prince of Ddarkness Lucas?

Is the Prince of Darkness Lucas?


The one and only. In all reality though, if connections are kept clean and greased to resist corrosion, it is a pretty dependable system. Most problems are loose connections,poor grounds and dirty, corroded connections. The few problems I have had over the last 16 years can be traced to one of the above.
Pete Haburt

This thread was discussed between 02/02/2002 and 09/02/2002

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