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The Lobby
Enjoy the blog this week with Charlie watts and the rolling stones. Rip

I’ll say this. I forgot how awkward it was to watch Mick Jagger dance. Right now, in a cooling down Dallas, I am wrapping up a decent week. That back to school turmoil of breakfast, bathroom chaos, morning work, lunches, and then this calm after the storm. As old as I am, I’m pretty luck to have this activity in the house. I am not looking forward to the empty nest. I started to write on how my technology world is changing, which it is, but the beat down of that for you would be kin to some MG tool telling you how much he spent on getting his car back to original.

Wanna hear something fun? As awkward as the internet is – as in, making friends, and actually talking to them, Keith Norrie and I have chatted a few times, and he sent me a plated top for my mechanical fuel pump. I was fiddling with fuel pumps, and kits, and started Ed_h’ing my original pump, and he saw that, and just sent me a lid – so pretty. Gonna put that on my car today. Keith is best known as Brit in Bama, and his hot rod is very well sorted, and he’s painting it too, if I remember correctly. Cheers, mate. I can’t wait to park next to you somewhere soon.

Whats new
Car is running well. I’m behind on my punch list for Edmond. I don’t mind taking it as is, but I kinda wanna put some lipstick on this pig. Even on a tired cap and rotor, its running very well. I bought a vacuum gauge, and plan on doing some poolboy style tune up before I go, and while I’m there for the autocross. I guess I’ll richen it up a bit, and adjust that timing a little. We have a D6 gathering this weekend – normally every 2 weeks, but that would put our next get together over Labor Day weekend, and that would suck as most would be out of town.

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. Electrical

I mean, the single biggest joke around this mark is Lucas. There is nothing that will fix that stigma. Trust me, I’ve tried. So have others. That conversation that starts with, oh, well, it has lucas electrical, and everyone laughs, and laughs, and you stand there, trying to over talk the symphony of laughter, and you might as well be invisible. So, you sigh, and walk away.

The simple truth is – lucas sucked, but they weren’t alone. US, Japan, and anywhere else around the world had what equated to some derelict with a soldering iron, fusing something together. Watch a few shows with Jay Leno and his garage, and you’ll get a feeling for what the world was dealing with during this revolution. Today, with improvements, a TR6 can be almost trouble free. Almost. Wiring and components. That’s it. 2 bits. Wiring really wasn’t the problem in the first place. Its wire. And not cheap wire. How they are wired? Sure, Dr Seuss. The good news here is – you can leave the harness, which some do, or upgrade with proper harnesses, and even better fuse management – like modern fuses and much better relays. And even on the old wiring, you can upgrade the relays. For example, my 75….ish 76 car(born late 75 to for sale as a 76 car, is actually wired 75) has a starter relay that if I replaced it with a proper lucas relay, would be 100 dollars. However, bosch makes one that works for 7 dollars. Now if I pop the hood, and a judge snoops around, he or she will notice that where that shiny rig should be bolted down, is now a tiny black block with those wires. Switches are better, for the most part. The rheostat on the dash? Bypass that, or get a solid state one – which works with LED. We will talk lighting at another point, but for now, wiring and components are better than they were when new.

Alternator choices are awesome now. There was this wave of higher amp – cause many started running extra stuff, like electric fans. Or AC. But now that we have these great LED solutions, the draw on the systems isn’t as high as we thought, and you can run an E fan with an original alternator if you have an LED conversion, particularly for your headlights.

Here is the lovely summary of electrical with this mark. It literally gets better each day.

Next week. Media and Sound. And I’ll probably anger or annoy a few with it.

Tech. Hood Latch
Getting Aligned
Throwback. 6pack

Tech. Hood latch
There things you find, and you feel like Magellan, and there are times when something just appears. Yesterday, a post on facebook was one of those appearances. As with old farts tinkering, the fear factor on stuff gets bigger, and this recent wave on emergency hood latch rigs has been substantial.

I fiddled with my original cable, with the loop at the end. I added and extra cable stop to what was barely enough cable to get it on the end. And then, I realized, I could shorten the loop, and give myself an inch or so of extra cable at the end. And in shortening that loop, I made the loop more….whats the word…firm, stable, something like that. In other words, it did less bending during the pull, so the actual pull is more firm now. I hope some of that made sense. But in this tidying, All I could think was – why isn’t the pull on the passenger side? There wouldn’t be a loop, and it would go straight into the rig. And, not knowing, I assumed that the RHD cars were fitted that way. Nope. All of them had LHD pulls. So, Richard on Facebook, sources a land rover cable assembly for 12 dollars or so on Ebay. Makes and L bracket, mounts the pull in the RHD footwell, snakes that cable thru his firewall, and into his latch rig. Brilliant. His solution to emergency is to have 2 pulls. Both attached. So, consider this as an alternative to the emergency pull wired and the lever arm solution. And also, consider cutting 1 inch of cable cover off your loop too.

I need to do a better job at cataloguing my segments, including the music – like, didn’t I already share The Stake by Steve Miller Band? Alignment, which I know I have spoken about, doesn’t appear on one of those full segments – I talked about a mcgiver approach to checking the alignment with your iphone, but I don’t’ see anywhere of this issue we deal with. And if so, I’m doing it anyway. I do remember having the chat on 6-pack, and a good back and forth thread on that. You’d think I’d stop right now, go read that, get smarter, and then come back with some wisdom. But cmon. You know me better than that.

Here’s my 30,000 foot impression of alignment for this car. A flimsy chassis with questionable alignment. As you drive away from an alignment shop. I love the theory of this 4 wheel independent setup. It’s a European thing, best I can tell. You watch Top Gear, and those blokes slap American cars with solid rear axles. The 4 was the first to go IRS, and part of me always wanted to know if we could slap a 4 solid axle in the back of our cars. I know rear squat is only part of this, but if a vette can get it right, then so should we, and we have with the goodparts adjustable mounts. Again, only part of this solution. To understand how an alignment machine works – seems like black magic. Voodoo. Its math, and sure, I can understand it to some degree….degree….thats funny…..but how that all sits there, with these rigs hanging off the tires, and spitting out data….yeah, beyond me. But our cars, to me anyway, seem to be a prisoner of good alignment. Our frames aren’t getting younger. As a whole, our bushings are not good. Our assemblies may be bent, or cracked, and the trunions, well, apparently old stock is better than the Italian reproductions. Hubs are out of round, or may not be healthy, and some of us, at this point, have fiddled with the geometry with all these upgrades.

I want my car to drive straight on the highway. It doesn’t yet. But I do have a shop in Dallas that can help, and I will get there soon enough. Can’t just take our stuff to NTB or somewhere with modern Hunter equipment. Like engine building, its not as easy as it looks, and its hard to find someone or place to do this. The pushpins on the map are maybe a dozen, in my mind, instead of hundreds or thousands of places to serve us nationally. Or Internationally. It’s a gap in service, and like much that improves with this mark, and cars from our generation, there is light at the end of the tunnel, as the alignment process improves each day. Hunter, for example, makes this roll in alignment lazer contraption that can capture the data as the car rolls by. According to my mechanic, thru his Hunter rep friend, these were sold to dealerships to run alignment checks on customers so they could go to them and say – you need suspension work. Shady, but the development is there – or so the story goes.

Throwback 6pack
I tend to want to reach way back and pull out Chuck Norris stuff from 1978, but I forget that I have some throwback for the school car too. And plenty, frankly. In this simple segment, here is some commentary on this group that got me hooked on upgrade koolaid

According to the site, I joined on New Years Eve, 2006. That’s interesting as that is my wedding anniversary. That was a Sunday, and I don’t remember how I found this crowd. Internet search, I suppose, but I will share this odd tangent. I remember classified ads in the Dallas newspaper back in the 80s, when I had the 72 car – for 6pack, based in Ohio. As if you could contact them, and be a member from wherever. That might have been part of how I found this place. Best I can tell, my first post wasn’t until July of 2008. In my mind, I had joined, and just started throwing out threads. My memory is starting with cold air induction, but apparently my first post was on final drive ratios. As my car sat on jacks for a few years, I was planning on a simple clutch replacement, and got talked into a lightened flywheel. From lightening my flywheel, I ended up with the 9 pound bastuck unit by mistake – ended up being one of my favorite upgrades. And from there, the circus just got crazier.

Its fun to go back to 2008, or any year – you can get into the mechanical section and surf back to the first post. Stuff people needed help with then are relevant today. I met many on that site, met them in person at the trials, and still stay in contact with some of them. Some of those posts need to be marked somehow, as they are great resources for recurring issues – half of what poolboy reiterates should be on that list. Wolf has a great write up on restoring a hard top, inside and out. Someone – and I need this one – had this great detail on restoring the guts of our windows – reducing rattling, making the assemblies better, and adding more sound deadening. Its this giant library, but honesty, hard to search.

So cheers to 6-pack – I know this legacy site will motor on, and I hope it continues to serve for many years to come.

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.