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The Lobby
Enjoy the blog this week with The Knack, My Sharona
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In general, a good week. No calamity. A summer of teenage chaos – malls, pools, and work for my second child, prepping for drivers ed. Decent week of work – clients having a good year, which means I have a decent year. 4th weekend was full of events from a parade to a pool party. Its hot, which I say in every blog in the summer, so that’s understood, or should be. Hot in a TR6 is different than what others experience, I think. Especially if your interior code is 11. I’m typing as if I am driving my car – no, its still in the shop, but the pain of welding black vinyl is a memory we all have, and burned into our brains. My grandfather suffered from alzheimer's, and in the end, he only had a few memories – I suspect if I get this disease, 11 interior code pain might be one of them.


Whats new
My gearshift knob is done – and tested on a running car – at least for fitment. Off the car, it looks like it needs to be longer. On the car, it looks like its twice as long as it should be. Still, I like the design, and that I resused some of the extra wood from my pending dash project. I’m held up on that with the white lettering for the word “LIGHTS” that goes below my 76 dash light switch. The wood is ready, my new resin is ready, and I have been testing the polishing process on my daughters table that we stained, and poured this resin on. An orbital sander is a great tool, btw.

I need to finish my windshield work – I’m getting the windshield tinted by the way. You can do that, legally, with a very light tint – mostly for the UV rays. This level of tint won’t be noticeable, but while the glass is out, why not. New rubber and seal for that, and considering that TV stuff Flex Seal for under the top aluminum plate. That area, after I pulled it, had a bead of some putty, to keep water from coming thru that area. I have leaks now, so this will be improved, and I like flex seal for that. Its also time to start cleaning up pulled parts, like my rear bumper. I won’t need that after my Vietnam bumpers arrive. Lastly – gonna reach out to Hagerty on my front tires – the wreck tore the sides up pretty good with the bumpers bent in and about. Down to the steel. I hope that gets added to this expense. Not sure I have shared the money here, but I am insured for 25K currently, and the expense so far on the car is around 15K. So, we have room if we can get approved.

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


The Wax
In my next installment of what still needs attention. Wheels, tires and hubs

Shared last week, the impact of the fuel blend gremlin and its corrosive effect on rubber, and even valve guides. More on that another time. But this week, a hard pill to swallow. Our rotational challenges with the 3 pieces that take us down the road. Old rubber, old wheels, and old hubs.

Rubber isn’t that big of a deal yet, but it will be. 15 inch rubber is hard to come by, and those that make our redline throwbacks are, lets just say, marginal in performance, and even balance. I hear all the time that Coker, who makes a lovely 185 redline, may deliver 1 if not 2 of them that won’t balance. I’m sure that is a challenge on their end – trying to take old tooling and produce a modern tire from it. Michelin announced they won’t make 15 inch tires anymore. Watch the market follow them as they can make most of their money supplying rubber for Toyota Rav4s.

Wheels. Man, this is the hardest one. I hate and love that original rim at the same time. I stacked mine in the corner of my garage a few years ago. Now I have them on my car in the shop, as shop tires and wheels, and getting this urge to clean them up. It’s a disease we all have – this addiction to this rim that is hard to explain, either to a fan, or even in our group of owners. It is, simply, part of the mystique and look of this car – simply goes with it. You see, it isn’t about making them pretty again. Its about making them round….again. Wondering if any were round…. I had a rim straightened once. At a proper wheel shop, back in the 80s. Giant industrial place, that took this steel rim, stretched it, bent it, all back into round. And when I say round I mean, round by any measure of a dial indicator. If it spins, no rubber on it, it should be true. I doubt half of the original wheels out there are true. Sadly, that shop I mentioned above? Aint there anymore, and I tried to find a shop around the US that could do this – so, far, zilch. Which pushes us to aftermarket, and VTO, Konig, and the likes. Sexy, but in a different way. So better, just different.

And last, hubs. What the wheel, front or rear, attaches to. My original hubs were out of round – this being somewhat easier to fix, or replace with spares laying around. Or to get into this upgrade world, buy some aftermarket stuff, billet, and sexy materials, true up to formula 1 speeds. But front or rear, if original, and with a bit of a chance the car has hit a curb, even dead on, may have some tweak to it. If we solve the rubber, rim and hub problem, balancing all this makes the journey much better. Ive driven all of it, from shaky wheel, to drive with my pinky…..stamped steel rims have a life expectancy. Even the pretty ones.

Up next week – wrapping up with some general misconceptions


Tech: Soft top side velcro
Love letter
Throwback. Daytona, 1984


Tech: Soft top velcro
I was with D6 Stephen this week – his car is in a shop for carpet and a new top. We were talking about some of the frame prep, and I remember a decision I made back in the 80s with my soft top restoration. Rather than reuse or buy the original style frame Velcro, for that area that goes between the top and the door window, Use industrial Velcro there instead. The original is a component – a piece of fabric with Velcro sewn into it. When I pulled mine, it was flopping around, and because of the fabric, it has gotten wet a few times, held water in that channel, and caused some surface rust. My solution was, get rid of that completely. Buy Velcro, in a length and height longer and taller than the side pieces, and glue it down with epoxy. With the top frame bolted down, the side pieces straight, this allows you to glue this all in one piece. After it dries, take an exacto, and trim it so that its flush with the frame pieces. Black Velcro, on those sections, disappears, and is much stronger than the original solution. It allows you to pull the side of the top Velcro down further as well.

Hope this helps – I had that in place for years, never had an issue. I know this is an improvement to the original design.

Good luck.



Dear School Car,
I miss you. The last time we were together was January 12th. I rode home in the tow truck with you on the back. The shock of it all. Late at night, exhausted, and we were so close to home. You, lowered onto the street in front of the house. People stopping to ask questions over the next few days. I’d come out to check on you, open a stuck door, or take pictures of the mangle, wondering just how bad you were hurt.
To be honest, I was with you for a few more weeks while you sat on the street, hurt, then limped to the back yard for some disassembly. My brother in law Kevin and I helped pull some of the pain off of you, prepping for your journey to the body shop.

I enjoy getting to the shop to see you recovering. I make excuses all the time to come see you. I have pulled your windshield, soft top, trim pieces, and even put your original rims back on – so many little things to help the shop, but by doing it in phases, I have a reason to come see you. The shop has said – I am probably the most annoying customer they have ever had – I laugh, but inside, I don’t care. I am trying to get to the pieces in the garage so they are ready for you when you get back. Your new color is really nice. The hood and trunk look really good, and the door jams look great too. This new suit for you, will feel great – all nice and shiny. I’m working on the parts in the garage right now, prepping them for your return home.

Before I sign off to this personal note to you, know this. I will never forget that evening. I have relived it many times. This down time for me is kin to punishment, or being grounded like a teenager. I’ve used it to reflect, and to prepare myself for your trip back home. In short, you’ll never be in that situation again, as long as I am behind the wheel. I am your steward. It is my job to protect you. I lost some of that in my driving that evening, and my attention to our health together will never be stronger.

Can’t wait to see you home, sorted and ready to go.

Chris


Throwback. Cale vs Buddy
This ties into the 72 stunt car, in an odd way. This little memory is from college, and home for the weekend, in February of 1984.

I won’t go into my feelings about NASCAR. All I will say here is, like the Masters in April, on a Sunday after lunch, this tends to be something to lounge around and watch to entertain. When home from college, I would usually leave for school after dinner on a Sunday, 30 minute drive up Interstate 35. This Sunday is still burnt into the brain – there were countless Sundays like this one – all those are blur, except the ones where I did resto work on the 6, for example. This Sunday, live TV coverage of the Daytona 500, was different. This was the first year they had an in car camera. And unlike today, Only a few had it – and without going on youtube to research this, my memory was only one car had it – Cale Yarbrough’s. In all previous years, you’d watch any racing coverage from the various cameras on the track, pickup the cars as they came by a section. Now, you have this camera, that put you in the car, looking over Cale’s shoulder, as he navigated traffic. Again, common today in any race. But then, it was like this new window. I don’t remember sitting up with my jaw open, but that’s the best I can do with the mesmerizing impact of this view.

This race, 500 miles, couple of hours of coverage, finishes in this amazing pass and win by Cale. He’s battling Buddy Baker, in what the announcers felt was the faster car. Cale, drafting, and before restrictor plates, pulls up to Buddy, slings around him, anad passes him in before the final turn. They race to the finish, Cale wins. But to watch that pass in car, which is what CBS did, allowed you to see Cale come up on Buddy, drive by him, and actually turn his head to look at him as he was passing – almost smiling at him, I reckon. To watch him steer this big car – sawing at the wheel in the turn – right hand at 12 o clock, left hand at 9 oclock – none of that made sense to me. Before 84, you saw the cars race. This year, you see a racer make decisions, and ride with him across the finish line.

After the race, I don’t remember doing much – I guess I finished some things around the house and we had dinner. I loaded up the 6, and headed to Denton. And on that 30 minute drive, I was Cale Yarbrough. Holding my steerng wheel like him, Driving faster than I would normally, holding revs longer, as if it was some prepared motor for higher RPM. Doing my best to assimilate a NASCAR driving style to a brittish roadster. I didn’t really care that they were that much different. I was still drunk on that in car cam view. Fun drive home, no accidents or tickets. Just the impression of a Cup racer, throwing a stock car around Daytona. I hope you have enjoyed some spirited driving in your 6 over the years, walking away and living to tell the tale.


See you on down the road,

That’s enough for today
Thank you for caring for your Triumph TR6, and a special thanks to those considering one. This is a great mark for young and old. This mark is blessed with an amazing network of owners, experts and suppliers. Your TR6 helps people around you, without you even knowing it. You bring happiness to the man and woman leaving the restaurant. 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 regularly. And please drive your 6 defensively, as if it was a 4 wheeled Harley.

And remember. Smile when you drive, and whenever possible, take a kid driving.



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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, König 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, custom gear knob, and several more bits

My to do list
New carpet, new panels, custom dash.
r200B diff with goodparts cv joints and hubs
fresh head with roller rockers.
At some point, a fresh motor with lightened crank, cam bearings,
Hard top inside insulation, and dome light.
Oh, and AC.