Joe Gearin
Joe Gearin Associate Publisher
2/26/08 5:05 p.m.

As those of you that frequent the forums page here at CMS know, we picked up this '74 TR6 from the nice folks at Brit Bits in Rye, New Hampshire at the beginning of February. Besides a bit of freezing rain followed by a torrential downpour, the 1300 mile trip home to Florida went well. Oh sure, we blew a heater hose in North Carolina, but it was an easy repair that only took an hour or so, including travel to the auto parts store. We even were able to catch the last two minutes of the Super Bowl at a Hooters in Savannah, Georgia.

What an ending!

We were constantly amazed at how comfortable and calm the TR6 was at highway speeds. The overdrive unit is a blessing: 3000 rpm = 80 mph (or so).

Since the car has been home, we've purchased a used tonneau cover for it and cleaned the car up a bit. We have removed the ugly bumper attachments from the front of the car, only to find the chrome rotting underneath. This car is a "driver" with plenty of cosmetic issues, including bad seats, several rusty areas, poor paint, a bad top, and, well, you get the picture. It runs and drives wonderfully though, and the frame is solid. Over time this car will receive a rolling restoration, but for now we're content to dive the wheels off of it. Stay tuned as improvements will be happening soon.

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Bryan Reader
2/28/08 12:24 p.m.

When I bought my '99 Miata about three years ago it had/has scratchs/bumps and bruises in weird places just like your TR6. How do people manage to do things like gouge paint inside the door jam? No rust yet but it's like my previous owners had your TR6 as well.

Joe Gearin
Joe Gearin Associate Publisher
2/29/08 9:28 a.m.

Your previous owner didn't live in Mass did he?

Fortunately, TR-6 body panels are available, and not too expensive.

AngryCorvair UltimaDork
2/29/08 11:47 a.m.

Nice work, Joe! Amazing how much cleaner the front end looks without the rubber bumper attachments. Now get out there and remove 'em from the rear too!

Joe Gearin
Joe Gearin Associate Publisher
2/29/08 1:01 p.m.

Yep, the rears are coming off soon. I'll also shine up those bumpers to see if I can get some of the corrosion off. I don't see them being re-chromed anytime soon, but a little touchup work, and elbow grease should go a long way. There is no shortage of "detail" work to be done to this car.

It looks like I'll take the drive up A1A along the ocean to Jacksonville tonight. Rufus the wonderdog hasn't been for a ride in the TR yet!

trboost New Reader
3/21/08 5:38 p.m.

The best part about removeing the bumperettes is you save over 30lbs of usless rubber & metal. I was a little more fortunate when I removed mine, just a little rust. I covered the holes with black plastic trim buttons. Better than an open hole & they won't promote rust.

I gotta hand it to you, driving all that way in an unproven car. You got my vote for the brass nuts award.

Best of luck with the car. Looking forward to your adventure.

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