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Triumph TR6 - Radiator Air Deflector
|My new fibreboard air deflector looks awful due to small tears, bends/creases in the wrong places and water damage so I will make or buy an aluminum replacement. |
Does anyone have a recommendation in terms of source if I buy one readymade? I see TRF has one in polished and unpolished aluminum (aluminium) if you prefer. I'm hoping these units have clean looking folds and rivet work as well as smooth or safety edges and an easy in/out design so I can clean down there.
Anyone with advice on this mod?
The aluminum one looks great and are a good option.
I decided to buy a 4 by 4 foot 1/16 inch thick sheet of ABS black plastic at a supplier in Brampton and using the original fiberboard traced and cut out a deflector. It looks pretty good and is very durable. It doesn't oxidize like the aluminum would.
The plastic will cost around $25-30 I think nowadays. and a 4x4 sheet is enough to do the truck liners as well which I did in the same plastic.
I still have the original fiberboard in relatively good shape for tracing purposes if interested.
Good luck with your choice.
|Thanks for the suggestion Mike re ABS. My fibreboard is still in good enough shape to use as a pattern thanks. We're off for a few days with 2 of the grandkids (camping) but will consider that option when we return. If the aluminum or stainless option from TRF comes up with a good rating by others I might get lazy and go for it. We'll see.|
Seems there's no end to this TR6 renovation stuff but it sure is fun. I'm thinking that if I trick up the engine bay slightly with some good looking aftermarket stuff the stainless or aluminum air deflector may look right at home.
|Ken, the rad deflector that TRF sells is probably Richard Goods. I bought his polished SS unit from him a few years ago. Looks realy good, installs with screws so is easily removed for whatever. |
I will add that I have a 4 by 4 sheet of the ABS plastic still that I will sell to you if you do decide to proceed with that option. And I meant trunk liners not truck.
You can view my job as well before committing if you want to come by Georgetown some day or evening or if I am in your neck of the woods (although I am not sure where you are)
|Thanks Rob... will take a look at his site. TRF did not reply to my emailed Q's. They may not pick up mail from their website... odd. Maybe I screwed up.|
Mike, I'm north of Orillia and south of Washago off HWY 11 so not too far. I'll keep your offer in mind although I'm warming up to the SS unit. I should check with Rob G out in BC... I think his is French Blue. I may be able to see how that color works with SS accents. Just back from a 4 day trip with the grandkids... too tired to think at the moment.
|Ken- I don't think TRF knows how to do e-mail.|
They only understand Phone.
My suggestion is buy from the source and not the reseller.
|Good point DK. Other than this example where Rob Loftus knew the part how does one know the source for TR6 stuff? In general, can I assume that most everything comes from Moss via distributors and the performance stuff comes from Richard Good? |
I admit to following others and I have some personal experience to go on but I don't always shop around thoroughly. The LBC outfit in Vancouver (Octagon Motor Group) has been good to me although it's likely I'm paying a premium to be able to get help and good information - key to me as a newbie. Have also used BPNW with good results and once or twice ordered from Little British Car Company.
We Canucks must mind our p's and q's when it comes to buying from American sources... even when our dollar is doing well we can get dinged pretty good not to mention shipping and yada. Having said that... if I get great service and some help with my doofuss questions along the way I'm good with buying from America based sellers.
I should add that I can get whacked pretty good at home too. There's a chap down the road who sells right out of the Moss Catalog and quotes Moss USD list prices plus 35% as a nice round estimate of my price. How do you like that?
|Ken, TRF's rad shroud is Richard Goods. The roller rocker arms, cams, suspension stuff and maybe a few other things are his as well. I would suggest that Don is right, if you can, buy straight from GoodParts. Richard is a real easy guy to deal with and will try very hard to make you happy with his product. I don't know how many variations of the shroud TRF carry's, but Richard has 3 options now. NFI.|
You might want to check out this guy.
|Is there not a guy with the TTC that makes plastic parts for a TR6 like wheel well protectors??? If I recall he did articles in The Ragtop and his Majenta TR6.|
Have a look there:
|J. G. Catford|
|Syl- YES, That guy is a swell guy and for you guys in USA North should consider him. He is designing a new double hump bar for the 6 that can be added quicker than most.|
He also make some cool badges for the rear that say trip. strom or TBI or Trip SU's.
. G. Catford, Quebec, Canada
Have a look there:
Wow, just goes to show that this "series of tubes*" is amazing. Here you are sitting at a computer in Canada and you find Lamar in Decatur, Georgia.
You have mentioned a person by the name of Richard Goods, is there contact info for him? I'm looking for an aluminum rad deflector, without much luck...Thanks AF
|A.- There is a guy in Canada, albeit Quebec, I think that's still part of Canada isn't it?|
|BTW, I placed my order with Richard... he was back ordered on these at the time. Should be arriving soon though.|
|Okay... Richard Good's SS Rad Shroud arrived here today... a fresh batch was made up after the product went on backorder. All was well packed in bubble wrap, a protective film on the show side which Richard suggests should be removed as the installation rolls out (not before) to avoid scratches, all the required bolts, nuts, washers, clips, etc. are there, vinyl trim for some of the edges and complete instructions. |
RG suggests the option of painting the underside black if you prefer not to see shiny metal when peering in from the grille. The metal was laser cut so the pieces look precisely made.
I'll report again after the install and upload a picture if I remember.
|It's installed... pictures to follow. Easy installation, the kit is complete with SS screws, bolts, washers, and pieces of foam and vinyl for edges where metal on metal may cause a rattle. Richard Good's Rad Kit is a beautifully made product with clear instructions. Only down side is that the "mirror" finish is so good you get to see what you don't like about your engine bay twice! Another incentive to keep on making the car better. |
|One more pic...
|Give the man a razor and he can shave there now!!|
Where are my dark glasses???
Looks good Ken.
Here I am with my grungy old fiber board :(
This thread was discussed between 20/06/2009 and 05/08/2009
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