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    Well, I hate to be an idiot, but I'm stumped. BTW, I'm new to 6-pack and am getting so much great information here! I owned a 1969 TR6 many years ago and just bought a 1976 TR6 with only 37,000 miles on it. I'm working on it and came across a device attached to the speedometer cable that I don't remember being on my '69 model. Is it an oil change reminder? Evaporative canister replacement meter? I will attempt to attach a photo taken from the firewall looking forward. It is a small white box (2x3x1 inches) marked Smiths with rolling numbers marked "percent life used." This device is adjacent to the master cylinders. Thanks for your help.

    Ron in Tennessee
    '76 TR6 Pimento/black
    What is it?
    1976 Pimento/black
    VTO alloy "Minilites"
    Dolly Parton's removed

  • #2
    https://www.sportsandclassics.com/pa...tfire-ukc4260/
    SR
    73 TR6. HT/AC/OD
    86 930
    91 535i

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    • #3
      Supposed to serve as a reminder to disassemble and clean the EGR valve (and pipe) at 12,000 mile intervals
      Driving a 1973 TR6
      Doing ZS carb repairs
      email kencorsaw"at"aol.com

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      • #4
        Thank you, Uber XY! Service Interval Counter...I don't see a reset button. And it's not in the Owner's manual. I'm thinking about bypassing it with a longer speedo cable just to clean up the firewall. Any suggestions?
        Ron
        1976 Pimento/black
        VTO alloy "Minilites"
        Dolly Parton's removed

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        • #5
          It's pretty Period cool. I'd clean it up and leave it.
          If you want a TR without it, buy an older 6.

          BTW, welcome to 6-Pack. The best website forum for TR6/250. You can become a member and help support the site, it is well worth it.

          (Oh, I see that you have become a member- send a PM to ralittle2 by clicking on his avatar- tell him that your Member is not showing on your posts.)
          Last edited by SapphireBlue72; 12-09-2018, 10:55 AM.
          Walt
          CC80954U '72 TR6 original condition/sold 16.500.
          poolboy rebuilt the Z-S Carbs. Philstr6 rebuilt both rear hubs.

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          • #6
            With all due respect to Walt, I found my '76 TR6 speedometer jumpy and unstable, and replaced the two-piece cable with a longer (earlier year) cable. Smoothed out the speedometer. Then I removed the counter completely. Not original, I agree; but just one more patch the engineers had to do to meet US emissions requirements.
            1976 TR-6 BRG - CF57239U
            Carbs by Poolboy
            Rear Camber Kit, Rear Hubs by Goodparts
            Gear Reduction Starter by TSI
            Distributor by British Vacuum

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            • #7
              It’s a service counter, most people take it out and buy the earlier model longer cable and go direct.
              I72 Pimento w/overdrive

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              • #8
                Alright, alright... but don't lose it, keep it in the glovebox or boot (trunk), it is bound to become more valuable as years pass. One of those unobtainium items.
                Last edited by SapphireBlue72; 12-09-2018, 02:50 PM.
                Walt
                CC80954U '72 TR6 original condition/sold 16.500.
                poolboy rebuilt the Z-S Carbs. Philstr6 rebuilt both rear hubs.

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                • #9
                  Thanks, everyone. Yes, I joined 6-pack and it has been VERY helpful. I just took off the old wheels and tires (Michelin X redlines, no date stamp (maybe original), steel wheels with silver hub dishes and chrome beauty rings) and replaced them with VTO Minilites (from Victoria British) mounted up with Yokahama Ascend 205/70/R15s). Can't run them yet because I'm doing a total brake rebuild (new servo, New MC, new calipers and rear cylinders, new linings all around and rebuild of the PDWA). Gonna a be a while before I can run it, but the weather is dreary anyway.

                  Ron in Tennessee
                  '76 Pimento/black
                  1976 Pimento/black
                  VTO alloy "Minilites"
                  Dolly Parton's removed

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                  • #10
                    Welcome to 6-Pack Ocular.
                    1972 Sapphire TR6 #CC84,something

                    1959 Red TR3 (Wife's)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Ocularsharp View Post
                      I don't see a reset button. And it's not in the Owner's manual.
                      There's a key for resetting the thing if you decide to keep it. TRF sells them, or you can fabricate one your self.
                      CF1634U+O Pimento/Chestnut
                      2nd owner, since 1975
                      Now in Fair Oaks, CA

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                    • #12
                      Dear Poolboy,
                      Your posts about electrical issues have been very helpful to me. The PO has done some malicious things to the wiring and I'm trying to sort it out. For example, the large brown wire (8 gauge?) that comes out of the inline terminal block (4 inches from the positive battery terminal) had been cut, then twisted back together and wrapped in electrical tape. Not soldered, no butt connector, to heat shrink tubing, nada. At any rate the AAW wiring diagrams that you recommended are excellent and I plan on having a large color print made of the 1976 version. I'm hoping you wouldn't mind explain some of the termination symbols used in that diagram. There is a solid black circle which I am used to seeing for a connecting point. Then there are open circles with large opening, open circles with small opening, split circles (half white half black) and 4-way split circles alternating black and white sectors. Can you help me understand these? Thank you so much!
                      Ocularsharp
                      1976 Pimento/black
                      VTO alloy "Minilites"
                      Dolly Parton's removed

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                      • #13
                        You're going to want this book.
                        https://mossmotors.com/triumph-tr6-2...nance-handbook
                        It's pretty much a "must have". Within it you'll find over 180 pages devoted exclusively to year specific TR6 and TR250 electrical systems and components, including this page:
                        Driving a 1973 TR6
                        Doing ZS carb repairs
                        email kencorsaw"at"aol.com

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                        • #14
                          Regarding: Dan Masters Electrical Maintenance Handbook for TR6/250.

                          I was a complete & total idiot with electrical problems.
                          I was terrified of the electrics, so I bought this book on recommendations here.
                          When it came in the mail, I started reading it, and thought "this is overwhelming".

                          Then, I started to address various problems: horn, turn signals, running lights out... these issues were corralled in separate chapters, so I took it a chapter at a time. Doesn't matter where you start- the chapters are independent entities.
                          I read, and followed the trouble-shooting flow-charts.
                          You can read the directions and follow the written words- the trouble-shooting flow-charts are a 2nd type of approach, take your choice- words or charts.
                          I was amazed, as problem after problem was traced down and repaired- by following Dan's directions.

                          A simple tool to help is a 12 volt light bulb with a positive & ground alligator clips- so you can tell when you have power, or not.

                          It is a great book and will save you Hundreds of Dollars that you would otherwise have to pay a Tech to problem solve, and it gives you confidence with the electrical system.
                          Highly recommended.
                          Last edited by SapphireBlue72; 12-12-2018, 08:41 AM.
                          Walt
                          CC80954U '72 TR6 original condition/sold 16.500.
                          poolboy rebuilt the Z-S Carbs. Philstr6 rebuilt both rear hubs.

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                          • #15
                            It's on order, thanks to your recommendation. Holiday reading! Thanks so much,
                            Ocularsharp.
                            1976 Pimento/black
                            VTO alloy "Minilites"
                            Dolly Parton's removed

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