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Tim’s Triumph!

29 Jun Tim Loves His Triumph TR6

They say you never forget your first love or your first car.  If your first car was a Triumph TR-6 it is easy to understand they are one in the same.  At an early age my father introduced me to the concept of having irrational opinions and passions about cars.  So naturally he was determined I would get an Red Blooded American Car such as a Trans-Am or El Camino (just as long as it was not a Ford).  Naturally being a young teen I pointed my passion in another direction and my intentions were seduced by the British (Rovers, Jags and most importantly Triumph). The sweet nostalgia as I write this of remembering delivering newspapers to save for a car while checking the classifieds to find the TR-6.  There was a nice white TR-6 around the lake I would see and lust over.  While some friends had Spitfires and TR-7’s and TR-8’s, the 6 was always my love at first sight.

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Finally, I found my first TR-6 (Pictured below) and my father swore that if I purchased that I was on my own when it would to working on it.  I welcomed the challenge because I never looked at the size of metric wrenches anyway, like most men whether they admit it or not I just would tinker until I found what worked.  In retrospect it was probably one of the best things to have happened to me because I learned so much about cars and worked on rebuilding it from the ground up.  It also helped me learn to troubleshoot and improvise solutions in the days before mobile phones, you tube tutorials or even readily accessible parts.  This was a skill set that served me well into my adulthood and other professions.  It was among the favorite parts of my youth.  After a few years it threw a rod on I-30 over Lake Ray Hubbard.  Determined to rebuild the engine and get her back on the road I was also studying to go into the performing arts.  I had to give her up with the condition that I would get another one someday.

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An appropriate amount of decades later I had a significant birthday and a car collector out of Plano must have known men at that birthday have the means for a quick sale and a desire to recapture that youth.  It was also a Blue TR-6 but of the early years.  Getting behind the wheel was quite literally and figuratively a time machine.  The unique symphony of the senses of sound, smell and of course the classy visuals reminded me it was time to fulfill that promise I made in my youth.  However my credit union was closed and by the time I got back to him during the week the car had already sold.  1000196_10200452941307347_180872773_n1005452_10200452935547203_124823924_n

I could not be disappointed because part of the Triumph experience for me is working on them and so I knew I was looking for an Early Triumph T-6 that I could actually rebuild and invest in it to make it exactly what I wanted.  With modern innovations I could do things I only dreamed of with my first TR-6.  There were kits that introduced modern technology and reliability with classic style.  If it were already impeccably restored it would be a shame to tamper with that.

In the fall of 2013 I found my current TR-6 near White Rock Lake being sold on behalf of its owner for nearly 25 years by a Dallas Realtor named Ben.  Another “Car Friend” named Bill Mott strongly encouraged me to make the investment.  She looked rough as she had seen much more action than many that spent most of their times on display or trailer-ed to shows instead of on the road.  Everything that needed attention with her were all things I was experienced or had resources to fix.  One of the big selling points is that she drove and had seen a good portion of the United States.  Here are her pics from when I got her in 2013.

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Again referencing British Culture, she immediately made me think of Doctor Who’s beat up old blue box known as the TARDIS.  Many friends that saw her also jumped to the same conclusion.  It was further refined to “Sexy” (As Whovians know that is what the TARDIS thinks is her name) and it is a play on “Sixy” as in TR-Sixy.

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I spent the winter of 2013 refinishing her wood and customizing her interior and having a very nice custom paint job done by Victor Figueroa.  Although not one of the original colors I chose the color based on my favorite blue TR-6’s and the color of James Bond’s Aston Martin  (Another passion of mine of British Culture and many people don’t realize James Bond also drove a Triumph as seen below in a STAG).  When Victor presented me with the options the color code was the same as my Birthday and then it was like it was fate.   
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trrestoreprimer2She made her debut to the All British Car Day 2014 at White Rock Lake as a work in progress and I was excited to meet some of the Red River Triumph Club and am proud to now be an official member returning in 2015.

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As a 72 (and a half) she falls more on the early 69-72 side which are known to have leaky transmissions.  She had her original transmission that needed some love.  I invested in a freshly rebuilt, tested and warrantied Toyota Supra 5 Speed using the HVDA kit. (www.hvdaconversions.com). There are other kits out there but Herman came highly recommended and was always available for questions both before, during and after the upgrade and the shipping and instructions were very helpful and informative.  There is a local shop Trans Pro in Garland Texas that knows exactly how to do it. (Ask for Stuart and tell him I sent ya).

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Combined with new Pirelli P4 Tires it feels like a smooth performance machine that Triumph probably would have opted for if they had the technology.  I was a fan of the red line tires but was advised if my goal was to have an ultimate driving machine instead of a display trophy, Pirelli was the way to go.  The narrow red lines did not handle well in corners or elements and look classy with the wire wheels, but I have the original drum wheels, which look like a front loading washing machine, at least according to TOP GEAR:  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FageCtKA0g)

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The Lucas Lamp of Darkness has been upgraded to modern LED including some pale blue halo running lights for a unique look with her classic features.  I have added a custom smaller steering wheel and some chrome accents.  Just prior to the 2015 ABCDE event I went back to Ray’s Trim (who professionally installed the New and Treated Sunfast Tan Cloth Top) to do the high end black leather seats complete with dual level seat heaters from Moss.  She is also equipped with the retro bluetooth stereo and the updated center counsel with dual utility jacks to charge modern tech.

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My plans are to rebuild the entire engine and add a supercharger if Moss ever makes them available again.  They are available for early TR-6’s prior to the 72 and a half.  Once complete I plan to tour doing the Moss Motoring Challenge in 2016.  I am hoping to do much more as an official active member of the Red River Triumph Club in 2015.

Goals and Resolutions for 2014

9 Jan

The years in which I wrote my goals and resolutions in journals were indeed some of the most productive years of my life.  Last year I came into the 21st century by blogging and met and exceeded every personal goal (except 1 in the physical fitness category and I have to admit that goal was a dangerous stretch).  So here we are with a new set of goals and resolutions for 2014.

Lets get Physical- My major fitness goal is to earn the SPARTAN RACE TRIFECTA!  This was my goal last year and it was not achieved yet.  However with all things that I do not master immediately I learned and adjusted for 2014.  It’s not just the physical agility and ability, nor about the mental strategy, but I failed to consider the logistics department.  I really wanted to do Seattle and Vegas but those are tricky to pull off between training, travel, companions, etc.  It was fun to do the Spartan Sprint down in Burnet where I had some help in the logistics planning.  To earn the Trifecta they must all be complete within the same calendar year.  I will not fail this year.  I will make each a destination and have multiple backup plans.  Of all the super fit, flexible and fantastic people I know, only one person my age range that has completed this goal.

Now I am proud of the fact that I maintained my weight loss and maintained a pretty healthy lifestyle all on my own.  2014 goal is to drop 20 lbs to be in the opTIMum range for my height and frame then rebuild with lean toned muscle.  I’ve renewed my membership at 24 Hour Fitness and plan to continue to workout outside whenever possible and maintain the Daniel Craig lifestyle and less James Bond (totally nailed the drinking and the stress aspect of the character, now I just need the Abs).  

 My professional career goal last year was “I will continue to grow in my current position increasing my productivity by at least 20%, averaging in the top 10 of my team and hopefully and making a place for myself on the national stage.”  I remember thinking that was a stretch but overshot this goal in a ridiculous fashion.  By March I had the #1 guy running scared and surpassed him by May.  By July I was a candidate for the position of VP over one of the largest BBB’s and by the end of the year I am a Vice President over multiple regions with a team under me that does more in 1 week than I anticipated doing in 1 month when I set my 2013 goals.  So where to begin for 2014?  I have a financial stretch goal that I will not post to the public, but once that goal is achieved I will form a foundation to philanthropically continue my support for the arts as well as assist my associates in the direction of financial independence.  I would now like the top 3 spots to consist of my team members in addition to myself.  With the arts and philanthropic side of my career I hope to launch a new era as “Shane-Arts” enters its third decade and reward you all for your support for the previous two.   

Spirituality was another area of extreme growth perhaps as a result of a significant amount of meditative “alone time”.  In 2014 I will continue to live in the present moment and begin and end each day with mindfulness.

Fun – They say the difference between men and boys is the size of their toys and I plan to travel by Rover, Bike and as I fully restore my very first car the Triumph TR6 to enjoy a lifestyle envious of James Bond or Batman.  

To recap

1.) Spartan Race Trifecta 2014
2.) Ideal weight and fitness for my height and frame
3.) Lead the best team in North America
4.) Launch my new artistic ventures
5.) Become a Jedi Master equivilant of being a Mindful and Peaceful Warrior.  ImageImage