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The Lobby
Enjoy the blog this week with Journey, Feeling that Way

The covid recovery continues. I test negative recently, but I know damn well I had it, cause it affects what you want, as in, all I wanted to drink was orange juice. Beer, wine? No thanks. But as I recovered, those appetites changed. Wednesday night, I had a few beers at bowling. And today, while still clearing out some of this congestion, I am getting back to normal.

Using some of this quarantine to get some repairs done – finishing a bathroom re-remodel. We did this bathroom in 06, but now with a different wall color and texture, it now has new tile in the tub area. Finishing some crown molding, paint, and hopefully punching this one off and on to another project. Other than the very quiet holiday and new year, we are off to hopefully a much better 2022

Whats new
The school car sits in the garage, drove it a few times. Here is a quick audit of my 2022 to do list: secure my ignition switch. Modify my e fan to fit upright and get a new shroud. Check/replace my front wheel bearings. Replace my clutch master top – broken plastic. Inspect/replace brake pads. Repair handbrake assembly. Replace my driver side seat diaphragm. Replace hard top door and header seal. Grease door lock assemblies. Adjust trailing arm brackets and lock down. Add flange to header for future ceramic coating. Replace driver mirror, replace both visors with left visors(im tired of the mirrored ones). Add spacers to my goodparts suspension front and rear, get an alignment. And tune up. Oil change in July.

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

The Wax
Like many, I know just about social media to be dangerous. I can separate politics and hot opinions here, but not on the baiting facebook. That machine is a mental cancer, but we keep coming back to it. It’s the longest fad I can remember. I once thought it was kin to the cb radio phase. Some won’t remember, but I can and on family road trips. I would get lost in the chatter on 19. My facebook groups, with my #guvnal profile, are totally focused on this mark, and stuff close to it. My wall is mostly all the chatter in them, which is nice cause I get to see all of the discussions. It’s similar to 6pack back in the day, when the traffic was very heavy.

I don’t think we will ever have this single box, with all the questions answered, updated, that a new, or existing owner can go to. I tried to put this document together on one of the groups, but even that is a management nightmare. I find myself asking a question more than once, like right now, what is the amazon listing for that ¼ turn heater valve. I get on the posts, and share some comments, like what it will take to mod a standard gearbox to a J overdrive. But even with that, I need some backup, and remembering some of those threads on 6pack? Challenging, as even that search feature isn’t that good, or I should say, I suck at using it. Like many.

There is this slight shift in focus right now on where to get support. Facebook has been this swarm, and now with the frustrations of how its being used, some are losing interest, and looking for support elsewhere – even asked this week, where is a good legacy site that they could go to. Almost everyone said 6pack. We all like the stimulus that is a front end Friday grouping of cars and their noses. And what someone is doing today in Belgium, in the cold, with their car in the garage. As frustrating as facebook is, it certainly brings me closer to all those enjoying this mark around the world.

Tech: tanks
The dying breed
Throwback. Weekend at Roy’s

tech: tanks redux
I shared this before, but resharing cause like our radiators, some have this affection for making something last. Radiator repair shops went away with tobacco advertising. I got my old tank for the school car boiled out at a radiator shop, and that worked very well, until that rusted up so bad I had to discard it. Well, I would still have it if I had Ed_h’s solution of renting an cement mixer, and strapping the tank to that with rocks in it letting it roll around for 24 hours.

Let me say this about replacing your tank. The price is what, 200 ish? Even if its 300, the cost of having the old thing serviced, even if its your labor, is almost a wash when you get done. And I’ve never seen such an easy tank to replace, and I’ve replace a few. Several mounting bolts, a rubber hose and clamp for the filler, and the hose assembly coming out of the bottom near the left rear tire. Oh, and the sending unit – I mean, if anything, pull the tank this winter, and replace your sending unit gasket.

Just a friendly reminder that this part is disposable, I said it, and its ok to swap it.

The diminishing mechanic
After years of watching people fiddle with my cars, I bump into a fellow racer at Daytona during speed weeks. A Honda dealer mechanic. And once he started on my accord and tahoe, he has only just now decided he ain’t enjoying cutting up his knuckles anymore. So went my experience with my TR mechanic. In the past few years, both either gone from this earth or moved on to a more comfortable life.

The world is moving to the service tech relationship, and the leverage that these news car bring with them. I don’t know how to service an electric vehicle, never will. But an old car, well, almost anyone can get around that. The war on old cars will continue, and the message will be pollution and danger to get them off the street. Oil change businesses won’t do oil changes for us – they don’t have that grade of oil, first of all, and second, they won’t take the risk for liability. Its very underground now, which is interesting to think about in the lifespan of any vintage car. We, all of us, are beginning to cluster together, to help each other tackle a problem.

One of our members of the D6 group asked who can install a soft top – 500 was the rough number, and he was like – um, I think I can do that myself, which he had done before, and I had too. So, we are literally going to meet with Herb, after he gets the top, and work together, and should be able to get this done in a day, even with a resprayed frame and back plate. And this is just an example – some are dealing with this, but fortunately for folks in Dallas, we have several qualified shops to choose from. Nothing convenient, of course, but still if we need the heavy lifting, they are there. What most of us deal with is space and expertise to do some of the little things, like brakes, carb rebuilds, and a hot one right now, the r200B diff swap upgrade. There is significant tooling related to that one.

Throwback. Ron’s weekend
This one used to bother me until I got over the anxiety of owning this mark. Ron, as we call him, is Roy, and Roy was one of my roommates in college. Roy had a very quick Honda Prelude – 1981 ish model. I remember him putting Enke wheels on it. Life was good until he put a bra on that black paint, and the humidity ruined the front of that rig. Roy never missed an opportunity to remind me how more stable his honda was than my 72 TR6. This was stunt car with 50K on it when we bought it. Car was 4 years old at the time. Knowing what I know now, I could have choked that sad honda with that 72, but that’s a different story.

Years later, after I get the 76, Roy has this bright idea to take his wife out for the weekend, and asks if he can borrow the 76 car. I don’t hold grudges, so, of course. He shows up on a Friday, leaves his white mini van, and drives off with the school car. No late calls from him, no issues, and he returns on Sunday, car clean, and with gas, which was surprising. He had a great time, and offered his 4 wheelers for a weekend, and we talked about that, which I never took him up on. That would be funny today – hey Roy, I need to borrow your Kawasakis…..

About a month after this outing, I am coming home one night, and I get this odd miss, hiss from the motor. Its running, and sounds ok for the most part, but sitting, idling, sounds like a tracheotomy. I pull the valve cover, look around, and on a middle cylinder, broken valve spring. I order the dual spring, and its hits you if you haven’t done this before. How do I replace it? I get the instructions from the old school Terry, who I’ve mentioned before, machinist and all round genius. I pull the plug, stuff rope in the cylinder, and crank until I can’t crank anymore, assuming that rope is up against the valve. This works, and that new valve spring went in, and is still in doing its job.

But here is what bugged me. And today, pretty sure it was unrelated, but I was sure that asshat took the car out and just spun that tach. Ron/Roy is a good driver, and I hate thinking I had that thought. At the end of the day, I learned something on that cylinder head. And with the other bits I have had to work with over the recent years, including that stuck valve – may have been the same one – these engines are more durable than you think they are. I’m glad I gave Roy a fun weekend, like I did with Austin for his prom weekend. And the lady at Bullets a few years ago – keys are in it – take it for a spin. I know most won’t do what I did, and I am not pushing or advocating any of this. But I will tell you – there is solace in handing someone your set of keys to your TR6.

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.