Photo of the Week
Macy's Garage, Ltd.
August 20, 2017
This photo shows the lower firewall and inner
fender support on the left side of a TR6. We find these mangled and
beat-up quite often, probably the result of someone's frustration over
needing to get the oil filter canister out of the car. Damaged panels
like this give us a great excuse to make a much needed modification!
We begin by drilling all of the spot welds,
and removing the damaged panel. This also gives us an opportunity to
clean and treat the bare metal in the hidden areas where the two panels
overlap. We're not usually too concerned with these hidden areas as we
always flood them with Eastwood Metalwash after they return from Redi-Strip,
but extra attention never hurts.
We fabricate a new "undamaged" panel from new
sheet metal, with all the proper bent edges for strength and attachment, and
then we cut a nice round access hole for the oil filter before it is welded
back into position.
With the new panel in place, all that's left
is to fabricate a cover plate, and install screws and J style clip nuts so
that it can easily be removed and reattached with every oil change.
Any 6-cylinder TR owner who's changed their oil more than one time will
appreciate this mod!
August 12, 2017
||Look closely at the photo of two TR2/3
steering box rocker shafts. The top rocker shaft is a new unit, and
the lower one is a rocker shaft that we removed from a steering box that was
sent here for overhaul. I posted a "How To" page on this website 8-9
years ago, showing how sidescreen TR owners could rebuild their own steering
boxes, but instead of giving confidence that you can do this at home, it
must have scared most folks away from trying. We now get a steering
box shipped in to us on almost a weekly basis, and we probably overhaul
35-40 of these every single year. This example is from someone who
should have sent it in to us in the first place.
Look closely at the rocker shaft on the bottom. The photo doesn't do
it justice, but you should be able to see all of the vertical "scratches" on
the lower shaft, as opposed to the smooth machined and polished surface on
the new rocker shaft at the top. You can also just make out some of
the horizontal scratches inside of the bushing that we removed from this
same steering box. What has obviously happened here is that the home
rebuilder (or poorly equipped "professional") did not have the required
reamer to size the bushing after it was pressed into the box. It looks
like the first attempt was to sand or hone the inside of the bushing,
leaving a deeply scratched and gouged surface. When that failed to
open the bushing enough to allow the shaft to pass through, they took the
rocker shaft over to a bench grinder and proceeded to remove metal from the
shaft until it would fit into the bushing. A little hand work with a
file improved the appearance (slightly), but left the shaft something other
than round, and a rough surface that continued to chew away at the inside of
the bushing. The scratches probably didn't do anything to help the
lower seal keep all of the fluid inside either! And I almost forgot to
mention, they removed too much metal from the shaft, so it wobbled in the
bushing, adding excessive wear to the top and bottom edges, further
accelerating the wear and slop. As you can surmise, the steering box
did eventually end up here, and for the lack of a $40 reamer, a $120 rocker
shaft was destroyed! This one certainly belongs in the "False Economy
Hall of Fame"!