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The Lobby
Enjoy the blog this week with Lionel Richie, You Are. I played this song over and over when I replaced my robbins soft top in college. On my alpine cassette deck, with my pioneer 4 way speakers. So, 1982 is when I restored my soft top.

Happy Labor Day Weekend. Is that world wide? The states are in full blown college football return, hoping that will stick. I’ll have 4 racks of St Louis Ribs on Sunday. My Sanford and son backyard, tv, chairs, and cold beer. Lots of other stuff to tidy – finishing a bathroom remodel, flower bed clean up, sprinkler head work…..what else. Im sure I’ll be told at some point.

Whats new
Lots of déjà vu lately. I preach stuff like Toyota calipers, which I will touch in later, and when its time to go find or get the stuff, its like it was never there. I can’t find it in my notes, oreilly looks at me like, “have we met?” Full blown wonderful life, all the way into 6-pack, where certainly even my stuff is stored there. static. To the point, I can’t even find a 4runner produced by Toyota. Well, thankfully, I find all this stuff, thanks to some orderlies at the insane asylum.

I am hosting a video of me reinstalling my hard top. I realized, those that don’t have one, wonder how it fits and connects. I was that way – wondering what all this stuff was with hood liners, and trim pieces. Still prepping for Edmond, and wishing I could also get to Richmond. I wish everyone could get to Richmond. Otherwise, school car is running well – fires so quickly if you drive it every other day at least. VTR punch list sitting there knowing I will be thrashing until 2am fiddling with something before that 4 hour drive.

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 and good with this mark. Media and sound

Audio in a TR6. Let the fireworks begin. Some of you will like this portion. Some may never read this blog again.

I stand next to D6 member Tom Bell a few weekends ago. Factory radio still in place in his original upright console. And in my typical inconsiderate fashion, I reach behind his radio and fiddle with the loose wires….as if I had to show that the radio wasn’t hooked up to speakers. I scramble to put them back before Tom hits me. Tom, original owner, and this 71 car, is the essence of audio for this mark. Unfinished, messy, and ignored. Not the car – the car is lovely. But the radio. Radio installed, and that’s it. Something kin to our ash trays and no lighter. Well done, triumph engineer, Nigel.
I’ll take this segment in 2 directions. 1, from a teenager perspective, and 2, from current options.

Installed from the memory of a teenager
I borrow my current media approach from personal experience in the mid 70s, during production with my first TR6. A 72 car which I’ve often called the stunt car. As a teen, I needed something in my car to play Boston. Or Earth Wind and Fire. As sexy as muscle car sounds were, you weren’t impressing chicks unless they could hear a radio. Or so a male teen brain assumed. I’ve waxed about my maverick installation in this blog, cutting triangles, installing speakers in that back panel, running wire, and wiring up an alpine cassette deck. I follow this lead on my second car, the current 76 car, cutting the triangles again, installing nice blaupunkt 6 inch speakers, and wiring up a lovely NOS Kraco 8 track player. For those following, a TR6 will not collapse when you cut the triangles, and it will help your heart and soul to know that the speakers become part of the structure of that back panel. There is nothing better than mounted speakers. In any car. Car speakers hooked up sitting in your hand? It will sound like something you made with a radio shack kit. Mounted? Carnegie Hall. Today, the 8 track is gone, replaced with a lovely JVC Bluetooth unit. Front and rear USB, btw. And hands free talk. My push here is, yes, the motor is nice to listen to. I know I can listen for clunks better with no sound. Turn the radio off every once in a while. I just don’t want this car to get overlooked because newer generations will pass because we can’t, or didn’t, modernize this area. Ash tray? Sure – convert that to a GPS holder, but don’t let this mark rot because Nigel forgot to finish his work that week.

Not installed
Today’s media allows us to do a few things. First, there are Bluetooth speakers, that can sit on the back shelf, and give good bass and volume. You can keep your triangles. And all this driven from a smart phone, and lets face it, when you’re not listening, grab the speaker, and walk off. Nothing to steal.
Media is important to the future of travel. We can get to places now without paper maps. We can distract ourselves on drives with downloaded episodes of The Office, or Mad Men. We can listen to old or new albums thru spotify. We can, simply, be as distracted in a TR6 as we can in any car or truck. Some like the escape that this car brings – detached. I get that. But from day one, this car was detached, literally, from any physical ability to produce sound other than that motor or a door slamming. And today, you can stay that way, or rock out with Eric Clapton, at speed, and hear every single word. With media, your circle just got bigger. You can travel farther. You will travel farther.

Next week. HVAC. Getting closer to common.

Tech. calipers - update
Tush Mahal
Throwback. Pop goes the redline.

Tech. Toyota Caliper update
I started last week’s vomit with the intent of writing on this, but I didn’t have all my material handy, so I put it off, and switched gears to the hood latch stuff. I forgot to modify the title, so that was misleading. Here, now, are some updated notes, sifted thru the twilight zone.

Without much chatter, here are the simple part numbers. 19-826 and 19-827. Cardone, if that matters, but to verify, go to Oreilly Auto, set your car to 1988 Toyota 4runner, any model, 4 cylinder, and you get these calipers. Rebuilt currently for 44 dollars. Core is something like 25. Stock pads for the 4runner are fine, but don’t ignore the TSI option, or some of the performance pads. I’d like to thank the legend, Craig Kenyon for sharing his hand written notes with me this week.

We’ve waxed about these magical calipers. We have almost forgot why. At first you think it’s about stopping distance. Some improvement, per the testing, but marginal. And you have some light modification with the mounting bolts, and the dust plate. And hoses. But here are THE WHYS. First, they don’t squeal. Ever. My brake pedal is a little deeper, but that’s because you are filling more piston area with the fluid. I’ve had these calipers and brake pads for at least 6 years. I assume I have pad wear. I really should pull those rims and inspect that area. That’s how silly this is. All the lost sleep on brakes….gone. No squeal, no concern stopping, or finding some box of 16p calipers….No hording, or price explosions. A functioning, better design, stronger caliper, that can be replaced, in Mayberry RFD with at the most, an hour of down time for the part to be carriered over from another shop….at 44 dollars.

And let me add this bit of icing to the cake. Lunch with D6 member JD this week, we both realized, we may never pull these calipers. My modern Toyota Rav4s, my Honda Accord, even my chevy tahoe – all have the same calipers, just new pads. In other words, while these are remanufactured units, I’ll replace pads on my TR6 maybe 3 times before I need to swap calipers. So, when is that? 2046? I’ll be lucky to be here by then.

At this point, if you are around this mark, even sniffing mufflers at a car show thinking about owning one, your homework should take you to youtube and even if you don’t surf for him, you stumble onto Cheftush. I like to think what I’m doing is helpful, but it pales in comparison to how this guy, almost by himself, is saving areas of this mark. The epitome of giving back. A beacon, and an inspiration for me, frankly.

This segment may look like a paid advertisement. I don’t care. Its not. We all look for our newspaper when supporting this mark – whether it’s following racestorations, or Mike Munson’s facebook – to even The Roadster Factory or BP Northwest and their facebook and twitter accounts. Besides facebook, the legacy forums, and local club emails, we tend to latch on to stuff that soothes the soul, fills the brain. I shouldn’t leave out the work of Ed_h, BobbyD, or Brosky either. Not just an attention to detail, but a means to an end – seeing Tush and these others tackle something, and finish it is inspiring for me, and maybe others like me, that drift into partial, get bored or distracted, and move on. My carbs are a great example. In parts on my bench in a box. But I can blame that on covid, cause that really was a distraction in 1st quarter 2020.

Tush, right now, is reassembling a TR250. And it was down to the tub and corners, doors, and valences off on saw horses. Body work, priming, and painting…in his garage, that looks similar to my garage. And I look around for plastic, or some clean room approach, and nothhhhhhing. I watch this stuff, and I read his posts, and somehow, stuff gets primed, and painted, and it looks like it came from a colmet booth. When we think about the labor and time, and cleaning, prepping, painting and reassembling….that seems out of bounds. For me, shooting a car without a run or a spec of dirt in it, seems impossible. And if any of that turns out ok, putting that back together, and having seems line up? At this point, I’ve passed out from lack oxygen.

If you happen to be the last soul to have never caught his channel, go here:
Good on ya, Chef. My fingers are crossed for the borders to be open, and you and your 73 hotrod make it to Richmond.

Throwback. Redline explosion
Funny how stuff comes to you, and how it doesn’t. Often I sit here, wondering what can I share? Have I shared that before? I want to reblog my favorites all the time – Charlie Rich, Chuck Norris, and my speeding ticket at 14. Maybe I’ll dust that stuff again down the road, but today, and for no significant reason, here are some musings about my Michelin 185x15 red lines and when the blew off my car on the way back from home depot

The school car. Back then. So pretty sitting there. always in the garage, cranked up on Saturday mornings, or the occasional trip to day care to drop off number 1 – which is where the name for this car came from, btw. Saturday mornings was normally a starbucks run. Or a trip to home depot, and the drive to my depot is maybe 5 miles. Drive there, no problem. Drive back, some odd whiring noise that kept increasing. Halfway home, I decide to slow down, turn on a side street, and I might be 100 yards down this side street and pow. At this point, I might have been going 10 mph. I stop, get out, walk around to the right front, and there is that redline in several pieces. Tread had separated, and holes were everywhere, as was pieces of rubber. No damage to the rim or car – just sitting there, on a pile of rubber. Hmm. I inspect the other tires, and I can see tread separation. At this point, the plan was to limp home, and get a plan. I had already started looking at replacing this tire, but I fell down the same rabbit hole everyone else falls into – that trap of trying to duplicate the tire in fitment. Nothing matched. No one was stupid enough to continue making a tire with that much sidewall.

I jacked the car, removed the rim, left the car on the jack, wife standing by at the car while I went to discount tire. I don’t have time to shop now – I need something. And fortunately, I find a decent Pirelli – centurado, with a white wall. Um. Ok. 195x60x15, or something like that. I put that rim on the right front, and drive a few streets, more side streets, and at this point, 2 more blow out. Fortunately, I am in a neighborhood, and I drive my jeep over to help shuttle tires and rims to Discount and they sell me 4, total, and I spend a good part of that Saturday, doing 1 tire at a time with these guys. All 4 done, my Michelin red lines, headed for the heap.

This was a sad day- I can’t speak for everyone, but secretly I can. Tire and rim discussions simply weren’t part of any conversation in the early 2000s, or whenever this meltdown occurred. You had original rims, and you had Michelin redlines. Period. It was more than koolaid – it was a psychosis. If I had doc brown’s delorean today, and went back to a week before this incident, I could not convince my 2000 self that I needed to get rid of those tires. Today, I may not be cured, but I am better.

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 gentleman and his family at the recent car show. 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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