Newsletter of the St.
Louis Triumph Owners Association
March Meeting, Tuesday March 18th, 2008, 7:00 PM, at Tom &
The Starks are
hosting the March meeting at their home at 16
Brazilian Court, Ladue, MO.Brazilian Court
is off Ladue Road about a
quarter of a mile west of Price Road.It is a white colonial on the east side of a
street light circle; the street numbers are not consecutive.
provide the main dish.Additions are
welcome.They have a lot of chairs but
not enough; so a few extras would be welcome.We hope to see everyone there.
Dues for 2008 are now due
make out your check today for $15 or $25 to St. Louis Triumph Owners Association
(or SLTOA) and mail it to Bonnie David at 500 Marie
Dr., St. Charles, MO63301-0500.Either price gets you full membership in the
club with many chances to meet other Triumph nuts who will help you with your
own affliction.The lower price gets you
an e-mail note when the newsletter is available on-line.The higher price gets you a hard copy of the
newsletter in your mail box.Either
price is cheap, about the price you would pay to ship a few parts from your
favorite Triumph parts vendor, or eat out once, or pay for half a month of
cable TV, or buy half a tank of gas…You
get the idea.Club dues are cheap
because many volunteers contribute hours of work to put together our events and
Presidential Ramblings, By Craig Madsen
March has brought
us the first decent Saturday for working in the garage - I'm pumped! I have to
admit, I did have to split up the day between laundry & some outside
gardening that didn't get done last fall and a load of dishes. I had been
procrastinating putting the new dash in the white spitfire. This car, that I
just HAD to have, brought me not one, but two presents today. I liken these
cars to pets, which I have none, but am considering trading them in for. Like a
cat laying a mouse proudly at my feet or a dog returning from the field with a
pheasant that would have eluded us - My Spitfire, that I haven't been able yet
to license I'm finding has an attitude of it's own...
This was the first
time I've been able to pull the car out after having rebuilt the rear brakes
& installing new shocks. Understand, this was the bargain I drug home from
south of Chicago (another story) The previous owner had installed new front rotors &
pads, yet the brakes were as if nothing had been done at all. My other Spit has
unbelievable brakes, so I assumed that the rears were the problem. I discovered
not only had they never been adjusted, but The right
rear was soaked with brake fluid, so both sides got new cylinders & shoes.
I was eager totry
them expecting results equal to the burgundy Spit. I'm not sure why I thought
that a car 28 years old would have a perfectly working master cylinder?This was gift one. After backing the car into the driveway getting out to admire its great lines
I discover gift two! We're now leaking antifreeze! God give me strength, now I
have tw! o cars leaking
antifreeze, plus I get buy a new master cylinder!
All in all, it's
been a good day. I did get some space cleared in the garage, dug out some more
crap to put on e-bay and got to go around he block
with the top down in car with next to no brakes! Fed-Ex brought a package of
mail ordered car parts, so that was fun!I hope your "pets" refrain from bringing you any presents this
spring. Just try to remember that it's just all part of the Gig.
The March meeting
brings us to Tom & Anne Starks' home, Directions probably precede this,
(possibly my last) diddi. Elections will be held this
month, come prepared to vote for my opponent! Who is that?!I think Anne mentioned something about Chinese
for eats. What ever it is, you can assured it will be
Only 5 spots left
open for the Easter car show at Forest park (we'll make more if needed) For
those sitting on the fence - If I don't fill these 5 final spots, I'll surely
be impeached for misappropriating funds. That means special elections,
you could end up being the one trying to dream up something to fill this space
every month!So help me out here guys, If you don't join us, we don't get the privilege of your
company and the great people of St. Louis
won't get to enjoy the fruits of all your hard work. See particulars in later
pages of this wonderful rag.
for the moment, - See you at the Starks!
St. Louis Triumph Owners
The roster is
being produced and folded into this March newsletter.It will not be published on line.For that reason, for this one month only,
everyone gets a hard-copy of the newsletter.The newsletter will still be posted on-line, but without the roster included.
The reason we
publish the roster in March is to catch as many members as possible prior to
dropping non-renewing members.So please
renew, so you are not one that is dropped!!!
Also – Please
contact Creig Houghtaling
with corrections. –
SLTOA Meeting Minutes for February
2008, By Gary Allgood
picnic looking for ideas where to host it. Trying to stay away from I40/64
report balance 1885.81
are DUE, please send to Bonnie.
club expanding to include TR7. To join see Dave Massey, they have a
website and we need to get that link on ours. Dave made an impassioned
speech about the club.
is found on Craigslist, in Eureka
for approx 7k.
month is Elections, show up to vote and vote often.
ideas for the club, what is it you would like to see the club do?
forms need updating to new dues fee?s
(Note I changed all these to 21 as I typed this email). Our current goal
is to get 100 members in the club, we have approx 91 members. Make sure we
remind members to update and pay their dues soon by sending to Bonny.
Car Show, March 23rd. Sunday rain or shine, pre-pay ?
No judging. 15.00 per person, needs to be in by
the 10th. If show is rained out no refunds.
RiverPort Swap meet hosted by the Model T Club,
Gateway International April 27. 5.00 parking fee.
Calendar of Regional and National Events
23, Easter Car Show - Forest Park , upper lot Munie 11:00
Entry $15.00 non refundable.
28 – 29, New Orleans, LA,
18th Annual New Orleans British Car Day,
http://www.bmcno.org/Show08/Carshow.htmHost hotel: Hampton Inn – Elmwood, 5150 Mounes St.Harahan,
(504) 733 5646
15, SLTOA Monthly meeting - Chesterfield Marriott, anytime after - whenever.
16 – 19, Tyler Texas, VTR South Central Region Triumph Meet.Come to Tyler
in the height of the flower season.
http://www.redrivertriumphclub.org/.Host hotel: Holiday Inn Express.
19 & 20, 2008 Missouri Endurance Rally, www.stlouismgclub.com
Monthly meeting - Craig Madsen’s, anytime after - whenever.
23 – 27, Champaign, IL,
Champagne British Car Festival.http://champagnebritishcarfestival.com/
Friday Night party $35.00, Saturday Lunch Drive $15.00. Saturday Night @
Famous Dave's - Reservations Required. Sunday Dawn patrol @ , Car Show Entry fee $15.00,
remaining registration from .
Voting . Awards @ .
Call309 - 662 - 3020or email@example.com
11 – 15, Huron, Ohio, TRA
National Meet. Host hotel: Lodge at Sawmill Creek, (800) Sawmill.
19 – 21, Armagh,
PA, Roadster Factory Summer
13 – 16, Port Washington, WI:
British V8 Annual Convention.Host
hotel: Country Inn and Suites, Port Washington,
WI. (262) 284-2100.http://www.britishv8.org/British-V8-Meetings.htm
4 – 8, Ypsilanti, MI:
VTR North American Challenge.Featuring:The Spinal
Tappets, 48 hour Spitfire rebuild, Burt Levy, Triumph Wedge Owners Association
Annual meeting. Host hotel: Marriott at Eagle Crest 1275
S Huron Street, Ypsilanti, MI48197 Register here:
20, CreveCoeurLake, All British Car
Show.This is a Saturday.
Sept19 – 22, Elkhart
Lake, WI, Vintage Races at
5, SLTOA Annual Christmas Party
TR6 Filter Information, From Ron Theel
TR6 filters can be bought from your local auto parts store
if you know what to ask for.
Wix – 51313, AC Delco - PF1412, Fram - CH837PL
One Volunteer Needed
I need one person to help with the newsletter.No previous experience or skills necessary.This is a wonderful opportunity for someone
new (or old) to get to know more club members.Creig Houghtaling, or
Classified Ads:Contact Creig Houghtalingat, the
address listed below, or 314-401-7817 to place a free ad in this newsletter.
I am selling my
1957 TR3A. $7800. Not a 100 point show car but a nice
looking and running car. I am in Northern Indiana, about
90 minutes from Chicago. Before I
put it on eBay I'm letting all the area Triumph clubs know. Anyone interested
can call for the details.It is in the
garage for the winter but I can show it now. Tom
Vaughn, La Porte, IN,
219-324-3494 home, 219-851-2803 cell
New member, Lyle VanHouten is looking for a shop manual for his Herald.If you can help, please call him at
For Sale: 1979 TR7
rolling chassis - Texas car, solid floors straight body with exception of nose
but have straight replacement sheet metal. Your choice of
390:1 or 345:1 rear end ratios. Additional parts negotiable, details -636-734-3937ask for Craig.
Arlie King has a
set of TR3 spoke wheels and tires for sale, Call today to get a really low
price.Please call him at 636-677-0545
I’ve got a new
supply of Castrol GT LMA brake fluid.$10 for a quart.$5 for a 12 oz.Creig Houghtaling