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October 15, 2013

The "Before" pics.

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So, having just finished a multi-year project rebuilding my 1971 Triumph Daytona motorcycle, I was looking around for another challenge.  I wandered out to the garage and saw this:

It's a 1974 Triumph TR6 that I bought around 1976.  I drove it for five years or so until it developed clutch problems.  I was just starting to build a house at that time, and bought a pickup truck, but I really liked the TR, so in the garage it went.  It's been there ever since--close to 32 years.  

The car had a broken third gear synchronizer when I bought it, and after putting up with that for a few of years, I finally pulled the transmission and fixed it, replacing all the bearings and seals while I was at it.  Other than that, I believe the car has never been apart.  There is significant rust in the typical places, and the interior is a mess, but overall, I think the car is worth putting some work into.


It's got 65,000 miles on the odometer, but there's also  the toll of time to deal with.  My plan is to pull the engine and bring it to my shop to rebuild this winter, and start on the rest next Spring.

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