Well, after some car-related gallivanting around the country (more later), we’ve returned to our primary avocation, i.e. wrenching. This TR6 is in the glorious “put Humpty together again” phase, which always seems to take longer than you thought it would. It’s also the cleanest phase, which is why it’s my favorite. Dean is handling this resurrection. Dean knows his Triumphs, you see.
Clean parts are fun to look at…
So, I’m over at the shop the other day and there’s an Alfa there. I was glad because I have a secret desire that Chip will branch out into the Italian car world. Checking to see why it was here, I learned that the speedometer, odometer, and oil pressure gauge don’t work. I knew right then that this car would get along well here. I’m sure Chip or Dean will have the proper wiring re-connected in a jiffy and this Alfa can get back to hitting the road. Drive those cars, folks. It’s good for them.
The differential in this Stag is worn out. So, we’re going to install a Nissan/Datsun R200 differential in it, which will get us a positive-traction rear in the Stag. Nice, eh?
Mocking up things on the bench:
This 3 came in for basic “drive-ability” problems. The famous Schlemmer distributor treatment, among other things, got it pointed in the right direction. It’s almost ready to hit the road. Even years later, they still look good.
Engine is rebuilt and back in the bay. Looks easy, right? Dean can do these with his eyes closed, but doesn’t.
This is a no-start, no-stop situation. She needs a carb rebuild, fuel system attention, and brake work. Only fat-free, organic fluids were used on this Rover.
It runs! The VG30 is in and runs as smooth as silk. Sounds good, too.
Looks like it belongs.
Chip custom-fabbed this exhaust. I didn’t know he was a pipe-bender. Wonder what other secrets he’s keeping?
The battery is underneath the back of the car.
A long view underneath this hot rod.
I forget that Chip would know what a scan tool is, or that he’s worked on fuel injection, or that he spent years as a regular dealership mechanic. I’m reminded when something like this Audi 80 shows up at the shop and I find out it’s not someone visiting, that’s it’s a car in for service. So, Chip did some steering work and an alignment on this beauty. I double checked to make sure it didn’t have a Triumph six under the hood, but, nope, it’s just a regular old car, good for regular ol’ driving around.
We’re tending to a few things on this Austin Healey. The owner wants us to check on the brakes, some oil leaks, and see what else we see. Old cars, even restored old cars, demand much more attention than modern cars.
It fits, and it looks like it was born there. This is a great looking enjoy bay.