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2007 Walter Mitty


The primary objective of the restoration was to improve the TR6 with modern components.  The primer was to have a TR6 that would be dependable enough to go anywhere at the drop of a hat.  "Can't be done", you say.  Read on...

The original engine was in decent shape, having undergone a some sort of rebuild at one time.  However, there was no way of knowing what was really overhauled.  I was particularly concerned with the head.  In order to run unleaded fuel, hardened valve seats are a must.  Skipping this step will eventually lead to valve recession and this is something I'd rather not have to deal with. 

Another point of concern were the carbs.  Two Zenith's came with the car, however they would more than likely require a costly overhaul.  I have messed with Zenith's before and quite frankly they did not impress me.  In my experience getting them dialed in was not worth the hassle.

To put the icing on the cake, the TR6 came with the plain 4 speed gearbox.  Not having overdrive in this day and age is not acceptable.  Running the TR6 at speed in 4th makes the engine run at high RPM's.  Maybe this was something cool 30 years ago, but today this just won't fly. 

A Solution is Found

As others have done, a possible alternative would be V8 power.  For me that was not an option due to the extra weight.  The mass of a V8 would upset the handling and balance of the TR6 and this was not something I was willing to give up. 

After some careful consideration a decision was made to use the Chevrolet 60 degree V6 (RPO L32) as fitted to the Fourth Generation Camaro.  Better yet the engine comes with a Borg-Warner/Tremec T5 5-speed gearbox (RPO MM5).

After a little searching, the donor engine was found.  It came from a 1995 Camaro that had been hit in the back.  The engine, gearbox, wiring harness and Powertrain Control Module (PCM) were purchased for a little under $1000.  For this price, it is hard to consider anything else.  The donor car had a little over 57,000 miles on the clock and after some Gunk and fresh paint the engine and transmission looked as good as new.

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