Save for the late-evening, zero-wind-chill dash with the blue â€™80 TR7 about three weeks ago, I hadnâ€™t driven the car much.Â I corrected that oversight today, primarily due to the incredibly nice temperature and despite the fact that our beautiful springish day disappeared into the clag.Â Â The Wedge compared to the â€™74 TR6?Â Several observations:
1) What with the TR6â€²s tall, 15-inch wheels, steering effort is always low.Â The TR7, on the other hand, will obviously contribute to improved upper body strength and probably larger arm and shoulder muscles within a few months.Â Naaah, Iâ€™m not bemoaning the lack of power steering, just sayinâ€™.
2) Compared to the melodious, classic sound of a Triumph inline six, the TR7â€²s four isÂ a thrasher and somewhat industrial-sounding.Â Iâ€™m considering changing the carâ€™s nickname from â€œBlue Doorstopâ€ to something more appropriate like â€œFergusonâ€ (â€œFergie?â€) or â€œMinneapolis-Moline.â€
3) With the TR6, you sit legs out and arms in, ie, classic British.Â With the Wedge, itâ€™s legs in (Iâ€™m 6â€™1â€³) and arms in, which again reminds me of several Fiats Iâ€™ve known and owned.Â Not a bad thing necessarily, just something to adjust to.
4) On the plus side, the Wedge has a lot more interior room and a proper dead pedal, both highly appreciated.
5) Finally, once you adjust to the different sound, ergonomics and handling, the TR7 is actually quite FUN.Â Â I think itâ€™s going to be a major hoot as I gain more experience with the vehicle.
Ohmygawsh, am I becoming a Wedge convert?Â Perhaps I should schedule a session with Doctors Lamberg, Lowe and Madsen to see if thereâ€™s any treatment available for this conditionâ€¦