1969 Triumph TR6 DOOR REFURBISHING RESTORATION PROJECT

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DOOR INTERIOR SOUND AND TEMPERATURE INSULATION

1969 TR6 RESTORATION

The rear end of the auto is no longer a noise suspect area but during a test drive both doors of the TR6 rattle loudly and make knocking noises with only the slightest of road bumps. It appears the doors must be inspected more thoroughly. Everything visible on the outside of the doors is inspected, lock washers added where missing and all bolts tightened. The noise comes from within. Drats !! The door must be taken apart and inspected inside. After many futile attempts to remove the window crank handle and the door opener handle, neighbor Edgardo Hernandez arrives and quickly demonstrates the “push out the pin” technique. Every moving part inside the door is in a state of poor maintenance. Most of the bolts are loose, rust is developing on the frame and no moving part appears to have been greased in decades. Six hours of hand labor spent sanding away rust down to white steel. Every square inch of door frame then cleaned and recleaned. All surfaces washed with Xylol to remove any oil that might be present. All bolts tightened and the door separated from the auto and surroundings with newspaper, painter’s tape and finally drop cloths. Automotive grey primer paint then was applied.

1969 TR6 RESTORATION

Two coats of high gloss red paint and the interior door frame is starting to look like a half way decent amateur restoration. All the moving parts were properly masked against over-painting.

The door latch opener arm was seen to be moderately rusted once the trim panel was removed. The arm was sanded down to white steel to remove all the rust. Grey primer paint and one coat red was initially applied. Then the arm was masked with newspaper, black automotive primer and two coats of flat black automotive paint applied.

The passenger door has now been sanded to remove all rust; primer and painted and with all moving parts properly greased. All the door fasteners, bolts and screws have been tightened and missing pieces replaced. The latch mechanism adjusted and the door now stays closed and locked. Now it is time to install the noise deadening material.

BUT WAIT !! WENDY IS HOLLERING ABOUT SOMETHING CRAWLING TOWARD ME........... BEHIND MY BACK!!!!

1969 TR6 RESTORATION
Sneaking up behind me from the front yard was the Mother of all iguanas. The monstrous beast with lashing tail tried to run past me to get to our Koi pond in the backyard. Poor Wendy, cowering in stark fear for her life as the gaping green jaws of death snapped at her. But this time, no four month ordeal with our swimming pool being used as an iguana toilet. The beast attempted to build it's lair in our garage. This time, the SOB green intruder was quickly caught and sent down the river.

ORLANDO TO THE RESCUE
The "Beast from Hell " was probably the better part of nine feet in length. 6 inch long, powerful claws like a Kodiak bear that can rip a man to shreds in a heartbeat. Beady, evil eyes that see everything. Jaws so strong they can crack coconuts like

eggshells.

Finally the Beast from Hell is captured.

Thanks Orlando !!

1969 TR6 RESTORATION
WHEW !! We are all very happy The Beast is back in the river where it belongs. Now back to the task at hand. Noise abatement of the passenger side door. Dale opted to use heavy grade, medium grey, tufted nylon carpet with polyester backing. The carpet was approximately 3/8” thickness. Newspaper was cut into jigsaw pieces to obtain a pattern shape for the inside shell of door. The pattern shape was also inked along glue access positions. The pattern was transferred to the 4’ X 6’ piece of carpet.

The final cut pieces are now ready to insert into the door shell interior. Contractor grade bonding adhesive was applied to the door shell and carpet pieces with a 5 minute cure time before installing the individual pieces. The finished sound abatement of the passenger door looks neat and trim. Now the test drive with fingers crossed.

WOW!! Double WOW! The door makes no
noise whatsoever. The rear end is now sporty with the throaty sound of the TR6 exhaust.

A final Note: This renovation project of the passenger side door took approximately 18 hours from start to finish. The driver’s door will take much less time-- from lessons learned. Total cost was $31 in materials. This noise abatement project would probably be useful for TR owners who live in the colder climates. The door shell insulation will keep the car interior warmer during the cold weather months.