Sunday, November 14, 2021
Sunday, October 31, 2021
FLUIDS / OIL. I've been told: "If your car is not leaking oil, what's going on?"
Answer: It's out of oil.
Yes, Triumph cars leak oil. So the first rule of maintenance to learn is to keep refilling it.
Ahhh, but with what oil?
I spoke to many people and read many confusing articles. All agreed that I needed an oil with zinc.
So I'm using Volvoline 20W-50 high zinc. If you have a better idea, I'd like to hear it.
I also have a supply of large flattened cardboard boxes for my garage to absorb the oil. But since I have an attached garage and a wife with a sensitive nose, I've just bought oil absorbing sand in hopes that it will help suppress the odor.
FLUIDS / Petrol. This has been the subject of less discussion. I put in premium and never unleaded. Again, if you have a better idea, I'd like to hear it.
Fluids/Break Fluid. I put dot 3 break fluid into my car. I picked the more expensive Prestone Max Synthetic Dot 3. If you have a better idea, I'd like to hear it. I think I've also heard that Dot 4 is the right one but then, I'm easily confused. Speaking of confused, there are two near identical looking places to put in fluids (pictured below). Both are directly in front of the driver (remember, it's the US version so on the left). I was told by one person that they are my left and right brake fluid reservoirs so they should be topped up whenever necessary with brake fluid. So I did. Today at a Coffee and Cars get-together, I was told that one is for my clutch, the other for my brakes. I'm relieved to see as I look in the manual (Haynes, Triumph GT6 & Vitesse by Terry Davey) that he cites for the "Brake and Clutch Hydraulic Reservoirs", Hydraulic fluid to SAE J1703 (sic) or Universal Brake and Clutch Fluid. So brake fluid is fine for both.
Speaking of brakes, Haynes says (P 140): Disc brakes are fitted to the front wheels of all models together with single leading shoe drum brakes at the rear. The mechanically operated handbrake works on the rear wheels only.... Drum brakes have to be adjusted periodically..."
Fluids / Grill. I've heard that I can just put in distilled water since I live in a temperate zone. Others have said that anitfreeze is better for the car. So far, I haven't put any in. I'm open to more advise.
Fluids / What else is there? I've been pointed a few times towards these nipples on the suspension which I should be hitting regularly with a grease gun. I'm thinking this might be something that my mechanic does.
All these fluids should be changed once a year. I do low mileage, probably less than 5,000 miles a year. But then, I've only had it six months and been pretty timid so far about where I'll take it.
Cleaning. Wow, a great number of people at the cars and coffee monthly meeting complement me on my car and then start giving me advise on how to clean it up. I guess they think it is dirty and gross. Hmmm. Here's what I've heard.
Leather cleaner for the seats. I was also told that a mix of a little ammonia in water would work. I do have some leather cleaner that I've been using.
Engine. People talk about putting a bag over the air filters and the alternator and all the electrical and then spraying the engine liberally with Motor Cleaner Foam and then rinsing thoroughly with water. I would think that I want someone who has done this before to show me before I try and somehow spray stuff somewhere which gums up the works.
Dashboard - Some wood polish.
I try to be like a doctor. First and foremost, do no harm!
Safety Mods to Prioritize
- Seat belts. Shoulder or waist? Where to buy? What size and color? Are there holes already drilled?
- Seat Belt Planet - Triumph section does NOT mention Vitesses or Heralds.
- Moss Europe- Triumph section does NOT mention Vitesses or Heralds.
- Mirrors. Originally, the cars were sent from Triumph to the dealers without mirrors. The dealers then put on mirrors. The Vitesse usually received hood mirrors of an octagonal shape. At least, that's the type of mirrors that was on ours. In any case, my car only has a left hand mirror which is wiggling all over the place, it's a bullet mirror. Replace with bullets on both side as perhaps less original but more useful? Again, where to get them?
- Horn. The horn does not work. Should be easy to fix. But I hear hard to keep working. I think the issue is the switch inside the steering wheel. What to do?
Monday, October 11, 2021
Friday, October 8, 2021
I splurged on a long handled ratchet. With a big enough lever, I’ll move the world.
I could also knock my bumper off if I’m not careful.
But where exactly to put the jack. I only have this little original jack. Probably should have thought about that when I was at Autozone.
But is it placed right? Here’s some confusing bottom up photography.
Plus, once I get it off, how dangerous is it for the car to sit there on three wheels and a jack in the garage that people walk through ?
Real wheel blocks of just bricks.
The punchline to my day is I got the wheel to a tire center who filled it with air but… could not find a leak!!!!
So I guess it somehow leaked around the edges, perhaps bumped loose by speed bump or pothole? So next day, I brought it home and reassembled quite quickly.
All's well that ends well! Although my confidence took a beating....
It couldn’t be simpler. A flat in my garage. I splurged on a long handled ratchet. With a big enough lever, I’ll move the world. I could als...
My Dad was not a sports car type. Yet he drove a very cool little British Sports car. And now I’m driving one. Here's how it happened....
John Edelson, Triumph Vitesse. Happy Days. John Edelson, Triumph Vitesse. Carmen, Emy, and Bella.