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  • Looking for a TR6 Expert Surrogate buy in Bakersfield California area !

    Looking at a TR6 in Bakersfield, and close to buying it. Seems clean, But ; Weber Carbs Leak Fuel as the Engine Cranks, and it tried to start-up, but wont stay on for more than a second. Obviously Leaking Gas is a Dangerous situation.

  • #2
    Anyway, its a huge ask, especially in these Pandemics times, but I'd be honored to pay an expert to evaluate it with their keen eyes.
    I am in AZ, and not too far, but also I am no expert, as the last Triumph I owned was a 1973 GT6, which I sold while in College in 1978.....
    I've learned that 45 years of age, can do a lot of decay to any cars !!!

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    • #3
      Are you a paid member? I can’t tell
      So much rust, so little time

      64 TR4 Overdrive Surrey
      67 GT6 Mk1
      68 TR250 Soon to have Overdrive & Surrey
      71 TR6 Hardtop Soon to have OD
      81 TR8 Injected Automatic...the LAST Automatic

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      • kpdtpd
        kpdtpd commented
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        Yes, I just signed up, but for some reason the sign-up menu wont take me to the payment page successfully, maybe a software bug?
        So I am not sure either at the moment. Ed

      • kpdtpd
        kpdtpd commented
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        Got thru the paypal page, all paid and sett , I hope. Ed

    • #4
      You could ask the seller to have the fuel leak repaired so that you can evaluate the merchandise. That's not asking too much.
      Walt
      CC80954U '72 TR6 original condition/sold 16.500.
      poolboy rebuilt the Z-S Carbs. Philstr6 rebuilt both rear hubs.

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      • kpdtpd
        kpdtpd commented
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        I have, he says his Mechanic was asked to fix it, but he does not work on Weber Carbs.

      • SapphireBlue72
        SapphireBlue72 commented
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        Thank you for your membership- it helps to keep this site alive/paid for.

        If the seller is from Bakersfield, & knows the area, and can't find a knowledgeable mechanic- how are you going to deal with that from so far away?
        If you can't test drive it, you will not know the condition of the engine, gearbox, suspension, brakes, hydraulics, gauges, differential- why don't you just forget it!?

        There are so many TR6's for sale around the USA, surely you could find one closer to home.
        If you can post comprehensive photos -here- there are a multitude of TR knowledgeable mechanics that could analyze any TR to the max.
        In fact, we love to find problems that will cost money to fix.

        If you give a price range & color/year/condition preferences, there are folks here that may even help you find what you're looking for.

    • #5
      Thank you for the great advice, I was looking for; A 1974-1976 TR6, must be French Blue. The Cleaner, and the more Original, then Better, I certainly was not looking for a project car. Price, $15K max.

      And The one I found;

      Seems close, except of this Carb issue, and whatever else I don't know that might be hidden behind the Engine Not Starting.

      22K miles, $11,000. New tires, Starter, Clutch, Flywheel according to the seller. But the Carb gas leak preventing startup of Engine.

      Need to have an expert evaluate it in Bakersfield area. Its an 8 hour drive for me, and I am no expert anyways. only exposure ro Triumphs I had, was a 1973 GT6 I owned, 40+ years ago.

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      • #6
        We have a surrogate buyer program listing regions and people ready to have a look at cars. The problem is that we lost our previous Web site to hackers, loosing several information. The surrogate buyer page is now empty.
        Alan our Webmaster may join the conversation....Will ask if anything left from that page.
        Triumph TR6 - 1974 - Mimosa, O/D, black interior.

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        • #7
          Originally posted by TR6quebec View Post
          We have a surrogate buyer program listing regions and people ready to have a look at cars. The problem is that we lost our previous Web site to hackers, loosing several information. The surrogate buyer page is now empty.
          Alan our Webmaster may join the conversation....Will ask if anything left from that page.

          They are still listed in the magazine...

          Cheers
          Tush

          81 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce, 81 Triumph TR8
          73 Triumph TR6 CF4874UO, 68 Triumph TR250 CD5228LO
          62 Triumph TR4 CT6716LO, 60 Triumph TR3A TS69891LO
          60 Triumph TR3A TS64870LO, 59 Triumph TR3A TS44836LO
          https://www.youtube.com/user/cheftush

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          • #8
            Maybe but if KPDTPD need's it now, he can't have access....Anybody can attached a PDF of the page.......?
            Triumph TR6 - 1974 - Mimosa, O/D, black interior.

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            • #9
              There are no 6-PACK surrogate buyers close to Bakersfield.

              www.sctoa.org/SCTOA/Welcome.html

              Go to the Southern California Triumph Owners Association website,
              and on the Contact Us page you want to give a brief introduction of yourself & your need,
              start contacting listed members until you get a reference to someone in Bakersfield that can help you.

              You did a good job posting the photos.
              You could make an offer less than asking price- explaining that work will be required.
              You should ask for a compression test of all 6 cylinders.
              Ask about any problems with gearbox, brakes- any problems with running issues (beside serious gas leak)?

              Trailering a PROJECT car home to AZ will cost you $1000. or close to it.
              Search the internet- there is a Weber carb specialist on the West Coast.

              The car looks pretty decent topside. You always need to see photos of the frame to check for corrosion and straightness. Trailing arm area, particularly.
              Panel gaps look alright.
              $8500. as is would be a reasonable offer, if you feel lucky/risking a chance.
              Last edited by SapphireBlue72; 05-21-2020, 08:47 AM.
              Walt
              CC80954U '72 TR6 original condition/sold 16.500.
              poolboy rebuilt the Z-S Carbs. Philstr6 rebuilt both rear hubs.

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              • #10
                This advice goes for any car you are looking at. When an owner says a car has X miles, ask for documentation from repair receipts. If this is really a 22k mile car then it is special. But since it doesn't run........Are you a gamblin' man?

                French blue seems to be a rare color so you may be looking for a while. Good luck and post with anything you find.
                1972 Sapphire TR6 #CC84,something

                1959 Red TR3 (Wife's)

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                • #11
                  The triple webers are certainly cool looking but may be unnecessary depending upon what else was done to the engine. Should have a cam perhaps higher compression ration and a header to take advantage of the webers. The current PO may not know about what has been done internally so at minimum a compression test. Headers are obvious but not required for webers. If the car can’t be driven Safely due to leaking carbs, I don’t know that an expert will be able to do a thorough evaluation for you??

                  Since you’re familiar with Triumphs (GT6), you should be able to use the buyers guide and some basic automotive knowledge to make a buying decision. You already know they require tinkering AND aren’t near as fast as a minivan! 8 hours for me is nothing to look at a car once you’re satisfied you’ve seen enough pics giving you evidence of its condition. If the seller isn’t willing to shoot pics of what you need walk away.

                  Mostly you’re looking for rust, quality of paint work, frame condition(damage in addition to rust), and condition of engine. These things are big ticket items to fix

                  Looks like the car has a new interior including seats. They’re high back which aren’t correct for a 74, but they’re in great condition and imho more comfortable that the late seats.

                  Again, with badly leaking carbs, no one can make an over all evaluation.

                  Have a chat w the seller about it. Heck, I’d be willing to have a conf call w you & the seller. Or a zoom meeting 😜



                  So much rust, so little time

                  64 TR4 Overdrive Surrey
                  67 GT6 Mk1
                  68 TR250 Soon to have Overdrive & Surrey
                  71 TR6 Hardtop Soon to have OD
                  81 TR8 Injected Automatic...the LAST Automatic

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                  • SapphireBlue72
                    SapphireBlue72 commented
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                    Was hoping you'd chime in, T.
                    Good advice.

                • #12
                  Gents:

                  You guys are awesome, thanks for all the insightful comments, your advice is being taken to heart.

                  I did a 15 min. FACETIME video with the seller. Went over it top to bottom. Saw nothing that was rusted, or aged badly. Heard the engine nearly fire up, so its not totally broken in pieces - lol.

                  Got some history of the Car, it was owned by a Gentleman in OK, originally, who sadly passed away, and his daughter brought the car to Calif. Has not been used since 2013. Current Seller bought it a few months ago (Jan. 2020) , he replaced somethings (starter, flywheel, clutch, tires), drove it and says the car runs strong. Then carbs leaked, yes, I saw how badly, LOL, and he can not find anyone in the Bakersfield to fix Webers. I've gotten to know him a bit, he has developed health issues, hence can't keep the car.

                  Was gonna have it shipped to me, but now that I hear you, will drive there and do a Compression test, get under the car with a flash light and a chisel to tap the frame, and suspension, floor, etc. I am engineer - Electrical, so that part of it I can confidently inspect. Will report back to you all. The rebuilding of the Weber Carbs ( I did a few in the 70's), will be my 1st project, or if too hot here in Phoenix to work on, will let my Jag Mechanic run with it.....

                  The seller paid $7800 for it in Jan-2020, plus his cost of repairs. The Price is a tad high, I agree, but its the eBay bidding, I actually was not the highest bidder, the top Bidder was a no show, so got a chance to buy it for a lower bid. My '73 GT6 was Maroon, beauty but with lots of issues, always wanted the French Blue TR6 instead, its not a common color, usually the pristine ones sell for $25K, I have looked on and off for 15 years, so this one, if its not broken / rusted, may work out. Saw the original Title / Registration and OK Plates , doubled checked the Car's VIN, it was all legit, but AZ DMV is very strict , so worked with the owner to re-register it under his name this past week, before we could proceed, which he promptly did. Wish me luck, putting down a deposit, and heading over there ASAP.

                  Cheers to your Safe-Well-being !

                  Ed

                  PS: Here is the Seller Description on eBay, if can not confirm these statements, then NO-DEAL:


                  HI YOU ARE LOOKING AT A 1974 TRIUMPH TR-6

                  WITH A 4 SPEED MANUEL TRANSMISSION IT HAS A NEW CLUTCH AND FLYWHEEL STARTER NEW TIRES IT HAS TRIPPLE WEBER CARBURETORS THE CAR RAN GREAT IT WONT STAY RUNNING THE CARBURETORS NEED TO BE REBUILD THE SEALS LEAK OTHER THEN THAT THE ENGINE IS VERY STRONG THE BODY AND THE INTERIOR IS IN GREAT SHAPE IT HAS ALLWAYS BEN GARAGE SO ITS RUST AND DENT FREE THER IS NO RIPS OR TARES IN THE WINDOWS THE CONVERTIBLE TOP HAS TWO PIN HOLES AS YOU CAN SEE IT THE PICTURES AND THER IS A COUPLE PAINT CHIPS IT ALSO COMES WITH THE FLAT CANVAS TOP FOR THE BODY OTHER THEN THAT THIS CAR IS IN GREAT CONDITION

                  IAM ASKING AFTER AUCTION IS OVER IS A $1000

                  DOLLAR DEPOSIT AND THE BALANCE DUE WITHIN 7 DAYS

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                  • #13
                    Good luck to ya Ed. Call me if you like when you get there. PM for number.

                    Again, read the buyers guide on this site. Bring a checklist so you don’t forget stuff.

                    Todd
                    So much rust, so little time

                    64 TR4 Overdrive Surrey
                    67 GT6 Mk1
                    68 TR250 Soon to have Overdrive & Surrey
                    71 TR6 Hardtop Soon to have OD
                    81 TR8 Injected Automatic...the LAST Automatic

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                    • #14
                      Todd, thank you Sir... I printed out the buyers guide to take with me. its a very exact list, my kind of bottom line, for sure !!!
                      Ed

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                      • #15
                        HA! You should hire Todd to negotiate for you. You'd certainly come out ahead.
                        Walt
                        CC80954U '72 TR6 original condition/sold 16.500.
                        poolboy rebuilt the Z-S Carbs. Philstr6 rebuilt both rear hubs.

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