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Triumph Repair: Triumph Spitfire stuck in reverse, gear shift, triumph spitfire
gear shift, triumph spitfire: Hi Scott, That depends on what made it stick in the up position. You are going to have to remove the center tunnel cover to look at it and see why it is stuck. If it is not clearly evident what is wrong let me know and I will tell you how to take the shift...

Triumph Repair: What th' heck is it?, spitfire restoration, spitfire 1500
spitfire restoration, spitfire 1500, restoration specialist: Hi George, You got me!! I don t remember seeing that piece of metal anywhere. It will probably take a Spitfire restoration specialist to ID that one. If anyone out there is a Spitfire restoration specialist contact us and we will post this picture on my...

Triumph Repair: 1973 Spitfire 1500 - mechanical tach, british car club, thrust washer
british car club, thrust washer, moss motors: Get in contact with your local British car club, many Spitfire owners have parts cars or locate a British car shop in your area, they often have used parts or know of those in the area who do. Also contact Moss Motors as I believe they have a distributor rebuild...

Triumph Repair: 1973 TR6, john deer tractor, vacuum test
john deer tractor, vacuum test, manifold vacuum: Hi Joseph, Yes, it can be the SUs along with about a hundred other items. When a car is brought in to a dealership with such a problem we have to run tests and go through a procedure to get the engine running at it s potential. First run a manifold...

Triumph Repair: 1973 triumph TR6, triumph tr6, oil leaks
triumph tr6, oil leaks, oil capacity: Hi Ronnie, On a oil change it takes 5 US qts. don t forget to fill the new filter before you put it on and spin the engine over with the spark plugs out until you see oil pressure on the gauge (35 PSI) then put the spark plugs back in and you can start the...

Triumph Repair: 1976 Triumph Spit ignition switch replaced, brown wires, fuse panel
brown wires, fuse panel, napa auto: Hi Sergio, As per the wiring diagram for your car, All plain brown wires are power wires, White w/pink tracer is radio, White w/red tracer (or Orange tracer) is starter relay, Plain white is ignition and one fuse in the fuse panel and Brown w/red tracer...

Triumph Repair: 1978 Spits 1500 carb, spitfire 1500, vacuum test
spitfire 1500, vacuum test, weber carb: Hi Harold, There are Weber conversions available but you need the manifold too. Search the Internet for Weber conversion for a Spitfire 1500 to check best prices. However, there are dozens of things that can make a car do what symptoms you have besides...

Triumph Repair: 74 TR6 Ignition Switch Replacement, wire colors, early cars
wire colors, early cars, column switch: Hi Wes, I don t have any reference numbers of switches. Even though I put many switches in TR-6s over the years I don t remember which ones had which number of connections. Although I have been faced with the same problem on other cars. All you need to do...

Triumph Repair: 76 Spit vacuum retard
Hi Barry, You can t blame the carburetor nor the vacuum unit until you have someone who is skilled at tuning a engine that has been altered. ANY time you alter an engine in any way you change the carburetion, ignition advance, ignition advance curve necessary...

Triumph Repair: 76 spit idles but wont run, vacuum test, manifold vacuum
vacuum test, manifold vacuum, test note: Hi Sam, If it ran ok before you worked on the choke system it makes sense to look at that first. Check the screw you put in first to see that it is not too long. Even though that choke repair is likely where the problem is, if you find that the screw...

Triumph Repair: 76 triumph spitfire 1500, triumph spitfire 1500, point gap
triumph spitfire 1500, point gap, rich mixture: Powder black is Flat black and is excess fuel per amount of air (rich mixture) You should only use the color of the spark as an indicator if you look at it inside of in a well shaded area, not out in bright light. A thick blue spark is a strong spark and...

Triumph Repair: dolomite 1500 not starting, resistor type, rotor arm
resistor type, rotor arm, correct distributor: Hi Cole, We never got any of the Dolomites here in the US but that doesn t matter because an engine that don t start is the easiest one to diagnose. All engines only require three items to run. Compression, fire and fuel. You have already tested compression...

Triumph Repair: Electrical and tach, starter solenoid, reverse polarity
starter solenoid, reverse polarity, weber carb: Hi Jeff, If you grounded the negative side of the coil while you had a volt meter connected to the positive side of the coil and noted 6 or 7 volts when you grounded the negative side, then it is correct as the power to the coil goes through a resistor wire...

Triumph Repair: Fuel delivery, psi pressure, fuel gauge
psi pressure, fuel gauge, pressure fuel: Hi Dan, Remove the fuel line from the carburetor and lower it into a can or jar and remove all four spark plugs and the wires on either side of the coil and have someone spin the starter. If the fuel pump is working it will soon start pumping fuel. Then put...

Triumph Repair: Hesitation Problems, head gasket failure, coolant system
head gasket failure, coolant system, belt tension: Hi Tom, When the squealing noise started, was the temperature high? Did you loose any coolant? If the temp was not high, a thermostat is ruled out. Noise could have been the belt, so at that time you should have checked to see if the belt showed any signs...

Triumph Repair: Very low mpg, idles high at 1500, poor mileage, spitfire 1500
poor mileage, spitfire 1500, fuel mileage: Hi Sam, 1500 RPM is too fast for an idle which may be caused by many things. A sticking throttle pedal, cable, linkage or a problem in the choke system. When the car is warmed up and idling at 1500 RPM have someone give the throttle a few quick blips...

Triumph Repair: Oil Pan Gasket and Other, digital micrometer, pan gasket
digital micrometer, pan gasket, reinforcement plates: Hi George, A thin paper gasket is ok for an alloy pan but every sheet metal pan I ever pulled were warped at each bolt hole due to the tension at each bolt compressing the gasket (usually thick as you say) If you were to replace a thick gasket with a thin...

Triumph Repair: Rolling road forTR6 engine on carbs., dynos, dynamometer
dynos, dynamometer, driving conditions: Hi Nick, Rolling Road meaning a Dynamometer? Tuning on a Dyno is the best method to find and correct problems in a car. It allows a mechanic to test the car under all driving conditions while he monitors the electrical system, Ignition system and fuel system...

Triumph Repair: Spark plug wiring, spark plug wires, compression stroke
spark plug wires, compression stroke, tdc mark: Hi Jack, A diagram will do you no good because it depends on what was done when the engine was apart last. It can be timed easily though. Do this, Remove #1 spark plug and the distributor cap. Put the car in 4th gear (brake off on level ground) Use the...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire 1500 electrical, fuse block, heater blower
fuse block, heater blower, test light: Hi John, It sounds like a bad ground problem in the back but the other stuff, I would first remove the fuses and sand the fuses and sand the spring clips in the fuse block. They are noted for having intermittent bad connections. If that don t solve the...

Triumph Repair: SU HIF44 (HIF6) Needle choice., alcohol fuel, camshaft
alcohol fuel, camshaft, tr6: Hi Nick, Ha! very funny. Unless someone had done that exact same modifications there is no one on this planet that will be able to tell you exactly which needle is needed. You need to read my story on my web site about when I made my own needles for a...

Triumph Repair: TR7 anit-run-on valve gas leak, charcoal canister, vent hose
charcoal canister, vent hose, gas leaks: Hi Mark, The anti-run on valve cuts off the venting of the float chamber to shut the engine down. So if fuel is in that valve it most likely came from a flooding float chamber. However, that valve is also connected to the charcoal canister so just to...

Triumph Repair: TR7 clutch problem, triumph stag, clutch system
triumph stag, clutch system, temp gauge: Mark, it does not matter because no matter what it is, it is inside and you must open it up to fix it no matter what it is, and it will be very evident when you get it out. I never seen a broken clutch arm on a 7 but I guess if the bearing slider were rusted...

Triumph Repair: thermostatic vacuum switch, emission control device, vacuum hoses
emission control device, vacuum hoses, vacuum diagram: Hi Lester, Check with what is required as an emission control device and if it is not required as an emission control device then you can chuck it. If you are asking if it is needed to run the car, no it is not needed to make the car run well. As I already...

Triumph Repair: When to torque suspension, sway bar link, spitfire 1500
sway bar link, spitfire 1500, link assembly: Generally any bolt or nut that might try to lock what ever you are tightening in place and when let down it might try to move to a different position. As for torquing nuts and bolts, most service manuals have a section in the front of the book that give...

Triumph Repair: no vacuum, triumph tr 6, fuel vapors
triumph tr 6, fuel vapors, manifold vacuum: What is commonly called a Flame Trap is in a vacuum line to trap and condense fuel vapors so raw fuel does not migrate to a vacuum diaphragm and cause problems. Only vacuum off of the carburetor flange is Ported Vacuum Vacuum off of the intake manifold...

Triumph Repair: Weber DGAV's on a TR6, vacuum hoses, pat braden
vacuum hoses, pat braden, weber carburetors: Hi Terry, I don t have any info on the vacuum connections of that carburetor system but I can tell you some of the info on what BLM did with the TR-6. First you need to look at the distributor to see if it has a vacuum advance unit, a vacuum retard unit...

Triumph Repair: 1980 Spitfire Bumper Replacement, chrome bumper, google
chrome bumper, google, two cars: Sorry Chris, I don t know of any off of the top of my head but I have not searched for any. You should Google Spitfire parts on the net and contact some of the parts suppliers. There are still quit a few. I think the bumper brackets are bolted to the frame...

Triumph Repair: 79 TR7 Clutch issues., triumph tr7, clutch pedal
triumph tr7, clutch pedal, slave cylinder: Hi Michael, The rough preliminary test of the hydraulic system is to use your hand to push the pedal down. The first inch should be free play then the pedal should feel hard to push and feel the same all the way to the floor. Another test is to put the...

Triumph Repair: converting a 69 GT6+ to J type O/D., clutch release, engine conversions
clutch release, engine conversions, bell housing: Hi Darren, I have never tried to make that conversion but I have done other trans to engine conversions and I can tell you that it is a lot of work. (not bolt together work) Often a lot of machine and welding type work. If you are going to try it this...

Triumph Repair: Differential, spitfire 1500, prop shaft
spitfire 1500, prop shaft, diff mounts: Mike, Is it a single thump or does it keep thumping accelerating/decelerating? Single thump would be diff mounts, engine mounts, and maybe a bit of gear lash. Continued thumping is more likely a u-joint, either on the axles or on the prop shaft....

Triumph Repair: 79 TR7 Clutch issues., clutch, clash
Triumph Repair: 79 TR7 Clutch issues., clutch, clash, signs

Triumph Repair: replacing clutch, easy as pie, clutch
Triumph Repair: replacing clutch, easy as pie, clutch, good luck

Triumph Repair: GT-6 main bearings, merritt island florida, glacier bearing
merritt island florida, glacier bearing, replacement bearings: Hi Terry, Many replacement bearings are not as wide as the original bearings. As long as the tab fits and they are the correct size and the oil holes are correct they can be used. Some bearing manufactures narrow the bearings a little because on under size...

Triumph Repair: oil pan gasket, pan gasket, soft aluminum
pan gasket, soft aluminum, oil leaks: Hi Craig, First you need to clean the area you suspect is leaking oil then run the engine and keep close watch to see where the oil is coming from. If it is just caked with oil and dirt and not dripping oil on the ground, you should just try snugging the...

Triumph Repair: replacing clutch, replacing clutch, race car
replacing clutch, race car, clutch: Jeff, Ahh, so you re a small repair shop owner trying to make a killing changing the clutch on a car that you have no clue about. Thank you, it s time for me to retire. Cheers, Ji...

Triumph Repair: rocker arms frezing to rocker shaft, triumph spitfire mk3, rocker shaft
triumph spitfire mk3, rocker shaft, rocker assembly: Hi Tom, I would confirm again the lube holes and since it is getting oil, I would hone out that rocker a little as it sounds like it is either too tight and not lubing well or there is a problem in the oil passage. Also, you didn t tell me how much oil pressure...

Triumph Repair: TR7 4 Speed rebuild, thrust bearings, thrust bearing
thrust bearings, thrust bearing, sliding dogs: Hi Steve, I don t want to tell you to use clearances that are more than factory specs but I have been in many gearboxes for other things and found clearances like that many times that did not cause any problems providing you don t have bent or warn shift...

Triumph Repair: Triumph Spitfire lost key, triumph spitfire, door key
triumph spitfire, door key, instrument panel: Hi Dennis, I take it that this is an older Spitfire that does not lock the steering. If your door key and the ignition key were the same I would take which ever you find to be the easiest to remove. If this is the Ign/start switch in the instrument panel...

Triumph Repair: tr7 starting problem, bright sun light, vacuum leak
bright sun light, vacuum leak, squirt gun: Stephen, There are some simple basics here. It starts with starting fluid but not on it s own, even with the chokes on. Do this, instead of starting fluid use a oil squirt gun or anything you have to put gasoline into the intake (air filter off) Use the...

Triumph Repair: tr7 starting problem, zenith stromberg, vacuum leaks
zenith stromberg, vacuum leaks, moss motors: Hi Stephen, It sounds like the auto choke has failed (common). Moss Motors use to have a manual replacement for the auto choke system. The preliminary test for a failed auto choke system is to use starter fluid when starting and if it runs ok after warm up...

Triumph Repair: triumph camshaft GKN2011, reference manuals, camshaft
reference manuals, camshaft, google: Hi David, I don t have any parts reference manuals but I am sure that if you give that OEM number to any of the Triumph parts suppliers, they would be able to tell you which cars it is applicable to. Just Google (or what ever search engine you use on the...

Triumph Repair: Using 1300 cam in 1500 engine, cam bearings, perfect alignment
cam bearings, perfect alignment, bushings: Kevin, Yes, you can fit a 1300 cam and cam bearings into the 1500 block, it s the hot rodders tweak for the 1500s. British Leyland most likely deleted the cam bearings as an additional part cost, plus the labor to install them. I haven t seen an instance...

Triumph Repair: TR7 Not Starting, checks, reply
Triumph Repair: TR7 Not Starting, checks, reply

Triumph Repair: Ignition switch "binds", key cylinder, odd problem
key cylinder, odd problem, steering wheel: Hi Joe, Have you wiggled the steering wheel when turning the ignition switch? Many times the column lock assembly will make it difficult to turn the ignition switch. Another test is to loosen the column lock assembly but don t remove it, then try operating...

Triumph Repair: radiator fan wobble on a 77 spitfire 1500, spitfire 1500, fan blade
spitfire 1500, fan blade, radiator fan: It takes very little off a blade to upset the balance of the fan blade. It is very difficult to re-balance a fan blade. I like electric fans as you can make the control automatic or a manual switch to control it. Most cars don t require a fan at all above...

Triumph Repair: TR6 Electrical questoin, bright sun light, pencil lead
bright sun light, pencil lead, radio light: Hi Jim, When you have several electrical problems it is 100% a waste of time to try to use symptoms to diagnose the problem. All that the symptoms tell you is that you have an electrical problem in several circuits. The ONLY method to correct the problems...

Triumph Repair: TR7 Not Starting, crank pulley, vacuum hoses
crank pulley, vacuum hoses, index marks: Hi Matt, Even though you have done a lot of work and testing, when you have a engine that does not start you need to start from scratch and don t leave any stone unturned and you MUST do the tests in the correct order. If you had brought the car to me...

Triumph Repair: Triumph TR7 Not Starting: Follow Up, spark plug wires, crank pulley
spark plug wires, crank pulley, vacuum test: Matt, you need to set the ignition not fairly close but on the correct timing before proceeding to FUEL. Then to test for fuel delivery easier then a by pass pump just spray starting fluid into the intake and start the engine and see if you can keep it running...

Triumph Repair: 76 spitfire master cylinder, dowel pin, moss motors
dowel pin, moss motors, tandem master: The one with the tipper valve should have gone to 77 and in 78 they went to the cylinder that held the deepest piston in with a small dowel pin under the reservoir seal. (according to Haynes, but Moss Motors does say the early one only went to 75 and the later...

Triumph Repair: Triumph TR6 - Torque Specs, bentley manuals, torque specifications
bentley manuals, torque specifications, torque specs: Hi Ernie, Bentley manuals states 60 to 80 foot lbs on the head and a friend who wrote a book on the specs of British cars states just 60 ft lbs. I use to work on TR-6 s and I would not feel good about torquing a head as high as 80 ft lbs, so if it were...

Triumph Repair: ballast resitor/starter sonoloid, ballast resistor, starter solenoid
ballast resistor, starter solenoid, voltage coils: First tell me if your starter solenoid has one or two small wire connectors on it. Then tell me what kind of ignition is inside of the distributor. If it does not have points and condenser and does have an electronic ignition system, tell me how many wires...

Triumph Repair: Triumph Motor, triumph motor, 85026
triumph motor, 85026, transfer case: That is a casting number not an engine number. The engine number is stamped into a flange at the top of the block next to the cylinder head. The prefix should be FM and the number after will determine the aprox. year. 75 = 28001 on with a possible suffix...

Triumph Repair: 68 gt6+, crank shaft, low oil pressure
crank shaft, low oil pressure, cam bearings: Hi David, Even though .003 is a little excessive many race engines use that along with a high volume oil pump and have more then 10 PSI at 1500 RPM and above. 10 PSI might be expected at idle. Places that you can loose oil pressure are cam bearings,...

Triumph Repair: 79 TR7 Water pump, impeller blades, slide hammer
impeller blades, slide hammer, die grinder: Hi Michael, Be sure to drain the cooling system and the block too or coolant will run down into the crankcase when you pull the pump. As you probably already know the pump is in the top of the block. Be careful when getting a new pump as I seen some...

Triumph Repair: Alternator conversion ACR16 to ACR17 connections, jumper wire, brown wires
jumper wire, brown wires, tracer wire: Hi Peter, Remove one of the battery cables. The three connections on the new alternator are two large spades and one small spade. Unlike the old alternator both large spades are (+) all the time. The one small spade is the trigger sensor which should...

Triumph Repair: BUMPER SWAP, chrome bumpers, flat plates
chrome bumpers, flat plates, fabrication work: Sorry Bruno, I don t remember what the 79 mounts looked like but what little I do remember of them was a large flat plate on each side that the bumper attached to. But don t remember if the flat plates were mounted to the hood like the chrome bumpers were....

Triumph Repair: BUMPER SWAP, plastic bumpers, chrome bumpers
Triumph Repair: BUMPER SWAP, plastic bumpers, chrome bumpers, bottom brackets

Triumph Repair: No Juice, triumph spitfire, auto parts store
triumph spitfire, auto parts store, load tester: Hi Nathan, It is no use guessing at what it may be. You need to start testing. Tools needed are a 12v test light and a volt meter. Both are very inexpensive. First thing to do is when you shut it down in the evening, be sure everything is turned off...

Triumph Repair: Leaking Stromberg, plastic tabs, float chamber
plastic tabs, float chamber, o ring: Hi Bill, As you can see the tangs on the plastic plug is what holds it in place. The O ring just fits in a smooth bore of the float chamber. If the tabs lock it in place and it don t leak it is ok. I found that the plastic tabs loose their ability to...

Triumph Repair: Smoking triumph gt6 engine, pale grey color, head gasket leak
pale grey color, head gasket leak, piston skirt: Hi Garth, You need to tell me in detail about the condition of the cylinder walls, What ring end gap was used and what the piston skirt clearance was. There are some basic facts about smoke, White smoke is either coolant or brake fluid. Blue smoke is...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire, shift lever, mk3
shift lever, mk3, clash: Hi Ken, You will need to tell me a little more. The shift lever will not go into the 2nd gear position? The lever goes in but there is no drive there? The gears clash and you can t get it into 2nd. You can get it into 2nd but it is difficult because of...

Triumph Repair: triumph tr7 electrical, inline fuse, triumph tr7
inline fuse, triumph tr7, door buzzer: Hi David, Any time you have an electrical Mess , I found the best way to correct it is first get a wiring diagram and pick ONLY ONE circuit and trace that circuit ONLY until you correct it. Then pick ONE more circuit and do the same. It is foolish to attempt...

Triumph Repair: Wiper switch, jumper wires, kim hi
jumper wires, kim hi, spitfire 1500: Hi Kim, On the side of the knob is a hole. Insert a pin punch a little smaller then the hole size and press in the punch hard as you pull on the knob. With the knob off you can see the bezel that holds the switch in. Unscrew the bezel to remove the switch....

Triumph Repair: 1970 Spitfire IV 1500, clutch master, open valve
clutch master, open valve, cylinder walls: Hi Red, It sounds like you have two issues, One was the stuck crank and that was most likely the rings rusted to the cylinder walls. You evidently broke that loose but after turning 90 degrees hit another stop. That was most likely number two and it sounds...

Triumph Repair: 1972 triumph spitfire valve seals, valve seals, valve keepers
valve seals, valve keepers, triumph spitfire: Hi Wayne, Triumph did not come with valve seals. MG had O rings on the valve stem to try to prevent the oil that puddles on the valve collar from running down the split in the valve keepers and supplying too much oil to the guide and stem. Excessively...

Triumph Repair: 1980 Triumph Tr7, stromberg carburetors, 10w30 oil
stromberg carburetors, 10w30 oil, weight oil: Hi Jose, 10w30 oil is ok for the oil. No, It will not cause a fast idle. The most common problem with the Stromberg carburetors is the automatic choke system. They are a high failure part of the car and can hold the throttle open. First look at the linkage...

Triumph Repair: 72 Spitfire MK 4 - Alloy Wheel Size, minilite alloys, fender clearance
minilite alloys, fender clearance, coil over shocks: Hi Robert, I have not checked what limit wheel can be used on a Spitfire, but what I can tell you is that I have had cars brought to me that had over-sized wheels and tires on them with no problem. I have run into several cars that put over-sized wheels...

Triumph Repair: 75 TR6 Black Wet Exhaust, head gasket leak, coolant leaks
head gasket leak, coolant leaks, internal leaks: It does sound like the gasket was at fault but the #3 test is a very good test for even the smallest leak and is good for even the smallest valve leakage by just opening the throttle and listen in the carbs with a hose in the ear and the same at the tail pipe....

Triumph Repair: Exhaust Problems, coolant level, droplets of water
coolant level, droplets of water, combustion chamber: Hi Brooks, Sometimes under the correct conditions a car can blow droplets of water out the tail pipe and that water can seem to be black or have black stuff in it. This is usually just condensation of water vapor. You should however keep an eye on the...

Triumph Repair: engine won't start, voltage drop test, check battery
voltage drop test, check battery, starter fluid: Will, You need to get a volt meter. If your light tester is correct you have a large problem because you must not drop below 9 volts on a starter test as the ignition system and coil can not operate at down around 5 volts (if your light tester is correct)...

Triumph Repair: engine won't start continued, compression gauge, gasoline car
compression gauge, gasoline car, radiator fan: Hi Will, Either your compression gauge is defective or you didn t open the throttle while testing. Most gasoline car engines will not run with a below 100 PSI compression test. You should have at a minimum of 125 PSI on all cylinders. Most British cars...

Triumph Repair: engine won't start, clutch master cylinder, speedometer cable
clutch master cylinder, speedometer cable, cylinder problem: Will, didn t you read what I said? it is suppose to blow your thumb off of the hole and it makes a Pop sound when it does. You were suppose to watch the spark at that time to see if it was at the same time as the Pop sound. That was a rough test to see...

Triumph Repair: 75 TR6 Black Wet Exhaust, gasket seal, head gasket
Triumph Repair: 75 TR6 Black Wet Exhaust, gasket seal, head gasket, wet exhaust

Triumph Repair: Spitfire 1500 with cam barings, deck material, year 1976
Triumph Repair: Spitfire 1500 with cam barings, deck material, year 1976, tkc

Triumph Repair: fan clutch turbine sound, clutch setup, fan clutch
clutch setup, fan clutch, fan blade: Hi Thomas, Sorry I have never heard a turbine sound from a fan clutch. In fact the only time I ever heard any noise from a fan clutch is when they are bad and the that was easily noted by the feel of it when stopped. You can either feel loose play in it...

Triumph Repair: Mk3 gearbox, s spline, hub assembly
s spline, hub assembly, feeler gauge: Hi Ken, That tends to rule out the clutch as a problem and points to several possible causes. 2nd gear syncro ring receives the most ware in gearboxes due to the straight line shift from first. The brass syncro ring s job is to get 2nd gear spinning...

Triumph Repair: Replacing valve guides, valve guides, auto machine
valve guides, auto machine, reamer: Hi Peter, The guides are driven out usually with a guide drift and hammer. Some machine shops press them out. If you have the head off it would be advisable to just take the head to a auto machine shop and have the guides replaced because sometimes a reamer...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire 1500 with cam barings, austin healey sprite, camshaft bearings
austin healey sprite, camshaft bearings, triumph spitfire 1500: Hi George, First, I m not Jim, who you seem to have been conversing with. I could not come up with inside diameter of the block at the cam bearing points. However the cam OD at the journals for the 1500 Spitfire from 1975 on, are, Front and rear, 1.9659...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire MK 4 '72 - 1500 - Misfire, spitfire mk 4, bright sun light
spitfire mk 4, bright sun light, plug gap: Hi Robert, Although symptoms can suggest a direction to start looking, generally symptoms are for the most part useless for diagnosing. Testing is the only method of finding a problem. If your car was brought to me in a dealership I would have to use...

Triumph Repair: TR6 hesitation at high RPM, check fuel, british cars
check fuel, british cars, fuel pressure: HI Jim, When loosing power under extender load you should test two items depending on if it misses when losing power or just seems like you have eased off on the throttle. If it just slows as though you have eased off on the throttle even though you...

Triumph Repair: TR7 4 speed input shaft oil seal installation., thrust washers, input shaft
thrust washers, input shaft, seal installation: Hi Steve, The seal is a double lip seal and as your photo shows does have a small minor lip (down in your photo) and the main lip with the spring on it. The Cup with the spring loaded lip (up in your photo) does go toward the transmission and the oil....

Triumph Repair: Zenith Stromberg carburetor, zenith stromberg, nova socia
zenith stromberg, nova socia, spitfire 1500: Hi Don, Running On is Pre-ignition which can be caused by several things. Your RPM is low enough that it should not do it and your engine temp is normal so overheating is not the cause. Excess carbon build-up in the combustion chamber can also be a...

Triumph Repair: 1972 triumph spitfire, rocker shaft, rocker assembly
rocker shaft, rocker assembly, rocker arm: Hi Wayne, There is no position that the crankshaft and cam can be placed that all the valves will be closed thus no rocker arm opening a valve. So it is normal to have to force some valves open as you bolt the rocker assembly down. Just be sure that...

Triumph Repair: 73' Spitfire 1500, spitfire 1500, hub assembly
spitfire 1500, hub assembly, shift fork: Hi mark, Grinding going into 2nd gear is most likely worn syncro rings. Jumping out of 3rd gear can be one of several things. Either the shift fork (3rd/4th) is bent or worn. Or the splines on the sliding hub assembly and the gear can be worn Or the spacers...

Triumph Repair: misfire, compression gauge, metering unit
compression gauge, metering unit, lead replacement: Hi Jamie, What is a Fuel pump metering unit ??? Compression test good? What were the readings? Since you are making me guess what kind of car this is. My guess is that it is a Ford with a 170 engine. right? The two throttle plates are progressive and should...

Triumph Repair: Painting and reassmbly of a 74 TR6, seam sealer, rear fender
seam sealer, rear fender, car experts: Hi Russell, I have restored several TR-6s and prefer to have all removable panels painted off the car because of what your concern is. Painting everything after assembly may look ok for a short time but it will crack the paint at the seams sooner or later....

Triumph Repair: proper temp for 1975 spitfire, gauge reading, meat thermometer
gauge reading, meat thermometer, head gasket: First I don t believe your temperature readings. So it is a waste of time looking at that gauge. If your coolant was 220 to 230 degrees it would have blown half of the coolant out already. some new cars do run very high temps in an attempt to clean emissions...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire 1500 tachometer, haynes manual, pulse signal
haynes manual, pulse signal, hi mike: Hi Mike, Your tach only has three connections. A ground on the case, a spade connector the picks up the ignition pulse signal from the negative side of the coil and a power wire that picks up it s power supply from the power side of the instrument voltage...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire Viscous clutch fan, clutch fan, grating noise
clutch fan, grating noise, fan clutch: Hi Steve, Usually a fan clutch when it starts making noise, it will be loose if you wiggle it. Also you can rotate it when the engine is stopped and tell if it s bearings are bad. It is always debatable If a fan clutch does that much good. Many opt...

Triumph Repair: no spark from coil, power resistor, air gap
power resistor, air gap, failure rate: Hi John, If you still have the Opus/Lucas electronic ignition (unusual because of their high failure rate) all you can do is check the air gap (.015 ) and confirm power to the coil through the resistor wire with the key On and a full 12v to the coil...

Triumph Repair: TR7 High Idle, moss motors, manual conversion
moss motors, manual conversion, ball bearing: I believe that type used a wax filled bulb to turn the choke off as the coolant heated up and the wax leaks out and I don t know if it is available or not. You need to take it apart but first purchase a manual for the car before taking it apart. If it is the...

Triumph Repair: Transmission identification, triumph spitfire 1500, gearbox number
triumph spitfire 1500, gearbox number, transmission identification: Hi Hugo, The transmission number is stamped into the main case on the top next to the cover plate and the Prefix to the number is, FT for US versions and FR for non-US versions. This does not mean he is wrong as there are other British cars that...

Triumph Repair: back tires tucking in, plastic trash bags, negative camber
plastic trash bags, negative camber, coil over shocks: Hi Ron, You for sure have something wrong, as the rear wheels should only toe in from 0 to 1/16 inch total. No more then that. The toe in is set by shims between the body and the mount for the trailing link on each side that runs back to each hub. This...

Triumph Repair: Vacuum advance, manifold vacuum, vacuum advance
manifold vacuum, vacuum advance, weber dgv: Hi Dennis, If you have a version of the TR-6 that had vacuum retard only, it was not connected to the carburetor (ported vacuum) It was connected to straight manifold vacuum. The TR-6 came in several different set ups as for advance/retard. Triumph even...

Triumph Repair: 1972 triumph cooling diagram, coolant hoses, pressure coolant
coolant hoses, pressure coolant, triumph spitfire: Hi Wayne, I could not find a diagram of hose connections but did find this attached drawing of an early Spitfire hose connections. Just keep in mind that for coolant to circulate through the heater core, one end must be connected to the higher pressure...

Triumph Repair: 1972 triumph spitfire, stromberg carburetor, brass screw
stromberg carburetor, brass screw, stromberg carb: Hi Wayne, The most common failure of the Stromberg carburetor is the auto choke system. (which can hold the throttle open)Look at the fast idle adjusting screw to see if it is holding the throttle open after warm up. If you are talking about the large...

Triumph Repair: 1973 spitfire, brake master cylinder, color letters
brake master cylinder, color letters, way over my head: Jason, go to http://mg-tri-jag.net/73SpitUS1x1.jpg for the diagram and http://mg-tri-jag.net/73SpitUS21x1.jpg for the index. A wiring diagram is exactly the same as a road map. It is not going to tell you that a wire runs next to a master cylinder but...

Triumph Repair: 1976 spitfire (USA), high octane fuel, spitfire 1500
high octane fuel, spitfire 1500, smooth seller: Hi Peter, I have not been able to find that info which often comes up. Many auto machine shops had that data but I don t know if they had a source or just knew from experience as to how much they could get away with removing. If one has been already surfaced...

Triumph Repair: 73 Spitfire 1500 - Replacing Ignition Switch, pin switch, spades
pin switch, spades, spit: HI Mark, I believe if you look at the 6 pin switch you will see that several of the pins were connected together and compare that with your wiring diagram you can figure out what to connect to what. If you don t have a diagram let me know and I will...

Triumph Repair: Did I Burn Out My Starter Motor, pulley bolt, alternator tester
pulley bolt, alternator tester, head gasket: Hi Tom, You first need to check the engine to see that it is not locking up. Put a wrench on the front pulley bolt and rotate the engine by hand to see. Then remove the starter and take it to most any auto parts store and ask if they have a Starter/Alternator...

Triumph Repair: Compressed air compression test, spitfire 1500, mg guy
spitfire 1500, mg guy, leak down tester: Set the valve clearance to .010 of each valve when it s opposite valve spring is compressed. Opposite meaning #1 compressed set #8, #2 compressed set #7 etc. (you will note that two valves are compressed at a time thus you can set two different valves at...

Triumph Repair: TR6 misfire, fuel pressure regulator, poor fuel
Triumph Repair: TR6 misfire, fuel pressure regulator, poor fuel, webers

Triumph Repair: Zenith Stromberg carb rough idle - rebuild, valve clearance, needle valve
Triumph Repair: Zenith Stromberg carb rough idle - rebuild, valve clearance, needle valve, o rings

Triumph Repair: hardtops, tr250, rear window
tr250, rear window, windshield: Hi Terry, All of the hard tops that I have seen used the same method to attach to the windshield as the soft top did and no additional pieces were necessary. Some hard tops had additional hardware (came with the hard top) to attach to the inside of the...

Triumph Repair: low compression, blown head gasket, compression stroke
blown head gasket, compression stroke, valve rings: Hi Pat, I would not pull the head until I put #2 at TDC of the compression stroke and check valve clearance and then put a fitting in the plug hole and connect line air pressure to the cylinder. (in 4th gear and hand brake on) then listen in the carburetor...

Triumph Repair: spitfire commpression, dish soap, radiator cap
dish soap, radiator cap, combustion chamber: Hi Pat, 40 ft lbs is the head nut torque not the torque of the studs in the block. I usually just double nut the stud and just hand tighten the studs into the block first. If you want a torque figure use about 20 to 25 ft lbs. Be sure you have the correct...

Triumph Repair: Temp gauge, test light, battery voltage
test light, battery voltage, fire wall: Hi Ken, I don t have a diagram of a 63 Spitfire and even though I worked on them it is too long ago for me to remember. If it is an electric gauge, turn the key on and test both terminals for power with a test light or volt meter. If you have power,...

Triumph Repair: TR6 Brakes, fluid restriction, vacuum test
fluid restriction, vacuum test, dual circuit: Hi Eric, It sounds like the brake booster has failed for some reason. First run a vacuum test on the booster itself to see that it holds a vacuum. If it does and you have vacuum supplied with the engine running then you need to remove the booster to rebuild...

Triumph Repair: TR6 misfire, fuel pressure gauge, vacuum gauge
fuel pressure gauge, vacuum gauge, hose clamps: Remove the line from the pump that comes from the tank and lower it to a can and drain some fuel (at least two quarts) to confirm that the fuel is freely flowing from the tank and if it flows good put a new pump on the car. Be sure you get the correct...

Triumph Repair: TR7 seat rebuild, north west victoria, welding supply company
north west victoria, welding supply company, rubber diaphragm: There is no way to repair the rubber diaphragm as when the ends tear out, the rubber is usually rotted. Check with the Triumph parts suppliers on the Internet. I believe you may be able to get that strap material from an auto trim shop and make up what you...

Triumph Repair: Transmission, input shaft, drive shaft
input shaft, drive shaft, pattens: Sorry Nick, I have never tried to make those swaps so I couldn t tell you. On the arm you may be able to find out by checking with some of the parts suppliers to see if the part numbers are the same on the two arms. On the swap of the trans, I believe...

Triumph Repair: triumph 1500 front coil springs, triumph 1500, spring length
triumph 1500, spring length, spring compressor: Hi Dan, Uninstalled spring length is only useful when comparing it with another of the same brand. In some cases a longer uninstalled length spring may or may not hold the car higher or not depending on the number of coils in the spring and the diameter...

Triumph Repair: triumph spitfire 1500 76' engine timing, triumph spitfire 1500, exhaust stroke
triumph spitfire 1500, exhaust stroke, compression stroke: Hi Rick, The Spitfire cam timing can be set in 4 different positions between one tooth in either positions. Here is the procedure, first set #4 piston at TDC of the compression stroke and adjust the valves #7 and #8 to .080 . Then rotate the crankshaft...

Triumph Repair: Windshield wiper mechanism, wheel boxes, triumph spitfire
wheel boxes, triumph spitfire, thin cardboard: Hi Dan, I doubt you will easily find a die to fit that large diameter with such a fine thread. I have been able to take a very small file with a sharp edge and clean up the threads on some of those wiper wheel boxes. The nuts were usually brass and it...

Triumph Repair: Zenith Stromberg carb rough idle - rebuild, zenith stromberg, vacuum hoses
zenith stromberg, vacuum hoses, combustion chambers: Hi Jonathan, The diaphragm is usually dried up and hard and if you suspect it, you can run the screw adjuster so as to close off the bypass (counting the number of turns so if you want to set it back you can do so). The trouble is that with a symptom...

Triumph Repair: 1976 Spitfire Crank Won't Start, coil wire, cable ends
coil wire, cable ends, cable connections: Hi Bill, The drop to 9.5v cranking is the very minimum you want to see during cranking so you should add a jumper battery even if the car battery is charged to see if the voltage is any better during cranking. During cranking the starter draws most...

Triumph Repair: 1977 spitfire fuel problem ?, bright sunny day, float chamber
bright sunny day, float chamber, miss fire: Pat, the float chamber gasket can t suck air as there is no vacuum there. If there was vacuum there the engine would not run at all. Blowing the jet out may have forced trash out or water but the float chamber gasket had nothing to do with it. If an engine...

Triumph Repair: 76 Spitfire Metering Needles, stromberg carbs, spitfire 1500
stromberg carbs, spitfire 1500, inch volume: Hi Hugo, Removing the emission control items does not lean out the carburetor. The factory does have it set quite lean in an attempt to clean up emissions. First check to see if you have the 3mm Allen screw down in the top of the carb. Some were plugged...

Triumph Repair: 76 spitfire turn signals, turn signal flasher, voltage stabilizer
turn signal flasher, voltage stabilizer, speedometer: Hi Claude, Most were mounted just below the speedometer on the back side of the dash. It will have two Light Green w/ brown tracer wires on it. It is not the two wire unit mounted directly on the Speedometer. That is the voltage stabilizer for the instrument...

Triumph Repair: Carb or Fuel Problem, vacuum gauge, manifold vacuum
vacuum gauge, manifold vacuum, vacuum test: Hi Daniel, Yes, it can be a heat soak problem but it also can be a lot of things so you need to run some tests. You need to know what the fuel pressure is at the time of failure not after you stop. To do this you need to put a T in the fuel line at...

Triumph Repair: Wider Wheels, tariff, origins
Triumph Repair: Wider Wheels, tariff, origins

Triumph Repair: Gas pedal for a 1976 TR6, bell crank, tr6
bell crank, tr6, carburetors: Hi Mike, The throttle peddle operates a shaft the runs left to right behind the engine and that operates a link forward under the carburetors to a bell crank with a link going up to the throttle shafts. Just get someone to operate the peddle while you...

Triumph Repair: hot car will not start, float chamber, auto parts store
float chamber, auto parts store, triump: The only problem ethanol in gas can cause is that it gives you a little higher octane which allows you to advance the ignition timing a little which gives you a little more horse power and it tends to make the combustion chamber run a little cleaner including...

Triumph Repair: possible fuel problem, head gasket, head gaskets
head gasket, head gaskets, cold engine: If you didn t put too much on it, there may not be problem but you should not put any sealer on a head gasket as most head gaskets are coated with a expanding sealer. The only time you should put a sealer on one is when there are mars or scratches in either...

Triumph Repair: possible fuel problem continued, vacuum tester, compression gauge
vacuum tester, compression gauge, squirt gun: 6 to 7 PSI will normally make a Stromberg or an SU carburetor flood as the float can t shut the fuel off at that pressure. Pumping the throttle on a Stromberg or an SU carburetor does absolutely nothing as neither has an accelerator pump. Stop playing...

Triumph Repair: Rear Shocks on 75 TR6, roadster factory, moss motors
roadster factory, moss motors, rear shocks: Hi Garry, If it is low and the shock is not working, it means it is leaking at the seals and I always filled mine up as it will push a little out from heat expansion and the shaft where the seal is will lower the level anyway. The last time I got oil...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire possible fuel starvation follow up, compression test results, vacuum gauge
compression test results, vacuum gauge, fuel starvation: Hi Pat, If you have installed the head and set the valve clearance to specs, you should set the timing to specs and not move it for any reason. Now since it had major surgery, you must run a compression test to confirm the head work. Don t skip this thinking...

Triumph Repair: TR7 Starter, tr7, bolts
tr7, bolts, bolt: Hi Mark, You have to first disconnect the battery and then drop the exhaust down and then you can gain access to the starter. Three bolts and and the wires. The upper bolt sometimes requires that you first loosen it and then tilt the starter to gain better...

Triumph Repair: TR7 Water Pump Spindle Bushing, dremal tool, engine swaps
dremal tool, engine swaps, sanding drum: I always liked to assemble the pump in the block One piece at a time, rather then put the whole pump in assembled. One main reason is I could never be sure the outer brass case was fully seated and I didn t like the idea of beating on the edge with a punch....

Triumph Repair: Wider Wheels, fender lip, spitfire 1500
fender lip, spitfire 1500, panel shape: The width of the rim determines how wide a tire can be used. You can get away with one size wider tire on a stock rim but when you go further then that, you start deforming the tire so that you get no benefit from the wider tire. When you put on a wide rim,(like...

Triumph Repair: 1977 Spitfire steering, dry rack, upper ball joints
dry rack, upper ball joints, rack boot: Hi Pat, You need to jack up the front of the car and disconnect the steering rubber coupling from the steering rack. Then move the steering wheel to see if the bind is in the steering shaft or in the steering rack itself. If the binding is in the rack....

Triumph Repair: 1977 spitfire u joints, haynes manuals, infinite lack
haynes manuals, infinite lack, auto parts stores: Hi Pat, Yes, BLM in their infinite lack of wisdom removed the drain plugs. Normally you do not need to change differential oil as you can t ware oil out but you can contaminate it with metal filings or even water. The only method you can use is to pump...

Triumph Repair: 1978 spitfire 1500, allen screw, plastic screw
allen screw, plastic screw, screw cap: Hi Mike, When you choke by hand you increase the vacuum in the intake so that it draws more fuel from the jet. Normally the air going in over the Venturi creates a vacuum in the jet which draws fuel into the air stream. For some reason in your case this...

Triumph Repair: Carb backfire, charcoal canister, vent hose
charcoal canister, vent hose, float chamber: Hi Mat, The black smoke and the flat black plugs come from only one thing and that is an excess amount of fuel entering the engine. Since adjusting the mixture with the 3mm Allen wrench did not correct it, then it is most likely either a flooding float...

Triumph Repair: Door Top Pad Replacement, pop rivets, pad replacement
pop rivets, pad replacement, tr250: Hi Hank, Sorry, it has been many years since I did any top work on a TR-6/TR-250 but I believe there were small retainers with either two screws or two pop rivets that held it all in place. I don t remember how many retainers there were but I do remember...

Triumph Repair: Gears, gear lever, gears
gear lever, gears, 1960s: Hi Snik, Yes, the pattern is a normal H pattern with 1st in upper left and 2nd in lower left, 3rd in upper right and 4th in lower right. Reverse is in the far upper left and to access you lift the gear lever up as you enter that further left pattern....

Triumph Repair: General, austin healeys, jaguar xj 6
austin healeys, jaguar xj 6, jaguar xj: Hi Don, That is hard to say other then I don t believe the A-H production was as high as Triumphs and it was a little more expensive car and had a more rounded classic car look to it. Who knows what appeals to people. You can never tell what gets valuable...

Triumph Repair: "IGN" light always on, lucas alternator, tracer wire
lucas alternator, tracer wire, voltage test: Hi Frank, The IGN light is a charge light and it is powered when you turn on the Ignition key and the bulb is grounded by the regulator inside the alternator which is a ground when the Alternator is not turning. As soon as the engine starts, the flat...

Triumph Repair: random engine quit, bright sunny day, intermittent problems
bright sunny day, intermittent problems, coil wire: Hi Steve, Intermittent problems like that were a hassle to correct because most of the time it is ok when testing so I worked out a method to diagnose such problems and it worked every time. Most mechanics will agree that the easiest car to fix is one...

Triumph Repair: Replace the drive line, bmw 316, triumph spitfire
bmw 316, triumph spitfire, welding skills: Hi Christer, To attempt to put another car s drive train in a car is a lot of work and requires some equipment. If you are up for the task, my hat is off to you and you are my kind of man. I take great joy in modifying what ever I have. I don t know if...

Triumph Repair: spitfire parking / marker lights, dash lights, light position
dash lights, light position, ohm meter: Hi William, The main head light switch has only three positions and that is Off, Park & Head lights and If you look at the back of the switch you should see numbers next to each spade connection. #3 gets the power wire (brown) #2 gets the Red w/green...

Triumph Repair: TR7 175 CD-2 adjustment, charcoal canister, squeeze bottle
charcoal canister, squeeze bottle, vacuum hose: Rich, I think you found your problem when you restricted the air intake and it smoothed out. That is a standard test procedure for checking for a vacuum leak. When it is idling and you slowly start restricting the air intake and it ant any time smoothes...

Triumph Repair: TR7 Water Pump Overhaul, haynes manual, gear teeth
haynes manual, gear teeth, thin shield: Hi John, If the thin metal slinger does not come in the repair kit you can just pry up on the lower seal and that will force the slinger off without damaging it. You will damage the lower seal that way but you need to replace it anyway. You have to remove...

Triumph Repair: tRIUMPH gt 6 dISTRIBUTOR dRIVE GEAR ORIENTATION, triumph gt 6, exhaust stroke
triumph gt 6, exhaust stroke, vacuum unit: Hi Jim, The pistons #1 & #6 should be at TDC But you need to be sure that the # 1 is on TDC of the compression stroke and # 6 is on the exhaust stroke. Then the off set slot should be toward the engine. When you are facing the SIDE of the engine the slots...

Triumph Repair: 1978 spitfire 1500, plastic screw, allen screw
plastic screw, allen screw, screw cap: Hi Mike, tell me what you are calling the Mixture screw . The mixture screw is a Allen screw down in the bottom of the top of the carb under the plastic screw cap. You take a 3mm Allen down into the oil in the top and turn the screw clockwise to richen and...

Triumph Repair: '76 1500 rattling, piston slap, pin piston
piston slap, pin piston, rocker shaft: You can take a 12v test light sharp probe and attach a ground clip to the sharp metal probe and probe each plug cover to short out that cylinder. Then rev the engine to see if the noise is there or not on each cylinder. If just revving the the engine don t...

Triumph Repair: 76 TR6 Runs poorly., head gasket replacement, stock cam
head gasket replacement, stock cam, power valve: Hi Corey, If the 1,2 & 3 plugs were flat black it is for sure too much gas per air on the front carburetor. If they were Wet black that may or may not be the case. If the plugs are flat black, It could be a choke or a power valve problem or a flooding...

Triumph Repair: emissions control in 1978 Spitfire, emissions control, emissions standards
emissions control, emissions standards, standard cars: Hi Mark, It is difficult to judge the condition of a car unless you are an expert on the brand and model of the car you are thinking about buying. In the older British cars there were Federal standard cars and there were Calif cars so the first thing...

Triumph Repair: Oil light, assembly lube, engine assembly
Triumph Repair: Oil light, assembly lube, engine assembly, ft lbs

Triumph Repair: Triumph vapor lock, car distributor, loose wires
Triumph Repair: Triumph vapor lock, car distributor, loose wires, bumpy ride

Triumph Repair: Oil light, oil pressure gauge, regulator valve
oil pressure gauge, regulator valve, light valve: Yes, definitely it could get pulled up to the pick-up and stop any oil flow. If it were mine I would get some Plasti-gauge (available at most auto part stores) It is usually color coded and you want the Green (.001 to .003 ) There is no instructions...

Triumph Repair: front shakes when letting out clutch, clutch disk, slipping the clutch
clutch disk, slipping the clutch, clutch fork: Hi Ivan, Usually when a drive line chatters when you let the clutch out, it is a sign that the clutch disk is glazed or burned. However, when a car is set for 7 years it may just be rust on the flywheel and pressure plate. To find out if it is just...

Triumph Repair: TR7 engine bottom end, hydraulic gauge, head gasket
hydraulic gauge, head gasket, piston rings: Side to side movement is normal as that is how the piston, rings and pin are lubed. You should not feel any up/down movement as that clearance should be only .0015 to .002 which you should not be able to feel with oil in the bearings. The crank itself should...

Triumph Repair: Triumph vapor lock, spitfire mk3, spitfire 1500
spitfire mk3, spitfire 1500, triumph 2000: Hi Mike, If you had a failed start and sprayed starting fluid into the intake and it didn t start, most likely you had a failed ignition system. You should have tested for spark at that time. checking for spark the next day or even later does not test it....

Triumph Repair: Wiper wheel box, british car club, wheel boxes
british car club, wheel boxes, size threads: Hi Dan, If the parts suppliers no longer list them you might try to contact your closest British car club and any shop that specializes in working on British cars. They will know where most parts-cars are. Just about every major city in the US have both....

Triumph Repair: 1972 triumph spitfire running hot, auto part stores, radiator shop
auto part stores, radiator shop, head gasket: Hi Wayne, I don t know how warm it is up there now but down here a 195 thermostat is way to hot. If it is cool enough to use that thermostat you need to get some of the dye from most auto part stores and put it in the radiator to test for CO . It will...

Triumph Repair: 1978 spitfire silenoid replacement, power resistor, volt coil
power resistor, volt coil, voltage coil: There is one more check of the solenoid that you must do to see if you have identified the correct Battery and starter post on the solenoid. Check for a connection between the I terminal and each large terminal. One will have a connection and the other...

Triumph Repair: 1980 spitfire turn signal, turn signal flasher, forward side
turn signal flasher, forward side, spring clip: You may need a small mirror and a light to see it. It should be just below the speedometer mounted in a spring clip. Remove the lower panel under the dash and take a light and a mirror. You should not have to remove much of anything to gain access to it. ...

Triumph Repair: 1980 Triumph Spitfire 1500 Clutch Replacement, triumph spitfire 1500, clutch work
triumph spitfire 1500, clutch work, clutch replacement: It is good that there is no oil dripping from the bell-housing. If it is rust that has caused the slipping, it can sometimes be just sanded off but if the clutch was burned up then you have to examine the flywheel for ware or scars and if it is scared, you...

Triumph Repair: 73 Spit 1500 Shifting Issues, haynes manual, shift linkage
haynes manual, shift linkage, speed tranny: Hi Mark, Those parts have no function to hold it in any gear but could make it where you would not fully engage a gear and then it could pop out. You will not know until you correct the shift linkage. I always only purchase the broken parts if I can. The...

Triumph Repair: 74 Triumph Spit. 1500, outboard boat motor, electric fuel pump
outboard boat motor, electric fuel pump, car diagrams: You shouldn t have to do all of that. When it quits just spray starter fluid into the intake and if it starts it is fuel related and if it don t start it is ignition related. As simple as that. Then go after the section that has the problem Fire or Fuel...

Triumph Repair: 76 TR6 clutch issue, clutch pressure plate, travel restriction
clutch pressure plate, travel restriction, thick carpet: Hi Cory, That is a common problem with the TR-6. From what I seen the factory cut it too close on the design and there is not enough travel in the clutch due to the master cylinder being too small in bore or the slave being too large. It has been a long...

Triumph Repair: Compression Test, spitfire 1500, compression gauge
spitfire 1500, compression gauge, surface rust: Hi Aaron, It is always a good idea to run the test again after a valve adjustment. The numbers are a little low on the dry test but considering that it has been sitting for 20 years that may not be too bad and was the throttle wide open when doing the tests?...

Triumph Repair: Distributor for 72 Spitfire, british car repair, car repair shops
british car repair, car repair shops, vacuum advance: Hi Dan, Sorry, I don t know of any specific supplier of distributors for the 72 Spitfire. It is a Delco distributor and you might try searching the net for Delco vacuum advance units for your distributor by the Delco number on it. Also contact any local...

Triumph Repair: Hazard switch, fuse, wrong way
Triumph Repair: Hazard switch, fuse, wrong way

Triumph Repair: fuel problem with 1974 tr6, owner states, hi ed
owner states, hi ed, tr6: Hi Ed, If it runs on choke only and even if it warms up a little and still only runs on choke only you for sure need to go into the carburetors as there is something drastically wrong with them and you won t know until you open them up. You should get a...

Triumph Repair: Hazard switch, fuse panel, hazard flasher
fuse panel, hazard flasher, hazard switch: Hi Michael, My diagram don t show that at all. I see that several items you mention are powered by a purple wire from the fuse panel and others you mentions are powered by a green wire from the fuse panel. I learned a long time ago that when you had...

Triumph Repair: Oil change for a 1970 spitfire?, triumph spitfire, mileage engine
triumph spitfire, mileage engine, high mileage: Hi Hap, Oil weight should be matched to the engine condition and temperature in your area. Also, engine condition will dictate what oil should be used. In the summer and a high mileage engine you should use a heavier oil like 20w-50. If the engine was recently...

Triumph Repair: Re-installing Head on TR 6, head gasket, surface rust
head gasket, surface rust, combustion chamber: Hi Norm, Just be sure the top of the block is clean and the head was checked for flatness. Be sure to use the specs for head torque and the sequence of torque. One side of the head gasket should be marked UP and Only allow 300 to 500 miles after installing...

Triumph Repair: Triumph 1500 Clutch Pedel Binding, triumph 1500, cylinder problem
triumph 1500, cylinder problem, slave cylinder: Hi James, The binding in the pedal could be in several places. It can be in the master cylinder or slave cylinder or in the release bearing slider that supports the bearing. It is not likely in the pedal itself. The problem with any intermittent problem...

Triumph Repair: triumph spitfire 1972 vibration, shaft vibration, axle bearings
shaft vibration, axle bearings, speed vibration: Hi Wayne, That does sound like a U joint on an axle. However, You need to carefully check the stub axle bearings in the side of the differential. Also take a large pry bar and start checking for free play in the outer hub area. The outer axle bearings...

Triumph Repair: Triumph - Stromberg CD 150 problem, electronic fuel pump, spitfire mk3
electronic fuel pump, spitfire mk3, rubber diaphragm: Check your compression gauge on a known good engine. (Be sure to have the throttle open when testing) (I never seen a 6 cylinder engine with -0- compression on 5 cylinders) If the gauge is ok first check the valve clearance on all cylinders. Howar...

Triumph Repair: Turn Signal etc, turn signals, electrical problem
turn signals, electrical problem, test light: Hi Tim, I found that while working in dealerships on electrical problem that You need to forget symptoms as they only tell you something is wrong. The ONLY way to correct an electrical problem is by testing. And the testing must be done while in the failed...

Triumph Repair: 77 spitfire vibration, shaft bearing, tail shaft
shaft bearing, tail shaft, rear flange: Only if you are sure that the rear flange is truly not turning because many times a clutch will still drag the first motion shaft along at engine speed even though the clutch pedal is depressed unless there is some drag on the main shaft like a drive shaft...

Triumph Repair: Adding fluid for clutch, clutch master cylinder, clutch fluid
clutch master cylinder, clutch fluid, fluid leaks: Hi Blake, When you are low on fluid air enters the system through the master cylinder and that is why you loose pedal. Sometimes you can just add fluid and pump the pedal several times with long slow strokes and if you gain the pedal back you are ok (for...

Triumph Repair: clutch adjustment, triumph spitfire, clutch adjustment
triumph spitfire, clutch adjustment, clutch system: Hi Jeff, The Spitfire clutch system does not have an adjustment. It is hydraulic and the standard first test is to push the pedal by hand and it should move about an inch free travel. Then it should be hard to push and feel about the same resistance all...

Triumph Repair: Headlights/TR-7, headlight motors, limit switches
headlight motors, limit switches, limit switch: Hi Danny, The TR-7 head light motors depend on the diodes, cancel/limit switches and run/stop relays to operate correctly. The only way that I was able to correct problems in the system was to have the diagram in front of me while I operated and tested...

Triumph Repair: Triumph Spitfire pushrods, valve stem caps, screw adjustment
valve stem caps, screw adjustment, rocker shaft: Hi Peter, The rocker ratio is not the problem. The first problem is the contact patch on the valve stem which is the main problem and the loss of screw adjustment on the adjusting screw. If you can shorten the push rods by the same amount that you take...

Triumph Repair: vibration on a 1500 spit (77), shaft bearing, tail shaft
shaft bearing, tail shaft, drive shaft: Hi Chris, I take it you mean it vibrates with the clutch in or out when you are on the road and moving because if you are sitting still with it in gear and the clutch in, NO gear in the transmission is turning in that condition. Do you mean that it...

Triumph Repair: Bearings?, triumph spitfire 1500, engine cold
triumph spitfire 1500, engine cold, thick oil: Hi Nigel, In the dealerships we hand to contend with this type of problem at least several times a week so there is a procedure to try to diagnose the noise before tearing down an engine. There is a 100% easy test to see if the noise is a rod or main bearing...

Triumph Repair: brakes, wheel cylinders, differential pressure
wheel cylinders, differential pressure, bleeder valves: Hi Rory, If you are talking about the valve in the lines with the switch in it. That is not a proportioning valve. It is a differential pressure valve/switch. It only operates that switch in it to give you a warning light when there is a difference in brake...

Triumph Repair: E Type Carbs, stromberg carbs, jet adjustment
stromberg carbs, jet adjustment, hot wire: Hi Rory, The starting carburetor use a vertical mounted electrical solenoid with two wires. One was a ground and the other was a hot wire that was switched on when the choke was used. Next to the solenoid is the jet adjustment and a spring loaded needle...

Triumph Repair: Triumph tr3 will not start, haynes manual, tr3a
Triumph Repair: Triumph tr3 will not start, haynes manual, tr3a, thanks for your help

Triumph Repair: Fuel Leaking from Anti run-on valve, charcoal canister, manifold vacuum
charcoal canister, manifold vacuum, vent system: Hi Michael, Gasoline from the anti-dieseling valve can come from several sources. The vent from the fuel tank goes to the charcoal canister as does and the air vent from the float chambers of the carburetors. An over filled fuel tank can force fuel...

Triumph Repair: Overdrive Transmission, pilot bearings, starter solenoid
pilot bearings, starter solenoid, bell housing: Sorry about that Tod, I guess I am answering these questions far too late at night. I looked back and you did say Triumph and a Mk3 and Mk4 and a prefix of FK , which indicates it is a Spitfire. But the same is true about the pilot bearing and the bell...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire 1500 Clutch problems, clutch disks, clutch lever
clutch disks, clutch lever, clutch pedal: Hi Michael, The flywheel is very unlikely warped. The Spitfire and the TR-6 both suffered from dragging clutch making it hard to shift due to BLM not designing the system to push far enough on the pressure plate to release the clutch. At the dealership...

Triumph Repair: TR7 front subframe, pristine car, cross member
pristine car, cross member, front suspension: Hi Steve, I use the front cross member to raise the TR-7 s and never had a problem. The cross member is very strong. I do at times use a piece of wood to spread the load more evenly so as not to put a dent in the metal from a pointed edge of the jack pad...

Triumph Repair: Triumph tr3 will not start, pencil lead, starter fluid
pencil lead, starter fluid, back fire: You can make a rough estimate of the power of a spark on any of the old British cars even without a scope. On a scope it will show up as between 25,000 volts and 35,000 volts but to make a rough guess at it s value, just take a good look at the spark either...

Triumph Repair: Wheel Box Question, e mail address, wheel boxes
e mail address, wheel boxes, spiral coil: Yes, that is a typical British car wheel box. Call Moss Motors at 1-800-667-7872 and ask for the tech department. Or an e-mail address for the tech department and ask if you can send that picture of the unknown wheelbox, but count the number of teeth on the...

Triumph Repair: 1968 Triumph Spitfire Brake Line Fittings, triumph spitfire mk, moss motors
triumph spitfire mk, moss motors, size threads: I run into the same problem often as I restore British cars and I found an assortment of bleeder valves at an auto parts store a long time ago so I don t remember the store. I use it often to gauge size of master cylinder holes and wheel cylinder and caliper...

Triumph Repair: 1972 triumph spitfire clutch, clutch master cylinder, clutch plate
clutch master cylinder, clutch plate, clutch pedal: Hi Wayne, I would just confirm that it is not something simple like a dry pedal pivot and if it is coming from inside the bell housing you either need to remove the engine or the gearbox to gain access. It could even be clutch plate lining problem. The...

Triumph Repair: 1972 triumph spitfire rear-end noise, shaft vibration, pinion bearings
shaft vibration, pinion bearings, shaft speed: Hi Wayne, The pinion bearings can be bad but you don t check them by rotational movement. It should not have any up/down right/left movement at all. The rotational movement free play is the Backlash which is measured by the ring gear movement not the...

Triumph Repair: 1975 Spitfire diff or wheel bearing?, triumph spitfire 1500, limited slip differential
triumph spitfire 1500, limited slip differential, wheel bearing noise: Hi Tim, It is sometimes difficult to ID noises. However, there are a few things you can do to narrow down the area it is in. To ID a wheel bearing noise you first need to jack the rear up again and put the car in any gear with the hand brake off. Now...

Triumph Repair: 1976 TR6 Turn Signal Problem, turn signal switch, signal problem
turn signal switch, signal problem, position thanks: Hi John, First remove the turn signal switch and look at the two spring loaded tabs the kick the turn signal switch off and note the ridge on the sleeve on the steering shaft that kicks the switch off when the wheel is turned. If one of the ears is...

Triumph Repair: 78 spitfire, ballast resistor, compression gauge
ballast resistor, compression gauge, compression tests: Danial, you need to check your compression gauge on another engine or test with another compression gauge because it is not normal for all cylinders to test the same. Also You need to check the distributor as the 73 MG is an Austin engine and the Triumphs...

Triumph Repair: 78 Spitfire Rear Trunk Molding Trim, rear trunk, trunk lid
rear trunk, trunk lid, molding: Sorry Doug, I don t remember ever removing any trim molding off of a Spitfire before. You should be able to look at the new trim and clips to see how it is attached. Send me a picture of the trim and the clips maybe if I see it I may be able to tell you how...

Triumph Repair: Early Stromberg CD's, shock absorber, manifold vacuum
shock absorber, manifold vacuum, air velocity: Do you have the adjustable jet in the bottom of the carbs? If you are flat black sooting up your plugs then you must see black smoke out the tail pipe and your carbs are either flooding or the choke is on all the time or no one ever put the correct needles...

Triumph Repair: smoking engine, triumph spitfire 1500, pressure relief valve
triumph spitfire 1500, pressure relief valve, chris answer: Chris, You can t run the engine without oil to the head or you will destroy the rockers and shaft and probably destroy the valves and guides. You can not run regular gas with that high of a compression. You will destroy the pistons. Flat black powder...

Triumph Repair: Smoking Spitfire 1500, jet adjustment, sorry for the confusion
jet adjustment, sorry for the confusion, float chamber: Ok, if the original oil hole through the block and head is open and you see oil to the rockers it is ok. Let me know about the jets returning up with the choke off and the floats and float levels. With the chokes off look at the top of the jets with the...

Triumph Repair: spifire v-8 conversion, ford 302, bald tires
ford 302, bald tires, spifire: Hi Bruce, I just completed a V-8 conversion of an MGB-GT to a Olds 215 cu. in. V-8 which is not normally as powerful as a Ford 302. I can tell you that you should decide what you want to achieve first. Then do a lot of measuring before you start. For...

Triumph Repair: Spin on filters., triumph specialist, rubber flap
triumph specialist, rubber flap, flap valve: I see, no one to ask on E-Bay that you could trust. You can take a known good number and call an auto parts store that you deal with and ask for all of the part numbers of the other brands that cross to that number. That info is listed in their interchange...

Triumph Repair: tachometer non electric connection, spitfires, mkiv
spitfires, mkiv, tachometer: Hi Kevin, The earlier Spitfires that had a cable driven tach were driven off of the base of the distributor. I believe it would be easier to get an electric tach and wire it up as I am not sure you can adapt an old distributor to the 1500 engine. I...

Triumph Repair: TR-6 Transmission Noise, british sports cars, shaft bearing
british sports cars, shaft bearing, clutch pedal: The noise then sounds to me to be either the laygear bearings, or the first motion shaft bearing. It does not matter though. You have to remove the transmission to access any bearing in the gearbox. Wind noise over taking it ? that sounds like the transmission...

Triumph Repair: 1976 TR6 Idle Speed, vacuum leaks, emission control systems
vacuum leaks, emission control systems, vacuum unit: It is most likely a bad diaphragm in the distributor vacuum unit. You need to find some shop or someone with a Mity-Vac to test the retard vacuum unit. The vacuum unit when it is a retard unit has manifold vacuum on it at all times holding the timing in a...

Triumph Repair: 69 Triumph TR6, oil shocks, triumph tr6
oil shocks, triumph tr6, electrical resistance: Hi Rick, On the lean to one side you need to first check to see if you have Gas over oil shocks. If you do, check both sides to see if the low side has the gas leaked out thus making it lean to one side. If you don t have gas over oil shocks you probably...

Triumph Repair: carburators for spitfire, dual carburetors, high octane
dual carburetors, high octane, many other items: Hi Robert, That alone will boost performance but only a little as many other items control performance. On any engine s performance, the design of the cam and the compression ratio are the large items. But when they are applied you must open the intake...

Triumph Repair: Heater Assembly, triumph tr 6, vent hoses
triumph tr 6, vent hoses, heater hoses: Hi Michael, No small job. You should have a service manual to do the job but roughly you have to remove the dash, the tunnel trim pads, vent hoses, heater hoses, control cable, wires from the switch including the ground wire and the glove box then you can...

Triumph Repair: lost of power on 1980 spitfire, compression test, fuel pressure
compression test, fuel pressure, carburetor: Hi Robert, If that car was brought to me in a dealership I would first run a compression test and check the ignition system and change the gasoline and check the fuel pressure. If all that were correct and ONLY if all that were correct I would check the...

Triumph Repair: Rough idle when warm, bright sun light, compression test
bright sun light, compression test, fuel lines: Hi James, I found while working in dealerships that diagnosing by symptoms was mostly a waste of time. The only sure way to find a problem is by testing systems first and there are only three systems that make an engine run. Compression, Fire and Fuel and...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire 1500 Bell Housing to Gearbox, clutch release, tension springs
clutch release, tension springs, bell housing: Hi James, There are no springs in between the gearbox case and the bell housing. The sleeve that supports the clutch release bearing slider is inserted into the bell housing from the gearbox side and sticks out into the clutch area and there is no rubber...

Triumph Repair: TR6 Overdrive, overdrive switch, shift into overdrive
overdrive switch, shift into overdrive, cruise speed: Hi Ken, The overdrive solenoid is suppose to receive power with the Overdrive switch turned on and the ignition on and the gear in 4th gear. You should disconnect the solenoid and test the wire to it for voltage. If you have 12+volts then touch the wire...

Triumph Repair: TR7 front strut closure nut, cheater bar, octagon shape
cheater bar, octagon shape, hand thread: Hi Steve, Since it is already rounded off it would be a waste of money to get a large wrench that size so just get a pipe wrench and it is conventional threads and unscrews to the left. If necessary put a piece of pipe on the handle of the wrench to use...

Triumph Repair: Triumph Oil Change, triumph spitfire, oil leaks
triumph spitfire, oil leaks, oil pressure: Hi Brooks, The Spitfire takes 9.6 US pints of oil for the engine and filter. Be sure to pre-fill the filter and disable the ignition by removing all of the white wires on (+) side of the coil and spin the engine with the starter until you see oil pressure...

Triumph Repair: valve cover and oil pan gasket, pan gasket, triumph spitfire
pan gasket, triumph spitfire, pot metal: Hi Clarence, This can be true because both the pan and the valve cover are sheet metal and over tightening can distort the sheet metal and thus make a gasket leak. Most mechanics put a sealer on the gasket on only one side and that it the side that contacts...

Triumph Repair: 74 TR6 stall on startup -whooshing sound, fuel pressure gauge, psi pressure
fuel pressure gauge, psi pressure, starter fluid: Hi John, I take it that what you mean by turn over that is it starts on starter fluid? This is a standard test to divide the problem into either ignition or fuel. It starts on starter fluid but will not keep running on it s own. So the first test...

Triumph Repair: 76 Triumph spitfire 1500: no power at starter, triumph spitfire 1500, starter solenoid
triumph spitfire 1500, starter solenoid, copper head: Hi Mike, The starter system uses the ignition switch to send power to a starter relay and the relay powers the starter solenoid which connects the starter to the battery. You can start from either end but I always like to start at the load (starter)...

Triumph Repair: brake light, brake warning light, left hand drive
brake warning light, left hand drive, fuse box: The only right hand drive diagram I had didn t have the dual brake warning light in it. I did find a diagram with a dual brake warning light with a black w/purple tracer wire in the circuit. It is in a 78-on left hand drive car for countries other then the...

Triumph Repair: headlight removal 72 Triumph GT6 Mk 2, flat blade, triumph gt6
flat blade, triumph gt6, mk 2: Hi James, To remove the chrome headlight rims insert a large flat blade screw driver behind the rim at the lowest point that you can access it without damaging the paint and twist to pop the bottom out and lift it up and off. The two notches are just...

Triumph Repair: spitfire compression, high octane gas, high octane fuel
high octane gas, high octane fuel, power stroke: Hi Chris, With only a 5 lb difference in the readings I would not worry too much about the low over all readings. That could be a gauge problem or just low compression which many 70 s cars did have. (7.5 to 1) noted in the engine number with an L . This...

Triumph Repair: Static timing., high octane gas, abnormal combustion
high octane gas, abnormal combustion, lean mixture: Nick, the amount of advance at any RPM, load and condition is only dependent on all that I listed above, compression ratio, octane rating of the fuel, condition of the engine, load applied, air temp and pressure. The method used to get the correct advance...

Triumph Repair: 1975 Triumph Spitfire Hose Connections, charcoal canister, haynes manuals
charcoal canister, haynes manuals, manifold vacuum: Hi Nigel, #1 is the upper pipe on the carb and a float chamber vent that goes to the canister (probably one of the pipes in #7 picture. #2 is the fuel line to the fuel pump. #3 is ported vacuum and depending on where the car was for, goes to a vapor...

Triumph Repair: 1979 triumph spitfire transmission, overdrive units, spline drive
overdrive units, spline drive, clutch release: Hi Tom, Yes, the space is ok for either one except the rear transmission mount so be sure to get the OD rear mount. Also be aware of the two different overdrive units on Spitfires. The D type (early Spitfires) and J type on the late Spitfires like yours....

Triumph Repair: 1980 triumph spitfire, chrome bumpers, rubber bumpers
chrome bumpers, rubber bumpers, roadster factory: Hi JoAnne, Agreed that the older CB (chrome bumper)Spitfires are more attractive and some of later Spitfires get modified to use the chrome bumpers. It is not just a matter of purchasing the bumpers and bolting them on. Because the mounts are different....

Triumph Repair: 76 Spit 1500 Main Bearing Replacement, main bearings, mg midget
main bearings, mg midget, patch job: Hi Hugo, The amount of work and effort and possible results of trying to do it in the car would be much more with much less effective results then to simply remove the engine and do it right. It is 100% waste of time and effort to just put bearings in...

Triumph Repair: 76 Spitfire 1500 wiper pump hose diagram, water hoses, washer systems
water hoses, washer systems, washer reservoir: Hi Jim, The two hose connections on the pump run one to the washer reservoir and the other to a T fitting and from each of the T connections to each of the washer jets. You will have to check the pump to see if one of the pipe connections is IN...

Triumph Repair: 78 triumph spitfire, bright sun light, combustion chambers
bright sun light, combustion chambers, vacuum test: Hi Barry, All gasoline engines operate the same and when one won t start, one or more of only three items has failed. The only thing an engine needs is Compression, Fire and Fuel. Compression must be tested first to confirm that the combustion chambers...

Triumph Repair: gt6 mk3 carbs, shaft seals, stop screws
shaft seals, stop screws, throttle shaft: Hi Darwin, If you have the Stromberg carburetors that have the adjustable jets in the bottom then to replace the seats you have to unscrew the large brass center unit from the bottom that has the jet adjustment in it. If your carburetors just have a flat...

Triumph Repair: lamp wiring, triumph spitfire, high beams
triumph spitfire, high beams, minimum tools: Eric, I learned when working in MG, Triumph and Jaguar dealerships that any time you have several electrical circuits that have failed, you must pick only one of the circuits to work on. Most of the time when you find the problem with that one circuit,...

Triumph Repair: Starter Solenoid Circuit GT6 Mk3, starter solenoid, brown wires
starter solenoid, brown wires, basic circuitry: Hi Phil, Sorry, you are not on the right track. The starter solenoid can totally fail and all electric to everything on the car would still operate except the starter itself. Because the power to everything on the car comes from the one post on the solenoid...

Triumph Repair: Stromberg Carb Tuning, line mechanic, throttle linkage
line mechanic, throttle linkage, haynes manuals: Thanks for the feed back Matt, It is not that Webers are bad carburetors. It is the fact that a Constant Velocity carburetor (like the SU s) when adjusted correctly is an advanced design over any fixed jet carburetor. A Constant Velocity carburetor...

Triumph Repair: Stromberg Linkage Sticking, shaft seals, stop screws
shaft seals, stop screws, throttle linkage: Hi Matt, Sometimes it is difficult to see what is making a throttle stick. I found that if I disconnect the throttle cable from the cam type throttle linkage first and then check it for sticking it eliminates the cable as the cause and I proceed then to...

Triumph Repair: Tr6 stromberg carb balancing, stop screws, wet test
stop screws, wet test, stromberg carb: The height of the piston is totally controlled by the volume of air entering that carb. If more air is entering and the piston is higher then it proves that the carbs are not in sync and that throttle is open too far. Some models had a spring loaded round...

Triumph Repair: TR7 carb vaccum nipple, vacuum advance, manifold vacuum
vacuum advance, manifold vacuum, vacuum unit: Hi Don, Check that it is a Ported vacuum, meaning it has no vacuum at idle and does have vacuum with the throttle slightly open. Then look at your distributor vacuum unit to see if it is a vacuum advance unit or a vacuum retard unit. Usually an easy way...

Triumph Repair: TR7 Seat refurbishment, channel lock pliers, rimmer brothers
channel lock pliers, rimmer brothers, head rest: Hi Alan, All you need to do is to unfasten the seat back material at the bottom and pull it up to the head rest and remove the cardboard backing (if it has one) to expose the headrest socket and you can then see the ears that stop it from being pulled up...

Triumph Repair: Vacuum Line Diagram for 1978 Spitfire, haynes manual, vacuum lines
haynes manual, vacuum lines, vacuum line: Hi Chris, The Haynes manual is ok and has some of the emission hoses but not a full diagram. You may be able to figure out how to rout each hose with the few diagrams and text. However the Bentley manual is more extensive. I did not find a full hose diagram...

Triumph Repair: 69 TR6 won't start, wd 40, table spoon
wd 40, table spoon, fan blade: Hi Patrick, First thing to do is confirm that the engine is free turning by just putting it in 4th gear and with the hood up push the car forward and backward a few feet and watch the fan blade to see that the engine is rotating. If it does not rotate remove...

Triumph Repair: 71 Triumph Spitfire Transmission seal, input shaft, triumph spitfire
input shaft, triumph spitfire, bell housing: Hi Wayne, That is correct, there is a gasket between the bell housing and the gearbox but no seal. They use a oil deflector (oil slinger) behind the first motion shaft (input shaft) bearing. Just to deflect most of the splashed oil from migrating out the...

Triumph Repair: MANUEL TRANSMISSION, manuel transmission, clutch problems
manuel transmission, clutch problems, tight pattern: Hi Frank, Yes, the pattern for reverse is neutral to right and up then forward. There is nothing you could have done on the brakes to effect anything in the gearbox. To enter all the gear positions setting still. you may have to rock the car forward...

Triumph Repair: vacuum, weber carbs, vacuum problem
weber carbs, vacuum problem, side draft: Hi Bob, You didn t say if the Weber conversion came with it s own manifold or are they adapted to the standard manifold? Is there a vacuum reservoir on the car? (Several ball shaped cans made of plastic and made into one unit) Are these down draft Weber...

Triumph Repair: vibration felt through seat, shaft vibration, air fuel mixture
shaft vibration, air fuel mixture, drive shaft: Hi Curtis, The first thing I would look at is a U joint as that is a normal indication of a U joint going bad. Not just on the drive shaft but the two on the rear axle. I have been able to separate the axle and the drive shaft by the frequency of the...

Triumph Repair: 1964 tr4 crankcase nut torque specs, triumph tr4, nut torque
triumph tr4, nut torque, torque specs: Hi Douglas, I don t remember ever quoting a torque spec for that long starter dog bolt . The Starter Dog Bolt is set with shims at 10 minutes to 4:00 O clock position while #1 piston is at TDC Then a locking plate installed to keep it in position. The...

Triumph Repair: 1978 spitfire gear shift, clutch gear, wd 40
clutch gear, wd 40, surface rust: Hi Tom, It is less likely that the shift lever itself is rusted in place since you say that you can pull it up some. Most likely the single rail that actually does the shifting is rusted in place. You should remove the transmission tunnel and that will...

Triumph Repair: 1979 spitfire, cone clutch, clutch springs
cone clutch, clutch springs, clutch disc: Hi Nicholas, Is this car an over drive model? If it is I would check the cone clutch and clutch springs in the over drive because it sounds like you have covered all the basses in the clutch. I am not sure about the 3/8 stand off of the pressure plate....

Triumph Repair: 1980 TRIUMPH TR7. Conv. CARBURETORS PROBLEM ??, stromberg cd175, compression gauge
stromberg cd175, compression gauge, triumph tr7: Hi Tony, Any time I would receive cars with running problems I need to run tests and I worked out a procedure that needed to be followed. There are only three things needed for an engine to run and they are Compression, Fire and Fuel with conditions on...

Triumph Repair: '76 Spit knocking noise rear end, spider gears, shaft speed
spider gears, shaft speed, wheel speed: Hi Berry, First I always tried to note if it was wheel speed noise or drive shaft speed noise and you said it is worse when turning left but does the frequency or speed of the noise change turning left? Also, switch the rear wheels from side to side...

Triumph Repair: carb & intake swap, stromberg carburetors, constant velocity
stromberg carburetors, constant velocity, leaps and bounds: Hi David, There are a few options but most will make the car suffer in performance. The dual Stromberg carburetors are constant velocity carburetors which are leaps and bounds better then any fixed jet carburetor. Fuel is metered much more precisely then...

Triumph Repair: Carburetor leaking gas, plastic ears, copper cap
plastic ears, copper cap, flat copper: Hi Rick, If you are talking about the large round flat cap on the bottom of the float chamber, It is not screwed in but just a push fit and can be pushed out from the inside by squeezing the several ears together and pushing it out. Most are made of plastic...

Triumph Repair: Clutch slave cylinder to the clutch lever?, clutch slave cylinder, clutch lever
clutch slave cylinder, clutch lever, cylinder rod: Hi Eric, Yes, there is a pin that holds the clutch slave cylinder rod to the clutch arm inside the bell-housing. You will need to pull the transmission to gain access to the clutch arm to replace the pin. You may be able to remove the two bolts holding...

Triumph Repair: 1978 spitfire gear shift, little sand, 10w40
Triumph Repair: 1978 spitfire gear shift, little sand, 10w40, sand paper

Triumph Repair: fuel leak weber 32/36, tack hammer, steel shaft
tack hammer, steel shaft, set screw: Hi John, That is not a serviceable port. The hole was drilled for fuel flow and then the end was sealed with a plug or a ball bearing and staked closed. If you just bought the carburetor you need to return it to what ever company you bought it from....

Triumph Repair: Ignition coil voltage..., electronic ignition system, starter solenoid
electronic ignition system, starter solenoid, vacuum unit: True, I worked for MG, Triumph & Jag dealerships for many years and there were very few that had the Box on the side on the distributor (Opus/Lucas)that didn t get replaced once or more times while they were in warranty. Soon, several companies started making...

Triumph Repair: Replacing Drive Shaft U-Joints, drive axles, drive shaft
drive axles, drive shaft, exhaust pipes: Yes, it is a slip joint and the threaded sleeve is the end cap that holds the seal in place. And I suspect the pattern was the results of English beer more then anything else. Probably had to do with the shape of the Spicer type U joint. Howar...

Triumph Repair: Stromberg Carb, float bowl, ring seal
float bowl, ring seal, o ring: Hi Steve, If you have an adjustable needle in your piston, you do have an O ring on the adjusting screw that the 3mm Allen wrench fits into. If you don t have a large round plug in the very bottom of your float bowl be happy as they were plastic with...

Triumph Repair: Timing chain cover.., noise damper, haynes manual
noise damper, haynes manual, timing chain: Hi Steve, If you are talking about a strip of material glued to the middle of the timing chain cover, that is a noise damper to help stop that sheet metal from amplifying engine noise. It probably helps stop fatigue fractures also from the sheet metal vibrating....

Triumph Repair: TR-7 Water pump, triumph tr 7, bench grinder
triumph tr 7, bench grinder, axle grease: Hi Danny, I have had to chamfer the upper edge of the brass sleeve and polish it. I made an aluminum tube that fits on the outer lip of the seal. I used aluminum because more of a strike from a hammer is transmitted. I tried different lubes like WD-40...

Triumph Repair: tr3 float valve, fuel gauge, float chamber
fuel gauge, float chamber, float valve: Hi Dan, First check the float level by placing a 7/16 bar under the hook shaped float arm and across the top of the float chamber just as the arm closes the float needle. If you are using the Gross valves, you can bend the float arm until the correct setting...

Triumph Repair: TR7 rear brake adjusters, british car clubs, life span
british car clubs, life span, rear ends: Hi Alan, That is not a normal part that wares out so you are right that it would be hard to locate in the aftermarket. We use to be able to find TR-7s in salvage years here in the US but they have long since dried up. There were two different rear ends...

Triumph Repair: vacuum diagram, vacuum hoses, vacuum diagram
vacuum hoses, vacuum diagram, manifold vacuum: Hi Rick, I don t have a complete diagram of the vacuum hoses but do have some of the sections. Enclosed are a couple of the hose sections. The picture labeled TR-7hose11x1 and 1a1x1 are one section with the index and another section is TR-7hose21x1.jpg...

Triumph Repair: wireing ignition box, instrument light, hi john
instrument light, hi john, spitfire: Hi John, The only electronic ignition that the Triumph Spitfire came with was the Opus/Lucas system but none of the wiring to or from the ignition were red wires. If you have red wires around the ignition system either someone rewired the car or you have...

Triumph Repair: 1500 Spitfire solenoid to coil wiring, ballast resistor, starter solenoid
ballast resistor, starter solenoid, spade connectors: Hi Robin, When you have a two small spade connectors with a wire on each on a solenoid, it is a bypass system of a resistor wire or ballast resistor to a 6v coil system for the ignition system. The answer is Yes they gave you the wrong solenoid for your...

Triumph Repair: 1974 spitfire overheating, head gasket problem, radiator shop
head gasket problem, radiator shop, meat thermometer: Hi Jay, First you should establish that it is really hot and not a gauge problem by just either using a temp gun on the upper out let at the thermostat and compare that to the gauge reading. If you don t have a temp gun use a household meat thermometer...

Triumph Repair: 1977 Spitfire 1500 CA smog equipment and factory manifold, smog equipment, ca dmv
smog equipment, ca dmv, charcoal canister: I think Moss Motors may have the harness or you can run a search on the Net as I once seen a company on the Internet that made harnesses for British cars but don t remember their name. You are brave to even think about Nitrous on a Spitfire. I hope you...

Triumph Repair: 1980 triumph tr7, twin carbs, chris moss
twin carbs, chris moss, coolant temperature: Hi Chris, Moss only lists the 386-325 for up to 76 and they list 386-365 for 77-on but that one is no longer available. I don t recognize the unit they show on their Internet site but I did put several of their units on 7 s and even found that they didn...

Triumph Repair: 79 spitfire 1500 engine, piston pin, head gasket
piston pin, head gasket, power stroke: Hi Jeffrey, Most piston manufactures specify a front of a piston for several reasons. Mostly because of an offset piston pin or a split skirt design. An off set pin is designed to transfer the load of the piston from one cylinder wall to the other in a...

Triumph Repair: Battery not staying charged, newer cars, brand car
newer cars, brand car, test light: Ok, then you can just remove a battery cable (with everything turned off) and put a 12v test light between the cable and the battery post and note if it lights up a 12v test light. If it lights the light, first disconnect your stereo you installed and if the...

Triumph Repair: Brake Assembly Replacements, beckarnley, moss motors
beckarnley, moss motors, brake rotors: Hi Dan, My memory is not good enough to tell you that a MK III and a MK IV have the same front brake disk and pads but according to Moss Motors and an old application for BeckArnley they are the same. To be sure check with any local auto parts stores that...

Triumph Repair: Car Running Rough: Advice, head gasket problem, triumph stag
head gasket problem, triumph stag, cylinder test: Hi Matt, In the dealerships I worked in we often received cars that had been stored for different lengths of time and we had a needed procedure to follow. Drain the fuel and blow out the fuel lines and put fresh gas in and in the case of SU carburetors...

Triumph Repair: cluch, clutch master cylinder, clutch pedal
clutch master cylinder, clutch pedal, slave cylinder: Hi Debbie, The clutch on most Triumphs is disengaged by hydraulics, so when you push on the pedal down, it pushes a piston in a master cylinder that forces brake fluid down a pipe to a slave cylinder and in the slave cylinder is a piston that forces a rod...

Triumph Repair: crank shaft pulley, crankshaft pulley, crank shaft
crankshaft pulley, crank shaft, triumph tr4a: Hi David, The crankshaft pulley is held in place by a long bolt extending all the way through the fan extension and the pulley into the crankshaft. You need to remove the bolts from the fan blade first. (look at the heads with a small mirror to see if...

Triumph Repair: GT6 won't fire!, internal combustion engine, vacuum gauge
internal combustion engine, vacuum gauge, compression gauge: Hi Adam, As I remember a bar = about 14.5 PSI and if your gauge is correct and you held the throttle open when testing, Your engine failed the compression test and it is a waste of time to continue until the compression is corrected. Generally any gasoline...

Triumph Repair: Leaking Fuel, vent system, activated charcoal
vent system, activated charcoal, float chamber: Hi Debra, If you had fuel running out of the canisters they are destroyed and can not be used. Some of the early first canisters could be reused by getting new Activated Charcoal and replace the saturated charcoal in it. But I have not seen those kits for...

Triumph Repair: No spark, triumph spitfire, vacuum unit
triumph spitfire, vacuum unit, air gap: Check the air gap (most use about .012 air gap) and if that is correct and it has power with the key on it is most likely dead. You said you put a new coil on and did you check for power on the (+) side of the coil with the key on? and how is the Breaker-Less...

Triumph Repair: Triumph Spitfire ballast/coil problem, ballast resistor, triumph spitfire
ballast resistor, triumph spitfire, voltage change: Tony, What do you mean when you say the car starts on a Jump start ? Here, we call a Jump Start when an additional battery is connected. Or do you mean a Push Start ? As I have told you when you have a resistor wire to power the coil (Pink w/white tracer...

Triumph Repair: Front wheel trunnion rebuild, tie rod ends, plastic bushings
tie rod ends, plastic bushings, water seals: Hi Dan, You need to pull the whole unit out from between the lower A frame and remove both large washers from the ends and put a heavy support with a large hole in it on one side and just drive it out of the two plastic bushings. Or you can get a large...

Triumph Repair: 1975 triumph spitfire 1500 Vacuum, triumph spitfire 1500, vacuum hoses
triumph spitfire 1500, vacuum hoses, charcoal canister: Hi Jacob, Unfortunately the books don t have good vacuum diagrams but I can tell you most of what you need. The vacuum port on the top flange of the carburetor is Ported Vacuum and is used to power the distributor vacuum advance unit and the EGR valve....

Triumph Repair: Backfire through carb, volt coil, gasoline engine
volt coil, gasoline engine, spark coil: It is unusual for a timing chain to jump a tooth but it can happen. If it does it don t just effect the ignition timing, it changes cam timing and can bend valves and cause other damage. I would check for excess free play in the distributor shaft in rotation...

Triumph Repair: Locked up overdrive and gearbox in reverse gear., clutch slave cylinder, clutch mechanism
Triumph Repair: Locked up overdrive and gearbox in reverse gear., clutch slave cylinder, clutch mechanism, gear lever

Triumph Repair: Locked up overdrive and gearbox in reverse gear., triumph tr 6, clutch lever
triumph tr 6, clutch lever, transmission damage: Hi Ole, When the overdrive is engaged due to a problem and reverse is attempted to be used it can destroy the overdrive and I have seen several do that but I have never seen it damage the transmission. The reason that damage is done to the overdrive...

Triumph Repair: Locked rear end on 76 Spitfire, spitfire 1500, wheel bearings
spitfire 1500, wheel bearings, axle bearings: Hi Ray, If the rear end is truly locked up you can not make a determination of what did it until you remove it and open it up. Only then can you tell if the differential can just be rebuilt or it is something that makes it too expensive to repair and that...

Triumph Repair: Rear End, wheel speed, bump in the road
wheel speed, bump in the road, drive shaft: Hi Vic, When I had a rear end vibration to fix I first road test to see what the vibration does. First is it vibrating at wheel speed or at more then wheel speed? If it is faster then wheel speed then it is still in the drive shaft. If it is wheel speed...

Triumph Repair: Reverse lamp switch, shift mechanism, bell housing
shift mechanism, bell housing, gearbox: Hi Dan, When you have extra switches on the gearbox, that is an indication you have an overdrive unit. The extra switches prevent the car from being shifted into overdrive in any gear except 3rd and 4th gear. If you were to engage reverse with the overdrive...

Triumph Repair: Stromberg Carb Tuning, stop screws, fuel splash
stop screws, fuel splash, throttle linkage: The adjustment procedure is about the same on the Strombergs as it is on the SU as they are both constant velocity carburetors. Set the throttle linkage in sync first with all the stop screws backed off, then open both throttles the exact same amount (about...

Triumph Repair: Suspension Noise TR7, wheel bearings, triumph stag
wheel bearings, triumph stag, strut assembly: Hi Matt, That is too much free play you need to remove the wheel and hub and clean the bearings and repack them with grease and readjust them. If you have not adjusted wheel bearings before you can snug up the axle nut until you take all of the free play...

Triumph Repair: TR-6 Brakes, brake light switch, brake servo
brake light switch, brake servo, tr 6: Hi Timothy, First jack the car up and pump the brake pedal and with the key on check to see if the brake lights work or are on all the time. Release the brake pedal and check to see if the wheels rotate freely (front and back). If they rotate freely then...

Triumph Repair: tr6 won't start 1976, point gap, match book
point gap, match book, test light: You should not replace any parts until you find what is wrong. Start with a 12v test light or volt meter. You said that you have 12v to the coil. So your next test should have been to use a test light or a voltmeter on the negative side of the coil. ...

Triumph Repair: TR7 Stalls When Hot, intake vacuum leaks, blown head gasket
intake vacuum leaks, blown head gasket, british cars: Hi Danny, The problem does not sound serious but if you have not had the car out of the shop very long you should return it to that mechanic for a readjustment of the tuning. It needs to be returned to him for a re-torque of the head anyway in a few hundred...

Triumph Repair: Triumph Spitfire Starter motor, moss motors, gear teeth
moss motors, gear teeth, gear ratios: Hi Tony, Every thing I can find on it says it is suppose to be the M35J that you have and the Lucas part number is 25149 as original equipment. I did not find any information on any of the pinion gear teeth numbers. It is possible to have different numbers...

Triumph Repair: Triumph TR7 Heavy Clutch, clutch master cylinder, clutch pedal
clutch master cylinder, clutch pedal, clutch release: The fact that the pedal has a lot of pressure on the release also tends to rule out a sticking release bearing slider too. It will be difficult to measure the bore diameter without removing the master cylinder. Another possibility is that a previous...

Triumph Repair: 1976 tr6 oil pressure gauge, oil pressure gauge, british sports cars
oil pressure gauge, british sports cars, triumph tr6: Hi Mike, 55 lb oil pressure is ok and you are correct that 5 PSI is not. There can be one or more problems so you need to address every one as it can be a combination. First what grade oil are you using? Do not use the new 5W X ? oils that many new cars...

Triumph Repair: 70 and 78 compatibility, british sports cars, stromberg carburetor
british sports cars, stromberg carburetor, engine coolant: Hi David, I believe the frame and body mounting points are the same but that is a guess, as I have never tried to switch the 70 and a 78. The older British sports cars tended to keep the same bodies for many years even when minor trim was changed or bumpers....

Triumph Repair: '79 Spit engine will not start, fire ignition, starter fluid
fire ignition, starter fluid, timing light: Hi Steve, You need to remember when you have an engine that don t run that there are only three items that make an engine run. Compression, Fire and Fuel, with conditions on each. While working in dealerships for most of four decades, I learned to block...

Triumph Repair: 79 spit temp gauge reads hot, fuel level gauge, gauge reading
fuel level gauge, gauge reading, voltage stabilizer: Hi Rory, We often had cars come in to the dealership with a hot reading and the first thing you need to do is confirm that it is really hot or not. We didn t have those thermal guns like they do today but a kitchen meat thermometer works well. Also,...

Triumph Repair: 79 Spitfire ignition light, brown wires, test light
brown wires, test light, volt meter: Hi Rory, First test is to remove the wires from the back of the alternator and see if the Ign light goes out. If it does you need to repair or replace the alternator and/or regulator. The Ignition light is not an Ignition light, it is a Alternator...

Triumph Repair: body off frame, steering column, seat belt
steering column, seat belt, spitfire: Hi Dave, It sounds like you have not removed all of the bolts holding the body on to the frame. I have loaded a diagram and a couple of statements that may help on my web site about this subject. Go to http://mg-tri-jag.net/SpitfireFrame1.jpg for...

Triumph Repair: Door lock to Door Latch, triumph spitfire 1500, cotter pin
triumph spitfire 1500, cotter pin, door latch: If that vertical pin going through the double spring clip is what locks and unlocks the door you need to lube it to see if it works. As I remember the spring clip is to hold tension on the pin but dry holds too well. Been a long time since I was in those doors....

Triumph Repair: 1976 tr6 oil pressure gauge
Triumph Repair: 1976 tr6 oil pressure gauge

Triumph Repair: tr7 ignition system, module numbers, local auto
Triumph Repair: tr7 ignition system, module numbers, local auto, chev

Triumph Repair: Hot starting problems., electronic fuel pump, triumph spitfire
electronic fuel pump, triumph spitfire, wet test: Hi Jacob, I learned early working in dealerships that when you have a car that don t start to clear your mind of any possible cause and forget symptoms and run tests. Test systems first not parts. There are only three systems that an engine needs to...

Triumph Repair: spitfire clutch release point, clutch release, clutch pedal
clutch release, clutch pedal, clutch slave: Hi Chris, You have what everyone else wants and that is a high release point. It is odd and may be something wrong so here are several tests. First note if there is any free play in the clutch pedal. It should have about a inch or more free play before...

Triumph Repair: TR4 1963, wynnewood pa, rocker shaft
wynnewood pa, rocker shaft, compression stroke: Hi Marc, It is not difficult to replace a push rod but you may need to do a few test to see if you can determine why it broke. First I would set the piston of the cylinder that had the broken push rod down a little from the top dead center of the compression...

Triumph Repair: TR5 hot starting problem, ballast resistor, triumph tr 7
ballast resistor, triumph tr 7, electronic ignition systems: Hi Peter, I don t have a diagram of the TR-5 and even though I worked for many years in Triumph dealerships in Florida USA, I only seen one TR-5. So I don t remember what coil was used. However, all cars back it those days did the same thing. They either...

Triumph Repair: tr7 ignition system, delco system, ac delco
delco system, ac delco, moss motors: Hi Eddie, Moss Motors use to carry the Delco ignition parts so you should contact them to see if they still do. Or they may have an aftermarket system to change over to if they no longer have the parts. They didn t have the coil but did list the module...

Triumph Repair: Triumph Charging System, pig tail, moss motors
pig tail, moss motors, peaks and valleys: Hi Dan, The tests we used at the dealership were simple. We first tested the battery voltage (12v +) then we left the volt meter attached to the battery posts (not the cable ends) and started the engine and put the RPM up to about 1500 RPM and read voltage....

Triumph Repair: Triumph GT6 Steering column, thread gauge, triumph gt6
thread gauge, triumph gt6, wheel nut: Hi Phil, It is a 9/16 Whitworth but I don t know what the threads per inch are. You may have to get a thread gauge to find out. Sorry, I don t have one to measure and I don t remember if I ever even checked one. Maybe some one reading this can tell us....

Triumph Repair: Triumph Spitfire starting problem, triumph spitfire 1500, starter solenoid
triumph spitfire 1500, starter solenoid, jumper wire: Hi Tony, If you have power at the small lead on the solenoid with the key in the Start position then the starter relay is ok and working. If when you have power in the Start position at the small terminal on the solenoid then the solenoid is either...

Triumph Repair: Spit not starting.., spark test, starter fluid
spark test, starter fluid, float chamber: Several items. Wetter? meaning 1 & 2 are wet too? A wet plug will not fire because the current runs across the liquid fuel and thus no spark. When the plug is out and wet it will fire but a spark has a very difficult time jumping a gap while under pressure...

Triumph Repair: Beck-Arney , Dist pickup magnet., opus system, electronic ignition systems
opus system, electronic ignition systems, electronic ignition system: Hi Danny, Any electronic ignition system just connects the coil to ground and then breaks that connection to get the coil to unload a spark, as does a pointed system. So if you have power to a coil and you tested the coil and you have a good coil wire,...

Triumph Repair: Car doesn't run more than half a mile, compression gauge, triumph spitfire
compression gauge, triumph spitfire, compression test: Hi Anthony, The three systems, compression, fire and fuel are the only three systems necessary for any engine to run. So when it dies either one or more of the three is missing. They MUST be tested in the failed mode. (When it has died and will not start)...

Triumph Repair: rear noise, wheel bearing, wheel speed
wheel bearing, wheel speed, drive shaft: Hi Eldon, Try to determine if the thumping is wheel speed or faster. If it is wheel speed then you need to try to determine if it is on one side. Also can you feel anything in the car that also feels as though it is in sync with the thump. For example...

Triumph Repair: Running light bulb / electric wont disconnect, spitfire 1500, fuse box
spitfire 1500, fuse box, test light: Hi Dick, There are hundreds of things that can run a battery down in the electrical system. So you must start testing. First test (if you don t see something turned on that you can turn off) Turn every thing off and remove either battery cable and...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire not starting..... cont'd.., starter solenoid, volt coil
starter solenoid, volt coil, compression gauge: Glad to hear you got it running. A stuck clutch was a common problem with MGs and Triumphs when sitting for a long time. I was able to break loose about 50% of them with a procedure from my motorcycle days. You need a long straight road and no stop lights...

Triumph Repair: no-starting issue - 75 TR6...coil?, brands of cars, fire ignition
brands of cars, fire ignition, primary winding: Hi Cam, The sequence of testing must always be the same. Compression (yours was ok) Fire (yours was not ok so it is a waste of time proceeding to fuel until Fire is correct. You need to correct the faulty ignition system before even looking at Fuel....

Triumph Repair: transmission, moss motors, drive shaft
moss motors, drive shaft, cv joint: Hi David, Sorry, I have not tried that switch before and it has been too many years since I worked on them to remember all the small details that might show up Like, the non-syncro low gear of the earlier box was just a slight bit shorter then the one with...

Triumph Repair: Triumph TR 6, triumph tr 6, stop screws
triumph tr 6, stop screws, stromberg carburetors: Hi Bent, An engine can not run fast unless it has fuel and a lot of air so the first thing to look at is any possible air leaks and check to see that the throttle plates are closed. Some US versions of the Stromberg carburetors had spring loaded valves...

Triumph Repair: 1978 spitfire 1500 electrical, voltage drop test, voltage stablizer
voltage drop test, voltage stablizer, gauge wire: Hi Bernie, On all of the electrical gauges we used a preliminary test and that was to turn on the key to Ignition and have someone watch the gauge while you remove the wire off of the sending unit. You should see the needle deflect all the way in one direction...

Triumph Repair: Distributor, sheet metal screw, vacuum unit
sheet metal screw, vacuum unit, haynes manual: Hi Stan, The easiest way to fix your problem is to set the crank to 0 degrees on the front pulley and confirm that both valves are closed on #1 cylinder. Now, turn the distributor to where ever it is clear of anything that will foul on the vacuum advance...

Triumph Repair: still no fuel/heat gauge readings, gauge readings, voltage stablizer
gauge readings, voltage stablizer, needle move: A dim light at the sending unit? What did you do that for? You grounded each gauge individually and the needle went full deflection? Then remove the grounding wire and the needle goes full deflection the other way? Each gauge must be tested by itself. ...

Triumph Repair: TR6 Air conditioner removal, triumph tr 6, freon systems
triumph tr 6, freon systems, auto repair shop: Hi John, In most states it is not legal to exhaust freon to the air so you should take the car to most any auto repair shop that does AC work and they will have a recovery unit to take the freon. It should be a minor expense but call several to see what...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire 1500 Thrust Washer Problems
Hi Nigel, Unless you have found a good used engine to start over with, most any good auto machine shop can make repairs to yours. Several of the Triumph engines were designed with only half of a thrust washer instead of full circle thrust washers used on...

Triumph Repair: Stromberg Carb Tuning Question
Hi Matt, You are correct that I only have a limited experience with the Stag. The Strombergs should react close to the same though. When you lift the piston of one carb a small amount you are disabling that carburetor by allowing the air to slow down...

Triumph Repair: TR7 Driver's side windshield wiper arm
The windshield was very large compared to most back then so the only way to get more of it wiped they used the extra link like many buses and large trucks did. I liked it better then the three wipers used on some of the MGs. I have designed a different...

Triumph Repair: triumph spitfire shift knob
Hi Johnny, To remove just the shift knob turn the nut that is just under the knob down (clock wise as viewed from above). This is just a lock nut so once you break it away from the knob itself, the knob will unscrew counter clockwise up and off the shift...

Triumph Repair: 1980 tr7 hard starting
Hi Vincent, Hard to start cold is a common problem with the Stromberg carburetors. There were two different choke systems used on the Strombergs. One used The choke was not a choke per-say, it was an enrichment device. If you have the coolant operated choke...

Triumph Repair: cylinder block
Hi Dwight, You first need to clear something up for me. What do you mean a recessed cylinder head ? Do you mean that there is a recess in the head at two points? (1 to 2 and 2 to 3)? Next question, is there a recess all around the block at the top?...

Triumph Repair: 1980 tr7 hard starting
Triumph Repair: 1980 tr7 hard starting

Triumph Repair: TR6 Clutch sticky at bottom of travel
Hi John, The fluid leak at the master cylinder may or may not be related to your problem but the master cylinder must be either rebuilt with a kit or replaced when it shows signs of leakage. In the dealerships we found that it is a good idea to repair or...

Triumph Repair: TR7 viscous clutch
Hi Robert, Sorry, I have never tried to repair one even though I had many fail. I did find them pretty much useless to start with. As with most cars, a radiator fan is useless above 35 MPH anyway and below 35 MPH is the only time a radiator fan is needed...

Triumph Repair: 1974 TR-6 Exhaust Manifold Gasket
Yes, That double exhaust pipe to manifold joint is a common rust point for studs and nuts. But do probe that joint with the hose as it can be a point of leakage that can sound like a manifold to head leak. Also use Never Seize (available as most auto...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire MK3 Front Stub Axle Bearings/Hub seal
Hi Andreas, The seal (felt) must rotate with the wheel hub. In your first picture the metal cup is facing the opened end out. The felt seal should be pushed inside of the cup and the cup pressed into the wheel hub after the bearing is greased and put into...

Triumph Repair: tr6 tranny switches
I only know of 3 switches on the gearbox. 2nd ON and 3rd/4th on for the overdrive and a back-up light switch. I don t remember any 4th switch. I will check with friends in the restoration business and let you know if I find there was a 4th switch. Howar...

Triumph Repair: Weber Carb- 79 Spitfire
Hi Steve, The listing I have for a Weber 32/36 DGV 5a is for a 1599 cc Capri GT. Which does seem to be usable on a 1500 Spitfire. All the listed jets you quote are correct for that carburetor. (providing the engine is not modified) If you have raised...

Triumph Repair: 1972 triumph spitfire clutch release bearing, shaft bearing, input shaft
shaft bearing, input shaft, clutch release: The sleeve that the release bearing slider rides on is clamped to the front of the gearbox by the bellhousing and there is no seal in it for the input shaft. They did put a seal on the later 1500 Spitfires. If the end of the input shaft has only 1/32 free...

Triumph Repair: 1978 Spitfire pops out of 1st gear, spitfire 1500, gear teeth
spitfire 1500, gear teeth, screw driver: Hi Dean, There are several things that can cause it to jump out of gear. Look at the simpelest first and that is to remove the shift lever boot and confirm that the torque over of the engine when starting out does not foul the shift lever while in 1st gear....

Triumph Repair: 1979 Spit Bumper Swap, mansfields, descrition
mansfields, descrition, sawzall: Sorry Douglas, Even though I do a lot of modifying and fabracation, I have never done that one before. I agree with what you are doing as I also didn t like the looks of that Spitfire and if I had one I too would be doing what you are doing. You are...

Triumph Repair: 67 TR4-A headlight and directional switch wiring, high beams, fuse box
high beams, fuse box, brown and brown: Hi Bill, Some replacement switches that come with a short harness often don t match the color code of the car s original colors or diagram. So often I have had to check the function of each wire on a replacement switch to see what it does and then connect...

Triumph Repair: '71 GT6 MK III Brake Lines, gt6 mk, team triumph
gt6 mk, team triumph, corporate memory: Hi Robert, I have never seen a detailed diagram of brake lines with distance of bends etc. Here is a picture of the lay out of the GT-6 brake lines with a single circuit master cylinder. It may be a little help in where to make the mounting and thus the...

Triumph Repair: Clutch Slave Cylinder Spitfire 1969, clutch slave cylinder, pushrod
clutch slave cylinder, pushrod, push rod: Hi Paul, Remove the two bolts and the mounting flange and put the mounting flange on the slave cylinder first and then the rod sticks out enough to guide it into the rubber boot. Don t install the pinch bolt until after you have it all mounted. Howar...

Triumph Repair: Hard start 2, electric fuel pump, port holes
electric fuel pump, port holes, float chamber: There is not much to the choke. It is just a flat plate with some holes in it that open small ports to extra fuel, so the first thing to do is to rmove it from the side of the carburetor and confirm that the holes line up with the port holes in the carburetor....

Triumph Repair: Hard start, fuel pressure gauge, psi pressure
fuel pressure gauge, psi pressure, float chamber: Ok, then you have narrowed the problem down to sufficient fuel needed to cold start. Now you still don t know if it is an empty float chamber or a failed choke system so here is the next test. It is a pain where you sit to pull the float chamber to look...

Triumph Repair: oil pressure & radio installation, oil pressure gauge, low oil pressure
oil pressure gauge, low oil pressure, stock radio: Hi Mike, Your readings are low and can be dangerous to your engine. It does not mean for sure that it is but it is an indication that you must do something right away. Your oil pump has the capasity to pump 300 to 400 PSI easily but that is regulated...

Triumph Repair: TR6 radio installation., stock radio, radio installation
stock radio, radio installation, british cars: Hi Mike, The TR-6 like all the British cars never came from the factory with a radio in them. We at the dealership had to install radios and antennas. Yes there was always a face plate and on some of the radios there was a two plate front. The first plate...

Triumph Repair: TR6 stop light switch, light switch, hard case
light switch, hard case, switches: Hi Geillermo, I have used both and can t say that either one is better. I try to only buy parts from someone I deal a lot with so I can trust that if something fails I can be more sure it will be replaced. I do hate to see manufactures go to plastic...

Triumph Repair: TR7 Noise in Front End, wheelbearings, strange noise
wheelbearings, strange noise, light duty: Hi Matt, I would first jack up the front again and check for any free play in the wheel bearing as the TR-7 Wheelbearings were a little on the light duty side on the TR-7. Any free play in the bearings will allow the wheel to tilt over and cause the brake...

Triumph Repair: TR7 Water Pump, pump impellers, rough surface
pump impellers, rough surface, oil seal: Hi Matt, That slot in the block is to allow coolant that gets past the water pump seal to exit the block and not get into the oil in the pan. (providing the oil seal is good) You definately have a problem that must be attented to. If it only leaks with...

Triumph Repair: 1972 triumph spitfire clutch release bearing, pilot bearings, input shaft
pilot bearings, input shaft, clutch release: Hi Wayne, That bushing is the pilot bearing that supports the front of the input shaft and if it is worn you should replace it. The bearing is called oillite bronze . It is porous and is soaked in grease that has been heated to enter the pores. You should...

Triumph Repair: 1972 triumph spitfire flywheel, clutch disk, minor scratches
clutch disk, minor scratches, sanding disk: Hi Wayne, That is usually a dicission you need to make by examination of the surface of the flywheel. Usually if it had not worn down to the rivits it is ok. You can take a small fine sanding disk (3 or 4 inch) that is used with a air tool or in a small...

Triumph Repair: 1976 TR7 clutch slave cylinder bolts, clutch slave cylinder, metric bolts
clutch slave cylinder, metric bolts, lock washers: Hi Steve, Check to see if the rear engine plate it threaded. If it is, that would explain the fine threads. They don t usually use fine thread in aluminum. But if the backing plate is threaded it is ok because it is steel. I still have some TR-7 engines...

Triumph Repair: 1980 TR7 Headlight Switch, switch panel, plastic pieces
switch panel, plastic pieces, face plate: Hi Anthony, The headlight switch is the far left switch in the switch panel. To remove the switch remove the two screws holding the switch panel on and pull the switch panel outward. Squeze the two ends of the plastic clips that hold the harness plug to...

Triumph Repair: Carburetion..., coolant lines, center bolt
coolant lines, center bolt, moss motors: Hi Steve, There is a simple test. Just before you try to start it cold and you are sure it is going to be difficult to start, just spray a little Starting Fluid into the intake. (avaiable at most any auto parts stores) If it starts ritght up but then...

Triumph Repair: MK3 Spit rods, arp bolts, pin diameter
arp bolts, pin diameter, moss motors: Sorry Hank, None of my manuals quote the rod bore diameter. You may be able to figure it by measuring the thickness of a new bearing shell and double that and add the rod jurnal diameter and add in one measurement of the oil clearance of .001 to .0015...

Triumph Repair: stromberg 176 dc-2, jensen gt, lotus 4
jensen gt, lotus 4, stale gas: Hi Reed, This is common when a car sits up for some time. Either the floats are stuck or the float needle and seat has varnish from stale gas. You need to remove both carburetors and remove the float chambers from the bottom and clean out both carbs...

Triumph Repair: TR7 Leaky Water Pump, brass cage, radiator cap
brass cage, radiator cap, water seal: I have installed them both ways except I would never install a pump with the impeller on the shaft. For the very reason I had mentioned, too many came with a rough surface that the water seal rides on. When you get a new pump with the impeller installed...

Triumph Repair: TR7 tie rod ends, tie rod ends, alignment equipment
tie rod ends, alignment equipment, silicone spray: The reason you start by screwing both tie rods in the same amount is so you don t end up with one total length of a tie rod a different length then the other which even if you set the toe in correctly you get what is called bump steer when one total tie...

Triumph Repair: 1972 triumph spitfire bellhousing, shaft spacers, shaft bearing
shaft spacers, shaft bearing, input shaft: Hi Wayne, The input shaft bearing has a groove in it with a large snap ring to prevent it from moving too far toward the rear so it seats against the gearbox case. The input shaft has a oil slinger on first and then the bearing and then a thin washer and...

Triumph Repair: 75 TR6 Metal Grinding Noise, drive shaft, tr6
drive shaft, tr6, speed transmission: Hi Nelson, Sounds to me like a gearbox problem not a clutch problem. Keep in mind that 4th gear is direct drive and even though all the gears are spinning none are under load while in 4th. But a bearing noise can show up even in 4th. I would have them...

Triumph Repair: Buzzer, alarm buzzer, spitfire
alarm buzzer, spitfire, guess: Hi Dennis, The buzzer can not operate unless the ignition switch grounds it. It does have several different possible power supplies but still can t operate unless the ignition switch grounds it. On some BLM cars it was an external connection on the...

Triumph Repair: Retro Radio Installation - 1976 TR6, fuse block, fuse panel
fuse block, fuse panel, radio filters: Hi John, The radio evidently needs a constant power when the key is off so it can keep a memory of stations and/or a code necessary to operate the radio. If you don t find a plug for a radio then all you need to do is go to your fuse block and with...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire 1500 Oil, austin healey sprite, castrol syntec
austin healey sprite, castrol syntec, spitfire 1500: Hi Chris, No, Oil companies change the chemicals they add to oil all the time but I never found any that affected gaskets nor seals. The one thing I can tell you about oil is to NEVER add a different brand of oil to the oil in the engine. This can be...

Triumph Repair: spitfire clutch, flange bolts, drive shaft
flange bolts, drive shaft, wiring harnes: Hi John, To remove the clutch you remove the transmission about the same way as a TR-6 (from inside). You do need to support the engine when you remove the transmission bellhousing from the engine. You do have to remove the starter motor and slave cylinder...

Triumph Repair: TR6 Overdrive, overdrive switch, case change
overdrive switch, case change, gear oil: Hi Tony, Slow engagement can be just a minor thing but to try to diagnose it first decide if the problem is more noticeable when the car is first driven and is not as much of a delay after it has been driven for an hour or so. If this is the case, change...

Triumph Repair: TR6 Trunk Lock Cylinder, latch system, moss motors
latch system, moss motors, lock cylinder: Hi Arnold, It has been a long time since I did any work on the trunk latch system on a TR-6 but I thought that there was a screw in the end that had the latch opposit the key and that released the tumbler assembly. If the end does not have a screw then...

Triumph Repair: 1972 tr6 will not start after winter storage, type solenoid, starter solenoid
type solenoid, starter solenoid, tracer wire: Hi Jim, That should not be too hard to correct but you will need a 12v test light or a volt meter. When you say that you have nothing, I take it that you mean no IGN light, no responce from the starter etc. With a new fresh battery that means you have...

Triumph Repair: 79 Spitfire Ignition help, engine cranks, color codes
engine cranks, color codes, test procedures: Michael, I am glad to hear that you were able to figure out how to wire it and get it working. the AB14 is a model type, not a Lucas part number and as far as I can find was never installed on a Spitfire. It could have been a replacement for the Opus/Lucas...

Triumph Repair: Cooling System Flush, aluminum engine, saab 99
aluminum engine, saab 99, head studs: Hi Matt, I have worked on a few Stags but not many unless you count all the TR-7 s which is just a half of a Stag engine anyway. I don t think there is anything in the flush products that will harm a Stag engine unless the flush product says not to...

Triumph Repair: 79 Spitfire Ignition help, gm, failure
Triumph Repair: 79 Spitfire Ignition help, gm, failure

Triumph Repair: New Battery, triumph spitfire, volt meter
triumph spitfire, volt meter, core charge: Hi Vince, There is nothing special about the battery in a Spitfire so you can get a replacement at any auto parts store. Be sure to take the old bad battery with you because there is usually a core charge. You should have or get a volt meter to test...

Triumph Repair: rough idlingl 78 spitfire, bright sun light, pencil lead
bright sun light, pencil lead, plug holes: You are welcome. The coolants in 78 were just regular antifreeze made of Ethylene Glycol and the mix was usually 50/50 or 40/60 with water. I don t know if any of these new coolants will affect the Spitfire or not so unless you get info from a reliable source...

Triumph Repair: spitfire pressure plate, clutch plate, slave cylinder
clutch plate, slave cylinder, pressure plates: Hi John, You did something wrong and I suspect you may have put the disk in backwards. Most disks are marked Flywheel side . The only other thing I can think of is possibly you got the wrong pressure plate or somehow got the pins in the release bearing...

Triumph Repair: TR7 clutch, clutch master cylinder, dot 4 brake fluid
clutch master cylinder, dot 4 brake fluid, clutch system: Hi Jim, No vacuum on any part of the clutch system. First check the fluid level in the clutch master cylinder reservoir under the hood. If it is low add DOT 4 brake fluid and pump the clutch pedal in very slow long pumps. If the pedal does not come up to...

Triumph Repair: 1974 Spitfire-, bright sun light, charcoal canister
bright sun light, charcoal canister, vacuum hose: Hi Steve, First check if there is any vacuum on the hose with the engine running. Most versions of the Spitfire used that straight vacuum to power the anti-run-on valve next to the charcoal canister. An open vacuum hose will affect the way the engine...

Triumph Repair: 1980 triump, triumph tr 7, tag receipt
triumph tr 7, tag receipt, triumph stag: Hi David, I never heard of a Drop head engine . However the term Drop head coupe referres to a convertible car. The carburetors are Stromberg carburetors and are Constant velocity carburetors (an advanced design over Fixed jet carburetors As for the...

Triumph Repair: 79 Spitfire overdrive issue, vacuum gauge, compression gauge
vacuum gauge, compression gauge, temp gauge: Hi Zack, Your symptoms of large bangs and it stops running does not tell you anything except that it has stopped running. An engine that has stopepd running is one of the easiest to diagnose for a mechanic (or an individual) But it does require some testing....

Triumph Repair: master cylinder / slave, thread gauge, english measure
thread gauge, english measure, metric fittings: Hi John, I don t think the line threads were BSF or Whitworth on the 65 Spitfire. But you do need to examine the ends of the pipes because there are two different types of pipe ends. One is a flare and the other is a bubble flare. As I remember the Spitfire...

Triumph Repair: Mk IV 1972 1300CC Spitfire, back lash, drive flange
back lash, drive flange, pinion bearings: I put 3 pages up on my web site for you to copy. Page 1 & 3 are of some use. Page 2 is just about setting up the pinion with the factory tools and you are not going to have them. All of this is easier when you have all these special tools. But it is not necessary...

Triumph Repair: replacing '80 TRIUMPH TR7 , water pump, sheet metal screw, water pump impeller
sheet metal screw, water pump impeller, left hand thread: Hi Tony, I am guessing that you have the water pump cover off. Then you see the water pump impeller with a bolt in the top holding the impeller on to the pump shaft. That bolt is a LEFT hand thread so it unscrews by turning it clockwise. You need a Slide...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire differential repair, browser address bar, differential
browser address bar, differential, jag: I checked the link and it works ok. Go to, http://mg-tri-jag.net/page1.jpg then after you copy that page change the ending of that link to page2.jpg and after copping that page change the ending again to page3.jpg for the third page. If the link in this program...

Triumph Repair: TR6 Oil Leak., crankcase pressure, fan clutches
crankcase pressure, fan clutches, circulation problem: From what you have done, Alloy radiator and electric fan, you should not have any overheating problems in city traffic. Something is wrong. First just replacing a thermostat does not mean it is ok. What temp thermostat is in it? and does it have the balker...

Triumph Repair: TR7 Viscous Coupling Question, vented hoods, viscous coupling
vented hoods, viscous coupling, front air dams: I have found some that someone had added the wrong oil to it. The oil is a silicone based oil that gets thicker as it heats up and some of the units have a refill screw and some can be taken apart and if regular oil was added it will work backwards and the...

Triumph Repair: Triumph TR7 Timing Chain Replacement, timing chain replacement, triumph stag
timing chain replacement, triumph stag, mile intervals: I have had some fail but most don t have any way to lube them. Different brands are designed differently. Some have a small screw to remove and fill them. I found one that could be taken apart. If you have one with the refill screw the oil is Silicone Oil....

Triumph Repair: clutch, roadster factory, moss motors
roadster factory, moss motors, clutch fork: Hi David, The early Spitfires all used the same disk and pressure plate. So either the parts supplier gave you the wrong parts or someone before you switched the transmission or engine or even just the flywheel. I would contact Moss Motors or the Roadster...

Triumph Repair: Fuel, electric fuel pump, weber dgv
electric fuel pump, weber dgv, float chamber: Hi Alan, It sounds like either the choke is not on or it is as you suggest, no fuel in the carburetor. If the choke is on before you try to start it you can run a couple of tests or just remove the top off the carburetor to see if there is any fuel in...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire 1500, flange bolts, bentley manuals
flange bolts, bentley manuals, spitfire 1500: Hi Sverre, Go to my website and copy these two pages and they should give you the data needed to determine if your frame is not correct. http://mg-tri-jag.net/SpitFrame11x1.jpg http://mg-tri-jag.net/SpitFrame21x1.jpg And for tech tips on British...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire Tach, voltage drop test, battery cables
voltage drop test, battery cables, charge voltage: Hi Pat, I would look at the ground on the back of the tach to see that it is a good ground. Also test the charging system to confirm that the charge rate is not high (13.8v to 14.5v). The tach counts the number of pulses the ignition goes through. I...

Triumph Repair: stromberg carb, bright sun light, pencil lead
bright sun light, pencil lead, fire ignition: Hi Robert, I often received cars that run rough when you change something like lifting the pin under the edge of the top. That may or may not have anything to do with the carburetor. To diagnose a running problem I had to start from scratch and run...

Triumph Repair: TR7 1st gear grind, clutch disk, clutch pedal
clutch disk, clutch pedal, gearbox oil: Oh! that is much different. It sounds like it didn t shift all the way in gear. The way that it shifts into a gear is that a sliding hub assembly does all of the engaging as the gears are in constant mesh all the time and are never actually out of gear. The...

Triumph Repair: triumph spitfire differential repair, negative camber, frog eye
negative camber, frog eye, mk 1: Hi Albert, It is very difficult to get positive camber on a Mk 1 Sprite. It is easy to get negative camber as any excess ware on any of the lower A frame bushings or the lower trunion bushing on the king pin. The only way I can think that you can get...

Triumph Repair: triumph tr4a 1965, triumph tr4a, tr 6
triumph tr4a, tr 6, overdrive: Hi David, Don t have the flat rate on the TR-4a but I do have the flat rate on the TR-6 and I have pulled both in the past and they come out the same way. The flat rate for the TR-6 is 5.4 hours to remove and replace and I remember both being about the...

Triumph Repair: 1975 Spitfire, temp gauge, wet test
temp gauge, wet test, compression tests: Hi Michelle, The over heating may or may not have done any major damage. To test it do this, first since you have the engine on a stand run a compression test and write down the results (throttle open). Now squirt about 3 or 4 squirts of engine oil in each...

Triumph Repair: 1977 triumph tr7, stromberg carbs, vacuum diagrams
stromberg carbs, vacuum diagrams, electronic ignition system: Hi Dave, I have found that over the years most of the British car manuals are very poor on supplying vacuum diagrams, probably because the factory did a poor job about supplying vacuum diagrams. As for the later TR-7 I can tell you some of the connections....

Triumph Repair: Commision numbers.., austin healey sprite, mg midgets
austin healey sprite, mg midgets, moss motors: Hi Steve, Starting in the Oct of 79 production date (Starting of the 80 model) the commission number were replaced with VIN numbers starting with TFVDW2AT****** for federal cars with standard gearbox, TFVDW6AT****** for Federal cars with overdrive,...

Triumph Repair: Fluid reservoir on 62 TR3, fluid reservoir, tr3
fluid reservoir, tr3, clutch: Hi Mike, The brakes are the most important so if the fluid level was low you would want to maintain brakes more then a clutch so the brakes should draw fluid from the bottom of the can and the clutch should draw from the tube sticking up into the can. ...

Triumph Repair: GEAR ASSEMBLY FOR TACH, distributor shaft, drive shaft
distributor shaft, drive shaft, gear assembly: All you need to do is remove the cable and cable housing from the distributor and use a mirror and a light to look into the part that the cable plugged into while the engine is running to see if it is rotating. Most mechanics keep a short broken off piece...

Triumph Repair: grinding gears and brakes, clutch disk, grinding gears
clutch disk, grinding gears, spitfire 1500: Hi Ryan, The grinding going from neutral into 1st and reverse is an indication of a dragging clutch. This can be due to the hydraulic system not fully releasing the clutch (air in the system) or it can be caused by other things. Like a warped clutch disk,...

Triumph Repair: oil spraying/odd sounding engine, dual su carbs, head gasket problem
dual su carbs, head gasket problem, crankcase pressure: Hi Steve, You are on the right track with the compression test. That is our first test when a car came into a dealership with a miss. Compression needs to be from 135 PSI to 170 PSI with little difference between cylinders. Be sure to hold the throttle...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire MK3 Camshaft timing, cam grinder, camshaft timing
cam grinder, camshaft timing, overlaping: Hi Andreas, My books show the Euro versions for the FD engine to be the 25 - 65 , 65 - 25 degree cam for the Euro version MK III spitfire with engine number prior to 25001. But even a USA version was 10-50 50-10 degrees so neither would match the cam you...

Triumph Repair: 1970 type D overdrive unit
Hi Tom, I could not find any specs on the original thickness of the lining. If you can find a supplier of the clutch cone you may get them to measure it for you. Another option is to use the manual s direction to check the shimming clearance which might...

Triumph Repair: 1978 Triumph Spitfire Stalls
Both the Stromberg and SU are cinstant velocity carburetors but I too like the SU over the Stromberg. If and only if you have run the other tests should you go into the carburetor. First remove the top center cap and lift it up about an inch and push...

Triumph Repair: TR7, ignition coil
Triumph Repair: TR7, ignition coil

Triumph Repair: Setting -up and shimming of a 1300cc 1973 spitfire Mk IV
Most of the shops I worked in had them but I didn t have one of my own and they were a little expensive for how many times I needed one at home so I just made one. It is not hard if you have a little shop equipment. I made mine out of scrap metal I had laying...

Triumph Repair: TR7, ignition coil
Hi Robert, No, none of the US versions of the TR-7 had the Delco pointed distributor, They were only used on the UK and Euro versions. So if you have electronic ignition, it was installed by someone along the way. I am not familiar with the UK versions...

Triumph Repair: Triumph TR5 Brake bleeding
Hi Robert, At times you can run into a brake problem that nothing seems to correct it. Even in dealerships we have a problem. For this test you need a set of bleeder valves that fit the line fittings on the master cylinder. Some auto parts stores have...

Triumph Repair: '72 Triumph Spitfire IV
Hi Arthur, You might try Moss Motors, The Roadster Factory or Victoria British. They all have web sites and toll free numbers that you can call. Just Google each one to see if they have a new heater core. If they don t you may be able to contact a local...

Triumph Repair: transmission fluid
Hi Jim, There is no dipstick for the gearbox. It is a square headed plug in the side of the transmission. It is the filler and level plug. You fill it to that filler hole. To check the shifting being caused by a clutch slave cylinder or a clutch problem...

Triumph Repair: triumph
Hi Nebojsa, I can t tell from that photo. What year and model is it suppose to be? Most all replaces here in the US are mostly fiberglass bodys. To find out if it is real or a replica you need to have someone who knows that model examine it closely, especially...

Triumph Repair: '76 Spit runs rough when engine gets hot.
Hi Richard, Your repair man may have missed the fault due to testing when the problem is not there. An intermittent fault is the most difficult fault to locate. Although symptoms can sometimes lead you to a fault they are usually useless. Testing is...

Triumph Repair: '79 Spit 150 CD carb
Hi Steve, The auto chokes on the Stromberg carburetors were prone to failure and so much that kits were made in the aftermarket to put a manual choke in their place. To test the unit you can remove the three screws on the outer edge of the coolant unit...

Triumph Repair: spark plugs
Hi John, While different length plugs are used on many cars they are the same length in each. No manufacture would put two different lengths in the same engine. On many of the British cars a different year/model head can be bolted on to a block so it is...

Triumph Repair: speeddometer cable
Hi Richard, There were two different systems used. The earlier version had a EGR service indicator unit and two cables. One from the rear of the transmission to the service indicator and a second cable from the service indicator to the rear of the speedometer....

Triumph Repair: 73 Triumph tr6
Yes, You are on the right track. Check the float for saturation and the float setting after you replace the most likely cause which is the needle and seat need to be replaced. Don t forget to replace the charcoal canister as it is destroyed one it has fuel...

Triumph Repair: flasher location
Hi John, There are two flasher units and both are under the dash. I believe the turn signal flasher unit (2 wire) is mounted on the back of the dash near the speedometer. The other flasher unit (2 wire)(4 way flasher unit) is most likely mounted on the...

Triumph Repair: S U carbs
Hi Rory, The 79 Spitfire didn t have SUs so someone put them on or it is Euro version that did have SUs. I never seen an SU without the lift pins under the lip of the top pot. But that don t matter as you can just remove the airfilters and put a flat...

Triumph Repair: Car painting
Hi Peter, I am not a painter and found out that being a mechanic does not qualify someone as a paint and body man. I found this by trying to do body work on my own show car (MGB-GT). I can do the metal work ok but I found that paint and body work is a skill...

Triumph Repair: electrical ground locations
Hi Larry, I looked through all my wiring diagrams and could not come up with a harness grounds location. Also it has been too many years to remember them. The few I do remember are, one was bolted to the battery ground point on the Battery tray with the...

Triumph Repair: GT6 Vacuum Unit
Hi Tom, I only know one source other then the normal Triumph parts companies and I E-mailed them to see if they could supply the vacuum unit for your distributor and as soon as they let me know if they can find one for you, I will let you know and get you...

Triumph Repair: 22'radiator, engine coolant temperature, u channel
engine coolant temperature, u channel, temp sensor: Mark, It sounds like either the lead from the temp sensor is disconnected or shorted, or the wiring to the gauge is suffering from a similar problem. Fully warmed up, radiator should keep the engine coolant temperature somewhere in the 170-190f range....

Triumph Repair: 64 TR6 throwout bearing removal, dowel pin, long shaft
dowel pin, long shaft, tr 6: Hi Patrick, First I need to know what kind of car you have as there is no such thing as a 64 TR-6 . If is is a TR-6 this is the procedure for all TR-6s. The release bearing is pressed on to a slider and the slider must be removed to get the bearing off....

Triumph Repair: 650 tiger carb. options, kawasaki gpz 550, honda cb 450
kawasaki gpz 550, honda cb 450, model hondas: Flint, I only do Triumph cars. I do have a 81 KAWASAKI GPZ 550 that i restored and always wanted a Triumph bike. you might look at some of the 80 s model HONDAS to compare to . I had a 82 HONDA CB 450 that was a 2 cylinder. it had dual carbs. good luck. dav...

Triumph Repair: '67 Spitfire Mk III float bowl flooding, spitfire mk, float bowl
spitfire mk, float bowl, float chamber: When you have a float with no metal tab to bend to adjust level, You must add or subtract washers/gaskets under the needle valve to get the level correct. Unless you have a crack in the cover, the only way fuel can get into the float chamber is past the...

Triumph Repair: 70 Spit nut sizes, metric wrenches, english cars
metric wrenches, english cars, nuts bolts: Lamar, At the time that your Spitfire was produced, the standard hardware used in the UK was UNC and UNF, which are basically the SAE course and fine sizes. The English and the Americans had agreed on the common standard size during World War II to make...

Triumph Repair: '70 TR6 Water Pump Leak, coolant fluid, temperature gauge
coolant fluid, temperature gauge, fan belt: Tosh, the book I have does nt give me a good look at the pump but there is a small hole in the pump that lets out water when the seal is gone. that s my guess. I would go into the job of putting a new pump on it and check the hoses as I remove them . one might...

Triumph Repair: 72 Spitfire fuel system, compression gauge, wd 40
compression gauge, wd 40, combustion chamber: Hi Dennis, When an engine will not start you need to look for what is missing with no thought of what could be wrong. All piston spark ignited engines need only three items to start and run, Compression, fire & fuel. There are conditions on each but all three...

Triumph Repair: '72 Spitfire MK IV, ballast resistor, spitfire mk
ballast resistor, spitfire mk, backup lights: Hi Chuck, It is not uncommon for a coil and resister to get extremely hot if left on for any length of time if the contact points are closed. The resister nor the coil were designed to handle continuous current. Any time you have to leave the ignition switch...

Triumph Repair: 72 Spitfire Mx IV. Weber Carb - Cust out when warm, zenith stromberg, weber 32
zenith stromberg, weber 32, sparkplug: Gavin, That sounds like either a) the choke isn t disengaging completely (but you ve ruled that out?) or b) there s an electrical connection that s bad/broken.. it makes contact when cold but breaks apart when it s warmed up. That sometimes happens...

Triumph Repair: 72 spitfire stalls, crane fireball, pvc valve
crane fireball, pvc valve, point ignition: Bob it does sound like fuel problems to me too. did you make sure the float level yas right? with carb upside down the back part of the float by the needle is .625 above the carb body. this is while sitting on it s own weight. if you can get it to kill while...

Triumph Repair: '72 TR6 Brake Problem, brake warning light, dirt street
brake warning light, dirt street, oil light: Hi Troy, The sequence of bleeding should have been the furthermost wheel first which is the right rear then the left rear and right front and left front last to be sure you get all the air out. Turn the ign switch on and note that the brake warning light...

Triumph Repair: '72 Triumph Spitfire, rear brakes, rear shoes
rear brakes, rear shoes, air bubbles: Joel, There are two possible problems... air in system or the rear brake shoes are adjusted too far IN. Unfortunately there s not a nice quick way to bleed the rear brakes. Having an assistant can make the job much easier. And be careful not to allow...

Triumph Repair: '73 Spit carbs/emissions, charcoal canister, evaporative emissions
charcoal canister, evaporative emissions, trans tunnel: Steve, Even with the single Stromberg and all the emissions plumbing in place you still will wind up with a bit of the old car stink. One of the problems with the Spitfire is that rather than a normal solid trans tunnel it has the removeable transmission...

Triumph Repair: 73 spitfire, frame body, rubber pads
frame body, rubber pads, spacers: Neil, Yes, all of the manuals seem to conviently leave out the details on where the frame/body pads went originally. If I m remembering correctly there should be at least 4 rubber pads, 2 go to the mount point in front of the firewall and 2 go the bolts...

Triumph Repair: 73 spitfire, bench vise, reputable shop
bench vise, reputable shop, valve job: Chuck, Sorry for the delay, this one snuck in when I was out of town for the holiday. There s a good club in the Dallas Ft Worth area, they should be reachable via www.redrivertriumphclub.com If not, check the club listing on www.vtr.org As...

Triumph Repair: 73 TR6 engine into a Spitfire, rear axle assembly, mazda rotaries
rear axle assembly, mazda rotaries, triumph factory: Wes, I guess it depends upon your definition of major modification . The Triumph factory essentially did the same thing (6 cylinder into Spitfire) when it created the GT6. Keep in mind that there are differences between the TR6 and GT6 engines....

Triumph Repair: 73 Triumph Spitfire rear brake hoses, richard ferris, brake hoses
richard ferris, brake hoses, wheel cylinder: Richard, Let s agree to some conventions before we start. The wheel cylinder is on the brake back plate. The rubber hose in the rear system is the rubber hose . Ok, let s see. On all the Spitfires I ve dealt with (1965 thru 1978) there has been:...

Triumph Repair: 74' Spitfire 1500 power improvement, stock setup, spitfire 1500
stock setup, spitfire 1500, hs4: Todd, First off... bolt on power kinda limits what you can do. Essentially you can either improve the carburation and exhaust flow to increase power. There is a nice 4-2-1 exhaust manifold available, and swapping either a singe HS4 or a pair of HS4s for...

Triumph Repair: '74 Spitfire catch bottle, quart size paint, crankcase pressure
quart size paint, crankcase pressure, vacuum gauge: Tom, If you re getting that much blowby then it s a sign that something is quite worn in the engine, either rings or valve guides or both. You can try a vent to atmosphere and see if that helps for now... but I d also suggest doing a compression test...

Triumph Repair: 74 Spitfire, float bowl, o ring
float bowl, o ring, vtr: John, As that plug/o-ring keep gasoline from dumping on the exhaust it s a good idea to make sure you have a setup that will stay in place. The plastic plug has retaining ears that keep it in place in the float bowl. When they lose their grip... the...

Triumph Repair: 74 spitfire 1500 lights, worn bearings, hazard switch
worn bearings, hazard switch, spitfire 1500: The oil light should be lit until the oil pressure has reached minimum operating pressure. Usually this takes a second or two after the engine has been started. If it remains on when the engine is running it means the oil pressure sensor is faulty or the...

Triumph Repair: 74 spitfire 1500 lights, hazard switch, oil light
hazard switch, oil light, spitfire 1500: Belvin the oil light should come on when the ignition is switched on , but as soon as it starts the pressure hits the switch and it should go out.as for the hazard switch if i remember it looks like a red knob and you pull on it . it should make the flashers...

Triumph Repair: '74 TR6 Distributor, point gap, pig tail
point gap, pig tail, metal washer: Hi Charles, The insulator should have 2 hat shaped insulators either connected together by a thin strap or have 2 hats . First over the threaded stud is an insulator with the brim first. second is the spring over the top hat (thus insulated from the...

Triumph Repair: 74 TR6 IDLE WITHOUT RETARD DIAPHRAM, vacuum leaks, roadster factory
vacuum leaks, roadster factory, moss motors: without the advance retard system completely working you won t ever get the acceleration you are looking for bottom line.I ve had porsche 911 s that when you time them you rev them up to 6000 rpm then set it , that way you can run at 6000 and not take a chance...

Triumph Repair: 74 TR6 J Type Overdrive, spider gears, output shaft
spider gears, output shaft, input shaft: With the piston in it just connect 12v to it and it should operate the piston. Keep in mind that in the car the solenoid does not work except in 3rd and 4th gear. The output shaft turns a cam the runs a pump to apply fluid pressure to pistons that over...

Triumph Repair: 74 TR6 smokes, valve job, valve guides
valve job, valve guides, tr6: this sounds like valve guides or seals. with an engine that otherwise seems ok, the valve area wears out at about half of the engine life. have a good shop do it or send the head off for a valve job. the down side is some mechanics say after a valve job is...

Triumph Repair: I have a 74 TR6 that I have..., gas tank, distributor cap
gas tank, distributor cap, plug wires: Mike, do you have new plugs and plug wires? they will cause a problem like that. the carb rebuild ... it sounds sort of like the carbs are too rich. did you change the fuel filter? also if the floats are bad or the float level is nt right it will do that...

Triumph Repair: 74 triumph performance, free flow exhaust, fly wheel
free flow exhaust, fly wheel, valve clearances: Kent makes good cams and Victoria British has been in the business for many years so most anything they have has had a proven record. As far as the oversized intake valves, the machine shop can decide how large a valve they can machine the head to take. Most...

Triumph Repair: 74' triumph spitfire, nuts and bolts, fly wheel
nuts and bolts, fly wheel, body restoration: Keep all of your nuts and bolts in separate containers and marked well, it will help a lot when going back together. Kent is a good cam but don t get a grind that is too far into racing as it will not be good for the street. All you plan sounds good but I...

Triumph Repair: 75 Spitfire Breakerless Ignition, opus system, informative responses
opus system, informative responses, electronic ignitions: Well, good luck with the distributor issue. As to the clutch, let me see if I can get ahead a bit as the holidays are approaching. On a car that has sat for a long time there will be two issues. The first is that the hydraulics will have failed over...

Triumph Repair: 75 Spitfire Crank Shaft Pully, air impact wrench, crank shaft
air impact wrench, crank shaft, compression stroke: Jim, Yup, I completely blanked on the old rope trick. Luckily I haven t had to use it but I ve heard lots of success stories from other Spitfire owners. Do it on #1 cylinder as there will be less distance (and chance) for the crankshaft to twist. ...

Triumph Repair: 75 Spitfire gearshift lever linkage, forward gears, machine screw
forward gears, machine screw, newport oregon: Bob, Here s a resend of what I d sent before. Cheers, Jim _________________________________________________________ Bob, I m not sure what happened.. it sounds like a previous owner was a bit ham fisted with the shift lever... probably lifting...

Triumph Repair: 75 Spitfire, differential switch, spitbits
differential switch, spitbits, moss motors: Thomas, There are several options. First off, I did a quick check of vendors and Rimmer Bros in the UK do list the part as available. So, if it s available uin the UK then a check of some of the other American parts houses that are a bit more Spitfire-centric...

Triumph Repair: 75 TR 6 clutch, clutch release, fly wheel
clutch release, fly wheel, time howard: Hi Bill, There should not be any noise when you depress the clutch pedal. The most likely is a bad clutch release bearing. If there was rust on the flywheel when he put a clutch in it, he should have cleaned that off. Also even if that was the noise it would...

Triumph Repair: 76 Spit - EGR light, haynes manual, service interval
haynes manual, service interval, exhaust gases: Thomas, From what I can tell the EGR light was tripped off the service interval indicator. I don t recall there being any actual sensor on the EGR setup that could determine a fault. What the EGR valve is doing is recycling some of the exhaust gases...

Triumph Repair: 76 Spit engine rebuild, toyota 4age, kerosene
toyota 4age, kerosene, engine parts: sorry for delay, I wouldn t put another kind of engine in it. it leads to problems. i haven t rebuilt any engines in a long time so i don t know prices right now. just do some searching and see what is out there. Dave. !!!!!!!!!!!!! there is nothing about...

Triumph Repair: 76 Spit - various questions, bits and bobs, boat tops
bits and bobs, boat tops, chrome pieces: Thomas, Let s see... 1) Gear shift clunk or grind. If it s not happening in other gears and you have no trouble getting into reverse then it s most likely the syncho on 3rd gear. The only remedy is a rebuild. 2) Restoring the black chrome ...

Triumph Repair: '76 Spitfire diff noise, trunnion bearings, axle bearings
trunnion bearings, axle bearings, pinion bearings: Sean, Where is your shop located? Which way does it make noise? Right or left? Or don t you know? Which axle bearings are you contemplating replacing? The rear trunnion bearings? The hub puller is $100 or so from most sources, both in the US...

Triumph Repair: 76 Spitfire, castrol gtx, high compression
castrol gtx, high compression, day time: Oil? Castrol GTX of course! Grade depends a bit on engine condition and your local temperatures. If the engine is still tight then 10W40 or the heavy duty 15W40 should be fine. If you re in Texas with 100+ temps then you ll definitely need 20W50 for summer...

Triumph Repair: '76 spitfire MC, tandem master, rear brakes
tandem master, rear brakes, question thanks: Jerry, Not quite sure what you mean. The rear brakes aren t working? First off, the 76 Spitfire should be a large cap M/C. The small cap m/c were fitted to the 78 and later cars. What s the Comm # on your car? The Bentley manual for the late...

Triumph Repair: 76 spitfire, kitty kitty, alloy wheels
kitty kitty, alloy wheels, car specialist: Kitty, There are a lot of variables in figuring the price on a Spitfire. What options does the car have (overdrive is a great bonus!), alloy wheels, etc. Is it mostly original or has it been redone? If redone, was it redone to original specs or improved...

Triumph Repair: 76 TR6 sputters from idle to 2000pm?, strombergs, diaphrams
strombergs, diaphrams, retaining clip: Ben, I trust you used the proper Stromberg adjusting tool when you made your changes? Unlike the SU carbs fitted to earlier Triumphs the Strombergs have a rubber diaphram that seals off the dashpot chamber. The problem is that they seem to age quickly,...

Triumph Repair: 76 Triumph Spitfire, triumph spitfire, windshield frame
triumph spitfire, windshield frame, vintage triumph: Tim, If it d been a 1970 or older car all you d have to do is pop the old frame off and replace it. Oh well. I don t have detailed dimensions for the windshield frame opening... you might have good success posting a wanted ad on the Vintage Triumph...

Triumph Repair: 77 Spit Diff ratio, speedometer gear, gear set
speedometer gear, gear set, original 3: Mark, The typical overdrive unit ratio is approx. .79. So adding overdive to the original 3.89 would be equivalent to dropping the overall ratio to 3.07 As to the speedometer, if it was spec d as a US 1500 then it is designed to work with the 3.89 gear...

Triumph Repair: 77 Spitfire Ignition problem, ballast resistor, answer mark
ballast resistor, answer mark, ground connections: Mark, The electronic ignition unit replaced the points in the old style ignition setup. In the points setup, with the points closed the negative side of the coil is grounded and charge builds up in the coil. When the points open, the charge is released...

Triumph Repair: 77 spitfire cataylic converter, test pipe, exhaust pipe
test pipe, exhaust pipe, cherry red: Yes,I think it is a little on the danger side if it is getting red. they use to sell a test pipe for removing the converter of other cars but i m not sure for that one. other than that if your inspection laws will allow put a header system on it and go with...

Triumph Repair: '77 triumph spitfire idle battery issue, triumph spitfire, initial reading
triumph spitfire, initial reading, start the car: Will, If the battery isn t charging, it s one of two things... the battery or the alternator. First off, it s well worth it to spend a few $$ on a reasonable quality voltmeter. Nothing fancy, just something that works. Before starting the car,...

Triumph Repair: '78 Spitfire reverse, late model cars, linkage problem
late model cars, linkage problem, shift boot: Eric, When you say that reverse won t engage ... does that mean that you can t find the correct gate? It s common to find early model transmissions on late model cars, and vice-versa. The earlier three rail trans has reverse to the left and forward....

Triumph Repair: 79 Spit Carb Issues, combustion chamber, blue smoke
combustion chamber, blue smoke, limited power: Don, Blue smoke is a sign that oil is getting burnt in the combustion chamber. Is the smoke on acceleration or on overrun? It also sounds like either the float level is incorrect (too high perhaps) and/or the timing is not correct. That would account...

Triumph Repair: * 79 Spit Carb Problems *, car novice, charcoal canister
car novice, charcoal canister, air leaks: Hi Don, There is only one place to put the hose for the breather pipe and it is usually pointed up at an angle and closer to the engine than the filter. It should have a restriction (usually plastic)3/16 in.hole on the carb pipe and the large breather hose...

Triumph Repair: * 79 Spit Carb *, don hi, troubleshooting suggestions
don hi, troubleshooting suggestions, air intake: Hi Don, If fuel is running out of your air filter you have a float stuck most likely. If the manual choke is the older Stromberg manual choke you can check it by removing it from the side of the carb and if it has a flat disk with small holes in it, make...

Triumph Repair: 79 Spitfire Clutch Problem, spline input shaft, clutch alignment tool
spline input shaft, clutch alignment tool, emery paper: John, What sometimes happens is the clutch disc bonds itself to either the flywheel or pressure plate (or both) after sitting for a while. If that s the case sometimes it can be broken free by trying to start the car in gear. Keep in mind that you...

Triumph Repair: '79 Spitfire Distributor replacement, electronic fuel pump, delco remy distributor
electronic fuel pump, delco remy distributor, english cars: Alan, Do you know which distributor body was used for the Pertronix setup? The early Triumphs used the Delco-Remy distributor with mechanical tachometer drive. The later Triumphs went to a Lucas distributor. The thing is... a lot of english cars...

Triumph Repair: '79 Spitfire Diverter vs Air Intake Bleed Valves, pressure relief valve, california emissions
pressure relief valve, california emissions, diverter valve: The Diverter valve serves two functions. It diverts air from the air pump during deceleration to prevent back fires and it has a pressure relief valve in it to relieve excess pressure at high RPM. I never heard the term Air Intake Bleed Valve applied...

Triumph Repair: '79 Spitfire overheating, engine temp, headgasket
engine temp, headgasket, oil level: Ann, If the radiator is empty then there is a leak. It s either an external leak, from the radiator, from the water pump, from a hose, from the heater core. Otherwise it s an internal leak via the headgasket. Have you checked the oil level? Does...

Triumph Repair: '79 Spitfire Not starting, spitfire 1500, dashpot
spitfire 1500, dashpot, feeling my way: Bill, Well, you need three basic things to get the car running: Fuel Air Fire Most problems are related to either fuel or fire. I hate to say this... are you sure there s enough gas in the tank? And is the gas making it to the carb? Speaking...

Triumph Repair: 79 spit with no fire, alternator problems, alternator belt
alternator problems, alternator belt, timing light: It sounds like either an ignition module or coil but try one more thing before you try throwing any money at it. Remove the alternator belt and try reving the engine to see if you still get the engine shut off at high RPM. I have run into a few alternator...

Triumph Repair: 79 spit tranny, spline input shaft, pam pam
spline input shaft, pam pam, clutch plate: Pam, Do you want to swap the actual guts of the transmissions, or swap transmissions as units? What s neat about the Spitfire is that many of the parts from different model years can be fitted to other model years. But not without a few gotchas ....

Triumph Repair: 80 Spit bumper, rubber bumpers, frame mods
rubber bumpers, frame mods, chrome bumper: Ken, I have to admit that this question may be a bit beyond me. I m used to the Mk IV through late chrome bumper Spitfires.. I m not sure what changes were made to the bonnet hinge area when the rubber bumpers were added. Have you looked to see if the...

Triumph Repair: Several items 80 Spitfire, race car shop, electric cooling fan
race car shop, electric cooling fan, roadster factory: Hi Frank, 1, Any shields after the radiator will have no effect on cooling. 2. The IGN light is the charge light and has nothing to do with ignition other than to tell you that you have the key on. You need to put a volt meter across the battery and...

Triumph Repair: '80 Triumph 1500 stick shift vibration, roadster factory, triumph 1500
roadster factory, triumph 1500, moss motors: Mark, The shift lever has several metal and plastic pieces, along with a spring to give the detent for keeping you out of reverse until you need it. Over time the plastic (or nylon if you want to be picky) bits wear out and when that happens, you get...

Triumph Repair: 80 Triumph rough idle, vent system, float chamber
vent system, float chamber, excess fuel: Check the oil to see what was used. Some shops used engine oil to help the syncros work better and got more trans noise. BLM said to use gear oil as the factory said. Most of the British cars were more noisy than other cars in the lower gears but you need...

Triumph Repair: Alternator Conversion, gm alternator, keystone road
gm alternator, keystone road, butt connector: Sorry, I guess if I m going to plagerize someone else s tech link I need to include the whole thing. What s nice about the GM alternator is there has been a long production run of essentially the same unit, so they re very reasonable at the autoparts stores....

Triumph Repair: Alternator from generator, e mail address, j c whitney
e mail address, j c whitney, altenator: I like this question because my 67 jag was in pieces when i bought it. it didn t even have the altenator with it. I bought a generic single wire altenator from J C WHITNEY. I think you can get them at most autoparts stores also. mine probably had a altenator...

Triumph Repair: alternator pump, weber dgv, carbon canister
weber dgv, carbon canister, four holes: frank the alternator is the air pump which blew a little air at the exhaust valves to burn up a little raw gas left over in the exhaust. it s not a bad idea but after alot of years it is pretty trashed. you could do as you say as long as you only use it...

Triumph Repair: antenna hole, british car club, radio antennas
british car club, radio antennas, spitfire logo: The radio antennas were installed (and the holes drilled) by each dealer so it sometimes depended on what antennas and radios that the dealer wanted to supply. Yes, most were in the rear. I don t have any info that locates logos and my memories of 1969 are...

Triumph Repair: Backup switch, triumph spitfire 1500, transmission tunnel
triumph spitfire 1500, transmission tunnel, lamp switch: Brian, The easiest way is to pay someone to do the work, of course. But I m guessing that s not the answer you re looking for. The reverse lamp switch on the single rail transmission is located just below the shift lever on the transmission tailshaft...

Triumph Repair: Ballpark cost for Spitfire 1500,'76, wheel bearings, clutch masters
wheel bearings, clutch masters, suspension bushings: Gary, There are too many variables involved. First off, what shape was the car in when it was put on jacks in the first place? IE: what problem caused you to not drive it then? Assuming it was a complete good running car with no rust/body damage when...

Triumph Repair: Bent push rods, push rods, rocker arm
push rods, rocker arm, problem thanks: I had to think about this one. As a rule if an engine sits about 3 or more years i go into it and start over. i think your lifters or the bottom of the rockers are gunked up enough to hold onto them so they slip out. the method you are trying might help. i...

Triumph Repair: Bleeding Brakes TR6, brake master cylinder, bleeding brakes
brake master cylinder, bleeding brakes, rear brakes: HI Kim, You need to bleed the right rear brake first and when your helper in pushing on the brake pedal he/she needs to tell you when the pedal hits the floor when you open the bleeder valve so you can close the valve before they lift their foot. And when...

Triumph Repair: Bleeding the clutch system on 1500, clutch system, clutch master
clutch system, clutch master, clutch pedal: Raymond, It seems a silly question... is there fluid in the clutch master reservoir and is the clutch master linkage hooked up? Are you getting any fluid at all when you bleed the system? If you disconnect the hydraulic hose at the master it should...

Triumph Repair: Blown engine, quality replacements, reconditioned engines
quality replacements, reconditioned engines, blown engine: Frank, Bolting a carb that will flow more gas such as the 45 DCOE will definitely put more stress on an engine, especially one that might be a bit marginal. $1400 for a complete rebuilt engine isn t out of the question provided all the correct parts...

Triumph Repair: BRAKE LIGHTS, e mail address, test light
e mail address, test light, spitfire: Hi Joshua, First thing you need is a wiring diagram and a test light. Since the brake lights don t work with the head lights are on. Trace the power for the brake lights from the power source to the brake lights while the head lights are on. You will quickly...

Triumph Repair: Brake Master Cylinder, brake master cylinder, flare wrench
brake master cylinder, flare wrench, circlip pliers: Hi Kate, Congrats on the new toy. The brake master cylinder isn t too bad to rebuild if you (or your father) have any experience with rebuilding hydraulic components. It is critical to have a proper set of tools before you get started. You ll need...

Triumph Repair: Brake pressure leakage, vacuum booster, flex line
vacuum booster, flex line, dot 4: Mike, If the pedal goes to the floor slowly as you push on it and you can pump it up again and if you keep doing this and don t loose any fluid, you have a bad master cylinder. If you loose fluid as you do this and have to keep putting in fluid then you have...

Triumph Repair: Brakes, spitefire, wheel cylinder
spitefire, wheel cylinder, brake cylinder: Marty, What are the symptoms? It s tough to diagnose without more info. It s possible that you have air trapped in the brake master itself. And also, if you rebuilt one wheel cylinder, you really should rebuild the other side also, otherwise you...

Triumph Repair: Break Master Cylinder - Dowel Placement, tandem line, position thanks
tandem line, position thanks, dowel: Gareth, the book I have doesn t cover the master cylinder you have but, I have a TR6 book with a similar setup. It looks like you did right. In my experience rebuilding a master cylinder is not a great idea. you should get a new or rebuilt one if you can.I...

Triumph Repair: Bumpers 1980 spitfire, chrome bumpers, rubber bumpers
chrome bumpers, rubber bumpers, vintage triumph: Dan, You re right, the rubber bumpers are tough to find as they were only used for the last year or so of production. You might be able to find a set from a parts car, if you hunt around a bit. Leaving a parts wanted classified on the Vintage Triumph...

Triumph Repair: battery drain, triumph tr 4, darkness of night
triumph tr 4, darkness of night, battery cables: Hi Jerry, The tank sending unit is suppose to have a high resistance ground, that s how it works. There should only be one colored wire going to the sending unit and it comes from the fuel gauge. Which is powered by a voltage stabilizer mounted usually on...

Triumph Repair: battery drains but only when engine is on, volt meter, ground cables
volt meter, ground cables, cable problem: Hi Ned, Do these tests Exactly. Charge up the battery, with one cable connected and the other disconnected take a 12v test light and connect the clip to the cable and with everything turned off, touch the battery post with the test light probe. The test light...

Triumph Repair: battery, gm cars, diods
gm cars, diods, battery question: The instant you disconnect the battery. If it blows the diods, it will not charge any more and driving the car will run the battery down shortly after as you use up the battery power. That will happen very quickly if the lights were turned on and wipers and...

Triumph Repair: bolting body to frame, rubber spacers, parking brake cable
rubber spacers, parking brake cable, tank area: Mike, Sorry for taking so long, what should have a been a straight forward question turns out to be not quite so simple. Evidently the factory never counted on anyone restoring the cars, so documentation on what belongs where is fairly scarce. About...

Triumph Repair: brake and clutch fluid change, ford 9n, clutch fluid
ford 9n, clutch fluid, hydraulic seals: Mark, Yes, as the hydraulic seals age they release bits of the seal material into the fluid. You re correct in that you can bleed the old fluid out. Start at the farthest corner from the master (right rear on a left hand drive car) and work back towards...

Triumph Repair: No brake lights, hazard light on but not blinking, brake light switch, fuse box
brake light switch, fuse box, hazard light: Hi John, Check your back up lights. If they don t work either, check for power on both ends of you fuses. If the back up lights work then check the brake light switch and if that is good check for power at the brake lights when the brake light switch is applied....

Triumph Repair: brake lights on a TR6, grit sandpaper, light sockets
grit sandpaper, light sockets, fuse block: Doug, Several ideas. At the fuse block, make sure all the prongs on the fuse holder are clean (steel wool or very fine grit sandpaper. Lucas in their infinite wisdom didn t tie the ends together so it is possible to have one prong not energized.. so that...