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    Several Triumph and Morgan sports cars and sundry saloons including Rover SD1, Saab 9000s, Audi A4. Latest acquisition one of the last made US TR6s from near Long Beach California. If only cars could talk! "Buy a big bright green pleasure machine." Simon & Garfunkel 1966

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  1. There are some great bargains. Thanks for this Conrad. Martin
  2. Matt thanks for that. If your lawn mower has twin Strombergs, no wonder its called a Suffolk Punch. Yours must be the fastest lawn mower in Somerset by a country mile. Martin
  3. Thanks for your comments Stan. That’s very reassuring. As well as packing spare diaphragms for our European trip, as an added precaution, I’ve now also fitted a stainless heat shield from Moss to lessen the likelihood of vapour lock reoccuring since UK motoring organisations report “Ethanol's higher volatility can contribute to 'vapour lock' issues in older vehicles when operating temperatures are higher”. Which they will be in July in Italy no doubt. Fingers crossed and thanks. Martin
  4. Graham Yours is one of the last TR6s made on the last day of production. FYI I came across this recent article in UK Classic Car Weekly about the oldest surviving TR6 up for sale. Number 15 off the line, made on the the first day of production, 19 September 1968. The UK owner imported it from Canada. Martin Oldest TR6.pdf
  5. Graham My guesstimate is that your car was built on Monday July 12th or Tuesday July 13th 1976. My US spec car was built on March 6th 1976, a Saturday, which suggests a 7 day working week and it was the 4226th last car! I doubt if the production line stopped for bank holidays so there are approximately 130 productive days between the March 6th and July 14th the last day of manufacture. The average output therefore was 32 cars per day in the last four months of production. The last car off the line was 58328 and since your car was 47th from last it suggests it was made a day and a half before the line closed on Wednesday July 14th if output rates continued at the same 32 cars per day to the very end. An easier way to be sure is to contact The British Motor Museum at Gaydon, Warwickshire and purchase a Heritage Certificate for your car which will list details such as build and despatch dates, engine and body numbers, colour scheme, and details of factory fitted equipment. https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk e: enquiries@britishmotormuseum.co.uk Martin
  6. Nigel, Paul Thank you for your encouraging comments. I didn’t think the fuel came into direct contact with the diaphragms. However during last year’s hot summer (certainly in the SW UK), the TR6 under bonnet temperatures were often very high, so much so that I experienced vapour lock several times and so wondered about the effect of ethanol fumes rather than liquid fuel. I now doubt the quality of the two diaphragms I originally fitted. I can’t recall the supplier except to say they weren’t from Burlen, so perhaps the quality wasn’t up to scratch. BTW the split diaphragms caused a drop of over 15HP at the wheels when the car was tested/tuned on a rolling road this week so I’ll definitely be taking spares to Europe this year. Martin
  7. The last pair of diapragms I fitted to my California spec car only lasted 2 years before splitting, over which period the car covered less than 10000 miles. It got me wondering about the quality of the rubber and the effect of modern fuels. The Triumph TR6 Repair Operation Manual (brown book) recommends the Carburettors are overhauled every 24000 miles to keep them in good order. But that advice was published in 1976 long before fuels containing ethanol became common place. Burlen Carburettors in Salisbury England, supply diaphragms made from Hydrin which is a high quality rubber but as ethanol levels in fuels are rising, how long do Stromberg diaphragms typically last now and so how frequently should they be replaced? For example, should I be thinking of routinely changing the diaphragms annually/after 5000 miles whichever is the sooner to mitigate the impact of modern fuels? What are other users experiences? I’m particularly looking to our friends in the USA for comments. Martin
  8. Hi Rob A bit of a trek (120 miles) but one option would be to contact Revingtons TR in Somerset. They supply a range of windsreens for TRs and fit them too. https://www.revingtontr.com/tr4/triumph-catalogue/an No connection, just a very happy customer who can vouch for their helpfulness and expertise. Martin
  9. Hi Bruce You’re probably right. Your January 73 TR6 was one of the first CRs and one of just 2246 CR cars made in 1973 according to Bill Piggot. Whereas BL made almost 13000 CF cars in 1973. You can imagine if the BL managers miscalculated stocks, even a box of 200 of the old style vitreous badges would keep the CR production line going until February 1973! Martin
  10. Alan, on page 163 of Bill Piggot’s book “Triumph” you will find the badging details by model year. The vitreous enamel TR6 medallion on the front grille of early TR6s (part number 717060) changed to a cheaper metal foil decal with the introduction of the CR/CF series cars. I believe RENAMEL was the name of the company based in London which made the early vitreous medallions but I stand to be corrected. It would appear all you have left is the aluminium backing. Moss have the vitreous enamel TR6 medallions listed (£216) https://www.moss-europe.co.uk/badge-plinth-assembly-enamel-badge-grille-717060.html but they are out of stock. The later foil badge and plinth assembly part number ZKC1224 is in stock and considerably cheaper (£71) https://www.moss-europe.co.uk/badge-plinth-assembly-foil-badge-grille-zkc1224.html Hope this helps. Martin
  11. I replaced my 42 year old US hood cover this year with an original quality cover (complete with reflective stripe and zip out rear window) – purchased from Rimmers UK. The quality was exactly the same as the original fitted to my car in 76. I then had the cover fitted to the original hood frame by Revingtons in Somerset who made a first class job. If you wanted to see the quality of fit and finish, I’m happy to meet up for a coffee and a chat somewhere between Hampshire and where I’m based in Dorset. Martin
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