Enjoy the blog with Devo, Whip it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_QLzthSkfM
I don’t share much about our dog search journey, but it has been extensive, exhausting and somewhat time consuming. Working around life, and turning our daily driver in a dog support vehicle. But I’m sharing this as there are so many blessings in this. My day normally is computer and phone related, doing very little at the house. I am out every day now, meeting new people, hearing stories of homes I have passed a thousand times on my way somewhere. Finding neighborhoods that are unbelievable – were near me, and had no idea. And the best part, being reassured people are so kind and good, willing to help, talk, share, and be part of something. We get sucked into the media, the news, the hate, and the spin, that we just don’t realize, or forget, how good our personal nature is. This speaks to this mark, somewhat. We forget how we touch people with it, just parked on the curb.

Whats new
My hood release, carb adjustments, and I may part with my JOD. Man, can you imagine walking away from my continued R&D J overdrive? We have a D6 gathering today at a texmex restaurant in downtown Carrollton, Texas, and the school car is running well, but with high idle. I try to correct that, and make it worse, so I go back to Pool’s settings, and will reach out to him on that this weekend. Dang – that hood release. Well, after a block of wood, hammer, hood up, I tap on this new seal, and it must have gone down just enough cause now my hood stays down, and while stiffer to open, does open. School car needs a bath, but what else is new, and right now, I need to mix up my thumb drives for my stereo for some new, old music. Lastly, I did get some new bulbholders from BPNW, and the …..wire connectors….were loose – so, I try to squeeze them down, damage them, and now I’ll be replacing that end from a kit from Oreilly’s.

The Wax.
Fear. Baked into this and many brit marks. GMLA. Green hoses. Part of us want to be stock, stock appearing, full blown original, or something near it. No LED conversions. Red line tires. Points in their distributors. But we all have had this gypsy palm reader influence. Waiting for some old woman to turn over the next card to let us drive today. Gearbox GL4 and GL5 – this horrible nervousness of omg, which one goes where? I used to think, I have to have the right fluid in this clutch cylinder. The world will come to an end if I don’t get GMLA in there, GLMA, jeezus ……whichever it is. I run Dot4 now, and would run dot3, sobering up to the fact that I don’t care anymore about wear and tear – just do the job. It helps to know that it doesn’t matter what you pour in there, at some point, that cylinder will wear, it will fail, and you will replace it. Disposable. There are these siren’s out there- like from The Odyssey, singing to us…..whispering…..hypnotizing us….hang on to that slave cylinder….that water pump….or, better yet, the fuel pump….Seriously – out back, in a chair, rubbing compound all over some rag, polishing out a slave cylinder bore? Yeah, I’ve done that. That internal fight to shake off that surreal coma, or dream…….to come to reality, to look at those red lines, cracked dash, and bits, and say, you know what? This shape, and this frame, and this bucket is what needs to survive. Not the ghosts of tr6 or LBC. If this mark will survive? It won’t be because of a clean room garage. It will be because we moved on.

Tech – fuel pump myths
Car values
Throwback – Ello Guvna

The fuel pump.
Well, I went overboard – not intentionally. Ended up with 2 pumps and 2 kits. Gave 1 pump to a fellow D6 member for his trunk. Learned a few bits from Lou on 6pack. And after dismantling my original, and even looking through my recently failed one – they are all the same, in general design. I’m going to go full Ed_h on my original at some point, put that back on, and keep this other new rig as my spare, but if you are keeping score, that means I still have a spare, used fuel pump. My fear of gas in the crankcase subsided after I learned better how that gets there – no idea how or why, but I had this vision that there was this seal down by that cam arm. No, its that big round valve, and if you have taken this thing apart, you realize you can leave this thing on the side of motor, pull the guts, put the new kit in, and bolt it back together – you want to shut off the fuel before you do it, but much easier than removing and replacing – in my opinion. The kits are reasonable –so, recommending you have the kit in your trunk.

Whats it worth
I feel like I have chatted this up a lot over the years. Im in this phase right now that I don’t care how much mine is worth, cause I aint selling it. But I cannot resist a post from some ebay chaos where some low mileage car went for 80K, or rolled over the Jackson Barrett line at something near that – cameras, lights, commentators and video crews surrounding the car as the bidding frenzy drives up the price. Bring a Trailer, which is new to me, is how JD and I meet. I watch that now too, for stuff. And the facebook groups constantly share new stewards with cars they just took delivery on – wondering who had that car before? Someone on 6-pack, most likely.

I thought recently about how to sell my J OD gearbox – if I take that leap mentioned above. I don’t even have to write up anything on it – I can simply put up links in 6-pack of all the gearbox stuff I have chatted up over the years, and anyone would get this plethora of detail of me, that gearbox, and all the fun stuff I have done with it. I mean, down to me retooling my 9 degree hold down bolt that was stripped. Buying a TR6 today is so much better than when I bought this current car. Hell, even when my dad bought the butt ride….in 1975 or 6? I remember the car for sale, somehow…sitting out front of a goodyear tire store. And the school car, from a classified listing in the local Sunday paper. That’s all we had back then…..ha….back then. Like it was a century ago.

Its hard to hide stuff now, and while I drove a bunch of cars before I got this new one, my impression on most of the cars was simply horrible – one car, I think they wanted 4K for, wouldn’t even get out of the driveway, wife handing me the keys, while the husband looked thru a shade in the window. The process is better today. The cars have less to hide. We have better communication, and support to help someone with a purchase. And I have realized all of them are not just survivors now, but have great opportunity. I mean, I would absolutely build one from a tub and frame. I’m chatting with a fellow lately about this exact process. Are we getting the value from the cars? Now that I drifted completely away from the topic? Picturing people reading this like we are all in a room, and I have a crystal ball and scarves around my head. I think the values are catching up, but no way will we get the money out of them after we get serious with one. You can find a barn corvette with matching numbers, restore it, and roll it over barrett and yes, get a return on investment. You try that with a 6K? TR6, pull it apart, and do it right…and you have 40K in a car, if you are lucky. I don’t think you get that value if it rolls over barrett. As I type that…..hell, maybe you do. But as I said, we are certainly closer today than we were a few years ago.

Throwback – LO Guvna
The birth of my handle. There are some fun ones. I think we all wonder how Ken chose poolboy. That may be my favorite. When I found 6-pack, I created this vanilla login. 76htodChris. That would be my handle today - can you imagine - had my daughters not sat on the couch one Saturday morning, fiddling with someone’s iphone, giggling at Siri. Somehow, they decided to name my contact Ello Guvna. And they would sit there, giggling, trying to pull up my contact repeating this poor brittish accent hoping my contact info would come up. There is a good chance I was in the 6-pack forum, and as they typed, I thought – wait. I should use that. And from there, I begged Alan to change my login. And soon, it was done.

That change, while subtle, changed me. There would never have been a 76htodChris blog. I mean, listen to that. It has allowed me to open up, make foolish comments, and to admit to things 76htodChris might have covered up due to ego. LO Guvna, in my mind, is a champion of the fool. – the one who will speak up, regardless. Forums and social media have this awful stigma of blunt communication. People say stuff on comments, they would never have the balls to say standing in front of a former college linebacker. And some may not speak up – simply for the fear of saying something stupid. And let’s be honest – this car is riddled in stupidity.

I will never get to the level of some of the works men and women around this mark. I blow stuff up all the time. I forget often. I try, and I am successful in many areas, but after taking on this identity, I have this freedom to roam. Probably speaks to me shedding off GMLA, and other finger shaker stuff I am supposed to do with this mark. I mean, if you haven’t caught on yet, you’ll pick up on the sarcasm, and the “I really don’t GAS” attitude when someone pokes back at me. Its allowed me to step back and look at this mark from many angles, and one of the biggest, in my opinion, is barriers to entry. They use that term in many industries. Sounds fancy. There are many, including arrogance, or snobbery. Snobbery. My auto correct left it, so maybe that’s a real word. You can wear driving gloves, and cool hats, and I love all that. This mark needs a fun refreshing image, and maybe it does now. What it doesn’t need is this “how dare you say that” mentality about the car. Sure, it hurts when someone asks about my MG. But we won’t progress if we hold on too tight while the world moves along.

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 1976 Eldorado owner who wants to swap cars for the weekend. You are a steward, responsible for it, and to it. Please start the car with it out of gear and foot off the clutch to save your thrust washers. Pop your hood and have a good look around the engine bay. 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….