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Old October 30th, 2014, 03:25 PM
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Hey guys...off chance, but wondering if there are any TR6 guys, or Triumph car guys here?

I am looking at nabbing one for a fun driver... No resto project wanted. Thoughts on what to look for?

I want Tr6 vs TR4 for the power diff, but I like the look of the 4 better

Also any fat dudes over 6' like me have issues with being too tall? Just worried about the coiffure getting blown
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Old October 30th, 2014, 04:04 PM
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Get a non-IRS TR-4 - you'll thank me later. Any attempts to extract much power out of the TR-6 engine usually end in some kind of driveline failure. The leaf sprung live axle actually has more suspension travel than the IRS model - plus the live axle is more reliable.

There is a guy in Atlanta who transplanted a BMW 325i engine/gearbox into his TR-6 after he had suffered multiple failures of the engine and gearbox. The common fix for rear diff issues on TR-6 is a Nissan transplant.
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Old October 30th, 2014, 04:34 PM
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Have had several TR's and helped on more. My current and best one to date is a '74 one owner (before me) w/ 48K original miles that I've had for ~20 years.

Have you looked at a TR250 (relatively rare) or imported TR5 (very rare here)? Both have the 6cyl w/ TR4'ish looks and the TR5's are a great drive w/ the FI engine. The FI engine will present some maintenance and spares challenges but if you are here let's assume you are not afraid of that

The IRS axle does require more maintenance; the half shaft splines need a proper cleaning and lube every few years and UJoints wear, but it is very far from weak even with reasonable power upgrades. Obviously the solid axle is simpler, but not enough to send me to one over the other IMHO. The older cars also have their issues being older; single circuit brakes (depending on year).

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Old October 30th, 2014, 05:12 PM
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I sold my TR4-A to make room for my Defender 90. It was the 2nd TR4-A I had and was a super fun little car. Not much trouble out of it, only timing issues initially, then it ran like a top. I like the IRS, but I could see how that would differ between people. Just like Land Rovers, finding one with little to no rust is best. TR250 would be my ideal Triumph but hard to find, last few I saw were rusted completely out, still a black 250 with that grey stripe is so sexy. Never was a fan of the TR-6, although I'd rather have that than a Spitfire.
They are out there, I found my last one in a garage in Charlotte and paid a $1,000 for it and turned it into what you see below.
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Old October 30th, 2014, 05:48 PM
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yeah Matt Spitfires in "great" condition can be had for $4-5K...I will have to keep my eyes open for a TR250
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Old October 30th, 2014, 05:51 PM
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The tr6 is probably one of my most favourite sports cars of all time.. Restored many of them and driven them in rally's etc... Very cool car..
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yeah Matt Spitfires in "great" condition can be had for $4-5K...I will have to keep my eyes open for a TR250
Saw my first 250 here in Nashville, good looking cars. I've been looking at fixer TR6, but people want stupid money for projects.
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My first car was a Spitfire 1500.
My 2nd was a TR6.

Sold both when in college to pay bills. Loved looks of Spit and handling and power of TR6. I'd buy a GT6 for a bit of both worlds.
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So what about taller guys? I would love to have a TR6, but will a 6' tall guy fit?
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Yep.. Never a problem..and I'm 6'2"
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Hey guys...off chance, but wondering if there are any TR6 guys, or Triumph car guys here?

I am looking at nabbing one for a fun driver... No resto project wanted. Thoughts on what to look for?

I want Tr6 vs TR4 for the power diff, but I like the look of the 4 better

Also any fat dudes over 6' like me have issues with being too tall? Just worried about the coiffure getting blown
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Yep.. Never a problem..and I'm 6'2"
you're not 6-2" bitch...you are a small arse aussie wanker at best!!! If you are 6-2" call me sasquatch!!
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Jonesy,

Thats what we tend to specialize in. At least 50% of our restoration, service, and modification work is on TR6s. We do a lot of 5speed, throttle body TBI, Nissan r200 diff etc. conversions...these cars are really fun when prepared right. Lots of parts available..give us a call and I can tell you what to look out for...may know of a good local car if it hasn't sold already. theukmotorsports.com

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