Exhaust Notes

Newsletter of the St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

April 2000

April Meeting

The April meeting will be Tuesday evening at 7:00, April 18th, 2000 at McNulty’s at WestPort Plaza.

May & June Meeting

June meeting will be our picnic meeting at Love Park. Where will we be in May? Who knows?

Newsletter Editor

Since your temporary editor does not have time to collect and publish everything that should be included, check with Arlie King (636) 677-0545 for details of any activities not fully covered in the newsletter. Don’t forget our SLTOA web site at: http://www.umsl.edu/~itcbborg/sltoa.htm

Brake Technical Session

We talked about having a Brake rebuild session at Carriage Muffler in Washington, MO on Saturday, May 13, 2000. But Mark Trebacz will be out of town that weekend. The following two weekends are shows at Columbia and Champagne. So at our April meeting we will decide what day to reschedule this event. The new date will be announced in the May newsletter. Technical hint 1: When a rear brake drum is rust frozen to the hub, use a wide screwdriver and pry between the brake plate and the drum to give the drum some outward pressure. Then take a hammer and strike the center face of the drum right next to the hub and between the wheel studs. Repeat this process several times around the drum until it releases. Technical hint 2: Use Casterol LMA GT brake fluid. Other fluids can cause your Gerling rubber seals to fail prematurely. The previous two hints are from TR6 experience. (Creig 636-305-1143)

Fifth Annual Missouri Endurance Rally 24-Hour Challenge, By: Creig Houghtaling

The MG car club sponsored a 1000-mile rally on March 18th and 19th, 2000. The weather was cold and raining and less than ideal, but the challenge was met and completed by five brave teams. As far as the writer knows SLTOA had no Triumph representation. Perhaps by next year we can change that. I for one would love to drive the rally. But I think it would be more fun to make it a team effort. I would like to have one person to co-drive with me in my car. Or I will co-drive with some one else in his car. If I drive my car, I would like to have someone who would be willing to rescue me if my car had mechanical trouble and was not able to finish. And lastly, it would be really fun if there were several people to cheer on one or more competing Triumph teams. Wouldn't it be fun to have a Triumph live up to its name?

Easter Car Show, April 23, 2000

Several Triumphs will be showing at the Horseless Carriage show in Forest Park. If you would like to show with the club, contact Mel Parentin at: (314) 961-8567.

Some Online Places to Buy and Sell Triumphs and Triumph parts

For those of you with access to the internet, you can find almost anything you want relating to Triumphs. Here are a few: The primary place to start is the Vintage Triumph Register home site at www.vtr.org. There you will find many references to suppliers, good technical information, connections to the various mailing lists, and a free classified section where you can buy or sell. You can follow links from VTR and surf for hours and hours on many Triumph related sites. The second biggest online place to buy and sell is Ebay at www.ebay.com. If you search Triumph you will find many hundreds of Triumph cars and parts for sale. And now there is a totally Triumph auction site that is totally free. http://www.ohms.com/cgi-bin/TRauction.cgi Check them out. You might find something you need. Or you might decide to sell something.


The St. Louis Rally Club has invited SLTOA to join them in their many rallys that they organize through out the year. If there is someone who would like to be the focal point for communications between them and us, please contact me, Creig Houghtaling, and I will provide you the information. (636) 305-1143 CreigKay@aol.com (This note was in last month's newsletter and the subject was brought up at last month's meeting. If no one has any interest, we will decline SLRC's generous offer.)

12th annual Heartland British Autofest, August 19 - 20

Old Town Davenport Iowa on the banks of the Mississippi, Phone (309) 797 2043 or (309) 764 9513

E-Mail egeshome@netscape.net or nsswanson@aol.com

Champagne British Car Festival, Champagne-Urbana, IL, May 26th-28th, 2000

Contact Gary Brown, (309) 663-5372, garysmgb@aol.com, 339 Riley Dr. #C2, Bloomington, IL 61701. Flyers will be available at the March SLTOA meeting.

Triumph Spitfire Stolen

Ron Leggett (314) 353-6345, had his Inka Yellow 77 Spitfire with wire wheels stolen March, 2000 in the St. Louis Missouri area. Please keep your eyes out for this car (likely to be in the St. Louis area) and watch for parts that may come up for sale. The car was in very good condition prior to being stolen.

Please call Ron if you happen to see anything. (314) 353-6345


For Sale Ford Taurus Wagon 1992: Cranberry Color – Power seats – new Jasper V-6 Engine with 31,000 miles – new trans complete w/11,000 – new tie rod ends and power steering – trans cooler and frame hitch – never towed with this machine – almost new tires. Beautiful car – no damage OD trans – great stereo – super family car – Asking $4950 – No reasonable offer will be refused. We’ll talk. Bob Thomasson 567-7746 in Creve Coeur

For Sale 63 TR4, BRG, project car. Call Rocky (314) 966-6402 (Editor's note: This may be better than your average collection-of-parts project. The MG newsletter classified listing advertised this car as being very low original mileage.)

For Sale 1977 Triumph TR7, Tip Top Mechanical Shape, All Receipts, Authentic New Parts over past five years. July '99 New Radiator, hoses, belts. Prior work includes, carburetors, new electrical, bushings, control arms, ball joints, struts and shocks, new front tires. Runs and rides great, looks sharp, white with sunroof, 5-speed, A/C recharged in 1999. I have over $5,500 in this car, will entertain offers, minimum bid: $3,750. Just passed state inspection. Has 108,000 original miles. Original red plaid interior. (314) 772-1306 eve and weekends.

SLTOA 2000 Membership

Enclosed with this newsletter is the 2000 roster for the St. Louis Triumph Owners Association. If you know of someone who is not currently on the roster as a member, have them send $20 dues to Bonnie David at: 500 Marie Dr., St. Charles, MO 63301-0500. If you would like to add any information, or if there are any typos or incorrect information or if someone has paid and should be on the list as a current member call Bonnie at, (636) 949-0825. She will make sure corrections are made.

St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

Creig Houghtaling

36 Copper Mountain Court

Fenton, MO 63026-5682