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    Was watching the latest show where Mike buys a "Cileeka" and reminded my of how I got here.
    In 1972, I bought a brand new Toyota Corona, metallic blue with a white vinyl top. Looked like a mini Chevy Malibu.
    It had the same lump, the 18R-C, that the Celica had. In the 3 years I had it, I had to do 3 valve jobs. I've only done 3 valve jobs on the TR in 44 years!
    So I was not surprised to see Ant do compression and leak down tests on the motor because of lack of power.
    Long story short, I was out shopping for waterbeds with my GF of the time, stopped by the British Leyland dealership we happened to pass by, and on a whim, traded the Toyota for the TR!
    CF1634U+O Pimento/Chestnut
    2nd owner, since 1975
    Now in Fair Oaks, CA

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    I bet that was some night, buddy !
    Driving a 1973 TR6
    Doing ZS carb repairs
    email kencorsaw"at"aol.com

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    • #3
      Saw a nice one at a car show earlier this year Bruce...around the 36:50 mark if your interested.

      https://youtu.be/hwArzoPU-1I

      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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      • #4
        I bought a new Capri in 1972, V6 and a 4 speed. I sold it in 74 to buy my TR6. And, to go full circle, I have a Celica W58 in the TR6. Back in the day, we used to refer to Celicas as SillyCars.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by poolboy View Post
          I bet that was some night, buddy !
          The next day, when I drove it to work for the first time, a co-worker commented "Hey, if I'd known you wanted a sportscar, I would have sold you my Jensen Healey!"
          The Jenson was nice, in JPS livery, but I'm not sure I would still have it to this day, like I do the TR.

          CF1634U+O Pimento/Chestnut
          2nd owner, since 1975
          Now in Fair Oaks, CA

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