3/20/21
Lobby
Good morning, 6ers. Blokes. Gents, Ladies. Quick disclaimer. I have edited the blog this morning with glasses. It was killing me... And, i forgot to add my new music link. so, here is some Aerosmith, which was blasting yesterday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTiO7Qw5-VI

Been a good and bad week for the clan. We started last Saturday with a drive to New Mexico for skiing. The vacation ended early on Tuesday with a dash back home to help look for our escaped 12 pound terrier mix. Something spooked her, and she bolted when she had the chance, and is roaming the general area, best we can tell. Flyers, social media, and today, we have a tracker and her dog coming to help locate her. We hope for the best, and time will tell. The weather is generally good, and life in general, is good. Much to be thankful for.

Whats New
Besides procrastinated stuff like front end spacers and adjusting my radiator mounts, the school car is running well. With that week…ish off of no starting or driving, the car needs more starter rotations to fire, so no bump start yesterday. That speaks to the fuel in the bowl, to me anyway. Think about that – fuel, sitting for just a week, is enough to change the characteristics. 2 weeks, the fuel changes further. We don’t have the luxury of not driving, or at least starting, our cars with significant intervals. And fuels will continue to modify, in my humble opinion. Otherwise with the car, the only thing annoying is my fuse for the fuel and temp gauges. It works when you twist it, but then stops 5 minutes later. I am going to clean the posts and even the fuse holders. I need to add flushing my 30w non detergent in the gearbox cause my OD sticks more than most. I’ll share that in another blog, but it has to do with me, swapping my OD internals back when gas was 4 dollars a gallon. I have Volvo internals, and I get a little more reduction than others in their J overdrive. Fun project, but lingering effects due to the outer clearance of the housing, and the new Volvo set. Over time, it will wear in properly, but for now, I live with some sticking.

Tech
Your Posse
Throwback. 1/4 mile....ish

Tech tip.
I look for themes during the week for ideas of something hasn’t come to mind, and this week, nothing out of the ordinary popped up. There was some confusion on which way to lean and richen the needles on the Stromberg. Fid, Baws, Poolboy….I think many have reminded us lefty lean, righty rich. I share that and someone went into that theory of the opposite – which all tend to do, but thankfully, a mention of the service manual backing up this counter clockwise lean, clockwise rich adjustment. But I will add this week, since I haven’t lately, for those with air dams, be sure to drill small holes in the bottom to drain water. Really? Yeah. Even if yours is in good shape with no cracks or ways to get water in it, drill it anyway, cause one day it will crack, or find a way to fill up with it. Tiny holes, at the bottom, and just behind the face of it so you wont see them, and for what its worth, I have 3. 1 in the middle, and 2 more 6 inches away. Those are the lowest points in the dam.


The Entourage
One of the most frustrating things to watch in this hobby is someone coming in with little knowledge or support for the car. Today, we have the established clubs, online forums, and now, the facebook group, which 2 alone are dedicated to this mark. Same spelling, but one is completely capitalized. Sure, some overlap, but one is more international, and more PI centric, and the other a bit more US spec. Both great for any new owner, and each share tech bits, along with vanity pics. Who cares - just really enjoy both and their slightly different spin on living with this mark.

When I got my second car, my current car, I joined the local group, and knew one service provider. I already knew TRF for parts, and branched out a bit for Moss and Vicky Britt, but this was before BPNW, Rimmer….I think, Racestorations, and everything at our fingertips today. But even in this chaos, I have people I rely on that I call for questions and support. Many of them I know from 6pack, and some I know locally. But the point here is, don’t simply rely on one silo of support. If you are handy like Ed_h, you can take some input from the web or forums, and move along. If you struggle with tool names, then make friends. Lots of them, and it doesn’t have to be britt experts. Some of the work on this car has been done by my regular mechanic, trained to service Hondas.

Your entourage is important. Car shows, monthly meetings, and exchanges online are critical to keeping your car in good shape. Mentoring works in mysterious ways, and you’ll find eventually that you are helping others. This mark is losing critical information as it moves forward – we have talked about the vent hole in the gearbox. At some point, that intel will probably evaporate, and areas on the car like that will be lost. I say that like I have been to the future – I am just assuming given how we communicate things, and how our service manuals aren’t updated. We don’t have a place to hold in library all the stuff we have or need. Wow, this is a ramble, but the point I started with was, surround yourself with people that can help you, and do the best at making decisions others agree with. A British car is a magnet for shady mechanics, even today. All I have talked about here is based on me, with my first car, and trying to do this on my own – our own, dad and I.


Chasing performance
That title is funny. Like I am about to share some magic formula to turn our 6 cylinders into some pure energy output. This segment is about a teenager with a rebuilt engine, finding out what the car can do.

Rural Eastern NC, with time on my hands, I have a tired 72 car, the butt ride, and I am surrounded by friends with Plymouth furys, mustangs, and other stuff that simply dusted me on a regular basis. When I turned 16, I thought this car would be quicker than all that, but was reminded often, nope. We replace goodyear low profile tires with Michelin red lines. Performance dropped. Engine rebuild earlier – expecting this car to light up seemed the same, but with less cluncky noise, and no burnt oil out the rear. As hard as I drove it, nothing improved.

Kinston, had great roads. Very good black top, smooth. And some areas, straight. So, I have enough knowledge of car data to test 2 things. The quarter mile, and stopping distance. And I test both. Now, I don’t have real technology to test this stuff. I have my car trip odometer? To help me mark ¼ mile, and I have points on the road to measure stopping distance. 78 mph in the quarter, and 150 feet in 60-0 stopping distance. That seems absurd today. It had to be. But fun trying . the stopping distance was measured with me walking off in steps – yards, and converting to feet. And I assume I hit the brakes when I passed that tree I marked as the brake point. And the ¼ mile – looking over at the very rough point at the end, then down at the accurate speedo? I hope you are chuckling too. But fun for a kid, alone, wondering what this car could do.


That’s enough for today
You and your Triumph TR6 are great diplomats. You help people around you with this car without even knowing it. You bring happiness, and a nice compliment from a guy in a big red pickup. 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.

cheers
L.O Guvna


I am the steward of CF50460Uo, born September 1975 with paint code 19 and black interior. Nicknamed “the school car”, is now over 100K in miles, with the original paint. I am the 3rd owner. Car came with hard top and overdrive. Current upgrades include Konig Rewind 16” rims, Falken 205s, 4Runner calipers, poolboy carbs, electric fan, pertronix ignitor ignition, TR5 cam, pacesetter header, 70amp Lucas direct fit alternator, Silverstar Halogen headlights, WBC blueprinted oil pump, Bastuck 9 pound flywheel, Goodparts suspension on all 4 corners, Goodparts sway bar, Goodparts trailing arm brackets, Volvo OD gears, 7/8 rear wheel cylinders, JVC audio with 4 speakers, and high torque starter. And much more to come….