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Triumph TR6 - value of tr6
|I am looking at a 74 tr6 to buy, it needs restored motor runs 3 fenders look good 1 has some rust holes, probably could be patched. The frame looks in reasonable shape but I can see some patching has been done and the floor boards are rusty small holes. They are asking $1500 for this one. Is that a reasonable price?|
|You are buying a car needs body work and motor work. If you have to farm out the jobs, it will get expensive quickly. When you can see rust, there will be a lot more you can't see.|
I was told one should always get the best body you can afford, then improve the mechanical later.
good luck whatever you decide
|From your short description, it sounds like a fair deal. Do you know the seller?|
|Fly to Arizona or Socal to buy a rust free car. Well worth the price of a cheap airline ticket. You will be a lot happier if you do this. If its an indiana car, rust will be hidden everywhere. The tr-6 has a thin guage frame and you will be replacing that and much of the hidden sheet metal if you get a northern car that was driven on salted roads. I used to live in Indiana and know what can happen. I restored a Indiana car once and have another car from the southwest, no camparison between the two.|
|Jason, I bought a car much like you are describing, but with rust in all the fenders; this was 15 years ago, for $750 Cdn.|
I decided to get it on the road as cheaply as reasonably possible and then decide whether to restore it properly. I spent altogether about $3500 on used fibreglass fenders, welding repairs, new shocks and brake parts, new exhaust and home paint job. I drove it that way for a couple of years and had some fun, but realised a complete restoration was not financially viable as the cost would far exceed the value of the finished car, so I sold it for $2500 and went looking for a TR4 with wire wheels, which was what I had decided by then I really wanted.
In conclusion, I did not feel I made a mistake or wasted my money, I enjoyed the car, but I think it depends on what you are looking for. In my case I wasn't sure at the beginning, but I learned a lot about Triumphs and my own preferences from owning that car and talking to other owners when I joined the local club.
|Are you able to bring the car to a body shop and mechanic to get a rough estimate ? This way you would know what your getting into.|
This stuff can get expensive.
Good luck !
|My '74 that I bought in the spring which had been sitting for quite sometime has required a fair bit of money and the body and motor are in good shape...|
$240 - new top
$280 - to get it installed (4 hours @ $70/hour)
$290 - Brake shoes, brake cylinder, hoses,
$500 - New tires
$100 - $200 - out of province inspection....
Needs a paint job ($?), resurface some of the chrome bumpers ($?). This is without engine rebuilds or body work (this one doesn't require much of either - only 23,000 miles). The expenses start to add up especially when you have to farm things out...
|You have to be sure the frame is safe and does not need major rust repairs. |
Otherwise your into thousands of dollars unless you can do the work yourself.
Bragg Creek, Alberta
73 5-Speed conversion.
This thread was discussed between 12/08/2005 and 28/08/2005
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