Exhaust Notes

Newsletter of the St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

www.SLTOA.org                                              November 2003

December Meeting, Bevo Mill, Friday Dec. 12th, 2003, 7:30 PM

Bevo Mill is located in St. Louis at the wedge corner of Morganford and Gravois

Presidents Corner, By Richard Etz


First a plug for the Bevo Holiday Party, on Friday, December 12.  Your membership dues at work!  We will subsidize each ticket $6 (x 2 =$12) plus pay tax and gratuity (about $10 for 2).  Thus, get $22 of your $20 membership dues back!  How do we do it?  Why do we do it?  Just for fun and the pleasure of your company.  Arrive at 7:30 PM, eat at 8:00 PM.  There is a cash bar, not an open bar--even we have limits!  Bring a $10 treasure gift plus a trash gift, discreetly wrapped, of course.  Call Bonnie David at (636) 949-0825 concerning registration ASAP.  Your net cost is $11 per person for you and a significant other, friend, et cetera.  This will serve as our December meeting.

(Editors Note:  We need a minimum of 35 in attendance to get our special banquet price.  So if you plan to attend, please RSVP to Bonnie David at jdavid@mail.win.org or (636) 949-0825.)

Hope everyone got the last minute notice for the December 3 Holiday Lights Tour.  Thanks to John Lamberg for his efforts.  A personal thanks to Keith Bester for snaps and the loan of his snap tool.  This should reduce the hood (roof) flapping and chill in my TR 6 on this tour.  Keith is a member of both the Triumph and the Healey club.  He has 13 or so British cars and has restoration knowledge that goes way beyond snap replacement!

At last meeting, my new books, "How to Improve Triumph TR 5, 250 & 6" by Williams and "Triumph TR" by Piggott raised quite a bit of interest. These were in stock at Borders Books when I bought them.  "How to Improve Triumph TR 2--4A" by Williams is in print, as well.  How to improve on perfection: Buy the books and see.  In other news, R.W. "Kas" Kastner has published an updated "Triumph Preparation Handbook" which can be viewed at www.fot-racing.com.  As a follow-up to its pricey Italia replica, Revington in England is producing replicas of the TRS racing cars we saw in the video at last meeting.  These are priced at 40,000 British pounds. (see "Triumph World," October/November 2003).  Finally, the December 2003 issue of "Thoroughbred and Classic Cars" has an article on a four-wheel-drive Stag prototype.  It is called the FF (Ferguson Formula, as in Massey Ferguson tractors) like the contemporary production Jensen Interceptor FF.  It used ABS braking.

As the winter approaches, we might reflect on the past year. It has been good, with lots of fun and fellowship.  Members are already talking about activities for the coming year.  Happy holidays to all in this busy season!

Happy Motoring!

Polar Bear Run 2004

Traditionally, final plans for the Polar bear run are made during the Christmas Party meeting.  Hopefully that will happen this year too.  Then we can notify the MG and Healey clubs.

November 2003 Minutes, By Creig Houghtaling

Again I missed making a connection with Chris Allgood.  I suspect she was out of town, or otherwise unavailable during the printing time (Thanksgiving weekend) of this newsletter.  Sorry I missed you Chris!!!  I didn’t attend the entire November meeting.  I came in long enough to learn that the newsletter is not getting delivered as efficiently as I would like.  Please take note of when you receive this letter.  I’ll ask at our next meeting.

VTR Convention 2004, By Jeff Dewey

The Richmond Triumph Register (RTR) is honored to host the 2004 Vintage Triumph Register National Convention, Wednesday, July 14 through Saturday evening, July 17, 2004. Mark your club calendars today!

Join us in the heart of historic Virginia for what promises to be four fun-filled days. In addition to traditional convention events, we are planning driving tours to visit nearby Civil War battlefields and colonial plantations. Saturday's car show will be held on the grounds of  the Virginia Aviation Museum. Arrive early or stay late, and spend a few more days visiting nearby Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Charlottesville, home of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

The convention will be held at the Richmond Sheraton West Hotel, site of the 2000 VTR Mid-Atlantic Regional Convention. Those of you who attended that convention know that the Sheraton is one of the best car club oriented hotels on the east coast, with ample one-level covered parking and extensive convention facilities. Call 888-565-7654 to reserve the special VTR rate of $85 (plus tax) per night, or visit www.sheraton.com for more hotel information.

Registration forms will be distributed through the VTR, and on-line registration is expected to be available in December. For more information, contact RTR at 804-746-9409 (voice or fax) or e-mail us at info@vtr2004.com.

Check www.vtr2004.com for regular updates. This site contains a downloadable VTR flyer, a “Frequently Asked Questions” page about VTR 2004, and a VTR2004 logo which can be copied for newsletters.

Expect more in 2004! See you in Richmond!  Sincerely, Jeff Dewey, VTR 2004 Chair

Two Dog Racing By Andy Stark

I finally have a minute to sit down and write up about my engine failure at Gateway. School and work are killing my free time.

Ok folks. I blew and engine.   ;o(   This is my first big failure since I started track racing the GT6. Unfortunately like most failures it could have been easily avoided. The first mistake I made was being in a rush. I had plenty of time to freshen up the engine after the June race in Kansas. What I did not have was the money to do it with. If you haven't figured out by now, racing is expensive when you are trying to campaign a thirty plus year old Triumph. The Miata is definitely the way to go for the faint of heart. But since I am nostalgic and bull headed I am sticking with the Triumph. Ok off of that tangent.

The long and the short of it is, I did not research what the bigger cam was going to do to the rest of my engine. I found out the hard way that the oil system would not and did not keep up with the extra 1,000 rpms that the engine wanted to pull. The number #2 rod journal went dry and the engine went boom!

Lucky for me the GT6 motor is a tank and can take considerable damage before it is a total write off. I am hoping that I just have to replace the crankshaft and build another set of connecting rods. This will be relatively cheap in the racing world. Unfortunately I will run into the same problem if I don't upgrade the engines oil system. This is were the big money comes in. If I want to run a nationally competitive Gt-6 engine, I am going to have to invest around $4,000.00 dollars in the engine to make it work at high RPM's. The oil system alone will cost over $2,000.

I am going to have to decide how much racing I want to do next year in order to afford this kind of investment. Investment is a loose word. It is more like making a pile of money then setting fire to it for entertainment.  ;o)    What a man will do for speed!?!?

By the way I did get two good laps in and hit 8,000 RPMs on the straight in overdrive. To you gear heads that is 140+mph. It was smooth as glass.

Hmm $4k = 140mph= sickness continues to grow.

I would like to thank the Triumph Club for offering to pay my entry fee for this last race. I chose not to take the offer until the race was over. I am glad I did this because I believe I should at least have good showing during the race before I deserve sponsorship from the club. Thanks again for the offer and hope to do it again next year.

Keep the Shiny Side Up           Andy

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.

FOR SALE  1973 GT6 MKIII.  Rusted floors, door bottoms, and sills.  Other rust here and there.  Not run for ten years.  $500.  Contact Jim Buck, 1304 Elm, Jacksonville Illinios 62650. 


SLTOA Shirts, $25, Call Bonnie David for delivery to out next meeting.  (636) 949-0825

Castrol GT LMA Brake Fluid $10.00 per quart.  Major mail-order vendors sell 12-ounce containers for $5 plus shipping.  No major auto suppliers sell it locally.  So I bought a 12-quart case from the St. Louis distributor so that I could have a quart to do some brake work last week.  This is the fluid recommended for our Triumphs.  I’ll use nothing else!  Creig Houghtaling oldtoys@brick.net 636-305-1143

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Creig Houghtaling, Editor

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