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    Merry Christmas.

    a gentle return to this site recently has brought on some great memories, and have reminded me how delicate life is. and in this return, I began to throw some notes together, preparing for a blog redux. and rather than post in the specific blog area, I have decided to put my blog back where I it started. Smack in the middle of the prospective area.

    I started the Guvna Blog in 2008. The purpose of the blog was not a ramble, but a lobby of sorts, relating, sharing, and giving some comfort to those looking at owning a TR6. It was a journey of history, mine particularly, but peppered with other owners chiming in what it is like to maintain one of these marks. Day to day. Year to year. Some light commentary on the current events, such as gas prices and electric vehicles. In the migration, the blog was erased. That was a reminder to save your stuff. But looking on the bright side, it gives us a chance to start over. I realize looking back, that the blog was getting tired. It was less about the prospective owner, waxer, nastalgiaist. It became more of a modern day blog, and it became about things other than this mark, like 1 other car in particular. But the premise of owning, stewarding a TR6 was there, even if there was no driving that week or period. Understanding all that goes with stewarding a mark like a TR6 should help those seeing only the blonde hair and curves.

    So, lets get back to where we started.

    My journey in 50 words.
    At 14, I started driving a 72 TR6 that my dad bought for me to have at 16. 2,200 for this horrible car. 50K miles on it and at that time, only 4 years old. 3rd owner. I can't imagine what stunt driving they did with the car, but normal suspension issues were failing, the motor was ****, and it was expensive to maintain. Had the car through college, and was sold wrecked from a rear end collision with a drunk on 4th of July eve 1985. The car was bad mechanically, but lovely otherwise. Repainted back to its original white, new soft top that I installed, new dash that I made, new carpet that I installed, and stereo complete with 6" rear pioneer speakers. No overdrive. I drove it back and forth to college 30 miles away, and drove it daily.

    12 years later, in Orlando, I am asked to help my boss inspect some MG's he was looking at. In these inspections, there were always a few TR6s around. At some point, the bug hit me again. Between 1985 and 1997 I had zero interest in another tr6. Zero. And then it hit me - I need another one. But this time, it has to be the right one, even if I have to create it. Hard top, overdrive, a different color. Better mechanicals. The focus grows into an obsession. I read my bentley manual on a drive back from Ashville NC to Orlando. I get a TR6 book by Bill Piggot. We drive to Richmond to look at a car in the woods - get cold feet cause this car might be stolen or something - just odd. Drove all over Florida looking at, driving various cars. 35 cars later, in Dallas, I pull out of Bill S. drive way, hit the highway a few blocks later, in OD, running 95, and this car is solid. In 2 weeks, that car is in our garage. Another white TR6, 1976 this time.

    that was more than 50 words.

    I try to stay in a format, and with that, here are 3 topics I'll use to start this redux.

    Pros and Cons
    Dave Hagenbuch

    Looking through the forums recently, struggling with navigating, I began looking for some history on my topic - reviving my sitting TR6 which bent a push rod because a valve stem froze in a guide due to carbon or something. I got back on the site to throw out a few questions on the engine and basic running. This new format has thrown a few of us off our game, me included. Core stuff is easy to find - the general forums, and so forth. I went into my profile and sifted through my posts all the way back to when I first posted. In this nostalgia, I get into the mechanical forums from the first posts. I read a few, and fast forward a few pages, and out of nowhere, I find Poolboy's first post. How to adjust a stromberg. I read that, forget the gent who helped him, and how amazed I was at how fast he became the legend he is. I know, or think I know, he had a Jag back in the day, likes motorcycles, hunts, and is just a cool guy to hang out with. And as I am enjoying finding this post, I stumble on DavidK's first post about considering to buy a tr6. From happy to sad in just a few posts. DavidK was, David Kuyenkdall, a legend in my mind, anyway. David introduced me to Ed Bernard, Poolboy in Waco, Jim Herter, and many others. Just a great guy to talk to about TR6s. He was listed on Patton's site as one of his first tr6 TBI conversions. He passed away recently from brain cancer. And the Waco trip a few years ago was just a few months before he was diagnosed.

    The site is a timestamp, living document. How we dealt with GPS, how we worked around smog equipment, new materials, and simply, how we got to today. It doesn't matter how long you have been on here. Reading some of that stuff is helpful to anyone owning this mark. Our mark is in this cycle now of passing on. During and just after production, a car would move to a new owner - today, we are faced with estate sales of this mark. Seems more urgent now how we pass the mark on. I've said over and over, you don't own a TR6 - you belong to it, kinda like Crocadile Dundee. The car will outlive you. You are a steward, and it is your responsibility to leave it better than you found it. Words to live by. I'm talking to myself right now, not you. Read back at how I ignored my sitting car, known better as the School Car for those that don't know.

    Pros and Cons
    I'm still getting used to this format. But in fiddling, I have found the whos online. There are pages of guests, at any given time. So, those TR6 enthusiasts are coming in, reading posts, looking for things that will validate their ideas, or something that says - hey, I didn't know that, or is this worth pursuing.

    So, new and prospective owners….what brought you here. Surfing? Remembering a drive in a friends 6 back in the day? Remembering your 6 back in the day? Me - for what its worth, I was helping a boss find an MG when a few 6s were in shops where these MGs were. the smell, the seats, the bodywork. the dash, rims, etc. and a ride to see my dad, asking him if he still had my bentleys manual. Read it all the way back to Orlando from Ashville. A year and around 35 test drives later, we drive the school car home. and 10 years after buying that car, I find this site. And for a while, can't shut up about it.

    I can't speak for all the members here, but I can speak for me when I tell you - this isn't a mark to fear or be afraid of. There are more reliable cars. There are cars with more parts availability. There are more popular marks. But this mark, with all of its preconceptions, is now a better mark. A more reliable mark. A mark with plenty of parts available. And a mark that will always have a following. I can't drive anywhere without someone asking me about it.

    Today, electrical issues are almost a thing of the past. Fuel system - gone, or should be gone is the mystery and wizardry of the Stromberg. Performance - while these cars will never be high horsepower, they will be mild rods, with improvements to cranks, drive train, rotating mass, and wheels, tires and brakes. Better interiors, seat options, dash, gauges, tops, materials….and much more. And the best part, the mark has the interest of several developers and engineers who find more each year in a continuing R&D.

    But. there are a few fences. For me, the clutch. There are good options, but don't expect to get 200K on a clutch system like you might on a 5 speed honda accord. And the motor, by design, isn't healthy at extended periods of RPM over 3500….or something around that number. Noodle effect from the bore and stroke. Something like that - Kas Kastner has expanded on it, but just know, overdrive and gearing can help you drive with traffice on I95 or whatever without hurting the car. Yeah - that’s right, you can road trip this car and not hurt it.

    Dave Hagenbuch
    Before Poolboy, RatRidge, lfmTR4, Wolf, Baws, Tush, Elwood,….leaving out a dozen legends here, all essentially works support for anything on this mark from bumper to bumper. Before all this and these legends, there was Dave Hagenbuch. Dave was the tech line at The Roadster Factory. I learned a lot from Dave. My favorite is the top cover vent hole that is on almost all factory top covers on a TR6. It helps your gearbox not leak by reducing internal pressure. We all learned a lot from that here. But there are hundreds of lessons like that in the continued development of the mark. That is what 6pack is - your race shop team that listens to your debrief after some hot laps.

    Dave retired recently. I connected with him on facebook, and exchanged a few notes. Like Dave, so many out there are filled with helpful information. And, possibly looking to share. You aren't committed to any support here, but you will find yourself commenting, and helping another owner and steward. And in that, you pay back. Be vocal, find a way to pitch in, and no matter what, don't be afraid to ask questions or comment. Go back to my history and see the silly stuff I posted - that tends to make everyone feel better.

    Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year. I'll be back after the new year with another installment. Its great to be back in saddle.

    Do yourself a favor. Take a kid driving.

    LO Guvna

  • #2
    Great write up. I have enjoyed this site for years and have learned a lot about the mysteries of the TR6. I hope others come back and begin contributing to this sites success.


    • #3

      Always a good read and thanks for posting your thoughts.

      I am concerned for our future and “family” here...feeling a little melancholy lately.

      Merry Christmas.

      81 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce, 81 Triumph TR8
      73 Triumph TR6 CF4874UO, 68 Triumph TR250 CD5228LO
      62 Triumph TR4 CT6716LO, 60 Triumph TR3A TS69891LO
      60 Triumph TR3A TS64870LO, 59 Triumph TR3A TS44836LO


      • #4
        Thanks for starting the blog again, LO. Enjoyable read. All of us more or less were "trapped" into the TR6 thing by early experiences, and many of us returned to it after a lengthy multi-year process of "not wanting", then "thinking about" then "reigniting the spark to own one".

        Hope you continue the series .........
        1976 TR-6 BRG - CF57239U
        Carbs by Poolboy
        Rear Camber Kit, Rear Hubs by Goodparts
        Gear Reduction Starter by TSI
        Distributor by British Vacuum


        • #5
          Welcome back, Guvna.

          For just a little more, you can do it yourself!


          • #6
            Thanks Gents.

            Ed, in my nastalgia, I went to bullfire to catch up, and find inspiration in your approach to anything, frankly. Chef - good to hear from you, and looking forward to catching up. I used your youtube valve adjustment in my valve repair which I'll talk about next time. In a quick chat with Elwood, and having missed the trials and VTR in texas, I realize the hack was after the trials, but regardless, and to others comments, we are all a little melancholy here, aren't we. Hell, I may have inspired it, but I hope not. So many external influences, and the phase of this mark combine to put this site in a drift - facebook 6pack group, more social networking, and the youth aren't really steered in this generation of communication. There is a solution somewhere - but regardless of the execs here, and even the volunteer work of Alana, who handles this site, we have to remember there is passion with this group, and their efforts should not be overlooked. I want to insure we all are in the holiday spirit, wishing everyone around us are reminded they are cared for, and appreciated, loved, and thankful for all they do.

            I am off to some holiday last minute shopping. Cheers, 6-pack. I am looking forward to sharing all my antics and missteps in January, reliving some of the silly stories around my 72 and 76 cars, and reminding all of us why we are here, and how to represent this great, misunderstood mark.



            • #7
              Glad to see you back, Guvna. Always enjoy your posts. Happy holidays!
              1971 TR6 - driver/rolling restoration
              Triumph Club of the Carolinas
              "When in doubt, do....Each of us must guard against the influences that lull and seduce us toward a state of nonliving" Arthur Gordon, A Touch of Wonder


              • #8
                Thanks Guv, glad to see you are back at it.
                CF1634U+O Pimento/Chestnut
                2nd owner, since 1975
                Now in Fair Oaks, CA


                • #9
                  thanks Larry - Bruce, I owe you a phone call. Merry Christmas


                  • #10
                    happy new year

                    I hope Santa or his/her equivalent brought you some needed gifts this year. I got floor mats, and very excited.

                    The School Car
                    For now, I'll keep this segment in the blog. It hit me that most don't know how this car got its name, and even those that might remember, have forgotten, or didn't really care. But I'll share that tid bit. My oldest, now in college, named it that when she was in day care. I would drive her to day care, often with the top down. So, she called it The School Car- the car that she rode to and from school in.

                    Here is a quick update. After reviving a sleeping tr6, filled with old gas and crusty carb parts, the car is running well. Not great, but well. If you didn’t catch this, I had a bent intake pushrod, which after bending, laid over in the galley with the valve closed, or partially closed. After some counsel here and locally, I laid the rocker back out the way, and whacked the spring and valve stem, retainer…that whole rig…with a hammer maybe 6 times. I say whack. Think driving a finishing nail in some crown molding. Enough to move the spring down, back up and eventually free it from the soot, carbon weld it the guide had on that valve stem. To the work bench, same hammer and that bent rod, whacking away on that rod until it was straight enough to put back in. The manual says to discard. I said, I aint' got no more rods, so this one will have to do. For now, as I do have access to some decent rods, and after a chat with Richard Good, I'm going to get a set of 4030 tube rods he has for sale.

                    but, realizing the head is ok at 120 plus on compression, it aint great. so, down the road, that head is coming off, and I'll clean it up some - porting, light decking, roller rockers, etc. but the last thing I want to do is go crazy with compression. or make this stronger than the rest of the motor given the rings are tired.

                    and finally, paint and trim. When I rollled Chitty Chitty Bang Bang out of the garage, I swore that paint would never look good again. More fiddling with compounds and pastes, and now I have a few corners that look pretty good. Weather permitting, I'll get this back to good. I even took some black grill paint from home depot, and reshot my rocker panels. they were black, but some of the coating had come off that tab that is at the bottom. And I've gotten a little OCD on the engine bay - God help me. New floor mats, polishing, painting, touching up…….have mercy.

                    what else.
                    revived my OD, turn signal and hi beam switches with Deoxit. that stuff is crazy good. Literally using my OD in daily driving now - haven't done that in years. And my turn signal? doesn't keep flashing after a turn anymore. Which brings me to my bulbs - all those are cleaned up and working better. Realized that I can take a strand of scotchbrite, chuck it in my drill driver, and shove it in my bulb holder, spin that drill driver, and brighten up my bulb holder - all of it.

                    More to come, but on fresh oil, filter, plugs, cap, rotor and new plug wires……the car is in good tune. it needs some timing, but otherwise good. Fresh diaphrams in the carbs, and fresh rubber in my plumbing for the emissions by pass. Idle is good, mileage is good, and the motor revs…kinda smoothly. expected with old push rods, one of them straightened.

                    Tip 1. thrust washer care
                    always start your car with the car out of gear, and the foot off the clutch.
                    the 6 motor has a few flaws. one of them is getting oil to the thrust washer. its tucked away back in the crank, and gets moderate oil at best. so, managing this gap over time is healthy. by starting the car out of gear, no pressure on the clutch, you don't squeeze the thrust washer, and after a quick warm up, should get some oil up around it for lubrication.

                    New Owners
                    The Chassy Channel

                    New Owners
                    I might as well have the recurring section to insure that we are putting our arms around those that might be shivering. Feel a little smug saying that. I'll do what I can to throttle my approach, my comments, and attitude. That rite of passage we are all faced with - getting involved with something new, even if its 1st grade and you are surrounded by people and places you don't know. That first friend, and something to take the fear away. And after a while, all you remember is how great it is to have that friend.

                    Now I'm trying to decide what we can share on each of these. maybe a blend of new stuff, in the news, listings maybe? we can always remind the crew what to look out for. So, for this post, how about an item to test when viewing a car. with the new iphone, I figured out how I could measure my alignment. Reading that sounds like BS. but while it ain't completely accurate, I can use the level and compass to get camber and toe in. drive the car to a flat area. get out, and use that function to measure on 2 axis' on each wheel - vertical and horizontal. without my case, I put my phone up to my center caps. Write down the numbers for each corner, and see what the settings are. At this point, I don't know what they should be so my help is somewhat crap. but, that’s pretty cool, right? instead of taking it to NTW and have them put it up on the lift.

                    We have a 4K TV in living room. Samsung, and its got a lot of preset apps, including TVPlus. Instead of loading channel 11 one day, I load 1111. and it goes to channel 1111. Home shopping or something, and I go up channel, and there is something on 1112. and so on. For a while, I am convinced these are over the air. I realize later, Samsung displays TVPlus on these 4 digit channels. Long story short, one of them is the Chassy Channel.

                    I like car shows, but most wear me out. This one - maybe because its odd and unique, has my attention. no big marketing, just car stuff. Like a 2 hour documentary on Jacky Ickx. Or this cool documentary on BMW and its racing heritage in sports car racing. And Icon, with these 2 guys that review cars, such as a complete review of the 911. In the mountains, 15 of the 911 interations are parked, waiting for them to drive and comment on the improvements. I catch this segment recently called Pilgrimage. I hope its going to be about them driving to the Ring. And that’s exactly what it was. Those 2 guys in a rental, cameramen in the backseat on the Autobahn, hitting 170 or so at some points, stop and go in others, and then they arrive at racings field of dreams. I won't spoil it - just know, it’s a fantastic impression of what Nurburg is, and what the Ring is to many, some of which move there just to be near it. yeah, this and goodwood - that would be a nice summer in Europe one day.

                    dusting off my brain
                    I was more creative when I was younger. I did things just with a handheld drill than today - like turning it into a lathe in my lap. not perfect, but just finding a way to get something done with the handful of tools I had when I was younger. Our tool selection was nothing more than a small tool box. Unlike my grandfather who used an old car to keep his tools in. he was german, a farmer, and just had that engineering brain, which I got some of. just enough to be dangerous.

                    recently, I've used Ed_h as some inspiration of sorts. we have this bug, we just need a yoda to help us find it. The deoxit thread is a what if - even without seeing a previous post - and using that to free up my OD switch, and eventually all the column switches. So nice to have them working smoothly again. and each time I look at my tired steering wheel spokes, I always have a different idea on how to clean them. After using the drill and scrotchbrite, on the bulb holders, I used this same approach on the spoke centers, a skinny length of scotchbrite, folded in half, chucked in the drill with the loop through the centers, spinning on 2, and brightening up like new. where the hell was that inspiration 20 years ago?

                    I bought some speaker panels? from BobbyD a few years ago, and only 1 would stay in place. Bob puts a tiny hole in the rear of these, designed to attached to the tunnel cover. I don't have that system set up. Hoping Bob won't shoot me, I drilled them through the vinyl, ran a series of black zip ties and black washers through the holes, and now they are snug against the tunnel cover. Zip tie ends against the washer, washer against the vinyl. excess tie snapped off.

                    Happy to be back. I hope 2020 is everything you want or need it to be. The school car is back on the streets, comfortable, and ready for some more love.

                    Remember 2 things. Smile when you drive, and whenever possible, take a kid driving.


                    • #11
                      Fun read Guv. Hope to take the grandkid for drive, now that he is big enough to see over the instrument panel and not have to be in a booster seat. The herd is down in the bay, at the old stomping grounds at the moment. Give me a call if you feel like it dude.
                      CF1634U+O Pimento/Chestnut
                      2nd owner, since 1975
                      Now in Fair Oaks, CA


                      • #12
                        Happy New Year Guv.

                        81 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce, 81 Triumph TR8
                        73 Triumph TR6 CF4874UO, 68 Triumph TR250 CD5228LO
                        62 Triumph TR4 CT6716LO, 60 Triumph TR3A TS69891LO
                        60 Triumph TR3A TS64870LO, 59 Triumph TR3A TS44836LO


                        • #13
                          Very well put Guv. I love the possibilities that I can explore because as chance will have it my car will never be stock or concours capable with a TR250 power plant in a 76 TR6. As I near completion and get it on the road I am already listing projects for it next winter. They are distinctive in looks and still capable on the road. I fell in love with them in 1973, first year of highschool, bought one in 1980 and never let go. After going through this restoration I know I can resolve any issue with the car and as Ed says "For just a little more, you can do it yourself!"

                          1976 TR6 originally white now Porsche Voodoo Blue
                          Frame off resto started May 2015
                          Tshirts and TA boxes replaced
                          Diff braced and reinforced
                          Engine and head rebuilt
                          Header and Intake ported
                          SS exhaust
                          Floors repaired, new metal at rear bumper mounting points
                          New Rockers
                          AAW wiring - GM alternator
                          Complete suspension and brake rebuild, poly bushings


                          • #14
                            ello 6pack.

                            the pack is now in the cloud. so far, great. all looks restored

                            update. my paint clean up has stalled - even Dallas has weather. but the stuff I did buff on looks good. the door skins need a wipe and wax. I am getting used to my new mats, and the general interior is good and tidy. Driving around with my soft top down inside my hard top, as it was designed to do, but not what I have done over the years. I can hear my speakers, but they are starting to die. I've thrown enough wattage at them over time that they have had enough. They are standard 6 inch speakers, and I'll just replace them with something. and my BobbyD tunnel panels will get some 4 inch front speakers, and as poorly as Triumph designed those panels for speakers -it should provide a better surround, certainly with the top on. Still driving on my straightened push rod. My signals work, and the deoxit clean up on the column switches is still working, but I had to bump my OD switch the other day, so I may pull it all again, and respray all of it. That stuff works like a lube, and it chemically cleans up the contact points, but you are reminded that the metal is probably reoxidizing, and this clean up may be a routine over time. Which is fine, as a long as they keep making deoxit. My spray bottle feels like it should last a few years.

                            plug check and they are all light grey - I think a little lean. Will confir with PB and make a simple adjustment. Few hundred on the wake up plugs - valve clearance is good, and timing is good, but won't hurt to check that again given my recent issue with a pushrod. Car lights up after a few cycles on the starter, warms up quickly, and drives great. It needs the front spring spacers, new pushrods, and some diff lube - my original diff leaks a little like most

                            the carb journey

                            Facing a demon

                            I don't know what inspired this, but I am knee deep in stromberg restoration. Not my poolboy carbs. The ones that came off the car - my original 175 CD-2s. They have white yellow tops rather than the the black ones. I had them in a bag to send to Ken later, but used some of the parts to get my car running recently. These are CD-2 carbs, were dry, and the parts were good - unlike my gunked up PB carbs that hung on the side of the car when I rolled it out. Those carbs are freshened, and the fuel has done its job with its clean up. And now with the spare carbs in a few pieces, including the top cover, I get this urge to polish one of them. The typical polishing tools, but more hands and sand paper, tiny rasp to smooth out nicks. Therapy, and a realization, I have missed using my hands in stuff like this. I post a pic of it on facebook 6-pack - and as good as that test top was, Its better now, as is other parts of this carb. Starting with the screws, I pull those, chuck them in a drill, spin and polish - and the carbs starts to freshen up. Little bits at a time, and at some point, I face the demon of removing some of the side assemblies. I'm concerned about losing any parts, or remembering the configuration, or how they go back together. But for my brain, I have to get into a routine, and make taking this apart and putting it back together a habit.

                            some history
                            after I bought the school car in 1997, it was street legal with a proper inspection sticker. the plugs were a nice light brown, Poolboy would have been proud. It passed its first inspection, but not its second. Now rather than take the car back to the place that had serviced it, and sold it to the previous owner, I took it to The Buckingham Service. Now gone, but run by Harry Warner, and the owner of this mecca of brittish restoration. Nothing from the outside said there was heaven inside. Using his team to lean the car, or swap carbs, or something to get it inspected. It passed. 900 dollars. I don't know this fee until the car is ready. He also said he was going to put K&N filters on it, and he took my original filter assembly. I didn’t get K&N, but rather the foam, chrome mesh rigs I have on the car today - I looked for the na/me of them, but can't find it.

                            It’s a painful memory, and I could be mad at Harry, but he did nice things for me in the past, even with my first tr6 - giving me trim pieces, counseling me over time, and its here where my first car ended up when it was rear ended. He could have charged me for storage, but didn’t. And between cars, it was here that I was planning on a restoration of a 72 car with OD and hard top. 900 is a lot for a tune up, inspection and a set of air filters, but it just adds to my mystery around these fuel delivery devices.

                            A few years later, I get inspired to learn the carb - no spare set to fiddle with. I pull one carb, have no idea what I am doing, get some parts off, realize I'm over my head, and put the carb back together and back on the car. Well, I don't realize the sync spring rig is not lined up right, and the car runs like a mess. So this time, I do limp to the first shop, and they get it sorted, and me back on the road. So, this experience of my ignorance, fear, series of events has me in a closet sucking my thumb. The carbs drift in setup over the years because in 2001, my car meets the Texas Antique rules, and it gets a plate on the back, and no stickers on the windshield. Years go by with these carbs drifting off - rich, thirsty, miserable. Then comes 6pack, and soon after, Poolboy. I'll share that experience in the next blog. I'll update the blog here, and I may put a thread on mechanical - I don't want to wave this around like I'm marketing or starving for likes on youtube. But I have this sense that this voodoo Dr Seuss contraption is the frustration of not only triumph owners, but volvo, rover, and even american marks.

                            car shows
                            I am immersed. TvPlus on Samsung has 4 channels next to one another. Powernation, Chassy, Motorvision, and CARsomething. I have my own group of channels that I flip up and down on. Alone of course, as the girls take over when home, and get to netflix and hulu. But when I have control, its these 4 that I leave on in the background. Powernation is at the top right now - Old MuscleCar episodes. V8 Engine build stuff - like the competition between the 2 351s that Ford produced, the Windsor and the Cleveland. I know these names, but I don't know the differences. And I am blown away how available they are in a junkyard. What machines shops do these days, how they do it, and what has progressed over time in these powerplant offerings. One of the great things about these channels is they are available on the web. Even Go look at that site, and search pilgrimage. These shows help me dust off my engineering brain, sparking what if on the school car. Little things - like spark plug indexing. marking your spark plug where the open end of the gap is so you can shim it with washers from oreillys to aim the gap at the valves when tightened down. little things.

                            the throwback. the fuel filler episode
                            I'll try to remember the stuff from my old blog, now long lost. I'll remember a few, hopefully add a few that I never got to before. This one is about putting gas in the 72 car.

                            Dad and I, on what seems like a saturday morning, putting gas in the car. top was down, so it must have been summer. we pull up, park, shut the car down, and while Im sure we have filled up before, this one stands out as a sharp memory of stuff to be careful not to do. Now, its hard enough to get the hose in the filler without spilling gas on the back deck. everyone goes through that routine of how to avoid that, and how to quickly clean it if a drop does hit the paint. but this was about 2 guys, trying to work together, and not doing a good job. I remember putting the hose in the filler. And for some reason, I remember my dad reaching in the drivers side to turn the ignition to on - I assume to see the fuel gauge and where the tank was. Well, he bumped the starter, and the slow motion after that was this car, bucking, in 1st gear, as we both scramble in shock to stop this out of control car. I don't remember it actually stopping - I do remember it didn't hit anything or actually get started. I think dad got the key to shut it off, but I vaguely remember that hose popping out, and pulling against the filler top, twisting it. No paint damage, no gas anywhere - I remember the hose not having a stop hold, so I was standing there with my hand on the grip, so fuel stopped flowing once the car took off. The horror of that event makes me giggle today - I don't remember anyone laughing nearby at this intersection, but I have a feeling someone has told that story to their kids.

                            that’s enough for today - put this next installment off until the site was stable. I'll try to test with some pics on the next blog. I assume that will be functional moving forward.

                            Remember 2 things. Smile when you drive, and whenever possible, take a kid driving.


                            • #15
                              Yes, smile and take a kid driving.

                              81 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce, 81 Triumph TR8
                              73 Triumph TR6 CF4874UO, 68 Triumph TR250 CD5228LO
                              62 Triumph TR4 CT6716LO, 60 Triumph TR3A TS69891LO
                              60 Triumph TR3A TS64870LO, 59 Triumph TR3A TS44836LO


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