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The Lobby
Enjoy the blog this week with Pablo Cruise, Watcha Gonna Do ZZZOK5B5H&index=1

Sometimes I have a background to a song – not much with this one, but when I hear it, it takes me back to the mid 70s. There are a few that seem to grab my essence of the 70s, at that time of my life – those teenage mischief years.

I mentioned last week of my candid camera printer search – so bad, I swore someone was filming it and laughing with a crowd at me. And then some angel came down, touched my shoulder, pointed me to the Brother All in One. From opening the box to print was maybe 10 minutes, including this sequence of printing an alignment page, putting that on the glass, and letting the machine scan it, and align itself. So far, it prints everyday without having to reset my router.

The Tahoe stint is behind me – dings happen, drive defensively, and avoid bad traffic – maybe that’s the best advice I could give. I know better than to drive up Central Expressway on that section of access road. It brings out the Kurt Busch in everyone. Family, biz, home, all good. I’m back at the wood lathe this weekend at the club open house on Saturday – I have access to a cheap harbor freight unit, with tools, so I started practicing on my gear shift knobs. Weather is good, the area is good, and I have a much cleaner garage. But its only a dent in this chaos that is my garage.

Whats new
The final stretch
Bumpers are in, and they are very pretty. And light weight. I have held my original rear bumper in my hands – all 3 pieces. This new stuff, stainless, may be half as heavy. So, my thoughts now are, how durable are they? I mean, I’m not going to button this car up, take it to a warehouse with computers and cameras and let a crash test dummy decide, but my best take on these are, they won’t pass any collision tests from the 70s, much less today. So, these are ornaments. But again, stainless steel, light, cheaper than rechroming one, and a great value, even with shipping. Who would think our vintage cars would benefit from a disposable bumper. Not me.

Final stages of buffing and sanding. My spare trunk lid has a broken prop bolt – that assembly inside the lid is loose, so the facebook community is sharing their mcgiver thoughts on how to solve that. Just hit me that I might reach out the Ed_h, for some clarity……

As always, the diary of the The School Car Wreck Blog is here
Stewards, I regret to inform but I ran a red light, and tagged a VW Passat. No injuries, and we are already working on getting the school car back together and pointed straight. cheers #guvnal

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

Lets have a pint
Pull up a chair, and lets have a pint together.

The section formerly known as the Wax, gets some play on words this week. Wax On, for example. It hit me this past week. My journey has been preparing me for this new version of school car. This new example, of cf50460UO will require some expertise that I already have. It will require my experience in the reassembly, in the bits. I know how to install carpet. I know how to pull, refinish and replace a dash. I I know how to replace door trim, window and handle cranks. I know how to replace mirrors, turn light assemblies…. The list is endless. Everything I have pulled from this car to prep for that shop, I have already done. Well, except for my bumpers. I never pulled those before.

I look back at when I did all this stuff as a teen, and even later when we took ownership of this one, I never thought I would lean on those skills later, certainly not for this need. I mean, no one sits around and has epiphanies of a crash, or unbending a bent car. I will say – to read some of the head scratching questions of new owners, that would be me if I had never gone thru this as a young adult. This, assuming I would have considered this mark later in life.

So, as I lay out my parts and bits like a dental tray for a teeth cleaning, That’s how my parts sit as I sort all my stuff for this car coming back.

Ok – on the rest of this ramble.

Tech: Upright bolt swap
Slow the roll
Throwback. The Carb Journey

Tech: Dash Upright bolts
This isn’t the only way, maybe not even the best way, but I am sharing a method I used to replace my 2 upright bolts that support radio facia. I’ve always called that support the upright support. TRF calls it the Dash support, but hopefully, at this point, you know I’m pointing at the vertical rig that straddles the tunnel cover. The original design was a simple bolt with a plastic cover, which, over time, cracks, breaks off, and looks ratty. Simple bolt design – bolt, washer, nut on each corner.

It hit me once, and this was a while back, that one solution could be a carriage bolt on the front, washer and nut on the back. A carriage bolt, for dummies like me out there, is a bolt that has a square backside to the head, and its designed so that you don’t have to put a wrench on the head, just tighten down from the back, and the nut draws the bolt into whatever you are securing. Wood, usually. I type as if I know this bolt – I don’t, and as many already know, I have enough engineering knowledge to be dangerous, but I guess I had seen this bolt before, and it just came to me that this would be a nice subtle solution. Most of these come silver, so that would look odd out of the box. But the bolt, shot with primer, and a few coats of satin black, and you’re done. Some bolts come with raised numbers or designs that indicate the grade, and to smooth that out, simply chuck up the bolt in drill driver, and hold a file or low grit sandpaper on it until smooth. Then paint them, and attach. I think these bolts are 5/16 thread size, but use whatever you want that will fit in the hole.

I’ve had these in place for years now – They look appropriate, subtle, and those that don’t know, think that black bolt is the bolt cover. A cheap, efficient method to replacing old, original design for this upright.

Good luck, McGiver

Patience, Grasshopper
I tend to drift into transportation changes here, and I’ll continue that today. My week, like the rest of us, often has input from the news or media on how we get from point A to point B. Because of this mark, I tend to correlate stuff I see or hear that relates. If I hear that California is banning fuel cars, I wonder what that means to the TR6 owner in California, if that makes sense. You’d think I’d worry about the bigger picture, but I don’t. This car impacts my impression on the trend, or direction of transportation, and my politics do creep into the impression. That shouldn’t, cause we should just see all this for what it is. A change. A vintage car has threats to existence, like rust. I worry that down the road, so to speak, the big threat is ban, or no license to have a gas car on the road.

I threw the California example out, cause I have an impression into all of this based on the fact I live in the States. But this threat is worldwide, and each country has a unique plan. None of scary ghost story is in front of us – we will have gas for years, maybe as long as you and I are driving this car. But you can sense this movement is in place, and the steps to shift to something else. Some of us are embracing this new movement. I do, to an extent. I lean to the slower shift. I think the push we are in right now is rushed, and not thought out well. I’m not alone, and this may sound naïve, but I think that is the friction between the sides – those that want to just shift now, all in, to those that say, take time, and phase it in. If California, for example, shifted tomorrow to electric everything, their grid would crash. It crashes now, and there is only a small percentage of vehicles moving around needing a charge.

I am still on my top gear kick – my Samsung TV Plus system gives me now 2 channels of vintage top gear – each a season or 2 off from the other, and I haven’t checked to see if they go in order, or if its random. I suspect in order, but I can tap into that at any time and get my silliness fill. I get some retrospect on what we were focused on 15 years ago. I get some reminders of something special then, like a 350z, now dated. And on one episode, I see Tom Jones, the singer, sit with Clarkson and chat music, life, and see him throw the car around the track and have his time stuck on that status wall. Then, I see my favorite segment of all time. James May, in California, sharing the impact of the Gen 1 Honda Clarity. I’d share this segment in a link, but I can’t. I can share other segments – they are littered all over youtube. Not the Clarity. As I wrap up this segment, I will lay my cards on the table, and say this. The future of transportation should not be a battery. It should be a tank, and I’ll accept that it won’t be fossil, but rather hydrogen. Electric is amazing. Battery and more power stations are not. Hydrogen is my future, and I think, and hope, what we end up with. A fuel that its only by product. Is water.

Throwback. The Carb journey
I started a thread on 6 pack before covid, taking my spare strombergs, laying them on the dining room table, and began disassembling one of them. My goal was to rebuild them, and to clean them, polish them, and learn these carbs along the way. This tangent started with me, taking a top cover off one of them, and polishing, by hand, with various grades of sand paper and polish. I got one to almost a mirror finish. And then I looked at the rest of that dr seuss rig and said, I’m not afraid of you. I was, but I said that, hoping to give myself some confidence. This segment is about overcoming that intimidating monster, and even though I am not a master of it, I can pull one, or both, and get thru what I need from it, and put it back on with no issue.

Lets back up, since this is throwback. Been around this mark since the mid 70s. Never touched these carbs until the late 90s. When I took delivery of the school car, the plugs were a nice tan. In a few years, they were black. I had a carb adjustment tool, but didn’t know how to really make the most of it. I decided one day to remove one of them. That ended in putting it back on the car. I don’t know what I expected to happen after I got it off the car – I had no plan. I get carbs for the most part. These aren’t carbs. These are dark, medieval torture devices. I know this cause when I put this carb back on, the car ran rough. So bad, I had to limp it to Brit Auto to get Jeff to fix my work. This stint reminded me, don’t ever touch your carbs. Just drive them rich, replace plugs, and keep pouring fuel in the tank.

The light came when, as a member of 6 pack, I get on the Poolboy journey, and life after that was colorful again. I moved from the dark grey, rainy era of plague, to color, songs, birds chirping. I’m still on the carbs I got from Ken almost ten years ago, with tan plugs, and amazing mileage. And if I have issues with these at some point, in a box they go, and Ken will update them. But knowing I have that safety net, I wanted to overcome this fear, which lead me to disassembling 2 of these monster. I took them completely apart many times, and then put them back together, like Forrest Gump and that rifle. That was great therapy, and today, I look at those spare carbs, and realize, I might put a rebuild kit in them, and bolt them up. I’m wise enough to know even if I copy Ken’s recipe, they won’t be the same. Like that headstone in Raiders of the Lost Ark, I’ll forget to take 2 bellums away, or whatever was on the backside of that headpiece. Either way, for me, the carbs were one of the areas I knew nothing about. Simply afraid of them. I am not alone, and I hope this throwback will give some a little solace in one of the areas of this mark that all of us can overcome.

That’s enough for today. See you on down the road,

Thank you for caring for your Triumph TR6. Lets also thank those considering one. This is a great mark for young and old. This mark is blessed with an amazing network development, parts, owners, experts and car availability. A TR6 helps people everyday, lifting spirits, bringing smiles. A TR6 brings happiness to Lynn, a previous owner, missing her car. Please start your car with it out of gear and foot off the clutch to save your thrust washers – they struggle with oiling at start up. 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 3rd steward of CF50460UO, born September 1975 with paint code 19 and 11 black interior. Nicknamed “the school car”, is now over 100K in miles, with new Cayman Blue Mica 2 stage paint, and 11 interior. Car was delivered with original hard top and factory overdrive. Current upgrades include Volvo overdrive internals, König Rewind 16x7 rims, Michelin Pilot Sport 205.55.16s, 4Runner calipers and 7/8 rear wheel cylinders. Poolboy carbs, FlexAlite electric fan, Patton Fan Eliminator, Pertronix ignitor ignition, TR5 cam, pacesetter header, 70amp Lucas direct fit alternator, solid state Rheostat, Silverstar Halogen headlights, Wishbone 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, high torque starter, JVC Bluetooth audio with front and rear USB, 4 speakers, stainless steel bumpers, flip up scuttle vent, hidden antenna, window tint, custom gear knob, and other concours frustrations.

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 square motor with lightened crank, cam bearings,
Hard top inside insulation, and dome light.
Oh, and AC.