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ozkippy Michael Kip
Emerald, Victoria, Australia   AUS
1976 Triumph Stag "Staglet"
1978 Triumph TR7 "Yellow Wedge"
1979 Triumph TR7
Just last this afternoon I finally located the reason for a loud bang in the drive train / rear suspension of Staglet. It turned out , off course, that if it had been any more obvious it would have bitten me
A bit of recent history which sent me looking in the wrong place. A track day recently saw a broken sheared off axle and a sad man. I replaced that outer axle hub ok but was less than impressed with the play in both of the rear hubs. Hmmmm whether to get the hubs rebuilt properly or go the gold plated route and get some uprated axle assemblies from GoodParts in the US of A. Finances really didn't allow that so I sent the hubs away to Brisbane to be rebuilt by Greg Tunstall Automotive who did a really nice job and were very helpful. I fitted the rebuilt axles and went for a drive to see how Staglet handled now. I heard and felt a loud thump bang which I put down to loss of traction and a heavy right footspinning smiley sticking its tongue out. Well I was hoping it was a once off but sadly there really was something wrong. Hmmm did I stuff up the diff when I pulled out the drives to attend to an oil weep? Are the bolts that tap into the alloy trailing arms loose or moving? Is it just a failing universal joint?????confused smiley. I crawled under trying to find what could be causing the offending noise. It seems to be related to a power on / off issue which led me perhaps to a Uni Joint thing but it was too loud for that if you catch my drift. Lets just say I was getting pretty concerned about how I really did need that hoist in the workshop/ car port instead of crawling under with a torch and glasses slipping off to turn the world blurry. Hmmm seems to be play in one of the driveshaft uni's but not much. Maybe a bit of play in the diff. Did I do that a mischief??. Finally went off for a sulk and a consoling beer as that always works hey?. Hmmm I did replace those big round mountings for the rear sub-frame arms a while ago and maybe they have come loose. So out with the rear seat to locate the head of the nut with a socket under the car to test the tightness of the bolt. Hmmmm that looks strange and why is there a shiny point on the sub- frame arm?? Oh shit !!!!!!! well at least I have found the problem. I feel such an idiot for not seeing it straight away but then the best place to hide is in plain view drinking smiley
Have a good day Staggering.
Michael

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Wirewheels Gold Member Brian Induni
Oregon City, Oreogn, USA   USA
1963 MG MGB
1963 MG MGB "Casper"
1966 Austin-Healey Sprite "~ Sold ~"
1973 Triumph Stag    & more
On the road, finally, after nearly 30 years of slumbering. Getting new sneakers on all 4 corners today (ORIGINAL tires still there). Still need to sort out the engine a bit, but it's tough to get a newly rebuilt engine to purr out of the gate. Going to bring the Stag to the Portland ABFM (All British Field Meet) this weekend in her current state of "in process". I usually bring completely restored and ready for an award cars to shows, but thought I'd go for originality this year.

Small pic, but you get the idea.



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accoj John Burley
Marsden, Queensland, Australia   AUS
1977 Triumph Stag
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Well I got the roadworthy certificate last week
and I got the letter from my local classic car club
and Im off to the rego office in the morning to get the baby all legal
here in Queensland and most of Australia if your car or truck is
30 years or older you can get club rego which it $200 instead of $1000
for a V8 which is crap cause my Stag 3 litre is smaller than a six
which cost $800 and $600 for a four cylinder
but with club rego engine size doesnt matter
I will let you know how I get on
John

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accoj John Burley
Marsden, Queensland, Australia   AUS
1977 Triumph Stag
1977 Triumph Stag
1977 Triumph Stag
2004 Ford Falcon "My New Toy"    & more
Well the baby is all registered now
and have fitted my personal plates
that I bought on Ebay for $50
they are almost my initials
anyway it cost $88 to put the plates in my name
and $250 for 6 months rego which included
$160 transfer fee a percentage of the $4000 I paid for the car
anyway we are all legal now and Im off to the club meet on Friday
heres a pic of my new plates
and the silver one is my daily driver
its a 2003 Ford Fairmont 4 litre twincam
with a 4 speed auto and all the fruit
thanks John

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Vancouver, BC, Canada   CAN
1964 Vespa VNB 125
1966 MG MGB "The Bomber RIP"
1983 Suzuki MC GS750E "Kate"
1986 Merkur XR4Ti "The Rally Car"    & more
Congrats on the paperwork (what fun...), looks great!



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accoj John Burley
Marsden, Queensland, Australia   AUS
1977 Triumph Stag
1977 Triumph Stag
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Well went to my first official meeting on Friday the to a swap meet on Sunday
With the club rego here in Queensland you are limited on where you can drive
the rules are
driving to a club meet
driving to a car show
driving to get repairs
or driving for testing
plus the car has to be at least 30 years old
other states have different rules for club rego
thanks John

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accoj John Burley
Marsden, Queensland, Australia   AUS
1977 Triumph Stag
1977 Triumph Stag
1977 Triumph Stag
2004 Ford Falcon "My New Toy"    & more
Well today I drove the Stag down to a little town called Beaudesert
about 20 miles south of me to a swap meet and car show
as I got it registered with club rego its legal for me to go to car shows
well I got home and parked in the better halfs spot
and when I went to start it I got nothing only solenoid clicks
I jacked it up and hit the starter but still only clicks I even bridged
out the solenoid with power straight from the battery and still nothing
looks like the starter will be coming out
lucky it happened in my driveway and not at the swap
thanks John

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accoj John Burley
Marsden, Queensland, Australia   AUS
1977 Triumph Stag
1977 Triumph Stag
1977 Triumph Stag
2004 Ford Falcon "My New Toy"    & more
Nothing
The Stag is waiting for a new starter to turn up
I found one in the US for $190 plus delivery
and the conversion of USD to AUD all up $300 AU
it is a remanufactured one (whatever that means)
its a Nippon Denso brand so I will have to wait and see
I will let you all know how I get on
thanks John

ozkippy Michael Kip
Emerald, Victoria, Australia   AUS
1976 Triumph Stag "Staglet"
1978 Triumph TR7 "Yellow Wedge"
1979 Triumph TR7
A track day at Sandown race-course in Melbourne for me and Staglet.
Lots of fun and nothing went pop except my ego by being passed by more Austin Healeys than I have seen in one place for ages. Its nice seeing old cars being given a big stick of hurry up as they don't muck around haha. Also a Triumph 2500 that went really well and looked good doing it too. I wont mention the TR7 with a 5 litre stroked Rover engine as there was no way could I keep up except in the wet first session.
A great day and I recommend those who wish to have fun to give it ago.
Michael

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accoj John Burley
Marsden, Queensland, Australia   AUS
1977 Triumph Stag
1977 Triumph Stag
1977 Triumph Stag
2004 Ford Falcon "My New Toy"    & more
Today I started to rub down the paint work I have to get rid of that yellow
I bogged up a couple of dents where the front bumper bolts go through
I picked up 4 litres of 2 pack in Blue print an Aussie Ford colour
its a mid blue metalic Im doing all the prep work and spraying the undercoat
my self and Ive got someone to lay the colour and the clear on for me
I will get some pics up soon
this is going to be a lengthy job cost wise
the paint was a bargain $50 but Ive got to pay full price for
the under coat hardener and clear and all the other bits I need
anyway talk later
PS I just got the bill in for my rego which is due next month
$185 for twelve months thats on club rego $800 for normal rego
as I live in Queensland I only have to get a roadworthy certificate
the once and I just pay the renewal each year
other states are different
thanks John

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Oregon City, Oreogn, USA   USA
1963 MG MGB
1963 MG MGB "Casper"
1966 Austin-Healey Sprite "~ Sold ~"
1973 Triumph Stag    & more
OK, Skye, only took me a year to reply, but a lot has happened in a year....

Here is a link to some pics and videos of my Stag. I'm driving it pretty regularly, and it has had no issues in the course of zipping around. I did put a large pusher fan in front of the radiator, and it kicks on when driving around town. Does anyone have a picture of what "normal" looks like on the temp gauge???

https://picasaweb.google.com/108558895530103292559/1973TriumphStag?authuser=0&feat=directlink



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Vancouver, BC, Canada   CAN
1964 Vespa VNB 125
1966 MG MGB "The Bomber RIP"
1983 Suzuki MC GS750E "Kate"
1986 Merkur XR4Ti "The Rally Car"    & more
Looking good! Sounds like it's progressing at the same speed as my projects winking smiley

Aren't temp gauges usually set by the designers such that normal is about middle of the range?



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accoj John Burley
Marsden, Queensland, Australia   AUS
1977 Triumph Stag
1977 Triumph Stag
1977 Triumph Stag
2004 Ford Falcon "My New Toy"    & more
Well the other week I took off the CD175s as it wouldnt start
without pouring some petrol down the power brakes vacuum line
and into the intake manifold that was when it was hot or cold
I got a Holley adaptor plate welded to the intake manifold
and fitted a 350 Holley carb well it started first go
but after a minute it poured out fuel so I played with the floats
and needle and seat and got it to run with out leaking
I hooked up the auto trans kickdown cable but I will have
to make up some sort of bracket to hold the accelerator
cable anyway I bought an Edlebrock alloy air cleaner
from the swap meet all went well till I tried to shut the bonnet
so back to the drawing board
thats all for now
talk later
John

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ozkippy Michael Kip
Emerald, Victoria, Australia   AUS
1976 Triumph Stag "Staglet"
1978 Triumph TR7 "Yellow Wedge"
1979 Triumph TR7
I took the opportunity of some free time to get some new tyres. All was well except as I pulled into the shop and turned the engine off there was a clatter and a choof sound out through the carby. Sort of a soft backfire I guess. After waiting for the tyre guys to do their thing I started Staglet and she ran rough as missing badly.moody smiley
I got home OK and was thinking a miss caused by a faulty sparkplug or lead but they checked out Ok as best I can tell. HMMMMM compression check in order. All 180 psi in 7 cylinders and 0 in one . Zilch, Nada nothing . Ah crap!!!!!!. Tomorrow a leak down test I think to see if its valve train of piston with a hole>
m
OH Dear
Michael

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accoj John Burley
Marsden, Queensland, Australia   AUS
1977 Triumph Stag
1977 Triumph Stag
1977 Triumph Stag
2004 Ford Falcon "My New Toy"    & more
With the 350 Holley leaking and the accelerator pump not pumping any fuel
I started looking around for another 350
I got a second hand one that was previously recoed for $100
bolted it on turned the key and it jumped into life and idled with out having to do anything
also I bought a six inch round chrome air filter and all is well Ive just got to make a bracket
to hold the throttle cable and make it all work
anyway its all happening here with the yellow baby

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