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PostSubject: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Fri Oct 03, 2014 7:45 am

Well its finished now but as I stumbled on your forum while searching for information about an Austin Ascot I though I'd better share my GT6 restoration with you as well.

I bought the car as a complete wreck off ebay, these cars command a bit of a premium but looking back I still think I might have paid over the odds, so £1600 worse off I picked it up and got it recovered from Doncaster to Manchester and then found a barn in Nantwich where I could start my project.

Part way through the project I managed to find a space in a professional motor body shop that the owner was renting out so it made sense to save the 90 mile round trip to work on the car.

So a few pictures of the car when I bought it and as it is finished and on the road I will update with a few pictures each evening.

The roof was completely shot, it didn't say that in the advert.


It came as a rusty shell full of bits.


Originally Saffron Yellow it had had a poor respray to some kind of red, most of the interior had red paint on it as well.






So I put it on my A frame and carted it off to Nantwich.
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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Sat Oct 04, 2014 5:53 am

Once at the workshop I stripped off the bad bits from the nearside and started to repair or replace but it was mostly replace as the whole thing was beyond repair.

£35 a week for this all in, what a bargain.


Stripping the nearside.






















Looks good doesn't it?
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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Sun Oct 05, 2014 5:58 am

Once I'd stripped all the rotten panels off the nearside I repaired the floor edges ready to fit the new panels, test fitted them and then welded them in place.

























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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Sun Oct 05, 2014 6:06 am

It took many hours to strip the paint off the bonnet and then it needed new inner and outer wings fitted as well as headlight housings, altogether there were 14 coats of paint on the car, I should have had it bead blasted but at first thought I would just strip it by hand as it was a retirement project and not a short term project.







After I had got this far I moved premises to nearer home.
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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:25 am

Then I started on the offside, luckily I found a whole rear quarter panel as there were no rear inner wings for the offside available in the country at the time.















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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:36 am

Then I started on the bonnet which is in 7 pieces, the centre section, the lower wing and 2 portions of inner wing on either side, everything was renewed except the centre section.



































Although it doesn't look much now once finished that bonnet was a work of art.
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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:41 am

Then I reskinned both doors and prepped them for priming.










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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:47 am

Then it was onto the holes that were everywhere, both door apertures, numerous holes in the floors, edges of the valances and rear light fittings, all needed patches of one description or another.













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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:54 am

Then I took the body off the chassis and put it on a home made rotisserie to work on the underside, I know I should have done that firstly but didn't have the rotisserie when I first started.







I cleaned up the whole of the underside, welded where needed and got it ready for paint.
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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:59 am

When the body was off the chassis I was leaning on the prop shaft and found it turned freely but neither of the road wheels were turning, suspecting the worst I removed the differential and found the crown wheel didn't have any teeth at all so that was replaced with the body off which made the job easier.



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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:09 am

Then it was time for the good bit, with the body on the rotisserie and fully prepped it was time to put some paint on, firstly it was etch primed, then primed, then stoneguarded and then painted, one error I made was not mixing some paint with the stoneguard.





























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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:16 am

The inside was done the same as the underside.









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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:28 am

Then the exterior was primed and guide coated.























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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:37 am

A few more primer pictures.





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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:52 am

Eventually the big day arrived and it was time for the paint to be applied, I chose Saffron because the car was originally Saffron and the more I saw it the more I preferred it, the lads in the workshop didn't like it when they saw it in the tin but on the car they soon changed their minds.

It was always difficult getting the pictures to turn out correctly because no matter which camera I used the pigments in the paint never took a true picture but I'm sure you'll agree it looks pretty good for a first attempt.

































Once that lot was painted it was all taken out of the oven, left for a week and then flatted with 2000 wet & dry ready for polishing.
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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:58 am

This is the bonnet flatted down with 2000's



And the following polished up with G3 compound.

The wing first.


Then the rest of it.



















I love that damned bonnet, it took me weeks to get it like that.
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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Thu Oct 09, 2014 7:39 pm

That is nice, got a deadline or just as it goes.
Like the colour as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Thu Oct 09, 2014 7:45 pm

Just notice your wire wheels are 4 stud mounted, do you know what the PCD is and the depth of the hub.
Might be a scource of centres to get wire for the rear wheels on the DLM if the size is right.
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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:24 pm

And some pictures of the finished car, I still have parts of the interior to finish off but it has had a new roof lining & new seats.
































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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:27 pm

Hatch DLM wrote:
Just notice your wire wheels are 4 stud mounted, do you know what the PCD is and the depth of the hub.
Might be a scource of centres to get wire for the rear wheels on the DLM if the size is right.
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I'll measure up later and post.
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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Sun Oct 12, 2014 3:46 am

The PDC is 3 3/4" the rim to the hub is 4", the diameter of the centre hole is 2 3/16" and the diameter of the stud holes is 7/16".
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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Wed Oct 15, 2014 5:30 am

Triumph hubs are different to mg hubs the splines are shorter as are the wire wheels
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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Wed Oct 15, 2014 5:35 am

I have a hub puller for triumph rear axle too
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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Wed Oct 15, 2014 8:00 pm

Thanks Benny for the measurments.
I'll be down in the garage later I'll check my wheels.
Might get some wire wheels for the back yet.

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PostSubject: Re: Triumph GT6 restoration.   Thu Nov 06, 2014 10:18 pm

Great work, car looks amazing!

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