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    Click image for larger version  Name:	DSCF1216 (2).JPG Views:	1 Size:	370.1 KB ID:	514701Click image for larger version  Name:	DSCF1194 (2).JPG Views:	1 Size:	303.8 KB ID:	514706 After a long slumber, Sapphire was restored, registered, insured & purring. Went for a 3 hour drive. Started out with just a drive to the car wash, I wanted to clean the front suspension. Click image for larger version  Name:	DSCF1215 (2).JPG Views:	1 Size:	345.1 KB ID:	514700

    Then, I thought it would be a real shame to run out of petrol. As soon as I pulled in to get gas, a skin-headed youth, fully colored with tattoo's, came running towards Sapphire. "What is it!? What is it!?" he blurted out. I told him. "I've only seen them in video games" he said.
    "Lemme see the engine". "Well, I've got to get some gas... but okay" & I popped the bonnet. "WOW!" Click image for larger version  Name:	DSCF1177 (3).JPG Views:	1 Size:	350.8 KB ID:	514702
    After all that, I drove to take some photos. It started raining. It's been raining for 5 days. Now it was raining on Sapphire. No big deal, wipers work, got plenty of wax on top.
    Some driver in a new style Miata (MX5) speed up behind me and start honking & waving. I waved back.
    Click image for larger version  Name:	DSCF1166 (6).JPG Views:	1 Size:	420.7 KB ID:	514703I was a little concerned about losing the exhaust system. It was wired with 3 wire clothes hangers in the correct places, with 3 twists each; and clamped where the down pipe meats the front pipes. It held up, so I decided I'd burn off a little more oil that had seeped out the back of the engine in the past years of inactivity. And, the high-temp paint on the exhaust system was heating up, wanted to get rid of that smell.
    So, I kept driving. The steering wheel is so odd, takes a lot of turns to make a corner. That engine sounds so fine.
    The carbs had been returned from the illustrious Zen Master almost two years ago. When I checked the dash pots, they hadn't leaked! And, the engine had started as soon as gas had reached the front burners. And--- it purred, no adjustment required. That was a relief. Makes me happy. (Thanks, pb)
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    The sun started to break through- after 5 days! So, I kept driving, this is just like old times. What a cool vintage car. It is truly Vintage- it feels old, it drives like an old car, it IS a very old car. But...Fun.
    The horn, the temp gauge, the turn signals, hazard flasher don't work. Headlights, running lights, brake lights, back-up lights, wipers do work. The clunk is gone.
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    Last edited by SapphireBlue72; 09-12-2018, 07:22 PM.
    Walt
    CC80954U '72 TR6 original condition.
    poolboy rebuilt the Z-S Carbs. Philstr6 rebuilt both rear hubs.

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    That makes me happy, too, Walt and thanks for mentioning the carbs !
    I hadn't realized your Sapphire had been laid up for so long....congratulations and I hope you really enjoy the fruits of your labor.
    Driving a 1973 TR6
    Doing ZS carb repairs
    email kencorsaw"at"aol.com

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    • #3
      Yey! Congratulations.
      72 Pimento w/overdrive

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      • #4
        The story made me smile. Good stuff the way Sapphire reeled you in to go just a ' little' further....
        '74 TR6 CF13007U aka "Mr. T"
        Custom Blue (Delft-Like) and New Tan (Formerly Mallard and New Tan)
        Points, Ballast Bypassed, Bosch Blue Coil, Moss Cobalt Wires, Champion RN12YC plugs.
        Peaks and tweaks, but the spirit of Original
        Redlines always.
        My wife is the Driver, I'm just the Mechanic....

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        • #5
          Great to hear Walt! Thanks for sharing.

          Cheers
          Tush
          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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          • #6
            Nicely done and nicely put Walt!
            1961 TR4 1966 TR4A
            1968 TR250 1975 TR6

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            • #7
              nice job Walt,enjoy the ride
              Phil

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              • #8
                Great story and I know a great feeling! Congratulations!
                CF28612UO - Pimento/Chestnut/Overdrive/Hardtop
                Folsom, CA - Yeah, near the prison!

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                • #9
                  Sounds like fun and you enjoyed the ride! Great stuff.

                  Squid

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                  • #10
                    Yeah your story made me feel like the first drive after a long winter’s TR nap! Hearty congrats!

                    When I’m swamped with work in summertime, I always feel guilty about not driving my 74 enough. Life gets in the way of life...
                    1974 TR-6 Logic Overdrive

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for all the comments, TR friends.
                      I want to mention that the Rear Hubs that Phil rebuilt with Churchill Tooling, using Timken bearings, seals, crush sleeve, key way, surface spacers, tub washer and had magnafluxed for flange & spline irregularities, then set pre-load--
                      they are quiet & smooth.
                      His work is a great service that he performs for a low cost, a fraction of what new hubs cost, making it affordable for us to drive safely. Thank you, Phil.
                      Walt
                      CC80954U '72 TR6 original condition.
                      poolboy rebuilt the Z-S Carbs. Philstr6 rebuilt both rear hubs.

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                      • #12
                        Walt
                        thanks for the comments,should be end play not pre-load When,I wrote my article and said I pre-load I was wrong to say. that.My friend Ron has redesigned the crush sleave and soon I will be doing hubs with a pre-load on them.I have a set of hubs on a car,waiting to see the results and see how the hubs react t with a pre-load,so for Know its end-play
                        Thanks Walt
                        Last edited by Philstr6; 09-14-2018, 10:01 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Wow -

                          I guess we should expect to see less of you on this forum now that you're driving your dream .

                          Tom

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                          • #14
                            Tom, I find this forum like an addiction, but not a bad one. It is a good substitute for a somewhat lacking social life.
                            I am now learning from Dan Masters and the Bentley manual- the electrical system- this has always been the unknown realm- and applying it to non-functioning systems of Sapphire.
                            I am encouraged by the knowledge from reading years of responses in the Electrical forum.
                            I'm diving in to the mystery. More to come...
                            Walt
                            CC80954U '72 TR6 original condition.
                            poolboy rebuilt the Z-S Carbs. Philstr6 rebuilt both rear hubs.

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                            • #15
                              Pretty cool story....Enjoy!..... Try to fix that muffler....I'm afraid you're going to loose it....
                              Triumph TR6 - 1974 - Mimosa, O/D, black interior.

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                              • SapphireBlue72
                                SapphireBlue72 commented
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                                Thanks, Robert. Sapphire's got an appointment on 9/17 to get exhaust mounted properly. Just needs a torch to heat the pipes going into the downpipe.

                            1st outing in 4 years w/ Sapphire

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