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Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
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Widened TR6
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: October 06, 2020 12:02PM

There was somebody building a widened TR6 a few years ago and I wonder whatever happened to it. The car was cut down the middle and sheetmetal added to widen it (which caught my attention) and sat on a custom frame as I remember. It looked like it would have made a really nice car.


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Re: Widened TR6
Posted by: Doogie
Date: October 06, 2020 01:01PM

i believe the Long Island Triumph Association had a project a few years ago to widen a TR6....take a look on their site. i don't know if they ever finished it but the idea and approach looked good.


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Re: Widened TR6
Posted by: BWA
Date: October 06, 2020 03:49PM

Check this out:
[www.britishv8.org]
I remember a few years ago seeing the finished product on the web.
It looked a bit strange as the windshield had a seam in the middle.
Personally I think he went a little too far.
If he would have widened it by 6" it would have been more subtle.

Cheers
Byron


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
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Re: Widened TR6
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: October 06, 2020 05:46PM

That's the one. Whatever happened to it? I widened my MGB by 11" and I like the look so I would like to see it finished

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Don Watson
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Re: Widened TR6
Posted by: dwtr6v8
Date: October 23, 2020 11:30AM

This was from 2001, no update though
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Dennis Costello
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Re: Widened TR6
Posted by: IaTR6
Date: October 23, 2020 11:52AM

I believe, and may be mistaken, but wasn't that widening project the start of Tony Vigliotti's (sp?) RATCO frame?
I thought I read somewhere that the project still exists, and could be restarted. I guess it would take someone
with enough commitment, and maybe more than a little cash.
Dennis


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Re: Widened TR6
Posted by: BWA
Date: October 23, 2020 07:35PM

The big issue with widening one of these cars is the windshield glass.
Jim managed to pull it off for his MGB but i am not sure if it would be doable for the TR6.
I suppose you could get a windshield made but it would cost a fair amount of money.

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Byron



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Ivor Duarte
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Re: Widened TR6
Posted by: 88v8
Date: October 24, 2020 04:20AM

Good point about the windscreen. I suppose there must be a screen out there that could be cut down, but it could be a long job to find it. Then there's the custom soft-top to make.

For me, the TR6 being narrow is one if its attractions. That unique sense of sitting in a throbbing torpedo of machinery, which somehow does not echo in the MGB. Narrow cars no longer exist in our fat world, why undo one.......

Ivor



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Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
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Re: Widened TR6
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: October 25, 2020 10:53AM

The TR6 has a pretty substantial windshield frame compared to the MGB so it should be an easier job to modify it to fit a different glass (cut down) than what I did making a new frame entirely. I do hope whoever has the car decides to finish it, I think it would look terrific.

Ivor, I can see wanting to have a narrower car for your B roads in the UK. It would terrify me having to drive my MGB on some of your narrow country lanes.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
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Re: Widened TR6
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: October 25, 2020 10:59AM

Yeah, try that with a '70 Chevelle or Cutlass!

Jim


Jim Stabe
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Re: Widened TR6
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: October 25, 2020 11:32AM

Sounds like you tried driving one of those over there. How did that work out?


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Jim Blackwood
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Re: Widened TR6
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: October 25, 2020 03:22PM

Actually no, but I did drive a Multipla. Big soccermom thing, entirely too wide, had 3 across mesh seats and electric folding mirrors before that was a thing, a nod to the narrow byways and an inadequate one at that.

Had a tendency to get wedged into spots that were impossible to get out of.

Jim


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Dave Launey

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Re: Widened TR6
Posted by: tr6c4
Date: November 13, 2021 07:53AM

I widened my TR6 by cutting along the fender line on both sides of the car, pushing the fenders out and filling the gap by welding in sheet metal. In my case I needed more width in the back, so from the front it got progressively wider as I went to the back. The front width addition was 0, and at the back it totaled about 3" wider. I got another 2" by extending the fender flares (1" per side) for a total of 5" at the rear. See pictures.

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