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Triumph TR6 - Shift Knob - Original?

Hey guys... I think I have the real McCoy but can you confirm that what is pictured here is the correct and original shifter knob for a 76 TR6. It's the one that was on my car when I bought it.

Ken

Ken Shaddock

One more pic...

Ken Shaddock

Original or not.
Needs a new one or a refurb job
DON KELLY

Hi Don... I put a new black leather job on in 08 but was curious re this oldie. It's got character, no?
Ken Shaddock

Ken, It's got sumfin
DON KELLY

I dunno-On page 155 TRF vol. 1 catalog, the original shift knobs are shown. It looks like the first one, but the description says it is made of hard black rubber. The #5 one is made of wood, but has the whirling sphincter BL logo instead of the shift pattern.
Berry Price
BTP Price

The original knob would have been covered in black leather. Yours looks like the leather is missing, and the wood inside, was stained dark.
rch Hunt

I have one just like it,i too installed a leather wrap
knob with the Triumph logo.I've seen many 6's with the
same knob and always thought they came from the Factory this way.Upon a closer inspection of my old knob it appears there is left over leather bits on the bottom.
Cheers everyone and have a great New Year.
Malcolm
M Macdonald

My '69 has that knob, which was in place when I bought the car from the original owner in 1976. I'm pretty sure it came from the factory that way since it was clear that the original owner never spent a cent on the car.

Tony
A. J. Koschinsky

Ken,

My '75 TR6 has the same shiftknob, which appears to be original. I own that car since 1976.

Cheers,

Jean G.
J. G. Catford

J.G.... I had no idea you were that old! Just kidding... I know you bought it when you were VERY young. Now that would be a cool car to have... yours from the original owner I bet... with all the paperwork, bill of sale, etc. too boot. Very cool.

Thanks to all for the input. Other than it being a pretty tired looking I like it's character. It's tough from being pushed around (literally) for 33 years.

Ken
Ken Shaddock

This thread was a test to see if y'all had hibernated... just kidding. The BBS had been quiet. The number of threads had declined and the number of exchanges per thread had dropped so it was time to check on everyone. You (well some of you) passed the mirror test. I'll try to come up with something more stimulating than gear shift knobs... like two years ago when we all got into Garage Decor. Now that was kinda fun.

Stay warm and up-beat.

Ken
Ken Shaddock

Hi Ken,

I have two gear shift knobs that are the same as the one you displayed. One is from a 69 the other is from a 75. I have stripped and refinished both which came out quite nice. Coincidently, I have been trying to find a replacement metal shift pattern insert that is in mint condition without any luck.

Shawn 74.5
SSD Mr.

Hey Shawn... sounds like this knob I have is correct as is other than a good refinish as you say. Any idea how the metal shift pattern piece looked originally? Mine looks like it may have had a brass finish... well worn now.

Ken
Ken Shaddock

Hi Ken,
I am pretty sure that the top coating was a brass like finish with the metal under being a silver colored metal. (Based on the two that I have) btw I just installed a Model 1 radio in my TR. Fits really nice. Need to fugure out how to hook up all the wires next... Shawn 74.5
SSD Mr.

I had also sent the image off to Octagon Motor Group in Vancouver, BC (LBC Service Garage & Store) and the staffers there also felt it's an original.

Thanks for the input guys.

Ken
Ken Shaddock

Just for the record, and as Tony indicates, my 69 TR6 has the same style shift knob as Kens. We bought the car from the original owner in 1977 and I am sure he did not replace the original.

As Shawn, I did some sanding and gloss urethane finish and it looks sharp.

As for BBS activity- it is probably related to the economy - slow and weather- winter.




Michael Petryschuk

Mike. Did you refinish the metal shift pattern area?
Ken Shaddock

Ken

When I did mine, I couldn't recall if the pattern was chromed at one time or a brass finish. My father had urethaned it in 1978 and I don't know what he did to the shift pattern at that time. When I rebuilt the car in 2002-2005 the knob had lost its luster and needed some work.

I removed the pattern and buffed it. After buffing, the shift pattern had a bronze like look to it. Then I urethaned the knob with the shift pattern on it.

The finished effect is limited as the urethane on the shift pattern is thicker on one side and gives it a slight yellower tinge on that side. (the knob wasn't level as the urethane dried I guess). The wood finish of the knob looks great though with the gloss urethane.

I would recommend if you want to urethane it, you do the knob with the pattern off of it then paint the shift pattern with clear coat and then put it on.

In hindsight it would have been nice if I had the shift pattern brass finished or chromed but at the time I had spent enough $$ on the car.

Regards
Mike
Michael Petryschuk

Roger that Mike thanks... sometimes I drag myself through originality concerns when I should be doing what I'd like to do. Appreciate your input.

Ken
Ken Shaddock

Ken/Guys:

My '76 had the same shift knob you posted when I bought it in 2004. It is well used but in very nice condition. Still have it but replaced it with the walnut knob with Triumph book logo a couple of years ago.

Cheers,
Bob
Bob Evans

Thought I'd stir up a little dirt in the corner (I can be good at that) and show a picture of this shift knob...going on the TR6 when the trans/od goes back in.
Rod

Rod Nichols

Boat Rocker!
DON KELLY

Don,
I told you last time. Go to the shop and get to work on that TR6. Unless you want another wedgie!
Rod
Rod Nichols

Rod- Did you see the other place lost a member yesterday?
DON KELLY

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