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The Lobby
Enjoy the blog this week with The Blues Brothers, Jail House Rock

Have I told everyone how much fun I had autocrossing the school car? Been years, but knocked off some rust, and DNF'd 5 times. Don't care. Covid hit close to home with close friends, both parents in the hospital, kids being cared for with family and friends. Weather has cancelled a local car show event in Fort Worth, so locally we are gathering closer to home base today to debrief from VTR and Round Rock, Texas. Mechanic Chris came to the house, and loaded up a complete race kart and parts. This Birel has sat in my garage for 15 years, set up for a Jr1 back in the mid 2000s. Mechanic Chris will thrash on it, and make a practice kart for him as he chases points in a local rental program. Such a load off me, and my garage, and its going to a great home. As we get into the holiday season, we continue in a normalish mode here in Texas, but the politics continue to be the topics of discussion. I’ll try to have some beer, talk cars, and do some chores today – hopefully, stick with that.

Whats new
Lets start with my alternator. I love this thing. 70 amps, lucas tractor, direct fit. I have 2 of them. My voltmeter started moving around, giving me some indication something was wrong. And then, on a sunny afternoon, car clicks, but won’t start. Rather than jump the car, I pull the negative terminal, and press it back down. Its never been tightened down completely. Car lit up, but in my drive to meet someone, my radio started cutting out. That is odd, but I’ve seen that before from a bad alternator. I replace the battery anyway, with a lower cold cranking amp one. Sams Club, by the way, and this is a 3 year, not 6 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 alternators to him next week 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.

And this tidbit - I started getting this rumble at shut down over Christmas – now more prominent. Had my mechanic, Chris, look at it last weekend – broken muffler bracket. Will be using a local muffler shop to fix that and weld in a big flange at the end of my header. And adding some big pipe from that rear flange back about 2 feet. I lost some mid range in my last exhaust fitment for my bundle of snakes, and modifying the backpressure will have some impact on my powerband.

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

The Wax
This won’t be a fun one, but I won’t drift back into Debbie Downer, I promise. This ain’t about cars, or anything near this mark. This is about censorship, and while I may have an international audience, I will tell you that no geek on this planet can stop me, gag me, or anything I say or do as an American hell bent on free speech. I’ve been in facebook jail twice now for simply using words facebook has deemed dangerous. Suicide and kidnap.

The first one was a share, and it was a meme, and frankly, didn’t belong on my LO Guvna wall, so they did me a favor, frankly, in reminding me, unintentionally, to stay on point with this profile. To focus on cars, and the stewardship. The other – well, damn, if you had read the post, you wet pant paste eater, you would realize it wasn’t about kidnapping at all. Facebook is not your friend. Unfortunately it is a venue of communication, and a big part of the fabric around us. I want it to be the funny section of the paper, and go straight to that, but I find myself hiding ads, and ignoring politics. I want to vent like the the next man or woman, but I have some responsibility with this profile. At least I treat it that way.

We have enough to focus on with this mark, and the curve balls we get thrown each week with service or parts availability. If I step out of bounds here, facebook, or twitter, I’d rather get an email from you, than from the internet police.

Tech. trailing arm brackets.
Throwback Wide Open Throttle

Tech. The donut
This is more along that line of – better check this. I did this kinda randomly recently with Robert at a small D6 event. Pretty much a “hey, when you get back home, look for cracks in this thing.” Mine was cracked, somewhere around 2013 or so. And I wasn’t looking for the damage, but just happened to notice it, and fortunately, happened to share this with my late mechanic, Ed. Um, yes, we need to replace it.

So I buy one from TRF, get it home, get the old one off, noticing all the odd bolts and angles, and then realize, I can’t get the new one on. And everyone thinks, when this happens – there is no way this is the right donut. Well, it is, it just needs to be compressed. It’s a rubber joint for 2 rods at different angles, yet these 2 contraptions have to bolt back together. And there is a right way to get this back together, which I found out after finally wrestling with it and getting it back together. In short, take pics, take tons of notes, and be aware of all the orientation. But first, and to this segment of this blog, just insure your donut is in good health – no cracks, or visible wear. There may be some drivers out there with crumbling donuts and that would be unfortunate going thru a nice sweeper somewhere at moderate speed.

Breath out
Recent post on the monza exhaust, fellow considering it, and I don’t know that much about the Monza, so I don’t chime in. I know Ansa, and I know this bundle of snakes, but all I know about Monza is what I have seen, and thinking back, very little, if any, with the note or volume. I was surprised to see more negative on Monza than positive. Not just that they are loud, but you have ground clearance issues, and I know that to be true as my Ansa was set up the same way. What I realize now is – I don’t recall much attention to our exhaust over the years. My ignorance my shine right now in that there are probably a dozen exhaust choices for us, and I must admit, I have seen the PI cars and across the pond stuff, and I don’t even know if those tiny pipes were factory. I assume the snakes were factory around the world.

We have had plenty of header development and no doubt that will continue. Engine guys love headers and there is no way Kai, Richard Good, Bastuck, Racetorations, hell, even TRF, anyone, will ignore the temptation to take their favorite header and change it just a little. Each year in almost any racing series, a new header or exhaust system will come out, finding another 2 horsepower. And like junkies, everyone has to have it. But for us, seems to me, the attention is up front, near that exhaust port, and not back in the rear of the car. Even pipes between the header and muffler were adjusted, that would be an opportunity.

For me, and this is complete pie in the sky, I would like whoever makes our snakes to offer 2 versions. OEM, as we have it now, low note, soft rumble, or a Stage 2, that was a little more open in there. I have never cut one of these open, and my memory tells me I have seen a cutaway before, but Im sure there could be some opportunity to pull some laundry out of it. And weld it back up. And I know I am not the only fan who thought – why don’t they make left and right snakes? The welds are already there on that right side? I think that would be cool, and I know from simple engineering that that side would be almost straight pipe – maybe that’s why they never did it. But there has to be a way to make that system better, right? Tush is tight with Moss. Maybe Chef can put a bug in their ear.

I look back at some of my ideas and processes and think, dang, that was pretty good. There are some basics in racing, for example, that you just get used to. Like pushing the pedal to the floor and touching the throttle linkage at the carb to insure the butterfly is open, and also flat. Somehow, I forget all this for a few of my first years with this current car. I even go so far as to take out some carb adjustment by moving my throttle pedal towards the floor, and taking out the stop bolt. I did this to improve the pedal position for heel and toe. If you don’t race, or have never needed this technique, you probably didn’t know that when you push down on the brake pedal, even in modern cars, the gas pedal is right there where the depressed brake pedal is. They are in relative position, so you can roll you foot over and blip the throttle.

Focused on that, I don’t even think or consider the fact that now, my butterflies aren’t completely open with my foot on the floor.
There is some science to adjusting your carb linkage. That is to say, there is science in palm reading. I think poolboy referred me to the bentley’s once on this, and again, like the handbook for the undead, very difficult to read. The intent is there, and someone who has fiddled with this linkage over and over, sure, they can get this all sorted with their eyes closed. But let me say this about this dr seuss….wait, not that, cause I’ve worn out my welcome with them…..lets call this the Milton Bradley mousetrap connector rod, ….

We are all smart enough to see the contraption work. Pedal. Rod. Arm, rod, spring, doohickey, heim joint, ball joint, washer, nut….
Somehow, maintaining my gas pedal position, I get this rig adjusted. So, I warm up the car, and take it out for a spin. I am driving around, and at some point, I put my foot on the floor. We all know none of us really drive a TR6 this way – hell, I’m usually 1/8th throttle going thru the gears, and holding even that gas pedal position on the highway. But with WOT, and now my foot on the floor, this car sat up, looked around, back at me for one of those, are you sure that’s what you want? And in a moment, my cozy starbucks runner, was off like a mad race horse.

I am running thru the streets of Richardson, almost looking for a fight. And I find one in a 911. And there was this part of me that literally thought, I am going to smoke this car. He pulled away, and I ran all over his bumper, but even with this moment of amazement, the reality had to be that he probably didn’t even know I was behind him. And if he had hit the gas, it would have been akin to watching a funny car leave the lights at a drag strip. But remembering to measure and test this, might help others check their WOT – so this is a bit nostalgia, throwback, and tech tip all wrapped up in one segment.

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.