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I have heard this one is a nightmare to build but I feel up for a challenge. I am considering painting the body British Racing Green but if you have some other suggestion I am all ears. Also I would like to ask the experts here what color the engine was when the car came out of the factory? The instructions say I should paint it red but most pictures when I google seem to show a black engine.

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Just the body is a real puzzle.

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I'll tag along with this one if you don't mind, I've had one in the stash for years & have never seen one built!

No idea of the engine colour I'm afraid, if I ever get mine done I was planning on a pale blue paintjob for the body,

Good luck with stitching that body together!

Keith

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From the factory, the straight 6 engine was black (at least mine was!). However, a car used for racing could well have had the engine rebuilt by a specialist engine prep company - and that could also include repainting it. There are plenty of gt6 engine photos available with a quick Google.

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Helped my neighbours restore one of these.Their engine was black - I think every Triumph engine I ever saw was black.

Both my Triumphs had black engines, in between the oil caking and rust, same with all the others I saw. I seem to recall BL "Gold Seal" recons (con probably the operative word) were painted...gold.

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I have owned several Triumphs and all but one had black blocks and heads. On the GT6, the rocker cover and air filter housing are painted silver. I have seen some chrome plated rocker covers but I'm not sure if these were standard on GT6 +.

The bell housing is an aluminium casting on the GT6. The gearbox was also painted black.

Incidentally, I believe the GT6+ was the US export version of the UK GT6 MkII

I will be following this build with interest as I have seen very few built examples of this kit. I have owned the kit several times but always managed to sell it on, never feeling brave enough to actually tackle the beastly thing.

Good luck.

Steve.

(Proud GT6 owner)

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I'm looking forward to this. I'd like to build the kit I have In the stash of the car I'd like to have in the garage! From

my desultory messing about with it, the worst flaw seems to be the windscreen size and shape (you'll note that the box art has either been tweaked in photoshop or the builder has made the changes). I've assembled and reinforced the body of mine, but not yet taken the chain drill and razor saw to it! There are good 3-views on line, on which it's also clear that the rear window needs expanding somewhat as well, though that one I'm confident about replacing with transparent sheet, since it doesn't have a compound curve...

Good luck!

(Obviously you need a proper 70s Burnt Orange or Powder Blue for the colour. Brown or Guards Red optional...)

Best,

M.

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Is there a site for gt6s like xkdata for jags? I'd love to know how many of each mark was built in each of those colours... Valencia Blue looks really nice on the colour chart, though for horrendous teenage crush reasons, the saffron yellow has a powerful lure...

Bestest,

M.

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...the saffron yellow has a powerful lure...

That's the colour I want to respray our Mini - but my son is arguing for Inca...!! I don't recall having a horrendous teenage crush on Saffron though...!!

Powder blue was the colour I had in mind for my GT6 kit should it ever get built. I think Humbrol 47 lightened a bit with white wouldn't be a million miles away, or straight from the pot it mat be good for Wedgewood....

Keith

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Enjoyed some of my courting days in a Saffron 72 Triumph 2.5PI. Most of my mates had Escorts or Minis and used make fun of it until they realised that the girls preferred the leather recliners in the Triumph to the bucket seats they had fitted to their little boy racers.

The Triumph was a lot faster too.

Go for the Saffron in my opinion.

Chris.

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I've been a a life-long Triumph fan. Always lusted after a GT6, but instead "made do" in my youth with 2 x Spitfires, 2 x 1850 HL Dolomites and 2 x TR7 drophead coupes.

My vote on the colour would also be Wedgwood Blue, if you can replicate it with Revell.

I look forward to seeing this build progress.

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The body is starting to take shape.

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Going to need a bit of putty to fill the gaps. Will be interesting to see if anything fits in the end. :)

Also started working on the engine, I am thinking about stripping the chrome from the engine parts and the exhaust system, the images I find while googling mostly show no chrome.

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Interesting fact on the Triumph GT6.

Although there were detail changes like handle/lock and direction of travel for the HRW elements, the tailgate panel remained the same throughout the entire production run of all marks.

Well done on getting the body in one piece, you are further along than I ever got with this kit.

Atb, Steve.

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