Exhaust Notes

Newsletter of the St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

www.SLTOA.org                                              September 2002


September Meeting, Chuck-A-Burger, Tuesday September 17th, 2002, 7:00 PM


President’s Corner, By Richard Etz


Thanks to the membership and especially to Jason for covering for me these last two meetings while I was at the VTR National and then on vacation.  Reports I've received indicate that the meetings were well attended and that important topics were covered.  I had no doubt that things would go well, as the membership really is great in taking on responsibility for organizing our activities.

Our October meeting draws near, and we were not overly pleased with Joe Hanon's as our indoor venue.  In our last meeting, a place named Danny O'Toole's was suggested as an alternative.  Danny O'Toole's is in McNulty's old spot at Westport.  I'll contact the manager, Mishbah Jamal, concerning the authenticity of the Irish experience.  Those with other suggestions please bring them to the September meeting.  Also, it seems that a Friday or Saturday date for our Christmas party is most important.  Bevo Mill was outstanding last year, but week-ends were booked.  Next Tuesday is the soonest they can tell me about availability. I'll bring my findings to the next meeting.

Creig will be tutoring me on the scanning of VTR photos for the web-site. An unfortunate computer crash has temporarily rendered my system a mess!  I'll bring the photos to the meeting for those who can't wait to see them.  I'll also bring my twenty rolls of vacation photos for those interested!  Anice is quite a travel enthusiast, and I had one window of opportunity for a vacation of a decent length.  We went to San Francisco and had a great time.  The only Triumphs I saw were in the Haight Ashbury area, the epicenter of Hippiedom.  One was a TR6 parked on the street under a torn cover. Another was a TR4 parked in front of a Haight Street head-shop.  A homeless man was lying in front of the car and would have wanted money if I had taken a picture, so there is no documentation of this particular Triumph sighting.  There is no evidence to suggest that Triumph ownership and homelessness are related.  Anyway, San Francisco is a great place to visit.  Those willing to endure a lengthy description of our exploits in excruciating detail are encouraged to ask us about our trip!

Don't forget to volunteer to help at the British Car Show and at the Scottish Games.  Respectively, Joe and Dave will be heading these activities: we should pitch in!

I look forward to seeing our members at the upcoming meeting.

SLTOA Meeting Minutes – August 20th, 2002 – Chuck-A-Burger, Creig Houghtaling

The Allgood’s were not at our last meeting, so as far as I know, no one took notes to write the minutes.  So, here is my two-bit remembrance of what happened.  Jason Bucheck conducted the meeting in the absence of Richard Etz who was on vacation.  There were lots of Triumphs in attendance and a very good turnout of members too.  We have the British car show coming up the weekend of September 21st and 22nd.  Plans for vending are going well.  Please be prepared to help out on Sunday at Creve Coeur Park.

Upcoming “LBC Events”

September 21st & 22nd: British Car Days (MG Club) – Creve Coeur

Check on our web site for details and registration. //www.sltoa.org/events/2002/09/BCS2002c.gif

Gateway Healey sponsered Tri Healy Meet in Branson, MO.  Friday September 27 through Sunday the 29th.  At the Kimberling Inn.  Submitted by Ken Dahman

All British Cars are invited. They will fall into the Some Other British class (SOB).  8~)

Registration form and information can be found on the Gateway web site. http://geocities.com/hursts_2000/index.html
If you have questions call Steve Hurst at (314) 849-2879 or e-mail him at mailto:hursts92@earthlink.net

British Sports Car Club of Memphis 19th Annual Fest

HELLO:   Hope to see you and your British Car at our 19th Annual All British Sports Car and Cycle Fest...OCT. 4th-5th-6th-2002.  


VISIT OUR WEB SITE: www.memphisbritishcars.org get all the information and registration form, Join us for a Fun Rally, Door Prizes, Hospitality Supper, Tech Sessions, Vendors, Swap Meet, Concours Judging, Awards Banquet and Greeting and Meeting New and Old Friends...

Ya'll Come, Ya Hearrrrrr.....Zoom Zoom, Baroom,,,,
Sylvia Rose, Publicity BSCC of Memphis  --  email ( sharrisrose@aol.com)

OR CONTACT : JIM DUKE , CAR SHOW CHAIRMAN 3432 Northwood Dr. Memphis,TN 38111 Ph. home: 901-324-0909  work:  901-544-0407 email: jduke002@midsouth.rr.com  or  jimduke@noaa.gov

St. Louis Scottish Games All-British Car Show – Forest Park  --  October 11th & 12th

Announcing the Second Annual Scottish Games British Car Show

Like last year, the St. Louis Scottish Games and Cultural Festival will be hosting the Games and Cultural festival on Friday evening, October 11 and Saturday, October 12.  In addition to the usual Scottish games activities such as caber tossing, sheep dog trials, bag piping, highland dancing and folklore, there will be a British car show on Saturday.  This is a great family event with diverse attractions for the entire family, and you might win an award for your British car, too.  For more information check out the web site: http://www.sltoa.org/events/2002/10/Scots.htm

Please pass the word around to others who may be interested.

"Brits in the Ozarks" All-British Car & Cycle Show - October 12, 2002

We have started getting pre-registrations already and the scary thing is that they are almost all from someplace besides around here.  Combined with the verbal support we have received from many clubs and individuals we are becoming, simultaneously, excited, gratified, and frightened!

To help cut down on the fright aspect we are asking that anybody strongly considering coming please pre-register.  Since this is our first effort at this, pre-registrations are the only way for us to get some idea of the turnout to expect.  There is a small discount for pre-registration, if $5.00 counts as an incentive these days.  We would really appreciate if you would please encourage your interested members to pre-register.  We will, of course, happily accept anyone who, like most of us, doesn't make plans until the last minute and registers the day of the show.  Our registration forms can be printed off of the web site: http://www.geocities.com/britishironark

Thanks for the help.  We really are getting pretty pumped up about this.  We have some great sponsorship (cash and goods) lined up and feel like we can really raise some good $ for MDA and have fun in the process.  -  Bill Watkins

What’s Up, By Dave Massey  (Repeat from last month)

#1  Press release:

"On behalf of all Buckeye TRIUMPHS club members, I am honored to invite you to an "Ohio Homecoming"   The 2002 6-Pack TRials to be held in Granvill, Ohio, on September 26 - 29th.  We are planning a Grand Alumni Gathering for all 6-Pack members.  Many Seniors will remember the first TRials held in nearby Columbus, Ohio in 1982!  If you are a Freshman to TRials, then come prepared.  This quaint college town in central Ohio, home to Denison University, will rock to the thunder of your Triumphs and roll to the cheers of contestants representing teams from all 6-Pack Chapters.  Attend the Homecoming Reception, Pep Rally, Keg Party, Big Game and Homecoming Dinner.  Note: Lab Sessions and Field Trips will be required.

The Granville Inn and Buxton Inn will be your Home away from home.  The activities will be challanging and your rewards will be memorable – if you're there!

We want you and your team to join us for a great Homecoming - 2002 6-Pack TRials event.  See you there!

Bob Mains   President, Buckeye TRIUMPHS"

For more info:  http://www.buckeyetriumphs.org/2002Trials/index.htm

Phone: Murry Mercier, (614) 888 0838   BuckeyeTRIUMPHS@ameritech.net

#2  Indy British Motor Days, featuring Austin Healey will be Sept 20-22 it Monument Circle, located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.  This multiday car show and swap meet opens with a reception Friday evening, follows with tech session, rally/tour, banquet and pajama party on Saturday and a people's choice car show on Sunday.

For more information, contact Tom Beaver, 1580 E. 101st St. Indianapolis, IN 46280.  Or call Don Hayman at (317) 887 3867 - mgdr@quicknet.net.

October Race/Party,  By Andy Stark

Hi all news from the pits here. Actually it is news from the garage this month. We are busy getting Franks car ready for the SCCA Runoffs  Sept. 18th thru the 21st. This will be a week of racing heaven. We have to get there first though. Really there is not much to do on Franks car. It is really just a matter of cleaning off the grime and looking for possible things to break. We have to check everything over very carefully! We will be running his current engine during practices and then install a brand new race engine that is a monster compared to what he has now just before qualifying and the race. We have to shave a little weight off the car and fix some body damage also. Then hopefully we will be ready to go.   My car is going through some changes for the next local race that will be held in Oct. For one I have bought and installed new tires that will help quite bit in the turns. To handle these new tires I have had to upgrade my springs fron and rear and also add harder suspension bushings up front and higher quality shocks. I will reset the chamber and toe out front and rear and see how it does. I also have to flair the rear fenders. Something I am not looking forward to. I will also activate my overdrive for the next race so I don't run out of gear on the front straight like the last race.

As far as October is concerned. I would again like to invite all of you out for the weekend. This time it will be much cooler and we will be able to take laps on the track at lunch time with the club cars. I would like to make a bit of a party/ Triumph Octoberfest out of it. On Sat after racing is done we will bring out grills and beverages and have a dinner. I would like to make it a bit of a pot luck dinner besides the bratwurst. This could be a really good time if we get a good turn out. I could use some volunteers to help with the planning and set up. Please contact me at 636-978-9128.   The date of the event is Oct 26th.  Andy

Great Lakes Tour, By Charlie Key

Well the TR8 was running with the new intake and 500 cfm four barrel carb. I thought it a good idea to test the car before taking it on the rally so,  I took the car on a 150 mile run just for testing, it did fine. The predawn rally was coming up and we would be there; (this would be a good test of hard driving on back roads). It was four am and off we went into the darkness looking for answers to questions and up coming turns. This event was put on by the MG Club and is always a good rally. The early morning air felt good with the top down, the roads were great driving, no traffic, some of the clues were hard to spot but that’s the fun. The TR8 was running great, the car handles winding roads better than you think it could going thru tight turns like it is glued to the road. I found out later while driving a turbo Porsche 911 that the TR8 takes turns so much better, the Porsche lost some of it’s turning ability in fast tight turns while the TR8 just does them with no slippage. We tied for second place. I knew the TR8 was ready for the Lakes Rally.

We left on Wednesday afternoon, I picked up my teammate/co-driver, Renee, and off we went. The plan was to get to Michigan by 10:30 or 11:00 that night but Mother Nature had a surprise for us at Kankakee Il. when we got into some of the worst fog I had seen in a while.  Was this a sign of things to come? We stopped for the night. Early morning, back on the road, a beautiful day and we didn’t have to be there until that night, it was time for some sightseeing. What a great place to see some terrific sights, stopped at Mt Baldie, this is a very large sand dune on the shore of lake Michigan, we climbed to the top and were greeted by a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan. Just had to do it, went down the other side to the shore and waded in the water, then climb back to the top. Now for some simple un-expected fun, running down the side of a sand dune, it’s like jumping ten feet at a time and coming down into the soft sand up to your knees, what fun. Stopped at some very quaint lake shore towns and just took our time getting to Grand Rapids.

After checking into the hotel the party in the parking lot was on. Renewed old friendships and talked about the events of the next day. Then for some sleep. It was 8:00 am, the cars were in the ready, drivers still scraping the sleep out of our eyes and trying to get into the correct frame of mind for the event. We took off together for the odometer check, it was a twenty one mile treck to a golf course. The rally directions that were given us at the start of the odo run were than changed by removing several of the checkpoints. All was now even for the start. Renee and I looked over the maps, she was doing the navigation at this point and I don’t think either of us were awake when we turned the wrong way out of the parking lot but we caught it right away and corrected our route. We made it to the second checkpoint and had gotten there before the other competitors, were we doing it that good or did we get to the wrong place? That’s the type question you ask yourself when you’re ahead. It was some ten minutes later and another car came in. We were OK.

There were some nine checkpoints to make, most were in Michigan, and what a wonderful place for this rally. Making our way along the coast we stopped at Point Bensie lighthouse, there were four other cars there. An MGB was backing out of the dead end road, about a 3/4 mile back up job, remember you must keep the mileage down. The beach was sprinkled with morning sunbathers , swimmers, and beachcombers. We gathered the answers to the questions and backed downed the road a little way to save the miles. Continuing along the coast to Mackinaw, across the bridge into the U P. This was our problem area, coming off the bridge the road went two ways, we followed the sign for the route we wanted but we noticed the setting sun wasn’t in the right place, or could it be we weren’t going the right way? Oh No. Somewhere the road we thought we were on went west and we were going north, there were no signs on the road so we had to go to the next exit, 20 miles, this was going to destroy our chance to win. We got off and charted a route to recover, it was my turn to navigate, Renee had given up map reading for now. (This is not an easy job for navigator or driver) I laid out a route thru the national forest to get back on route, this error only cost us about 9 or 10 miles, not out yet. The roads thru the woods were unexpectedly in good condition, Renee drove them at 65 and 70 mph, she is a good driver only concern here was it was dusk and the deer and bears start moving at this time. The roads were gravel but a hard surface, they kept getting more narrow, weeds were brushing both sides of the car at the same time. Renee maintained 65 mph, it was exciting. Coming out of the forest  we were back on track, came into a small town and in the gas station was another car from St. Louis, Dennis had no front brake pads left and was cutting into the rotors in his MGA. We talked for a bit and gassed up. Off we went into the night, this area was a no brianer, follow the highway . Well, remember that fog on the way up, it was so thick you could not see the exits off the highway at all. We kept going and I noticed the lights were getting dimmer all the time, the battery was discharging, we had a problem. Moving down the edge of the road we found an exit, getting off the highway the fog lessoned and we saw a Mobile station. It was about 3 am, the battery was all but dead and you will never find a Lucas alternator at the local parts store.  The parts house may open at 7:30 but not to sure, I was told. So I removed the unit, took it apart and ran some checks, I found that the connectors were insulated with corrosion, took apart all connections and cleaned them, coated all with dielectric grease and assembled the unit. Back on the car, I used my jumper pack and started the engine, nothing happened right away but then it came to life, it was charging. Hooray! Back on the road in two hours. We came into a town, it was time for breakfast and coffee. Renee and I agreed we needed a place on the water with a view to enjoy, it would help. We found the place, on a harbor, sitting on a screened porch watching the sunrise, having excellent food like none other. This was what we needed. Back on the road to another checkpoint. then to the last checkpoint, Wriggly Field, bad timing for us, we arrived there just before a home game, had some problems with the crowd. Renee got out to retrieve the answers about Harry Carry at the field, I took over driving. Driving in traffic up there is no fun at all. Got out of south end of town and on the toll way back to Michigan. Did we have a chance now? We had no idea. Back up along the coast of the lake taking all the short cuts we could find. We had a lot of time before the deadline so we took every little mile saver we could find. Back into Grand Rapids some 35 hours later to the finish. We were the last to arrive but we learned at the awards we finished in eighth place. The TR8 was a great car to use in this rally and will no doubt see much more road time in rallies.   Charlie Key

Triumphant Fun, By Creig Houghtaling

The following story about “what I have been doing Triumph-related” will be a miscellaneous rambling, because I can’t figure out any logical order to write all that I have been involved in lately.

About three months ago I finished a major project on Craig Ingraham’s TR6.  This spring he and I tried to drive the Missouri Endurance Rally.  To make a long story short we were driving his car and we didn't make it.  The clutch throw-out bearing decided to seize up.  We could still drive, but every time we used the clutch we were chewing metal on the clutch tines.  So we managed to drive about 120 miles with only about a half dozen clutch uses.  So I had him leave his car at my house and I replaced the clutch, throw-out bearing, throw-out bearing carrier, clutch shaft, clutch fork, and clutch shaft to transmission housing bushings.  While I had everything apart I discovered that the fly-wheel ring gear was chewed in a few places. Replacing the ring gear was interesting.  I got the old one off by cutting a notch down close to the fly-wheel and then cutting it the rest of the way with a cold chisel.  The ring gear fits around the outside diameter of the fly-wheel and at the same temperature the ID of the ring gear is smaller than the OD of the fly wheel.  So to put it together the ring gear has to be hotter than the fly-wheel.  On my first attempt to put the two together I heated the ring gear to 400°F in an oven and cooled the fly wheel to 0°F in the freezer.  When I pulled the fly-wheel out of the freezer it immediately got covered with a thick layer of frost.  I had some welders gloves and pulled the ring gear out of the oven.  The gloves were thick and made it difficult to handle the gear precisely.  When I got close to the fly-wheel the frost started snapping and sizzling on the ring gear.  When I tried to put the gear on, it went on crooked and immediately seized in place.  I thought I might end up having to cut this one off and buy another new one.  But I took the old gear and placed it behind the new one for protection and started hitting it off with a hammer.  Surprisingly it came off.  The next time I kept the fly-wheel at room temperature and cranked my oven up to as high as it would go (550°F).  This time I got a hold of the ring-gear with a pair of vice grips.  This gave me much better control and placement.  This time it went in place easily and I even turned it a little to make sure it was in place and then it shrank into place.  It worked perfectly.     In the end after I got everything back together, the clutch never worked better.  I replaced everything because all the parts get worn and add up to difficult clutch operation.  Now it works like new.  So next year, we'll be able to do the drive without any difficulties.  (Maybe!)

Another thing I have been having a lot of fun with is Andy Stark and his racing GT6.  I have had the privilege to watch Andy build his GT6 into a genuine racecar.  As you have read from Andy’s writings, he has put a lot of time and effort into this car.  Several club members and myself were able to attend Andy’s GT6 debut race down at Gateway International last month.  Now I am beginning to learn what the term “Club Racing” means.  Andy and I have talked about what we might do so that he does not have to bear the expense alone.  It would be wonderful if he could find a sponsors who would pay money to have their name associated with his racing effort.  But how do you find people who would benefit from such an association and would be willing to pay to help sponsor his race effort?  I don’t know.  Is there anyone in the club who has any ideas?  If so, drop me a note or give me a ring:  oldtoys@brick.net or 636-305-1143.  In the mean time Andy does have some minor support from some SLTOA members.  Jack Fansher has been his largest supporter by helping build the car and prepare it for racing.  He also does a lot of work at the track.  A few other people have helped with parts that he has needed, so I have recently pitched in by donating a pair of TR6 axels.  Evidently there is a conversion that uses TR6 axels and 240Z hubs to replace the GT6 units.  The conversion should be lighter and more durable.  Less weight and better performance is the name of the game in racing.

While Andy was taking the TR6 axels apart I read some more about the TR6 hubs.  Ken Rankenberger wrote and article about how to make a tool to pull a TR6 hub to replace the rear wheel bearing.  It seems that the hub requires an extreme amount of pressure to be separated from the axel.  Triumph made a special tool for this job.  Ken tells how to fabricate a tool for the job.  So I’ve collected some parts and I’ve talked to Karl Schmitt about the possibility of making a tool.  I’ll let you know later how this project progresses.  Ken Rankenberger also tells how to add grease fittings to the rear hubs to add grease to the bearings to extend the life of the hubs.  I might experiment with the spare hubs that I have.  (Another project to fill you in on later.)

I noticed that Andy was hauling his GT6 on a different trailer.  He got a dual axel trailer to replace his single axel trailer that he was pulling.  I asked him what he was going to do with his single axel trailer.  When he said he was going to sell it, I told him that I would buy it so that it would stay in town.  I have borrowed his trailer twice and Frank Axelrod’s once to move Triumph parts.  I figured I owed it to Andy to buy his trailer from him.  So, now if any club member needs a trailer to haul a Triumph on, let me know.

A few weeks ago I got a note from Craig Ingraham that his TR6 was pumping fuel all over the top of his carbon canister.  Since Craig doesn’t like to wrench his own car, I help out whenever I can.  That also gives me a decent car to drive when he and I team up to drive the Missouri Endurance Rally.  When Craig told me about his fuel problem I went over to his house and ran his car for a few minutes in his drive way and did not find any problems.  So I decided to drive it to our last club meeting.  I got a mile down the road and smelled gasoline and decided to return the car home.  When I got back I saw fuel spilling out of the tube to the carbon canister.  I removed the air filter and saw fuel spilling out a vent hole on the front carburetor.  When I got the meeting, Dave Massey told me that the float valve must be stuck open.  I have a spare pair of carburetors that I began rebuilding several years ago.   They have been to two club carburetor technical sessions and still were not finished.  So I used this as an excuse to finish rebuilding the carbs.  Over several nights I figured out where I had left off.  I figured out how to repair a shaft that was too tight in a new seal that I had installed.  One of the last things I did was replace the oil seal in the metering needle.  Usually pushing on the needle can push the unit up the shaft.  Well on one carb that did not work.  I bent the needle and sheared the retaining pin that holds the needle in.  I learned that if the unit does not push easily, the needle can be removed out the end and a sturdier rod can be used to push the needle retainer up the shaft.  It is a good thing I had a spare set of carburetors.  I scavenged the parts that I ruined from the spares and finished building them.  When scavenging parts from the spare carbs I had trouble removing several of the screws.  The problem is the steel screws in aluminum carb bodies.  Corrosion between the different metals causes the screws to stick.  So when I was completely done building my new carbs I removed each and every screw one at a time and coated the threads with antiseize grease and replaced them.  Then I took these carbs over to Craig’s car and put them in place of the ones that he had on his car.  Then I brought his home to fix the float valve.  It would have been easier to just fix his carbs and replace them, but this gave me an excuse to finish a project that I had started a long time ago.  It also gave me a chance to prove that they were fully functional when I was done.  Yes, they do run just fine!  I got a chance to open Craig’s carbs up and I found a piece of trash in the float valve.  I suspect that the trash (whatever it was) got dislodged when I had to work on his fuel pump.  A few months ago his car wouldn’t start.  It turned out that the fuel pump was never assembled correctly when it was built.  The check-valves should have been burred so that they could not move.  They weren’t.  Back to the trash.  The fuel pump is down stream from the fuel filter, so the filter could not catch this piece.  Now that I have successfully rebuilt some carbs and I am currently working on Craig’s I decided to rebuild a set of TR7 carbs for my friend Tom Jones.  I had to order some retainer clips for Craig’s carbs so I decided to make one order slightly larger and get the parts Tom needed too.  I can’t stand spending $5 to $10 to ship $1 to $2 worth of parts.

That brings me up to date with this writing.  More to come…   Creig

The following is the second installment of Detailing Tips and Tricks.  It is re-printed here in our newsletter, Exhaust Notes with the generous permission of Brad Bloomquist,

Quick Detailers

Quick detailers are spray “waxes” suspended in quick evaporating carriers.  They are very lubricating therefore safe to use to wipe off dust and light dirt between washes and without water.  They are not meant as a replacement for wax but do give the surface an added boost of shine between wax jobs.  Not only do they add shine to the surface they also can add additional protection from the elements.  Some quick detailers contain traces of carnuba that can rejuvenate the surface wax.  Detailer is safe to use on all paints and chrome.  Quick detailer is applied by spraying on and wiping off immediately.  It is best applied/removed with a microfiber towel.

Quick detailers are a show-car owners dream! Get some!


The best way to pull out embedded contaminants and overspray out of your paint is with clay.
Claying is just like it sounds.  A small, moldable, synthetic bar of clay is lubricated with quick detailer and rubbed in a back and forth motion directly on the paint surface.  As the clay glides over the surface it sucks and pulls debris that is literally stuck into and adhered to your paint.  Even abrasives sometimes have little effect on embedded debris.  It is amazing the difference that claying can make to the surface. Try it!

Claying is also an excellent way to clean fallout and contamination out of your windshield.  It will cure many a squeaky wiper and poor wet see-through.  Audi recommends this procedure twice yearly as a safety precaution.

Paint Cleansers, Glazes and Compounds

Prep work is everything.  Do not waste valuable time or quality car care products over a contaminated, oxidized swirled or rough finish.  Even a brand new car will benefit from proper paint prep. Most cars are transported by railcar and raildust (fine metallic particles caused by train wheels on the train tracks) gets embedded in the paint.

Dawn Dishwashing Liquid is an excellent way to remove old wax and dirt prior to final waxing or prepping.  It is safe alkaline base and will not harm the paint.

Paint Cleansers are made from very fine solvents and light abrasives, which remove dirt, old wax and can help remove very mild swirls.

Glazes are coatings that contain fillers which help hide swirls and light scratches.  Most glazes are a temporary fix.  The fillers contain oil, which migrate and dissipate.

Compounds are abrasives, which remove swirls and light scratches by flattening the surrounding paint.  These products are the only permanent fix for many types of paint damage but must be used carefully since they are removing micro-thin layers of paint/clearcoat.  You must apply sealant or wax over all of these.    Brad Bloomquist


Classified Ads:  Contact Creig Houghtaling at the address listed below, or oldtoys@brick.net or 636-305-1143 to place a free ad in this newsletter.




St. Louis Triumph Owners Association 

Creig Houghtaling

36 Copper Mountain Court

Fenton, MO 63026-5682