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tr6turbo
Dale Knapke
Sidney, Ohio
(165 posts)

Registered:
08/24/2008 09:44PM

Main British Car:
1972 Triumph TR6 Ford 2300, 4 Cyl Turbo

Reinventing my TR6
Posted by: tr6turbo
Date: August 08, 2010 05:30PM

I thought I would post some pictures as I make progress on bringing the TR6 back to life. Before the wreck I was telling Ken Hubert that I was thinking about reinventing the car since it had been on the road for 16 years. Here are some post wreck photos.
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tr6turbo
Dale Knapke
Sidney, Ohio
(165 posts)

Registered:
08/24/2008 09:44PM

Main British Car:
1972 Triumph TR6 Ford 2300, 4 Cyl Turbo

Re: Reinventing my TR6
Posted by: tr6turbo
Date: August 08, 2010 05:37PM

The body is off of the frame. I took some photos of my rear suppension since it is a little different then most British V8 projects i have seen.
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rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2629 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Reinventing my TR6
Posted by: rficalora
Date: August 08, 2010 09:37PM

What are you going to do about the frame -- repair or replace?


tr6turbo
Dale Knapke
Sidney, Ohio
(165 posts)

Registered:
08/24/2008 09:44PM

Main British Car:
1972 Triumph TR6 Ford 2300, 4 Cyl Turbo

Re: Reinventing my TR6
Posted by: tr6turbo
Date: August 09, 2010 05:19PM

I took a lot of measurements yesterday and it seems that the frame from the firewall back is square and not twisted. It would take a lot of work to reconstruct the rear suppension structure so I plan on grafting a front frame portion onto my good rear portion. I feel sure I can do this without lossing any strength.


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2629 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Reinventing my TR6
Posted by: rficalora
Date: August 10, 2010 12:47AM

Pics of the rear are what caused me to ask. Inquiring minds want to know you know. Anything come of the TR6 in Louisiana?


tr6turbo
Dale Knapke
Sidney, Ohio
(165 posts)

Registered:
08/24/2008 09:44PM

Main British Car:
1972 Triumph TR6 Ford 2300, 4 Cyl Turbo

Re: Reinventing my TR6
Posted by: tr6turbo
Date: August 10, 2010 06:07PM

I just now e-mailed him. I have got a few other prospects undeer investigation.


DiDueColpi
Fred Key
West coast - Canada
(1259 posts)

Registered:
05/14/2010 03:06AM

Main British Car:
What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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Re: Reinventing my TR6
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: August 12, 2010 10:04PM

Hi Dale,
I'm kinda new here so I didn't know about your accident. What happened and is everyone ok?
I like your rear suspension. Simple and light. How is the ground clearance with the underslung setup?
Have you thought about reinforcing the frame? It must twist and flex like a wet noodle.
With the front end shortened up like that it looks a lot like an old Herald only bigger. If you wanted to be different.........
Cheers
Fred



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Jon Ellison

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Registered:
04/27/2010 08:09AM

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Re: Reinventing my TR6
Posted by: jellison
Date: August 13, 2010 02:44PM

Ouch - that is a big hit.

What is with the rear of that thing with that awful massive live rear end!!

Nothing wrong with the independant setup even with huge V8 power, just needs the right work.


Bill Young
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
(1337 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 09:23AM

Main British Car:
'73 MG Midget V6 , '59 MGA I6 2.8 GM, 4.0 Jeep

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Re: Reinventing my TR6
Posted by: Bill Young
Date: August 13, 2010 04:16PM

Fred, Dale ran over some spilled coolant at this year's track session at O'Reilly Raceway Park and took a quick turn into the wall. Some details and photos in the coverage at [forum.britishv8.org]
Jon, some keep the IRS. Dale used the 9" Ford, works great for his car especially as he runs it at the drag strip quite a bit. Has really surprised a bunch of V8 cars with his little turbo 4.
Dale, are you thinking tube front frame and new suspension, very light. You could tie in a Fast Cars setup easily and shave a bunch of weight off the front with the glass parts you mentioned.


tr6turbo
Dale Knapke
Sidney, Ohio
(165 posts)

Registered:
08/24/2008 09:44PM

Main British Car:
1972 Triumph TR6 Ford 2300, 4 Cyl Turbo

Re: Reinventing my TR6
Posted by: tr6turbo
Date: August 13, 2010 05:44PM

Bill, I would like to go with Fast Cars but I an put it back together for a lot less money with the stock stuff. Bill is right on about the rear end. I have had to upgrade it to Moser axles because I have twisted stock axles and as you can see in the picture I have also upgraded to the Aluminum Moser center section because I have pushed the bearing caps out the back of a stock axle.


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2629 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Reinventing my TR6
Posted by: rficalora
Date: August 13, 2010 06:29PM

Dale, give Bill Guzman a call. He is working on an IFS -- he posted pics either here or on the other V8 site. Not sure how far along it is, but the pics he posted showed laser cut components tacked & ready to weld to make the crossmember itself so I'm guessing its not too far from being available. Don't know anything about the geometry, but if it's like everything else he's done, I'm sure it's well sorted out. If you don't have his number you can get it from his web site www.classicconversionseng.com


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3762 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Reinventing my TR6
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: August 14, 2010 12:26PM

I'm betting it's good that the front end absorbed most of the energy, instead of you!

What about that left front wheel, is it still true? Probably not?

Anyway, we all know you can fix it, Dale. See you & the TR6/4Hairdryer in Townsend. ;D



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tr6turbo
Dale Knapke
Sidney, Ohio
(165 posts)

Registered:
08/24/2008 09:44PM

Main British Car:
1972 Triumph TR6 Ford 2300, 4 Cyl Turbo

Re: Reinventing my TR6
Posted by: tr6turbo
Date: August 14, 2010 06:10PM

Carl, It is amazing but the left front wheel is perfect. None of the suspension was hurt. As the frame collapsed the cross member that carries the A-arms moved back along with everything else. the tire got cut up.


socorob
Robbie
La
(173 posts)

Registered:
09/17/2009 04:42PM

Main British Car:
1963 Sunbeam Alpine Series 2 Ford 2.8 V6

Re: Reinventing my TR6
Posted by: socorob
Date: August 15, 2010 04:29PM

What kind of wheels are those?


tr6turbo
Dale Knapke
Sidney, Ohio
(165 posts)

Registered:
08/24/2008 09:44PM

Main British Car:
1972 Triumph TR6 Ford 2300, 4 Cyl Turbo

Re: Reinventing my TR6
Posted by: tr6turbo
Date: August 15, 2010 05:16PM

16 Inch enki wheels. They are about 20 years old and as far as I can determine to longer availble. I was very happy when I saw that my left front wheel was not hurt by the wreck.



socorob
Robbie
La
(173 posts)

Registered:
09/17/2009 04:42PM

Main British Car:
1963 Sunbeam Alpine Series 2 Ford 2.8 V6

Re: Reinventing my TR6
Posted by: socorob
Date: August 15, 2010 09:43PM

i love those. I have 13 inch ones from a Mustang 2 on my Sunbeam that are that look. Im going with larger brakes so now need 15 inchers and cant find those anywhere.


tr6turbo
Dale Knapke
Sidney, Ohio
(165 posts)

Registered:
08/24/2008 09:44PM

Main British Car:
1972 Triumph TR6 Ford 2300, 4 Cyl Turbo

Re: Reinventing my TR6
Posted by: tr6turbo
Date: August 21, 2010 09:49PM

Picture of my doner frame with front panel, my frame trimed to acept new doner frame and the firewall cleaned up.

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MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3762 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Reinventing my TR6
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: August 21, 2010 10:38PM

Dang, you've been goin' at it!


TR6-6SPD
Ken Hiebert
Toronto Ontario
(245 posts)

Registered:
04/23/2008 11:43AM

Main British Car:
1972 TR6 1994 5.7 L GM LT1

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Re: Reinventing my TR6
Posted by: TR6-6SPD
Date: August 22, 2010 09:27AM

Dale,
Yes, good progress! Gotta get right back on that horse and ride it.

That was strange. There we were, parked next to each other at O'Reilly Raceway Park, before our first driving session. I was asking about your paint color and the conversation extended to how you planned to "reinvent" your car......some day. Well yes, that day came sooner than anyone could have guessed.

Looks like you made a good purchase there with the front clip. Will your reinvented TR6 carry any major changes?


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2629 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Reinventing my TR6
Posted by: rficalora
Date: August 22, 2010 10:21AM

Yeah Dale, you need to slow down... at this pace you'll be done rebuilding before I'm done building the 1st round! Great progress, can't wait to see what you do with it. See you in Townsend.
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