The owner has been working on this TR250 for a while, and it shows. It’s a clean, great looking car. He brought it here for some attention to details. We re-installed the windshield wiper transmission correctly so the wipers will park where they are supposed to, sent the distributor to get rebuilt by Jeff Schlemmer, fixed a wiring relay, futzed with the top buttons… just little things to put right that increase enjoyment.
This TR6 is a good window into old Triumph ownership since there is not one glaring issue, but a bunch of smaller problems that need attention. That’s the way it goes with cars that are over 50 years old. Here, we had loose differential bolts (clunk, clunk), horns that didn’t work, a steering column that is loose (the felt spacers wear out), a gauge that wasn’t working, and a brake light switch that needed attention. I may have forgotten something.
5-speeds are a popular upgrade for the TR6. We have two in the shop at the moment that will be receiving 5-speeds. If you’re wondering whether you should go 5-speed or stick with 4 (or 4 with overdrive), call and speak to Chip or Dean.
This TR4 came in for a few mechanical tasks. It looks like it’s been a pretty faithful ride, my opinion solely based on it being here and on the road over 50 years later. The floors are drafty, so that will need to be remedied at some point. I prefer the TR4 front fenders with no lights over the 4A style, but also believe I don’t see as many of those as 4As.
Looking for quality TR6 parts? Try www.goodparts.com. The TR6 below is modelling the polished radiator shroud. We’ve had good luck with his parts and wanted to pass on the word if you’re in the market for something reliable.
Waiting is difficult. So, watching while the last little bits go on to the TR6 tests my patience. Waiting for the weather to turn from snowing to raining to sunshine was trying, as well. It felt like a month of Christmas Eve. I’m glad that we will soon be test driving the TR6.
The finisher on the bottom of this TR6 grill had corroded over the last 40 years. We removed the old one and replaced it. Details make a difference. We also checked the valves while it was here. If you get a good one (we can help), TR6’s are easy to live with.
It’s a good idea, if you don’t want water in the trunk after it gets wet. We put some in the TR3 we’ve been checking over. Take a look…
A view of the drain hole location from the top side. Also, a view of my shoes.
Trunk drain hose. This is looking up into the fenderwell from underneath. Trunk side is on the left, outer fender is on the right. Check your TR3 to see if you have the hoses. True TR3 fans know that the car is not supposed to rust out in the trunk area, it’s supposed to channel the water to the outer fender so it can rust there. If concours rust is your goal, you need to make sure this is right.
New tie rods.
New silentblocs were put on as well.
New rubber bump-stops. They tend to fall apart and disappear, as they had done here.
In the process of re-mounting the wheels. Dean’s blurry hand is scraping away some rust. The wheel bearings on the car were a bit too tight, so Dean set them back like they’re supposed to be.
Still going… The car runs at this time. We just can’t drive it anywhere because the weather stinks. Snow, a high of 17 or 18 degrees, it’s chilly. We’re moving towards getting the final pieces, like the windshield, on the car.
We have seen this TR6 before. This time it’s here for a new front crankshaft seal.