Started on June 9 by Vince

1970 Triumph GT6+ (Brutus)

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Picked up a pretty solid GT6+ in Ohio (Sunday 6, June 2010) Destined to be my Vintage Racer. July 9th. about a year later I’m almost ready to go racing…

Latest updates
Aug. 23
Fuel System Upgraded...

Brutus performed pretty well for the first event ever and as I drove the car …

July 05
Rear Suspension Modification

I came up with what I think is a great idea to deal with the …

June 19
Paddocked at CHGP MOSPORT

Brutus and I had a successfull first ever race weekend at the Canadian Historic Grand …

June 18
Great 1st Event! - CHGP @ Mosport

Many thanks to all the racers, family and partner that rallied to support me for …

May 18
Prepping for engine assembly..

Tonight the engine got a scrubbing with degreaser then a hot power wash. Old CAM …

May 15
Safety Upgrades..

Last weekend I managed to install new ceramic pads in the front along with the …

May 10
Engine Progress

I cleaned up the pistons last night and gathered up all tha other pieces to …

May 06
Engine tear down...

The engine cleaned up nice and it took about 3 hours to tear it down …

May 06
Building the engine..

I took Friday off to get a jump on building a fresh engine for Brutus. …

April 29
Race School Complete...

For race school I had the pleasure of being coached by John who has been …

Feb. 18
Race Car Trio...

Thanks to Peter and Mikes awesome cars we had a great display of Triumph Racers …

Feb. 18
Gala Night

Gala night at the car show was almost to good to put into words. We …

Feb. 12
MTCC Entry Inspection

Down the truck elevator to level 7 and a short drive through the MTCC where …

Feb. 12
Delivering Brutus to the MTCS

After a few hours of polishing I carefully tarped Brutus on the neighbors trailer and …

Jan. 24
Cleaning up for the Show..

Having been invited to be one of 3 feature Triumph race cars in the Canadian …

Oct. 07
Pumpkin Festival Cinderella Car Show

Brutus’s first official car show was the Port Elgin Pumpkin Festivals “Cinderella’s Carriage Antique and …

Sept. 02
1st Trip to Mosport

All loaded up for a quick get-a-way after work to Mosport for the first time …

Sept. 02
CELL Enclosure

I designed and drafted up a pattern for a nice heavy gauge aluminum fuel cell …

Sept. 01
New Wheel Studs

I installed Camero/Corvette 12mm wheel studs for strenght/safety. New Roto Couplings, bearings and seals went …

Aug. 28
Awesome 1st Event

First Event for Brutus was a great success. 7 runs improving my time each run …

Aug. 28
Final Details...

I haven’t posted my build progress in a while but I’ve been hard at it… …

Aug. 11
Driveable... Let the fun begin

Brakes, Clutch, New Rims & a few other details… Blew out all the brake and …

Aug. 09
New Master Cylinders In

The new Clutch and Brake Master Cylinders went in last night. I re-piped the clutch …

Aug. 03
Home Stretch....

The past couple of weeks has seen good progress and Brutus is getting real close …

July 21
2AM Smoke...

I couldn’t put it down until I had the wire loom for my new main …

July 19
Wiring Progress..

The garage was a good place to be in the heat of the day so …

July 11
Progress....

In the past week the detailing has come together with the race strip and numbers …

June 28
Main Stripe Finished

Fortunately they still sell the Transtar product so I was able to get the Catalyst …

June 26
Prepping for Race Stripe

A few hours of wet sanding and masking Saturday has the main body and drivers …

June 12
Brutus Lives!!

We fired it up for the first time tonight… Powered the coil and hit the …

June 07
Final Paint

The weather cooperated this weekend and although I was feeling under the weather with a …

June 07
Final prep for paint

I decided that prior to painting I’d better wrap up all the interior work. So …

June 07
Picked up my new trailer June 1

I designed my own small car hauler and had a local chap fabricate it over …

May 28
Primed and ready...

Friday morning (May 27), I solvent washed the car, touched up a few minor things …

May 28
Body work complete

Dad came over to play in the garage for the May 24 weekend. He stripped …

May 28
Suspension Diversion....

I thought I’d take a diversion from all the welding grinding, and sanding and stripped …

May 10
Installed Rear Quarter Patch

I managed to get a couple hours in on Brutus tonight and installed the new …

May 01
Installed the Rocker and Rear Quarter Dogleg

Once the inner beam was installed the rocker and rear quarter dogleg panels went on …

May 01
Inner Rocker Beam

I fabbed up a full length inner strengthening beam and stitched it in where there …

April 03
Cage is in, back to some body work...

Progress… Cage is finally done so Cliff and I picked up Brutus today. My buddy …

March 26
New Dash Board and Door Skins

The light gauge Aluminum I picked up worked great for the door skins and I …

March 25
Fabricating a new dash panel

Cut out some 3/8” plywood tonight and started laying out the aluminum skin I’ll laminate …

March 25
Passenger Door Detail

Home sick and bored crazy so I brought up the passenger door and enjoyed sitting …

March 24
Carb Refurbishing

I decided to tackle the carbs today. It took a few hours of tedium to …

March 19
Transmission Ready to go...

After cleaning up the surface rust and corrosion I flushed the gear box a couple …

March 19
Transmission Refurbishing

I spend a few hours cleaning the transmission which was showing it’s age, leaking like …

March 16
Engine Stripped Clean

It came up real good….

March 16
Engine Block Clean Up

It took about 3 hours tonight after work to strip the engine block of old …

March 15
Aluminum for Door and Dash Skins

I dropped into a local metal supplier and found some decent, used, light weight aluminum …

March 15
Small Parts Refurb

I was up 5:30 AM Monday finished painting the small parts I had anti rust …

March 13
My Parts room

Great to have an empty recroom at my disposal for all the refurbished and new …

March 13
More Engine Parts Refurb...

I had a great day yesterday in the garage. On top of getting the timing …

March 13
Intake Flow Work

One I had the intake manifold cleaned up I decided to do a little port …

March 13
Intake Manifold Clean Up

The intake manifold was extremely messed up with a lot of orange over spray, oxidation …

March 13
Oil Pan & Timing Cover Looking Good

Both pieces came up nice and clean and I finished them off with a solvent …

March 13
Oil Pan & Timing Cover Clean Up

I stripped the oil pan and timing cover to bare metal, they were both a …

March 13
Oil Pan Windage

My buddy and I sorted out the oil pan. He was good enough to strip …

March 09
Tire Crazy...

I found out they are phasing out the ultra streets I was planning to buy. …

Feb. 27
Running, Brake & Turn Restored...

It took about 6 hours of stripping, repairing and painting… The lights are almost better …

Feb. 27
Runnig, Brake & Turn Lamps

Here are the lamps prior to restore. The bulb holders were shot, some pieces broken …

Feb. 21
Rear bumpers finished

Bumpers came up real nice and should look good in gloss black, just like the …

Feb. 20
Small Parts Refurbishing

A little warm spell/thaw and seeing the roll cage almost complete I”m motivated to get …

Feb. 18
Roll Cage Progress

Finally back to the build and Kent is doing a great job fabbing the cage. …

Nov. 22
Precious Moments...

I picked up dad Saturday and thanks to some late season nice weather took us …

Nov. 17
Rear Hatch Stripped

Spent a few hours stripping about 5 layers of old paint of this thing, sanded …

Nov. 10
Front Bonnet Detailed

A couple evenings of wet sanding polishing and some gold pin striping I picked up …

Nov. 10
We Interupt this project...

Well, the racer build was put on hold for a couple weeks while a packed …

Oct. 12
Thanks Giving Paint...

I spent Thanks Giving day tarping up a paint booth in my shop, finish sanded, …

Oct. 09
Bonnet ready for paint

A couple of evenings in the garage this week got the bonnet to an acceptable …

Oct. 01
Bonnet almost ready for finishing

Finished the rough block sanding on the outer bonnet the last few nights, removing a …

Sept. 28
Finishing Underside of Bonnet

Finally back in the man cave and working on the racer. The bonnet is real …

Sept. 08
New Rimms

Picked up two nice sets of Rimms from a chap in Ottawa this week. Panasports …

July 16
Interior Painted Ready for Cage

Weekend plans were going down in flames Friday when I learned the place I hoped …

July 16
Starting into the roll cage last night...

I’m going overspec 1 3/4” .095 DOM tubing (I could use 1.5” but for the …

July 14
Cleaned and sealed floor & under body tonight

After a couple more hours of grinder, wire wheel, sander and a solvent/cleaner wash down …

July 13
Wrapped up the underbody/sheet metal tonight

I was just about to finish tacking the last bit under the drivers side floor …

July 11
Reenforcing Inner Rockers

Re Plated the inner rockers and did a little welding and plating under the floors …

July 07
Roll Cage Mount Plates

Started into the roll cage, cut and tacked in the 3/16” plate mount points for …

July 04
July 1st Weekend...

Working out the sheet metal work on the floors and in the trunk. Closed up …

July 01
Roll Cage Patterning

I spent a few hours in the garage tonight cutting and fitting cardboard as a …

June 28
Minor Frame work & cleaning

I managed a few more hours in the man cave tonight cleaning up my welds …

June 27
Stripping and Cleaning

June 27, another 7 hours in the driveway today with the water blaster, solvents, cleaners …

June 26
ReInforcing Floors

June 25, spent a few hours cutting and welding in 3/32 plate to re-inforce the …

June 25
Pulled the Motor

Final stages of stripping out the car prior to building it back up.. Ancilliaries and …

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Comments
cupcake
June 14, 2010, 10:29 p.m.

Nice collection of Triumphs! What modifications do you have planned?

vangoughv
June 15, 2010, 5:12 a.m.

Hi, thanks for noticing/asking Daisy is a stock show car/driver with minor mods such as a custom interior that is still in the spirit of the day you could say, freshened the engine and added a few minor performance parts like K&N's, Pertronix Distributor and Monza exhuast. Vintage Racer I'll initially restore to a pretty stock format since I will be new on the track next year and VARAC rules don't have a lot of flexibility. The engine compression will be heightened, flow the intake and exhaust, make sure the mechanical and safety measures are top notch... Long term, go to SVRA rules and change out the weak rotoflex, strengthen the transmission and upgrade the engine to stage 3 perhaps. We'll see how next year goes... The spitfire will be on hold for at least 2 years and I may even sell it since I could use the garage space and may not want to invest the time later, we'll see. Cheers, Vince

vangoughv
July 9, 2010, 2:18 p.m.

I spent a few hours in the man cave again last night fixing some of the mess the PO has made of the inner rockers and front floor pans. I fabbed up some inner rockers and a small patch for the front passenger floor and welded them in. The extra layer on the inner rocker will add a little strength in case of a side impact which is good...

vangoughv
July 22, 2010, 6:21 p.m.

Got my official car # today ^b144^b In honor of Group 44 Racing...

TR4racer
Aug. 19, 2010, 9:14 p.m.

Hi Vince. Looking good man, I'm planning on building a GT6 this winter and would be interested in seeing more pics of the rollcage when it's done, and if possible the name of the shop that did it. Thanks Mike

vangoughv
Oct. 1, 2010, 7:56 a.m.

Finished the rough block sanding on the outer bonnet the last few nights, removing a lot of excess bondo from previous jobs that had not been blocked down properly. I sprayed on a light guide coat late night so it'll be ready for the first pass of finish block sanding at my next opportunity. Progress....

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