TR250 and TR6 Glove Box Companion
THE CAST OF CHARACTERS
1972 TR6, Comm. No. CC85221U, Owned by Dolly LaRock and Her
Husband Dan (Tanker) Coughenour, Sapphire Blue
After searching for and looking at numerous TR6's throughout the Tri-State Area,
Dan and I found the perfect TR6 in the Summer of 1989. It was a good running car
with faded paint, covered in dents but with a perfect frame. Looking back, I enjoyed
the car more in that condition, driving it when and where I wanted. The frame-off
restoration began on Thanksgiving Day, 1989 and lasted only seven months.
After Thanksgiving dinner, we went out to the garage and began the restoration
—taking care to make a note book and, of course, taking lots of reference pictures
along the way. We were not alone in the project. Friend and mechanic, Bob Hoke,
spent many of the evenings during the winter with us.
Special thanks goes to Joey Griffith, another friend, who did the body work and
paint, but we were always there for sanding and helping with what we could do on the
exterior work. All of the parts and components for the restoration were readily
available from TRF, and all upholstery was done by Larry Learn in his well-known
shop. Larry also fitted the convertible top and even made a roll-bar cover for me.
We joined the Western Pennsylvania Triumph Association, and we made so many
new friends and great memories with that group. Having the opportunity to meet
people and their British cars from California to Florida, going to shows, and partying
like rock stars (some twenty-odd years ago). You out there know what I mean, and
being part of such a special family of people has made for a very good life.
Of course, now my favourite memory is from 1993 when Tanker and I were on our
way to Waynesboro, Virginia to attend a car show. Out of the blue, I asked Tanker to
marry me, and he said yes! We stopped short of Waynesboro in Winchester, Virgina, a
popular city for weddings, before arriving at the car show as husband and wife!
The car has sat for several years without much use (by the way not good for it). In
late 2013, we got her out and put on new tires, replaced hoses, rebuilt the braking
system, tuned her up, and got her out for rides. With winter and cold weather here now,
we have a few more small projects to complete to be ready for the spring of 2014.
Looking forward to being back behind the wheel...
The Roadster Factory
This photograph of DollyLaRock's TR6 was taken along Route 381
between Ligonier and Rector. Western Pennsylvania is famous for its
beautiful fall foliage.