Good morning and Happy Easter! Enjoy some sound track music today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTTzcXSLjhI
Its great to be around smart people, particularly if they are your children. My oldest is starting her medical PhD program at UT Southwestern in August. Her Beau, Will, also in the micro biology field, knows a lot about other stuff too – including beekeeping, which we have talked about. But on our shortened spring break, Will and I talk electric cars, and he shares some great insight on the efficiency of grid production versus oil. I get stuck, like many, on the arguments of fossil vs hybrid, electric, and the stuff like toxic batteries as one of the negatives. But I had never looked at what it takes to produce a measure of energy from either – from raw to consumed. I hope that makes sense. I can’t lie – I love the aspect of an electric motor. Crazy power and torque. And I love to learn stuff, even as an old fart.

Whats new
The Holly terrier hunt continues. Several sightings, and living like a street dog, surviving. What an adventure. Easter is this weekend, and it will be consumed with this pet rescue. Amazing how people come out and together for this. And I have taught myself out to use a hunting motion camera. On the car front, the current distractions are gearbox and LED lights, and now the r200B Nissan diff swap. A.D.D. is fun until end up with hundreds of unfinished projects. Today, D6 member JD shares this pic of a modernized PI rig. Guy in his garage in Michigan, best I can tell, starting to produce and sell them.

The school car is good. I have some gauge lighting issues –shorting out or something on the oil …pressure?...light in the tach. It glows yellow, not blasting. I have great pressure and volume, so the forum is throwing some great suggestions out. D6 gathering this Saturday at 4 bullets, and working on our more formal, central gathering for april. Oh, and we are talking about hats, shirts, and decals for the Triumph TR6 of Dallas facebook group.

tech tip. Gearbox breather, venting
engine build
Throwback. Chitty, Chitty

Tech tip.
Short tip today, but found it interesting. I added the gearbox vent discussion a few weeks back – assuming even after this many years, that those 14 or so versions of tr6 top covers had a breather hole at the top left. Turns out – and I assume its true – that the non OD gearboxes had their vent hole drilled into the tail shaft section of the gearbox. Topside, per the facebook gearbox poster. Assuming that’s true, just a reminder that even if you don’t have the sloshing and pressure mechanics of an OD gearbox, you still need some breathing of that unit, just like the diff – and there is a hole in that too, if you didn’t know. With a loose cotter pin, dangling in there to keep debris out. How to check? If the gearbox is in the car? The tail shaft non OD gearboxes might be the easiest to check on a lift with a mirror, light, and angles, but the top cover? Certainly on a lift, and some feeling around that top cover area, if you arm bends. Tunnel cover off? No problem.

The perfect beast
This segment is going to be full on ramble. I can feel it. Sometimes a segment is pulled together in this noggin, and others….like this, well…pops and whistles. Here goes. I have zero experience in engine building. I love it, but I am simply an armchair quarterback. Engine assembly looks easy with the right tools. I remember thinking I could replace my own crank bearings. I tried to put the cap on backwards. Hands up, towel in the ring. Powernation seems like a v8 hangout. My favorite show, and I should know the show name where the 2 guys drag a motor out of a junkyard, pull it apart, talking thru all of what they find, clean it, and send parts for for machine work – then reassemble with upgraded heads, intake manifold, etc. Anyway, that show. And I’ve said before, all this inspiration doesn’t drive me to drop a v8 in my car, but how they approach different machine work tells me they have different sources for the application. Buick, while GM, goes to some buick wizard who knows how to make crazy power from their 455.

My engine, like many out there, is around 100K on the odometer. Add a few thousand miles as my odometer stopped working for a year. I have blow by, and moderate compression in the 130 range. The recipe is good, and while tired, I can light up the tires, and roll my revs to 6 and not worry. And it rolls quickly with that light flywheel. But when I pull that motor, and send it to…whoever, I will tempted with those parts laying around to have that head shaved, and that block bored. I’ll be tempted to have the piston assemblies weighed and equaled. All that temptress stuff. I take all of what I know and mix in those car shows, and what little I know from my piddling at mechanic shops, and even kart race engine machining….tolerances, lathes, all that. But even with all this information, I don’t know where my trust level is with a shop that someone might recommend. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to walk thru the whole shop and see the machines that do all this. And if I went for Kai’s program at wishbone, that’s a shop I wouldn’t see unless I needed a reason to be in Syracuse. All I can think about right now is – how many of those shops are out there – dedicated to this block. One of my big takeaways from watching that powernation show is boring and honing are done with the adapter plate bolted down to simulate the compression of the head, so that when you go up and down with that oily lather grinder and honer, that bore will be right when the head is on – as if to say, without this custom plate, that bore will be wrong, ever so slightly, when the head is bolted down. I don’t think a regular engine shop will have this plate hanging around.

Segment exhaustion. Sorry, but this is part of the love, and frustration of this mark – so many upgrades and improvements to all the areas of the car. Engine building seems rarely touched on – most of us don’t know much, or just enough to be dangerous.

Bang Bang
2 movies stuck with me regarding cars. And 1 book, Sunday Driver by Brock Yates. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and The Gumball Rally are cemented in me. I don’t remember seeing chitty in the theatres. Maybe I did. I know I saw it a lot on TV – seemed to just come on once a year, like Sunday night or so, and that’s all I needed for 3 hours, or whatever that was with commercials. I had a chitty coloring book, and I think I had a chitty car – with the wings, and all that. Probably worth a fortune somewhere. The sillyness is all good fun, and I can watch most of the movie now if you asked too, but all I really want to see…all I watch that movie for, is to watch those barn doors open, and watch dick van dyke roll chitty out for the first time. Goosebumps right now typing that. That inspiration to tinker, borrow stuff from somewhere, and put on the car – probably the essence of why we sneak out to a garage and fiddle. The possibilities of fantasy.

In 1976, I am 13, and I go to the movies with some friends to see some movie, can’t remember. The trailers play, and one is the gumball rally. Coming soon. And at some point, they indicate when this movie will be in the theatre. Fridays were when movies would change, at least in Kinston. I head up to that theatre on that date and no gumball rally. This happens for several weeks, until finally it was there. And as B movie as it was, and is, to see all those cars, and motorcycle, racing across the country made a huge impression on me. Its here that I get a sense for that Ferrari Dayton 365 gtb car, and best I can remember, the first time I see a cobra. I know what the cannonball was, cause I read Brock’s book. Imagine Dan Gurney as your co driver. In a hard top 365. But gumball, with all that distracting dialogue and plot lines, was, and still is, intoxicating. Today, I might enjoy Linda Vaughn running across the road falling out of that top, but then, all I cared about were those driving scenes and blowing thru the US into Long Beach, day and night. A fantasy car that can fly as a child, and international performance cars as a teen became the platform for me, I suppose. It didn’t push me to the tr6, but one did find me.

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 to the old gentleman, out for a walk around the park. 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

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 steward. 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, high torque starter, solid state Rheostat, pending LED dash gauges. And much more to come….