Triumph GT6 Restoration 2003.

Total Restoration Hours: 335 hrs.

[12/29/03]
Mike dropped by to lend a hand. I'm debating if I should replace that whole rear valance panel and save myself the headaches of removing the dents, fixing the driver side pushed in area and building a new lip to replace the damaged areas produced by the PO.

Information/Work Done.
As you can see, a template was made and a new piece cut out for the driver inner rear wing. I'm going to review and talk with other people to see how I should weld this new piece in.

New Purchases.
None.

Dec 29 Bad Metal.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
5 hr.

[12/27/03]
I used my grinder and the Picklex 20 on the rear wing.

Information/Work Done.
I took the time today to get some work done in the garage, I cleaned the place up and figured out where to put my new sander I got for xmas. I then started grinding on the driver rear wing. This went well, made a lot of noise and mess, but got a lot of rust off. I then used my Picklex 20 on the metal, you can see the effects.

New Purchases.
Heater, Sander and so on.

Dec 27 Rear Wing Work.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
5 hr.

[10/10/03]
Went to work on the Driver Side Bonnet.

Information/Work Done.
I used, some chemical striper, her name was Stella (hehe) then a grinder, some fire and last a sand blaster. Used 2.5 bags to do the left wing.

New Purchases.
None

Oct 10 Driver Bonnet Work.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
6 hr.

[07/28/03]
Removed the driver side radius arm mount and several pieces of metal.

Information/Work Done.
I also added some reinforcements to the driver side brace as I'm getting ready to remove the metal. I'm very worried about "producing"
pieces at this point. The wheel well and some parts up front have to be made.

New Purchases.
Metal brake.

July 28 My toe is very sore.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
6 hr.

[07/21/03]
Sill, dog legs and caps.

Information/Work Done.
Got some nice work in before the rain came. I had a friend come by on Sunday. He told me, remove it all. Start clean. So that's what I'm doing.

New Purchases.
Need a metal brake.

July 21 Strip Tease.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
3 hr.

 

[07/17/03]
Rain, sills and floors.

Information/Work Done.
Today I did the following, adjusted the bonnet after installing new bolting hardware. installed brace in pass side for support. Then I finished cutting out the driver side rear wing, started on the pass side rear wing and removed most of the front bonnet wing. The driver rear had a fair bit of damage down low, not sure about the pass side, the panel looked ok at the top, will know more in the morning. The bonnet on the other had was funny. Thick layers of bondo. New piece should go on smoothly. I think.

New Purchases.
Sheet metal and cutting wheels.

July 17 Work & Rain.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
4 hr.

[07/14/03]
Over the next few weeks I hope to deal with a lot of issues.

Information/Work Done.
Today I did the following, adjusted the bonnet after installing new bolting hardware. installed brace in pass side for support. Then I finished cutting out the driver side rear wing, started on the pass side rear wing and removed most of the front bonnet wing. The driver rear had a fair bit of damage down low, not sure about the pass side, the panel looked ok at the top, will know more in the morning. The bonnet on the other had was funny. Thick layers of bondo. New piece should go on smoothly. I think.

New Purchases.
None

July 14 First Day of effort.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
7 hr.

[07/12/03]
Rain is such a pain!

Information/Work Done.
I started out tapping all the welds up top. I used my die grinder and shears to cut the rest. I however was stopped by a down pour of rain. All that bare metal.

New Purchases.
Spot weld bit, nuts and bolts. Need sheet metal.

July 12 Spot Weld Tapping & Rear Wing Removal.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
2 hr.

[06/30/03]
Oh the silliness of it all. Just patch over that rusty piece of metal. DPO!

Information/Work Done.
The bonnet is on and aligned. All the doors are in place and Il having fun cutting. I did remove most of the inner sill 4 layers or metal makes it had to put the floor in. I still have to sort out where to cut next specially at the front of the floor pan.

New Purchases.
None

June 30 Floors + Sills.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
4 hr.

[06/21/03]
Oh the shear excitement.

Information/Work Done.
Today was fun, I picked up more tubing to make sure I have enough to do both doors. Then I bought an air shear. Seems to work well, but does not like multiple layers of metal. So the grinder and cutting wheels come in handy. One tool will not do all of the work. I need to buy more cutting wheels. I think when I get them on sunday I will also buy an air powered flange and punch. Also did create the brace, I used 2 4 foot long 1 inch pieces of steel and then 2 1 foot long 3/4 pieces to make the V. Should do the trick feels solid. I was noticing the door gaps. I'm not sure if the driver side it off or its the sill, I'll mount the bonnet and find out.

New Purchases.
Air shear and steel tubing.

June 21 Air Shear At Work.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
5 hr.

[06/20/03]
Feeling Stressed? Try cutting a floor out. It'll cure ya.

Information/Work Done.
Today I started cutting. I used my Maktia grinder and 3 cut off wheels, need to buy more. I wore all my welding gear to be protected from the sparks. I also installed the brace for the door gap. Should do the trick. Will continue in the morning after I stock up on cutting wheels. I found the cut off wheels worked well with the single layer metal, but suffered when it came to dealing with 3 layers. I will try some different solutions.

New Purchases.
Metal Screws and steel tubing.

June 20 Cutting Driver Side Floor Out.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
2 hr.

[06/14/03]
It looks like a car again.

Information.
With the help of 4 other bodies I was able to get the body back on the frame. It will have to be lifted again to finish the underside and seal it.

Work Done.
Lift and install.

New Purchases.
Nothing

June 14 Body On Frame.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
2 hr.

[06/05/03]
I guess this marks the start of the body work part of this massive project.

Information.
This afternoon I removed the battery box. I used my cordless drill and a bit I got from a buddy. I made a few holes in the body, but I can patch them easy. As you can see from the pictures the box was rather holy. A new one is $56.

Work Done.
I removed the battery box and the side mounts. I used the drill bit, tapped into the metal, but to too far and then used a hammer and chisel. Kind of fun and relaxing.

New Purchases.
I will order a new box in the morning.

June 05 Battery Box.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
1 hr.

[06/02/03]
Its been a while, I've been working. But its rained pretty solid for about 2 weeks. I did do some work in that time, but nothing not worthy.

Information.
Today, I took the day off. Had some fun. Got glass everywhere.

Work Done.
Did blasting everywhere on the car, so much more to do. Next time I'll pay someone to do this. It bites. On the floors, found too much damage to make it worth while to patch. So I had to dip into the paint fund. This might take longer then I thought. Oh joy. I really could use some help. :)

New Purchases.
6 50LBS bags of recycled glass blasting media. New floor pans.

June 02 Blasting.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
6 hrs.

[05/18/03]
Fun and more fun

Information.
So much to do, no time. Between the house, yard and life no time to play.

Work Done.
I finally got back to car, this blasting stage will take a fair deal of time, but I'm certain I will make it. The results speak for themselves, I'll get more done in time.

New Purchases.
4 50LBS bags of recycled glass blasting media. Will need more.

May 18 Glass Blasting.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
4 hrs.

[04/27/03]
Tough 2 weeks.

Information.
Well let the record show I've learned a lesson. BE GENTLE.

Work Done.
If you look at the past few days in the gallery you'll get an idea. I cracked the boss trying to installed the T splitter the oil pressure sensor and rocker feed. Oh I welded the diff crack too. Need to re tap the threads.

New Purchases.
Welding Apron, Welding Anti Splatter.

April 27 The Crack
.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
2 hrs.

[04/12/03]
Team work rocks.

Information.
Springs on, motor mounted. This is progress.

Work Done.
We did so much today. As you can see in the past few days the frame has been completed. Only a little remains to be done. I will put the exhaust in place and finish the engine parts next.

New Purchases.
Fuel line, fuel filters, ss clamp, hose clamps, and so on.

April 12 It Rolls
.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
9 hrs.

[04/09-10/03]
Well that's more like it. If I can do that in a day, I can't wait for the summer.

Information.
My frame now looks like a rolling cart. But its moving. It was nice to be able to walk about the garage, did a lot of cleaning.

Work Done.
Last night I greased and oiled everything. Got very messy. Then today I finished off the rear end. The brakes are on, but I could not get the drum covers on and I need the pins for the hand brake arm. Still worried about the driver-side rear flange I think one of the older studs maybe bent. We'll see what this leads too. I blasted and grinded a bunch of pieces and managed to deal with the bolts on the driver side front spring plate. YEAH! All in all a good day. I'm beat.

New Purchases.
None, will need a few more nuts.

April 10 Took The Day Off
.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
14 hrs.

[04/07/03]
Back after the bad weather.

Information.
Monday evening I went back into the garage. Did a little clean up and worked on the rear end.

Work Done.
First thing I did was to use some JB Weld on the driver rear wheel studs. 2 are slipping. If this fails I will tack weld then in place. Next I adjusted the studs into the rear diff. Joe Curry saw them and was worried the new ones I am using run too deep into the case and might make contact with the gears. I adjusted the nut and now they are inline with the ones I removed. I also worked on the casing. I had to apply more JB Weld to a crack I made. Minor problem, but I thing I fixed it.

New Purchases.
More nuts and bolts and a work lamp.

April 07 Studs In Action
.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
2 hrs.

[03/30/03]
Busy Sunday.

Information.
Steph from OVTC came over and helped me all day.

Work Done.
I worked on the back end and Steph took care of the front end. I sorted all my bolts and figured out what else I need. We made great progress, but did not meet our goal of a rolling chassis due to some problems. Next weekend baby! I have to return to Valley Hardware for more bolts and nuts. Lots of fun.

New Purchases.
Safety Gear, Grease gun for oiling, wheel bearing grease and nuts, bolts and washers.

Mar 30 Busy Sunday
.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
10 hrs.

[03/27/03]
More efforts.

Information.
Tonight I did some more work, also gathered up all the nuts and bolts I need to replace. Trying to make the trip out to the west end worth my time.

Work Done.
Still working away. Springs are being a bitch.

New Purchases.
New reproduction owners manual and a roller seat. Ordered a new rear trunion kit.

Mar 27 More Progress
.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
2 hrs.

 

[03/18/03]
Frame build up.

Information.
I'm under the gun. A fellow club member needs the motor lift. Only problem (a) its holding my engine up and (b) the frame is in the way. I'm going as fast as I can. Thinking April will be a nice time to fire up the motor. I went to Valley Hardware. Purchases new nuts and bolts for the shock towers, motor mounts, transmission mount and a few other parts

Work Done.
Installed the rear transmission plate, then the front shock towers lots of fun. I need too find the torque specs, somewhere in my manual. More work on Wednesday.

New Purchases.
Nuts and bolts $12.00

Mar 18 New Nuts & Bolts
.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
2 hrs.

[03/10/03] - [03/16/03]
March Break.

Information.
The weather has not been much better, but I'm working. The weekend brought +8 weather its about time.

Work Done.
Mac 10. I went to my local paint shop and get the Wedgewood Blue scanned. I did some test spray, but lacked sunlight.

Mar 11. With the body in the sun, I added 2 more coats. Very very pleased. I think we have a winner. I'm also doing some chassis work, trying to get the rear end all built up. Fighting with the parts as per normal.

Mar 16. Finally an amazing day. Did plenty. Worked on installing various parts and trying to set up some of the more important parts. I may have to order some replacement parts, waiting to see. Shocks and towers coming along. Maybe this car will roll out on its own in April.

New Purchases.
Can of spray paint $21.00

Mar 10 Paint. 1 hr.

Mar 11 Snow. 3 hr

Mar 16 Warm March. 6 hr

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
10 hrs.

[01/20/03] - [02/10/03]
Wheel Polish - Diff Install.

Information.
Jan and Feb. have been very cold this yr. Feb. 16 last yr I was in the garage working away and it was +2, this yr is was -20 before the wind chill. I did not get much done at all. So I figure March-May will be chassis and body work. Then in June I will put the body back on the car and start on the panels. While I was stuck inside I did start on my wheels. Did not bother count hours. Sorry for being brief, not much happened.

Work Done.
Jan 24 Wheel Polishing. Started polishing I will write up a tech page for this project.

Feb. 02 Garage Clean Up. It was super cold, so I check my gear for any damage.

Feb. 10 Diff Installed. My father gave me a hand installing the diff.

New Purchases.
Jan 20 Spitbits order; seals, nuts & bolts, oil rocker feed and much more.

Jan 24 wheel buffing hardware, Auto Sol and buffing wheels.

[01/03-06/03]
U-Joints and Diff.

Work Done.
Jan 03 I got the U-Joints all installed, drained the diff, grinded and almost cleaned, but ran out of clean will finish and paint in the morning.

Jan 04 Worked on the diff.

Jan 05 My father gave me a hand lifting down the chassis.

Jan 06 Started on the rebuild, silicon greased the bushings.

New Purchases.
Black Hi Tech Paint for Diff and Brake Cleaner, upgraded the Bench Vise and Silicon Grease.

Jan 03 U-Joints & Diff. 4 hrs.

Jan 04 Differential Difference. 2 hrs.

Jan 05 Back In Black. 2 hrs.

Jan 06 Suspension Build Up. 3 hrs.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
11 hrs.

[01/03/03]
U-Joints and Diff.

Work Done.
I got the U-Joints all installed, drained the diff, grinded and almost cleaned, but ran out of clean will finish and paint in the morning.

New Purchases.
Black Hi Tech Paint for Diff and Brake Cleaner, upgraded the Bench Vise.

Jan 03 U-Joints & Diff.

Restoration Figures.
Hours:
4 hrs.