Enjoy the lobby today with some cowbell. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dy4HA3vUv2c

Another decent Memorial Weekend in the books. No injuries. No ribs in Dallas for the weekend, of course I find this out Sunday morning. Switch to pork shoulder, bacon wrapped stuffed jalepenos, corn, earl campbells sausage, and plenty of sides. And a decent Indy500. My outdoor experience is more Sanford and Son at the moment, but it serves with a nice firepit, HDTV, coolers, comfy chairs and good speakers. And a decent week – great weather, for the most part, which is a big shift on what this area has experienced in recent weeks. And the Saturday before race day, a nice day at our bi weekly gathering at the D6 watering hole, 4 Bullets. We got to hover over Robert’s newly acquired r200B on the tailgate of his truck.

Whats new
With my hardtop off, it is this reminder of how fun this car is topless. And with my new snap renewal project, my tonneaus fit now. For those whoever use the full tonneau, that has this pull down strap that is designed to attach to the passenger seat between the seat and the tunnel cover. My seat was redone, and I failed to mentioned to the upholsterer to put that rig back in the fabric. Ive tied that to the hand brake. I need to break down and sew that rig back in – if they still make them. Running well, for the most part. Louder now, with the hard top off. Spent some time with a neighbor, with a white TR6, to help him get running again. And realizing what our Dallas TR6 Group is really all about – helping each other, and paying it forward.

Wax. On the brighter side
I’ve drifted lately, talking about what’s wrong with this mark. This list of witchcraft to scare off the new stewards. Yeah, well, let’s change that. I started this list this week of reasons you should feel good about owning this mark, and for those few demons, there are angels to help you sleep. Here are your reasons to actually step up, cut a check, and get a TR6

From front fender to rear fender:
Radiator – new stuff is as good as the old stuff, with more cores. And now you have aluminium, although you don’t need it. I live in texas, and get along nicely with my electric fan and 195 thermostat.
Electric Fan. Puller. Replaces the stock 12 pound rig. Mounts up to your stock radiator. Why did I mention 12 pound? Cause that is what the original weighs. And you just removed 12 pounds of rotating mass from that crank.
Sway bars and suspension. Better than original. Better front hubs. Better geometry
Better front brakes. Big departure from stock – several options, all including extra pistons to help stop this rig. Cheaper, better, off the shelf at FLAPs after conversion. The 4runner calipers are 40 dollars.
Fuel management – Great carb support, Great alternatives such as SU, Mikuni and the growing EFI fuel injection systems. Better efficiency, better gas mileage, better performance.
Ignition – better spark, replaced points with a solid state unit. Distributor alternatives, design improvements
Better oil management – spin on filter that holds oil in the filter. Better oil – think about what we used to use in the 70s, and what we have now.
Better rear wheel brakes – larger wheel cylinders, and upgrade fin drums from our nemesis, the 240z. Lighter, sexier even.
Better lights – from front to rear, all this LED stuff gets better everyday.
Better gearboxes – above and beyond stock – the HDVA is the unit today, complete with a supra 5 speed gearbox, no drip, no service well past you expire form this earth.
Better diff – the Nissan 200B diff far exceeds the the stock unit. Quiet, limited slip and giving you better RPM management on the road, and you now have CV shaft choices
Tires and rims – even with stock rims, so many 15 inch options, but if you shift, you give yourself options for comfort and performance
Electric – wiring, alternators, full harnesses. The ghosts of Lucas is withering, I assure you.
Media and sound – stock units with Bluetooth and hands free, with rear and cockpit speakers.
HVAC – in the works, as many have options here. But we are so close to this option. AC exists, but we are close to a cockpit that doesn’t need to be modified, and will use the existing knobs.
And last, engine. So much has progressed since production. Each year, another horsepower. Lighter crankshafts, 9 pound flywheels, better porting, better pistons, rods, all of it. Better. Cam bearings,

What did I miss? Feels like a lot. What should make anyone feel good is each day, year, literally, something gets better with this mark. It is ongoing R&D. I have an 88 Ford Escort, and I can tell you – not all marks have this love. Or availability of parts, service and support.

Tech. Gas
Tubs and frames
Throwback. Sunday Driver

Fill er Up
This may be the shortest tech segment ever. Put gas in your car. Northern Hemisphere, its summer, but it doesn’t matter. Even with fuel stabilizers, Run the car weekly. I know this is debatable, but this debate is shifting as fuel is becoming more damaging each day. This fuel is our enemy. Zero shelf life. Don’t get comfortable and think your mark is relaxing and snoring in your garage in some dreamy slumber. It sits there, watching demons from hell swarm in the tank, float bowls, fuel pump, lines – and all that, just attacking anything it can get its cancer claws into. I pulled my Poolboy float bowls recently with my fuel pump problem – and to see what this gas did – in just a few weeks to the bottom of the bowl – it just makes you angry.

I agree with all fuel stability. I just feel that the only way we can truly survive is if we just left the car running all the time. The absurdity of that only came to me because of how absurd this fuel is, and what its designed for – new design computer and fuel injection systems. Fuel injectors are 50 dollars? I mean, the whole system, from tank to sprayer, is component and replaceable. Nothing about this direction is good for anyone with carbs. Period. So, throw 2 gallons in each week. Drive it a little, which will cause you to drive it at least….to burn 2 gallons of gas. Show cars and concourse? I guess drain the tank, or have a way to do that. Run it dry when you park it, assuming it runs ever.

Diving in
I’ve had this impression of how to get into a vintage car – like how I did it. Drive some cars, surf some classifieds, read books at Barnes and Noble….talk to some local shops that work on them – go to car shows. I mean, all of what I just said seems obsolete. Now. Some of it still happens – but someone with cash probably won’t wait for some local or nearby car show. Classifieds? I can’t tell you the last time I went to Barnes and Noble, and I certainly hope Hemmings hangs on.

So many options and outlets today. I know just enough about Bring a Trailer to be dangerous. Had no idea what that was until I meet JD, in D6, and has a lovely 72 car from this marketplace – all the way from Arkansas. The new wave of stewards coming into this mark is impressive. And you get this bigger fishbowl experience when you see the groups on facebook, or twitter, or even in the legacy forums. You can almost hear the wrenching, sheet metal hammers, and grinders. Its like someone ordered us to find all the TR6s and parts, and get to work, sorting all of it, and rebirthing them. At this point where I worry that the next phase of ownership won’t care about these cars, there is a good chance the will, and maybe more than we did. We/I have this impression of attention to the cars today, but I can go back in time and dust off some memories of this car during production. Even dealer mechanics weren’t that good at what they did, and their training was, well, isolated to that period. We do things better now. Foreign car shops in those days – I mean, what I had? Was some bearded wizard that somehow kept me on the road, but in no way was he kin to what I have access to now.

I think of how the ways people get their first TR6 today. Some have never seen one before. Some, their parents owned one, or a relative. Some, a good friend had one in college. And so on. But think of that potential steward – the one who has never seen this car before. Its hard for me to believe, but they are out there, and their percentage is bigger than we want to believe. To see one driving, not parked, is good. To see more than one driving, even better. Our mark is active, which is a good thing. And one of the best parts of this mark – and I’ve said this before, many times, is that its streetable. I don’t even know what that word really means, but to me, it means, I can drive it anywhere, even on the highway for long trips. Helps to have OD, or a 5 speed, yes, but you are not stuck in your neighborhood with this car. It can be very reliable, you can have great roadside support, and you can drive it, without panic, anywhere. I have. And I will again, soon.

Brock Yates
I’m like many boys of the early 70s dreaming of Porsche 930s, and anything that rolled out of that gumball rally garage in downtown new York at 6am. I read, I sponge, and at some point, I am given Sunday Driver by Brock Yates. I know who Brock Yates is by the articles he wrote in the Playboy magazines I found in Dads closet. Yes, I looked at the girls. But I looked at the ads too, especially the hi fi stuff. In one of those magazines, is a write up by Yates on the Porsche 930 – best I can remember. Not slant nose, but the whale tale, silver, black side graphics. And this beast was 0-60 in 5 seconds or so. Yates described this as pushing your eyeballs to the back of your head.

I don’t remember how I got this book. I didn’t ask for it. Seems to have just showed up. This journey for a journalist into the time suck that is motorsport. Like carnies, you have to sacrifice, give up normal life, live in trailers, and hit the track at 6am. And Yates, in this book, journeys into the world of Trans Am, as a driver, and is on the grid, during the heyday with all the legends. I had this intent to pull that book, surf thru a few pages, and insure I have my memory in check. Im not going to do that. I’m literally going to write this segment as I remember it, full of flaws. But, if you have never read this book, and like vintage racing stuff like this, it’s a great book, even if you are 11.

The sense of frustration, knowing you are learning and getting better but to see the professionals strap in, and do the work intended, builds respect between drivers. Yates describes making friends with other journeymen, this group of midpack drivers with shoestring budgets. To read the frustration for others, as one driver, fed up with the inspection process, hits reverse, dumps the clutch, and motors around the line of cars, and hits the track. F this action, is the line I think Yates had in the book.

The highlight, for me, is how Yates and Dan Gurney get together, find a 365 GTB Ferrari and race, win and set a record in the Cannonball Run. Yates drives with Gurney, does his best to produce, but the memory of how Yates marveled at Gurney in his stints. At night, rocketing thru the Midwest on their way to California, amazing. And getting pulled over for speeding – and something ridiculous like 170 in a 55, talking thru this with the highway patrolman who recognized Gurney. Photo, for sure, and then back on the road. This experience has been highlighted, and fun to dig up on google, but to think of the freedom of that time, and Gurney, who had done everything at that point, stopped, and thought – sure, I’ll race across America on the highways, at or around 150. Imagine the truckers in a convoy, lined up, and hearing that Ferrari rocket by them. I have a hard back version of this book now – it was paperback when I was a kid. I may pull it and read some of it today.

That’s enough for today
You and your Triumph TR6 are lovely diplomats. You help people around you with this car without even knowing it. You bring happiness to the couple hovering at 4 Bullets. 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. Please put fresh gas in your car each week. 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….