enjoy the blog today with some Robert Earl Keen, live from the Rhyman, and Corpus Christi Bay. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrQK...gIF5O&index=12
Life is moving so fast right now. I have a lot on my plate thru October, and my procrastination strategy is not helping. The world is finding some stability - best I can tell, a sheet of plywood isn't 80 dollars now. Gas is stable, here in Texas anyway. Cyber attacks are still happening and one of the major hotel chains beat the attack, so cheers to them - avoiding any media coverage and panic that would have caused. We are getting more sightings of our lost pet - she keeps popping up on neighborhood corners, so we think she is still roaming, hiding, and finding food and water. Amazing feral animal.

whats new
First - put some gas in your car this weekend.
My sticking OD is no longer sticking. From a simple fluid change. The TR6 OD shares gear oil between the gearbox and the OD, so I didnt' completely empty and refill. But this week, with access to a lift, I will. And clean the hard to remove sump pump plugs, and flush those dirty filters. I still may switch to redline, but currently on 30w non detergent, as many of us are from Quantum Mechanics and their testing. Its good for non OD gearboxes too - fyi. Cheap, allowing you to flush and refill on some regular basis - maybe 5 years? Learned from resident oil expert, JD, how detergent oils work - and our 30w non detergent doesn't pull the trash out with it - lets it kinda sit there at the bottom of the gearbox. And with OD, you got alot of nooks and crevises to hide debris - and maybe that was my sticking problem. My Idle is high, but fine. The VTR punch list is being reviewed and modified, and our events at D6 continue to grow. And for the first time, we are having a drive and lunch event scheduled.

The Wax
In this 3rd installment of what's right with this mark, Here are some comments on my suspension rebuild.
I've had 2 versions of TR6 - early, 72 car, and the very late 76 car that I currently steward. One of the major visible issues with an early TR6, was the rear squat design that seemed intentional. Sitting with heavy camber, that went crazy camber if you dumped the clutch. I always wondered how those rear tires never wore out on the inside of the tire. Rotations help. When I took over the school car, I could get a floor jack under the front of the suspension crossmember. Over a few years, this floor jack started to bang into the cross member. My suspension was beginning to sag and let me know - um, there are original rubber parts in here.....you might want to do something. All this was happening as I was addressing all the chaos that was this resto mod, and in the end of this work, I end up going around each corner of the car to straighten it, and firm up this ride. This included a box of goodies from Richard Good. the shorter springs, with my fat konigs, not a natural fit, but that we can tool this car and get it to a

Many are handy with spring compressors, trunions, and all the geometry that is a double A arm front end of a TR6. I'm not. Space, age, tools, and most importantly, expertise. Like, do what you can with old trunions because the new ones are not good. So, with new Goodparts front end springs, I have my shop rework the front end, with a stiffer swaybar. All very tight, and responsive, but I have an issue with rubbing with my new 16 inch konigs. A simple spacer fixes that, getting the front ride height within range. Currently, healthy camber, but soon, more straight and with enough distance between the wheel and the top of the wheel well.

My rear was a simpler work - I went back to stock rear springs, added the goodparts adjustable trailing arm mounts, and had my armstrong levers rebuilt, flushed and refilled with cycle shock oil - thicker, which stiffens the lever shock. Big difference, and the car is more stable now. I may swap out the original rear spring, but the caution here for anyone is to not get the rear end of a TR6 too stiff - this will affect the balance of this car and bring unwanted oversteer. I never went rear sway bar because of this.

The quick summary on this is simple. One of the areas of this car that continues to get attention and continued development is the ride of this mark. Goodparts, for example, developed a great program, but don't think Richard is done with the magic. So add this to a reason to get some sleep while owning a TR6

tech gearbox vent - part 2
Salute to the Daily
Throwback Diff champions

Keep breathing
I waxed on this recently. I'm reminded of the impact of what an opening to our geaboxes will do. I drained my gear oil this week, and it wasn't new looking. it wasn't bad, the color had changed. I have an old Jeep CJ, and the transfer case has a nice tube coming down the side to allow for venting up top, while protecting the opening. I'd like to mimic that on the gearbox, but that opens a can of worms on the top cover as you would need to open that tiny hole up. Maybe down the road.

But my tech tip here is - if you have access to the gearbox, add that tiny hole if you are a standard non OD gearbox. The OD gearboxes have a breather hold on the top cover, near the top left area of the cover. The standards should have a breather hole on the top of the rear shaft cover. Equally hard to get to to inspect. My point is that, even with my OD, I am considering a second breather hole, in the mirror location on the other side. Why not? Breathing these pressurizing boxes has to improve the health of the internals. I guess the tradeoff is the lube changes. Ultimately, we all want a gearbox that doesnt leak and never needs servicing. Well that, apparently is the supra HVDA. But for those with legacy drivetrains, like me currently, lets focus on those continued R&D areas to help preserve these units.

Daily Driver
I identify as a daily driver. Not really a stretch. I may go a few days of no start, but when running, I do what I can to take this ride to the store, the bar, or last night, to a dinner in downtown Carrollton at Cane Rosso - a new hot Italian pizzaria with 3000 degree ovens, or something that cooks a pizza in 90 seconds. I'll journey to East Texas this weekend, and in September, to a suburb of Oklahoma City, 4 hours of normal driving time on the interstate. Touring car isn't what we think of when we think of TR6, but overdrive, hard top, and any other comfort features help in that regard. I drive my car around town, and I throw it on the highway with trucks and idiots.

The sorting of our mark, whether concours or daily driver, depends a lot on what we want from it. I want to drive it, and not just park it. The meets that I have attended lately are parking and popping the hood, so I need to be careful with my language and rhetoric here, not to become a hypocrite. The immersion comes in waves for all of us - explains why you see someone acquire a car that has sat for 20 years. That fellow was probably immersed, got distracted, and moved on. I was immersed, got distracted, and came back, and sorted the school car back to some level of health. My car will never be concours. I mean, maybe, but not from my plan or investment. Its nice to dream about it, certainly. Regardless of condition, we all want a little more from it. But being a daily driver, I can touch on a few of those points while still driving. If I pull the paint trigger? I mean, the car is down for months, tub off, corners off, in some shop, on saw horses outside a paint booth. And then, more downtime as I put the tub back on, and refit the interior, including this mess called the wiring harness.

That was quite a ramble - anyway, the salute here is to the daily driver. Regardless of condition, you see more flaws than anyone passing you on the road, or even stopping to admire the car. Keep driving, be alert, and get on down the road for a change.

Big DIFFerence
I'm more technical now - as in, I understand mechanical stuff better. Don't confuse that with some wrench at the local shop. This throwback is about how poorly my dad and I handled a clunky diff in 1983ish.

I have described my 72 car as stunt car. I had failing trunions, rear mounts - and a diff that clunked from dumping clutches, and who knows what pavement Johnny hit when he floated thru the air like the parking attendants from Ferris Bueller. We have no real mechanic to trust having just moved to the Dallas area. We have a neighbor who offers to help. The mounts are cracked. His solution - heliarc weld the tabs. Over time, this fails, and this time, we just get a junkyard one. This one is decent, and lasts. plug and play.

All this clarity is hindsight, and knowing more today than we did then. The absurdity of heliarcing these delicate....aluminum? tabs on the rear of this diff, to make that work - insane. We weren't smart enough to challenge them. We weren't smart enough to say - can't we just get a junkyard diff? And this heliarc clown - Im not sure what his real job was, but I don't think it was welding. My parents live in this condo community - and across the street was this neighbor - and he had this used car dealership - but barely. Had this tiny showroom, in an industrial area of Dallas. I think he had 2 cars in this dealership. But his mechanic helps him prep cars, like wheeler dealers. And it's this guy that handles this heliarc welding.

Before the web, before the network of advice, before best practices, you had this contemporary approach to car support. This example of overspend and bad advice was not limited to this diff - it seemed to be the core of how we handled just about anything mechanical on the car. I don't think we were alone in those days either. Shady could see a brit car coming. And I think that adds to the lore and character of the car. If you think of all the cleanup that forums, and proper support have done today, its significant. So much left to do, and it will continue to improve over time. But in the day, the fuzziness of this car and support was in line with Madame Joan, her flowing scarves, and a mesmerizing crystal ball. I see great failure for you!

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 neighbor Sam, thinking of getting one. 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, 7/8 rear wheel cylinders, poolboy carbs, FlexAlite 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, JVC audio with 4 speakers, high torque starter, solid state Rheostat, pending LED dash gauges. My wish list includes an r200B diff, a quantum mechanics Supra gearbox, new interior, and new paint at some point.