Photo of the Week
Macy's Garage, Ltd.
June 12, 2017
||It is quite common for the lower breast plate
on a TR4A-TR6 frame to be pushed "up" from someone in the past driving over
a curb, parking block, speed bump, etc. The space in this area is
tight enough for the exhaust system to pass through without the previous
modification, and when installing a new exhaust system we don't want it to
bang on the frame. The solution is to open the space back up by prying
the bent breast plate back down into a more correct position. To do
this, we use our "Porta-Power" hydraulic ram and a set of jaws that open
under pressure. While most of you won't have one of these in your home
garages, they can be rented from a good tool rental company, and it's well
worth the time and cost to do so if your frame had been pushed up.
June 3, 2017
|The dual chamber master cylinders for the
TR250-TR6 models are hard to bleed all of the air out when they are
installed on the car, because the master cylinders mount with a slight
"Upward" slope to the front. This allows a small amount of air to
become trapped at the forward end of the cylinder, and causes a "spongy"
feel to the brake pedal.
The trick to get all of the
air out, is to bleed the master cylinder in a horizontal position, such as
can be seen here where we have clamped it into a bench vise. But when
doing this, you have to be sure that you aren't sucking any air back into
the chambers on the return strokes. Probably the most common method to
"bench bleed" a master cylinder would be to squirt brake fluid all over your
workshop on the down stroke, and quickly hold a couple of fingers over the
line ports during the return stroke. Better have an extra set of hands
for this method, both to perform the bench bleed, and to clean up the mess
when you're done!
What we came up with quite a few years ago, was this
special set of pipes to route the expelled fluid and air back into the
reservoir. Make sure that the ends are submerged in the fluid at all
times so that the air bubbles can escape to the atmosphere, and only fluid
will be drawn back into the chambers on the return stroke. One person
can achieve 100% evacuation of the air in the chambers, and there won't be a
big mess to clean up either! the tiny amount of air that might enter
the fitting area when the cylinder is installed will simply be pushed out
through the brake lines, and can then be bled out at the wheels like a
normal brake bleed procedure.
May 19, 2017
"I wish you were closer", and I wish I had $5 for every
time I've heard this! It means that someone is just about to make a
mistake and send their TR or TR components to someone farther down the food
chain (or already has), and made their choice based more on geography than
While we wouldn't expect anyone to ship a Triumph to us
for a simple oil change, the fact of the matter is that for more extensive
needs, it's actually less costly in the long run to pay the shipping and
have the work performed correctly the first time!
Just this week, we received TWO shipments from California,
and these projects are on top of the TWO TR's that are already here from CA
for complete frame up restorations, not to mention all the previous West
Coast cars that have passed through our shop. Folks who chose a
shop due to location do not get any sympathy from me when the project goes
wrong or they don't like the results!
Shipping cars and large components back and forth across
the country is really easy, and less costly than you might think.
There are thousands of trucks and trailers on the road every day, moving
collector cars and bulky car parts, and finding someone to bring your TR or
TR parts here is as simple as visiting movecars.com or uship.com. It
really isn't a major expense when you consider our low midwestern shop rates
AND the value of our highest level of quality.
The crate shown above on the left contains the engine and
gearbox from Curt's TR3A, and the two TR3A's shown directly above are from
Eric. Added to the TR's we get here from all over the USA, Canada, and
Mexico (16-20 at all times), we really are THE North American Center for the
repair and restoration of Triumph TR2-TR6 sports cars, and we're closer and
easier to get to than you might think!