Monday, August 24, 2009

Back From Kansas City

Made it back from Kansas City yesterday - going to sleep for a few days. I'll starting chronicling the trip on Sunday. It was something. I am glad to be home.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Irregular Post 3 (Horrifying Reality)

And finally. See you on the other side of KC.

Irregular Post 2 (Horrifying Reality)

They only let me post 4 pics per post.

Irregular Post 1 (Horrifying Reality)

I realize no one is reading this yet. Which is good ‘cause I want a head start before I tell to many people about this.

But if you are reading this then prepared to be brought back to earth by the gravity of how out of hand this project is.

I took some pics today of the car in question. To be referred to from this time forward as the “patient”. It’s arguable which is in worse shape: the patient or the parts car. That’s ignoring the fact that the donor 6 runs.

I looked underneath the patient today and the problem areas around the rear suspension and the crucifix don’t seem to be an issue on this car. I tried to take a pic but the SLR refused to snap a picture – I have to figure that thing out.

Anyway, here are the before pictures, enjoy (and yes, this is the same car in the title pic):

PS: I leave for Kansas City Wednesday morning at five AM – this blog is bound to get more interesting.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

TR6 Post Number 4

No man can leave for a four day road trip to pick up a car without paying a price. My price is attending two weddings on the same weekend. One Saturday, one Sunday. Right now I’m taking a well deserved break and watching CBS Sunday Morning before I have to go get ready for wedding #2.

On the TR6 front, my close friend Bryan and I are leaving Wednesday morning for Kansas City to pick up the ’74. I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The TR6 is going to Red Deer, Alberta, 125 KM north of Calgary, 520 KM north of the US border, 658 KM north of Great Falls, Montana and ultimately 2757 KM north of Kansas City, Missouri.

I am calling this trip the Wal-Mart tour as we are going to camp in Wal-Mart parking lots. Well that the plan... I might get feedback from Bryan but my goal is to do this to keep the cost down. We’re taking my father’s 2002 Dodge 2500 diesel Quad cab hitched to a bobcat trailer. A little more truck then we need, a little more trailer then we need but makes me feel a little more secure about the trip. It also seems appropriate that the truck that dad logged over 200,0000km in takes us there.
More on this later...

Sunday, August 9, 2009

TR6 Post Number 3

The TR6 Project just got a big kick in the pants...

The truth is that there is an finite number of TR6's that can be on the planet at one time. To that end this red one in Kansas City must be sacrificed.

It's mine I own it. I bought it on Ebay last week for 3600 dollars American. I now have two TR's: dad's 76 and this 74.

This red one is originally from Hawaii. It has been in Kansas City for 13 years or so in "storage". It runs and drives and only has 39000 miles on it. The rest has yet to been seen. The fellow that has it owns a european car restoration company and was the one who got this running after being in storage for a long time.

There is no hard top with it and the soft top and much of the carpet is gone. To tell you the truth, from the pictures, what remains looks a lot like dad's.

I'm concerned with what I'm not seeing. I am also concerned with why this fellow decided to sell rather then part out or restore. Maybe I'm reading too much into this but nothing is free and running, low mileage TRs are never so cheap - unless.... rusty frame??

Being it's not the frame I'm after; being that this car is half the price The Roadster Factory quoted for a rebuilt motor (although everyone else has come in at 3000 since I bought this car) and being that I'm getting a bunch a parts I'm not sure I need yet this could be a good..... or maybe, just maybe a great deal.

Best case is that I can sell the body and frame for 2000. That's the going price for one in good shape. Let's hope for that. This year needs to be one of miricles.

Logistically this car could only be worse if it was still in Hawaii. Kansas City is 2700 KMs. That's a long-long way to run. So far in fact I can find no one who wants to go with me. I'm hoping to do the trip in 3 days.

I'm hoping to leave August 18th and return on August 20th. More on this before then.