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James D's 1967 Triumph GT6 MkI – “Wolfhound”
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“Wolfhound”
Found at a metal recycling yard! 100% complete, very little rust. Non-OD transmission. Apparently not run since 2003. Changed the fluids, plugs, points etc., dropped a line into clean fuel and it started right up.

Original color was Royal Blue with black interior. I've always been a bit of a purist, but I've painted it Aston Martin "Silver Birch" and went to Matador Red leather. Other than that, the only upgrades I'm doing is a new Bell SS exhaust, and I put in the late MkIII rear spring. The car has no OD, which is fine with me--one less thing to go wrong. The remainder of the car I will keep close to original.

Vehicle Information

Owner: James D   [67GT64008]
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA USA
Status: Running


VIN:KC4008
Model Year:1967
Original Colour:Royal Blue
Current Colour:Silver Birch
Odometer:53,000 miles
Engine Type:2,0
Last Updated:2015-02-07 14:21:56

 

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Member Comments on Registry: 1967 Triumph GT6 MkI   ↵
Rated 9.6 out of 10 based on 18 ratings
2012-12-06 21:54:19 # 8376
Comment by Kyle Darby
I remember looking at a black mk1 years ago outside of Portland OR. I wonder if this was the same car? Anyway if your still looking for a pump, I might have one.
2012-12-09 21:19:03 # 8406
Comment by James D
I don't know much about the history of this car...the only paperwork showed it registered here in Woodland (near Sacramento) since 2003 as a "planned non-operational" car. It had a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo sticker on the bumper, so apparently spent some time there.

I'd be happy to buy the fuel pump from you, operable or not. Let me know what you'd like for it! It seems like anything is available for post-commission number 5001, but earlier than that is a lot of archaeology. But therein lies the fun!

Thanks!
Jim
2013-11-26 11:19:10 # 13044
Comment by Jon F
Great looking car. I recently purchased a 1968 that is in good shape with good body
and paint. It needs lots of 'detail' work to get it to the level i want (similar to yours)
Really like your hood / engine compartment, what did you use for the hood supports,
seems like great idea and much better than the OEM hinged units. Do you need 2 as
you have installed?
2013-11-26 12:16:01 # 13045
Comment by James D
Hi Jon. The gas lifts are great. The best analysis I've seen is from "The Teglerizer" right here: http://www.teglerizer.com/triumphstuff/gasstruts/

I got my struts, Sachs SG126003, from RockAuto.com for $48.81 delivered. I fashioned some lower brackets from two galvanized steel "L" braces from Home Depot (check the fencing/deck department), beat them into submission to get the right angle for the placement, and bolted them into existing holes on the forward frame. Take a look at the picture on my "home page". With that lower bracket mounted, I just held the bonnet up to where I wanted it to remain in the open position, marked the point on the inner wheel well where the fully extended strut ended, and drilled a hole at that point. I had hoped to use one of the existing holes in the fender, but the strut is about 2" too long. Then add the ball joint there (using fender washers and lock-nuts), and you're done. A couple of things to remember--make sure as you figure out where to put the struts that they're no
2013-11-26 12:23:37 # 13046
Comment by James D
...that they're not going to hit anything under the bonnet as you close it. The lower mount should be in the same plane as the inside of the fenders, so you're not putting a lateral load on the fenders. The struts will be pushing the bonnet back towards the bulkhead when closed, so make sure your bonnet is properly aligned before adding the struts. Yes, use two struts, so the bonnet lifts symmetrically!
2013-11-26 18:30:11 # 13051
Comment by Jon F
GREAT info, thanks!
I got a GT-6 when I was 16....back in '72, spent most weekends working on the car so
am very excited about this.
2013-11-27 10:43:17 # 13058
Comment by James D
Well, have fun and welcome to the club! The forums are great--all sorts of topics and resources. I test-drove a GT6 (probably a MkII) back in the mid-70s, but didn't buy it, so the one I have now has been a long-time coming. It's about complete, but the engine needs a full rebuild now. Someday...but it's about the tinkering as much as the driving!
2013-12-13 10:29:46 # 13258
Comment by Kris Galli
Rating: 9/10
Hi James, I am currently restoring my GT6 MK1 - I like your color. Is this an original color? If
so, do you have a reference nr.? If not original - what was it before?
Cheers from Switzerland
2013-12-13 17:52:45 # 13264
Comment by James D
Hello Kris. No, it's not original to this car nor to Triumph. My car's original color was Royal Blue. This is "Silver Birch", which is an Aston Martin color from the same period; it's the color of James Bond's Aston Martin DB5. I used DuPont-Standox "StandoBlue", which is a water-base two stage paint (base color coat & clear coat). The code is AST1180. It has a very slight green in it--looks great with Matador Red leather interior!
2013-12-13 18:12:06 # 13265
Comment by James D
For the British flag under the bonnet, I used canned spray paint: Krylon "Dual" brand, gloss Regal Blue, Banner Red, and White. I printed a 3:5 ratio flag off the internet, enlarged it to a standard sheet of graph paper,then overlayed that and marked the corners of the flag on the graph paper. That came out to about 1 square on the paper = 1 inch, transferred those points to the bonnet, taped it off one color at a time and sprayed away. When it dried, I covered the flag completely, and painted the Silver Birch color coat. Then removed the flag masking, and clear-coated the entire car. Just make sure your clear and your spray can paint are compatible first (i.e., both enamels, not one lacquer and the other enamel). So now when I'm broken down alongside the road, all will know who's engineering left me there!
2014-12-19 20:31:37 # 22414
Comment by Denis Daoust
Rating: 10/10
James, the Matador Red leather looks fantastic with the Silver Birch body. I've been leaning towards the red interior, but wasn't sure of a body colou. Now I know. Was the leather interior a kit. Which supplier did you get it from? Were you pleased with it. It looks good from the bit of seat sticking up in the photo? Do you have more shots of the interior?
2014-12-20 17:06:34 # 22433
Comment by James D
Hello Denis, I changed my pictures there to include an interior picture. I got the seat kits (leather covers, new foam and straps) from The Roadster Factory in Pennsylvania, since they had a nice sale at the time. I think they're sourced from Newton Commercial in the UK, and I got the carpets, door panels, rear arch panels and carpets from Newton directly. The Mark I seats are not fun to rebuild! Newton offers a full seat rebuilding service, had I to do it over again, I think I would've had the do the work.
2014-12-20 17:07:30 # 22434
Comment by James D
Hello Denis, I changed my pictures there to include an interior picture. I got the seat kits (leather covers, new foam and straps) from The Roadster Factory in Pennsylvania, since they had a nice sale at the time. I think they're sourced from Newton Commercial in the UK, and I got the carpets, door panels, rear arch panels and carpets from Newton directly. The Mark I seats are not fun to rebuild! Newton offers a full seat rebuilding service, had I to do it over again, I think I would've had the do the work.
2014-12-21 13:34:07 # 22447
Comment by Denis D
James, Thank youfor the info. Beautiful job on your GT6
2016-03-16 01:58:29 # 32960
Comment by David G
Hi James,Great GT6. Interested in selling?Thanks,Daviddaveg1@aol.com
2016-03-29 07:04:51 # 33379
Comment by David G
daveg1@aol.com
2016-05-13 13:42:48 # 34403
Comment by Luke Bretscher
Rating: 10/10
Wow, that's a beauty!
2016-10-20 23:35:53 # 37954
Comment by Brian T
Nice color combo! Really gives the little triumph some ooomph next to its larger English brethren...looks like a little Aston, but with character
2016-10-22 04:17:53 # 37976
Comment by James D
Thanks Brian! Some days it's more "art" than "car," but it occasionally gets out of the garage.
2017-01-04 21:55:54 # 39468
Comment by James S
Rating: 10/10
Awesome GT6 James! Love the color combo.
2017-01-04 22:32:57 # 39469
Comment by James D
Thanks, James!
2017-06-07 23:59:56 # 42720
Comment by Craig M
Rating: 10/10
This is my favorite GT6 of all that I have seen and I can't help coming back to look at this one. You'd be crazy to but, if you ever think of selling please let me know.

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Vehicle History

This vehicle's information was last updated on 2015-02-07 14:21:56

Changes from 2014-07-27 17:35:01 to previous 2013-12-03 19:06:20
Status Restoration in progress → Running
Changes from 2013-11-19 17:47:48 to previous 2012-11-09 05:54:32
Colour Primer! → Silver Birch

Ownership History

Date Owner ID Notes
Nov 10, 2011 James D  USA Added to Registry (ID 16168)

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