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The Lobby
Enjoy the blog this week with the sting soundtrack

I guess the highlight of this week was finding out, on Easter Sunday, that my bees had survived. The winter was tough on them – fair for a few days, then freeze, and heavy rains, and just back and forth for a few months. I’d look at that hive, see no action, even opened up the box – nothing. Bee Funeral. I walk by this hive on last Sunday- bees everywhere, coming and going like nothing happened. Wow. Regardless – I’ll be a better steward? This year. I won’t harvest honey this year, and will do better with my mite and disease controls.

Taxes done, getting some projects done around the house. Prepping for the summer – our routine week beach trip may be moved to san Antonio and the riverwalk, and the sights in that lovely city.

Whats new
Busy weekend for the Texas Triumphs. Boerne, just outside of San Antonio is hosting the Southern Regional VTR this weekend. Lots of pictures coming. We are prepping for an All Brit Day at the local lake, WhiteRock. May 1, and we should have a good group of TR6s. We are narrowing down on the paint for this repair, and I like it. I can’t say it’s a consensus – but its close. Let me say – Mallard is hard to copy. And you can’t paint that code anymore cause it has lead in it. We went from 2005 chevy colors to nail polish. If you have never used nail polish to pick automotive paint, well, its interesting. I may have mentioned how we picked the paint code for my 1988 ford escort. Original ford blue became BMW 2007 lightening blue metallic. And we chose that color by driving by a mini wearing that paint.

Did you put gas in your car? Go do that, even if it’s a gallon.

The Wax
Wow. If you aren’t on, you need to be. My go to has been my Samsung smarttv. But that rig just pulls other sources – best I can tell. I’ll get off tangent if I don’t focus here, so back to pluto – in the explore section, is CARZ, or CARS – whatever, a channel for cars and shows. Dennis Gage is there with his car show stuff, and I’m not even looking for it, but out of no where is Dream Car Garage. I had forgotten the show name, but there is Peter Klutt, circa 2012 or something, sharing some copo camaro stuff, in that routine of the show. And there are other episodes right behind it – like, lets stop and just watch this stuff.

So much has changed in 11 years – in those years I get emersed in top gear and powernation. You may not learn much from top gear in those years, but you do get to watch a mini, rockets out the back hatch, on skis, going down a ski jump. Powernation – just a full evolution of engine build, dyno improvements, and fuel delivery and electronics around all this horsepower. But to pull out the virtual video cassette, pop it in, and listen to Peter and the other guy – I hate not knowing his name – pull out hot rods, and understand completely what it takes to do that level 1 restoration on a Mach I Mustang – is mesmerizing. And to chuckle a little when they pull out the “new” Infinity and all of its 400hp, wowing at the performance.

I liked that show. I like that show. I wish they would dust off some of this stuff. If Dennis Gage and his antics can survive, proper shows like that can.

Tech: 30 weight, Non Detergent
Throwback. The Ford 8N

Tech: Gear oil
Good time to remind all of other lubes for our transmissions. Sharing this one today to help fellow D6 and his 73 J overdrive. Barry Wood, the owner, and I were trading texts last night, and I told him what I and others have been using. This isn’t a push for this change, but a suggestion based on some technical work by Quantum Mechanics. A J overdrive produces pressure internally. And conventional gear oil produces a lot of pressure. In their test of various lubes, 30 weight, non detergent was the winner. I was sold as my honda accords have used motor oil for gear oil for years – in fact, I always wondered why we didn’t try this in other stuff. Well Quantum did, and it works, and it produces less pressure in the transmission.

You need 2 quarts, and today, my best source is NAPA. The parts stores use to stock it, but don’t since we have moved to 0-20 synthetics. My suggestion here is to also clean the drain and fill plugs and holes very well, and in replacing, wrap the plugs with a few turns of Teflon tape from home depot. This helps seal, helps the plugs from not freezing to the housing, and takes less turns to seal, making them easier to remove. Filling with this oil can be done with those squirt attachments, or long clear hose and a funnel. I chose this later cause you can stick the hose in the fill area, stand next to the car and pour the oil in the funnel.

I’ve been on 30wND for 10 years. Love it. I change this fluid every 3 engine oil changes. The only drawback is that with straight oil, its thick when you warm the car up, and shifting is just a bit stiffer. Once warmed up, like glass.

The Sting
The more global we are, the more vulnerable we are. I fall into this trap last year, paying 50 dollars for this scissor lift from china. I could track the package all the way to some dock, and then the company went out of business. But where it gets worse is when you hear of people selling lovely TR6s on ebay, only to find out they don’t have the car at all.

We knock down the t shirt sales on facebook, but scams are everywhere. One recent is this header sold by what looks like a legit seller, and the header doesn’t fit. I mean, you don’t have a junkyard head sitting around to test fit and develop from? I don’t make headers, but that seems like a good idea if I were to do that. We are in this LED storm now – and I know most are healthy and good, but even that brings this Emmett Brown approach with wires and flux capacitors flopping around these light units – nothing looks finished, if that makes sense.

And sometimes, what looks like a scam, isn’t. Take our Vietnamese bumper seller. I chat with Chef Tush one day, and how he decided to try this group for his 250 project. Shipped fedex, in a very well packaged giant box, with great bubble wrap, all of it. Pulls these heavy bumpers out, and they are stunning. And that is what is going on my car in its rehab. The online community is very good at sorting, and helping each other with good and bad. Fraud elements find a way to interrupt life, but people tend to gather shut down the threat. The message here – don’t impulse buy like I did. Ask around, and then decide. Patience is our friend.

Throwback. Ford 8N
In all the years of this blog, I have rarely touched on my farm life. I learned more driving there than anywhere else. At 6, I get a mini bike that I am not big or strong enough to hold up, much less pull start on my own. And we lived in town, so making some circles around the house was great for 20 minutes. Soon, that mini bike made to the grandparents house in the country. Sprawling dirt roads, almost endless destinations. And their house became a race track. Modest home, facing the country road, on 2 acres, with their 1 acre garden behind and farm and tinder behind that. The land around that house became my circle track for the mini bike, and tons of make believe races.

As I get older, my grandfather puts me on this tractor seat, with him sitting on the upper edge of this spring steel seat, and teaches me how to steer. Later, teaches me how to launch with that clutch. And in a few years, lets me drive this thing myself. It must have been around 12 years old that he let me disc his garden. Him sitting in a chair under a tree, my grandmother shaking her finger at him. This tractor, a ford 8N, is very common – decent size wide, red tractor with a white cowl. 4 cylinder, push button start. Pop – what I called him – had disc, plow and bushhog – big wide mower attachment running off the rear PTO. All this may seem odd to some, but that was life in the southern country, certainly in eastern NC.

That tractor was easy to drive, and a great platform to learn on. I compare that to how my daughters have learned to drive – modern vehicles, in very good shape, no gears to change or clutch to manage. That tractor had sloppy steering, and learning to manage that early taught me correction, and how to anticipate that sloppy system. Almost like driving a big boat. Life on the farm. In the summer, working the garden with them, planting, then using other time to crank that mini bike for a few laps to the back 40. I can still smell that leaded gas, and hear that 3hp briggs motor. I hope everyone has fun memories like this one.

That’s enough for today
Thank you for caring for your Triumph TR6, and a special thanks to those considering one. 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 bodyshop guy helping with door panels. 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. Please have good insurance, and review your policy today. And please drive your 6 defensively, as if it was a 4 wheeled Harley.

And I always say. 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 current paint code 19 and 11 black interior. Nicknamed “the school car”, is now over 100K in miles. Currently, the school car sits in a body shop awaiting repairs and new 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, Patton Machine Fan Eliminator, 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.