Enjoy the blog today with ZZ Top, La Grange, live at Gruene Hall, the mecca in the hill country. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg9cNGHl-bg
Since no one has mentioned, there are 2 interesting tid bits to my photo that I throw up on this blog each week. Well, 3 or 4 actually. In this picture, I am almost out of gas. And I don’t get to e before this motor runs dry. Also, my tach and speedo are reversed. I did that on purpose Modern cars have the tach out of the way – Triumph wanted you mesmerized by this needle, so they put it in the center. My gauges are back to normal, thanks to my late mechanic, Ed, thinking that is what I wanted. I leave it that way in a bit of a tribute to him. This photo was taken by my right hand, on an iphone, myself, reaching back, at speed, and guessing at the angle and where that photo button is on my screen. And lastly, what you can’t see, and I would never admit, is my 38 special and a half bottle of fighting cock bourbon between the seats and the console. Not a whiskey drinker, but brought that bottle to a retreat and the Kentucky Derby was on that weekend.

Now back to the normal lobby…..
This calamity of weather – got caught with the school car outside at night, and some system rolls thru, and I am up, running outside, rolling it inside the garage. And today – for our gathering, thinking, sure, gonna wake up to great morning weather – oh no, giant soaker comes thru, and now we are drying out again. I was about to say, but the rest of the day will be nice….thanks weatherman. Like that system can’t turn, or something else pop up. Shopping condos for my oldest, still looking for a lost terrier mix, popping up with sightings in the areas we have cameras and stations, but amazing any dog can survive traffic, coyotes, bobcats, and anything else nature can throw at her. Other than that, some finish work in a bathroom remodel, and swapping water lines on a new sink faucet to reverse the hot and cold.

Whats new
I got a few new bits recently with my oil cap replacement. I’ve been meaning to replace the big rubber seals between my tail light assemblies, and now I have the foam to do that. And my hood bar…rubber protector…thing…deteriorated, so I have that and replacing it as well. Car runs good, running with my full tonneau lately, and that will come in handy with hot sun – will help keep the seats cool…er. You don’t think a hard top in the summer is a good idea until your procrastination takes over and you’ve had it on all summer and realize, it’s a great heat barrier. Oh, and tire rotation this week, and I put gas in my car. That is my new nag, so get used to it.

The wax
I had this idea on taking each of last week’s wax items and expanding on it for my car. Item bullets are nice, but you don’t get much of the essence from it. So here goes nothing.
Radiator. I had a nice radiator shop in Richardson that actually boiled my original tank back in the day. And they could service radiators. They fade as modern car stuff is replaceable. At 100 dollars. But I had an original radiator until 6 or so years ago. And even as that thing is limping, I’ve got a few spoons of black pepper in it, per ratridgeroadster – an old school way to fill leaks. My new unit, OEM, fits as it should, except the edge frame is a bit different, and my puller electric fan doesn’t fit against it as the other did. That is a simple fix – I just need to mod the electric fan tabs so it will fit inside this new rail. Point here is simple. There are great fancy radiators out there, and I applaud all of them, including the aluminum ones. But for the price, you get excellent performance from this OEM style, and again, I live in Texas, where ambient is what….100 each day from May thru October? Seriously. Road temp as to be 115 or better.

Also, the quality of the new radiators are good, in my opinion, look original, and for me, gives me piece of mind. We debated on 6pack on the thermostats, and I was one that swapped thermostats twice a year, moving from cold 180 in the summer, to stock 195 in the winter. Getting the car up to temp took a while with that cooler thermostat. I’ve run without a thermostat before – that’s fun. But the legend Smokey Yunick said over and over – all engines run best at 195, and the faster you get them there, the better off they are. That was enough for me – think oppositelocksmith threw that out there for the group. Ive had my 195 in since, and I get to temp quick. I will say, flushing coolant is a good plan, each year, as the water jackets in these motors rust up as they should, mix with our coolant, and turn them brown in time. Once a year should help the health of the radiator, as well as the water pump impeller and bearing. Might be a good idea to swap the thermostat every few years – reminding myself I haven’t pulled that housing in a while.

Up next week – my flex A lite electric fan

Tech – Stop!
Throwback. First blog

Tech. Brakes and fluid
I am going to have to compile a list of tech items I have already discussed – I don’t have some master list that I draw from. This is somewhat unscripted each Saturday morning, but currently drawing from memory – did I already talk about that? So, borrowing some old content, I thought, we haven’t talked brakes at all. And it’s a hot topic, especially for me and my neighbor Ray, who has a good leak right now.

First, I want to share my thoughts on fluid. Ive raced on dot5. Ive used dot 3 and 4 in daily driver cars. I think I switched to 5 on the track because of boiling. I don’t remember, frankly. But one thing mechanic Ed said, was that 5 is a mess to pump out and flush. I have had dot 4 for years now. Face this – there is no getting away from the corrosive nature. We have corrosive aspects in our gas now, thanks to these new blends. Wipe, wash, do what you can, but be alert on the car, and the systems, but get some sleep on brake fluid. I will further say, run GMLA if you want, but the world is round, not flat, and your car won’t explode if you put house brand dot 4 in that system. Its hydraulic fluid. Its corrosive. Those system components will fail. Replace them. Motor on.

Components? Fun discussion, always. The hot discussion around 2012 or so was this write up on upgraded calipers and rear wheel cylinders. I think it was a 6pack article, and it had everyone swarming. Full test on brake distance, effectiveness, all that. Essentially, you rid your corners of sterling stuff, and throw in autozone Toyota 4runner calipers and Austin healy rear wheel cylinders. There are some hardware issues along the way, but most of this stuff fits where it should, and there is some improvement to braking. But, there are some downsides- like pedal pressure. You get over that soon, and today, I don’t even notice where my brake pedal is on stopping. I know I can still roll my foot over and heel and toe for a downshift, so no biggie for me. But here is the thing that I want to share on this segment. You can stay original and have good braking. You can convert and have good braking. My takeaway after a few years is – When I need new pads? Or a calipers? Or any brake parts – I can get them on the road if I am near a decent size town. To me, this is about convenience and comfort. It is a departure from original, and I know I am throwing resto mod out again, and I am sorry. My point is the essence of this move is that, not the sexy stopping numbers. I will add this final tidbit. I have Konigs, and I can see my calipers. That may influence some to switch – not that the sterlings are ugly – the 4runners, certainly aren’t that sexy either, but both can be painted. And I didn’t even talk Willwood calipers – direct fit, pretty, effective, expensive. So add wheels to your mental spreadsheet of convert or not.

The whizzers
It was a matter of time before this electric stuff wormed its way into vintage cars. Few years ago, on youtube, I think, I catch a 6 conversion, full electric, at an autocross event, and that thing looked like it was shot out of a cannon. This past week, someone posts a WSJ article this week with a graphic of an electric charger plugged into the rear of a 1980 something Mercedes Benz sedan. The headline alluded to Mercedes and Jaguars were being the targets of electric conversions with spare, used tesla parts. Visions of Dr Emmett Brown in that white jumpsuit standing next to this rig running on gigawatts.

I don’t even know where to go with this. I feel like I need to grab a megaphone, and preach to some crowd, but hell, I don’t know what to yell. You can’t stop this. But I can barely see downfield, and its fuzzy, but I can make out a car show 40 years from now with a handful of gas burning cars there, surrounded by their brother and sister cars, gutted, and whizzing away on volts and amps. Something kin to that revolution between steam locomotives and F3 Diesels pulling passenger and freight cars. 40 years. Is that right? Hard to step back and see the revolution from above it. I won’t be here in 40. I might be – but I won’t remember this car. This horror film vision like Invasion of the Body Snatchers – they look like they should, but when they speak, its this horrible screeching noise. Or in this case – look at that nice old car! Wait, what is that noise? That ain’t right – even the youth today, grown up will know better, and have this irk like they are walking on astro turf. Gutted beauties, tooling around noiselessly, giving good reliable service. Is that where this is going? I can see something, I just can’t see that specifically.

Back to good
I have this list of things that govern me when I write this blog each week. I add to it, like most recently, smile when you type. Over the years, I’ve gone back to home base to insure I don’t drift off course. I swore I started the blog before 2012, but apparently not. But here is a snippit of my first blog, on 6pack, and where this thing was headed.

Ello Everyone.

I am revamping what will be an ongoing, inspirational blog, aimed at helping new owners, and potential new owners. You can learn from the expertise here, and you can certainly learn from the failures too. Maybe more from the latter.

I've had my current 6 for 16 years. Its my second 6. I am 50 in March, and have been around this mark since I was 13. I frankly don't know much else, except for the race cars I've had the pleasure of driving. This current car is a good one, but like any car - not just any 6, needs upkeep. this first blog is about expectations of maintenance after you acquire your car.

There is no right or wrong way to go with any antique car. all areas of the spectrum are on this site. I guess at the far end, where the concours cars sit with 100 original miles on them, you don't spend much on maintenance. They don't go, so the money spent is on wax and armorall, I guess. Towards the middle, where my car is, has needs.

My car was relatively turn key in 97. Everything worked. I told someone once that it was as reliable as my honda accord. for a bit, it was. And for the most part, is. Right now, a few systems don't work, cuz I'm too lazy to fix them. left turn rear bulb assembly, horn - I assume the relay, and reverse lights. both green wires hanging down. yep. that simple to get that going again. but I do have some work that is needed. like real work. and its a balance with need work, and upgrade that i have to choose. and, like everyone here, i have to balance what i spend on this car, and what i spend on my family.

This blog was written in the new and prospective owners section of 6-pack, and I launched it there, without any permission, thinking, I may not be able to handle full tech works stuff like that member board of experts, but I can give some insight into this mark, and I can tell everyone the good, bad and ugly on it. I can share my mistakes, talk about what I like, and what I see, and give some comfort to anyone hovering around this car. So, that first snippit, led to a weekly dose of some general format that changed into what it is today. And even today, I want to do more with it, so look for changes. More pics maybe. Some video links. But I doubt I’ll go youtube channel with me, a camera and some tr6 backdrop talking this stuff each week. I could do that, but I don’t think it has the same impact. And who knows what would fly out of my mouth. Wowsa.

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 car wash owner asking what year the car is. 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, Uprated Armstrong lever shocks with cycle fork oil, 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….