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January 14, 2019

Very few of you will recognize this little part, especially from this angle!  This is the back end of a vacuum switch which mounts between and below the carburetors of all Triumph TR250’s and early TR6’s with the dual vacuum unit distributors.  The switch controls the engine vacuum to the retard side, depending on the position of the carburetor linkage. Replacement switches are not available, and probably have never been since the original dealer stock was exhausted.  They are missing or broken on almost every car we see here, but this one was still there and almost operable.  The only problem was that the clip washer from the end which holds the internal spring washer in place had gone missing.  Thankfully, the spring had remained in place!  All we needed to do was to re-create a new clip washer that would work.  Easier said than done, it took almost an hour to come up with something that both worked and would stay in place.  The final solution was to first drill a tiny hole for the shaft to pass through, then use our metal punch to pop out a round disc of the proper O.D.  After that, a flat punch was used to walk around the outer edge on an anvil and “squeeze” the metal into six small points.  Those points then dug into the plastic to hold it all in place.  Problem solved! January 7, 2019 One of the biggest benefits of repairing and restoring a single range of cars is that we have been able to establish a “flow” that makes our shop much more efficient than restorers who don’t have this singular focus.  Take the dash area of this TR6 for example.  While we have to admit that there’s a lot that needs to be done here, we’ve learned a long time ago that it will be much easier, and require less time to install the w/s wiper wheelboxes and wiper drive tubes, access plates, heater assembly, and rough in the wiring well before the instrument panel is put into place.  (We’ll also install those little SOB heater hoses and bulkhead fitting, as well as the w/s defroster ducts and hoses ahead of the instrument panel.)  Less time equates to less cost for our clients, and a better job overall as we are able to see into areas that will become hidden later, and this lets us position wires and other small components so that they won’t become pinched, rub, or vibrate after the job is finished.
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Macy’s Garage
© 2018 - Macy’s Garage, Ltd.

Blog  

   WHAT we’re doing, and HOW we’re doing it!

January 14, 2019

Very few of you will recognize this little part, especially from this angle!  This is the back end of a vacuum switch which mounts between and below the carburetors of all Triumph TR250’s and early TR6’s with the dual vacuum unit distributors.  The switch controls the engine vacuum to the retard side, depending on the position of the carburetor linkage. Replacement switches are not available, and probably have never been since the original dealer stock was exhausted.  They are missing or broken on almost every car we see here, but this one was still there and almost operable.  The only problem was that the clip washer from the end which holds the internal spring washer in place had gone missing.  Thankfully, the spring had remained in place!  All we needed to do was to re-create a new clip washer that would work.  Easier said than done, it took almost an hour to come up with something that both worked and would stay in place.  The final solution was to first drill a tiny hole for the shaft to pass through, then use our metal punch to pop out a round disc of the proper O.D.  After that, a flat punch was used to walk around the outer edge on an anvil and “squeeze” the metal into six small points.  Those points then dug into the plastic to hold it all in place.  Problem solved!

January 7, 2019

One of the biggest benefits of repairing and restoring a single range of cars is that we have been able to establish a “flow” that makes our shop much more efficient than restorers who don’t have this singular focus.  Take the dash area of this TR6 for example.  While we have to admit that there’s a lot that needs to be done here, we’ve learned a long time ago that it will be much easier, and require less time to install the w/s wiper wheelboxes and wiper drive tubes, access plates, heater assembly, and rough in the wiring well before the instrument panel is put into place.  (We’ll also install those little SOB heater hoses and bulkhead fitting, as well as the w/s defroster ducts and hoses ahead of the instrument panel.)  Less time equates to less cost for our clients, and a better job overall as we are able to see into areas that will become hidden later, and this lets us position wires and other small components so that they won’t become pinched, rub, or vibrate after the job is finished.
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