Exhaust Notes

Newsletter of the St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

www.SLTOA.org                                               February 2006

February Meeting, Tue. Feb. 21st, 2006, 7:00 PM, at Culpepper's, Kirkwood

Culpepper’s location: 312 S. Kirkwood Rd. (314) 821 7322


President’s Epistle, By Dave Massey

I finally extracted the engine and transmission from the TR3 chassis today and I have the rear axle half out as well.  Not a whole lot of progress since the body came off just after New Year's but a lot of time gets eaten up by little detail stuff like removing the bondo and fiberglass that was liberally applied to the rusty areas.  Now to finish the rear axle removal, the rear springs (that will probably be harder than it looks) and the front suspension and then the frame will be stripped.  Then comes the long and laborious detail work of cleaning, derusting and painting/powder coating/zinc plating,/ chroming/replacement of all the little parts thst goes into this basic little car.  But hey, it's a hobby.

What a January.  The weather this past month is more like Spring (Fall actually, Spring is usually wetter than this)  You have no excuse for not driving your British car at least a little bit.  I drove mine to work several times and there were many more days when I wish I had.  The back window has been unzipped for at least three weeks.  I'm hoping it holds out for the polar bear run on the 12th.  It can rain all it wants on the 13th since everyone will be going to the Crossings regardless of the weather.  If you haven't gotten your reservation into Marylin yet do so pronto.

And speaking of up coming events, elsewhere in this publication is a calendar of events of interest to the Triumph driving community.  Not on the list is an Auto and Truck Part Swap Meet in DuQuoin, IL on March 26.  Of special interest to Triumph Club members is the April 15th Washup/Tuneup hosted by the Austin Healey Club and Keith Bester.  This has, for some 20 years now, signalled the end of the hibernation season for our cars and lets us get the cars ready for the Easter Show in Forest Park.  Like last year we will be pulling together as large a group as we can to display our cars at this historically well attended event.  I want to encourage you to contact the backwards hat guy and get on the list.  I signed up last year but had to bow out due to health reasons.  But I'll be there this year.

See you at Culpepper's on the 21'st.  



Dues are Due

It is that time of year again.  Time to renew your membership.  Maintain your membership by making out a check to St. Louis Triumph Owners Association (or SLTOA) in the amount of either $10 or $20 and mail it to Bonnie David 500 Marie Dr, St. Charles, MO 63301.  Ten gets you an e-mail note with a link to the monthly newsletter and $20 gets a hard copy in your mailbox.  If you have any questions you can call Bonnie at (636) 949-0825.  Please renew today!


VTR 2006

The Green Country Triumphs will be hosting the 2006 V.T.R. South Central Regional Convention in Jenks, Oklahoma April 20-23.

We would appreciate your assistance in publicizing this event to members of your local club and other Triumph or British car enthusiasts in your area. Including this information in your club's newsletter, or forwarding via e-mail to your membership would be fantastic.

Details are posted on our Green Country Triumphs webpage (http://www.greencountrytriumphs.com) and we will continue to update this we put the finishing touches on planning for the event.

If you have any questions, please respond to this message or email us at gctok@cox.net.




February 12 SLTOA Polar Bear Run

February 13 GHA Valentine’s Day Dinner (SLTOA invited)

Contact Marilyn Salini 314-994-3284

February 19             SCCA Gimmick Rally Website:  www.stlscca.org

(select SCCA Road Rally at the top of screen)

February 21 SLTOA Meeting

March 19                SCCA Spring Social Tour        Website:  www.stlscca.org

March 21                SLTOA Meeting

April 1-2                 MG Club Missouri Endurance Rally

            Website: www.stlouismgclub.com

April 9                     SCCA Gimmick Rally

Website:  www.stlscca.org

April 15                   Wash Up/Tune Up at Keith Bester’s

April 16                   Easter Car Show at Forest Park 

Register with Craig Madsen (636) 240-1407

April 18                   SLTOA Meeting

May 5-6                  Derby Day Show in Lexington, KY

May 16                   SLTOA Meeting

May 19-21              Carlisle Import/Kit Car Event in Carlisle, PA

May 26-28              Champagne Car Show in Champaign, IL  Details later.

May 28                   SCCA Gimmick Rally

Website:  www.stlscca.org

June 2-3                  Car Show in Louisville, KY

June 14-18              TRA in Ohio

Website:  www.triumphregister.com

June ??                    SLTOA Picnic

(About the 20th when our normal SLTOA monthly meeting would be.)

June 24                    SCCA “Night” Rally

Website:  www.stlscca.org

July 18                     SLTOA Meeting

July 19-23               VTR in Dallas, TX

Website:  www.vtr.org

July 22                     SCCA Night Rally

Website:  www.stlscca.org

July 22 ??                Carthage Show in Cathage, MO

July 22 ??                London to Brighton Rally, London, IN

July 23 ??                Cincinnati Car Show, Cincinnati, OH

August 10-12          TRF Summer Party

August 15                SLTOA Meeting

September 16-17    St. Louis All British Car Show  Details later.

September 19          SLTOA Meeting

October 13-15        Euro Auto Festival in Spartanburg, SC

October 15              SCCA Fall Color Tour

Website:  www.stlscca.org

October ??              SLTOA Fall Color Tour

October ???            Scottish Games Car Show    Details later.

October 17              SLTOA Meeting

November 21          SLTOA Meeting

December ??           SLTOA Holiday Party

Any questions or information requests, contact Chris Kresser chkresser@sbcglobal.net




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


ü                           This photograph was forwarded to me from Dave Massey.  Here is the information that I have regarding these parts:  E-mail address: N197TR4 @ cs.com - Subject: TR6 Stainless Carbureter Steel Heat Shield  -  Photograph: TR3/TR4 to the left TR6 in the middle Alloy TR3/4 front engine mounting plate.
  Club Discounts would be available, if 2 or more folks are interested in anything and it is shipped to one address.  I'm adding more and more stuff. I hope to make #197 faster.  Joe Alexander, TR4 racing enthusiast and long time Triumph owner.


ü                           TR3 detachable hard top for sale. White in color.  Generally good condition

but missing latching hardware (which is available at very reasonable cost from several sources - Moss, Victoria British, Smoothline) and weatherstrip needs replacing.
This top looks like the model  currently offered by Smoothline which, I believe, is the old Parrish Plastics design and now sells for an outrageous $1000.
As I no longer have a need for the top, I'd be grateful if you could pass on this info to those menbers of your club who might be interested. I'm offering the top for  $300 OBO.


ü                           Dave Barker at US Electronics just upgraded to an enclosed trailer and is selling his old one.  It has a built in Warn winch with a battery only about a year old. Also have real nice heavy aluminum ramps. Built really heavy and pulls great. I had fender gussets and new front jack stand put on in September 2005.  Any questions call my cell 314-517-0148


ü                           Looking for a Spitfire.  This is another item forwarded to the newsletter by Dave Massey.  hello my name is steve;   I live near aurora illinois and im looking for an affordable spitfire.  I was 17 when i purchased my spitfire from elk grove h.s. in 1992.  I loved that car. I took it everywhere with everyone.  About 3 years later my son was born.  Money was tight and i had to sell the car for almost nothing.  Im not rich but if you know of anyone that has a spitfire that is in ok to good shape and they are not looking for a lot of money please post this message i hope to hear from some people.   --   In a later email he said he was looking for something in the $2,000.00 range.   --   NFI.  Contact him directly at sid1871 @ sbcglobal.net if you can help him get back into a Triumph!


St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

Creig Houghtaling, Editor

36 Copper Mountain Court

Fenton, MO 63026