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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 hand tailgate.
 


 
 
 
 
 

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 on overrun.
 
 
 
 


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.
 

 

 

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