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The Lobby
Enjoy the blog this week with Whitney Houston, and the US National Anthem, SuperBowl 1991

I didn’t realize how patriotic this blog was going to get. A throwback on where I was that day, a little note here, and maybe scatter something later in the blog. I got this urge to share that clip above, remembering the impact of it after our efforts in desert storm. This nation is not perfect, and is tattered, and torn in many ways. Our Republic is being tested all the time, not just now, and the framework and fabric are resilient, and as a patriot, I am proud of that, and so much that we have done right. And with that, I’ll get back to the TR6

Whats new
VTR prep – got my tires rotated. Nothing better than sitting in a Discount Tire waiting area, looking thru the glass and seeing 4 tire guys huddling, smiling, while doing this work. Giddy, actually. I have oil change, cap, rotor, plugs and a few items to do before I roll to Edmond, OK.

Mentioned last week, hosting a hard top installation today. I’ll channel cheftush, and try to keep this under an hour. Basically, more what not to do, than to do. The local D6 folk will swing by, and we are recording it to share on facebook. School car is running well for the most part, still not aligned, but I’ll deal with that and my front spring spacers when I get back from VTR.
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. Heat, ventilation, air conditioning
Im not sure I should add all this AC stuff in this piece, but like sound and media for this mark, cabin comfort can happen. And, while there are some cars with AC, even with vintage applications, nothing is complete or sorted where we think of it as trustworthy. Somewhat like Mars exploration. We know we can get there, we just ain’t in a hurry to jump in a capsule and journey off.

This bit will be something of a tease. There is no kit to lay on the garage floor for a weekend. More of just how close we are to having that.
You may be shocked to know that we have space for everything. Even with existing vents and controls. We have space in the engine bay – plenty of it, frankly, and in the cabin, where the heater box is now, there are compact hvac car units that will fit between the tach and glovebox, and over the tunnel cover. So, a quick trip down memory lane – dealers would add this feature, cutting a hole in the footbox, to fit the cabin add on unit, and then, as if they spent 8 seconds on how to route the AC, decided to add vents below the knee pads. As if we aren’t already squeezed into these tubs like an F1 cockpit.

I’ve spent a few years looking at this process. Here are my takeaways. The condenser? That’s the unit that looks like a radiator, and would mount in front of the radiator, and hidden under the shroud. Best fit is a 2004 Honda Civic, that comes with a dryer unit attached. That’s a big deal. Whole rig is less that 100 dollars. The compressor? The belt driven rig that comes on and off with the clutch? Can bolt on the spark plug side, easier with later models with no emissions airbox. This is a Jeep Grand Cherokee,. What we need? A mount for that compressor, custom hoses, new firewall fittings, moving from 2 for the existing heater in and out to 2 in and out for the freon. Wiring and electrical are available from Vintage Air. And I want to use my existing knobs to control fan speed, temperature, and direction – Defrost, face, and feet. My three knobs left of my choke are essentially worthless now anyway, but having those knobs on new, functional switches is nice, right? Decent alternator, and help with wiring all this, and help with some to charge the system.

So this segment was a little “coming soon” more than whats right with the mark, but like everything, each day brings better driving and reliability for this mark.

Next week. Engine work.

Tech. Air filters
Throwback. 9/11

Tech. Clean air
I fabbed up some green filters for my longflow air cleaner rigs. My black filters had seen better days, even though they are washable. And I like this new direction, even sold a few pair here and there. One of the early concerns when I shared them on 6pack was, do they do the right job in filtering the air. We assume even longflow did testing on their own foam rubber.

Truth be told, I love K&N. I would rather have that rig, frankly. I like their approach, and I know their stuff is good, with heavy testing. We want performance first, but the guts of this segment is, are they doing the job? Cylinder honing and a ring job isn’t a weekend party. And that is what the impact is – how long can you help your motor last on its current build recipe. If you are planning on boring and changing the recipe? Well, I guess you can run open carbs, but for the masses, we need to keep good filters on, checked when you top up the carbs, or have a look at your injectors.

The light
As I surf through vintage car ownership, I have this impression of old farts, hording parts, parking away from other cars – isolating. No one can care for this car better than me. This delusional mentality may be the end of some marks. Go back a few blogs to the Thunderbird segment. A true example of how to steward a classic car. P51 pilots, smiling, helping, talking, and I swear to God, if I had asked that one gent if I could drive it, he would have thrown the keys at me.

Each time I see someone buy a TR6 online, or anywhere, literally my first question is, “how old are they?” I mean, why is that my first reaction? Why should that matter? Well, today – it should, the more you think about it. Without trying to insult the current owners, a lot of title transfer is from one old guy to another. Us swapping cars isn’t helping the legacy.

Recent gathering at Guitars and Growlers, I sit with one of the owners, Rob Baker. Rob’s dad had a Porsche 356 with frame damage, and his dad fabbed up some vw frame stuff, and somehow got it close before he sold off the project. Rob, reminiscing about this, and what could have been, picturing this car today, lifted, no doors, hood, or anything, and running around a farm like a beat up tractor.

Fortunately, for this mark, the trend is younger – even if our current new segment is early 40s, that’s better than late 50s, right? My oldest daughter is in a PhD program at UT Southwestern, and up the chain of command is Matt, now a PhD in microbiology, virology, and all that. He runs the lab she is currently in. And he, in his 30s, has a TR6. He saw something on her ipad from me and the school car, asked Nina about it. So, in Dallas, a potential new D6 member, but more importantly, that layer we need. Discussed recently, 94K built, half that on the road, so 45K running cars will have some exchange into that demographic that we need.

I think some just went to their garages and locked themselves in it with an arsenal of guns and ammo

Throwback. 9/11
I don’t think I’ve ever thrown back about anything that wasn’t TR6. Given the climate, I can loosely associate the school car with 9/11. And it started with a trip to day school for Nina, my oldest, who was just a few years old at the time. The Spring Creek Elementary was Nina’s day care, and the school that I would drive her too. Often, I would load her and her backpack up in the TR6, and since that is what that car did, in her mind, the car was known from that time as The School Car.

Drawing from memory, I think the first tower had been hit before we left for school. Taking her there was normal, but you could sense that this was important, and when I got back home, the national news had images up of the impact, but fuzzy on the plane that hit it – I recall someone saying it was a cesna, or some small plane. As more footage began to come in, the reality was a horrible site, and as the world scrambled for answers, all of us were in this bubble of what to do. I remember trying to get information on the internet, but not much was up at the time. I had been traveling a lot, and used some flight tracking sites to check for on time status, and such, and going there, nothing. I eventually, and don’t ask me why, went to Pravda, which I had never searched before, to see if I could see from an outside perspective, what the world was talking about. Pravda said the building that had been hit was the Empire State Building, made famous with King Kong. No joke.

I won’t wax on the events that followed – we all lived it. Life changing. But I am reminded of the days after, and how together America was, and Im sure other nations. No road rage. People lined up for blood giving, us too. Helping where we could, regardless of where we were. People loading up some vehicle, driving across the country to pitch in. That morning, a trip to school with Nina, in the school car, is how I will always remember that day. How it started for me, and her. We need comfort and solace, and we need each other now, more than ever.

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.