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The Lobby
Enjoy the blog this week with Cheap Trick, live at Daryl’s House studio

Rain. I have a decent sprinkler system – can run it from my phone. Nice feature btw, when you are fiddling with a single sprinkler head. I’ve used it twice this year, manually. As in, ran a few zones. So, its almost September. And this reality is hard to get my head around. Recovering from a busy, chaotic convention from a few weeks ago. Making some furniture for my daughter. Well, a table from a youtube channel, so don’t confuse that with Norm from This Old House.

Healthy ish. Back on some southbeach diet. Kids are good, work is good. I bowl in a bowling league. Not that I have mentioned that before. 160 average. My own ball and roller bag. That is my Wednesday night these days. Our top bowler, Elaine, rolled a 700 series last week. That should give you an idea of where I sit on this totem pole.

Whats new
Wouldn’t be a TR6 if there wasn’t something nagging. 2 things are on my radar this week. Blog is late on a Saturday cause I am wrapping it up after a D6 event drive to a competition BBQ house in Farmersville, Wood and Time. Crazy good, but until this trip, all that was bugging me was my ignition switch, falls out. Those tiny screws that hold the switch into the key rig? NLA. And good luck finding that microscopic hardware. What level of hell told an engineer to use that to hold the switch in behind the key rig. The closest I came to fixing this was to go to a hobby RC shop and get this tiny screw, bigger, and force it in – hoping it would stay. For about 2 weeks. The other my OD, which stuck again today for the first time in a few weeks. I rolled up near 100 on the highway, and best I can tell, as pressure builds in the gearbox, I may have a pressure relief issue. Trip home, slower speeds? Like a champ.

VTR prep. Working on our membership, and philanthropy. Kids – maybe Children’s Medical, or my friend Tony’s St Anthony School, which provides K-12 education for ADD, ADHD, and other learning disabilities. Looking for a way to share these cars with youth and special needs. My fuel spitting is better – ok for now.

Did you put gas in your car? Please put a little gas in your car.

The Wax
My continuing effort to share what is right with this mark. Today rims and tires.
A few years back, I started restoring a 1988 Ford Escort. My grandmothers last car, and as sad as this thing is, she had some cool Pontiacs back in the day. Like Pontiac sedans with some of that secret sauce they put into certain years without mentioning it. But this escort – had 13 inch rims. You think its hard finding tires for our stock rims? Good luck finding 165x60x13…..or whatever that was. I literally gave the rims and old Michelin rubber away to a guy on craigslist.

The pain owners go thru, chasing that redline recipe – half redline pilgrimage, half fitment and speedo journey. The pain is real – I went thru that. You settle on that chit coker or something in that neighborhood. Something that looks like a redline, and handles even worse than those tires when they were new in 1979. I played Pirelli, white walls, painted them on my original rims. Those rims, and tired Pirellis are still in my garage corner. Today, as the skies open, and development continues, we now have more options than the pricey panasport.

This is, by no means, an advertisement for other rims. This is simply a comment on how life changes when you upgrade rims on this car. That 88 escort? I found rims on Tire Rack – 15 inch rims, with the right backspacing, wider, and now can run falkens or whatever – and different profile. And people ask about these rims all the time. Certainly not apples to apples, but you would be surprised how much attention that crap car gets. Time machine hot hatch….well, mild hatch. But for us, with a rim improvement, I can run some fancy stuff now. I am on Falken. Chef, others, mostly on BF Goodrich. And while I played 60 profile on my 16x7, chasing speedo and rotations per mile, I am about to follow Craig Kenyon to 55 on the sidewall. Of course, after I swap to a lower diff, mentioned last week. A 55 profile, with OD and a 3.30 ish r200B diff……seems like the perfect recipe to me and what I want. For you, something completely different.

Finding a rim with the bolt pattern, and backspacing. That’s the challenge. Aint much out there, but Konig has helped with their Rewind. Priced right, near 100. But I will admit. At some point, more rims will follow. Rim and Tire folk tend to make tires that will sell alot. So, 15 inch rims won't be seeing the improvement. 17 rims are about the standard now. Those tired, out of round original rims in the corner of my garage? I may clean them up one day – and put them back on for a weekend. I will not argue how they add to the original look for this car. But I will argue that I can roll down the road at 90, and drive with a finger. And I don't think many can.

Next week. Electrical. All of it.

Tech. Rear shocks
The Show
Throwback. The hook.

Tech. Armstrong levers
I’ve seen a few mentions recently for the tube upgrades. That was a fad, best I can describe, 20 or so years ago. The principle is sound, but making it work back there is better on paper. I think we all want great suspension on all corners, and we all look at those tiny levers and think, how can that do an adequate job? We curse, challenge the designers for everything else with this car – why not for this?

I don’t remember when, but I removed my levers from my 72 car just to inspect them. Off the car, I didn’t know what to do with them. I know they still functioned as a damper cause I would move those levers, and feel resistance, but if you can move it, my first thought was – that can’t be enough for the car if I can move this thing with my hand. The history of this car, the memory is that if and when you dumped the clutch, that rear end squatted. As much as we want to slap the engineer, Nigel, we need to calm down and know this. If you stiffen that rear too much? Yeah, you’ll look like that cobra at the end of gumball rally trying to go straight in that drainage viaduct in that 1 inch of water. The car is balanced with those shocks, and I won’t go into the debate of the 2, but will say this about the Armstrong – just make them better.

And here’s how. Swap the oil. Most already know this. Cycle shock oil, and there is different viscosity for various forks, so you have a choice, essentially, on how stiff you want those armstrongs. And while you are swapping oil, do some maintenance on the shock. As in, seals and o rings. A little maintenance and upgrade, and you car will squat less. But not too much to have you swapping ends. Know this about a lever shock. They ran shine with heavy ass cars through the mountains with these things. It ain't just british. And they hold up. I have goodparts all around my car, armstrongs attached to my trailing arms.

Here’s a great link that I go to from time to time, if to just share with others for solace on this area of the car.

Car Shows
Its that season, right? I guess anyway, here in the northern hemisphere. Logistics and proximity drive the decision. For me anyway. Im headed to VTR2021, but if the trials were in Edmond? Uh. Yeah, Id do that instead. But thats me. Some like being around all the marks, the pomp, and peaking, poking at other marks. I dont dislike it. I just don’t have the energy for a 3 owner who starts polishing and waxing about this or that. Dude. Stop. Its a nice car. But its not a 6. Spin. Walk away. Literally my impression of what I think my 3 days in Edmond will be like. Trials? Nothing but 6 talk and Lou showing me how he modified his choke cables. Or Wolf showing us his roller rockers with the car running thr the oil filler cap. Yeah. Gimme 3 days of that.

The great news on all of it is, regardless of delta variant, all shows are on and doing well. I have clients in bowling green kentucky. Home of the corvette, as if you didn’t know. There is so much car stuff going on there this year. Like field of dreams crowds. People that got shut down last year, over swarming back this year. And in a chevy town, its more than chevy. Mopar. Ford. Holley. The gambit is in city north of nashville. And like Bowling Green, everywhere is car show mode. I know its more than car show. Its any reason to get the hell out of those mode. But we feel it cause that is why we are here – on facebook, Triumph Experience, 6pack, twitter, youtube...and of course, in person. Go grab a car show, even if you don’t drive your stuff there.

Throwback Hooked
I do my best to avoid telling the same stuff over and over. Its like I feel like I run out of stuff to say. This is kinda that, but as usual, in the week, something comes to me, for some crazy reason, and I feel like I need to share it. Maybe some of Craig Kenyon’s post on the kids at the auto parts store. Who knows. But this is about that moment that I was hooked on this mark, and how unlikely this was for me.

Ive loved car racing and car models since very young. That generation of plastic car kits, testors glue and paint. Big AJ Foyt and Richard Petty fan then. Im guessing I was around 8 or so when it started. Got to see Petty drive at the World 600, as it was known then, in 74, so I was 11 by then. Posters and models of his race cars. I had that 1/10 scale giant clear one? Did a decent job painting that with my own mixture of baby blue and orange for the STP graphics. And when he crashed with Pearson at Daytona, and smashed up the front end, I heated my model up and smashed the plastic in to mimic that wreck. That’s odd, right? It turned out pretty cool, considering.

So, with magazine adds for BMWs, Jags, Corvettes, and the Porsche 930, Ferrari 364 GTB – I am drunk on that Koolaid of cars and muscle stuff from the book Sunday Driver – mentioned in a few blogs ago. By the time I get to Jr High, I know what a TR6 is. I am sure I know what a spitfire is, but I know the 6 because a coach drove a red one – 71 or so. And this car is not on my radar at all. Until I get picked up from the dentist in it, with my mom driving. Me, in pain, in the passenger seat from a pulled wisdom tooth, her driving on a divided highway back to town. Im expecting to get picked up in a 72 Beetle – her car. Instead, I’m in a noisy 72 TR6, top up, and miserable.

But here’s the hook. That previously mentioned face to face I had with that 72 car. Parents at work. I’m at home, alone, after school, standing in the backyard. The car parked outside this detached garage with a dirt floor. Blue car, white top. White top is up. I don’t have a key for it, but I can still sit in it. Which I do. Looking around that dash. I get out and something says, put the top down. This ain’t rocket surgery, certainly not for a teenage boy. The hook is that moment when I look at that car, with that top down, and no longer is it this awkward looking car. Its now a sports car. I can see it right now. It was overwhelming. It is even now. Hooked.

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 kids in a parking lot. You are a 6 owner, sharing and helping others. Please start your 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,even if just 1 gallon. Smile when you drive, and whenever possible, take a kid driving.

See you on down the road,

L.O Guvna

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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 was delivered with original hard top and factory overdrive. Current upgrades include Volvo overdrive gearing, Konig Rewind 16x7 rims, Falken 205s, 4Runner calipers and 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, JVC audio with 4 speakers, high torque starter, solid state Rheostat, pending LED dash gauges. My wish list: r200B diff, a quantum mechanics Supra gearbox, new interior, and new paint at some point, a fresh motor down the road with lightened crank, cam bearings, improved compression and roller rocker valve train. Oh, and AC.
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