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Well, I flew up to Seattle last weekend to spend some time with family and to do some work on the Triumph. Dirk, Paul, and I pulled the bad rear differential out. The rebuilt one Paul found on craigslist looked good. Until we filled it with fluid. The front main seal leaked. Thankfully Carquest up in Everett had a new one in stock. Replaced the seal, tested it out, and installed it.

Once we had the rear end taken care of we played with the timing and carbs a bit, got her running, and for the first time in 17 years she drove down the road under her own power. (The last trip up we only had it go up and down the driveway, where we learned the spider gears in the rear end were broken). Here we are with Marnie letting the car warm up a bit before trying our first drive down the road.

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I just realized, I posted a story about the lousy Lucas wiring in the Triumph, but I never posted any pictures.

So, here is the back story. I have a good friend who’s brother owes him money, but doesn’t have it. That same brother has/had a 1969 Triumph TR6 that has been sitting in his heated garage, unmoved, since 1998. The car was taken apart, painted, and then only half reassembled. So, brother gives my friend the car in lieu of some money, my friend then sells me the car for cash. Well, payments at lease. 🙂 So, the girls and I will have a nice little project car to play with. Can you picture my two red headed girls cruising the California coast in a bright red British convertible?

Triumph from the front

As you can see, the side marker lights are missing, mirrors, etc.

Triumph from the rear

This last trip up to Seattle we were able to do a bit more tweaking on the engine and actually drove it around the driveway a bit. Making progress.

Driving the Triumph in the driveway. Moving under it's own power.

Driving the Triumph in the driveway. Moving under it’s own power.

 

 

 

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