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The Lobby
Enjoy the blog this week with Robert Earl Keen

Happy Holidays, again, 6ers. This guy, Robert Earl, can’t sang, but to see his crowds in around Central Texas is certainly a buck list for anyone coming into this state. And for what its worth, the Rhyman concert version of this song is my favorite.

Been a little under the weather. Started last week. Achy, tired. But none of the covid symptoms, so just writing it off to a bug or infection. I’ve finished my exterior light chore. Right now trying to decide if I thaw 50 pounds of lamb, or just do a beef tenderloin for our small holiday gathering. The lamb – that is just a beast of work between now and Christmas eve. I’m leaning to donating this to a shelter and let their big kitchen do something with it.

Whats new
I have a spare driveshaft, thanks to a great deal with D6 Kyle Darby in the pacific northwest. More to come on that progress along with the r200B conversion. Nothing else new – car feels peppy. Being under the weather, just laying low and staying active on some of the TR6 groups. Selling one our old cars, and gonna use that money to fix up a few bits on my 99 tahoe/farm truck. That thing was so pretty when we bought it. Now, fitting for the back 40.

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

The Wax
When I grab a song to throw into these blogs, I usually listen to it while starting the blog, so by the Whats new area, I’m already done with that song, and youtube has already shifted to its playlist which may or may not include the artist you intended on. Right now, still with REK. So that’s cool.

This week’s wax is full blown ramble. First, I’m making an effort to trim this odd thought trainwreck down to just a few paragraphs. I got hypnotized in typing, and some of this stuff was like a small book. I don’t even read books, why would I torture you with that? Exactly. So, I’ll try to be better, but as I’ve said over the years, I go back to the root of this blog, and some of that fog – just to get some balance.

Recently, I started to shy away from Power Nation and Dennis Gage. This current media of what I watch or listen to in the background. You could be a youtube blogger on just Dennis Gage and make money I reckon. But I need to pull in more of these travels and the old motor love the Power Nation guys do in those dyno rooms. They rebuilt an LS in a parking lot. Who does that. And Dennis – I don’t know how he chooses the cars he highlights, but who cares. Always unique stuff, and no vintage or location is ignored. Dennis looks pretty composed until he walks into Leno’s garage. Then he turns into a teenage side kick. So, next week – more chit chat on the stuff from powernation and maybe a few highlights from Dennis. Swearzees

Tech: Tire pressure
The Shape
Throwback. Totaling Alice

You go thru life with some confidence in some things, and you pull what you know from it from time to time. I thought I had a good handle on tire pressure. The question comes up recently on facebook, from the sticker on the backside of the glove box. Low pressures. I throw my 2cents in, and I’m blown away with how low some run their cars. When my car gets to 20, I feel like I am neglecting the tire, but this great discussion leads to how well their cars handle at certain pressures.

My only comments from a tech perspective here are, don’t go too low, and avoid going over the mark at all – speaking of the tire rules on the side of the tire. The consensus I got from that chatter – something between 20 and 32 for most domestic, newer style tires. By now, we are all on radials, and on decent rims.

I have never mentioned my work right out of college. I’m bypassing my degree, trying to get into racing, and to support all this, I take a job at Neotech. In the late 80s, the creator of Neotech and his partner develop a strain gauge tire gauge. Those that were around then, will remember this flat, long brown unit with a yellow seam. Very odd shape, but they paid for the use of Jim Hall’s Chapparal in magazine ads to drive attention to this gauge, which were sold in auto parts shops around the country. From that Koolaid, I developed this narrow band of tire pressures that a vehicle should ride on. This gauge was pretty cool. You could drive over it. Used those big watch batteries. I have a spare somewhere. Funny story – I sold Jay Leno a gauge over lunch once – only guy in the office. I’ll write that up for a throwback if I can find my pics of me with him after a show in Dallas.

I love the TR6, and let’s be honest, I don’t know much else. As folk come in and out of this revolving door of stewardship, we all have some unique influence into this mark, and the periphery of what makes it special to us. I learn the mark by riding home in it with a sore jaw from a wisdom tooth extraction. And since this is going to my car, I start learning about it. 1976 and 77, before I am legal to drive, I at least watch TV, and see print ads for Triumph, who by this time, are already full blown TR7. The shop that works on my car shows me a TR7 and its slant motor, saying things like – be glad you have that – this is a piece of junk. I nod, but not inside. I’m smitten with this wedge. I’m smitten with the marketing, the plaid seats, and that front and rear look of the car.

And that commercial song. Those fast moving images of the car coming off the shipping boat, into a wedge shaped garage, or car wash. Short and confusing enough to make you want to play the commercial again, except its 1977, and no one has that ability then. Where did this song come from? What should be clear now is that why I drove the TR6, I have always had a place for a TR7. In Edmond recently, I walked around a few of them, and did corner work for that class as they ran thru the autocross. There is so much right in this car, but so much wrong too.

I’m not going to share the youtube link for this TR7 song, but I found it – certain most others have by now, but if haven’t or would like to hear it, search this in youtube: Peter Dennis Zenith. You’re welcome.

End of the 72 Beetle era
At 13 I had a key to this car. I remember installing an 8 track player in it for my Columbia House membership 8 tracks. It was a great little beetle, always ran and ran well. And by the time I’m ready to do my driving test, its this car that I drove up the hill, did a 3 point turn, drove down the hill, and finished my test with Walt Robertson’s dad who was the tester or whatever for NC in our small town.

I never got a ticket in this car, but I did manage to damage the right rear fender flare by turning to sharp around a pole. While the 72 TR6 was the car I drove the most, I did get to drive this occasionally if I needed to. You can’t fit many varsity football players in a TR6. Somehow you could fit 4 in a 2 door VW. I don’t remember the clear timeline on when this next event happened, but this car, which my mom bought with her own money, was clean, light blue, drove well, and very reliable, as I mentioned. Mom even had a name for her – Alice, which was my mom’s name Celia jumbled.

Mid week afterschool, myself and 3 friends were in this car, headed somewhere. Frank, who I mentioned with the amazing Fury’s, was driving. I insisted on him driving – not sure why. And while driving down a backstreet, I have the brilliant idea to pull the key out while he was driving. The events after this were quick, and we end up in a yard, against a tree. The windshield is cracked where my head hit it. The damage was bad, but not horrible. What seemed to make it worse is when the tow truck came, they winched it from the street, pulling some suspension pieces off to get it to the street. The worst part of this story is how sad my mom was when they totaled it for insurance. One of those pieces of history that keeps reminding you, me, to do nice things for your mom.

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 isn’t scary and you have an amazing network around to help you. Your TR6 helps people around you without even knowing it. You bring happiness to the Jeep Rubicon guy at the light. 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.