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The Lobby
Enjoy the blog this week with Bohemian Rhapsody

Now post daylight savings, we drift into hibernation, clean heating elements, and measure firewood. Lovely day followed by hail the next day. Thanksgiving prep, looking for more change to buy that turkey this year. Headed to my college homecoming today at UNT, first in years. The dance card is full this weekend as my wife’s birthday is tomorrow.

Whats new
What a ****show last Sunday was. New CJ battery, and this CJ has a bad drain in the steering column. The downside is damage to the new battery, but the impact on the 6 was, I used jumper cables to help revive this battery, and while the 6 sat, idling, my efan thermostat quit, temp went up, I shut down, but effective boil my radiator. No damage, thankfully, but what a day not to work on a car. The gods were telling me early – dude, go watch your cowboys get their ass kicked by Denver. I did eventually stop the process, but how tempting it is to keep going. Wisdom is good.

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

The Wax
I went thru this list on what is right with this mark. And at some point, we probably discussed not just how to shop for a TR6, but what we all should be doing to keep them on the road safely. I’m gonna take this spot and just remind, if just myself, what should be done to be a good road steward. The last thing we want to do with the guvment, is to be that segment that pisses the DOT off so that old cars are banned. We can leave all that to the pinto group.

In no particular order. Please keep these suggestions in mind. Have good insurance, with roadside. I can’t think of one of us that would leave our car on an interstate somewhere, hazards flashing, and us sleeping soundly at a hotel down the road. Good tires, as in, if you are on old tires, please replace. Check the tire pressures too. Keep the fuel fresh, keep the coolant clean. Check your fluids. Change your fan belt every….3 years? Its cheap. Check your lights and bulbs. I love opening the door, sitting down, bumping the starter, and driving off. But we almost need to treat today’s driving experience like a Cessna checklist. Please take this raw list, and create your own, and share if you don’t mind. I am interested in what we all do before we drive off, even if to the coffee shop.

Tech. heater
Throwback. Bus Driving

Tech. heater maintenance
Feel like we never talk about this. like radios and speakers. Sure, the radios are there, sometimes. But usually with dangling wires behind it. You’d need a heater if you drove in the winter. Well, if you are in Michigan, like D6 Greg, you don’t drive this mark on salted roads. The dilemma is, well sure, we need to check this heater, but when do you really use it? Apparently some do.

Couple of members recently took on their heater function. One, a simple valve opening and cable issue. The other, heater core flush. I’ve flushed mine before and after this service, nothing but cold air coming out. Makes no sense, but again, since this aint a priority, and since coolant wasn’t filling my floorboards, I assumed it was something else, cause hot prestone flowed thru my heater core and back to the motor.

So, as we looked further, those heater core fins can get filled with who knows what. It’s a radiator, and it needs to radiate heat. So, what do we do? Well a good flush is the start. There are 2 hoses going into the firewall. Disconnect them from where they connect to the motor and the heater valve. Expect some coolant to run out. Gets tricky here, as you need to get a water hose plugged into one of them, and find a way to aim that other hose so it doesn’t hit the paint job, or other bits. With some light water pressure from the hose, fresh water will go into the core, and out that other hose. Green, or brown at first, and eventually clear. And if you can, reverse it. Run the water in the other direction. With it all clear, hook the hoses back up, clamp them down, run the car with the heater valve open, and top off your coolant. Voila.

But what about if the fins are dirty? I’m guessing some compressed air into the heater box openings, which you can get to if you lay down. Or, blow some big air into the vents. The one thing I don’t want to recommend is pulling the heater box. That’s a good week of dismantle, and again, you gotta really need that heater.

The Bubble
At some point, The Truman Show movie will get dated. Right now, it is a movie that comes up on cable on a regular basis. I can watch/listen in the background while I go on about other stuff in my life. Truman, living this feaux life, on this Disney like island, inspires everyone to pull for him to escape. It relates almost to owning a TR6, in your city, and never getting more than 20 miles in any direction.

I mentioned this reference last week, as I was all over the place in tangentland. Personally, I reference the Truman Show often – while driving. Out of nowhere, tons of traffic appear right in front of me. Or how someone tells you to not try, or do anything. In the words of the travel agent, its already been done.

Our constant friction – concours to hopped up modified, weekend driver, to cross country driver. I’ve done all of this, except the concours. I have opinions which I try to muffle, but some will slip through and out on this page. The intent here is to just inspire. And mostly for those lurking around this mark, deciding if they want to jump in. They are already here cause they know the car has great lines, and is awesome cleaned up and in a show, but I think what scares some is how far do you drive before the rear end falls out? Or something fails on the highway.

The truth is nothing. We see tubs pulled out of a barn, or a one rolled out of a garage after dozens of years. Channeling Wayne Carini, or anyone around car reviving, and at the end of the day, its an old car with common old car issues. And once revived, old car maintenance keeps it running, and gives it reliability. A trunk full of mcgiver stuff we discussed last week, maybe a shot of whiskey, and a little time on your hands should push you to some highway, with no destination, and a few hours in each direction. Once outside that bubble, your stewardship will change. I promise.

Throwback. Bus Driver, 85C
This is a bit left field, as it ain’t completely about this mark. I move from rambunctious teenager, driving under age, going thru juvenile counseling, to a licensed driver, and shockingly in decent standing. By the time I get to high school, I get talked into getting out of class and signing up for bus driving. Out of class? Well, yeah.

North Carolina used high school students to drive the school buses then. At this first meeting, in the auditorium, full of anxious students wanting a bus, I sit there, listening to a very passionate superintendent talk about this job, its safety, importance, and its value. I end up getting a bus driving license…or approval, whatever, but I am a backup – as in, I don’t have a formal bus, but I drive when needed. It ain’t long before I am asked to fill in for a week. I had to park bus 85-C near the house over the weekend. Buses are big. Lots to watch out for. Curbs, kids, dogs, you name it. I do ok. I sub on a regular basis. As soon as I get comfortable with this gig, I am dropping some kids at the junior high, and leaving the school, I smell smoke. I look in that big ass mirror over my head, and my cardboard box is on fire.
Buses had trash boxes in the back of the buses. In front of the emergency exit. A cardboard box, filled with paper, and wrappers. As I write this, an how absurd it sounds, I’m almost laughing at how normal it seemed at the time. Who’s idea was this? But until that box caught fire, I don’t think anyone look at that danger and said – you know what? Lets get these boxes out of here.

I pull over I guess I open that emergency door, pull that box out, and it burns off on the street. I know the cops came, as did a fire truck. I wasn’t in any trouble, but that was a survival moment, frankly. I never felt in danger, until now, writing this segment. And this incident didn’t cause me to lose my priviledges. But a speeding ticket did. And would for any driver. Moving violations were not allowed, and because of the strict policies, NC had the lowest incident record in the country, or so we were told.
LO Guvna. Former School Bus Driver. Who da thunk.

That’s enough for today
Thank you for caring for your Triumph TR6, and a special thank you to those considering it. Owning this car helps people around you without even knowing it. You bring happiness to the construction worker, frozen, staring like Suzanne Sommers just drove by. Please start your car with it out of gear and foot off the clutch to save your thrust washers. Please 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 with goodparts cv joints and hubs, fresh head with roller rockers, new interior, and new paint. At some point, a fresh motor with lightened crank, cam bearings, improved compression and roller rocker valve train. Oh, and AC.