I don't see any problem with the ethics --- unless you later try to claim
that's what is on the odometer are "original" miles. Then I see a big
problem. But if you just say you reset it after a restoration and have no
idea what the true mileage is, then no problem. I have no clue what the true
mileage is on either of my Triumphs, and I don't really care. If I was into
accumulating five year old cars instead of a thirty year old cars, that'd be
a different story. But let's face it --- we don't evaluate these cars the
same way we would a 96 Toyota --- it's just a whole different ball game.
P.S. If you get any nice tips on how to accomplish the reset, let us (or at
least me) know. I'd be interested in doing the same thing. Since my car sat
in a field for 13 years before I bought it, and since I've never ever driven
it, all those other miles don't concern me at all. But I hope to own the car
long enough to care about how long ago it was that I went through all this
work, time, and money.
> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Gary Klein
> Sent: Friday, March 26, 1999 6:32 PM
> To: TR Newsgroup
> Subject: Odometer Resetting - An Ethical Question??
> Fellow Scions,
> I've been working at restoring my '75 TR6 for a little over 2
> years now
> and it's been a long haul but the light at the end of the tunnel is
> starting to get a bit brighter, day by day. As the dash and
> gauges will
> be going back together in the near future, I've been pondering the
> question of what to do, if any, about the odometer?
> I will have completely rebuilt just about everything when I'm done
> (engine, tranny, clutch, body, paint, interior, etc, etc,)
> and I intend
> on keeping and using this car for quite some time, 5-10 years
> at least.
> The speedometer read 16K and a few miles when I bought it (I assumed
> 116K+) and I put a few miles on it before I tore it down. Upon
> disassembly of the speedometer to clean the face (BTW the Endust trick
> works great) I noticed a handwritten date and what appears to be a
> mileage statement written in pencil on the inside of the back cover.
> The date was long after 1975, '87 if I recall, and the mileage was
> somewhere in the 80K range. Needless to say, I don't know how many
> miles were on this car before I got it and perhaps the speedometer is
> not the original either.
> So here's my question for which I'd like to get your collective
> reactions and thoughts: As it's now about to be reborn, any thoughts
> about resetting the odometer back to all zero's? If it can
> be done, how
> does one do it? (it wasn't obvious to me when I took it apart and I
> guess I don't have a criminal mind)
> I'm not interested in any legal aspects here, just the ethics. I'll
> post a summary when all the correspondence is done.
> '75 TR6 Undergoing Remanufacture