Body Work


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Body Work
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2007 Walter Mitty


Even though the TR6 was in good shape overall, the body needed work.  Some rust was found and even thought the engine was a perfect fit some alterations had to be made. 

Body Reapairs

Once the frame was fully assembled the body was lowered into position for a trial fit.  Modifications would need to be made for several reasons:

  • The area where the battery had originally been had quite some rust.  This whole section needed to be cut and patch panels were made.

  • The exhaust tubes required a little more room in the firewall area.  In order to properly accommodate them, a new tunnel was made.

  • The original transmission tunnel was replaced with one of aluminium.  This added extra strength and gave a much better fit than the original one made of fiberglass.

  • The floor was strengthened by welding 1 inch square tubing to the inside edge.

Once all repairs were made seam sealer was used on all seams, both on the top as well as the bottom of the body shell.  The shell was turned upside down and a material similar to pickup bed liner was applied using a special spray gun.  This ensured a very tight finish underneath the car.

All body panels were sanded to bare metal using a DA sander and different sandpaper grits.  This also allowed for all imperfections to be detected and repaired.

Etching primer was applied and several coats of primer were sprayed.  Sanding the primer revealed where the low and high spots were and eventually all low areas were leveled with a light coat of filler.  The body was straight as possible.  This took the entire summer of 2004.


Several years ago I attended the Hot Rod Nationals in Indianapolis.  It was a sunny day and a special display of Boyd Coddington hot rods caught my eye.  Among them were several red ones that made your eyes hurt.  That was how bright the red was on them!  I wanted that same look on the TR6.

A trip to the paint store gave me what I wanted:  Viper Red.  It is 99% pure red.  This is what I wanted.  Two gallons were purchased.  One gallon in single-stage paint used for all the interior and underneath the car.  The other would be base/clear for all outside surfaces.

The body shell was painted first.  A wooden cradle was made to hold the shell and paint was sprayed in a booth.  Soon after that, the rest of the body panels were painted separately. 


Putting the car back together was time consuming because all body panels have been assembled with very close tolerances.  Many shims and endless hours of fitting were spent in order to make the panels fit better than then did when they left the factory. 

One area in particular is the gap between the doors and the back fender.  Pretty much every TR6 has a big gap there.  After making several body to frame shims, the gap is damn near perfect.

The links on the right show pictures of the body restoration. 



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