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The Lobby
Enjoy the blog this week with the Choral Scholars from the University of Dublin, Auld Lang Syne

I remember looking at the end of 2020, like, damn, we dodged one. I sit here, with a mask, on variant whatever, getting by in a quarantined home, and spending my wedding anniversary at home. Testing centers packed, medical at capacity, and 2021, which should be a rear view mirror, is anything but.

Don’t feel sorry for me – that wasn’t a buddy can you spare a dime. Just waxing with you as if we were at the bar sipping a beer. And lets leave the politics for another blog. I’ve tried, and will continue in this chaos of words. Our mark, the TR6, is the focus. So, lets keep that beacon in front of us as we enter a new year. Speaking to myself, not you.

Whats new
Not much really, at least with the school car. Drove it a few times. Runs fine. I look back at 2021, and remember laying under this lowered ride, draining that tired gearbox oil, updating it, and finding new life in my overdrive. And how a little wd40 on those stalk contacts have made up and down shifting a fun thing again. And my history of sticking since my volvo upgrade, a thing of the past.

Dennis Gage, back with Leno this week, and this repeat of Leno’s family Roadmaster, now with complete corvette power and suspension, looking soft and spungy, and him embarrassing folk at the stop light. Dennis, in full blown side kick, soaking it up. Oh, and someone shared that hood upgrade assembly – complete with shocks on each side of the hood. No prop bar. Pop the hood, and give it a little pull and it rises like you are a magician at Caesars in Vegas. Closes that way too. I think I am aware of just about everything on this mark, and here comes more good stuff to look forward to. See? Tomorrow always has cool stuff for us.

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

The Wax
I was loading up some recent chassy, powernation, and old car networks, and it hit me that I have never talked about Buckeye Triumphs. I’ve mentioned them on 6pack threads, and most of us know this crowd, but I don’t think this legacy group gets the recent love they deserve. I can say that cause when someone asks a question about a clutch part, or carb setup, and especially a gearbox or clutch concern, all of us throw what we think is the best solution, and rarely does anyone reference Buckeye.

Like many that have been around the mark, I find this crew in the mid 2000s, as the web was a baby. Sites, pages, all very simple, and even today, this local club continues with a simple documented approach to sharing, teaching and improving the mark. I remember surfing through some of the Stromberg stuff 15 years ago. I go back a year or so ago when I began this carb journey to understand it, and clean and update it. I have a pair of CD-2s on my bench, in full teardown mode, one very polished, the other partially. But in this return to Buckeye, I realize how helpful it is. Reading stuff like this a few times really helps to soak stuff in. For me, anyway.

If you get a chance, go surf some of their stuff. I added a link to their brakes below in my tech notes for this week on brakes. This local club in Ohio, sharing, for free, some of the best knowledge out there on how to maintain our cars. I can’t think of a better way to pay it forward than that.

Tech: Stop!
Throwback. Charlie Rich

tech: Brakes
how about some buckeye tech this week? I have the buckeye tech area as a bookmark on my browser, and I would love to tell you I go there a lot. I don’t. But when I do, always what I need, and often more. As many of us get into this mark, we get hypnotize with the british and uniqueness, and clumsiness that is Coventry and the Dr Seuss way of doing things in the 60s and 70s. At the end of the day, it’s a vintage car, with rubber parts.
Rather than write up all over this very detailed section, here is Buckeye, sharing the nuts and bolts of our braking system. And in this tech area, are also reviews on the different fluids to choose from and why.

Gas and Electric
I don’t know why I haven’t shared this yet, but something happened recently that put this new wave of electric in perspective. And before we move forward, here is what I know, which is akin to 2 weeks of karate. An electric motor has endless power, and off the charts torque. Trains that pass you by, sound like a big diesel. Um. Sort of. The diesel motors in those things are just generators, that make power for electric motors that turn the wheels. Makes you wonder why they can’t scale that down for cars. They can. Choose not to. But lets get back to the fun stuff.

I got the autocross bug again recently, so I went looking for Equipe Rapide in Dallas, the local autox group, I think connected to SCCA, but don’t quote me. Been around a long time, and I doubt anyone I remember there back in the late 80s are still running. I looked for one, Bob Strange – not that Bob Strange, and he isn’t showing on the charts of their recent outing. My goal right now is to go and watch an event. The most recent was way over near Fort Worth on a Sunday, and I my plate was full with other stuff. But another one soon, for sure. After the event, they post the results. Typical class breakdown, with the usual suspects at the top – as in the marks. Legit drivers, serious, with prepared corvettes, muscle cars, exotics. Surprisingly, the Porsche 914 was in the upper area of the results with 3 separate cars, all in similar times. But these cars weren’t the fastest. At this point, you can probably guess what was.

Splits between cars are usually in the 10ths. And maybe between that 914 and a Vette might be a second. To find a 10th on any track is a big deal. The 914s were in the 44 second range. 3 Tesla’s were listed entrants. 3 different models, including the SUV. These electric cars were in the 34 second range. 10 seconds faster. If you’ve never raced, or ever seen autocross, that might not seem like a big deal. Its akin to being on pole at Daytona, and 50 miles per hour faster than the outside guy. 10 seconds. I had to type that again. I guess they turned off all the active controls to get those cars to move, but who cares. 10 seconds. On a temporary course in a high school parking lot, that might have measured ¼ of a mile in total length. Maybe 8 turns. A slalom. I mean, I don’t have anything else to say except what else is coming? I see this on paper. I can’t imagine seeing this in person, but I will. The evolution of racing, like current consumer demand will follow this, and F1 already has with an E class for cars and drivers. For the older crowd, this surreal mountain of change is coming, and I’m trying to picture myself trackside with no noise, but some humming and buzzing coming by me. With no odor, except maybe that electric motor smell, maybe. And can you imagine when they put this in a dragster. Top fuel car barely past the lights as the electric hits the chutes.

Throwback. Charlie Rich
This is a revisit to one of my favorite throwbacks. I’ll need to reshare some of these occasionally. Often, like now, I draw blanks when trying to revisit something that happened over the holidays 30 years ago. This bit goes back to the late 70s, and one of the many Saturday’s in which friends and family would stop by on their way to, or from, the beach. Kinston is an hour and a half from the coast. Many in Eastern NC, head to Kinston, and then east to the beach.
This one occasion, Lisa Taylor, family friend, and her friend who I call Charlie Rich, stop by and proceed to turn a Saturday afternoon into a bloody mary party. My dad is in his element, entertaining. We have never met Charlie Rich, and he blows in with full confidence, talking the whole time. In fact I don’t remember him silent. He knew everything. That guy that would step on your conversation with the, oh, I can do better than that….kinda attitude.

At some point, the party needs vodka, or something. In the driveway, are the TR6, moms car, dads car – the TR6 in back, closest to the street. The TR6 had already come up in conversation, and of course Charlie Rich went better – he had a Jag, and knew all about the TR6, and everything, frankly. In this surreal moment, my dad turns to Charlie and says, take the Triumph and go to the liquor store. I can still hear the words, almost in slow motion. My jaw must have been on the floor. I can’t speak, cause it’s the south, and I didn’t buy this thing. But inside, I’m thinking, dad, are you insane? So Lisa and Charlie Rich head out, and we continue doing whatever we are doing. An hour goes by, and Lisa and Charlie come back in – with no alcohol or anything. They had been sitting in the car, trying to get it in reverse. Charlie Rich, the smartest man alive, had been tripped up with a TR6 theft deterrent. Karma.

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.