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The Lobby
Enjoy the blog this week with Ambrosia, Hold on to Yesterday

Interesting week. The world came to an end with the facebook shutdown. Youth can handle that moving cheese. The elderly – can’t. Get them hooked on memory and baby picture crack, and taking that away became this visual of a jailbreak at the old folks home. My first thought, selfishly, was how to keep going with this, and our D6 group – should we move it to twitter? No, cause people hate that platform too. Makes you wonder if the legacy groups will return to their strength as these platforms melt right in front of us.

Halloween is around the corner, which for my neighborhood means early yard decorating, and candy forecasting – how much to buy. We were way short last year. Nothing more terrifying than having to shut your door on approaching kids because the only things you have left to hand out are peanuts and grapes. This block we live on, and some of you may experience this in other parts of the world, has this demand where kids get shipped in – cars stopping nearby, kids unloading, and the loop continues to grow, even during covid, which was a shocker. Im chatty today – I’ll slow this down now.

Whats new
I still haven’t sent in my alternator, cause, well, you know, that’s how I roll. My feet have to catch on fire, I guess. I did get the school car to the muffler shop. I did get my exhaust hanger fixed, and in meeting Mike, the tech, he’s worked on our cars before, and even had a photo with him of his BRG late model car. He installed stainless on that car, and pushed that a few times with me. I need a flange at the header, and they didn’t do it this time, but will soon. At least the car doesn’t sound like parts are about to fall off.

I am immersed in autocross now. Local group, Equipe Rapid has an upcoming event. I’ll try to make that, if to do nothing but walk around and shake some hands. I won’t throw the school car around at this event – the next time I run one, I’ll be sorted, suspension and all. We had a last minute gathering fill for D6 – the local TR club had to cancel a car show in fort worth with upcoming weather, so we huddled in our area, and talked VTR, Round Rock, and other stuff, including r200 and cv joint upgrade with something close to a net zero cost, not including labor. You see, our original diffs have decent value. Our original half shafts and hubs have decent value. And if they are all in good order, like the school car’s, then the cost of that diff, the welding on the frame, the adapter kit, the cv joints, less the original diff on ebay, less the half shafts and hubs on ebay… may not be at zero, but you ain’t out of pocket in a big chunk. Anyway, more about that in another blog.

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

The Wax
Michelin announced recently that they are no longer manufacturing tires for 15 inch rims. I read that on the internet so it must be true. I’m not going to research it, cause even if that is untrue, it speaks to tire availability these days. My mom’s buick runs on original 15 inch factory rims, and choosing a set of new tires at sams club became no choice. As in, they only had 1 tire that fit that rim for that car. OK. We will take that one.

My newer rav4s run on 17 inch rims, I think. Most vehicles are …what is that called, not SUV, or is it. I don’t care. Whatever that is, that’s about all that is on the road except trucks and mustangs. The world was on 15 inch rims, and that has been changing right in front of us. And that means, at some point in this erosion, we will be stuck with coker, or some shop run by monks that pour molten rubber into molds in a cave in Europe. Or, we will all be on aftermarket rims. I will say this – I don’t see us running 17 inch rims unless we raise our cars dramatically.

We need to be cognizant of where all this is headed. If you own a business, you need to know your landscape – what are you up against now, but also in the future. Don’t be the manufacturer of 8 track tapes, ignoring the usability feature of cassette tapes. For us, and for me specifically, Fuel, tires, and consumables are our biggest threat right now, even oil. You can barely find 30w non detergent anymore. At some point, we will be dealing on the black market for 20w50, or even 10w40. Further down the road, service. We will all most likely, become shade tree mechanics, but this time with better tools. I have a ryobi impact wrench. Who thought I’d have that in my trunk for a road trip.

So, be prepared, like a boy scout. Look down the road.

Tech. Improved signal stalks.
Hanging on.
Throwback The search for the butt ride

Tech. signal stalks
On our steering column, through each year of production, are turn signal, and driving lights. OD owners get a third stalk, but we all have some configuration of it, and even during production, the turn signal mechanism never returned right, at least on the cars I have driven. I started having issues with my OD engaging – after moving the stalk to engage the OD, I had to tap the stalk to get it to engage, telling me I had connection issues in the component behind that shroud. First, I used deoxit, which is a connection cleaner. This worked well, but after a few weeks, it started sticking again. My plan was to just go in regularly and reapply the deoxit.

I start to do this recently, and can’t find my can of deoxit, so standing there, I look around and see my wd40 can. Then I have that awkard conversation with myself. Well, the devil part won, and assured the rest of us that it will be fine, just wipe dry, and let it sit for a bit to insure it won’t cause a short. I do that, and the impression, now months later – thumbs up. I have used this on my turn signal, and that is cured too, working properly without any assistance. My headlight function is much smoother. All of it, thanks to this multi use spray.

So, a few blasts in and around the exposed mechanisms, put a towel under to catch the drippings. Wipe as much excess off, let sit for a few hours, another wipe and reinstall the cowls. Done. Enjoy.

Holding ground
Up in conversation this week, how we manage today with a vintage car. Can’t speak for other states in the US, but some of us have a vintage plate on the back, and no inspection sticker. Essentially, we can drive around with wheels falling off, and cops can’t stop us for a busted tail light, or a puddle of gas under the car. We won’t, but we could with this type of Texas DOT freedom. Having said it like that reminds me, that won’t last. At some point, some organization will lobby, new laws will be passed, and this glory will go away. But right now, kin to a junkyard wood frame hill car with rope steering and wobbly wheels.

The irony is our stuff can pass tests, maybe even emissions. I know my car runs better than it did when produced, and better than it did when it passed a sniffer before this plate. And we know how to help make it pass and get more lean just for this test if we have to. Sure, not all cars, but enough knowledge transfer that at some point we could manage to stay on the road. Im realizing now, how much we work at just keeping our cars at zero. We make so much effort in overcoming the little things, like points, wiring, lubes, and whatever is on that list. And now, as I mentioned above in the wax, we will struggle with tire sourcing, and even a fuel blend that won’t erode our systems.

Where are you, butt ride?
I’ve called my first 6 many things, some of them can be repeated in public. I have referred to it recently as the stunt car, rally car…I guess I left off money pit, but that fits. But butt ride is a good one, cause the guy who named it that, is really a car guy, and loved that car. Steve, restaurant owner, now owns many exotics, including one of those ridiculous ferarris and a brand new 911….whatever that rocket ship is. He’s had porsches, corvettes, and still has has a smokey and the bandit firebird. Fun stuff, so if Steve says, butt ride, lets just go with that. And before it was rear ended, it was lovely, I must admit. Fresh paint, new carpet, new dash, new top. Clean front to rear, but a mechanical mess.

I get this urge occasionally to find this car. Wrecked, Hans, local mechanic, buys it as is, and fixes it up. He told me a few times what he did, don’t remember but I’m sure he got it sorted and had some fun with it. All I know is he sold it to someone in California. My efforts have been going thru the DOT in texas against the first plate I had on that car, 635 AMK, and even roadster factory, which, unfortunately had purged their records. We kept the Bentleys, but not the 3 inch thick manila folder with all the receipts and roadster factory invoices. Maybe not 3 inches, but I just put my thumb and forefinger out, estimating that folder, and it was at least 2 inches. I hadn’t done the timeline on this, but in a matter of 9 years, we compiled 2 inches of service invoice work. That doesn’t speak well to this mark, or for us, certainly.

With facebook, networking with VTR and chapters, including the SoCal group, I have this vision that one day, I’ll be standing next to it, talking to the owner, and little things will start to come into focus. Yeah, one of the previous owners cut the triangles, and then sharing something else unique to the car that I might have done, like mounting the front spoiler – remember, Triumph called this a spoiler. And then this epiphany, wait, this is my first car! Maybe one day. Neighbor Hank has a 38 Cadillac? Huge, and original. Their family car, which they sold, and then found, and bought back. So what would I do if I saw this car again? I have no idea. I’d like to think its in great and even better hands now. I also like to think that all of our cars have some of that, unless you are an original owner. That they are happy right where they are.

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.