Remember, nothing is truly "free".
In your shoes, I would decide what I wanted out of the car: A) A British car
show award winner; B) A fun little driver for great sunny days, or; C) turn it
around quickly and try to make a buck. If you choose 'C', sell it now before
you put any money into it. Does it have Overdrive? That alone would be worth
over $750. If you choose 'A', be sure you anticipate a $25,000 budget to get
it perfect. If you choose 'B', for about $8,000-$10,000 you could get a fun
little car put together, with some effort. The "How to Restore a TR5/TR6"
would be a great book to get to help you get started. Good luck with your
From: Joe Rich [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, October 16, 2002 10:21 PM
To: 6pack (E-mail)
Subject: Getting ready to restore...
I received a 76 TR6 for free from a friend. The car is mechanically sound
(good compression, starts right up ((ANSA exhaust sounds very cool))) but
visually unappealing as the interior has been removed (and lost), with a
little rust on the frame all the way in the back under the trunk. It does
need new floor boards, however the quarters are a fiberglass replacement
(so, no rust there) type. I don't know the condition of the suspension but
the car was parked in a barn for eight years so I can imagine. The brakes
were frozen as was the clutch pedal but they seem to be working now.
I've done some reading, watched this board, did a little internet research
and I'm going to get some books. I guess my question is... if you had to do
it all over again would you, and what would you do differently?
'76 TR6 in utero