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Old 11-22-2012, 12:05 AM   #71 (permalink)
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A few years ago, I almost bought a TR6 needing a complete resto for $600. It had been sitting inside a barn since the 70s.

I alternate between kicking myself for passing it up and thanking myself for passing it up.
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Old 11-22-2012, 04:56 AM   #72 (permalink)
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I'm lucky enough to be the second owner of a 74 TR 6. I sure have learned a lot about Triumphs! It's like any old car, you have to really want to own one. We have a great time going for long drives. Just enjoy the ride waiting to see what falls off next. My wife made me buy a cellphone after I got this car. And yes I have the towing companies programmed in.


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Old 11-22-2012, 07:09 AM   #73 (permalink)
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You're right, Tremor you really have to want one and I think Leftarm was right to pass too. Tough car to own today.

My wife owns a Fiat 500 Sport and it is a great ride. I can just imagine the trouble I would get into with this:


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Old 11-22-2012, 08:16 AM   #74 (permalink)
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Unless I receive a traumatic head injury and decide I really do need a truck, this will be my next car. I had an 85 GTI and absolutely loved it, so I guess you could say I'll be trying to recapture my miss-spent youth.



I can open the sunroof to literally blow what little hair I have back.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:48 AM   #75 (permalink)
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Back to the TR6. if you own one in the states, you probably know a good racing buddy of mine. J.K. Jackson in Florida.
We met back in the 80's. Raced hillclimbs together for years. Has helped me with all kinds of cars over the past 25 years. You have to have a trailer full of spare everything to race a TR LOL.

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Old 11-22-2012, 11:37 AM   #76 (permalink)
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:04 PM   #77 (permalink)
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Nice choice there Dave.

I've had a daydream that I'd love to build a higher end replica and power it with a big inch stroker Windsor in aluminum with a pair of turbos. It'll never happen, but it's fun to think about.

I still like the looks of the original better than the modern version, but I can hardly call the new car an eyesore. And it is a better car by most any measure.
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I like the older models as a rule...referring to the Stratos and GT....the newer ones look too 'Hot Wheels' for my own tastes.
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I keep saying I'm going to build a Superformance or Factory 5 car one day.......
I was instructing at Nashville Speedway with SVTOA (SVT Owners Association) years ago and Ford brought down a Ford GT for the event. Engineer had never driven Nashville and asked if I would take him around to show him the line.
"Sure, I could do that." Ford Management guy nixed that, so I rode with him to show him the lines. Still a fun ride.
2 in town here, but can't get Dick or Steve to take them to a track.
Even a replica with a new Boss 5 liter would be a pretty fun ride.
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You know, I don't think I would do a replica (GT or Cobra) with something like a new Boss motor. It's a great motor to be sure, but I just miss the snarly exahust note and lumpy idle of an old-school big cam'ed carbed motor.

Just picture going down to the local drag strip and seeing some old beater with about 700 hp shaking and vibrating away at idle, the ground itself shaking along with it. Sure it's not really as 'good' as a modern motor, but it's hard to deny the visceral experience of it.

120 - looking at your pic of the little Abarth I can't help but start making 'vroom vroom' noises in my head and picture dicing up slower moving traffic!
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