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The Lobby
Enjoy the blog this week with Ace, How Long

Made my first college homecoming in many years. New stadium, won the game, got to see our new statue of Mean Joe Green. Great day, lovely folk, and great seats….a suite…..felt very special. Our local D6 group is getting together for a holiday social – ending a great year. I launch a group 10 years ago to find 6 people to qualify for a 6-pack Chapter. Today, we are closing in on 500 members, and not just local. All over the world, frankly. And growing. Weather is good, family is healthy, and next week for the holiday, my girls will head to little rock to see Harry Styles. Don’t worry, I barely know this artist.

Whats new
I may pull my hard top, and put it right back on. In my rush for Edmond, I never got my soft top folded down right, and my boot sticks up – plus, I have some missing snaps on the back of the hard top shelf. PLUS….I have new door and header seal. I may write this up in but essentially, there are 3 pieces that make up this seal. The header piece, which is just fuzzy, and then the door and b posts, which is the same fuzzy but with door seal. And I thought – why can’t that be 1 piece? It can. Just takes some fancy xacto cutting. I’ll share more of that later.

Car is on old tune, newer oil, 180 thermostat, and decent anti freeze. I used some right stuff to secure my temp sensor back in the radiator. Looks real fancy. Slight high idle, which may be an air leak. Car runs well, strong, and at this pont, my OD, which had acted up, now stable, smooth, healthy. And my sad paint. Getting sadder.

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

The Wax
Touched on above, my hard top window and front seal have seen better days. Falling apart. Moderately functional. So, I call TRF Dan on the batphone tech line, and I get the recording. Dang. TRF Tech is down these days to save on labor. So, you are instructed to call the normal number. I get the advice I need there, and get a quick order in. A day later, the lovely family pic comes up on facebook, with all the faces of TRF. And given the struggle with parts, demand, the recent passing of Charles, I’m taking some time to share some love, promote this mecca, and tell everyone how special this place has been for me over the years. Since the day they opened. Literally.

I opened my tool box drawer recently – the 4th one down, and in it, are parts I’ve ordered and never put on. Tiny packages of screws, and bits. Extra visor arm. Body shim. I think we all have a box or tool drawer like this. And leftover packing slips. I have at least one in my trunk. I am sitting here, trying to relate this place to other places Ive ordered from, and nothing comes close. I flew RC back in the day, and Tower Hobbies was close, as in, they had an annual catalogue, occasional mail to the house, etc. Full blown 800 number, and today, I guess TH is around, but with so much boiled down to online shopping and basic stuff, it’s a fraction of itself, best I can tell. But the Roadster Factory. I can’t put into words how much that hasn’t changed there. Sure, website. Sure, online ordering ability. Facebook page. But I walked these halls about 10 years ago, and while that shop maybe a little different today, ain’t much has changed. All I can tell that has changed, is Dave has retired to Florida, Charles has passed, and the TRS was sold. Chuck is still there, and there are few new voices on the line, but I’m positive walking down that hall, there are still rooms filled with racks of parts.

I get that TRF is more domestic US than worldwide, but that this crew went through so much over the years just to help me, and you, and you, is a tribute to this mark. Understand when they launched, it was just TR6. And whatever I ordered first, probably a sun visor, that began a journey for the then butt ride, and now the school car. It is my go to. It is my home base. It is the platform that supports me. And as god as my witness, I will continue to praise and support this crew until I leave this earth. Promise.

Tech: Warning!
Throwback. Denton

Tech Indicator lenses
Sadly, I cause trouble for myself mostly from procrastination. Until a few years ago, we had replacement parts for our dash from an outfit in California that continued to produce and shelve our warning lenses, and even produced various others. The rectangle displays on various years of our production, were sourced back in the day from a supplier, and Triumph told them what they wanted them to say – as in, pick the ones you want from the big bag of them. K4, which still produces these lense assemblies, sells now to Moss, and they turn them around for us.

Generally, this is ok, but me? I want to replace 2 of them with another indicator – like amber, not red, for overdrive. And blue, not red, for AC – which I’ll get at some point. But to the tech segment, forget my sidebar tangent and know this. Ed_h shows us we can pull these lenses, and clean them, and even reproduced the lettering, and color. In other words, we can restore them. We just need to pull the dash, remove the cases, and dismantle the units, and replace with better, newer indicators. Mine? All dirty, worn, dull, and rarely used. EGR – for example, will never illuminate again, at least on my car in its configuration. My brake indicator, only comes on, I think, when the pressure differential warning PWDA signals there is a problem. That has never come on, and if it does, I’m probably deep into the issue anyway.

One of the areas with hard to find replacements, on the expensive side, and with the creative solution experts near us, like Ed, we can rest a little easier now.
Here is a fun link to restoring these, and other bits by the legend, Ed_h
Good luck with your projects, and hopefully this helps along the way.

Ive jumped into several tire discussion lately. Its one of those topics that will continue to stay lifted due to our original rim decay. Well, add the Michelin x decay with that. I would wager some are still on them, somehow. I drift to Burt Munro and his world record Indian bike. Burt rubbing those tires with shoe polish, somehow massaging that old rubber to stay on those rims as he rolled up past 200 or something. I guess if some are still on Michelins, they laying down some witchcraft on them, with concoctions from mortar and pestle.

The rim revolution has grown over time. We had a few options back in the day – limited by the bolt pattern and backspacing. Today, same issue, but out of nowhere comes Konig and their rewind rim. And today, as the continued threats come, we all look at surviving this struggle. Michelin is preparing to no longer make 15 inch tires. It’s a ripple, but one to take note of as this is an indicator. Even for me, as I moved to a 16 inch rim, and if the 15 is on the way out, the 16 will follow. 761, the title of this section, is the rotations per mile of an original Michelin redline 185x15. This tech number is on all tires you look at today when shopping tires. As you navigate rims and tires, this rotation will help you keep your gauges close. Many of us are fiddling with 5 speed gearboxes, or different overdrive reductions. And, many of us are fiddling with pulling our diffs, replacing them with lower ratio Nissan limited slip units. And I need wax next week on the value of the cv and hubs that are coming out of the goodparts garage.

If you have good original rims, congratulations. I pray they stay true and healthy. And even if the majors turn their noses up at the 15 inch tire, someone will have some somewhere. But if you have to change, or want to change, this shift won’t cripple us. It might slow us down some, but it won’t stop us.

Throwback NTSU
I don’t remember how far back, but I’ve thrown back to college life before in this blog. I don’t think I’ve shared this story, which isn’t that much, really, and it could have been in any car. But it did involve the 72 stunt car butt ride, and I was driving at the time.

Linda and I were dating then, she was in a dorm at the time. Which means, if she was in that dorm, I was in the Gazebo apartments. We were going somewhere, in a Sunday night, probably to a bar. The side of her dorm faced a 4 lane road with a center turn divider, so that street was very wide. Don’t ask me why, but I pull up to her dorm on the oncoming traffic side. And park. There were no restrictions on parking there. On my way out, ticket under the wiper. Driving on the wrong side of the street. Of course, I had to drive the wrong way to park the car like that. I’m angry, but not for knowing the rules and whats wrong with this ticket – mostly from just being a college jackass. I was careful in how I parked, no traffic coming. Maybe some anger at myself for the lazy approach, as in, maybe 10 more seconds I could have u turned down the street, come back, and parked appropriately.

Few days go by, still stewing, chatting this with my roommate, Roy, and I think he suggested calling the campus attorney. So I did. Quick conversation, he asks – did he say which direction you were parked? Any indication on the ticket? No – so he says, ask to have the ticket quashed. They weren’t clear in the ticket as to why I got the ticket. The ticket is what matters in the court. Ahhh. I’m lightly prepared, dressed, and ready. My case is read, I make my case, asking for the quash. The judge says – which way were you going? I say – do I have to answer this your honor? He encourages me to, and I do. And I lose. And I knew then, just plead the 5th. I learned a lot that day, and more than just rules of the road.

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.