Stretched 1969 Triumph TR6 488ci Pontiac Turbo Engine Loves Quarter Mile Racing
In case someone misses some of the previous models covered by the Race with you YouTube channel, we can tell you these folks are all about classic cars, longtime racers, and rides with a meaningful history. And this 1969 Triumph TR6 sums them up in a big 94mm Garrett turbo shell replaced by Pontiac.
According to the chain’s detailed description, we’re not dealing with your regular British convertible that suddenly dared to be different and went for the timeless glory of a quarter mile on the Strip. Instead, it’s a very long affair between its owner Eddie Olson, who has lovingly cared for and modified the TR6 since he was just 18.
It was around 48 years ago when the Triumph became his first car and essentially embarked on an adventurous journey alongside a young Olson. Yes, as one might have guessed, this is also a wreck where the TR6 was written off as a total loss. That didn’t deter Mr. Olson, who instead chose to make this TR6 his own with many modifications.
Over the years, the ride has evolved into a custom chassis with a 14-inch (35.5cm) wheelbase extension, longer doors, custom front and rear suspension, a Ford rear end, as well as two fuel cells to properly choose fuel for a cruise (yes, it’s street legal) or a quick run on the Strip.
Naturally, while this all makes for an interesting picture for the little Triumph TR6, what comes through from the first moment is the massive 94mm Garrett GT55 turbo setup sticking out of the hood up front. It’s also a big clue that something is wrong here, as the original inline six was replaced with a bored Pontiac 400ci engine that upgraded to 488ci.
All of these mods are put to good use every now and then, as the owner (who is now retired) still enjoys the occasional tour of the automobile and the smoke showcase before an occasional nine-second run on the drag track. We are witnessing a few such attempts (with 9.41 and 9.51 ET) and we want even more, because between them we spot a red Chevy SS that may or may not line up with the TR6. for a side-by-side race …