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KiwiTR6 last won the day on December 8 2018

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  • Birthday 02/04/1957

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    Stratford, New Zealand
  • Cars Owned:
    1973 TR6 in Pimento Red
    1992 Nissan GTIR with Mivec V6 and RWD
    2010 Toyota TRD Auris (Corolla - for the wife).
    2005 Toyota Corolla (for the daughter). Reliable as hell (gotta love Toyotas!).
    2017 Isuzu D-max (work vehicle).
    1972 Kawasaki W1. Still on the market.

    1964 Ford Thunderbird. Took up far too much room in my shed.
    2001 Alfa 156 V6. Absolutely delightful but my wife made me sell it.

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  1. Hi Mike. Thanks for the tip on the head bolts - wish I'd checked them before I replaced the rocker cover gasket! It's coming off again though.... I have the pump off now and its a no-name item which has failed after around 7,000km. I'll pull it apart as I have nothing to lose but will probably replace it with a Moss or similar item, depending on advice to come. Plugs are interesting and I'm more than happy with the BUR6ET's which have been a little contraversial on this forum. What pleases me most is that all 6 are the same colour which I put down to removing the rocker cover breather hose from the intake plenum and simply terminating it with a small pleated filter.
  2. Hi all. I've been absent from the forum for a while due to more pressing needs than those of my TR. However I went for a decent drive yesterday (started out fine but the last half was in the rain with a currently inoperative roof) and the car performed brilliantly - my confidence in her is growing rapidly. The two immediate issues that need to be addressed after this jaunt are the roof (sheduled for repair in two weeks time) and the alternator (recently rebuilt but not enough output with Bosch pump, headlights and wipers all operating together). I've just had a good look over her this morning and find that the oil leak that I've been chasing for a while now isn't getting any better and that I also have a leak from the rear of the waterpump that needs attendention. While I was at it, I pulled the plugs and found all to be in good order (in my view anyway) and pretty much indentical (1-6 from the LH side in the pic). My questions today are: (a) The oil leak appears to be coming from the head gasket area as it's clean above that level as it is around the rocker cover gasket (which I originally thought was the culprit and recently replaced). Any thoughts - could I be correct re the head gasket? (b) Coolant is clearly coming from the waterpump shaft area. After all of the issues I've had with the brakes on this car I have little faith in the so-called 'professionals' so I want to either rebuild it myself or source a well-made replacement. Again, any suggestions re sourcing parts and rebuild procedure? It's a beautiful spring day today here down under, we're all looking forward to a cracking summer! Kind regards.
  3. More than likely Alf. With the demands of my business and the need to complete my house that I started building 30+ years ago, there's not going to be much spare time to work on the TR in the foreseeable future ☹️
  4. Yes, those are the ones Stuart. Gavin
  5. Alf, that long - crikey! Well, I'm sorry to report that I'm no further advanced having been directed to commence construction of a new deck for the house leaving little time for fettling the TR which at this stage is in more urgent need of a rebuilt alternator than a set of mirrors. I currently have three sets to hand, the latest purchase being a set of convex MH3C items from URO Parts. These are the most likely to be retained, although when I'll actually be able to bring myself to fit them (i.e. drill holes in the doors) is still an unknown. Worth a look, they're nicely made and quite compact. Gavin
  6. KiwiTR6

    Tyres once again

    Hi Alan. The immediate improvements I noted after changing from the original 195 Michelins (a modern 'eco' pattern) to the 165 K715s were (a) a noticeably smoother ride and (b) greatly reduced (now virtually none at all) road noise. The car is so much more pleasant to drive as I confirmed again last night. Gavin
  7. KiwiTR6

    Tyres once again

    I'm now running Hankook K715 Optimo in the 65/80 R15 size. They retail here in NZ for around 70 UK pounds.
  8. KiwiTR6

    Tyres once again

    Just done the same and very happy with the 'look' and performance of the car. Won't be going back to 195's again. Gavin
  9. Slotted TRW discs, Mintex 1144 pads, Groodridge braided hoses, Morgan rear cylinders, DOT5 silicon fluid and an Audi vacuum pump running -13psi to the servo has produced a phenominal improvement in the braking performance of my car. I'm also a 'tweaker' :) Gavin
  10. Hi all. Started the TR in the shed today to circulate oil, exercise clutch etc, and noticed that the oil pressure warning light (which has always been disappointingly pale when activated compared to the ignition light) illuminates partially when the headlights are on and the instrument light dimmer is turned from off to on. That is, when the engine is stationary the light goes from pale to a little brighter, and when its running the light changes from off to a very pale (but noticable) glow. I suspect voltage is backfeeding from somewhere. Any suggestions as to what might be going on? Regards.
  11. I wouldn't Pete, I have a friend who converted his 57 Chev and the operating temperature immediately increased substantially. He removed it and went back to normal coolant and then found he couldn't give the stuff away so ended up dumping it. A very expensive lesson learned!
  12. Hi Ian. My car had a twin pipe stainless system with a stainless twin outlet muffler and the original cast iron manifold. I replaced the manifold with a set of 6 into 1 mild steel extractors maded by Pacesetter in the US (needed a little massaging to clear the RH steering shaft) after the stainless set I ordered from Rimmers didn't fit. I then made up my own 2.25"single pipe system with a generic 3-chamber muffler and single outlet. The difference in performance is amazing and the sound is nice but not exceedingly loud. From what I can see, the standard style muffler (or my stainless version of it) is very restrictive due to its design. The car previously felt that way, but now it pulls really strongly from idle through to the redline. I certainly wouldn't consider changing back, the motor is now a delight. Gavin
  13. KiwiTR6

    Choke cable

    Gareth, I wasn't happy with the poor quality of the knob on the repro cable I purchased maybe 12 months ago, in fact, it pulled free of the shaft on first use. The one it replaced was possibly the original style cable with a much nicer removable knob, so I simply cleaned all surfaces with degreaser, roughened with grit paper and glued it onto the shaft with JB Weld. It's held fast ever since! Gavin
  14. Hi Gareth. I'm really happy with the stance of the car now such that I may just leave the springs alone. Bear in mind of course, that my lad in the driver's seat is a fairly solid boy! This is an image of the car not long after I purchased her with the 195's so she has the standard dampers as oppososed to the gas tube dampers she's now fitted with. If you look closely you'll also notice the windscreen leaning back a little from standard - this has since been corrected.
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