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The Lobby
Enjoy the blog this week with Dean Martin Silent Night

Christmas Eve for the blog. I don’t remember that happening, but it must have. The covid variant has invaded the home – I apparently had it, and thought it was a stomach bug. My oldest is now recovering, wife just starting her symptoms. Christmas for us may be postponed. But, presents and as much of the routine will continue. I finish some shopping today while my girls quarantine in their rooms. And for those reading, the symptoms are mild, and everyone is in good spirits. Just an odd holiday for us, and for many I know. Much to be thankful for.

What's new
We have Netflix, and the Schumacher documentary is on it. I put off watching this until this week. I wish I hadn’t. I was reminded how human this guy was, and what made him spectacular at the same time. It helped remind me of the timelines. And it ends with his family, speaking lovingly about him and his life now, not expanding on it.

#theschoolcar car has been in the garage for a week. I’ve been fiddling with my accord and tahoe, selling the first, and cleaning up the second. I should at least pull the 6 out, throw a wreath on the front, snap a pic, and lay that down for my profile pic. Robert and I are looking at the next steps in diff swap. I need to get this car on jacks, check my bearings and brakes to chase down this light grinding noise I get for the first 2 blocks. Why something would stop grinding is beyond me.

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

The Wax
Wanted to take a moment to talk about some of the progress in products and processes that help keep us comfortable in the cockpit. Touched on several times – just hit me recently with the shows on how they approach sound and heat on vintage tub/frame cars. I think we all fit in the spectrum somewhere, and for me, even though decent on both accounts, I am looking forward to new carpet so I can have a reason to reskin these doors and rework all my panels. And seals.
About 80% of our heat issues are at the firewall. That number drifts down to the floorboards but only about a foot or so back. The only thing producing heat from the shifter back is the exhaust pipes. So, if you think about it, heavy focus on that firewall with both heat and sound protection is a good sound general strategy. From that foot or so back, all sound. When I had my carpet and panels off, I looked for areas I could not only dynamat, but also stuff with foam, such as the B posts. Area behind the rear panels, for example, can hold some layers of foam. And you can even glue a layer of foam to the back of your panels. My tunnel cover, for example, has multiple layers of foam and spray on undercoating on both sides. And with the proper sealing kit for the cover, I don’t have any heat issues at my feet that others experience.

If I were to do this again, I would go with the Lizard Skin products – both of them for heat and sound. They push you to this sprayer rig, but frankly, there is nothing wrong with a paint tray, short stubby roller, and a cheap brush, and use that to get the coverage you need. I’d go heat first, in that layer I mentioned, and then sound from the top inside of that firewall, all the way back to below the fuel tank. And if you haven’t replaced them, get the firewall grommet kit that fills in all the holes in the firewall for the wiring and cables. And you’ll also notice, the throttle linkage area is probably worn, and heat and fumes can come thru that too.
Tidy all this up, and keep looking for more ways to knock both of these enemies

Tech: throttle position
R&D continued
Sears Mini Bike

tech. throttle position
I’ve lightly touched on this before, talking about how I took wide open throttle (WOT) out of my car. The previous owner had adjusted the pedal so it was almost in your lap – so far forward that I had to pull my leg back just to put my foot on it at idle. Ken was shorter than me, but rather than adjust the seat forward, he liked this position for his driving style. That may be for others too, but I wanted to share why cars have pedal positions where they are today from the factory.

We were discussing heal and toe shifting, and if you don’t do this, or know how to do this, you really don’t notice how clutch, brake, and throttle positions are naturally. And its really brake and gas pedal rather than clutch, cause its those 2 that get the heal/toe technique. In normal operation, a gas pedal should be way deeper than the brake pedal. The design and theory is, you press the brake, and while under braking, the gas pedal should be at the same height as the brake pedal, allowing you to roll your foot over to the gas pedal, and blip it while braking. And its harder than it sounds. And on race cars, that gas pedal is a little deeper as you are expected to be deeper on the brakes than in street driving.

So, with all this jibber jabber, you can effectively adjust your throttle pedal deeper, or shorter with the linkage, but be mindful of that full carb movement from full close to WOT. Our Bentleys is a good start, but with our tired linkages, this may be harder than it sounds. And even if you aren’t chasing heal/toe or wanting to learn this, its safer to have the pedals in this position. In my opinion anyway. Happy Motoring.

R & D
I reached out recently to the PO of the school car. I remember finding Ken on FB, and Im sure I have already messaged him. No response could be a variety of reasons – one of them that he might not approve of how I have mangled his car.
I look back over the very recent years to those that swore off changes to this mark. And even those that took on the basics like an electric fan. Great how to, and many options on the fans themselves. Over time, several rise to the top, now with testing, from the masses. Durable, low amp, most efficient, all that. So, for those following, taking the electric fan plunge is safer now, light years over what some of us have done.

Each year, we continue to see improvements to the various areas of the mark. Right now, a hot item is the diff, and I am on that bandwagon, but this, like anything introduced, will see better procedures in 5 years, and so on. Richard Good looks at a Nissan diff and says – that would work in place of a factory Triumph diff. Some mods, and then more of the Nissan variations to choose from, expanding the ratios, and even improvements to the diff itself. Research and Development. Richard may come with a suburu diff and say – you know what – this fits better, and requires less mods. Today, the road car owners are served with better alternatives, better processes, and stronger products, really. This underground continues, and the health of the mark is served by all this “what if”.

A Christmas throwback
This won’t tie into the TR6, but it has to be a foundation stone for it. At 6, I ask for a mini bike for Christmas. Looking back, seems ridiculous. And on Christmas morning, I don’t think Santa brought it, cause it wasn’t out in front of the tree. I’m up, alone, looking around the tree and presents, and I see a black wheel behind the tree. All I remember from that point on, was somehow this rig was in the carport, and running thanks to my dad starting it. Indian 2.5 hp motor. Red with a white seat. Bigger than me. I don’t know this at the time, but my mothers mother told my dad he was trying to kill me with that thing. Which probably inspired him to get it for me.

I’m not big enough to start it, much less hold it up standing still. From Christmas on, I would get up in the morning, wake dad, and bring him to the carport, and he would start it for me. I’d drive it all day until it ran out of gas. And this was in town, so all I did was drive it in circles around our house. The good news is, my grandparents lived on a large farm, with great farm roads. And once I got there, the boundaries were endless. I eventually break this 2.5 motor, rod best I can remember. This is replaced with a 3hp briggs, and once that bronze motor was on that frame, the world changed again – huge difference in power and top end between those 2 motors.

That mini bike taught me how to work on stuff, how to respect machinery, and how to handle things that were out of my league, so to speak. And I can remember the day I outgrew it – parking it for the last time on my grandparents porch. A great personal throwback, and I hope everyone has a memory like this one.

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 grocery store shopper, smiling, watching you drive off. 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.