New Project Car

The car show has taken on another Project car. This time the owner of the car is paying the cost of parts for the restoration and all of us, Ken, David and I will try to make it work.

TR-6 Rebuild

TR-6 Rebuild

Here is the back story on the car, because after all no restoration is complete without a story.
When I was growing up I had a couple of Uncles that were a great help to me. One, my uncle Paul was one of those great guys that never drew attention to himself. He was active in his Church from a young age, married his high school sweetheart, joined the Air Force, graduated from The University of Texas with an Engineering degree on the G.I Bill and went to work. He and my aunt had two great kids one is a talented musician living in Nashville and the other is a graduate of the Air Force Academy. Paul (my uncle) took a job at Red River Army Depot as a Structural Engineer in 1979 and worked his way up, over a thirty year period to Deputy Commander of Red River Army Depot, a re-fitment base outside of Texarkana for war-time machines like Bradley’s and Hummers. He went on to receive the AUSA Citation for Exceptional Service. The award is presented to those who show exemplary service to the Army and the community. It was the first time that the award had been given posthumously.

A little over a year ago he went to visit his son and daughter in-law stationed in Guam to see his granddaughter for the first time. I’m sure it was one of his happiest days on the planet. He passed away on that trip, too early, a victim of an (ironically enough) enlarged heart. Because award winner or not Paul Addington was the kind of man we need more of. A happy man, who loved people and country and was generous with his time, knowledge and humor.
His son is currently a Captain in the Air Force serving in Iraq. He is the husband of a beautiful girl and the father of a very happy and just as beautiful daughter. Matt’s just one of those good guys, like his dad.

It would take too long to tell you how much my uncle meant to me in my younger years. He always seemed to be there to share good advice and be a good example. He also was a riot sometimes. I’m trying to pay him back for the many kind things he did for me.

Paul bought a Triumph TR6 (shown in the gallery) new in Georgia in 1974. I remember driving with him on trips from Austin to New Boston. I also remember working on that Triumph. Honestly my uncle was the one who gave me the car bug.
Paul’s son wanted to re-do the car…only faster (chip off the old block). So, we decided since we could make the straight six only achieve about 140-150HP we would just throw in a small block! Isn’t that the red-neck way. It was good enough for Carroll Shelby. It should work for us.

Ken and I have been working on the car for about two months. I will continue to add to the gallery as the build progresses and I’m sure it will be discussed on the show now and then.

You know what I love about cars? The relationships they make. With my involvement in the show I’ve added some great friends in David and Ken and could not do this without their help. Also, thanks to Ken’s friend (can’t say his name) for letting us use his shop.

We hope to make this TR-6 fast and mean. Follow along with us and enjoy the ride.
Thanks to all of you who continue to put up with whatever it is that David Ken and I throw out there each week on The Car Show. Without you there is no show and no build.

Ok, here’s the deal with the projected build:
It’s a garage kept 30 year-old British made Triumph TR-6. It came from the factory with a straight-six pushing out about 94HP and a couple of hundred foot-pounds of torque. Not bad when you consider it weighs in around 2400lbs. The brakes are front disc and rear drum. The frame is surprisingly strong.

So, being the thick necked brood that we are we decided to drop in a G.M. crate motor and Tremec five-speed transmission with a hydraulic clutch. The motor will put out just about three-hundred horse power and about the same torque (three times the power of the stocker).

The brakes will probably be Wilwood disc on all four corners. We will add a Hotchkis suspension and tires and wheels, but the owner wants to keep a stock look. We will replace the wiring harness and gauge set. Much more is planned but you can just follow along in pictures. You guys like pictures, right?


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2009 Fall Barrett-Jackson Auction Fails To Impress

1965 Shelby Cobra

1965 Shelby Cobra

Is it me or has the economy taken the bite out of Barrett-Jackson. Three years ago buses were being sold for millions. This past weekend the auctioneers worked overtime to convince the buyers to break out there big boy wallets, mostly to no avail.

The first few years it was televised on The Speed Channel it was must-see T.V. I would actually attend parties designed for nothing more than viewing the yearly automotive spectacle. Seemed like Saturday nights were just huge. Never knowing what overly cool ride was going to take the stage next.

Last year the auction took a turn, not a good one. The auctioneers and the two Barrett-Jackson namesakes became more vocal by necessity. Trying to convince the world’s most informed buyers of this or that particular nuance that made the car or truck on the block more valuable than the bidding suggested.

Also, the number of cool Mopars has seemed to diminish. The Ford products reined this year with a 1965 numbers matching, one owner Shelby Cobra, bringing in $400,000.00. I think there was only one car higher than that.
Granted this wasn’t the big auction. The big Daddy is in the spring of each year. But, I have to wonder will next year’s Barrett-Jackson even beat Pas Time in the ratings. If it keeps trending this way maybe someday guys like me can make the trip…even without the big-boy checkbook.

When The Car Show returns on October 25th be prepared to review the Barrett-Jackson auction. Who knows, maybe the show will be good enough to win a Nobel Prize.

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Take a look at this video. Next time you pull up to a Mini Cooper in your ZR1 make sure you remember watching this.

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