More than a fair question to be asking considering the lack of presence over the past 10 months. Quite obviously I have dedicated nearly zero time to blogging during this time period but I promise you that the Triumph has not left my mind.
First off, welcome to the new website! While Blogger has proved itself to be a very useful and economical (i.e. free) option for those wanting an easy to manage, simple service to host their hobby blog, I decided to make the jump over to WordPress to allow for more advanced options for creating and sharing content.
I am going to make an active effort to keep this website up to date with both the progress of my Triumph GT6 build and photos of my travels. Expect to see more content filtering through the website over the next month!
So, onto the GT6 then.
Truth be told, earlier on this year the dedication and passion that once pumped through my veins for this build started to cool off any dry out. Why? Well it wasn’t necessarily due to a lack of desire for the end-game but rather I found myself enjoying more of life’s offerings that extended past building a car or immersing myself in the automotive culture. Talking to my significant other, my friends and my family, I am constantly reminded of that infamous saying “there’s more to life than cars!”.
They’re right, you know.
Whether it be trips to Blue Mountain, video game and pizza nights, hiking some awesome local trails, the gym or dedicating your time to growing and building upon a successful career, time can escape you in an instant. Recently, I’ve spent most of my time working towards the latter in my new role as an ISO / Quality Engineering Coordinator at my new job. Thankfully, I am back to working locally and no longer commuting an average of three hours a day. I wouldn’t be surprised if this transition added years to my life.
Between the dedication to my career and enjoying life outside of cars, I have been actively designing, experimenting, researching and determining solutions for the Triumph, the first of which is the selection and fitment of my new wheels.
Due to the GT6’s oddball bolt pattern in the modern world, Jason Bos Manufacturing turned a set of 4 x 95 to 4 x 114.3 wheel adapters designed by both Joe at Stim Tech and myself to allow for a plethora of wheel options for the car. Matched with high strength ARP wheel studs, these adapters are not only strong but are also strikingly beautiful. 13″ Advan ARA Rally wheels have been selected for the car as an ode to the now-Japanese sourced power plant fitted under the bonnet.
While I am ecstatic that this project is finished and the result is nothing short of spectacular, unfortunately my hand was forced to get this project started and finished in a very short period of time. Needing all of the square footage of the shop in order to expand and grow Stim Tech, both Mike and I were notified that our projects could no longer stay in the shop we knew as home. At the time, it was a hard pill to swallow given the timeline but I know I would have made the same decision if I was in their shoes.
The search for a new home for our vehicles began.
Receiving an offer from an acquaintance of ours, we found ourselves at a local shop familiar to the surrounding car community. Countless hours have been pumped into these four walls to create a positive and clean working environment.
It’s been a long couple of months but the end result is nothing short of amazing.
Since our arrival, I finally managed to finish off both the chassis and engine harness. I still need to tape and loom everything together but all circuits have been proven out and are working exceptionally well. Fingers crossed the time, effort and money that has been dedicated to completely redesign and create a modern electrical system is not in vein.
The car has become alive once more.
In an effort to limit corrosion within the wiring harness, tri-sealed connectors have been fitted to prevent external contamination and reduce the load on the crimped connections. Another benefit of upgrading to modern connectors is mitigating the risk of accidentally plugging bullet connectors into the wrong location during installation of electrical components.
They’re a bit of extra work, but well worth it!
The last odds and ends within the fuel system are being finalized. With the fuel tank reinstalled, the location for the return line bung has been marked for drilling and welding. The Walbro fuel pump, running off of a relay fired by the ignition switch, is mounted, tested and happily wining away.
The last larger scale project I’ve been dedicating a fair amount of time to is my dashboard and the gauges that it will support. My original design I made from a low resolution image I found on Google didn’t fit correctly… surprise surprise. Thankfully I got in contact with a fellow Triumpher who had dashboard panels drawn up on CAD.
Provisions have been incorporated for a instrument brightness adjustment dial, external indicators for signals, a discreet shift light, defrost, high-beam and low-beam lights, a classic cigarette lighter, an oil pressure gauge and an analog clock. The plans are looking fantastic and I couldn’t be more excited!
That brings me to my next hurdle in the project.
AutoMeter offers a service where you can design your own gauges based on a list of their components at no additional cost. During a trip for work, I designed a gauge set of my own in an effort to mimic the lovely Smiths gauges originally fitted to the car.
I was never truly happy with this setup, they still had the classic “AutoMeter” look to them. Putting this on the back burner for a couple months turned out to be a god send as I recently stumbled upon works of instrumentation art.
ETB instruments. Made to order. Look them up!
Tachometer, speedometer, fuel level, oil pressure, water temperature and an analog clock are on the way. More on that later.
Finally, after too many months, the car is progressing in the right direction.
This blog post is significant to the build for so many reasons but the largest reason is just below this paragraph. I told myself that I wouldn’t make another blog post until all strides have been made to get the Miata engine running, even if it is not yet idling.
As a conclusion to this update, enjoy the video!