Cass City, Michigan
Main British Car:
1976 TR6 Ford 302
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
(rear) Stock TurboCoupe
Wheels: 17 x 9 Mustang Cobra 'R'
Body Mods: Shaved door handles, side marker lights & Wrap-around Bumper
'65 Mustang Tail Lights
"Shaker" Hood Scoop
Front & Rear Nerf Bumpers
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
Holly Electric Fuel Pump
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.
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)
Cut out the rusty rockers.
Replaced with sheet metal to recess the side-pipes.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
The Engine (Detailing by Bridget)
Is that a car or a go-cart?????
Sheet metal work to cover up what was removed for engine clearance.
Dropping the Body back on to the completed chassis.
Fabricated Transmission Tunnel
Body work....Yuck....I'm a lucky man, my wife likes it.
Ready for paint!!!!!!!
Laying out stripes. One word: Tedious
Lookin Good. Viper Pearl Blue. Pearl White Stripe.
Headin' home from the paint booth.
Wheels & SidePipes. She's looking fine with her jewlery on.
Tail Lights on. Man, she's got a fine lookin' rear end.
I'm real happy with the look.
Still deciding on a bumper.
Windshield & Head Lights.
Aluminum grille material on order.
Went with 427 Cobra Bumperettes turned 90 degrees
Also on the Front.
Gauges & Dash Layout.
Roll Bar Mock-up.
Dash and RollBar mounted.
Dash painted by "Bridget"
Shifter with real 8 Ball
Edited 37 time(s). Last edit at 08/22/2016 03:24PM by dchilds.