Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
6/6/11 12:52 p.m.

When digging into a restoration project, many home mechanics are full of enthusiasm but a little light on plans. As a result, they quickly disassemble their cars into a million little pieces and scatter them around the garage. We have all seen what follows: a project light on progress but full of broken dreams. This route usually ends in a classified ad.

Before we could restore our 1969 Triumph GT6+, a former SCCA national champion campaigned by the factory-backed Group 44 Inc. team, we had to disassemble the car and catalog our parts. The goal was to get everything into its correct pile: either original parts that needed to be saved or old junk that could be discarded. This step would demand a lot of patience and detective work, but it would keep us on the path to success.

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