Exhaust Notes

Newsletter of the St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

December 1999

December Meeting

The December meeting will be Tuesday evening at 7:00, December 14, 1999 at McNulty’s at WestPort Plaza.

November Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, November 16 — McNulty’s at WestPort Plaza

Old Business:

New Business:

Upcoming Events

- December 4 - Austin Healey Club Holiday Party at Keith Bester’s in Glendale.

Thanks to the Club!

A Thank You Card was received from Don Huber, Nov 20th, 1999:

Dear SLTOA members,

Thanks for the wonderful fruit basket but more importantly for your prayers

during my recent operation. Your frendship means a lot to me.

See you soon!

Don Huber

Don has also invited the club to his house for the Feb 2000 monthly meeting.

Details at the next meeting.

A BIG THANK YOU

to Ken & Sue Dahman and Aldo Magnani for initiating the idea and putting together a wonderfully

successful car show at the Mall!!! When you see these folks at the next meeting, give them a much

deserved Pat on the Back!! Great Job!!

 

Canley Chat #2 — "SIX Appeal"

Look for "CanleyChat" #2 in the January issue of Exhaust Notes. I have somehow misplaced my original copy of the "Canley Chat" articles. I will find them and will continue the segments next month. I greatly apologize for the mess up!!! Robin (I may not be perfect, but I am honest.)

THE REST OR ATION STORY (with apologies to Paul Harvey’s "Rest of the Story")

This article is a part of a series of articles about the TR restoration experiences of a fellow TR owner. Her name is TerriAnn Wakeman. TerriAnn participates on the Team.Net Triumph discussion list and has developed her own web site at www.cruzers.com/~twakeman/ . This article was extracted from her web site for the reading pleasure of SLTOA members. TerriAnn has agreed to allow this material to be reprinted in Exhaust Notes. Sue and I found Terry Ann’s article to be both instructional and entertaining. We hope that you will too.

Ken Dahman

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Born in Stockton California, oldest of two daughters, I admit to being a product of my experiences.

My step father was a tool and die maker (high level machinist) and had a machine shop in the garage. I grew up helping my step father in the machine shop on weekends along with my mother and sister. I learned how to use tools before I learned that girls were not supposed to be capable of using tools.

My step father insisted that his daughters learn the basics of cars so we wouldn't be at the mercy of crooked mechanics or find ourselves stranded alongside the a road late at night with a minor problem. So being mechanically helpless is not one of my better tricks.

I currently own a 1961 Triumph TR3A. I purchased her in 1986 when I decided that life was too short not to drive a real sports car. Unfortunately, the new white paint hid severe rust problems. The drive train, steering and suspension were very badly worn. So in early 1989 I took my TR3 off the road for a complete rebuild. That's a job I hope never to repeat again!

TeriAnn Wakeman

This is the saga of TS75519L's rebuild. It tells of a car rebuild innocent learning about almost everything that can go wrong. It is a tale of tenacity in the face of adversity proving that a car can be completely rebuilt on dirt without a garage in spite of the efforts of trained professionals. It is also a tale that proves the law of the innate cussedness of inanimate objects.

I took my car off the road for a "freshening up" in January of 1989. During the previous October Triumphfest I self judged her and decided she was a few points shy of the bronze funcourse award. I thought that since I was going to have to rebuild the engine I might as well take care of the steering and freshen up the car well enough to bring her into a condition good enough for a solid silver and maybe within reach of the gold funcourse award.

My freshening up goals were simple:

I calculated that I could have the job done in about 5 months and be back on the road sometime in June to spend the rest of the summer touring with the Triumph Travelers Sports Car Club. Like I said I have never done this before.

Everything I took off was badly worn. When I stripped the interior I discovered that the car was signal red from the factory and that the floor was coated with fiber glass under the paint and that there were great gaping rust through holes on the floor under the fiberglass. I decided that meant new floor panels and that I could have a body shop install them and still meet my deadline.

I removed the doors to make the work on the interior easier. The door metal around the hinges were badly fatigued and there was fatigue cracks going through the metal on at least two sides of each hinge on both doors. Also the bottoms were severely rusted with a lot of rust through holes. I located a pair of good condition used doors for a reasonable price through the British car e-mail list and decided to replace the doors instead of having them completely rebuilt. It would save a lot of time and maybe I could still make schedule.

The fuel tank area had lots of rust, some of it very severe with small rust pit holes going all the way through. All the badly rusted areas were under the felt pads that sit between the fuel tank and the body. I decided to remove all traces of rust there and weld the holes shut and build up the rust

craters. Even though no one would see it, I wanted it perfect.

The tank had several deep rust pits as well. I looked at several used ones for possible replacement since new ones were not available. They were all as bad or worse than mine where they had touched the felt pads. I finally opted to have mine repaired. It was boiled out and new metal was welded into place where the deep rust pits were.

After I stripped the interior, I started on the front of the car in preparation for the engine removal. The underside of the front valance had some surface rust and a fiber glassed rust through section on the underside. Well I could have the body shop weld in some new metal where it is rusted through while they replaced the floor panels.

I sanded down the lower front wing panels where rust was bubbling up through the paint. More fiberglass over bad rust through areas. I was getting a very bad feeling about this. I looked in the catalogues and decided to purchase a pair of lower wing repair panel and just replace the metal. This was going to cost a whole lot more than I thought and take more time at the body shop. Maybe I could rejoin the club tours in July or August.

Note**Look for the second installment of the SAGA in the January newsletter. The full story is 8 pages long, so I will re-print as space allows. - Robin

 

Classifieds

If you have anything you are interested in buying or selling, please let me know and I will put it in the classifieds. The classified section is for Club Members Only please.

1962 TR4 Parts for Sale/Trade

Doors, windshield frame, bumpers, dash, differential, trunk lid, grill, gas tank, leather seats, suspension, other miscellaneous TR4 parts. Also: seats for TR3. Please make an offer. Charles Bell — Hm. 961-4775, Wk.721-0167, email: cbell@ninenet.com

 

St. Louis Triumph Owners Association

Robin Borgstede, Editor

22 Sunny Hill Blvd.

St. Peters, MO 63376

 

 

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