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The Lobby
Enjoy the blog this week with polk salad, from Ford vs Ferrari

It took me a year to see this movie. That’s odd, as Shelby American has been such a passion for me. But even before this movie came out, I saw the trailer, and had looked thru the cast on IMDB. And the one guy that should have been in the background, wasn’t. I get that this a glimpse into the gt40 effort, but to ignore Pete Brock. Well. That’s kin to the pope getting married. And to ignore Ritchie Ginther in the GT40 development….lets just say that this movie, was pure entertainment. And yes, I enjoyed it. And this song, speaks to that effort of Miles. And in the end, it was a great, needed tribute to him.

Back to this blog. Good week. No injuries. I don’t know that we deserve such good weather. New beehive is ready to go, but I need to finish the frames that go into it. Planning the holidays, yard clean up for the Halloween chaos, and still clearing out the garage.

Whats new
Well, how about other vehicle stuff. I am reviving a jeep cj5. It sits, the battery dies, and it needs a radiator and brakes. My youngest thinks that is going to be her high school car in a few years. Um, no. she will get the ford escort sled, and earn her way into a nice vehicle. Plus, a CJ5 ain’t the safest thing out there, right? I do love driving it, front windshield laid down, and all.
School car with the backup alternator is humming. Needs that tuneup, but I mean, whats a few more miles on these tired champion 404 plugs. Elwood sold me on Brad Penn oil, and I’ll swap out this Castrol high mileage with that in March. I hate to throw away good motor oil that has only about 1K miles on it.

Still pending a thermostat, and I need to get that in soon cause its cooling down, and this sled needs to get to temp quicly, like all of our motors. I think I’ll go with the 190, which is what was in it before.

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

The Wax
In a departure from recent formats, I thought I would salute the men, women, and machinery that have made my TR6 memory. We all have this posse, this crew, this group that helps us stay around this mark. These folk that kept us on the road, down to how we got into it.

Lets start with the legend, Bootie May. To this day, maybe the coolest name ever. Bootie introduces the TR3 to my dad. This leads to my dad, who got the wild hair to buy the butt ride. From the butt ride, We bring in Leyland Heath, who bought the car new from the local Triumph dealer. Then a quick thanks to Johnny, the second owner of the butt ride, and most likely to have crossed country’d it in 20 ralley races. And its important to mention him cause if this car had been sorted and in good shape, I may not have been forced to learn so much about this car.

The shop that serviced this first car, Ingrams, maybe, hell I don’t know. Imagine some local southern shop with a bearded mechanic moderately adept at fixing stuff. Think slingblade. And while I kick this place, they didn’t make the butt ride the mess that it was, and ultimately, most of the work they did was good. Next, how about the junkyard in Snow Hill, that supplied my replacement grille on that car. 76 grille on a 72 car, and I liked it cause it had the chrome upper and lower bezels. I should have parted that exhaust, motor, and anything else they would have sold me. Like I had money. Hell, even the original Michelins that were on that car, including those rims, rings, and center caps.

Moving to Texas, I hate to mention the next mechanic, cause he truly went thru the pockets. money vacuum. I mean, junkyard gearbox instead of 1500 dollar rebuild? Dude. Knowing what we all know now, I could have had one very well sorted 72 car, not only pretty, but fast, and reliable. On the brighter side, lets mention Mike – the paint guy, who did a lovely job prepping and painting that car old English white, a jag color, not original, and so bright in the texas sun you couldn’t look at it without sunglasses. And when the car was wrecked, and before we sold it wrecked to Hans, a big shout out to Harry Warner, owner of the Buckingham Service, who stored this car for a few weeks, no charge, while we wrestled with State Farm and shop rates. I tried to pay him for that, and he said don’t worry about it. Always kind to me, and I wish I could do this place justice – the amazing cars that sat in this shop. Great memories.

I’ll try to repeat this next week on the school car. I don’t know I can dig as deep, but I’ll give it a shot.

Tech. coolant maintenance
The Auction

Tech. the routine flush.
Jeez, I hope I haven’t already shared this. Who cares, its good to mention on a regular basis. After replacing my radiator a few years ago, stock OEM, btw, I wanted to make some sort of effort to help that system last longer. Now, that isn’t to say I have some checklist or timeline of full flush, but I do have one simple routine that I think helps in some way.

My overflow bottle always looks like it has nice green 50/50 mix in it. That is until I pour it out and see what looks like the banks of the red river. I mean, a full thick layer of crap at the bottom. I pour that out, rinse it well, and pour fresh 50/50 in it to the mid line, put it back in its holster, and stuff that hose back in there. Later, I realize, this occurs often, as this system flows in and out of that bottle. And regardless of how often I pull that bottle, there is always some red river in there. So, in short, I flush that bottle about once a month.
So, what is in the bottom of the radiator? Probably the same stuff, and I was recommended by another vintage car owner that a proper flush will help clean out jackets in the motor, and I’m sure in the bottom of this radiator. I am not so worried about the inside of the motor, as that will continue to rust forever. But if that becomes a clog somewhere, well, then that is an issue. What I really worry about is the health of this radiator and my water pump. Both replaceable, and both on the shelf somewhere, but why not go thru these little routines to help keep it clean, right? Yeah, that water bottle rinse and repeat step takes maybe 2 minutes, while you are in there, topping off those strombergs.

I am really enjoying all the auctions that go on for this car. I’m not in the market, personally, but its great to see all these cars with some lipstick on them, beaming in all those fancy pics, and backgrounds. The demand is there. All vintage is still strong, thru and exiting covid. Still strong as we move closer to hybrid and away from fossil fuel reliance.

The path to stewardship takes many forms. I like finding that post on a facebook group, or surfing the local clubs in Texas and their classifieds. I don’t have to go far in Dallas to find a decent car, and for me, I have a decent understand of what I would want, but to imagine that new steward who is struggling to cram as much in that head as they can, the noise of all that info has them drunk on so much koolaid that their decision on, say bringatrailer, will have them keep bidding. And lets face it, we have all had this excitement – composure out the door, and making a foolish decision. I bought a jeep once, drunk on this coolaid. I blew the head gaskets on the way home.

The web brings anyone closer to what they want to know more about, and if we stay just in cars, I’ll use forums for all the cars I have, especially the new stuff we drive. 349 dollars for a gearbox service on a rav4 from the dealer? I mean, tell me what that 349 is so I can compare. That rav4 forum will. By the way, if you own a J overdrive gearbox, become a member of the Volvo forums, cause more of that OD went there than British Leyland.

The 1973 Plymouth Fury
I don’t know why I haven’t shared the stories of this car before. Spent this week trying to think of other things I haven’t shared on the butt ride or school car, and a little waxing down high school memory lane on Tony Mallard’s lovely dark green 65 mustang, it hits me. Share the Fury story

Frank Teague is a bit of a legend with some of us from class of 81 in Kinston. Hard to describe the guy, except somewhat of an outsider, but my crew loved him. Funny, prankster. The guy that would walk the halls and grin at you while you were in class. Frank had access to 2 cars. 73 and 74 Plymouth Furies. The 73 was the rocketship, with whatever big blocks they had then, 440 maybe. The 74 looked like a cop car. The 73, looked like a demon. Metalic blue. Boat. Loud, fast in a straight line. Both great cruising cars.

You can find a lot to talk about today on that vintage, but as my dust has settled, let me tell you what is amazing about that car. In that small town, in high school, it felt like you raced each other every day. Something was bound to happen. And it did. 5 times. Frank was in 5 collisions in high school. He had a wreck with Tony Mallards nice green mustang. Mustang bumper and left front quarter panel. Parrish Sassers Mustang, rear ended it in the snow. Entire rear end of the mustang damaged. Larkin’s Pontiac sunbird, rear end. 2 others, names I forget. 5 wrecks. After all that, the 73 Plymouth Fury had a single 2 inch scratch on the front bumper. The story goes that the Chrysler Imperial was banned from smash up derbies. That makes sense, given what I saw. I was in Sasser’s mustang when Frank plowed into it. Looking back, surreal moment as that thing skidded into Parrish’s car at about 15 or so.

Whatever Chrysler Plymouth used in their soup of sheet metal and construction, left this image of ridiculous durability. I have no idea how heavy these cars were, but that car, while possibly injuring the passengers, could probably be driven out of some fatal crash, even if it ended upside down. Cheers to Frank, those Furies, and how free things were then. Happy we survived to tell the tales.

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.