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Don Childs
Cass City, Michigan
(9 posts)

09/03/2009 11:17PM

Main British Car:
1976 TR6 Ford 302

Don's TRiStang
Posted by: dchilds
Date: August 08, 2013 08:42PM

Owner: Don & Bridget Childs

City: Cass City, Michigan

Car Model: Triumph TR6

Engine: 1993 Mustang 5.0
GT-40P Heads w/ Roller Rockers
Edelbrock RPM Performer Intake Manifold
Holly 650ccm Double Pumper w/ mechanical secondaries
Trick Flow Specialties Stage 1 Cam

Cooling: Custom Aluminum 'Mark 7" Radiator
Spal Electric Fan

Exhaust: Patriot Tight Tuck Headers
Patriot Side Pipes

Transmission: 1993 Mustang T-5
B&M Short Throw Shifter

Rear Axle: Narrowed TurboCoupe: 4-Lug; 3:55 Posi; Disc Brakes

Front Susp.: Altered front stock suspension for more Camber
Modified QA1 Mustang II Adjustable Coil-Over Shocks

Rear Susp.: Owner built Adjustable 5-Link
Adjustable Coil-Over Shocks

(master) 'Right Stuff Detailing" Master Cylinder/ Brake Booster
Speedway Motors Adjustable Rear Proportioning Valve

(front) Stock TR6
Slotted Rotors

(rear) Stock TurboCoupe
Slotted Rotors

Wheels: 17 x 9 Mustang Cobra 'R'

(Front) Kuhmo 225/45-17
(Rear) Nitto 555 Drag Radials 275/40-17

Body Mods: Shaved door handles, side marker lights & Wrap-around Bumper
'65 Mustang Tail Lights
Recessed Side-Pipes
"Shaker" Hood Scoop
Front & Rear Nerf Bumpers
Custom Grille
Fuel Cell

Interior: Aftermarket Seats (Black w/ Red Stiching)
4 Point Racing Harness
Aftermarket Stearing Wheel (Black w/ Red Stiching)
Dual Hoop Roll Bar
Custom Aluminum Dash
NUV Performance Series White Face Gauges

Electrical: Trunk Mounted Optima Battery
Carter Electric Fuel Pump

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I have always dreamed of building a replica Cobra since a kid. Been following the Cobra replica industry for years. Even visited the Factory Five factory & seriously considered it until I restored a TR6 & discovered 'British V8"
I've been into cars all my life. Helped my uncle build a Manx dune buggy in the 60's when I was about 12. He was also into drag & dirt track racing, so I was always around it. My 1st cars in order: '62 V8 Impala, '67 429 Thunderbird, '69 MG Midget (myself & a buddy of mine circled the U.S. with this car in 1977) '68 289 Mustang, '70 Plum Crazy Cuda I owned for 25 years & never should of sold. Many more too numerous to mention. (or recall)
Was into off-road racing in the late '80's & built a few Jeeps & sand rails, also quads. Was a machinist/ machine builder for 25 years, so I have an advantage in fabrication skills. Nobody should take a project like this lightly.
Here's a picture of the '72 TR6 I restored about 8 years ago & have since sold.

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Looking at the parts car I had left over from the TR6 build got me to thinkin'..........hmmmm............what if??????

Goal: Fast, Save, Low Budget, Good Handling & Braking, Emulate the Cobra/ Mustang Look.
Motto: KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid)

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Cut out the rusty rockers.

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Replaced with sheet metal to recess the side-pipes.

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Engine fits! Minor cutting. Set as low & far back as practical.
Bottom of Oil pan even with bottom of Frame. Need access hole in footwell to access Drivers side rear spark plug.
Steering is gunna' be tight!

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The old & the new, or is it the new & the old. I'm confused.

Always loved "Shaker" Hoods. Scary cutting a hole in a perfectly good hood. (Oop's, Bonnet)
Check out the old "So-Cal" Scoop. E-Bay find.

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Never cared for the wrap around bumper & Tail-Lights on the TR6, so.......
Filled in the recesses & installed '65 Mustang Tail-Lights. Luv it or hate it. It's mine.

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Mustang 4 lug 17x9" wheels really set it off.
Plugged & re-drilled front hubs for correct bolt battern. (Thanks Ken Hiebert)

On to the chassis. Was very happy with the condition of the Chassis upon disassembly.
Virtually no rust or damage. I feel guilty having to modify it. (OK, I’m over it)

Frame Strengthening: Added tubing to triangulate frame & for the transmission mount.
Note how the loads from the lower suspensions links will be spread throughout the frame.

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Notched frame for exhaust pipe clearance.
Don’t want em’ draggin’ the ground.

Modified upper A-Arm mounts for more Camber.
Installed altered QA1 Mustang II adjustable Coil-Over Shocks. (Thanks Les Shockey)

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Ditched the independent rear end.
Owner designed & built adjustable 3-Link suspension with adjustable Coil-Over Shocks. (Modeled after FFR spec Cobra)
Reinforced frame with ¼”x 2x2 tubing.
Narrowed 8.8” out of a 1988 Ford TuboCoupe. (Posi, 3:55 gears, Disc Brakes)

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Engine Mounts.

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The Engine (Detailing by Bridget)

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Is that a car or a go-cart?????

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Sheet metal work to cover up what was removed for engine clearance.

Dropping the Body back on to the completed chassis.

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Fabricated Transmission Tunnel

Body work....Yuck....I'm a lucky man, my wife likes it.

Ready for paint!!!!!!!

Laying out stripes. One word: Tedious

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Lookin Good. Viper Pearl Blue. Pearl White Stripe.

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Headin' home from the paint booth.

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Wheels & SidePipes. She's looking fine with her jewlery on.

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Tail Lights on. Man, she's got a fine lookin' rear end.
I'm real happy with the look.
Still deciding on a bumper.

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Windshield & Head Lights.
Aluminum grille material on order.
Went with 427 Cobra Bumperettes turned 90 degrees
Also on the Front.
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Gauges & Dash Layout.

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Roll Bar Mock-up.
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Dash and RollBar mounted.
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Dash painted by "Bridget"
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Door panel.jpg
Interior.....Getting Close
Shifter with real 8 Ball
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L r profile aug 16.jpg
Seats aug 16.jpg
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Edited 38 time(s). Last edit at 08/02/2017 09:35AM by dchilds.
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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4578 posts)

10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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