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The Lobby
Enjoy the blog this week with Aerosmith, Get the Lead Out

Still recovering from VTR. Autocross, absorbing, the generosity. I don’t recall any heated moments. Everyone helping each other. Youngest daughters birthday yesterday, so the weekend will be a bit of her celebration. I won’t get into the details, but I tried to drive her to Houston, after school to see a concert for Harry Styles, but that was the day the hurricane came through, and cancelled that concert. It was VTR week, so I had a lot on my plate, but that would have been a very fun and memorable father daughter concert. We are officially beekeepers now, having harvested our first honey. Very dark amber, which I was surprised to see in suburban Dallas. Very smooth, tasty, and unique. We just bought our second hive, so preparing for bigger production next year.

Whats new
Lets start with my alternator. I love this thing. 70 amps, lucas tractor, direct fit. I have 2 of them. But number one started acting up, and at first you always go to the battery, as I was at the end of my interstate life. I replaced the battery anyway, with a sams club Duracell, btw. 3 year battery. I’ll regret that, I’m sure. But I’m little exhausted with the interstate experience, frankly. My local generator and alternator shop is closed on the weekend, but I am taking both to him on Monday – to repair the failing one, and to get the other one clocked like this one. What else – I damaged my trailing arm adjustable bracket adjuster bolt – yeah, loosen the big horizontal bolt first, then adjust, then tighten the big horizontal bolt. I fabbed up all thread, double nutted on the bottom, steel lock on top.

I started getting this rumble at shut down over Christmas, and it became more prominent. Quick inspection with mechanic Chris - broken muffler mount, about 3 feet in front of the muffler. Otherrwise? An autocross ripping TR6 even with tired plugs, cap, rotor, timing, valves and carb adjustments.

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

The Wax
Since ending the “whats right with a TR6”, what do I talk about now? This segment grew out of some sidebar rant area, as any of this is scripted. Today, I’ll use it to continue my reminisce of Edmond, car shows, and the interaction. I will say, before I get started, I am sad I won’t be in Richmond next week. I can get there, officially, but folks like Tush, can’t because of border rules. Something is wrong with the picture.

Edmond. Route 66. And a showcase for Oklahoma City. At least some highlights of the venues around it. Route 66 continues to grow in popularity, like steam engine trains. That discarded way of life, finding nostalgia. And always overlooked is the goodness of the folk in Oklahoma – salt of the earth. You find this on almost any journey you take – amazed at the people, nothing like what is presented in media, for example.

So, VTR, focused in and around a very busy Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center, was well planned, and well executed. Events, drives, gatherings – all of it, smooth, and unrushed. A conference like this tends to be akin to cat herding. I never got that sense. I had reminders, sure, but we all tended to huddle or break out when we wanted to. When you start cataloging everyone you meet, you visualize this map and push pins in it – from where they are from. Oh, most of the folks are from the North. No, wait, West. Oh sure, many from Texas……and then you realize, who cares. But to get the life with a TR6 from Doug in Minnesota, away from the big city, no other TR6 in your area, makes you appreciate having another TR6 to look at everyone once in a while.

I won’t overwhelm myself each year with long drives and multiple shows. I will make at least 1 a year, and next year to Galina looks to be the destination for me, anyway, in 2022.

Tech. trailing arm brackets.
The recipe
Throwback Hi Ho, Silver

Tech. trailing arm brackets
Here I go again, fuzzy on if I shared this bit before, but I’ll share it again as its timely, and maybe one of those safety features that we need to talk about on a regular basis. One of the weak points on this car, in my opinion anyway, are the trailing arm brackets. I have the upgraded goodpart adjustable ones, and I’ll get to why I upgraded to those in a second. But know this about your brackets – assuming many are still on originals. They will fail, in time, simply from fatigue.

Now, its been years since our cars rolled off the assembly line. But I managed to break a few back during production with a 72 car in our around 78 or 79. So, 6 years, and 50 – yes, 50 thousand miles on this stunt car, drug runner car, hell I don’t know what that previous owner did with it, but he didn’t go back and forth to work at the goodyear tire store to find 50K miles in 6 years. In other words, there were some hard miles on this car before we got it, and my trailing arm brackets failed on at last 2 of them. The failure comes in the side of the bracket that bolts to the car – those 2 mount bolts develop a seam, and they crack, and fail right there. You can drive the car, with a bunch of camber, but only far enough to the shop.

The originals are bent steel. The new adjustable ones are formed, and in a different process, best I can tell. I’m recommending you at least inspect your brackets, and to consider the gp brackets if for anything, to help sort any suspension issues you might have to get your rear corners at or near the camber you need. But let me say this on the adjustable ones – don’t try to adjust them unless you have loosened the arm bolt first. I broke my adjusting bolt because of that. I like new stuff, I simply have to learn the hard way on how to use it.

The Sauce
Part of vintage cars, muscle cars, any cars really – there is this spirit of popping the hood and waxing about horsepower, cams, stroked, hemi, and anything else we can beat our chest about. We talk about pistons, rods, and the types of main bearings we should use, or not use. We talk about all of it in segments, but we rarely talk about it as a system – or a whole. I get heavy influence from the powernation channel where I get to watch those southern guys pull motors out of junkyard buses, strip, clean, hone, bore, add aftermarket heads, roller rockers, cams, and fuel, and strap it to a dyno, and run it up, adjusting timing until they come out with 400 hp on that ford 390 – and this is aspirated, btw. I mean, it’s a constant collage of this stuff, weekly. Sure, they do different stuff for the different motors, but you can almost sense that now that we are at the end of piston engines, the consensus is there, and there is this harmony of general improvements.

That’s what I want for this 2.5. I think we are almost there, but we suffer from the regional support. Kai, from Wishbone Classics, wrote a 3 part series for 6pack back in the early 2010s, if memory serves. Top to bottom things to consider when cleaning up a TR6 engine. But when I talk recipe, I mostly mean engine, but the whole car is a recipe too, right? I was asked about my suspension recently – that’s a recipe. I mean, original is a recipe, but at this point, pretty well known on any area of the car.

But motor – so many options across the spectrum. And 2 motors can make similar power and have different recipes to get there. At this point, I think we need more transparency, and I think folks around engine rebuilding need to know what a good common sauce is for this routine, cause we would rather have this done now, and last, what, 80K miles? There is this procrastination in thinking, if I wait another year, some new concept will come along, and I will have missed that extra 2 horsepower. I would hate to turn into that guy that pulls his motor every 3 years, or has this 2nd motor sitting there, being set up, swapping motors regularly. I aint got that kinda room in my garage for that equipment. Or energy, time, and don’t forget the money.

Throwback. Silver wheels
Ive mentioned my teenage efforts to get my 72 car back to something at resembled a TR6. Low profile goodyear tires, painted black chicken wire where the front grill was, sad dual exhaust, and this paint job that took maybe 2 hours. And even before I source an original grill, and work on anything else, I realize my wheels look dingy, and don’t look like other TR6s that run around town, especially Chuck Norris’s burgundy “in your face” 76 car. I don’t stalk these cars – as in go up to them, and take pictures of their wheels from a few feet away. I just have some impression of what a stock steel wheel should look like, if the trim ring and center cap weren’t on the wheel.

So, I decided, its just rattle can silver. I know today that’s wrong, but that was my choice. So, on a weekend, I proceed to jack up each corner of the car, remove the wheel, take to a table in the backyard, and proceed to tape off my tires with masking tape, best I can remember. I get a little ocd with it, taping behind the lip, as if anyone could see that. I steel brush and steel wool the surface, wipe it down, and with my best effort, shoot each wheel one at a time, until I have what I think is the right surface.

Here is what I remember about that – it looked good, and my trim rings, while everything else on the car looked like it just finished the Dakar Rally, looked very nice. And with some polish on them, they looked even better. What I didn’t’ like, cause grass is greener, was my black center caps. Hated them, frankly. Took years to appreciate them. But, even with those cleaned up, on those shiny new wheels, I felt better about my car. That day was fun – I don’t remember anyone helping me. A kid, with paint, in a backyard, spraying TR6 wheels.

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 teenagers driving by, slowing to give you a thumbs up. 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.