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The Lobby
Enjoy the blog this week with Jim Nabors, Back home again in Indiana

Goose bumps. Literally, as I type. This place is sacred. And those days the pre race events were like clockwork. Taps at 11:10. I forget the order, but when this guy belted this out, the cars were about to fire.

The week in Dallas was oddly amazing. Temps in the 70s. The AC gods were good to me this year. Ours went out on Monday. Haven’t needed it all week, and we are waiting on a part. But we will need it soon. I mean, to be in moderate weather into Memorial weekend, is very strange. And I know this front will move on and others will enjoy too. Fam is good, my medical appts were good. Feeling better, and prepping for some family this weekend for the holiday as they trek over from Bull Head City. And the brothers in law truckers should be in town too. Should be a complete Dukes of Hazard social. Kids are great – I now have a high school freshman. Tomorrow she will be out of college. Pow. Flash. Life.

Whats new
We are about to start paint. Cutting in as the shop called it so whatever last mods I want to do, now is the time. So, Monday I’ll be there with my antenna solution, and I’ll pick up my door handles and locks, bring them back to the house, clean them, and ready them for replacement. I’m fiddling with my windshield frame – may mod a few things there, like the long post threads on the end – there is no need for that much thread, given how hard it is to get those lock nuts off. I may take an 1/8th off. Better than nothing. The rear bumper is off, and I’ll clean that up, pull the overriders, and put that on the marketplace for someone. Looking forward to my stainless steel replacements.

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

The Wax

Musk is looking at hydrogen to power the electrics, moving away from the lithium addiction. He tweets, and both sides sit down to collect themselves. I was fortunate to get immersed in the Honda Clarity, phase 1. 15 years ago, Honda sends out this civic like car, with an electric motor, fueled by hydrogen. For the California market, mostly celebrities. Hydrogen stations throughout the state. Water is the by product. Lovely. Or, I should say, electric power, very good. Fuel - ? anything other than toxic batteries and massive sunken mines in 3rd world countries to contaminate those around it - not so good. For hundreds of years. This time, Musk is looking at hydrogen, not in a fuel cell, but some other form of holding the gas element.

Green energy – I mean, to imply fossil isn’t green or organic, is a bit convenient. The carbon in carbon emissions is one of our core elements. Yes, that basic element that we are all comprised of. And the last thing I’ll say while standing on this soapbox is this rock we live on? Has been going thru climate change since it was formed.

I’ll finish this wax with a push for common sense. We will someday move away from a gasoline or diesel powered vehicle. In the meantime, lets be energy independent. Foolish to buy oil when we have our own. And as we prepare for alternative fuels, lets get the infrastructure ready for it. If we went full toxic battery powered car now, our electrical grid would put up an out to lunch sign, and may never come back.

Tech: LizardSkin
Throwback. The Dash

Tech: Sound and Heat
We threw out a meme this week on what everyone is doing for cabin comfort. A few years back, dynamat hit the market, and this gooey odd, heavy stuff flew of the shelves for all vintage cars looking for comfort. That and similar products are around, but other stuff has come in that really makes more sense.

I have dynamat on my floorboards. I have foam type insulation in my b posts, and in that area behind them behind my interior panel. I have dynamat on my tunnel cover, and layers of undercoating on the bottom side. But if I did this over, I would have just gone with 2 gallons of lizard skin. 1 gallon of heat protection, and 1 gallon of sound proofing. This stuff is designed for a special spray gun. An expensive spray gun rig, and its messy. For me, I’d go to dollar general, get that small roller package with the paint tray and narrow rollers, and just roll that stuff on. For the Firewall area, heat protectant. For the rest of the interior, sound protectant. And if I had my hard top hood liner out, I’d roll that sound protectant on that too.

Good luck.

Surfing facebook last night, and this car pops up on my wall. A great photo shoot, whoever did it. It makes me realize, in my memory bank of cars, there are only a few icons, and this is one of them. From there, I grab only a few others and stop – sure I can pile on, but for me, there is this small handful of cars that my brain holds in a special room.

Batmobile, chitty chitty bang bang, herbie, bonds db5, and the blue 427 s/c in the gumball rally. I’m tempted to add the bandit trans am, but no.

This bundle of cartoon, modified cars to this stock appearing aston martin and an original cobra that is in someone’s garage, driven regularly I assume. These cars that just stop you each time you see it, and instantly go back to that movie or a scene in it. I’m probably 6 when Herbie the Love Bug comes out. And I remember seeing them on the road as dealers sold Herbie trim packages, including the number on the side. My face up against the glass as we passed it. I had toys of each of these cars, except the 427. In the early 70s, walking thru the backyard of my uncle’s house in Chapel Hill, I look down, and in the grass is a James Bond DB5. Doors open, the rear bullet screen popped up, and the headlights would open for the guns. Of course I don’t have that model anymore, but how cool to just stumble on a collectible and play with it.

There are more amazing cars than this bundle of clown cars, but the impression these cars leave is so different than an original grand sport camaro. Or a Veyron. Or an aluminum gull wing. That group of very special cars that simply don’t touch me, I guess is the best way to say it. Don’t get me wrong, I am very impressed with anything on 4 wheels, and how they all fit in the fabric of this hobby, but as lovely as they are, they just don’t flip those mental switches of excitement that these big screen cars did and do. Literally, even today, I can see any of those cars and feel good. And lets be honest, I get that feeling with I see a TR6.

Throwback. The Dash
I’ve been writing this blog for so long that I feel like I have run out of throw back stuff. Either the butt ride, 72 stunt car, or the current 76 school car. If I could fall into some hypnotic trance, I would remember some of those, oh yeah, wow moments. You know that feeling when you remember something vividly about someone else, and they can’t remember any of it? Yeah, I should invite my friends to share some of that down the road. Until then, I’m dusting off a throwback I have shared at least once My dash restoration from 1982.

I am a freshman at North Texas State in the fall of 1981. I know no one. I am randomly placed in a dorm, and meet guys that many of which are still great friends. I am immersed in college dorm life, drinking beer, and running around with our hair on fire. This first semester, I don’t have a car – or the TR6, as it sits in the garage at home, and I bum rides back and forth to school. Denton to the home in Carrollton, is all of 30 minutes each way in I35, so we are all back in the Dallas area almost each weekend. I had plenty of distractions as a college freshman, but I would find time to get to the garage and fiddle with the 72 car in the garage. I’m sitting in the passenger seat one day, alone, and looking at my sad original dash, and its common cracks in the finish, and I can’t help myself but try to peel one of those pieces off. Which I did. Sitting there, holding this piece of opaque, brittle laminent, and enjoying the smell of cherry. By the end of the day, I had the entire dash unvarnished. And with zero plan.

That moment of hmmm…I need to put something on that. And that took me down the rabbit hole of removing the dash to restore it. I have no book, no one to tell me anything about removing it, or the danger of a hazard switch touching metal while the battery is connected. Little things. I figure out how to get the dash off, how the big gauges come out, and using masking tape, marking each wire. With this dash laying on a table, I can sand the face – the original veneer. This moment of – I want something different. If I could go back in time, this is one of those areas I would have told myself – stay original. Sadly, our original dash was not a very attractive wood - the grain was very light, basic, and from a distance, you might think an original TR6 dash was just painted tan. But I wanted change, and in the long run, happy with the result. We found a wood shop in Richardson that sold veneer – Black walnut, in a roll. Something like 30 dollars for this roll of thin veneer. With all the hardware removed – glovebox, and so forth, I secure the glovebox cover in place from the back so that when I lay down the veneer, the wood grain will line up. I use a contact cement, and if I did that over, would just use wood glue, and let it squeegee out, with weight on the face in all areas of the dash. Once dry, this veneer can be cut out from the back side, and sanded down to the shape of the gauges, or column hole, etc. I remember chipping the veneer in some of the areas with certain sand paper, so I would use a finer one, and maybe on a low speed Dremel. Now, looking back, the smart play here would have to finish the dash first, then cut out the holes.

I understood sanding, but not like we have examples today. I put on layers of varathane, spray, foam brush, and sanding in between coats. I was looking for a glass like surface with depth to the grain. That is very hard to do with already cut out areas. I used the wood working shop at school for this after class, and spent some time on the weekends to get it right. At some point, its close, and I install it in the car. While it was out, I restored the gauges as well – pulled the glass, cleaned out the old silicone, and painted the trim bezels. Given my limited skill, this ended up being a nice dash, and has inspired me for my next one. I have a piece of 7 inch wood flooring, with a very exotic grain. Bits of wood, glued together. And this one will have the deep, 1/8 epoxy pour coat on it. And if I do this right, I’ll make a gear shift knob out of the left over. From age 19 to 59 – I just hope I can do this as good as my younger self.

Have a great weekend.

That’s enough for today
Thank you for caring for your Triumph TR6, and a special thanks to those considering one. I began this blog with the new steward in mind - helpig you over the fear of owning this mark. This mark is filled with support to help you. Your TR6 helps people around you, without even knowing it. You bring happiness to the couple in the parking lot, bending over to look in the cabin. 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, in the paint shop, moving to Cayman Blue Mica 2 stage 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 9LB 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. Adding Vietnam bumpers, flip up scuttle vent, hidden antenna, window tint, and several more bits

The to do list. r200B diff with goodparts cv joints and hubs, fresh head with roller rockers. At some point, a fresh motor with lightened crank, cam bearings, improved compression and roller rocker valve train. Oh, and AC.