I took my first covid test yesterday. Fever for 2 days. Achy. So begins the quarantine and reaching out to anyone I may have sneezed on. I bowl, and it all started the next day. I think it takes a while for it to develop, so may not be related. In the meantime, and since I am locked in a room, its beautiful outside in north dallas. I caught some of the NFL playoffs last weekend, but had that who GAS attitude. My team wasn’t in it, and won’t be as long as PT Barnum continues to wreck the cowboy franchise. D6, our Dallas TR6 group is working on its next gathering. And we are growing, and looking at how we will walk and talk moving forward.

Whats new
Spent some quality time with Jim Herter this week. We talked wiring diagrams, idiosyncracies in year models, and some work arounds for my starter issue. Turns out it is the starter relay. We tested that, and I can make the starter hit – just not with that old original style relay. Once it runs, it runs well. I had bumped the idle up, but I may pull that down some. After I get the starter fixed. Who needs a clutch glitch at a light to choke the car off.

Techtip. Starter Relay
The Journey
Throwback. The Legend of Chuck Norris

An alternative to our lucas parts
I have the attention span of a puppy. I limp with a decaying ignition switch, and then chase problems with heavy delays between running and diagnostics. Now layer in that I am an electrical idiot. I get theory, and I get testing, and to be honest, I get the principles of electricity. But when someone starts throwing electrical terms at me, its like a 9 volt on my tongue. My starter system – the whole circuitry in the school car – has always been quirky. And in a recent diagnosis over the phone with TRF and Jim Herter, I make progress this week.

To replace the original part is around 90 dollars. I think you can find that part number on ebay for 40. That was the plan until Jim said – have you considered a new style relay? I say no, and he says, “I’ll look one up, and shoot you a link of what will work instead. Which he does. GEBE part, and a supplier to Bosch. 7 dollars. I buy 2 of them. Why not. At the end of the day, at some point, I’ll probably go back to the original relay, if it goes on sale, or if I come down off this penny pincher ledge. That switch goes in today, and I’ll report back in the electrical forums on 6pack.

One thing that hit me later was – I had taken my car to my alternator shop, no longer there, a few years back. Same problem. And these guys – not britt guys – do exactly what I am about to do now. I get the car back, original relay in place, wires connected to a black new style relay, zip tied to the horn relay. Yeah, I don’t know where that relay is. But I will say – in this tip – as we source and test this for others, this has to be an item in the trunk road trip kit.

Here is the relay link for those interested.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/GEBE-992951-Mini-Relay-12-Volts-40-Amps-SPST-Dual-87-Circuit-Made-in-Germany/174357377175?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.S EED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3Ddb374 b37e65a4f8885469aa0fbd57124%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D 1%26rkt%3D14%26mehot%3Dnone%26sd%3D174357377175%26 itm%3D174357377175%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2380 057&_trksid=p2380057.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pagec i%3Aca9182ac-62f7-11eb-a415-5ecc42749ee6%7Cparentrq%3A534b8bf01770a69d567d1716 fffd3918%7Ciid%3A1

Burn out or rust out
I did what I could to take some solace in my dad’s passing a few years back. Brother in law Kevin, said it best – no one gets out of this thing alive. So, make the most of it while you are here. We chat the vintage spectrum all the time. Full original to Full modified. Not even sure what full modified is. Maybe race car, or no bumbers. Most likely V8. The hypnosis is strong with this mark – on keeping original, but is that the same with other vintage cars? AC Bristol – I’m sure the purist there look down their noses at a cobra, but what is that – 8 guys? That was rude. But what other marks tend to stick to original? I don’t even know how to answer that. I think of 60s muscle, with matching numbers, maybe, and I am drifting into Mecum auctions and what rolls across the floor.

I am on a handful of facebook groups, poke around 6pack each week still. That’s about my boundary. But in this world of tr6, you see some very unique work on this car. I think sun roof on the hard top is the most puzzling. Sexy and attractive, certainly. But…you cut the hard top, and how long does it take to remove it? I guess on a road trip, and you want some sun cabin while you drive down the ocean parkway. One owner had crazy tall rims, and low profile tires – I just hope that suspension was stiffened cause it will rub.

I guess the things I keep sharing, or want to impress on others – certainly potential new stewards – is you aren’t alone in any category. I would lose my mind if there were no stock original tr6s out there. My conversation with Jim Herter this week – helping me source a swap to the lucas starter relay – this will work, he says, but I wouldn’t do that to my car. Ha. I should clarify. He wouldn’t do that to his car cause his is restored to how it rolled off the assembly line. I need to share that story in a throwback. I’ll get some details from Jim – he told me this back in Waco, serviceman, in Europe, final tour of duty, and Triumph had special offers for servicemen headed back to the states.

An original TR6 is a lovely car. That wayback machine that gives you other senses, including that brit interior smell. As we move into a new phase of ownership, what will be the driving factors? In other words, when they pry those keys out of your old trembling hands, who gets them? We won’t go quietly, but as I said before, none of us will get out of this alive. So have a plan.

Force of One.
Teenager with a tired, worn looking tr6, daily driver spends most of his or her time day dreaming about other things. Mine was that – this TR6 wish list. Most likely what led me to this car I have now. When you buy any car, you become aware of that car on the road. My second car was an 84 honda accord, and I had no idea the world was flooded with 84ish Honda accords. They were everywhere. Like someone pulled back a curtain. And with a tr6, you are very much aware of them if you are tooling around in one. Like a dog smelling another dog’s rear end – hey, tell me about that car? Or following it to see what is different.

In 1976 and around that time, there were plenty of tr6s on the road. My tiny ass town of Kinston had at least 6 of them. But one in particular, still sticks with me today. The Chuck Norris Burgundy 1976 car. Tan top. That decal package that goes down the side. Silver. Tan interior. Brand new. I mean, that car may have had 5K miles on it as Chuck Norris drove by me occasionally. Chuck, or to be clear just in case someone thought Chuck Norris lived in Kinston, was the doppelganger of Chuck Norris. Fit, blond rock band hair, parted down the middle. Mustache. And a hot girlfriend, who seemed to always be in the passenger seat. Chuck worked at Montgomery Wards, in the appliance section. That was as far as my stalking took me.

That car. Lordy. Would roll by in a nice, even throttle, and move on down the road. Well tuned, cause how could it not be? It was almost brand new. All I wanted was my 72 car to sound like that thing. I had very basic knowledge of cam and what was different about the 72 and the 76. I didn’t know his car was tuned down and choked off with that smog kit. All I knew was mine had a horrible idle, with stock exhaust header and these dual glass pack mufflers that poked out each rear corner of the car – not even straight back. And his car, with those flat back snakes sticking out and up out the rear of his car, sounded like a violin. That car was hypnotizing – like if I knew he was near, I’d drop my rake, and stand there in a pile of leaves as he drove by. And he knew I was watching him too. He never waved, but I could catch that Norris snicker occasionally, like beat it, kid.

That’s enough for today
Your Triumph TR6 is a great diplomat. You help people around you with this car without even knowing it. You bring happiness, and thumbs up, leaving a memory with a guy in a truck on his way to work. You are a steward, responsible for it, and to it. Please start the car with it out of gear and foot off the clutch. This helps save your thrust washers, which have poor oiling at startup. Smile when you drive, and whenever possible, take a kid driving.

L.O Guvna