Mechanical and Electrical Advice
Juan Seren, a mechanical designer from Buenos Aires, Argentina has created some amazing animations of car parts. Here is one of a Stromberg carburetor. If you like this one, follow this link to his website. The mechanical fuel pump is definitely worth a look as well.
Here is a short video produced by Hagerty to explain carburetor basics.
Do you have a pressure gauge that no longer holds its pressure reading? Mike Graham found this YouTube video that might help you fix your gauge.
Ever tried to separate the hub from the axle on a late TR3 or TR4 live axle vehicle? If so, this article might help. David Plummer published this article on the British Car Forum and describes a home made hub puller that he fabricated.
Jeff Fetner posted this tip about how to repair a TR3 headlight switch on Triumph Experience. It is preproduced here with Jeff's permission.
John Neal recently replaced the generator and fixed a nagging speedo cable issue in his TR3.
Bob Thomas recently replaced the transmission in his TR8 and shared his experiences in this well illustrated article.
Ever wondered what the colours and tracers in the wiring harness mean? Tom Hodgson of the Headwaters British Car Club shared this article.
Tom Hodgson of the Headwaters British Car Club offers some general notes on the use of the Gunson Carbalance.
Interesting article by Bob Le Brocq on his development of LED replacements for sidescreen TRs. Mike Graham has had Bob bulbs in my 56 TR3 for a couple years, and they are great.
Points or Pertronix? This is common question among many British car folk. This interesting article was originally published by Hagerty. It is reproduced here as a pdf file for easy reference.
Ever thought of what a supercharger might do for your TR6? This article was recently posted in Classic Motorsport. Here is a pdf file of the article for easy reference.
Different Types of Points ... Mike Graham found an informative article on the different kinds of points you might find in your Triumph. Here is a pdf file of the article for easy reference.
Penetrating Oil ... ever wonder what type of penetrating oil works best? Check out this comparison found by Mike Graham. A second video comparison is now available.
Ever wondered what those colours and traces mean on your car's wiring harness? Mike Graham found this interesting site that explains all. Here is a pdf file of the table for easy reference.
Tire Markings ... What do they mean? ... Mike Graham found this useful resource (The Wheel and Tire Bible) for deciphering the various markings on your tires, as well as a great deal of other useful information about tires and wheels.
Hagerty Insurance has published a very useful series of articles by Rob Seigel on various aspects of vintage car electrics. These articles are included here for easy reference. Thanks to Hagerty for allowing us to share this information. The original articles can be found on the Hagerty website, and individual links are included in each of these pdf files.
- These are the Basics of Electrical Safety
- Five Types of Automotive Circuit Failures
- How to Make Your Classic Car’s Ignition System Dependable
- How to Make Your Classic Car’s Charging System Dependable- Part 1
- How to Make Your Classic Car’s Charging System Dependable - Part 2
- How to Use a Multimeter - Part 1: Introduction
- How to Use a Multimeter - Part 2: Measuring Voltage
- How to Use a Multimeter - Part 3: Measuring Resistance and Verifying Continuity
- How to Use a Multimeter - Part 4: Measuring Current (Amperage)
- How to Use a Multimeter - Part 5: Measuring Voltage Drop
- How to Use a Multimeter - Video
- Troubleshooting an Electrical Problem? Skip the Spaghetti and Try This
- Understanding Relays - Part 1: Why We Need Them and How They Work
- Understanding Relays - Part 2: DIN numbers and Different Types of Relay
- Understanding Relays - Part 3: Troubleshooting
- Understanding Relays - Part 4: Let’s Not Forget the Solenoid
- Triaging a No-Crank Condition and Testing a Starter Motor
Oil Filter Cross References ... ever wonder what other oil filter you might use? Mike Graham found this useful on-line resource, as well as a second similar oil filter cross-reference site.
Technical Information ... very informative site from Australia found by Mike Graham. A series of technical articles compiled by members of the TR Register Australia.
Classic Car Security ... interested in ways to protect your car? Mike Graham found this website that offers some good suggestions on security measures you might consider.
Morgan sports car instruments ... Chuck Hobbs passed on this interesting site that contains a wealth of information and sources regarding Smiths instruments.
Every wonder how things work? ... Mike Graham found this site that claims you can learn engineering by watching a movie.
Everything you ever wanted to know about bolts ... Mike Graham came across this website that provides a great deal of interesting information and links to pages on specific topics related to bolted joint technology.
The Grounding Points on a TR6 by Jim Herter ... ever wondered where all the ground points are on a TR6? Jim's article (first posted on the 6-Pack forum) gives you the answers you need. Thanks to Jim for agreeing to share his article on our site.
Source and Size of ERG Block Plug by Chuck Hobbs ... where to source a plug for the ERG hole in TR6 block.
Fabricating and Installing Headlight Relays on a TR6 by Mike Graham ... how to fabricate and install headlight relays on a TR6.
Various Utilities with a Triumph Application Bias ... Mike Graham found this link to a number of interesting online resources including, among others: a program to compare SU needles; a speed and RPM calculator; a wheel and tire sizes and their effect on speedometer readings; a power to weight ratio calculator; an article on tuning SU carbs; and a visual reference to various Triumph camshafts.
Substitute and Interchangeable Parts for Spitfire and GT6 ... Chuck Hobbs submitted this link to non-Triumph parts that will work just as well, if not better.
Adding a Horn Relay to a TR3 by Brian Mills ... the last technical article written by Brian for Mike Graham's 1956 TR3.
The Triumph Camshaft Sprocket Saga by Brian Mills ... not such a big deal ... think again.
Valve Timing Particular to Triumph Engines by Brian Mills ... step by step instructions.
Canadian Tire Battery Charger by Mike Graham and Brian Mills ... is a $10 charger useful?
Distributor Replacement by Brian Mills ... more step by step instructions.
Build it Yourself
Here is a rather interesting parts cleaner made with a plastic jar and a palm sander ... video here.
Designing a Blasting Cabinet by Brian Mills ... the design considerations required to make your own cabinet.
A Home-Build Blasting Cabinet by Louis Boucher ... putting theory into practice with design ideas.
Accelerator Shaft Bushing by Mike Graham ... a different approach to a known issue with the TR6.
Rather Safe Than Sorry by Mike Graham ... make your own inexpensive supplemental hood release for a TR6.
Engine Side Valances for Spitfire 1500 by Andrew Miller ... prototypes of two styles of engine side valances.
Building Your Own LBC Trailer by Liv Haasper ... design considerations if you want to build a trailer.
Body Work and Paint
Here is a video showing how to make a rather interesting parts cleaner with some plastic jars and a palm sander.
The Autocolorlibrary is a good website with lots of paint colour information. This site has paint code cross references.
Comprehensive collection of information about Triumph colours (complied by Central Oklahoma Vintage Triumph Registry, original source https://www.triumphsokc.org/paintinfo). See Paint Colours and Paint Code Spreadsheet.
Inner Fender Splash Guards for a TR6 by Chuck Hobbs ... a guide to making and installing inner fender splash guards for a TR6 from junk-yard splash guards from a Chevrolet Impala (2000-2005) or Buick Century (1997-2005).
Refurbishing TR6 Window Slides by Chuck Hobbs ... a step by step guide to renewing your window slides.
Want some tips about MIG and other types of welding? Mike Graham found this interesting site in the UK.
Original TR6 Colours by Barry Lucus (with additional information from Derek Graham and Terry O'Beirne) ... pictures and information about available TR6 colours. Thanks to Barry for agreeing to share the article on our site.
TR6 Plenum Drain Hose Modification Revisited by Chuck Hobbs ... important modification if you are working on TR6 fenders.
Floor and Sill Replacement GT6 (Part 1) by Liv Haasper ... practical instructions on how to make repairs.
Floor and Sill Replacement GT6 (Part 2) by Liv Haasper ... more practical instructions on how to make repairs.
Installation of Inner and Outer Sills on TR3 by Don Elliott ... step by step instructions for tackling this job.
Storage Tips and Cleaning
Moss Motors has posted a series of articles to help you get your car on the road safely this Spring.
Spring Start Up Tips - Here are a couple of links to help you get your car ready for its first drive of the season ... Classic Motorsports and Hagerty.
Spring Startup ... Here are some tips from Hagerty Insurance for waking your car up in the Spring.
Cleaning Tires ... Mike Graham found this article on why tire sidewalls turn brown and how to prevent it from happening.
Winterizing Your Triumph by Liv Haasper ... things to think about when you store your car.
Winter Storage Tips by Andre Rousseau ... now is the winter of our discontent.
Looking for Year of Manufacture Licence Plates ... there are a couple of local companies that might be able to help you out.