SAFE HARBOUR STATEMENT:
This “How I installed it” essay is presented asgeneral information and has been prepared by aTriumph TR6 owner with very limited auto mechanicknowledge.
The procedures shown in this documentare not professional instructions and are not intendedto be such. The EXHAUST FUME SHIELD for a1969 Triumph TR6 was successfully designed, fabri-cated and installed with these amateur proceduresand I was not injured during the process.The following essay documents the design, fabrica-tion and installation of an exhaust fume shieldlocated behind the twin seats in the car’s cockpit. Theexhaust fume shield is nonstructural and is notintended to be a roll bar. It will offer no protection inthe event of an auto accident.
EXHAUST FUME SHIELD:
I designed this exhaust fume shield in an attempt tocreate a barrier that might help keep some of theexhaust fumes from entering the interior portion of thecar. Folks with asthma, allergies or other chronic lungconditions are sometimes bothered by the exhaustfumes which somehow seem to roll forward acrossthe trunk surface of the TR250 and TR6 models. I amone of those folks; therefore my design attempt.
Better quality air:
This was my primary design crite-ria. After installation, I immediately noticed a higherair quality while driving the car. From this standpoint,my design is functional. It also seems to act as a windbarrier and the car interior is quieter and cooler onhot driving days. (Unintended bonus for sure !)I also wanted the fume shield to compliment the sleeklines of the Triumph TR6 and not detract from theoverall “sexy/racy” appearance.I live in an climate prone to sudden rain downpours. Iattempted to design the exhaust fume shield so as tofit beneath the convertible top when fully closed. Ialso wanted to be able to remove the shield forroutine maintenance. I accomplished both designtasks.For the average Triumph owner with limited or nomechanical skills, such as this author, fabricating thisshield is beyond our capabilities. I gave my designdrawing to a professional, marine shop for bendingand welding.The frame is fabricated from 1 1/2” outside diameter,marine grade, structural aluminum tube. I specifiedmill finish surface because it would be painted. I usedaluminum because it is easier to bend and less costlythan stainless steel. The fume shield is not a roll barso high strength was not an issue for the frame.The two mounting brackets are fabricated from 1/4”thickness, marine grade, stainless steel plate with1 1/2” inside diameter , stainless steel holders.I specified stainless for the mounting brackets simplybecause it is stronger than aluminum. I wasconcerned about the overturning moment upon thewelds at the base of the two support legs.The fabrication was exactly to my design drawing andI paid $250 for the finished frame.
EXHAUST FUME SHIELD