1970 Triumph GT6+ (Brutus)

Started on June 9 by Vince

Ride Rating

11

Picked up a pretty solid GT6+ in Ohio (Sunday 6, June 2010) Destined to be my Vintage Racer. July 9th. about a year later I'm almost ready to go racing...

Latest updates

Aug. 23

Fuel System Upgraded...

Brutus performed pretty well for the first event ever and as I drove the car harder I noticed a significant drop off in power at high revs. The more I drove the car the worse it seemed to get. I ...

July 05

Rear Suspension Modification

I came up with what I think is a great idea to deal with the weak old rear leaf spring while lowering the ride height. I picked up a new 1750# trailer spring at princess auto for cheap, installed the ...

June 19

Paddocked at CHGP MOSPORT

Brutus and I had a successfull first ever race weekend at the Canadian Historic Grand Prix at MOSPORT. The best part was the people, the race community is just awesome.... Our paddock was inside corner 2 which worked nicely with ...

June 18

Great 1st Event! - CHGP @ Mosport

Many thanks to all the racers, family and partner that rallied to support me for my first official outing at the CHGP/Festival at MOSPORT hosted by VARAC. It was not without challenges but everything came together for a great couple ...

May 18

Prepping for engine assembly..

Tonight the engine got a scrubbing with degreaser then a hot power wash. Old CAM taken out, cylinders given a light honing then another detergent scrub and hot power wash. The bores were further wiped and oiled and the block ...

May 15

Safety Upgrades..

Last weekend I managed to install new ceramic pads in the front along with the new heavier wheel studs. I also added new braded brake lines front and back. Last night the new kill switch went on the front cowl/drivers ...

May 10

Engine Progress

I cleaned up the pistons last night and gathered up all tha other pieces to be balanced along with the flywheel freshly machined. Hitting the road at 5AM tomorrow to deliver everything for precision balancing. In a week I should ...

May 06

Engine tear down...

The engine cleaned up nice and it took about 3 hours to tear it down the measure up and document tolerances on the crank shaft journals, con rods, cylinder bores etc. It's been previously rebuilt using .020 bearing material and ...

May 06

Building the engine..

I took Friday off to get a jump on building a fresh engine for Brutus. I'm starting with the high compression GT6 engine I was lucky to pick up with a parts car a few years back. It was pretty ...

April 29

Race School Complete...

For race school I had the pleasure of being coached by John who has been racing for over 50 years. What a great weekend at Shannonville and one step closer to a regional race license and first event of the ...

Feb. 18

Race Car Trio...

Thanks to Peter and Mikes awesome cars we had a great display of Triumph Racers for the Canadian International Car Show...

Feb. 18

Gala Night

Gala night at the car show was almost to good to put into words. We enjoyed chatting with friends and acquaintances so much in the Triumph display area we didn't bother wandering to see much else. We checked out all ...

Feb. 12

MTCC Entry Inspection

Down the truck elevator to level 7 and a short drive through the MTCC where Brutus was inspected prior to being escorted to the show area. Having been to the MTCC several times for technology shows, not in my wildest ...

Feb. 12

Delivering Brutus to the MTCS

After a few hours of polishing I carefully tarped Brutus on the neighbors trailer and we arrived at the Metro Toronto Convention Center early Saturday to deliver the car where it will one of 3 featured racing Triumphs in the ...

Jan. 24

Cleaning up for the Show..

Having been invited to be one of 3 feature Triumph race cars in the Canadian International Auto Show that's coming up is quite an honor. Before the show date I have a few things to sort out, the most important ...

Oct. 07

Pumpkin Festival Cinderella Car Show

Brutus's first official car show was the Port Elgin Pumpkin Festivals "Cinderella's Carriage Antique and Classic Car Show". Its the largest out door car show in Ontario or Canada at this time of year and there were tonnes of awesome ...

Sept. 02

1st Trip to Mosport

All loaded up for a quick get-a-way after work to Mosport for the first time with Brutus to get eligibility and Tech inspections... Another milestone in the road putting my first car on the track (and myself..)

Sept. 02

CELL Enclosure

I designed and drafted up a pattern for a nice heavy gauge aluminum fuel cell cover that fits the trunk floor nicely.. Light weight, strong and looks decent. A local fabricator bent it up for me and it went in ...

Sept. 01

New Wheel Studs

I installed Camero/Corvette 12mm wheel studs for strenght/safety. New Roto Couplings, bearings and seals went in at the same time. It was a grueling 2 days in the garage due to the pounding and damage done to the poor thing ...

Aug. 28

Awesome 1st Event

First Event for Brutus was a great success. 7 runs improving my time each run and 0 penalties on the day. Not bad for a rookie.... There were some great rides at the event as well as personalities / people ...

Aug. 28

Final Details...

I haven't posted my build progress in a while but I've been hard at it... Window glass went in a couple weekends ago and I treated daisy to a new rear wind shield seal as well. I sorted the exhaust ...

Aug. 11

Driveable... Let the fun begin

Brakes, Clutch, New Rims & a few other details... Blew out all the brake and clutch lines with shop air then sorted out all the twisted tubing nicely and connected everything up the the new master cylinders. I decided to ...

Aug. 09

New Master Cylinders In

The new Clutch and Brake Master Cylinders went in last night. I re-piped the clutch and got it connected to the slave. I'd like to refurb. the rear brakes and blow the old fluid out of the brake lines before ...

Aug. 03

Home Stretch....

The past couple of weeks has seen good progress and Brutus is getting real close to drive-able.

July 21

2AM Smoke...

I couldn't put it down until I had the wire loom for my new main dash connected and the new panel installed. While I was at it I cut in the passenger side end of the dash board and installed ...

July 19

Wiring Progress..

The garage was a good place to be in the heat of the day so I managed to make some ground on the wiring. The main/middle panel is sorted out, gauges & switches mounted and everything tied to a nice ...

July 11

Progress....

In the past week the detailing has come together with the race strip and numbers trimmed and pin striped and entire car wet sanded and polished. The weekend wrapped up with the dash pad renewed and installed, wind screen fitted ...

June 28

Main Stripe Finished

Fortunately they still sell the Transtar product so I was able to get the Catalyst I needed.. After work I hit the links with my son then ran home, mixed some paint, shot the strip and out of the garage ...

June 26

Prepping for Race Stripe

A few hours of wet sanding and masking Saturday has the main body and drivers door ready for the race stripe and door numbers. Just my luck the catalyst has gone hard so I can't shoot it today.... CRAP Maybe ...

June 12

Brutus Lives!!

We fired it up for the first time tonight... Powered the coil and hit the starter with a booster cable and I operated the throttle and chokes manually and it fired immediately. Nice to be through the dirty work and ...

June 07

Final Paint

The weather cooperated this weekend and although I was feeling under the weather with a cold coming on I found the energy to spray the car and it turned out pretty nice. On to wet sanding and applying the race ...

June 07

Final prep for paint

I decided that prior to painting I'd better wrap up all the interior work. So I cut out the trunk floor and put in a 4" lower drop pan for the fuel cell to sit in and worked out my ...

June 07

Picked up my new trailer June 1

I designed my own small car hauler and had a local chap fabricate it over the past few months and picked it up after work on Wednesday. It turned out great..

May 28

Primed and ready...

Friday morning (May 27), I solvent washed the car, touched up a few minor things and had it primed by noon. Hopefully by next weekend I'll have it blocked out and painted then on to assembling the car, wahooooo...

May 28

Body work complete

Dad came over to play in the garage for the May 24 weekend. He stripped the last bit of the car for me, the engine room shelf and firewall, bonnet latch area and other tight spots while I wrapped up ...

May 28

Suspension Diversion....

I thought I'd take a diversion from all the welding grinding, and sanding and stripped the R/F running gear. Cleaned and stripped all components, rebuilt the calipers, installed new pads, and 1" lower, 430" uprated springs, removed the backing plate, ...

May 10

Installed Rear Quarter Patch

I managed to get a couple hours in on Brutus tonight and installed the new rear quarter patch I bought last week. It didn't quite cover all the damaged area so I had to add a small patch and repair ...

May 01

Installed the Rocker and Rear Quarter Dogleg

Once the inner beam was installed the rocker and rear quarter dogleg panels went on pretty nice. I also cleaned up the old patch on the quarter panel someone had installed previously, shaped and welded it properly so it wouldn't ...

May 01

Inner Rocker Beam

I fabbed up a full length inner strengthening beam and stitched it in where there was solid metal. Then I cleaned and sprayed the panel and inner rocker areas with some left over Tremclad paint to preserve things nicely....

April 03

Cage is in, back to some body work...

Progress... Cage is finally done so Cliff and I picked up Brutus today. My buddy put on the steering wheel disconnect, seat mount, ordered a custom new SFI window net and he threw in some nice cam lock belts that ...

March 26

New Dash Board and Door Skins

The light gauge Aluminum I picked up worked great for the door skins and I laminated it onto some 3/8 Ply for my Dashboard. Got it all done for 30 bucks with material to spare, not bad.....

March 25

Fabricating a new dash panel

Cut out some 3/8" plywood tonight and started laying out the aluminum skin I'll laminate onto it tomorrow.

March 25

Passenger Door Detail

Home sick and bored crazy so I brought up the passenger door and enjoyed sitting in the warmth of the sun in front window and layed the black pin stripe around the numbers to finish it up...

March 24

Carb Refurbishing

I decided to tackle the carbs today. It took a few hours of tedium to completly dissassemble, clean, inspect and reassemble them. Underneath 41 years of rust, corrosion, oil, dirt and carbon I found some pretty decent carbs. The spindles ...

March 19

Transmission Ready to go...

After cleaning up the surface rust and corrosion I flushed the gear box a couple times and filtered the solvents to see what came out and it wasn't bad. I popped the shifter off the top to inspect the gearbox ...

March 19

Transmission Refurbishing

I spend a few hours cleaning the transmission which was showing it's age, leaking like a seive, shifter all sloppy, a lot of corrosion etc. At leaswt the slave cylinder had been recently replaced... A couple fine brass wire wheels ...

March 16

Engine Stripped Clean

It came up real good....

March 16

Engine Block Clean Up

It took about 3 hours tonight after work to strip the engine block of old paint, 3 layers to be exact. Original black had been painted over with orange and that was painted over again with black.. Thankfully I had ...

March 15

Aluminum for Door and Dash Skins

I dropped into a local metal supplier and found some decent, used, light weight aluminum that should work nicely to skin my doors and dash panel with.. Only $9.99 Sweet!

March 15

Small Parts Refurb

I was up 5:30 AM Monday finished painting the small parts I had anti rust primed before hitting the sheets then away to work...

March 13

My Parts room

Great to have an empty recroom at my disposal for all the refurbished and new parts I'm accumulating.

March 13

More Engine Parts Refurb...

I had a great day yesterday in the garage. On top of getting the timing cover, oil pan and intake manifolds sorted out, painted etc. I also stripped, tested and painted the starter, alternator, transmission/motor mount plate, thermostat housing cover ...

March 13

Intake Flow Work

One I had the intake manifold cleaned up I decided to do a little port flow work. There was a very sharp ridge in the cast on the intakes that I rounded off. Here's a B4 and After shot.

March 13

Intake Manifold Clean Up

The intake manifold was extremely messed up with a lot of orange over spray, oxidation a bit of rust and upon inspecting the ports it looked like someone had installed the gaskets wrong on the cabs which resulted in a ...

March 13

Oil Pan & Timing Cover Looking Good

Both pieces came up nice and clean and I finished them off with a solvent wipe down and coat of cherry red "metal cast" paint.

March 13

Oil Pan & Timing Cover Clean Up

I stripped the oil pan and timing cover to bare metal, they were both a mess with about 3 different colors of paint, rust and the odd war wound. The seal in the timing cover was as hard as glass.

March 13

Oil Pan Windage

My buddy and I sorted out the oil pan. He was good enough to strip the ancilliaries off the engine and started with cleaning the oil pan and welding in some windage pieces we dreampt up... Great guy, thanks Cliff! ...

March 09

Tire Crazy...

I found out they are phasing out the ultra streets I was planning to buy. The were no longer advertised so I called and got lucky as the only size they had left were exactly what I was looking for ...

Feb. 27

Running, Brake & Turn Restored...

It took about 6 hours of stripping, repairing and painting... The lights are almost better than new with the donor parts from modern trailer lamps, Including the nurled bolts that will be much nicer for mounting the rear tail lamps ...

Feb. 27

Runnig, Brake & Turn Lamps

Here are the lamps prior to restore. The bulb holders were shot, some pieces broken right off. I picked up 4 trailer lamps from Princess Auto, there were perfect parts donors giving up sockets, knurled bolts and new bulbs all ...

Feb. 21

Rear bumpers finished

Bumpers came up real nice and should look good in gloss black, just like the group 44 car ;) I cleaned up a bunch of other small parts and have started laying things out, labelled, bagged etc. Once the main ...

Feb. 20

Small Parts Refurbishing

A little warm spell/thaw and seeing the roll cage almost complete I"m motivated to get something done.. I grabbed the box of small parts I sorted late in the fall and started at it. There a lot of rust, corrosion, ...

Feb. 18

Roll Cage Progress

Finally back to the build and Kent is doing a great job fabbing the cage. We cut the roof off the car to make it easier to fit. Kents expert tig welding will make it a simple task for me ...

Nov. 22

Precious Moments...

I picked up dad Saturday and thanks to some late season nice weather took us for a nice long cruise in the GT6. Stopped and bought a burgar, ran a few erands and drove through parts of our community where ...

Nov. 17

Rear Hatch Stripped

Spent a few hours stripping about 5 layers of old paint of this thing, sanded the hardened rubber to get rid of the weather checking and have it ready for final prime and paint....

Nov. 10

Front Bonnet Detailed

A couple evenings of wet sanding polishing and some gold pin striping I picked up at a marine flea market put the finishing touches on the bonnet this week. On to the rest of the body and mechanical soon...

Nov. 10

We Interupt this project...

Well, the racer build was put on hold for a couple weeks while a packed for a last minute trip to Vegas and to hike the Grand Canyon with my son. Three days at the canyon and the hike down, ...

Oct. 12

Thanks Giving Paint...

I spent Thanks Giving day tarping up a paint booth in my shop, finish sanded, cleaned and painted the Bonnet and passenger door. Love the color and gloss but it wasn't the nicest paint to lay down. Next for the ...

Oct. 09

Bonnet ready for paint

A couple of evenings in the garage this week got the bonnet to an acceptable point and I took advantage of a warm evening last night an sprayed 2/3 of a pint of primer/sealer. A little blocking off and it's ...

Oct. 01

Bonnet almost ready for finishing

Finished the rough block sanding on the outer bonnet the last few nights, removing a lot of excess bondo from previous jobs that had not been blocked down properly. I sprayed on a light guide coat late night so it'll ...

Sept. 28

Finishing Underside of Bonnet

Finally back in the man cave and working on the racer. The bonnet is real solid but with 20 years of minor dents and a couple small, tired body patches along with 4 different layers of paint topped off by ...

Sept. 08

New Rimms

Picked up two nice sets of Rimms from a chap in Ottawa this week. Panasports for the racer and period correct American Racing Wheels for Daisy.. My buddy was kind enough to grab them and do the hand off at ...

July 16

Interior Painted Ready for Cage

Weekend plans were going down in flames Friday when I learned the place I hoped would bend my tubing couldn't do it... It was a blessing in disguise. After many phone calls and worry I found a place in Barrie. ...

July 16

Starting into the roll cage last night...

I'm going overspec 1 3/4" .095 DOM tubing (I could use 1.5" but for the extra 10 lbs I'll take the safetly factor. The neighbor loaned me his truck mounted bench vice so I could work outside to clean the ...

July 14

Cleaned and sealed floor & under body tonight

After a couple more hours of grinder, wire wheel, sander and a solvent/cleaner wash down I finally sealed up the floors inside and out. I blew on some rust converting primer and a bit of chasis paint I had handy..... ...

July 13

Wrapped up the underbody/sheet metal tonight

I was just about to finish tacking the last bit under the drivers side floor and the power went out. Wow, we're having quite the thunder storm, the house is shaking constantly. I guess I'll clean up the welds and ...

July 11

Reenforcing Inner Rockers

Re Plated the inner rockers and did a little welding and plating under the floors to tie in the outer rockers and clean up the patchwork the PO had left.

July 07

Roll Cage Mount Plates

Started into the roll cage, cut and tacked in the 3/16" plate mount points for the main hoop and supports and finished the sheet metal work in the trunk area. 40 Celcius outside so it wasn't a bad day to ...

July 04

July 1st Weekend...

Working out the sheet metal work on the floors and in the trunk. Closed up the old fuel tank holes, bumper mount holes and cut out the spare tire mount along with a few other minor body metal patches to ...

July 01

Roll Cage Patterning

I spent a few hours in the garage tonight cutting and fitting cardboard as a pattern for my cage. All I have to do now is pick up 3 x 12ft lengths of DOM and take it to someone with ...

June 28

Minor Frame work & cleaning

I managed a few more hours in the man cave tonight cleaning up my welds in the floors and cleaning and inspecting the front frame where I found a couple of small holes that needed patching. Some 1/16th plate and ...

June 27

Stripping and Cleaning

June 27, another 7 hours in the driveway today with the water blaster, solvents, cleaners etc, stripping the underbelly of the car. The engine hoist did a good job of getting it up in the air so I could work ...

June 26

ReInforcing Floors

June 25, spent a few hours cutting and welding in 3/32 plate to re-inforce the rear floors where the radius arms bolt up and seats will bolt down.

June 25

Pulled the Motor

Final stages of stripping out the car prior to building it back up.. Ancilliaries and bonnet came off after work one night then Motor came out last night (what a nice car to work on). I even had a little ...

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