Triumph GT6 Restoration
After owning a Triumph Spitfire for about
a year, the low gearing and lack of power relative to modern cars became
more of an issue. Also, I had enough time on my hands for another
project. Having gained some experience with the spit a Triumph GT6
was a logical choice. The car I ended up buying had been restored
10 years previously and now just needed a little work on the paint to get
it back top top condition. Or so I thought.
Rather than try to paint over the cracking cellulose all the paint was
removed using stripper. After the paint was removed the need for
some body repairs became obvious.
So on with some new door skins, rear wing repair sections and a second
Again I limited my painting to respraying the inside of the car, this
time a subtle shade of Triumph mimosa yellow was chosen. Admittedly
this colour did not become a factory option on the GT6 until a year after
this car was produced.
The engine in this car had received some attention from previous owners.
K+N air filters were fitted to larger SU carbs. The exhaust was a
twin box sports system. The engine itself had a fast road cam, oil
cooler and kenlow fan. The whole thing made a fantastic noise especially
The only drawbacks being the poor fuel consumption caused by a leaking
fuel line ( I attributed it to the engine for a couple of months).
Also torque at low revs was not as good as it could of been.
When pulling out of junctions a choice had to be made between the risking
stalling and giving it plenty of revs and fishtail into traffic.
Doesn't the cabin look cosy. The GT6 renowned lack of ventilation
together with that engine meant that on a cold winters day it also felt
cosy. In summer it was just hot
.The GT6 makes an ideal run around for a five year old.
Other work done to the car include:-
Fitted a recondition gearbox.
Repair to overdrive which would stick on.
Replaced voltage stabiliser.