Hi, I'm Andy Cook, your current GT6 Register Secretary.
I’ve been a pretty long standing member of the TSSC having joined in 1985. At the time I owned a ‘76 Spitfire 1500 which had replaced my first Triumph a ’76 Dolomite 1850. In 1988 having written off my Spitfire I realised a dream and purchased my current GT6.
My GT6 is a ’71 MK3 Rotoflex Model, in Saffron Yellow, which I affectionately refer to as “Nappy cack yellow”. I can’t hate it too much as I’ve had the car re-sprayed twice in the same colour.
I’ve now owned the car for over 25 years, even after all those years it still puts a smile on my face when I drive it. I tend to drive with the drivers window open most of the time so I can hear that beautiful exhaust howl from the smooth 6 pot engine.
The car has overdrive fitted from new and I have also fitted the optional rear seat conversion which I picked up brand new in the Stanpart box with all the fittings at the TSSC International when it was in Peterborough.
The car also has a few subtle modifications.
Cosmic Alloys shod with 175/70 Michelins.
Koni shocks all round with and uprated and lowered front springs.
Rear chassis mounted shock conversion.
K&N Air filters.
Semi Sports Bell Exhaust.
SAH Rocker Cover
Oil Cooler with Goodridge hoses and Spin on adaptor.
Pacet Cooling Fan
Goodridge Brake Hoses
Diff rebuilt with new crown wheel & Pinion as 3.63 ratio (as per Spitfire 1500) in a 6 stud GT6 case.
Fuse Box replaced with Blade Fuse Holders
Oil Pressure Gauge.
Late GT6 Mk3 seats with headrests fitted with the early Early GT6 Mk3 PVC basket weave covers.
Mountney Woodrim steering Wheel
Over the years I’ve renewed or rebuilt just about every mechanical component, some more than once. I’ve also had two fairly major bodywork restorations and resprays.
I carry out all mechanical, electrical and trimming jobs myself but tend to spend out and have bodywork carried out by professionals.
Some of the work I’ve carried out over the years:-
Replacement Reconditioned Engine with unleaded head.
3 replacement reconditioned gearboxes.
2 replacement clutches.
Complete rebuilds to the front and rear suspension. With subsequent replacements of rotoflex couplings, UJs wheel bearings, bushes etc several times.
Complete replacement of all brake hydraulics including servo plus subsequent replacement of components several times through the years
2 interior Re-trims with seat covers, door cards, carpets etc.
Replacement Reconditioned Diff.
All major electrical components replaced, some several times.
Timing Chain and sprocket rebuild when the crankshaft sprocket decided to shed it teeth.
I’ve been far and wide in the car, to France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg, Switzerland. It’s also completed the infamous Club Triumph Round Britain run twice, from London to John O’Groats and back to London, 2,000 miles in 48 Hours. I also got as far as John O’Groats in it a 3rd time but had to retire with a broken suspension rear tie bar caused by a spin off the road avoiding a rather large antlered Stag. I certainly got my money’s worth out of the free recovery on the club insurance that time with a relay recovery from John O’Groats to Hampshire including a complimentary overnight stay in a hotel part way.
Other highlights of ownership are driving my GT6 around the Nurburgring, up the hillclimb circuit at Prescott, having the car featured in Practical Classics Magazine with a professional photoshoot back in 2010 and winning the Appuldurcombe choice cup at the Isle of Wight camping weekend presented by the campsite owners to the members Triumph they would most like to own themselves each year.