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Triumph Repair: No Brake lights, brake light switch, fuse box
brake light switch, fuse box, eye shape: Victor, you definitely need to trace the brake light circuit with a test light or a volt meter. You have some wires plugged in wrong and/or a bad ground. Refer to your wiring diagram. Don t forget to test the ground circuit too. If you don t have a diagram...

Triumph Repair: brake problem, wheel cylinders, bleeder valve
wheel cylinders, bleeder valve, master cylinder: Hi Jim, When a brake system has the wheels locked up, the first thing to do is to open a bleeder valve to see if it is hydraulic pressure that is causing the lock up. If Opening the bleeder relieves the lock up then the problem is something to do with the...

Triumph Repair: diff pre load, ameritech, practical experience
ameritech, practical experience, spacer: While I could quote the specs out the books, I unfortunately have no practical experience in rebuilding one of the spit diffs. Please see the link below, this individual was very thorough in documenting how they rebuilt theirs, and he is far more thorough...

Triumph Repair: Engine stops, fuel pressure gauge, bright sun light
fuel pressure gauge, bright sun light, luis aguilar: Hi Luis, Your symptom narrows the possible causes to about a thousand. You will need to run some tests to narrow it a little more. All engines only require three things to run, Compression, fire and fuel with conditions on each. You can eliminate compression,...

Triumph Repair: engine oil blowing out of dipstick tube-1978 MG Midget, crankcase ventilation, crankcase pressure
crankcase ventilation, crankcase pressure, 1978 mg midget: None of that would have caused this. More than likely the grommet was lost when the oil was changed. Also make sure the dipstick is fully seated. Oil blowing out the dipstick is caused by too much crankcase pressure from cylinder blow-by (weak rings)....

Triumph Repair: engine running flat, sheet metal screw, vacuum gauge
sheet metal screw, vacuum gauge, british cars: Hi Gordon, Read my answer to the 1973 Ser. III Jaguar V-12 in the Jaguar section. You may need to run the same tests but your symptom sounds more like a stopped up exhaust system. To test it you need to run a long hose out from under the hood from a port...

Triumph Repair: engine oil blowing out of dipstick tube-1978 MG Midget, dipstick, midget
Triumph Repair: engine oil blowing out of dipstick tube-1978 MG Midget, dipstick, midget

Triumph Repair: engine running flat, carbs, spitfire
Triumph Repair: engine running flat, carbs, spitfire

Triumph Repair: Rear Brakes on 1979 Spit, screwdriver, hook
Triumph Repair: Rear Brakes on 1979 Spit, screwdriver, hook

Triumph Repair: gt6 spark lose problem, ballast resistor, condensor
ballast resistor, condensor, condenser: If it ran OK in the beginning, then I don t think its the distr or cam. Likely the replacement condensor is bad, the coil is going, or needs a ballast resistor, or the wiring for the points has an intermittent short. I would look for a wiring problem first,...

Triumph Repair: help, voltage stabilizer, stock setup
voltage stabilizer, stock setup, temp sensor: All a temp sensor is, is a resistor that changes its value depending on temperature. On the other side of the gauge, there is a voltage stabilizer that provide +10 volts to the gauge, and the temp sensor provides the path to ground. Depending on the resistance...

Triumph Repair: little power in first and second, vacuum gauge, manifold vacuum
vacuum gauge, manifold vacuum, tr250: Hi Needham, Just because an engine revs to 4K in neutral does not mean it is right. You need to do some testing to make sure the engine is sound first. Run a compression test. You should see 135 to 160 PSI on a compression test and little difference between...

Triumph Repair: Need Advice, haynes book, throttle linkage
haynes book, throttle linkage, accelerator cable: Hi James, Go to my web site and look at the drawing to see the parts you are missing. You probably have them but didn t recognize them as Carb parts. The TR-7 does have an unusual throttle linkage. It is designed to change the rate of throttle movement as...

Triumph Repair: NG replica of MG, electric overdrive, autumn evening
electric overdrive, autumn evening, brands of cars: Fiat did that also on one model of the 124 Spider. I am considering doing that to my Project MG V-8 conversion and am using four 2 brl down draft Webers from a 308 Ferrari. I plan to run a fresh air duct to the base of the carbs and put a small fan at the...

Triumph Repair: new crash pad installation, crash pad, windshield frame
crash pad, windshield frame, installation question: Hi Gary, Bad news, you have to remove the wood dash, the defroster vents, then five nuts and washer holding the crash pad on and you need to remove the windshield frame. However, I believe some of the British parts suppliers use to have a crash pad cover...

Triumph Repair: oil pressure, oil pump problems, oil pump test orientation
oil pump test orientation: You shouldn t have to replace the oil pressure relief valve; just pull apart and clean and make sure it isn t stuck open from an obstruction or gummed up part. Take off the oil filter. Pull the distributor and the cam dog gear. You will see the slotted...

Triumph Repair: Parking/signal light bulb, auto parts store, double contact
auto parts store, double contact, exact kind: Jim, You need to go to an auto parts store in your area that mechanics go to. Many of those grocery store type stores have no clue what an auto part is. Take the bulb and compare the locations of the small pins on the side of the bulb and the location of...

Triumph Repair: Rear Brakes on 1979 Spit, needle nose pliers, rear brakes
needle nose pliers, rear brakes, brake shoes: I ve always used a stiff pair of needle nose pliers & lever arm. Back the adjuster nut all the way out so there is no addition tension on the bottom of the shoes. Put the brake shoes in the axle, but do not insert them into their home in the wheel cylinder....

Triumph Repair: Rear wheel negative camber, triumph spitfire 1500, 1980 triumph spitfire 1500
triumph spitfire 1500, 1980 triumph spitfire 1500, negative camber: Hi Tom, The Spitfire has a transverse leaf spring in the rear. First check to see that the center mount is tight and you may have to have the spring rearched if you have a spring company in your area. You can just purchase a new spring or do what I have seen...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire MKI generator to alternator bracket, roadster factory, gm alternator
roadster factory, gm alternator, moss motors: Sorry Greg, I don t know of any production made brackets to convert a generator to alternator. You can try the parts suppliers like Moss Motors, The Roadster Factory and Victoria British but most have a shop fabricate the brackets necessary to make the change....

Triumph Repair: Spitfire seat frame removal, metric nuts and bolts, nuts and bolts
metric nuts and bolts, nuts and bolts, seat frame: All bolts on the triumph were standard/sae, and not metric; some pipe fittings in the engine are BSP, and not tapered pipe fittings, but otherwise non-metric nuts and bolts are used. Nearly everything is a fine thread, not a course thread. The 4 bolts...

Triumph Repair: Spitfires and Carbs interchangeability, twin ports, spitfires
twin ports, spitfires, intake manifold: Hi Steve, I have never tried to make such a swap so I can t tell you if the manifolds are interchangeable. As far as the carbs working, they can be adjusted to work if the manifolds will fit. You will have to remove both and use the gaskets to tell if they...

Triumph Repair: Stromberg 150's, joe curto, plastic bushings
joe curto, plastic bushings, roadster factory: 1) you can check any of the regular parts places to see if they carry it or replacements (The Roadster Factory, Victoria British, Moss Motors, Spit Bits) 2) look on ebay for parts carbs and watch the pictures to see if the S springs are still on the carbs...

Triumph Repair: Stromberg carbs, vent line, engine didn
vent line, engine didn, gt6: Hi Barry, The spitfire should have a compression test first and tell me the readings. Since you worked with the float and it fixed it for a while you need to look again at that system. Check the float needle and seat and the float itself and float chamber...

Triumph Repair: SU HS2 throttle linkage problem, throttle linkage, linkage problem
throttle linkage, linkage problem, backwards forwards: Hi Stu, That s cool, I didn t know you could add a picture to this program. If you look at that shaft you will see that each arm at the end of the shaft (noted at the end of each point of your right/left arrow) can be loosened from the shaft by the small...

Triumph Repair: left signal light and hazards, turn signal switch, triumph spitfire 1500
turn signal switch, triumph spitfire 1500, wattage bulb: Hi Alecia, The flasher unit flashes by the resistance of the bulbs it is connected to by the turn signal switch. If a turn signal system works correctly in one direction then it means the flasher is OK. when you turn to the other direction and it flashes...

Triumph Repair: spit 1500 distributor/coil, dual point distributor, ballast resistor
dual point distributor, ballast resistor, spade connectors: You should be able to. What you need to be certain about is whether your coil requires a ballast resistor to limit the current flow, and whether there is still a ballast resistor in the existing wiring in your car. If your coil doesn t require one, and there...

Triumph Repair: spitfire clucth, clutch disc, thrust washer
clutch disc, thrust washer, input shaft: So when you press in the pedal, the engine speed drops 400 rpm. When you press in the clutch, you are causing the transmission input shaft (and clutch disc) to be separated from the flywheel/crank/pressure plate. This symptom would suggest that there...

Triumph Repair: spitfire ujoints & diff, u-joint, axle
u-joint, axle, orientation: Did you replace just the 2 on the axles, or did you also change the one or two on the drive shaft? I take it you didn t have this vibration before you changed the u-joints; usually a problem like this is a wheel out of balance, a bent rim, or bad tire. ...

Triumph Repair: TR4 Earth, negative earth, heater fans
negative earth, heater fans, left hand drive: Hi Richard, Any car with a generator can be changed to either one. However, several things MUST be done to change the polarity of a car. The generator MUST be polarized to match what polarity a person wants on the car and the battery/s must be connected up...

Triumph Repair: TR6 will not shift into gear when the car is running, clutch disk, clutch slave
clutch disk, clutch slave, release mechanism: I would suspect that the clutch is not releasing from the flywheel and pressure plate. If it was damp at the time you parked it, the whole assembly may have rusted together, and pressing on the clutch is not releasing the clutch disk. This would explain...

Triumph Repair: Triumph Spitfire Tachometer, internal mechanics, copper tube
internal mechanics, copper tube, triumph spitfire: Hi Ethan, I have never seen any of the manuals detail the inside of any instrument as they do not expect any one to try to repair them. If the copper tube you are talking about just goes out to the electrical system I don t see the harm in trying, you are...

Triumph Repair: Triumph spitfire gas tank, canister, vapor
canister, vapor, tank: I am having trouble picturing what you state is gone , as I thought most of the spitfire gas fillers were a solid piece. If you believe something has fallen into the tank, the easiest solution would be empty the tank, remove it, and up end it to find your...

Triumph Repair: 1977 spitfire, odd noises, valve clearance
odd noises, valve clearance, needle valve: Hi Joep, It sounds like you need to test the mechanical fuel pump as the diaphragm can be hardened and not moving to pump fuel or possibly the fuel pump valves are stuck. As for the noise you should have spun the engine over until you see oil pressure before...

Triumph Repair: 1979 TR. Spitfire, factory specs, time jeff
factory specs, time jeff, compression test: Hi Jeff, Your symptoms are useless other than to tell you that you need to run some tests. First and most important is a compression test. throttle open and at least 4 or 5 revolutions on each cylinder. Let me have the results. Second is to set the timing...

Triumph Repair: 72 tr6 with no spark to plugs, tracer wire, pig tail
tracer wire, pig tail, circuit tester: Hi Bob, It sounds like you are mixing up the wires on the coil. Power wires only go to the (+) side of the coil and normally there is only one white power wire on the (+) post of the coil. And the (-) side of the coil goes to the distributor (white w/black...

Triumph Repair: engine performance, flapper valve, jerky movements
flapper valve, jerky movements, air pipe: The temp compensators were supposed to be sealed; some early ones are actually adjustable. You can pick them easily. The temp compensator isn t really internal, it mounts to the outside of the carb. Inside that part is a bimetallic valve, so you could clean...

Triumph Repair: engine won't fire, compression gauge, piston engines
compression gauge, piston engines, cylinder test: Hi Charles, All piston engines only require 3 things to run. compression, fire and fuel with conditions on each. Compression --- There must be at least 125 PSI compression on each cylinder and there must not be a lot of difference between any cylinder....

Triumph Repair: Follow up on wet plug question, leaded fuel, showroom floor
leaded fuel, showroom floor, own car: Your welcome David, The reason I put that plug in there is because that very same thing caught me about a month ago on my series III Jag. I had a miss and did all the normal tests and just looked at my plugs and they all looked good. (back when we had leaded...

Triumph Repair: TR6 Weber conversion, chassis dyno, transitioning
Triumph Repair: TR6 Weber conversion, chassis dyno, transitioning, screws

Triumph Repair: Transmission noise, metal chips, tr4a
Triumph Repair: Transmission noise, metal chips, tr4a, countershaft

Triumph Repair: J overdrive, slow switch, gear oil
slow switch, gear oil, resevoir: Hi Jeffrey, The OD uses the oil in the transmission. I don t know what kind of Triumph you have but most take gear oil and I have seen quotes from 70 weight on up to 90 weight gear oil. But in practice I use to recommend 70 weight gear oil and if the shift...

Triumph Repair: Odd wet plug, point gap, distributor cam
point gap, distributor cam, cylinder test: Hi David, A carb on a TR-3 can t pick just one cylinder to wet a plug on. So you need to look else-where for the problem. First thing you need to do is run a compression test. Throttle open and at least 4 or 5 revolutions on each cylinder test. Also...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire ballast wire, ballast resistor, starter solenoid
ballast resistor, starter solenoid, external resistor: Hi Smokey, Yes, if the Top fuse is only on when the ignition switch is on. The objective was to supply 12v to the 6v coil during start by the starter solenoid and then when the engine started and the key was released back to the run position, power would...

Triumph Repair: spitfire clutch, clutch fluid, clutch pedal
clutch fluid, clutch pedal, thick carpet: Hi Jeremy, You may have not gotten all of the air out of the system. When you loose enough fluid, air enters the system and just refilling will not always expel all of the air so you need to do two things. First and most important is to locate where the...

Triumph Repair: TR6 Weber conversion, vacuum leak, accelerator pedal
vacuum leak, accelerator pedal, color tune: On the timing, you can just set it for the most advance you can get under accelleration without the engine pinging. There are enough ports on the webers that you can connect the vacuum retard if you want. There is usually one on the bottom side and top...

Triumph Repair: Transmission noise, triumph spitfire 1500, transmission noise
triumph spitfire 1500, transmission noise, 1980 triumph spitfire 1500: Hi Tom, It sounds like you need to go into the transmission. There is nothing you can do from the outside. It will be obvious once you take it apart what parts need to be replaced. That s the way it is with straight stick transmissions. Anyone who tries...

Triumph Repair: Triumph Spitfire 1500 '75 Running Hot, triumph spitfire 1500, coolant leak
triumph spitfire 1500, coolant leak, radiator cap: You should be able to pull the radiator cap, and look inside the radiator when running; When the thermostat is closed, the fluid will be stagnant. when the thermostat opens, you ll get a surge in the radiator, and then the level will drop, and you will...

Triumph Repair: triple webers on tr6, definate improvement, webers
definate improvement, webers, fuel consumption: 4lbs I think is too much for the webers; I think 3 is the max people run, and prefer 1.5 or 2 if they can get a holley regulator and adjust. You may be over powering the float and the needle valve with 4lbs. I ve not run DCOEs yet, so I may not be much...

Triumph Repair: zenith-stromberg 150 CD carb., zenith stromberg, haynes book
zenith stromberg, haynes book, piston valve: Some of the needles have a washer as part of the needle assembly. most of the CD 150 s I ve seen have it, but then again there s alot of variations. I m not sure what the problem might be; I would have to go through the carb myself to see what is set where;...

Triumph Repair: 1976 triumph spit 1500, rich stock, leaded gas
rich stock, leaded gas, auto technician: Tony, If you re in the UK and it s a home market car then it should have twin HS4 SU carbs. From the symptoms you describe it sounds like it s running rich. Have you checked the choke linkage to make sure the jets aren t sticking in the down position?...

Triumph Repair: 1978 Triumph Spitfire, solenoid starter, starter solenoid
solenoid starter, starter solenoid, triumph spitfire: Dennis, if the radio is still on when you turn the key off than it will run the battery down but if it is wired so that the radio goes off when you turn the key off, then it does not matter if you leave the radio on. This is not true of some high powered amplifiers...

Triumph Repair: 1979 Spitfire 1500 (UK) Fuel pump problem, vacuum gauge, float chamber
vacuum gauge, float chamber, oil sump: Hi Jamie, The pump arm may have had a fracture causing it to break or the pump may have required a spacer block between the pump and the block and if it is not there the cam that the arm runs on can overstress the arm and break it. Either way the piece is...

Triumph Repair: 77 spitfire wheel stud adapters, american racing rims, lug bolt pattern
american racing rims, lug bolt pattern, online auction sites: Rick, I m not really familiar with the aftermarket rim setups. You might try searching the online auction sites (ebay, yahoo, etc) to see if anyone is offering the pieces you re looking for. Or you might take one to a machine shop and see if it can...

Triumph Repair: 77 spitfires fuel sender float, Spitfire, gas tank sender
Spitfire, gas tank sender, float: Darren, Drive the car until the gas tank is almost empty. Then you can pull the sender unit from the trunk by removing the locking ring. It s a good idea to have a new sealing gasket ready as the one in the tank is 30+ years old. Take pictures (or...

Triumph Repair: '80 spitfire 1500, coolant leak, combustion chamber
coolant leak, combustion chamber, float chamber: Hi James, Remove the three screws holding the coolant unit to the choke assembly (not the large bolt in the center) This will allow you to pull the coolant unit away from the choke without causing a coolant leak. You then can see a small arm sticking out....

Triumph Repair: accent 99 prime oil pump, oil pressure sender, grease guns
oil pressure sender, grease guns, petroleum jelly: Cesarin, 3 ways that I know of: 1) Fill the oil pump with petroleum jelly (aka Vaseline) before putting the pump in place. That will help build vacuum to pull oil into the pump when you first start the car. 2) Pull the spark plugs. Squirt some...

Triumph Repair: Distributor Advance TR6, manifold vacuum, vacuum advance
manifold vacuum, vacuum advance, deg atdc: Hi Mike, If you have closely examined the sprocket for the mark (in the web of the sprocket) on the cam sprocket and can not find it, there is a method to time the cam with no marks. I would not try to do it with the key way as that would be too inaccurate....

Triumph Repair: drive shaft oil flinger, drive shaft, trunnion
drive shaft, trunnion, new question: Chris and Roger, It sounds like someone may have had that axle out of the trunnion at some point. Push the oil flinger tight against the trunnion (bearing housing) and measure the distance from the flinger to the u-joint yoke. Do the same on the other...

Triumph Repair: driveshaft rollers, engine crankshaft, driveshaft shop
engine crankshaft, driveshaft shop, catalonia spain: Hi Alfred, I never seen any of the parts suppliers list them. We have driveshaft shops here that can balance a driveshaft and that would be the only concern that I would have in not having an even amount in each cut. Keep in mind that the driveshaft turns...

Triumph Repair: Hydraulic Fluid Turned Crystalline, clutch system, spitfire
Triumph Repair: Hydraulic Fluid Turned Crystalline, clutch system, spitfire, clutch

Triumph Repair: TR6 Backfiring In Carb, digital tach, rich mixture
Triumph Repair: TR6 Backfiring In Carb, digital tach, rich mixture, coolant holes

Triumph Repair: Hydraulic Fluid Turned Crystalline, power microscope, hydraulic clutch
power microscope, hydraulic clutch, british cars: I have been working on British cars since 1960 and have worked on many cars that have been stored for many years and I have never seen that, so I can t even guess what someone had put in there for fluid. I always use Castrol DOT 4 in the clutch and brake....

Triumph Repair: Motor swap, milky brown, wd 40
milky brown, wd 40, surface rust: Hi Justin, If the engine is locked up, it depends on what locked it up as to weather it is destroyed or just stuck form surface rust on the cylinder walls. Either way, unless it has put a rod through the block it will probably be much cheaper to rebuild that...

Triumph Repair: propshaft, spitfire mk3, straight axle
spitfire mk3, straight axle, driveshaft: OK, I see now. You have disassembled the driveshaft. All you need to do to see how to put it back the way it was is to clean all the parts and you will see ware patterns where the rollers were positioned. Then grease all the parts and put it back together....

Triumph Repair: Single rail gearbox -Spitty 1500, spitfire 1500, correct ratios
spitfire 1500, correct ratios, rimmerbros: Roger, Sorry, I don t have the tooth counts for the single rail gearbox ratios. You might try some of the specialist Triumph parts suppliers. If you don t have a local dealer you can always try some of the web based specialists such as Rimmer Bros...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire 1500 trunnion lube, grease gun, jan jan
grease gun, jan jan, new tools: Jan, The gun I use is one of the ones that takes a small diameter short cartridge. Picked it up about 20 years ago, no idea if it s still available. You can get away with using a modern light grease, as long as you pump fresh grease in on a regular...

Triumph Repair: no spark, light test, test light
light test, test light, simple test: Hi Mark, The only thing I can tell you is that the original Lucas system would fail even before they got out of warranty and that is why several companies started making replacement systems. I can t comment on the quality of the aftermarket units. All I can...

Triumph Repair: TR3 died while driving...can't start, compression gauge, stale gas
compression gauge, stale gas, compression test: Hi Dan, Since it has not run in several years now you need to do several things now even if it had been running when you parked it. First drain the fuel and blow all of the stale gas out of the fuel line from the tank to the fuel pump. Remove the tops of...

Triumph Repair: TR6 Backfiring In Carb, throttle shaft, lean mixture
throttle shaft, lean mixture, vacuum line: Hi Nelson, It sounds like you have it pinned down as to the cause of all the problems. On pulling a head that is stuck you must not give in to the urge to drive something between the head and block. Over the years in dealerships and shops I have seen...

Triumph Repair: TR6 intake manifold, pin holes, hose adapter
pin holes, hose adapter, auto machine: HI John, If you are talking about the steel pipe sticking out of the rear of the intake manifold, That is part of the manifold and not replaceable. If the leak is in the steel pipe itself you can just weld the hole up. If it is between the steel pipe and...

Triumph Repair: Triumph Spitfire 1500 overdrive, triumph spitfire 1500, shift lever
triumph spitfire 1500, shift lever, gearbox: Hi Jason, You need to be explain what you mean by not in reverse do you mean the shift lever will not go into the reverse position? Or the lever goes into reverse but when you let the clutch out nothing happens? Or when you put it in reverse and and let...

Triumph Repair: tr4, clutch master cylinder, clutch slave
clutch master cylinder, clutch slave, slow strokes: Hi Patrick, Yes, it sounds like a clutch problem. Most likely a hydraulic problem. First check the fluid in the clutch master cylinder and add fluid if necessary. (DOT 4 fluid) If the fluid was low after adding fluid make long slow strokes of the clutch pedal....

Triumph Repair: Vacuum hose diagram, charcoal canister, manifold vacuum
charcoal canister, manifold vacuum, vacuum diagram: Sorry Randy, I could not come up with a printed diagram for that car but I know where most of the vacuum hoses go. A hose connection on the back flange of one carb goes to an inline flame trap and on the the EGR valve. The connection on the intake manifold...

Triumph Repair: Wheels, disk wheels, spoked wheels
disk wheels, spoked wheels, triumph gt6: Hi Garry, Sorry Garry, I have never switched wire wheel to disk wheels on a Spitfire but I do believe that all you need to do is to remove the wire wheel adapter and measure the bolt spread and either just purchase a set of Spitfire steel wheels or search...

Triumph Repair: 1968 Triumph GT-6 turn signals and flashers, turn signal flasher, flasher units
turn signal flasher, flasher units, hazard flasher: Hi Kurt, You need to ID what car you have first because the GT-6 (up to Oct 68) didn t have a hazard switch. Only the GT-6+ had a hazard switch (Oct 68 on). The wiring is different on the two cars. The turn signal flasher on a GT-6 is a three wire unit under...

Triumph Repair: 1972 triumph car stromberg cd 150 single carb, triumph car, certin
triumph car, certin, gasket: Hi Wayne, If you are talking about the round disk plate with the holes in it on a manual choke Stromberg carburetor. The holes line up with holes in the side of the carburetor to draw extra fuel into the engine for cold starting. The size of the holes controls...

Triumph Repair: 1976 Spitfire Signal Problems, turn signal flasher, flasher units
turn signal flasher, flasher units, load switch: Hi Craig, The flasher works on the resistance of the bulbs. Meaning that the load of the bulbs heats up a bimetal strip in the flasher unit and that bimetal strip warps and disconnects the circuit. The strip quickly cools and reconnects the circuit. All current...

Triumph Repair: '80 Spitfire - oil pan gasket, pan gasket, crank case
pan gasket, crank case, oil leaks: Hi Ed, I have not done it but have seen it done by unbolting the motor mounts and using an engine hoist to lift the engine up a little. It is rare to need to pull a pan in the car because if anything in the pan that needs work then 99.99% of the time the...

Triumph Repair: Brake master cylinder, brake master cylinder, dual circuit
brake master cylinder, dual circuit, brake booster: Hi Justin, There was a single circuit master cylinder used on a GT-6 but only on the models that had a remote brake booster/master cylinder system. If you don t have a remote brake booster then you should use the dual circuit master cylinder. With the dual...

Triumph Repair: Centralise a PDWA, brake warning light, triumph spitfire 1500
brake warning light, triumph spitfire 1500, hydraulic gauge: Hi Alistair, If you have the brake system working and all of the air out of the system and just want to turn the light out for the brake warning, just pump the pedal up and hold it down and and watch the light or put an ohm meter on the switch and just slowly...

Triumph Repair: GT6 Axle replacement or upgrade, triumph gt6, swing axles
Triumph Repair: GT6 Axle replacement or upgrade, triumph gt6, swing axles, cv axles

Triumph Repair: GT6 Axle replacement or upgrade, modified street cars, datsun 240z
modified street cars, datsun 240z, rear axles: Hi Marnitz, I have seen different rear axles put in many of the British cars but I never heard of any that were bolt in without modifications. I am not a fan of an IRS in small modified street cars. But that is just me. My background was motorcycle flat track,...

Triumph Repair: gears grind, triumph spitfire, clutch disk
triumph spitfire, clutch disk, clutch system: Hi Michael, If you don t have any excess free play in the pedal and the pedal is firm right away at the top then you may have a clutch disk or pressure plate problem (if all the air is out) However, the Triumph Spitfire and the TR-6 were always trouble...

Triumph Repair: oil pressure, oil pressure gauge, hydraulic gauge
oil pressure gauge, hydraulic gauge, low oil pressure: Hi Jack, It is low but may or may not be serious. If this car was brought in to me in a dealership I would first connect a known good hydraulic oil pressure gauge to the block and confirm the readings with warm oil. I like to see 25 to 35 PSI at 800 to...

Triumph Repair: Rocker shaft oil piping, rocker shaft, cam shaft
rocker shaft, cam shaft, oil hole: Hi Terry, I don t have any data on it, but the line should supply sufficient oil to the rockers. They are probably talking about the port between the head and the block which gets oil from the rear cam bearing and that is restricted by only supplying oil...

Triumph Repair: rear-end noise '73 spitfire, flange bolts, axle bearings
flange bolts, axle bearings, wheel speed: Hi Charlie, Unfortunately a clicking noise can come from any one of the items you mentioned, even a wheel. The first step I would take is to try to isolate the noise to one side. Then switch wheels with the front to eliminate a wheel. Then remove the brake...

Triumph Repair: removing tub on tr 250, cross braces, eye bolts
cross braces, eye bolts, striker plate: Sorry Terry, I don t remember if the seat belt lugs are tied to the frame or just to the body but you should be able to just look at them from under and see. I don t think they were attach to the frame at all. I would not use them as a lifting point anyway....

Triumph Repair: Spitfire 1500 J type overdrive, spitfire 1500, speed gearbox
spitfire 1500, speed gearbox, clutch system: Hi Louis, You can not just bolt an OD to a non-OD box even though the case bolt pattern is the same. The gearbox mainshaft is different. You would need to find a OD gearbox mainshaft and put that in your box. You may have to do some body work to the transmission...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire 1500 valve rattle, fuel air mixture, piston pin
fuel air mixture, piston pin, rod bearings: Hi Mark, The misnamed rattle called valve rattle is detonation which is uncontrolled explosions rather then the burning of a fuel/air mixture in the combustion chamber. The fact that your changing of the grade of fuel and changing of ignition timing and...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire fuel cage calibration, wound resistor, tank unit
wound resistor, tank unit, voltage stabilizer: Hi Michael, If there is an adjustment I have not seen it. If it is that far off, something is wrong not out of adjustment. You didn t tell me what year Spitfire. Most have a voltage stabilizer that powers the gauge at 10v which can fail. Other possible...

Triumph Repair: Starter, voltage drop test, torque starters
voltage drop test, torque starters, starter solenoid: Stan, if the starter stops spinning the engine after a few revolutions you need to have a test light or volt meter on the starter solenoid at the time it stops working to know if it has stopped receiving power to the trigger wire on the solenoid. If it does...

Triumph Repair: TR-6 Triumph, wheel spindle, mail program
wheel spindle, mail program, tr 6: Hi Willie, The problem is that you must remove the hub to gain access to the seal and thus you need to reset the preload on the bearings which use a crushable sleeve and reset the preload on the bearings like the preload is set on a pinion of a differential....

Triumph Repair: TR-6 transmission serial #'s and overdrive, overdrive switch, electrical circuitry
overdrive switch, electrical circuitry, monkey puzzle: Hi Don, Lots of luck unscrambling that monkey puzzle. As far as the prefixes I only show three, CD, CC and CF. However, there were CD prefixes on straight four speed boxes and on A OD boxes up to the end of 72. CF started in 73 with the J box. And...

Triumph Repair: TR4 gas tank drain plug, jb weld, pipe tap
jb weld, pipe tap, tank drain: Hi Greg, A temp fix in the bottom of a fuel drain plug in a Christmas parade??? Not me!!!! How much liability insurance do you have? All I could picture in my head was fuel running out and over to the side of the road where all those kids were packed in tight...

Triumph Repair: TR6 Fast idle and lean mixture, vacuum advance, lean mixture
vacuum advance, lean mixture, egr system: Peter, If you have no EGR system than there is no need for a vacuum port on the carburetor. Some of the early TR-6s came with a vacuum advance and a vacuum retard unit on the distributor but the factory just blocked off the vacuum advance unit and only used...

Triumph Repair: TR6 spitting lean, screw adjustment, allen screw
screw adjustment, allen screw, stale gas: You are welcome and I am glad you found the problem. I have not found it necessary to put any additives in our fuel here unless an engine has been modified by raising the compression ratio too high. If you get the rattling (pinging) sound on hard acceleration...

Triumph Repair: Triumph GT6 dies when hot, triumph gt6, test light
triumph gt6, test light, power battery: Hi David, The fact that it dies when hot narrows the problem to only a thousand things so you need to do some testing with a wiring diagram and a test light. ALL TESTS MUST BE DONE IN THE FAILED MODE!!! Since you lost power to many items it sounds like...

Triumph Repair: Triumph Spitfire 1500, rear suspension components, triumph spitfire 1500
rear suspension components, triumph spitfire 1500, rear bulkhead: Hi Charlie, I have not run across that particular one but have seen other rear suspension components break loose from the body and like them you are going to have to remove that part of the suspension and make structure repairs to the body in that area. And...

Triumph Repair: Triumph spitfire, triumph spitfire, wheel wells
triumph spitfire, wheel wells, carrige: Hi Paul, As I remember all of the frames were black and only body pieces were the color of the car. They were painted separately then assembled so looking at a new car from the underside on a green car you would see every part of the body, floor and wheel...

Triumph Repair: Valves, valve lapping compound, upper collar
valve lapping compound, upper collar, lower spring: Hi Justin, If the valves were mixed up too, you need to use valve lapping compound and lap the valves into the seat again as you can t mix the valves. As for the springs and spacers both intake and exhaust get a lower spring seat. (a two step washer) The...

Triumph Repair: valve tap, mechanical advice, old ford
mechanical advice, old ford, valve guides: In the dealerships we were paid by commission so we could not waste any time when adjusting valves and the quickest way was to remove the spark plugs and put the car in 4th gear with the brake off. We could then role the car (usually backwards) by either putting...

Triumph Repair: Weber carb on1972 Spitfire, float chamber, weber carb
float chamber, weber carb, leak down test: Hi Alfred, I doubt that the popping has much to do with the carburetor although you can try turning the idle mixture screw a little richer. If that don t correct it, you need to do a cylinder leak down test and double check the ignition timing. As for fuel...

Triumph Repair: 12 volt radiator cooling fan, radiator cooling fan, fan clutch
radiator cooling fan, fan clutch, robert bentley: The trouble with a thermo switch is that it needs to be located on the thermostat neck or neck of the upper radiator and that is difficult unless you can find one that was designed for that. The best method is to get a four pin relay that can handle the amp...

Triumph Repair: 1500 Spit OD tranny rebuild, input shaft, snap ring
input shaft, snap ring, easy job: There is suppose to be a groove in the shaft with a snap ring in it to hold a thinner spacer than that one. How is it secured to the shaft? Because of the machining marks on it I would expect that to be a part that was inside the gear box on the mainshaft...

Triumph Repair: 1972 TR6 flexible steering coupling, allen head screws, channel lock pliers
allen head screws, channel lock pliers, flexible coupling: Hi Tom, Rotating the steering shaft so as to force the one you are working with closer may help a little and then use of a pair of large channel lock pliers to force the coupler together so that you may be able to get it better aligned. I put a piece of cardboard...

Triumph Repair: 1973 tr6, zenith carb, tr 6
zenith carb, tr 6, cd 2: Hi Steve, The 2-SE was used on the 71 TR-6. The 73 TR-6 used the SEV. Not a lot of difference as far as a rebuild kit. The only thing I would be concerned about would be the metering needle number/letter. Many kits don t come with metering needles anyway....

Triumph Repair: 69 Triumph 650, gasket leaks, triumph 650
gasket leaks, triumph 650, custom chopper: Hi Brandon, A basic fact is that no engine can raise in RPM unless it receives extra air and fuel so you need to Remove and go through the carburetor and note what brand it is. Also since you said it has a single carburetor then you have a 650 with the two...

Triumph Repair: auto advance timing, auto advance timing, crank case
auto advance timing, crank case, straight hill: Hi Jeremy, I am not familiar with that ignition system. However total timing is what is critical. Too far advance and you are in danger of detonation which WILL destroy your engine in very short time. Too far retarded will loose horse power and can overheat...

Triumph Repair: chargins gremlins, jumper wire, long jumper
jumper wire, long jumper, pig tail: Hi Peter, To test the generator just disconnect the two wires and make a long jumper wire of a 12ga wire that will reach from the generator to the battery. Then add a short jumper to one end (this can be a 14ga wire. It would be best to put a wire end on...

Triumph Repair: gear-box nos., spitfire 1500, bell housings
spitfire 1500, bell housings, bellhousings: Hi William, As I remember and all reference material I have, there were only two gearboxes used on the Spitfire and the change was between 1974 and 1975 and the later gearbox had a sheet metal top on the gearbox and the earlier box had the shift tower mounted...

Triumph Repair: Re upholster TR7 seats, channel lock pliers, center flap
channel lock pliers, center flap, mgb gt: You have gone a long way so it pays to complete the job right. Here is a picture of my seat in for a Fit Check to locate the steering wheel and pedals. This is a TR-7 seat with the head rest removed. The sides and back are dark green with yellow piping...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire J type overdrive, drive shaft, driveshafts
drive shaft, driveshafts, spitfire: Hi Rod, Unlike some cars I think the driveshafts were the same but that don t matter because you will have both. As I remember most everything is a bolt-in with no modifycations necessary other than you will have to add the wiring. As I remember that too...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire valve rattle, vacuum advance, deep pockets
vacuum advance, deep pockets, btdc: Hi Mark, Any time you modify any engine, you change the ignition advance and timing. The advance curve is different as well as total timing. The ideal timing and advance curve is always just short of detonation. Many new street cars have knock censors that...

Triumph Repair: Stromberg Zenith 150 cd, jet adjustment, float chamber
jet adjustment, float chamber, strombergs: Justin, The only types of Strombergs that I have ever seen are the ones with a plug in the bottom center and the ones with an adjustable jet and neither one have any solid attachment to the float chamber and only are sealed by an O ring inside. All of the...

Triumph Repair: slave cylinder, clutch master cylinder, bleeder valve
clutch master cylinder, bleeder valve, slave cylinder: Hi Nathan, There is no connection between the clutch and the slave cylinder. It is just a pin in a recess in the slave piston so it can be rotated. If your line fitting is different than your bleeder valve fitting you will be able to just loosen the line...

Triumph Repair: TR5 will not start, bright sun light, vacuum gauge
bright sun light, vacuum gauge, fuel injection system: Hi Robert, All engines only require 3 items to run, Compression, fire and fuel with conditions on each. Setting for 6 mo could be any one or more of the 3 so start from scratch with a compression test. It should be from 125 PSI to 170 PSI with little difference...

Triumph Repair: Triumph GT6 Trunk Lock, rear hatch, triumph gt6
rear hatch, triumph gt6, sorry mark: Sorry Mark, I don t have a picture of the hatch lock assembly and the last one I looked at was 40 years ago. However if it is the T handle type lock assembly with the key in the center I believe there was a small screw in the end of the shaft that held the...

Triumph Repair: triumph transmission flange separation, step flange, drive shaft
step flange, drive shaft, penetrating oil: Hi Bill, If you have left the bolts in place after removing the nuts, it can seem stuck, so you must pry or knock the bolts loose. Even though there is a small step flange that mates the two flanges together it usually can t hold the two together. A brass...

Triumph Repair: turn signal trafficator, trafficator, tracer wire
trafficator, tracer wire, hazard switch: Tom, What item are you calling a Trafficator ? Are you talking about the piece on the shaft that cancels the switch? The three wire switch is just a switch and does not require any outside ground. The switch only routs current from the feed wire (light...

Triumph Repair: Weber conversion, degree thermostat, poor combustion
degree thermostat, poor combustion, rich mixture: Hi Ed, I agree with some of what they say but not all. If it is running rich changing the temperature that the engine runs at is not a good way to correct a rich mixture. While advancing the timing (just short of detonation) will improve performance but still...

Triumph Repair: 1175 connecting rods, connecting rods, camshaft
connecting rods, camshaft, sirs: Hi Jerry, Yes, the rod caps are on the camshaft side. The pistons should have a small triangle on the top and the point should face forward. What do you mean by Not running well ? I m not running well but I would guess that my problem and your engine...

Triumph Repair: 1970 TR 6 Tachometer, recepticle, tr 6
recepticle, tr 6, speed cable: I would suspect 1 of 2 things: -The square end of the cable, or the square recepticle is worn such that it is no longer square - The internal part of the speed-o has failed. I would say if the cable & socket look square, then the problem is internal....

Triumph Repair: 1975 TR6 Steering Column, steering column, tr6
steering column, tr6, steering wheel: If the play is in/out, then I would check the break-away coupling between the firewall and the bottom of the steering column tube; That slip clamp can come loose or wear. Also check the rubber coupler in the engine compartment; they typically rot. If...

Triumph Repair: 1979 Spitfire 1500, roadster factory, speedway motors
roadster factory, speedway motors, google search: Hi Ismael, Have you tried Moss Motors, The Roadster Factory, Victoria British, Engel Imports or British Parts North West for the original seats? They all have web sites and toll free numbers. Another option would be to purchase a set of race car seats...

Triumph Repair: '71 Spitfire - SU Carb, joe curto, float bowl
joe curto, float bowl, car model: Single SU or single ZS? All the SU s I have seen usually have an aluminum tab on the float bowl, usually 3 letters and 3 numbers, and that tab can identify which car model it came from. Otherwise you could contact Joe Curto (www.joecurto.com). He is a...

Triumph Repair: 72 TR6 Transmission, manual transmissions, gear lever
manual transmissions, gear lever, tr6: It may be a sign that the 3rd gear synchro is starting to wear out. If it starts popping out of the 3rd gear while driving (not decelerating), then it is almost for certain. You dont have to replace it; you can just hold it in 3rd while in 3rd gear. ...

Triumph Repair: '80 Spitfire intake manifold, dremel tool, triumph spitfire
dremel tool, triumph spitfire, aluminum alloy: Hi Ed, It is a simple test to see if it is aluminum or not. One by it s weight if it were iron it would be heavy. And the sure test is to stick a magnet to it. If it don t stick, it is aluminum. I don t remember ever seeing a iron intake manifold on any Spitfire,...

Triumph Repair: Front Brake Replacement Spitfire 1500, needle nose pliers, rotor hub
needle nose pliers, rotor hub, wheel bearings: It is straightforward to do, and outlined well in any of the normal repair manuals -Unbolt calipers and hang aside -Use a wood screw to pop out the dust caps -Use needle nose pliers to straighten the the cotter pin & remove -Use socket to remove the...

Triumph Repair: clutch fulrum pin, clutch mechanism, clutch release
clutch mechanism, clutch release, slave cylinder: You can try to straighten it out, but the larger question is how did it get bent? It being bent might be an indication of a binding somewhere in the clutch mechanism Replacement is possible, but you have to pull the transmission and remove the clutch release...

Triumph Repair: coil over springs, oil shocks, gas shock
oil shocks, gas shock, coil over springs: Hi Ray, I have not put any on myself but have seen several Spitfires that I worked on with them installed to help raise the rear due to a weak leaf spring. Also seen several install gas over oil shocks to help sagging springs. I don t know what part number...

Triumph Repair: connecting rods, rod bearing, main bearings
rod bearing, main bearings, plastigage: Jeff, No one can determine if a crank is good or bad by feeling it. You can make a rough idea if a crank is ok by the use of PlastiGage . And if it is used on a crank while still in the car it should be done in two different positions on the crank. If...

Triumph Repair: Doesn't shift into first and second, spitfire 1500, hub assembly
spitfire 1500, hub assembly, input shaft: If you are talking about on tooth of the spline that the syncro and sliding hub go onto, it will not matter if the rest of the spline is ok but if the tooth is bent over or a piece is stopping the hub from sliding over it then that can prevent the gear from...

Triumph Repair: Early TR250 carbs, fuse block, air leaks
fuse block, air leaks, tracer wire: Stan, even with worn upper shaft bearings the horn ring is quite large to be shorted out by that so I would look closer at the wire as it leaves the horn ring. When you say Short I take it to mean the horn blows without you pushing the horn button? The large...

Triumph Repair: Engine block thread size, roadster factory, sandwich plate
roadster factory, sandwich plate, moss motors: Sorry Nick, I don t know what kind of car you have but that don t matter because I don t have any Triumph blocks to measure (if it is some kind of Triumph) If you don t have the adapter just order one from Moss Motors, Victoria British or The Roadster Factory...

Triumph Repair: Early TR250 Horns, purple wire, slip ring
Triumph Repair: Early TR250 Horns, purple wire, slip ring, constant power

Triumph Repair: Raising Rear Suspension on GT6, wheel nuts, gt6
Triumph Repair: Raising Rear Suspension on GT6, wheel nuts, gt6, rear tires

Triumph Repair: GT6 Transmission, transmission linkage, hemisphere
transmission linkage, hemisphere, bolt: I m not that familiar with the bits of that tranny; but it would do one of two things; Prevents you from over-extending the linkage, or requires you to do the lift and shift to get into reverse. I would suspect that it the cause to destroying the nylon hemisphere....

Triumph Repair: High Oil Pressure, pressure relief valve, rocker shaft
pressure relief valve, rocker shaft, stock setup: OK. Also look at what is the hot oil pressure at idle, and when at 3,000 revs. You don t say if you converted to a spin on filter, or have the stock setup, a clogged oil filter might also be a source of high pressures. The oil pressure relief valve may...

Triumph Repair: Installing front and rear oil seals., thrust washer, spitfire 1500
thrust washer, spitfire 1500, input shaft: Tom, why do you keep saying Between the clip and the seal ? NOTHING goes between the clip and the seal. The ONLY place a washer goes is between the clip and the bearing. And even though VB calls it a thrust washer it is NOT a thrust washer it is just a thin...

Triumph Repair: Oil filter cooler adaptor plates/sandwich., sandwich plate, aspx page
sandwich plate, aspx page, types of thread: Its a standard thread, not tapered pipe. The exact diameter and pitch I would have to measure. The thread into the block I don t believe ever changes through the TR6 models. There may be variations on the adapter that might have require different spin on...

Triumph Repair: oil pressure, crankcase pressure, vent pipes
crankcase pressure, vent pipes, compression gauge: Hi Jim, The oil pressure on your gauge nor sending unit has nothing to do with crankcase pressure that forces out past a dip stick. Oil pressure on the gauge is pressure that it built up between the oil pump and the engine bearings. Crankcase pressure...

Triumph Repair: Raising Rear Suspension on GT6, rear leaf springs, chrome spoke wheels
rear leaf springs, chrome spoke wheels, oversized wheels: Raising the overall ride height would require you fit spacers in the 4 differential mounts and increasing the height of the rear links. That move the whole suspension (differential/spring/driveshafts), but to your point, I ve never hear of anyone going that...

Triumph Repair: Routing of hoses, cables etc through firewall, triumph spitfire 1500, email list
triumph spitfire 1500, email list, lhd: I don t have any at my disposal. But I can suggest two places: The North American Spitfire Squadron Email list on Yahoo www.TriumphSpitfire.com On NASS you can ask for other spitfire owners help and pictures such as your request here. The spitfire...

Triumph Repair: Setting valves on a 1969 TR6, valve adjustment, cam chain
valve adjustment, cam chain, precision metal: There are better sources documented than I could adequately explain here. I ve included links. -The basic premise is consistently rotate the engine in the normal rotation and keep the cam chain under tension (don t roll the crank backwards) -At one...

Triumph Repair: Spit 1500 engine., spitfire 1500, main bearing
spitfire 1500, main bearing, tight area: Both main bearngs can be replaced from the underside with keeping the crank in the car, but it is tricky, as you could score the journal if you aren t slow and methodical. I would hate to say, but it is unlikely that the timing chain is binding enough...

Triumph Repair: Spit 1500 engine., thrust bearings, rod bearing
thrust bearings, rod bearing, cruise speed: Hi Alan, I know there are stories of fixing a 1949 Chevy rod bearing that way but I have not seen any such fix since then that lasted more than a week. Most bearing failures have a reason and even though it is possible that the crank is ok and only the...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire Mechanical Fuel Pump, rocker arm, fuel line
rocker arm, fuel line, problem thanks: Possibly; first step would be compare your old pump to your new pump; are the pump arm lengths the same? there are two versions the short one has no spacer, the other pump (longer) needs a spare to sit on the lobe correct. Some pumps have a manual primer;...

Triumph Repair: TR 250 tune up, vacuum leaks, dieseling
vacuum leaks, dieseling, carbon buildup: I can t say for sure, but I would look at a couple things, if you haven t done so already: 1) check for vacuum leaks near hoses and the intake manifold 2) check the bypass valve for proper setting 3) use an air gun, pipe cleaner and needle to make sure...

Triumph Repair: TR4 ENGINE REBUILD BLOWBY, air fuel mixture, crankcase pressure
air fuel mixture, crankcase pressure, manifold vacuum: Hi David, There are some basic facts about engines and one is that unless you have a hole in a piston ALL crankcase pressure comes from past the rings. If on a new rebuild you used chrome rings (old new stock) the chrome was probably hard chrome and that...

Triumph Repair: TR6 Ignition, aspx page, keyswitch
aspx page, keyswitch, locksmith: This was back in the day where the column lock wasn t that sophisticated, so while there were security bolts used to attach the lock mech, it wouldn t take much remove the column and drill them out, if you were so inclined. A good locksmith might be able...

Triumph Repair: Tr 4a Transmission, top cover, axle grease, two balls
axle grease, two balls, plug hole: Hi Roberto, If you only have one access hole you can first install the selector shaft that is furthermost from the hole, then install a ball and move the shaft until the notch (detent) in the shaft is lined up with the ball. Then insert the lock-out plunger...

Triumph Repair: Triumph spitfire Mk 3 transmission problem, triumph spitfire mk 3, triumph spitfire mk
triumph spitfire mk 3, triumph spitfire mk, shift forks: Hi Ryan, The gold colored material is for sure the syncro rings as they are the only thing in the trans that is brass other then some shifter forks are some times brass. Remove the top cover with the shifter forks and examine the forks for excess ware...

Triumph Repair: Trying to find what gearboxes I have, triumph spitfire, spitfire 1500
triumph spitfire, spitfire 1500, roadster factory: Hi Tom, It has been many years since I worked in BLM dealerships but as I remember there were different gear teeth configurations and as I remember we always had to take the part number off of the lay gear to ID the gear set. There should be a part number...

Triumph Repair: triumph spitfire 1972, triumph spitfire, british cars
triumph spitfire, british cars, instrument panel: Hi Wayne, You need to tell me what you mean by Round connector Do you mean bullet connectors or eyelet connectors. Is one green and the other light green? What on the instrument panel don t work? All grounds on all British cars are Black only. ...

Triumph Repair: triumph tr6, power switches, triumph tr6
power switches, triumph tr6, voltage 2: 1. Measure the battery voltage without the engine running, ignition off (Should be between 11 & 13) 2. Measure the battery voltage with the engine running. (should be 13+) You should not have to disconnect the battery unless you have a wiring problem/short...

Triumph Repair: Weber conversion vacuum advance issue, vacuum ports, vacuum advance
vacuum ports, vacuum advance, butterfly valve: There are vacuum ports on the weber 32/36; If you unmount the carb from the manifold, and the manifold side of the butterfly valve, there should be at least 1 pinhole in the throat which leads to a brass tube on the body of the carb. The PO on yours may have...

Triumph Repair: Wheel bearings, wheel bearings, wheel studs
wheel bearings, wheel studs, flat screwdriver: Hi Craig, The large washer behind the nut can be removed with a hook made out of a coat hanger by just working around the edge or some do as you say, just bump the hub off with a lead mallet or such. Be careful to retrieve the thin shims that are on the other...

Triumph Repair: Wire wheels to steel rims - front studs 72TR6, rusty bolts, steel rims
rusty bolts, steel rims, soft hammer: No. Pulling the grease cap on the castlatted hub nut is always the hardest for me. After removing the caliper, Remove the castle nut & pin Remove the roller bearing and hub/disc assembly. Remove the 4 bolts holding the rotor to the hub You may need...

Triumph Repair: water pump british triumph 1972, roadster factory, moss motors
roadster factory, moss motors, toll free numbers: Hi Wayne, Back in the 60 s and early 70 s I remember that there were rebuild kits available for several British cars but I have not seen them lately. You may try asking one of the British parts suppliers like, Moss Motors, Victoria British, The Roadster...

Triumph Repair: 1972 TR6 Trans question, personal knowledge, trf
personal knowledge, trf, synchro: This typically means the synchro on 2nd is going or gone. While you might be able to still drive by being gentle and double clutching, eventually you will need to rebuild the transmission. And since it is an OD, the OD may need work as well, which makes...

Triumph Repair: 1979 1500 Transmission refitting, spitfire, transmission
spitfire, transmission, clutch: Jamie, The 20 spline clutches setups used with the late Spitfire single rail gearboxes make final assembly notoriously difficult. For myself I ve had fair success by first making sure the clutch disc slides freely on the splines before bolting up the...

Triumph Repair: 74 TR 6, TR6, timing
TR6, timing, carb: Tom, Keep in mind that you need basically 3 things in order to get the car running: Fuel Fire (ignition) Timing For fuel, have you made sure fuel is getting to the carbs? Get a can of starting fluid (starting ether) and spray some into the air...

Triumph Repair: 74 TR6 Doesn't start hot, crane fireball ignition, fuel pressure gauge
crane fireball ignition, fuel pressure gauge, electric fuel pump: Hi Brian, If it came to me in a dealership I would first run a compression test and if it was ok I would get it hot and run a couple of simple tests. First is to spray starting fluid into the intakes and if it starts. Check the chokes on the Webers. Check...

Triumph Repair: 76 spit 1500 rear spring orientation, spring orientation, rear spring
spring orientation, rear spring, trunnions: It is symmetrical; I ve never paid much mind to how it installs; It has always fit. There aren t any special locating pins or clips for the spring that are sensitive to orientation. Hope that helps; keep an eye out for pictures of other s cars, doing frame...

Triumph Repair: 77 spitfire 1500 gears grind, Spitfire, clutch
Spitfire, clutch, hydraulic: Kyle, The clutch on the Spitfire is hydraulically operated. In the engine compartment there is a clutch master cylinder, next to the brake master cylinder. Make sure the fluid is topped up to the line inside the clutch m/c. Also it s a great time to...

Triumph Repair: Bore Wash - Worn Rings, oil leaks, compression gauge
oil leaks, compression gauge, rich mixture: Bob, Did you try to tighten all of the bolts where you have oil leaks? Also you did not say anything about burning oil?? Excess crankcase pressure will ALWAYS cause burning of oil (blue smoke out of the tail pipe) You could be racing down the wrong road if...

Triumph Repair: Carburetor, webber carburetors, triumph spitfire
webber carburetors, triumph spitfire, stromberg cd150: Jim, There is a street legal carb for the 76 Spitfire in California. It s the Stromberg CD150. From what I understand of California emissions there are no substitutions allowed, regardless of what ports you can drill into the carb. You might...

Triumph Repair: 74 TR6 Doesn't start hot, pickup coil, tr6
Triumph Repair: 74 TR6 Doesn't start hot, pickup coil, tr6, electronic ignition

Triumph Repair: 76 spit 1500 rear spring orientation, ground edge, bottom leaf
Triumph Repair: 76 spit 1500 rear spring orientation, ground edge, bottom leaf

Triumph Repair: spitfire transmission removal, drive shaft, rear end
Triumph Repair: spitfire transmission removal, drive shaft, rear end

Triumph Repair: Identification numbers, heritage certificate, windshield frame
heritage certificate, windshield frame, heritage motor centre: Jeff, I ve never seen a reference of the frame ID numbers to know which year a particular frame was made. They definitely are not related to the Commission number(used as the VIN in the US) You can ID an approximate age by the addition of the rear bumper...

Triumph Repair: Idle spit, won't turn over, Spitfire, battery
Spitfire, battery, starter: Harold, Have a friend try to start the car while you put the voltmeter on the battery. If you see no change in the voltage reading, it s time to start cleaning cable connections and hope the starter itself it ok. Don t neglect to clean the earth terminal...

Triumph Repair: ignition problem on 1500 Spitfire, starter solenoid, tracer wire
starter solenoid, tracer wire, spark tester: Hi Jon, If your car is wired as it should be, you will have two power wires to feed the (+) side of the coil (they may be joined together at the resistor wire end rather than at the coil) A power wire from the ignition switch (white) goes to the resistor...

Triumph Repair: indicators, instrument light, spitfire 1500
instrument light, spitfire 1500, oil light: We may not be talking about the same thing so name one Indicator that you are talking about. When trying to trace down a problem in electrics you need to just take one circuit to trace to find a problem so name just one Indicator (as you call it) that does...

Triumph Repair: installing rear seal in tr-4 transmission, rear seal, tr 4
rear seal, tr 4: Hi Dennis, Yes, there is enough room to replace the rear seal with the tunnel cover off. I don t remember doing that in the car but there should be enough room to work. At worst you may need to loosen the trans mount and raise the rear up a little to be able...

Triumph Repair: loss of power, Triumph, Spitfire
Triumph, Spitfire, Ignition: Shields, Several possibilities. Fuel passages blocked in the carb or the float/needle sticking. You re getting fuel up to the carb, that s no guarantee that it s getting into the engine. Is the fuel pump wired into the ignition circuit? Or on a...

Triumph Repair: Rear Body Mount spacers, crossmembers, rear frame
crossmembers, rear frame, frame rails: Best source on paper is the Bentley official repair manual. It would be difficult to locate all of the attachment points on a car when the carpet and underfelt is still installed; the body mounts all run along the frame rails or crossmembers, and some,...

Triumph Repair: rear bearings, rear wheel bearings, rear bearings
rear wheel bearings, rear bearings, hub pullers: Hi Jeffrey, The outer wheel /axle bearings are large roller bearings that run on the axle itself and are available from most of the Spitfire parts companies. I doubt you can find them from a bearing company. It would not matter if you could because every...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire steering rack, Spitfire, Vixen
Spitfire, Vixen, TVR: Bob, Yes, the Vixen used the Spitfire steering rack, which itself was shared with the Triumph Herald. The Spitfire steering rack is clamped to the car with brackets that hit against 2 ridges in the rack, 13 apart. The rack unit is comprised of a steel...

Triumph Repair: Summer time going out!, casing, summer time
casing, summer time, differential: Oli, Assuming a North American market car, the oil fill plug is on the differential casing on the right side (passenger side). It s a square headed threaded plug. With the car on level ground the plug the oil should be right at the level of the plug....

Triumph Repair: spitfire 1500 1979, test light, dash lights
test light, dash lights, electrical problems: Kevin, you will need a 12v test light and just pick only one circuit to test and stop trying to guess what is wrong. Follow the diagram like a road map and start at a bulb that you know does not work and with that light turned on if you find no power look...

Triumph Repair: spitfire transmission removal, drive shaft, driveshaft
drive shaft, driveshaft, flange: Hi Jeff, Yes you can remove a spitfire transmission without removing the engine. With the tunnel removed you can raise trans up and out, the driveshaft does not stop you from removing the transmission, providing you unbolted it from the transmission flange....

Triumph Repair: TR6 at altitude, exhaust gas analyzer, ratio meter
exhaust gas analyzer, ratio meter, reno nv: All that would required is to tune the mixture needles to your altitude; as long as the carbs on the carb are adjustable, you should be able to adjust them accordingly using an A/F ratio meter and/or exhaust gas analyzer. Most shops can do this, but if...

Triumph Repair: TR6 Carb, needle valve, metal arm
needle valve, metal arm, bottom cup: Float bowl & needle valve. Pull that carb, remove the bottom cup , and you ll see the float, and a metal arm resting on a brass fitting. That fitting is the needle valve. Unscrew it, clean it, and you should be OK. You likely have some schmutz in the...

Triumph Repair: TR6 overheat, snap crackle pop, combustion gases
snap crackle pop, combustion gases, coolant level: -Recheck the timing, and make sure it isn t too far advanced; the pulley on a TR6 is also a dampner with a rubber ring, and when the rubber ring fails, it can change the timing marks -Verify coolant level; you should be able to idle the car with the radiator...

Triumph Repair: Triumph keys, Triumph, Spitfire
Triumph, Spitfire, Lock: Tom, A good locksmith should be able to make a key for you. It s worth calling around and getting quotes. There are vendors that can sell you new locks with keys. A lot of work but it s another avenue to explore. A good list of vendors is on the...

Triumph Repair: transmission substitutes, re: 1966 to 1980, overdrive transmissions, speed gearbox
overdrive transmissions, speed gearbox, mk ii: John, I suspect that you re thinking of the overdrive transmissions fitted to the Spitfires, there was never a 5 speed gearbox in the Spitfire. If your car still has it s original engine/transmission then you have a three rail three synchro transmission...

Triumph Repair: triumph spitfire overdrive drive shaft, drive shaft shop, drive shaft
drive shaft shop, drive shaft, mail groups: Bentley official repair manual should have the required information; The engine change won t cause any issues, but going with an OD, The OD causes the drive shaft to need to be shorter than a non-OD drive shaft. If you talk to any drive shaft shop, they...

Triumph Repair: turn signals, turn signal flasher, spitfire 1500
turn signal flasher, spitfire 1500, fuse panel: Mark, sit in the drivers seat and look straight forward, the hazard switch in directly in front of you in between the speedo and the tach. (unless you have a Euro car.) Mark, my advice is free, if you don t want to use it you don t have to. I worked for...

Triumph Repair: Weber DGV Conversion, weber dgv, vacuum line
weber dgv, vacuum line, carbon canister: The crankcase vent goes into the air cleaner on the weber; if you got the K&N filter, the bottom plate should have a hole and include a white plastic hose connector. (example in this link: http://www.knfilters.com/search/product.aspx?Prod=56-1060 ) ...

Triumph Repair: 1971 Spitfire Knocking, car mechanic, british car
car mechanic, british car, oil pressure: Hi Duane, The oil pressure of 50 PSI is not great but not normally an indication of a bad bearing. However, there are many things in an engine that can knock so you need to get a mechanic s stethoscope or get an experienced British car mechanic to listen...

Triumph Repair: 1975 TR6 stalls when hot, lines tank, gas tank
lines tank, gas tank, emission lines: If you have no fuel flow when hot, then the problem is in the gas line or the pump; is the pump mechanical or electric? Where is it mounted? If electric, can you run the line back to the tank, and let the pump just pump for a length of time; if it keeps...

Triumph Repair: 1975 tr6, rod bolt, cam followers
rod bolt, cam followers, efford: Assuming it is out of gear ;) Pull each of the cam followers and inspect; I have had lifters rust into the bore, and/or develop a rim or have failed and now oversized to the bore, and this prevents the crank from turning through the camshaft. If you...

Triumph Repair: 1976 Spitfire Steering Rack, Spitfire, turning radius
Spitfire, turning radius, steering rack: Tom, Not sure how you define extreme turning radius ... Triumph was quite proud that the Spitfire had the smallest turning radius of any car at the time it was produced. I believe that distinction still stands. It does mean that in full lock turns...

Triumph Repair: 1976 triumph spitfire steering rack, extreme fashion, turning radius
extreme fashion, turning radius, triumph spitfire: Tom, The factory didn t have any provision for limiting the steering rack travel, other than the limits of the rack itself (teeth cut into the rack). That s not to say that you couldn t engineer your own solution. In 20 years of driving Spitfires...

Triumph Repair: 1978 Triumph Spitfire 1500 shifter, Spitfire, single rail
Spitfire, single rail, shift lever.: Gary, There might be some dirt/corrosion built up in the area where the cap sits. A small wire brush should help with cleaning the area. Also, try moving the shift lever around as you push down on the retaining cap, that may help too. Cheers, ...

Triumph Repair: 1980 Spitfire starter solenoid, starter solenoid, electronic gizmo
starter solenoid, electronic gizmo, solenoid: Hi Tom, Normally US versions had the solenoid mounted down beside the battery but it looks like someone has been replacing wires on it so it may not fit there now. There is nothing wrong with where you have it if you would just put one more mounting screw...

Triumph Repair: '76 1500, oil grease, brake fluids
oil grease, brake fluids, brake fluid: The recommendation is traditional brake fluids, not the newer synthetics or silicons. All fluids (oil, grease, brake, antifreeze, etc) get debated perpetually as to whether the new is good/better/worse than what it replaces. Ask 3 people, you ll get three...

Triumph Repair: Axel shafts, axle grease, tr4a
axle grease, tr4a, hi bob: Hi Bob, The factory said to use Rocol Molytone 320 or Duckham s Q5648 grease. I don t know what the US version is, of those but any good axle grease should do ok, As for for alignment of the splines there is a master spline so you can t get it wrong. However,...

Triumph Repair: alternative engine, mazda rotaries, honda s2000
mazda rotaries, honda s2000, pinto engine: There is no one 4 cyl swap that is common; I have a TR7 with a Toyota 3G engine, but others have done honda S2000, Mazda rotaries, and other Toyota engines. By far the most common swap I have seen is a ford or GM V6. All the swaps, however, usually require...

Triumph Repair: Is my clutch slipping or worse?, Spitfire, clutch slip
Spitfire, clutch slip, transmission whine: Tom, Sounds like two potential issues. The first issue sounds like a clutch slip. A typical way to test is to find a long even upgrade and put put the car into an upper gear at low revs then push hard while keeping an eye on the tach. If tach rises...

Triumph Repair: noise from rear of car, locking wheels, rear wheels
Triumph Repair: noise from rear of car, locking wheels, rear wheels, slack

Triumph Repair: Spitfire Cam Bearings, cylinder engine, disassembled
Triumph Repair: Spitfire Cam Bearings, cylinder engine, disassembled, bench

Triumph Repair: TR4A Distributor drive gear, new oil, oil pump
Triumph Repair: TR4A Distributor drive gear, new oil, oil pump, 45 years

Triumph Repair: Gasket replacement, engine gaskets, exhaust gaskets
engine gaskets, exhaust gaskets, head gaskets: Hi Ron, I use a sealer on some gaskets but usually only on one side unless the two surfaces are rough or damaged, then I usually put sealer on both sides. No sealer on head gaskets unless it is a special reason and a self expanding sealer. I don t...

Triumph Repair: generator, cable ends, volt meter
cable ends, volt meter, battery voltage: Hi Dave, What do you mean I think ? A generator is either charging or not charging. Check the belt first and then put a volt meter across the battery posts (not the cable ends) and read battery voltage. Then start the engine and set it at a fast idle and...

Triumph Repair: lucas 25d4 distributor, vacuum unit, spring plate
vacuum unit, spring plate, tr4a: Hi John, Remove the small C clip from the end of the adjustment rod and unscrew the adjuster knob and pry the operating rod off of the peg inside on the points plate. As you unscrew the adjustment knob the vacuum unit will come out. Be sure to catch the...

Triumph Repair: noise from rear of car, air shocks, sound travels
air shocks, sound travels, rubber bushing: Hi Ed, Noises are sometimes difficult to pin point. You may try putting the car on a lift and run the car in gear with the rear wheels suspended while you use a mechanic s stethoscope to try to locate the noise. Another method is to note if the noise is different...

Triumph Repair: Oil pressure (still), rocker shaft, press fit
rocker shaft, press fit, tr6: What makes you say the oiling is inadequate? The plugs depend on who made the shaft; I have seen some that are threaded set screws, and others press fit steel or aluminum plugs, the latter being the more common. As far as I am aware, the plugs are not...

Triumph Repair: oil pressure, pressure relief valve, inner cylinder
pressure relief valve, inner cylinder, oil gallery: Yes; the pump creates suction through compression; the intake is one side of the rotation; output the other side; think about the way the engine spins (clockwise when looking at the timing cover, camshaft spins the same direction, then look at the teeth on...

Triumph Repair: Rear suspension, rear sway bar, swing spring
rear sway bar, swing spring, leaf spring: Ron, The factory solution for wheel tuck in competition is a camber compensator. Joe Curry has a very nice write up on his website at: http://members.cox.net/spitlist/CamberCompensator.html Starting with the Mk IV Triumph did go to the swing spring...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire Cam Bearings, cam bearings, low oil pressure
cam bearings, low oil pressure, rocker shaft: Since you already took the engine all apart just use compressed air to blow in all directions to confirm clear passages and if one hole is blocked and there is no groove for the passage to follow then hand the block back to the machine shop to correct it....

Triumph Repair: Sport Windshield, road debris, bumble bees
road debris, bumble bees, custom job: Ron, Are you thinking of the Brooklands windscreens, small glass half ovals in front of the driver and/or passenger? Or are you looking for a fully framed windshield that s shorter? As far as I know, cut down windsheilds are a custom job. The only...

Triumph Repair: Front seal issue, spitfire 1500, thrust washer
spitfire 1500, thrust washer, input shaft: The washer you have between the circlip and the bearing doesn t belong there (if this is a single rail). All the stock 1500 tranny s (untouched single rail) I have the flanged circlip up against that inner bearing race. Only my 3 rail transmissions have...

Triumph Repair: spitfire 1500, wiring harness, electrics
wiring harness, electrics, fuses: I would suggest getting a copy of the wiring diagram from either triumphspitfire.com or teglerizer.com, and search for a bad ground or a broken wire that supplies +12 to the horn and wipers. I assume you already checked the fuses. Once you find the cause,...

Triumph Repair: spitfire grease fittings, rear wheel bearings, grease fittings
rear wheel bearings, grease fittings, king pin: Hi Joe, There were several grease points that should be greased on the Spitfire. The factory installed hex plugs which were suppose to be removed and grease fittings installed at the dealership. One on the front lower king pin, one on the steering rack and...

Triumph Repair: Timing chain Spitfire MK3 1969, cam lobes, compression stroke
cam lobes, compression stroke, valve clearance: Ron, cam timing and ignition timing are two different things and neither should be set by guessing. You can mark the sprockets as they are now and just put a new chain on and it may run ok but no one can guess what the cam timing is if you don t want to check...

Triumph Repair: TR4A Distributor drive gear, mesh pattern, cam bearings
mesh pattern, cam bearings, drive shaft: Hi Tim, You need from .003 to .007 end float in the drive gear (up and down free play) when it is all tightened down. You also need to confirm that the cam gear and the dist drive gear are a matched set. All of this should be done before the oil pump,...

Triumph Repair: TR4A - Timing Fast Road Camshaft, coolant temp, road cam
coolant temp, road cam, hi tim: Hi Tim, The appropriate ignition timing for any engine that has had any modifications is dependent on many factors and that is why the cam manufacture could not quote a timing. As soon as you alter anything on an engine, you alter what is the best timing....

Triumph Repair: TR6 oil smells like petrol, electric fuel pump, fuel pump
electric fuel pump, fuel pump, carbs: -Check the plugs to make sure one isn t wet, indicating it is not firing and the cylinder is full of fuel. -Convert to an electric fuel pump, pulling mechanical and blank off the port -Change the oil out so that you have a clean control condition. ...

Triumph Repair: Tranny Oil Seal Replacement, rear flange, gear puller
rear flange, gear puller, rear seal: Possibly; You would need enough clearance to jack up the rear of the tranny to clear the driveshaft tunnel, then have enough clearance to get a gear puller on the rear flange. Then you may be able to use a pry tool to get out the rear seal. It may be...

Triumph Repair: Won't start, water coolant, radiator fluid
water coolant, radiator fluid, heater coil: Hi Fred, The coil is called a 6v coil (1.3 to 1.5 ohm). It is required IF you have the original electronic ignition. If you have an aftermarket ignition system then you need to refer to that brand of ignition system for the specs of the coil etc. Water...

Triumph Repair: 1974 Spitfire Bleeding Brakes, Triumph, Spitfire
Triumph, Spitfire, brakes: Ross, You ll get air from the bleeder via the threads.. there s a bit of clearance between the cylinder and bleed nipple threads that will allow air to come out. As to your questions: 1) pry the rubber boot away from the brake master cylinder and...

Triumph Repair: 64 Herald 1200 Convertible US, Triumph, Herald
Triumph, Herald, Spitfire: Peter, Rear wheel cylinders are measured inside the cylinder bore. Sometimes the size is indicated on the edge of the wheel cylinder near the parking brake linkage. 4 whee drum brake Heralds had a 5/8 bore. The cars with disc brakes were upsized to...

Triumph Repair: 69 TR6 calipers off center, hydraulic line, lever arm
hydraulic line, lever arm, caliper: Without seeing it, nothing quick come to mind. I would say disassemble the front hub, check that the bearings are properly seated. Check the stanpart #s of the caliper, hub, stubaxle and the caliper mounting bracket. Maybe they put parts other than TR6...

Triumph Repair: 74 Triumph Spitfire Carb, mixture problem, point gap
mixture problem, point gap, allen screw: Your choke test would confirm that there is likely a mixture problem, or the float isn t set to keep enough fuel in the bowl. The adjusting tool is only needed if you want to adjust the needle without pulling the air valve. If you are willing/able, you...

Triumph Repair: Ballast resistors, ballast resistor, fuse block
ballast resistor, fuse block, english conventions: Nick, Regardless of coil installed: All measured at + terminal on coil: With Ballast Resistor- Engine starting approx 12V Engine running approx 6V Without Ballast Resistor- Engine starting approx 12V Engine running approx 12V...

Triumph Repair: Buzzer, roadster factory, moss motors
roadster factory, moss motors, spitfire 1500: Sorry, I couldn t locate a listing in the victoria british catalog. But that doesn t mean it isn t there. Victoria British Spit Bits British Parts Northwest The Roadster Factory Moss Motors Are the primary companies dealing with replacement parts...

Triumph Repair: brakes, brake, master cylinder
brake, master cylinder, bleed: Paul, Not quite clear on what you mean by not working . Brakes don t work at all? Soft/spongy pedal? Pedal to the floor with no resistance? Brakes work but pull to one side? Obvious things first. Fluid in the reservoir? Front and rear?...

Triumph Repair: Clunking noise in rear of TR-6 when turning hard, rear hub, weight shift
rear hub, weight shift, wise advice: Another is to check to see if your spring is broken or cracked. There isn t any other parts back there, other than the shock, that I think could be the cause. Do you have the rubber cones on the rear trailing arms? are there marks that tell you if it...

Triumph Repair: Core Plug (freeze), TR6, core plug
TR6, core plug, seal: Carl, I doubt you d be able to seal it with anything short of epoxy, although epoxy might work. You might try tapping the plug in just a bit to see if it ll seal better. Otherwise, time for a new plug. While it s out, make sure there s not corrosion...

Triumph Repair: clutch Problems, clutch problems, clutch pedal
clutch problems, clutch pedal, push pin: Kent, It does sound as if you didn t get the clutch push pin into the slave cylinder. Best bet is to pull the slave and and see where the push pin is at. If it s off to the side, yup, you missed. Only trick I know is to be really careful on pushing...

Triumph Repair: crankcase breather with weber dgv, oil filler cap, weber dgv
oil filler cap, weber dgv, crankcase pressure: If you have the valve cover piped directly to the intake manifold, then you shouldn t need to vent the valve cover. On the DGV, the normal connection is to not have a PCV valve, and pipe directly from the valve cover to the white pipe on the K&N filter...

Triumph Repair: Differential Mount Bushings, nylock nuts, rubber bushes
nylock nuts, rubber bushes, differential: Hi Bob, I don t remember any sleeve in the upper and lower mounting bushings. As I remember they did squeeze down to tighten up on the studs as you compressed the rubber and the nuts were nylock nuts so they did not need to stop although you should look at...

Triumph Repair: Distributors/Camshafts?Carbs/Inlet manifolds, advance curves, vacuum advance
advance curves, vacuum advance, inlet manifolds: Nick, Here s a quick list I found online of TR6 cam specs. Part # Application Timing Valve Lift Identification ? Carburettor 24-64/64-24 0.345 311399 Carb (LATE) 18-58/58-18 0.360 3 rings 307689 TR5/TR6(150BHP)...

Triumph Repair: electrical, Spitfire, gauges
Spitfire, gauges, voltage regulator: John, The white/slate wire is the sense lead (signal wire) from the coil to the tach. There should be a green wire (fused power from the top fuse) which also is connected to the tach, and it also feeds the voltage regulator. Since the gauge lights...

Triumph Repair: Fuel doesn't want to go into the gas tank, gas nozzle, spitfire 1500
gas nozzle, spitfire 1500, vent lines: Mark, Does the problem only happen at one gas station, or all the gas stations you go to? In the emission system there are vent lines that should go to the carbon cannisters in the front of the car. If any of those lines are blocked then you ll have...

Triumph Repair: Herald, Herald, 1200
Herald, 1200, intake: Brett, I suspect the Spitfire Mk 1/2 parts will fit without major modification. One way to check is to look at some online catalogs. When it comes to Triumphs, Rimmer Brothers in the UK (www.rimmerbros.co.uk (no financial interest)) have a great set...

Triumph Repair: Herald, Herald 1200, carb
Herald 1200, carb, upgrade: Brett, Best suggestion is to go find a manifold with carbs from (or for ;) a 1962 thru 1966 Spitfire Mk1 or Mk2. Both models were fitted with the 1147cc engine and the manifold and carbs will be appropriate for your Herald 1200 (1147cc). The carbs...

Triumph Repair: Ignition light, perth western australia, speedo cable
perth western australia, speedo cable, potential difference: Paul, The ignition light is connnected to the top fuse on as the power feed and grounds through the generator. Once the generator voltage is close to battery voltage there is no potential difference (voltage) across the bulb and it goes dark. If...

Triumph Repair: jacking a 1971 TR6 w/floor jack, trailing arms, tr6
trailing arms, tr6, 2x6: Mike, As long as the frame is sound, you should be able to jack under the suspension pickup points (front suspension tower and where the rear trailing arms bolt up) without problems. You should use a block of wood (2x4 or 2x6) between the jack and frame...

Triumph Repair: Oil Leak - out of dipstick, Spitfire, dipstick
Spitfire, dipstick, oil leak: Darryl, I had the same problem on my 73 1500. In my case it was a ring failure, allowing too much combustion blowby down into the crank case. The vent in the valve cover didn t allow for enough excess pressure to vent in my case. So, what s happening...

Triumph Repair: POINTS OVERHEATING AND MELTING THE CAM PROBLEM, resistance values, range rovers
resistance values, range rovers, rocker switch: Hi Edward, You are correct that a pointed ignition is probably the same as it is in any of the MGs etc. You may have to dig up a wiring diagram of the vehicle for some of the power for the ignition as I don t have it. The over heating of the points is...

Triumph Repair: Rear-end noise, brake spring, car engine
brake spring, car engine, engine speed: -Bad U-joint -Rear stud pushed in & tapping brake spring -Rear axle bearing(s) Jack the car up, take out of gear, and spin the wheels back & forth to see if you can reproduce the noise and figure out which part & which side is making the noise. ...

Triumph Repair: Reverse gear spacer, spacer, missing something
spacer, missing something, spitfire: Dean, From the sound of it, whoever pulled the transmissions apart weren t able to find the correct part and tried to make do with a spacer (or plain bushing) not correct for the Spitfire. The transmissions I ve had apart have had a spacer (distance...

Triumph Repair: replaceing cam bearings, shaft bearings, cam bearings
shaft bearings, cam bearings, cam shaft: WHile I m not familiar with the TR3, when I install cam bearings, I sit the bearing in the desired position then tap them in with the bearing install tool you get at HF or any automotive tool store. If it doesn t line up, tap out and try again. It doesn...

Triumph Repair: replacement horn relay, bosch relay, purple wire
bosch relay, purple wire, wire terminal: first figure out if your horn wire needs +12 or GND to make the horn work. I usually pop the plastic cap off the relay to see which wires are the magnet for the closing the switch, and which two wires are the switch. Horns are usually GND triggered,...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire electrical, loose nuts, voltage components
loose nuts, voltage components, antifreeze: Hi Fred, You may need to dry out the ignition system if it get soaked with coolant. Cap, rotor and ignition wires. Only high voltage components are effected by coolant or water. I am not familiar with any box that the coil is mounded on, You may need to...

Triumph Repair: spitfire 1500, weber dgv, spitfire triumph
weber dgv, spitfire triumph, engine swaps: Have hope. Most engine swaps are done very expensively, as nothing really fits easily or without alot of customization. A properly tuned 1500 with a ZS can do just fine for normal street driving. Most people have problems with a ZS because they don...

Triumph Repair: spitfire 1500 engine, piston rings, head gasket
piston rings, head gasket, leak down test: I would suggest first doing a compression test and/or a leak down test to answer whether the rings or pistons are bad. Misfiring has many sources from electrical to fuel to compression, so you have to go through a process of elimination to determine the...

Triumph Repair: Tires for 1977 Triumph Spitfire, Spitfire, tire
Spitfire, tire: Omar, The original tires on the 77 were either the 155SR13 or a 155/80-13. The first number in tire size is tread width. The middle number is the ratio of tread width to sidewall height and the final number is rim diameter in inches. The tires without...

Triumph Repair: TR-7 shifting problems, clutch disc, clutch master
clutch disc, clutch master, slave cylinder: You want to first verify that the slave cylinder is actually moving the clutch arm to see if the clutch is releasing. If it is indeed moving, another situation may be that the clutch disc has become stuck or rusted to the flywheel. This is not uncommon...

Triumph Repair: TR6, right angle drive, transmission tunnel
right angle drive, transmission tunnel, easy access: Bill, The best way is to pull the transmission tunnel, that way you ll have easy access to remove the cable from the right angle drive on the transmission. It will mean pulling the dash support and at least one seat, plus the carpet. But if right...

Triumph Repair: Triumph spitfire clutch and slave cylinder bleeding, triumph spitfire, slave cylinder
triumph spitfire, slave cylinder, bell housing: When you look at the slave and the clutch throwout arm, how much does it move? It could be numerous things about how the slave is installed; I would suggest checking for adequate movement, and if you don t seem movement, remove and reinstall the slave, You...

Triumph Repair: Triumph TR7 Stromberg CD 175 carb rebuild, channel lock pliers, throttle shaft
channel lock pliers, throttle shaft, stop screw: Hi Steve, The factory recommends using a center punch on the threaded end of the screw after it is tight. Be sure to back off the throttle stop screw and hand force the throttle plate all the way closed as you tighten the two screws to center and locate...

Triumph Repair: tr6, stromberg carbs, twin carbs
stromberg carbs, twin carbs, vacuum unit: Les, Twin carbs? US spec model? The 72 US Spec TR6 was equipped with a vacuum retard unit. When it s working properly, it should retard the timing under accelleration and allow the timing to return to full advance under low load (coasting) conditions....

Triumph Repair: turn signal on spitfire, Triumph, Spitfire
Triumph, Spitfire, turn signal: Mark, If it s just one side not working, the problem is likely either the turn signal switch contact or the connector from the turn signal switch back into the front harness. The left hand front and rear turn signal lamps are fed by the green/red wire...

Triumph Repair: 1964 TR4 Stromberg 175CD Carbs, float chamber, line leak
float chamber, line leak, fuel line: Hi Wilson, It sounds like that float is stuck or the float needle and seat has trash in it. You need to remove the carburetor and clean the float chamber out and clean or replace the float needle and seat. You should also clean the other carburetor also even...

Triumph Repair: 1975 spitfire 1500, beam headlight, light bulb
beam headlight, light bulb, radiator: Hi Werner, You first have to remove the front head light surround. One nut in the rear close to the bottom of the light unit and two bolts, one from the inside (on the radiator side) and one from the bottom. Once you have to outer surround removed you can...

Triumph Repair: 1976 Spitfire 1500 Clutch Pressure, spitfire 1500, slave cylinder
spitfire 1500, slave cylinder, maser: How corroded was the bore of the master cylinder? If the bore is worn too much, fluid will go past the seals, even if replaced. If you haven t already, go through the bleed process several times and use an assistant if available; the reservoir for the...

Triumph Repair: 1979 spitfire, turn signal switch, low beams
turn signal switch, low beams, high beams: I answered this the other day. If low beam does not work you need a wiring diagram and a test light and start checking for power at the light and work your way back to the source (the light switch) If you don t have a diagram let me know and I will put one...

Triumph Repair: 1979 spitfire, turn signal switch, low beams
turn signal switch, low beams, high beams: Hi Jordon, You need to test for power at the bulb first when turned on low beam and if no power, use a wiring diagram and a test light at each joint back toward the power supply (light switch) If you don t have a diagram let me know and I will put one up...

Triumph Repair: 1979 Triumph Spitfire, triumph spitfire, seals
triumph spitfire, seals, cheers: Tim, I ve been looking around, I thought at one point someone had published a good set of instructions but no luck. The best advice I can give it to work on one seat at a time and compare how the old seat was put together and use that as a guide. ...

Triumph Repair: 70 spitfire mk3, spitfire mk3, tech tip
spitfire mk3, tech tip, jag: Hi Dale, The symptom of backfiring when trying to start narrows the fault to only a thousand possibles, so you are going to have to run some tests to narrow the problem a little closer. Read my tech tip on how to test an engine for a no start condition...

Triumph Repair: '71 TR6 Fuse Issue, fuse blows, gauge works
fuse blows, gauge works, fuse box: I take it that when you replace the fuse, turn on the ignition, but do not start or driver the car, the wipers/gauge works without blowing the fuse. If yes, when you start the car, and activate the wipers will it blow then? If not, You need to look for...

Triumph Repair: 72TR6 Blowing 30 amp fuse, amp fuses, amp fuse
amp fuses, amp fuse, electrical issues: Look for one of your going nowhere wires that the connector is exposed and grounding out. Look also for a wire that isn t part of the harnes (i.e. part of the switch) to see if one of them has worn insulation and is grounding out. Sorry to say, but...

Triumph Repair: '73 Spit Flashers and side lights, high beams, magic bullets
high beams, magic bullets, turn signals: Ross, You are trying to find an electrical problem by symptoms and that is all useless information. EVERY time you have an electrical problem just follow the yellow brick road. Meaning, pick a circuit that does not work and take your test light and test that...

Triumph Repair: 73 Spitfie Rearend, ring and pinion gear, spider gears
ring and pinion gear, spider gears, gear teeth: Hi Ross, Unfortunately it is an indication you need to open up the differential and closely examine everything inside, ring and pinion gear teeth, spider gears, and all bearings. Removal and opening up is just mechanics work and you can do it with most service...

Triumph Repair: 74 Triumph Spitfire Carb, mixture problem, point gap
mixture problem, point gap, allen screw: Your choke test would confirm that there is likely a mixture problem, or the float isn t set to keep enough fuel in the bowl. The adjusting tool is only needed if you want to adjust the needle without pulling the air valve. If you are willing/able, you...

Triumph Repair: 74 tr6, charcoal canister, vent lines
charcoal canister, vent lines, expansion tank: Would be along the same lines. Depending on how much emissions are still on the car, you may need to inspect all the emissions, charcoal canister, expansion tank, vent lines, etc. The theory would still be the same; the fuel pump can t draw through enough...

Triumph Repair: 76 Spitfire 1500, oil filler cap, oil dipstick
oil filler cap, oil dipstick, alloy rims: As to why the oil got contaminated? More than likely due to freeze/thaw/condensation; the actual mechanics of what leaked where is likely in the head itself. Normally when cars are stored over the winter, the recommendation is to remove all fluids and...

Triumph Repair: '79 Spitfire 1500, Ca. Spec. Emission Removal, emission inspections, mark iv
emission inspections, mark iv, fuel delivery: There isnt a step by step guide that I am aware of. The simplest approach is that anything not related to direct fuel delivery, ignition advance/retard and direct air intake to the carb can be removed. Just cap or plug all the relevant extra holes....

Triumph Repair: AC?????, passenger seat, spitfire
passenger seat, spitfire, vent: It is certainly not a stock component. It may be an home grown AC setup, but without seeing more about the pipes and the pump under the hood, I can t say. You can certainly take it all out. That hose probably originally went to the defrost vent on the...

Triumph Repair: Adjusting TR-6 Door Lock, clevis pins, clevis pin
clevis pins, clevis pin, rubber pad: I suspect the problem is actually the linkage inside the door or similar. Unfortunately, the problem is probably a worn bushing, pin, or through hole. Pull the door panel, and the lock linkage should be exposed, and then you can move pieces to see what is...

Triumph Repair: battery, Triumph, Spitfire
Triumph, Spitfire, Battery: Paul, Stock car? No earthshaking sound system (other than the muffler ;)? And running the car in normal temps (10F to 110F)? The size 26 battery will easily fit in the battery box and has more than enough Cold Cranking Amps (excess of 500) for the...

Triumph Repair: Car is stalling, fuel pressure gauge, bright sun light
fuel pressure gauge, bright sun light, vacuum gauge: Hi Tracey, The fact that it stalls after a few seconds only narrows the possible causes down to thousands so there must be tests run on the engine to see what is causing it. Some tools are necessary but they are not expensive. They can even be purchased...

Triumph Repair: Car stalls, fuel pressure gauge, triumph spitfire 1500
fuel pressure gauge, triumph spitfire 1500, fuel leaks: Hi Lon, You symptom is useless for diagnosis as that can be caused by a thousand things. You need to run some tests to find what is wrong. First is a simple test with a can of spray starting fluid available at any auto parts store. Start the engine...

Triumph Repair: distributor and firing order, coat hanger, timing specs
coat hanger, timing specs, thin rod: Hi Steve, It does not matter how the distributor is installed as long as the correct plug wire is in the correct position. The best method is to remove all the plugs and put the car in 4th gear (brake off) Now hold you thumb over number one plug hole...

Triumph Repair: Follow-up 73 Spit electrical, turn signal switch, signal problem
turn signal switch, signal problem, electrical question: If you look at the diagram you will see it goes to the turn signal switch. I never had to remove a dash to check wiring in dealerships that I worked in. There are a couple of large plugs that connect to the turn signal switch and wiper switch and by looking...

Triumph Repair: 1979 Triumph Spitfire
Triumph Repair: 1979 Triumph Spitfire

Triumph Repair: No low beam but have high beam on headlights, lucas headlamps
Triumph Repair: No low beam but have high beam on headlights, lucas headlamps

Triumph Repair: Spit 1500 Mallory Distribution, triumph spitfire 1500, mallory
Triumph Repair: Spit 1500 Mallory Distribution, triumph spitfire 1500, mallory, well thanks

Triumph Repair: triumph spitfire 1500, gearbox, fibres
Triumph Repair: triumph spitfire 1500, gearbox, fibres, overdrive

Triumph Repair: flasher indicators, wattage bulbs, direction indicators
wattage bulbs, direction indicators, heating element: Hi John, I have not worked on many UK version British cars but every British car that I have worked on, operated the turn signals the same way. That is the flasher that actually makes the lights blink works on resistance of the bulbs. The amp hour rating...

Triumph Repair: fuel gauge, gauge reading, fuel gauge
gauge reading, fuel gauge, wire harnesses: Chris, Empty the tank below the level of the sender unit and make sure the sender is moving freely and not hung up. If that s not the problem, try disconnecting the wires on the sender, you should see the gauge reading change. If the gauge reading doesn...

Triumph Repair: fuel line, vent line, carbon canister
vent line, carbon canister, expansion tank: The tank inside the trunk wall is an expansion tank for vapors and is part of the venting system, I m not sure what you mean by inline restrictor. There is no restrictor OEM I am aware of, they are all about 1/4 hoses. For settings, emissions routing...

Triumph Repair: gt6 oil pressure, pressure relief valve, filter connection
pressure relief valve, filter connection, jim glover: If the oil pressure reading is intermittent, (sometimes zero, sometimes 90) then the gauge is likely at fault. It could be the oil pressure relief spring, but that s easy to pull and inspect to see its condition. The first test to verify the condition...

Triumph Repair: Intake manifold for Spitfire, spitfire, intake manifold
spitfire, intake manifold, gasket: Hi Ben, I don t think the earlier (SU carbs) Spitfire manifolds will fit the 1500 even though the engine design looks about the same. I believe the spread is different. I m not sure, so if you are trying to source an earlier manifold you should take a 1500...

Triumph Repair: No low beam but have high beam on headlights, Triumph, Spitfire
Triumph, Spitfire, headlight: John, Power for the headlights goes directly from the battery to the headlight switch, then to the dip/flash switch on the column. The fact that the high beams are working but not the low beam says the problem is somewhere between the switch on the...

Triumph Repair: Mixing and matching spitfires, rear axles, careful research
rear axles, careful research, driveshaft: John, One of the neat things about the Spitfire is that with a big of careful research and planning, you can mix and match parts between model years quite a bit. The front suspension a-arms were the same for all years. The vertical links changed during...

Triumph Repair: MKI Voltage Stabilizer, tracer wire, fuse box
tracer wire, fuse box, voltage stabilizer: Hi Greg, The Mk I and II have the stabilizer mounted on the back of the speedometer itself and should have a double green wire and a light green w/green tracer wire on it. The light green w/green tracer wire is not very long so you can just trace it back...

Triumph Repair: Right Rear Suspension Sag, triumph spitfire, rear shocks
triumph spitfire, rear shocks, rear brakes: Adam, You ve got the KYB regular shocks and not the pneumatic helper shocks? If you disconnect the shock on the passenger rear, can you get it to extend fully? It s typical for the Spitfire rear ends to take a lean . Sometimes it s the rear transverse...

Triumph Repair: rear axle comes out, rear axle shaft, fatigue failure
rear axle shaft, fatigue failure, fracture surface: Earle, if it were mine and you can see that the shear action was inward not outward. An outward shear off would indicate that you were sliding sideways and hit a pot hole or something. A shear off of the pin inward indicates a sharp strike inward and if you...

Triumph Repair: rear axle comes out, rear axle shaft, trunion
rear axle shaft, trunion, axle assembly: I would suggest getting rid of the old axle assembly and replacing with a new or used. More than likely the splines have worn where the yoke attaches. If that is the case, then the play that is there will just get worse and worse. Hope that helps...

Triumph Repair: rear end noise, Triumph, Spitfire
Triumph, Spitfire, Differential: Ron, The absolute best way is to open the diff case and count teeth on the pinion and ring gear. Otherwise, there are several things to look for. Common ratios fitted to the 70s Spitfires and GT6s were: 3.27:1 (GT6) 3.63:1 (GT6 and non US...

Triumph Repair: Spit 1500 Mallory Distribution, dual point, electornic
dual point, electornic, main lead: test that when your points open and close and that you break the a path to ground. Test that when you twist the distributor, when the points open, you lose you connection to GND. Most often there isn t a path to ground, or it is grounded all the time...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire brakes, caliper piston, piston seals
caliper piston, piston seals, trapezoid shape: When you have taken the soft feel out of the pedal that is the end of any hydraulic problem. If you have good pedal and it will not slow the car as it should then that is either you have changed the bore size of the master cylinder to a larger one or the disks...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire Differential, bolt flange, bolt holes
bolt flange, bolt holes, stub axles: All spitfire differentials have the same mountings to the frame. The early spits and GT6 differentials were fixed spring, and had 6 mounting studs for the spring. The later spits had 4 mounting studs for the swing spring. Early MkI & MkII spits may...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire Overdrive, Triumph, Spitfire
Triumph, Spitfire, Transmission: John, The overdrive on the Spitfire uses an electrical solenoid to move a mechanical lever that controls the flow of oil inside the o/d unit. That solenoid is controlled by the switch on the shift lever. It s not uncommon for the solenoids to fail,...

Triumph Repair: Starting A 1500 Spitfire- No spark, ballast resistor, electronic tachometers
ballast resistor, electronic tachometers, triumph spitfire: Kyle, ? the on terminal ? I m guessing you mean one of the battery terminals was bad? Or a different connector? On the 76 Spitfire the ballast resistor is a piece of wire in the wiring harness that has a fixed resistance. Typically it s buried...

Triumph Repair: spitfire has no spark, ballast resistor, pertronix
ballast resistor, pertronix, terminal points: Jeff, First off, if you re running a ballast resistor then you should be running a 6V coil. Have you checked the voltage at the + terminal on the coil with the ignition on? With points open you ll still see 12V at that terminal. Points closed it should...

Triumph Repair: TR4A Generator, voltage drop test, output decline
voltage drop test, output decline, ground cables: Hi Bob, Amperage is 100 dependentt on load so you must test voltage which is the Push . First put a voltmeter across the battery posts (not the cable ends) and read battery voltage (Aprox 12.5v) Then start the engine and set it at a fast idle (Aprox 1500...

Triumph Repair: TR6 CARB, air valve, car need
air valve, car need, rear car: You may have to replace the air valve with the needle on the rear car to get the right setup. You may look for a used CD175 with the needle you need, may be easier to source than just an air valve. With needing the choke 1/2 pulled, likely all the settings...

Triumph Repair: TR7 idling too fast after carb rebuild, stop screws, throttle shaft
stop screws, throttle shaft, sponge rubber: Steve, if the throttle shaft is badly worn all you can do is to replace the shaft and butterfly (throttle plate)and bore the carbs and put throttle shaft bushings in. Then when you install the new shafts, leave the two screws loose and close the throttle and...

Triumph Repair: Triumph Sptifire 1971 MKIV Differential, bolt flange, triumph sptifire
bolt flange, triumph sptifire, bolt holes: Hi Howard, I can t tell exactly what you are saying when you say these are circular flanges with 4 bolts that connect at various times to the axle, leading to the differential That don t make any sense. Are you trying to say the four bolt flange that...

Triumph Repair: Triumph TR6 excess brake peddle movement, mechanical linkage, pivot pin
mechanical linkage, pivot pin, rear drums: John, I suspect you re thinking of one of the other experts, but I ll toss out some ideas anyway. Excessive travel means either the mechanical linkage(s) are loose or there is an issue with the hydraulics. Mechanical linkage(s). Look for wear in...

Triumph Repair: Turn Signals, 1977 Spitfire, turn signal switch, electrical gremlins
turn signal switch, electrical gremlins, turn signal flasher: JC, There should be a light green/brown wire between the hazard switch and the turn signal flasher. The signal from the turn signal switch also goes to the flasher unit on the light green/brown wire. If the hazards work and light all 4 corners, then...

Triumph Repair: tr7 electrical, hartville ohio, bentley guide
hartville ohio, bentley guide, head bolts: 1) it sounds like you reversed the lines when you cleaned the connectors; get a wiring diagram for your year of car to set it straight and find out why you don t have other lights 2) I don t have a book that has TR7 torque specs; The haynes guide or bentley...

Triumph Repair: triumph spitfire 1500, triumph spitfire 1500, worn clutch
triumph spitfire 1500, worn clutch, clutch disc: Could be related, could be separate issues Shudder could be a worn clutch disc, if not a recent replacement. OD is likely the solenoid, but I m not that familiar with them. Lookup the procedures to test the solenoid on an OD trans to see if you can...

Triumph Repair: VitesseII violently rough under load, dial gauge, lumenition
dial gauge, lumenition, strombergs: Yes, the ignition could fail like this; I recently had a neighbors old deere tractor with points behave this way; OK at idle, sometimes wouldn t start, but when under a load it would miss something severe. Healthy blue spark and new ponts, but the problem...

Triumph Repair: 1964 Triumph Spitfire, brown wires, tracer wire
brown wires, tracer wire, triumph spitfire: Hi Tony, I don t have anything that tells me where to plug the three wires into but you only have four options on the switch so you can check continuity between each pin on the switch and write down which pin connects to which other pins in the off , on and...

Triumph Repair: 1979 TR7 SHIFTING DIFFICULTY, clutch disk, clutch pedal
clutch disk, clutch pedal, cold start: Vito, knowing there was something in there that did not mix, I would do as you said and remove both and clean them out and remove the pistons and put a seal kit in both. Be sure to inspect the bores for pits as any pits can shortly destroy the new seals. ...

Triumph Repair: 73 Spit wont restart, fuel vapors, float chamber
fuel vapors, float chamber, gague: Hi Ross, Your problem does sound like it is a fuel related problem, so you should start there. When an engine is shut down and then hard to restart it can be either starving for fuel or has an excess of fuel. There are several cars that suffer from this and...

Triumph Repair: 74 TR6 died and will not re-start, fuel starvation, fuel compression
fuel starvation, fuel compression, sanity check: Fuel, compression, spark, timing. It always boils down to one of those 4. Sudden failure like you describe makes me say spark. Points or EI? Yellow Spark or Blue/White spark? Spark at the plug, the cap/rotor or the coil? Spark at all 6 cylinders?...

Triumph Repair: 77 spitfire ignition, volt meter, test light
volt meter, test light, electrical problem: Hi Vito, When you have any electrical problem you need to take a wiring diagram and a test light or volt meter and start following the trail of power or lack of power. From what you say you have the power to the ignition system at all times with the key off....

Triumph Repair: 80 spitfire weber DGV vapor lock, fuel pressure gauge, weber dgv
fuel pressure gauge, weber dgv, triumph spitfire: Hi Dave, It could be vapor lock as you say and the only way to tell is to put a T in the fuel line just before the carburetor and connect a fuel pressure gauge to the T and monitor fuel pressure after a hot engine and an attempt to restart. Fuel pressure...

Triumph Repair: battery requires, crank shaft, auto parts store
crank shaft, auto parts store, old battery: There is no CC requirement. Any decent battery should be fine. if the engine can spin on its own, then the battery size doesn t matter. It may be more the starter is worn, or the engine isn t as free spinning as it should; You don t say if the engine...

Triumph Repair: Carburetors leaking, float bowl, float chamber
float bowl, float chamber, tr 6: Yes, its common for the floats to stick. The gas may be coming up through the bore of the carb and then along the body, or the float bowl gasket may be worn, or the plug for the float bowl, or.... a number of different points. It may be best to inspect...

Triumph Repair: Cooling Fan Backwards?, balance weights, blade metal
balance weights, blade metal, convex side: Hi Bob, All fan blades operate just like a house fan, Aircraft propellers etc. The convex part goes toward the air supply and the concave part goes toward the direction that the air is going to exit. In the case of almost all car engines the concave goes...

Triumph Repair: clutch/transmission, triumph spitfire, double clutch
triumph spitfire, double clutch, standard transmission: Hi Robert, If you mean that it grinds the gears when shifting down, then the syncros are either worn or you have oil that is too thick in the gearbox. Also the procedure you use to down shift can be a factor. Read my tech tip on how to make a standard transmission...

Triumph Repair: 74 TR6 died and will not re-start, timing gears, timing chain
Triumph Repair: 74 TR6 died and will not re-start, timing gears, timing chain, gears

Triumph Repair: Ignition, phillips head screws, metal tabs
phillips head screws, metal tabs, intermittent connections: Joe, There is an electrical switch connected to the ignition lock assembly. Usually held on by 2 really small phillips head screws. The electrical switch is held together with a couple of bent over metal tabs on the front part of the casing. After...

Triumph Repair: ignition, triumph spitfire, battery problem
triumph spitfire, battery problem, wd40: Hi Jayne, If it is a steering lock model you may need to wiggle the steering wheel as try to turn the key. If that is not the problem you may have a faulty lock assembly and you might try spraying something like WD40 in the key slot and wiggle the key. If...

Triumph Repair: late 1973 GT6 III cam timing, degree wheel, compression stroke
degree wheel, compression stroke, cam lobe: It took me some time to figure this out, too; What a degree wheel allows you to do is make an accurate estimate of where in the rotation of the engine is this point of balance or top dead center. It is nearly impossible to measure the real TDC of the...

Triumph Repair: lean carbs, manifold gaskets, vacuum leak
manifold gaskets, vacuum leak, head gasket: The only thing I can think of is to check all the ports on the carbs and make sure they are capped; there are alot of emissions related hoses, and if you have one unplugged and its sucking air, it could cause this condition. the choke trick points definately...

Triumph Repair: Overheating Mk IV Spit, clutch fluid, clutch cylinder
clutch fluid, clutch cylinder, flame front: Yes. advanced timing can cause an engine to run hotter as timing too far advance start to fight itself and the flame front in the combustion is expanding before the piston has reached top dead center. Brake/Clutch fluid (Dot 3/4) is fairly corrosive,...

Triumph Repair: overdrive/air/ cruise for spitfire, vacuum kits, jc whitney
vacuum kits, jc whitney, overdrive: OD came as an option from the factory; so if you can locate a an OD trans, its a very simple upgrade. AC could be added, but there is no specific aftermarket kits designed for the spit, so a bit of fabrication will be required. Some have added cruise...

Triumph Repair: replacing dash, minor differences, wood dash
minor differences, wood dash, tr6: Hi Charles, Here are the instructions to remove the dash. Some year models have minor differences but all were basically the same as this one. If you intend to keep the car, you should invest in a good service manual like a Bentley manual. Go to my web site...

Triumph Repair: running hot, combustion gases, incoming air
combustion gases, incoming air, compression test: It could be restricted air flow into the engine compartment. (check the front valance and cowls aren t blocking incoming air) It could be blow by of combustion gases into the coolant (compression test, leakdown test and/or pressure test the cooling system)...

Triumph Repair: Spit 1500 Vin # plate, vin plate, rust bucket
vin plate, rust bucket, windscreen frame: I don t believe so; I ve seen others mount their comm # plates at this location, but all the spits I ve seen only have the body # plate at this location. The 1980 I once had had the door sill plate and the windshield plate, nothing by the body plate. The...

Triumph Repair: Temperature Compensators for TR7 on Stromberg CD 175SEV carbs, vintage triumph registry, scribd
vintage triumph registry, scribd, proper temp: Hi Steve, I did a lot of work on TR-7s but I never paid any attention to the sticker placement. Only a restoration expert who does TR-7s would know that as I never seen it quoted in any manual. I think your best chance would be with the Vintage Triumph...

Triumph Repair: TR-4A headlights, voltage stabilizer, high beams
voltage stabilizer, high beams, temperature gauge: Hi Tom, You need a wiring diagram to work on any part of the electrical system and a 12v test light and just start tracing from load (in this case the low beam) to the switch going from one connection at a time and you will have to find the loss of power....

Triumph Repair: TR-6 Battery Drain, starter solenoid, fuse box
starter solenoid, fuse box, brown wires: Hi Scott, I could not guess where a drain is on your car but I can tell you how to find it. Take a wiring diagram of your car and first remove the large brown and the small brown wires off of the starter solenoid and put the test light between the cable...

Triumph Repair: TR4 Original Owner, float chamber, gumout
float chamber, gumout, valve job: Hi Phil, If that car came to me in a dealership that I was working in I would have to run the tests in my tech tip which you need to read. http://mg-tri-jag.net/tech14.htm These tests should be done when the engine dies so that you are testing it in it...

Triumph Repair: TR4A Front Lower Suspension Mounts, rust spots, suspension mounts
rust spots, suspension mounts, hi bob: Hi Bob, Any cracks that start forming should have the associated rust spots thus be visible. Other than inspecting from time to time I don t know how else to spot any fatigue fractures except magnafluxing, which may not work on the painted area and require...

Triumph Repair: TR4A Overheating, blown head gasket, head gasket leak
blown head gasket, head gasket leak, radiator fluid: Hi Larry, Your assumption that it is not a blown head gasket because you don t see white smoke or water in the oil is very wrong. The proper test of a head gasket leak is to put the dye in the radiator to see if it turns color ( the dye is available at most...

Triumph Repair: TR6 1969 Carbs lean, lean mixture, brass cap
lean mixture, brass cap, backgroud: I m not that familiar with the earlier TRs and carbs; take a look on the bottom side of the carb; is there a brass cap there, or a longer fitting with hex flats? If the longer fitting, you have a set of adjustable jet and needle carbs, which I m not familiar...

Triumph Repair: TR6 Calipers, caliper piston, dust covers
caliper piston, dust covers, hi mike: Hi Mike, It is not easy to install the boots and then get the wire ring installed over the boot. I made a tool out of a piece of coat hangar wire by bending a short (about 3/8 ) 90 degree bend in one end and loop at the other end as a handle. Then rounded...

Triumph Repair: TR6 PI, fuel pressure gauge, hose clamps
fuel pressure gauge, hose clamps, bright sunny day: Hi Bill, Yes, except the injected TR-6 (often called a TR-5) here. uses a high pressure, so you will need a gauge that spans 0 to 120 PSI and the system pressure will be 100 to 110 PSI checked with a T placed at the fuel line as it enters the fuel distributor....

Triumph Repair: Triumph 1300 Sump Plug, triumph 1300, hand thread
triumph 1300, hand thread, left hand side: Hi Paul, The drain plug is a standard right hand thread and needs to turn counter clockwise (as you face it) to loosen it. If it is tight you just need a longer handle on your wrench. Many mechanics use a piece of pipe over the wrench to get more leverage....

Triumph Repair: Triumph Spitfire Vacuum retard, vacuum line, vacuum leak
vacuum line, vacuum leak, fuel mixture: Hi William, You need to determine if the open vacuum line made the smooth idle or the change in ignition timing. So all you need to do is to remove the vacuum line and plug it to see if the idle smoothes out. If it does smooth out you can leave it plugged...

Triumph Repair: transmission mounts, grounding cable, diameter
grounding cable, diameter, threads: To be honest, I ve never figured it out. some have that cable, some don t. most cars I ve seen don t. It could be a grounding cable for the transmission. I ve only ever seen it between the rear plate of the engine and the transmission mounts. Sorry...

Triumph Repair: weber dgv, weber dgv, radiator fans
weber dgv, radiator fans, float chamber: Hi Jim, There are several possible causes that I can think of. The carbs may be getting Heat Soak from the engine etc when air stops coming through the radiator and boiling the fuel in the float chambers which will usually not vent fast enough out the float...

Triumph Repair: 1500 j type with over drive, Spitfire, herald
Spitfire, herald, 1500: Geoff, As a swap it s usually easier to take the complete engine and trans as the flywheels and clutch setups did change over the years. I m not a Herald expert but I believe you have the small bearing 1296? If so, you would have originally had the...

Triumph Repair: 1973 Spit heatshield and Electric Fuel Pump, electric fuel pump, inline fuse
electric fuel pump, inline fuse, gravity feed: Hi Ross, When installing an electric fuel pump in place of the mechanical pump, you should first find out what pressure the pump that you intend to use is. It should be from 1.5 to 3 PSI but not higher. and the best place to put a pump is back under the car...

Triumph Repair: 1976 TR6 zenith carb metering jet replacement, triumph tr6, british columbia canada
triumph tr6, british columbia canada, vancouver british columbia canada: Hi Wayne, Sorry, all my time at dealerships we were told the jet itself was fixed and not replaceable. The only jets that were replaceable were the adjustable ones and they were not pressed in but screwed in as an assembly. The metering needles were replaceable...

Triumph Repair: 1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500, triumph spitfire 1500, rust bucket
triumph spitfire 1500, rust bucket, swing axle: Jennifer, Hmmm.. the short and sweet questions make for the most difficult answers. It helps to know a bit about the cars and their history. Many people today look at a British car like a Spitfire and think hmmm, Miata with more unique bodywork...

Triumph Repair: 1980 spitfire u joint flange removal, Spitfire, axle
Spitfire, axle, ujoint: Jerry, The axle flange is held in by a roll pin, and typically 30 years of corrosion. Not sure I ve seen them sold separately, although I haven t looked for one lately. Your best bet is to find a complete axle assembly. Cheers, Ji...

Triumph Repair: 73 Spitfire Catb Heat Shield, mounting brackets, carburetor heat
mounting brackets, carburetor heat, heat shield: Ross, Sorry, the US spec 1500 does not have a heat shield for the carb. Looking at manuals for the European spec 1500 also does not show a heat shield. Some of the US spec models had a bracket over the exhaust manifold for ducting hot air into the intake....

Triumph Repair: 74 TR6 low manifold vacuum / run anemic, vacuum gauge, brake servo
vacuum gauge, brake servo, manifold vacuum: You need to ID if the problem is fuel or ignition and you have not established that yet. Put a timing light on the coil wire so that you have almost a steady flash. Tape the trigger down and run the wires out form under the hood and put the timing light under...

Triumph Repair: Clutch Problems, Spitfire, clutch
Spitfire, clutch, repair: Paul, First off, any wear on the end of the clutch pedal, clevis pin, or the push rod end will lose quite a bit in travel on the master cylinder. And it s really easy to put the slave back in and not engage the push rod for the clutch. Best way I...

Triumph Repair: clutch, clutch disk, small bore
clutch disk, small bore, spring plate: Hi Joseph, There may or may not be anything wrong with the car because the Spitfire and the TR-6 are noted for needing the pedal depressed all the way to the floor to release the clutch. I had many customers who had installed extra carpet and they had trouble...

Triumph Repair: clutch slave, clutch system, clutch slave
clutch system, clutch slave, clutch pedal: Hi Ben, It is sometimes difficult to get the air out of a clutch system partly because you are trying to bleed air down in a large hose. First be sure the reservoir is only about half full, then force the slave cylinder pin back into the slave cylinder...

Triumph Repair: door panels, window winder, door handle
window winder, door handle, tr6: Randy, The door panels are held in place with metal clips around the perimeter, and the door handle and window winder bezels also help hold the panel in place. To remove the window winder and door handle you need to push the bezel in towards the door...

Triumph Repair: Fuel Pump Pressure, fuel injection system, pressure fuel
fuel injection system, pressure fuel, british car: Hi Laura, You will have to refresh my memory of what kind of car we are talking about. However most every carburetor fitted British car uses 1.5 to 3 PSI for fuel pressure. Fuel injected cars use high pressure but that depends again on what kind of fuel injection...

Triumph Repair: 1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500, stop sign, hand tools
Triumph Repair: 1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500, stop sign, hand tools

Triumph Repair: 74 TR6 low manifold vacuum / run anemic, diaphrams, diaphram
Triumph Repair: 74 TR6 low manifold vacuum / run anemic, diaphrams, diaphram, tr6

Triumph Repair: Seats for Spitfire, seat dimensions, bucket seats
Triumph Repair: Seats for Spitfire, seat dimensions, bucket seats, beige

Triumph Repair: TR2 temperature, stabiliser, thermostat
Triumph Repair: TR2 temperature, stabiliser, thermostat, gauge

Triumph Repair: follow up - 1979 Triumph TR7 Clutch Issue, automatic transmission fluid, forked spring
automatic transmission fluid, forked spring, triumph tr7: Hi Vito, The TR-7 5 spd clutch arm rides on a peg screwed into the gearbox and the arm has a forked spring clip to hold it on the peg. The fork has two pegs, one on each ear of the fork and a slider block is on each peg and they side in a grove in the release...

Triumph Repair: Gear box/engine alignment, clutch slave cylinder, alignment tool
clutch slave cylinder, alignment tool, clutch disk: Hi Ted, You need to check the alignment tool first in the pilot bearing in the crank to see that it is a good fit. Then you need to slide the alignment tool into the clutch disk to see that it fits the spline good. Then put the disk with the alignment tool...

Triumph Repair: Hand Turning the Engine, surface rust, cylinder walls
surface rust, cylinder walls, penetrating oil: Well, all you have left is a long pull handle on the crank bolt or the use of the starter motor. The reason I liked to use the back and forth method is because I had cars brought to me in the dealership that the customer had rust in on the cylinder walls and...

Triumph Repair: Instrument Voltage Stabilizer, triumph spitfire 1500, voltage stabilizer
triumph spitfire 1500, voltage stabilizer, knurled knob: Hi George, I am Howard not Harold, but you can ask as many questions as you want. As I remember all of the light rheostats that I ever seen on any of the British cars rotated. If the switch has a couple of red wires on one pin and some red w/white tracers...

Triumph Repair: Oil Leak at Fuel Pump, crankcase pressure, crows foot
crankcase pressure, crows foot, crank case: Hi Bob, The gasket or if it has a insulator block look for cracks in it too. If it has the insulator block there is a gasket on each side of the block. Many fuel pumps have a small bleed hole for fuel just in case of a diaphragm failure and if you have excess...

Triumph Repair: opening hood, hi bob, hook
hi bob, hook, fishing: Hi Bob, If your cable has broken or come loose the only thing I know to do is to try prying the right rear corner of the hood up enough to put a long rod with a hook bent in the end in it to try to fish for the lever to pull on it. You have to be careful...

Triumph Repair: Rocker shaft dissasembely, Vitesse, GT6
Vitesse, GT6, Spitfire: Jonny, According to the factory manual the rocker shaft assembly is held together with a Mills Pin . In the US we d call it a roll pin. In order to remove it you need to support the end cup so that one of the pin ends is pointing down into an open...

Triumph Repair: S.U. H6 carb,needles jets and all insides., modified street cars, haynes manuals
modified street cars, haynes manuals, cr series: Hi Nick, I have tuned SU carburetors on competition cars and modified street cars but I found that it required tuning as per car and I could never say a certain needle and jet were going to work in any car. I found that I had to start with what I knew was...

Triumph Repair: Seats for Spitfire, high density foam, mazda miata
high density foam, mazda miata, upholstery shops: Dan, Sorry to say, there aren t a lot of alternatives to the stock seats as most automakers build seats these days to fit us in the supersized generation. At one point Porsche 914 seats were listed as a possible alternative to the stock seats. Not...

Triumph Repair: Spark Plug Sheared off in Engine Head., acetylene torch, triumph spitfire 1500
acetylene torch, triumph spitfire 1500, spark plugs: Hi George, Over the years I have had to remove the threaded portion of a broken off plug with the head on and off and it really depends on how badly it is seized in the head. I got most out by heating the left over piece of plug with a acetylene torch, then...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire 1500, ballast resistor, oil pressure switch
ballast resistor, oil pressure switch, spitfire 1500: Noah, If the oil light is going out as the engine is trying to start, it s not likely to be a an anti-run on valve issue. The anti-run on valve is tied into the oil pressure switch. In proper operation, as the engine slows down (and oil pressure...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire 1500 oil pressures, triumph club, regulator valve
triumph club, regulator valve, pressure gauge: Hi Barry, Your pressures hot are a little low but there are several factors involved. First is what weight oil are you using? You should have at least 20w40 in the summer and 10w30 or 10w40 in the winter. The condition of the pressure regulator valve can...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire 1500 Trip Odometer Reset, Spitfire, speedometer
Spitfire, speedometer, odometer: Kevin, The Spitfire has a trip odometer reset that is a black plastic twist knob with a black plastic cable housing running to the back of the speedometer. It normally was on a bracket attached to the bottom of the dash over near the ignition key. ...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire Differential, filler plug, drain plug
filler plug, drain plug, differential: Greg, There is a fill plug on the right side rear mounting ear. Look for a 7/16 square head plug. Originally there wasn t a drain plug on the differential. It appears a previous owner has fitted the differential with a drain plug. Cheers, Ji...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire ignition timing, weber dgv, vacuum unit
weber dgv, vacuum unit, pcv valve: Ed, It s going to be a question of how well the carb is setup. Hopefully the jets in the DGV are fairly close to what you need in the car long term. With the vacuum retard disconnected then yes, you re essentially running at the non-California spec...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire ignition, pertronix electronic ignition, luminition ignition
pertronix electronic ignition, luminition ignition, flame thrower: Mack, Figure that any of the original distributors are 30 years old. The Lumenition did not have a reputation for lasting many miles/years. If you put a timing light on the current setup and see a great amount of timing scatter then it s probably time...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire Weber 45 black exhaust, weber carburetors, weber carbs
weber carburetors, weber carbs, rich mixture: Hi Frank, You can adjust the idle mixture, but if it blows black smoke above idle you need to look at the choke and make sure it is not flooding. If they are ok you may need to change the main jets. You need to get a service manual on Webers to diagnose...

Triumph Repair: steering column, Spitfire, Steering
Spitfire, Steering: Carlo, You don t mention which model year, but despite the steering column change near the end of production all the cars do have a felt pad in the lower clamp and an upper clamp. If either of those are loose you ll get a movement in the entire steering...

Triumph Repair: TR2 temperature, temp gauge, voltage stabilizer
temp gauge, voltage stabilizer, british cars: Hi David, I have no idea what you have on your car but the TR-2 never had an electrical temp gauge. You need to find out what you have for a gauge and sending unit first. If it is a Tri Harold gauge and sending unit, you need to find out if what ever year...

Triumph Repair: TR7 4 speed pops out of 3rd gear, ford differential, cv joints
ford differential, cv joints, speed shaft: Hi Steve, It could be several possible causes from something as simple as the shift lever fouling on the tunnel and soft motor mounts allowing the engine and trans to move too much. Or it can be the mainshaft spacing is wrong because the rear nut is loose...

Triumph Repair: TR7 5 spd gearbox, last trip home, forward gear
last trip home, forward gear, shift gear: Hi Darren, The TR-7 5 spd shift is with just one shaft out of the box so you can t get into two gears by anything out side the box like on MG boxes. It is possible to get where you can t shift but you can t get into two gears at once from a problem outside....

Triumph Repair: TR7 fuses, amp fuses, amp fuse
amp fuses, amp fuse, fuse panel: Hi Steve, I don t have a listing of the amp rating on the older 4 fuse box, only the later 12 fuse box. The wiring in a TR-7 is mostly 14 ga wire and you should be able to use 50 amp fuses on all four fuses. The factory used a 35 amp on one of them but with...

Triumph Repair: Triumph Repair, Spitfire, shift lever
Spitfire, shift lever, transmission: Matt, The shift lever is held in place in the transmission with some plastic pieces. With age the plastic parts tend to break, then the shift lever can flop around. You will need to remove the trans cover in order to replace the parts. While you...

Triumph Repair: tr6 jets, stromberg carbs, bentley manuals
stromberg carbs, bentley manuals, robert bentley: Sorry Bill, I have worked in several Triumph dealerships over the years and I have never heard of a recess setting for the non removable jets in Strombergs. I also have never seen those jets available from any company. If anyone reading this has any useful...

Triumph Repair: 1976 triumph spit fire, dot 4 brake fluid, triumph spitfire 1500
dot 4 brake fluid, triumph spitfire 1500, clutch pedal: Hi Rick, No! You are suppose to use DOT 4 brake fluid. I don t know what transmission fluid will do to the seals in the master and slave cylinder. If it were mine I would remove the master and slave cylinder and rebuild both at this point. Kits are available...

Triumph Repair: 1979 TRIUMPH TR7 - NO CLUTCH WHEN WARM, clutch system, hydraulic clutch
clutch system, hydraulic clutch, triumph tr7: I found the best way to gauge it is to hand push the pedal down when cold and run the car until it is hot and hand push the pedal again to gauge the difference if any. If it is about the same there is NOT a hydraulic problem even though that is the easy thing...

Triumph Repair: 1979 Triumph TR7 Clutch issue, clutch pedal, car cold
clutch pedal, car cold, triumph tr7: The pilot bearing does not know how many times you pump the clutch so it is not a pilot bearing. The fact that you can pump the pedal tends to indicate that the problem is in the hydraulic system. First thing to do is to look in the slave cylinder to see that...

Triumph Repair: 1979 Triumph TR7 clutch update, clutch system, dot 4
clutch system, dot 4, bell housing: Vito, there is no way that the engine or the bell housing is getting hot enough to boil DOT 4 fluid even in racing conditions. Dot 4 fluid has been used in the brakes on race cars and even with brake disks getting red from heat the fluid has held up. Unless...

Triumph Repair: 73 Spit running too lean and high CO output, co hc, rich mixture
co hc, rich mixture, unburned fuel: Hi Ross, You have it backwards. CO is mixture and when the readings are too high on a CO/HC test then it is too rich not too lean. When reading the CO and HC you can count on high CO is a rich mixture and high HC is either an ignition problem or an engine...

Triumph Repair: 73' Spitfire 1500, rear differential, fluid leaks
rear differential, fluid leaks, output shaft: You can just remove the four bolts holding the U joint flange to the differential flange and check the U joint for any stiffness or free play in it s movement. You should get a manual before removing the axle if the U joint needs replacing. Howar...

Triumph Repair: Coil overheating, ballast resistor, starter solenoid
ballast resistor, starter solenoid, first coil: Hi Nate, The 71 Mk IV Spitfire is suppose to have a 6v coil and a Ballast resistor and a bypass wire from the starter solenoid to apply straight 12v to the 6v coil ONLY during cranking. When the key is released back to ignition the power to the coil goes...

Triumph Repair: Cut out at 3000 rpm under load, fuel pressure gauge, triumph spitfire
fuel pressure gauge, triumph spitfire, inch gap: Hi Adam, It is no use replacing parts until you know what is wrong. The ONLY way you will know what is wrong is testing. All engines only require 3 items to run, compression, fire and fuel with conditions on each. If your symptom is that if you accelerate...

Triumph Repair: coil springs, tire clearance, mark 3
tire clearance, mark 3, coil springs: Hi Joe, The most common method is to shim under the springs. If you can t locate the correct size shims you may need to make them. Many just flare the edge of the fenders to gain more clearance. I think Eastwood sells a tool to roll the edge and you don t...

Triumph Repair: distributor, vacuum distributor, spitfire 1500
vacuum distributor, spitfire 1500, vacuum unit: Brian, I don t understand what you are saying. The distributor s vacuum does not seem to be working It either works or it doesn t work. What do you mean it Seems not to work ? Should you change it to mechanical? A vacuum distributor has a mechanical...

Triumph Repair: engine, triumph spitfire 1500, preignition
triumph spitfire 1500, preignition, odd noises: Tony, I don t think the turning the distributor back and forth can make the engine continue to run except if it make a lot of odd noises and is running very badly when the key id turned off. If this is the running you are talking about, it is most likely...

Triumph Repair: GT6 quits after driving 20-30 minutes, vacuum line, vacuum advance
vacuum line, vacuum advance, dynamic time: Hi Mike, Your symptoms do not tell if it is fuel or fire related so you need to be able to see both at the time of failure. To do that just connect your timing light to the coil wire (not a plug wire) and tape the trigger down and run the wires out from under...

Triumph Repair: Oil Leaks, oil filler cap, castrol gtx
oil filler cap, castrol gtx, crankcase oil: Glad to hear of your progress. You could also just vent it into the inside of one of the aircleaners thus slightly lower the crank case pressure and burn any fumes from gas and oil like BMC did with several British cars before PCV valves. I worked in British...

Triumph Repair: Removal of dials etc in dash, tachs, speedometer
tachs, speedometer, spitfire: Michelle, look at the wire and see if there is a wire end on the wire. If so you can pull it off. Some tachs have two wires that go into the tach but I never seen a speedometer have any wire go inside. You need to look a little closer at the wires. Howar...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire 1500 Transmission, british car owners, spitfire 1500
british car owners, spitfire 1500, winter project: Hi David, I have no way to evaluate your capabilities at rebuilding a gearbox. They are not that complicated but without a manual there are traps that can give you trouble. Haynes and Bentley have manuals that will walk you through the procedure. The overdrive...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire distributer, crank shaft, tdc mark
crank shaft, tdc mark, clock position: Hi Mack, You need to ID real TDC by removing #1 spark plug and insert a rod (like a piece of coat hangar) down into the cylinder and feel the top of the piston and then move the crank shaft back and forth past the TDC mark you have to confirm that it is true...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire MKIV replaced dash and now car will not start, test light, solenoid
test light, solenoid, possibilities: Hi Brian, The possibilities are endless but since you have no power at the ignition switch I would start there with a wiring diagram and a 12v test light and start testing. No one can tell you what you did wrong. Look at the main power feed to the ignition...

Triumph Repair: Spitfire Mk III - removing front hub from disc brake, spitfire mk, brake caliper
spitfire mk, brake caliper, brake disc: Hi Peter, If you have the four bolts out there is nothing holding the disk to the hub except rust. You may try to heat and cool the area were the disk meets the hub to brake the rust free. You should not beat on the hub but support the hub and beat on the...

Triumph Repair: spark plug location, firing order, spark plug
firing order, spark plug, triumphs: Hi Theresa, In the front of what? Just kidding, Yes, #1 is the front and since you are in the Triumph section I am guessing you are talking about a Triumph of some kind. All Triumphs call the front plug #1. Only Jaguar calls the rear plug #1 but it does...

Triumph Repair: stromberg adjustments, fab work, test lift
fab work, test lift, vacuum leak: Hi Nate, You are correct that CO (when HC is correct) is mixture. Try to insert a long 3mm Allen wrench down into the top pot with the damper removed to see if it is one of the adjustable needle Stromberg carbs. If so turn the adjusting screw counter clockwise...

Triumph Repair: TR6 Clutch, clutch disks, clutch release
clutch disks, clutch release, clutch: Hi Jim, I have not seen a single problem that I can say is the cause. I have seen glazed clutch disks do that and even chatter when released. Also loose play in the clutch release fork especially where the fork is pined to the shaft which is a common problem....

Triumph Repair: TR6 Starter, british cars, mechanical ability
british cars, mechanical ability, best bet: Hi Russell, As with any repairs it requires some hand tools and a little basic knowledge of mechanics. You don t necessarily need to be a mechanic. If you don t even know where a starter motor is you are a long way below the basics. It will be no use explaining...

Triumph Repair: Triumph TR6 stalls, fuel pressure gauge, bright sunny day
fuel pressure gauge, bright sunny day, triumph tr6: Hi Marc, The intermittent problem is the hardest problem to fix on a car because it may not be failing when you are testing. In dealerships I have run into these and the only way I could catch the fault was to be monitoring at the time of failure. This is...

Triumph Repair: 1970 Triumph Spitfire, john deere tractor, vacuum gauge
john deere tractor, vacuum gauge, old john deere: Hi Kevin, Your symptom only narrows the possible problem down to about a thousand possibles so you need to run some tests on the engine. If your car came to me in a dealership I would have to run these tests. First run a compression test on the engine....

Triumph Repair: 1978 triumph spitfire bumper, Spitfire chrome bumper
Spitfire chrome bumper: Dan, There were never any chrome over riders from the factory. And so far I ve never seen anyone doing an aftermarket piece in metal. Consider that the set of 4 would add another 20 pounds or so to a car that was overweight and under powered in stock...

Triumph Repair: 1979 Triumph Spitfire, triumph spitfire 1500, pertronix electronic ignition
triumph spitfire 1500, pertronix electronic ignition, fuel mixture: Mike, Assuming it s the stock carb setup, there s a special tool for moving the needle in the Stromberg. Otherwise you run the risk of tearing the rubber diaphram in the carb. Best bet is to track down the Robert Bentley manual for the car. Worth...

Triumph Repair: Blown head gasket, blown head gasket, head gasket failure
blown head gasket, head gasket failure, radiator hose: Hi Jim, All of your symptoms are after the fact (head gasket already blown) I did not see you state what the head was torqued to (46 ft lbs) and if a retorque was done. And done stone cold. These are very important things to be done. You should not have had...

Triumph Repair: Convertible tops, Spitfire, 1500
Spitfire, 1500, soft top: Steve, Yes, the Mk IV (1971-1972 US, 1971-1974 rest of world) soft top is the same as on the 1500s. The Mk 3 top is similar but the rear edge of the door glass has a larger radius curve. Just be careful when ordering to specify the year. The Spitfire...

Triumph Repair: clutch problem, Spitfire, clutch
Spitfire, clutch, shifting: Oliver, First off, when you push the clutch pedal, how quickly do you start to feel resistance? You may need to rebleed the hydraulics again. Making sure to top up the fluid first, of course. Look for wear where the clutch pedal meets the push rod...

Triumph Repair: emission systems, charcoal canister, engine emissions
charcoal canister, engine emissions, exhaust emissions: Hi Ed, I am not allowed to advise you to remove any emission stuff, all I can do is tell you what little I know of what it will do. An air pump is a drag on the power of any engine and is used to pump air into the exhaust ports to promote after burn to clean...

Triumph Repair: engine / tranny match-up, Spitfire, overdrive
Spitfire, overdrive, trans: Ed, You can use the 77 engine in the 74 chassis, as long as you fit a 73/74 US spec 1500 clutch disc. Not a terribly bad idea to renew the pressure plate and throwout at the same time, but pulling the trans in a Spitfire isn t a really bad job if they...

Triumph Repair: Further question on blown head gaskets, blown head gaskets, surface gauge
blown head gaskets, surface gauge, interference fit: Sorry Jim, you need to measure them as you said the block was surfaced and an unknown gasket was used. You just want to measure the fly cut grove dept and the gasket that will be put in and see that there is an interference fit so as to put a load on the ring...

Triumph Repair: 1970 Triumph Spitfire, intake manifold, sockets
Triumph Repair: 1970 Triumph Spitfire, intake manifold, sockets, vacuum

Triumph Repair: Herald 1200 main bearing size?, canley classics, bearings
Triumph Repair: Herald 1200 main bearing size?, canley classics, bearings, conclusion

Triumph Repair: Herald 1200 main bearing size?, main bearings, thrust washers
main bearings, thrust washers, spitfire mki: Rob, What brand replacement bearings did you pick up? And part number? And did you try to look up the part # to see if it s correct for the 1147? And do you have all the main caps slightly loose? Or are you just trying one at a time? A few thousands...

Triumph Repair: jump, electronic ignition, diodes
electronic ignition, diodes, alternator: Hi Nathan, Several things can happen, If it is electronic ignition it can destroy the ignition system. It can damage the diodes in the alternator and if it has a radio that has a on all the time it may damage it. However it does not mean that it will do...

Triumph Repair: Re: Distributor Replacement, spitfire, distributor
spitfire, distributor: Jeff, On the Mallory the best bet is to talk to the vendor and see if it s already prepped to be a direct drop in. Most of the LBC suppliers offer the Mallory dual point (or electronic option), I m sure at least one will have the distributor ready for...

Triumph Repair: replacing front and rear suspension, Spitfire, suspension bushing
Spitfire, suspension bushing, install: Frederick, The best tool I ve found for removing/installing new suspension bushings on the Spitfire is a 3/8 diameter bolt about 4 long, with some extra washers. That and a 13/16 socket. With the suspension arm off the car, put the bolt though the...

Triumph Repair: spitfire 1500 - diff colapsible spacer, Spitfire, differential
Spitfire, differential, pinion preload: Luke, The collapsible spacer does compress when initially torqued, then it stays at it s collapsed dimension. It replaces a stack of shims that was used to preload the pinion bearings. The factory recommended procedure for replacing the pinion seal...

Triumph Repair: Triumph TR5 Clutch Master Cylinder, clutch master cylinder, triumph tr5
clutch master cylinder, triumph tr5, dot 5: Hydraulic leaks are an issue on all cars. The fluids are very clear looking when a thin film of them leak down on to paint. Usually you can pull the rubber boot off to feel for leakage and then rebuild or replace it. Another option that some show car people...

Triumph Repair: tr6 low vacuum pressure, electric vacuum pump, yorba linda ca
electric vacuum pump, yorba linda ca, vacuum booster: Hi Anthony, You need to contact the cam manufacture to find out if the vacuum is normal for that cam as many high performance cams have very little vacuum. If the car runs ok on hard acceleration and at high speeds you can rule out a partial stopped exhaust....

Triumph Repair: turn signal trafficator, trafficator, tracer wire
trafficator, tracer wire, hazard switch: Tom, What item are you calling a Trafficator ? Are you talking about the piece on the shaft that cancels the switch? The three wire switch is just a switch and does not require any outside ground. The switch only routs current from the feed wire (light...

Triumph Repair: waterleakage TR4 engine, level gauge, rear cylinders
level gauge, rear cylinders, deck height: Explain After refitting the piston nothing is wrong, it all looks good Did you check ring end gap? and were any rings upside down? Was that plug firing? and did you do a cylinder kill test? However, none of this had anything to do with a coolant leak....

Triumph Repair: What weight of oil and plugs to use for a 76' spitfire 1500, Spitfire, tuning
Spitfire, tuning, plugs: Lee, Typically the Spitfires do well with 20W50. Personal preference is Castrol GTX, but that s just my preference. Any name brand oil you find these days should be fine. That s assuming warm weather (greater than 50F weather) driving. If you use...

Triumph Repair: 1971 spitfire timing, combustion chambers, excess carbon
combustion chambers, excess carbon, heat range: Hi Benajamin, The engine shaking after you turn it off is an indication of detonation which cane be caused by many things including ignition timing. Low octane gas is the most common cause so first confirm that you have high test gas in it, then set the...

Triumph Repair: 1972 Gt-6 polarity, triumph spitfire, usa models
triumph spitfire, usa models, british cars: Hi Charles, The GT-6 was negative ground. However, the British cars with generators can be changed to positive ground with a procedure. But I can t think of a reason to do that. The MGs came both ways in the generator models. Many owners of positive ground...

Triumph Repair: 1972 triumph spitfire brake booster, differential pressure switch, triumph spitfire
differential pressure switch, triumph spitfire, brake booster: Hi Wayne, We need to first get some terminology clarified. I don t think a 72 Spitfire had a brake booster. And the switch is a differential pressure switch not a pressure switch. The valve is called a P.D.W.A. Valve The differential warning valve...

Triumph Repair: 1975 Triumph Spitfire, switsh, triumph spitfire
switsh, triumph spitfire, test light: Hi Jeff, Yes that is quite possible. You need to take a test light when it is in it s failed mode and take a wiring diagram and start at the lights and start testing with a test light working your way back towards the battery. If you don t have a wiring diagram,...

Triumph Repair: 1975 Triumph Spitfire reverse, Spitfire, shift pattern
Spitfire, shift pattern, single rail gearbox: Penny, I m guessing that there is no gear grinding when you try to get to reverse, just that the side to side spacing on the gear pattern seems off? If reverse is up and to the left then it s the original single rail gearbox. I ve never measured ...

Triumph Repair: 1976 Triumph Spitfire, fuel pressure gauge, intermittent failures
fuel pressure gauge, intermittent failures, triumph spitfire: Hi Tom, Symptoms do not tell you what is wrong either in fuel or in ignition. So the only way to find out what is going wrong is to test. The testing must be done in the failed mode. Since this is not all the time you must run a couple of tests that we had...

Triumph Repair: 1978 spitfire frozen clutch, clutch pedal, car specialist
clutch pedal, car specialist, stop signs: Hi Jake, By frozen you mean it will not release even though the clutch pedal feels normal? This is common when a car sits for a long time. I have been able to break some loose without removing the clutch but it takes some skill and care. Not sure it...

Triumph Repair: 1980 spitfire, main bearing, driving car
main bearing, driving car, timing chain: Hi Mark, Sorry to tell you but when a oil filter comes off you lost all oil pressure to all of your bearings and major damage to all bearings is a sure thing in a matter of seconds. So, your rod and main bearing are most likely destroyed also. Time for an...

Triumph Repair: 77 spitfire hissing, robert bentley publishers, clutch work
robert bentley publishers, clutch work, radiator hose: Walter, Best advice for clutch work is to pick up a good manual. Robert Bentley publishers have a great manual for the Spitfire. As to an engine hiss.. that doesn t give me much to go by. Did you see water leaking from the radiator? Sure it s not...

Triumph Repair: 79 Spitfire starts but won' go, Fuel, carb
Fuel, carb, stalling: Tiffany, Stock Stromberg? Or aftermarket setup? If it s the stock Stromberg is the dashpot topped up and the diaphram in one piece? Sounds more like a fuel delivery issue. Still have the stock mechanical pump? You can check for fuel flow by...

Triumph Repair: clutch release bearing 77 spit, clutch, release bearing
clutch, release bearing, spitfire: Rob, You might be able to get creative with a couple of blocks of wood (oak works great if it s handy) to support the sleeve/clutch fork while being able to push on the back side of the bearing to move it off the sleeve. Or clamp the whole setup to...

Triumph Repair: coolant leak, coolant leak, english car
coolant leak, english car, water pump: Gus, Most likely it s just the gasket between the pump housing and the cylinder head. Normally those only get touched if you need to pull the cylinder head, but the car is 35 years old so there s a chance it s the original and has failed from age. ...

Triumph Repair: egr valve hissing, rich mixture, egr valves
rich mixture, egr valves, stock setup: Rob, I ve never heard of any other car using an EGR that s close enough to swap in directly. Doesn t mean it doesn t exist or one couldn t be modded to fit. If you want to keep the stock setup you can try putting ads on the Triumph related websites...

Triumph Repair: electrical, hot rodders, pegasus racing
hot rodders, pegasus racing, o malley: Stock wiring harness? You can check with the usual parts suppliers, or try British Wiring (www.Britishwiring.com). As to up to date fusebox? I ve heard some Spitfires owners express happiness using a fuse box setup that the hot rodders use. I don t...

Triumph Repair: engine, stromberg carburetor, excess fuel
stromberg carburetor, excess fuel, carberator: Hi Jack, You should undo the small wires off of one side of the coil not the high tension coil wire to disable the coil and then with all the plugs out, spin the engine at least 4 or 5 revolutions with the starter and the throttle OPEN. This will give you...

Triumph Repair: 1971 spitfire timing, carbon canister, valve cover
Triumph Repair: 1971 spitfire timing, carbon canister, valve cover, crankcase

Triumph Repair: 1975 Triumph Spitfire reverse, propane torch, shift lever
Triumph Repair: 1975 Triumph Spitfire reverse, propane torch, shift lever, gear shift

Triumph Repair: n.american 72 tr6 leaking carb, TR6, Stromberg
TR6, Stromberg, float bowl: Leslie, If the plastic plug is still basically sound a new o-ring should do the job. If you fit a new o-ring and it still feels loose.. new plug too. Cheaper than having gas leaking on the exhaust......... And if one is bad, figure the other carb is...

Triumph Repair: red hot exhaust, rich mixture, exhaust gases
rich mixture, exhaust gases, petronix: Harry, Are you positive the car is timed correctly? That s the starting point on any engine questions. Is it the cast iron manifold or the downpipe? How do the spark plugs look? Lots of carbon or bright white? I m guessing they probably look a...

Triumph Repair: Solenoid Wiring, spade connectors, jumper wire
spade connectors, jumper wire, brown wires: You need to ID the terminals on the solenoid first as I outlined because some aftermarket replacement solenoids may not have oriented the terminals as Right and Left . So it is necessary to ID the terminals. The 78 to 80 Spitfire may have 4 small wires...

Triumph Repair: Spit replacement Steering rack, axle grease, rubber boots
axle grease, rubber boots, steering rack: Hi Barry, The GT-6 recommends that you use a grease fitting in place of the plug in top of the rack at the pinion box and pump 5 pumps of axle grease in every 12,000 miles. and if you were to have it apart and you should pack it with grease when assembling...

Triumph Repair: Stromberbg carb on 1974 Spitfire, allen screw, set screw
allen screw, set screw, hydraulic resistance: Hi Jim, If your Stromberg has the adjustable needle there is an O ring on the adjusting screw. It is held in by a speed nut type ring. To get it out and replace the O ring you need to note the position of the needle by counting the number of rotations...

Triumph Repair: Tachometer pulses with turn indicators, dolomite sprint, halogen headlights
dolomite sprint, halogen headlights, quartz halogen: I don t have any Dolomite Sprint experience nor any info on them as they were not imported here in the US. However, I may be able to aim you in the correct direction to correct your problem. I believe you have a high resistance in either your power supply...

Triumph Repair: TR4A not starting
Hi Jesse, How often? That is useless information. I have had new coils fail in a day and others are still working after 30 years. First put an ohm meter on the primary windings of the coil and test it an then check the secondary windings. You can run...

Triumph Repair: TR7 4 speed bearing removal, thrust bearing, hub assemblies
thrust bearing, hub assemblies, quantum mechanics: I do at times on some gaskets use a sealer on one side. (not head gaskets) Some times I do it just to hold the gasket in place for assembling and other times when I am not 100% sure of the sealing surfaces. Like car manufactures that put the bolt holes too...

Triumph Repair: TR7 4 speed input shaft removal, shaft removal, input shaft
shaft removal, input shaft, slide hammer: Yes, that is a common problem also, so what you have to do is to put a piece of metal in between the large snap ring on the bearing and the back of the case. put one on each side and use a block of wood or such on the end of the output shaft and a hammer to...

Triumph Repair: trasmission noise, triumph gt6, electric overdrive
triumph gt6, electric overdrive, forward gears: Dale, When was the last time you checked the transmission oil level? The reverse gear teeth are straight cut and will be noisier than the forward gears normally. When it gets really loud it s saying that the clearance between the gears has changed or...

Triumph Repair: triumph 1300 no spark to wires or plugs, triumph 1300, point gap
triumph 1300, point gap, dcap: Hi Brian, The Triumph 1300 had points, so the first place to look is the points to see that they open and close when the engine is rotated and adjust the point gap when open to .015 and confirm that they make electrical contact when closed and are open circuit...

Triumph Repair: triumph 76 Spitfire, rev range, good shape
rev range, good shape, distributor cap: Norman, I think you answered your own question.. the mixture is off on the car and it s getting too much gas (running rich). That ll keep it from realizing it s full rev range. If you ve just picked up the car it s not a bad idea to go though the basics-...

Triumph Repair: triumph clutch, brake master cylinder, clutch system
brake master cylinder, clutch system, clutch pedal: Christiana, The clutch on the Spitfire is hydraulically operated. That mean that in addition to the brake reservoir there is a smaller aluminum reservoir next to the brake master cylinder that also needs to be filled with brake fluid. First thing to...

Triumph Repair: triumph spitfire rear axle. ?, wire wheels, drive shaft
wire wheels, drive shaft, triumph spitfire: Steve, To the best of my knowledge all the Triumphs with wire wheels used a bolt on adapter. I won t rule out that it could be from an early car (ie Pre- TR2), but I have no experience with the first couple of cars with the Triumph Badge (TR10, Mayflower,...

Triumph Repair: wants to keep running after the key is off, manifold vacuum, vacuum hose
manifold vacuum, vacuum hose, combustion chamber: Hi Jeremy, The two problems may be related. It sounds like you have your manifold vacuum connected directly to your crankcase vent. Some British cars did have vacuum routed to the crankcase but not full vacuum and I don t think the 72 Spitfire did that. This...

Triumph Repair: 1975Triumph TR6, TR6, brake
TR6, brake, booster: Martin, Are you saying you have a fluid leak from the master cylinder? Fluid dripping down into the footwell? Before you replaced the m/c did you keep having to add brake fluid? Sounds like the brake booster has filled up with fluid. That happens...

Triumph Repair: 1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500, Stromberg, Spitfire
Stromberg, Spitfire, mixture: Hugo, Yes, it sounds like the mixture it still off. Have you made sure the carb dashpot is full? Just needs to be within about 1 from the top of the opening. Have you tried pulling a spark plug (or two) to see how they look? Bright white insulator...

Triumph Repair: 1976 Triumph TR 7, triumph tr 7, pan gasket
triumph tr 7, pan gasket, head gasket: Victor, the water pump (gear driven in the block) is the most common cause of water in the oil on a TR-7. This will usually destroy the bearings if not caught in time. Head gasket and warped head is the next most common cause. If you had water in the oil...

Triumph Repair: Carbon Canister, combustion chambers, carbon canister
combustion chambers, carbon canister, vacuum advance: Hi Dan, I learned a long time ago not to attempt to adjust a carburetor until I knew for sure that the combustion chambers were correct (compression test) and that the ignition system was correct (timing and advance systems) You are wasting your time looking...

Triumph Repair: Crankcase/Rocker cover vent, weber dcoe, free flow exhaust
weber dcoe, free flow exhaust, zenith stromberg: Jay, Sorry, no pics available at this moment. One friend took a salsa jar (literally), punched 2 holes in the lid and used hard steel pipe going in and out. You don t want the pipe going to the intake going too far into the container as you don t...

Triumph Repair: car not starting after clutch replacement, transmisison rebuild, clutch
transmisison rebuild, clutch, scraping noise: Rob, A scraping sound suggests that either something that rotates in the front of the engine which should have had some clearance to the items around it (like the alternator, etc) maybe has been shifted a bit. Or when you replaced the transmission...

Triumph Repair: Rubber Bumpers for 1979 Spit, rubber bumpers, spitfire
Triumph Repair: Rubber Bumpers for 1979 Spit, rubber bumpers, spitfire

Triumph Repair: Ignition light delay, bosch alternator, lucas alternator
bosch alternator, lucas alternator, light delay: Hi Tom, The connection to the IGN light is the exciter circuit that gets the alternator to start charging. I can t explain the delay but if one quick rev of the engine puts the light out you should do that each time. Also make sure your belt is tight...

Triumph Repair: Loud noise from engine, weber carb, fan belt
weber carb, fan belt, electric fan: If it s taking a few minutes to be apparent then the viscous clutch on the fan is a highly possible culprit. There s normally a small amount of free play if you try to move the fan forwards/backwards but if it s more than a small amount it s time to either...

Triumph Repair: Milky Oil, head gasket repair, triumph spitfire 1500
head gasket repair, triumph spitfire 1500, head gasket problem: Tom, A head gasket failure is usually caused by 1 of 3 things: Failure of the gasket itself (not typical but possible), warpage of either the head or block, or insufficient clamping by the head studs. On a car 35 years old, there s been time for people...

Triumph Repair: Removing snog equipment from 79 TR7, emission control equipment, smog equipment
emission control equipment, smog equipment, federal crime: Hi George, If you are a shop, that is a federal crime. Each state seems to have different laws pertaining to emission testing. For example, when I worked in a dealership, we were told that we could not remove ANY emission control equipment as it was a...

Triumph Repair: Rubber Bumpers for 1979 Spit, british car repair, british car club
british car repair, british car club, rubber bumpers: Sorry Robert, I have not run across any and if you have already searched by Google, then I would try your closest British car repair shop and British Car Club for used parts. Some Spitfire enthusiast keep parts cars and know of other parts cars. Howar...

Triumph Repair: Tachometer pulses with turn indicators, dolomite sprint, halogen headlights
dolomite sprint, halogen headlights, quartz halogen: I don t have any Dolomite Sprint experience nor any info on them as they were not imported here in the US. However, I may be able to aim you in the correct direction to correct your problem. I believe you have a high resistance in either your power supply...

Triumph Repair: TR7 4 Speed synchro hub measurement Photo, thick oil, gear oil
thick oil, gear oil, end play: Hi Steve, Before BLM, we used engine oil in all the British car gearboxes and when BLM came into power they advised all the dealerships to use gear oil. Within a couple of weeks after we did that, the cars were lined up in our doorway every day complaining...

Triumph Repair: Triumph TR7 3rd gear teeth, gear teeth, shift forks
gear teeth, shift forks, triumph tr7: Most that I have looked at that were bent looked bent and by holding the fork on it s rail and holding a small square on to the rail it is noticeable. The most common fault when the spline teeth look good and no worn or bent shift forks is excess end play...

Triumph Repair: triumph spitfire 1500 engine, Spitfire, Midget
Spitfire, Midget, 1500: Nick, Lots of people tend to get confused between the Spitfire and Spridget (Austin Healey Sprite/MG Midget) engines. Over their lifetimes the Spitfire had 4 distinct engines and the MG Midget also had 4 distinct engines. With a twist. The Spitfire...

Triumph Repair: 1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500, triumph spitfire 1500, partial vacuum
triumph spitfire 1500, partial vacuum, float bowl: Hugo, The stock paper air filter adds a bit of restriction to the airflow in to the carb, causing partial vacuum that helps lift gas into the airflow into the engine. A low restriction air filter will cause the car to run lean. It s also possible that...

Triumph Repair: 79 TR7 deceleration by-pass:, vacuum pump, fasd
vacuum pump, fasd, head screwdriver: Take the valve off of the carburetor and take it apart and you can see easily what to do to disable it for testing. It is an emission device so you can t leave it disabled. But for testing it is ok. This way you can see if the valve is seating. Some mechanics...

Triumph Repair: 79 TR7 deceleration by-pass, vacuum gauge, vacuum leak
vacuum gauge, vacuum leak, vacuum hose: Hi Michael, Did you test the vacuum hose for vacuum? And did you check it with a timing light? You should have tested it with a vacuum pump to see if the base plate moves or better still find a Mighty Vac to hand pump vacuum and watch the plate move or...

Triumph Repair: 797 TR7 twin carb deceleration, clutch issues, valve train issues, brake master cylinder, valve lifter
brake master cylinder, valve lifter, throttle linkage: The decel valves can be tested by adjusting the screw so as to hold the valves closed all the way. Once you do that if the slow idle return is still there, you know they are not the cause. Throttle linkage adjustment and worn throttle shafts are the more likely...

Triumph Repair: drivers door, rear quarter panel, door latch
rear quarter panel, door latch, secondary safety: If it has released to the second position you should try to pull the outside and inside release handles at the same time and pry the door upward at the rear with a pry bar and then bump it outward and if that don t release it and you can see the loop of the...

Triumph Repair: EGR valve replacement, ebay motors, roadster factory
ebay motors, roadster factory, moss motors: Hi Gerry, You need to try the parts suppliers on the net, like Engel Imports (Call Zack at 1-800-900-2786 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              1-800-900-2786      end_of_the_skype_highlighting) and look up Moss Motors, British Victoria, The Roadster...

Triumph Repair: Exhaust leak, exhaust pipe expander, spitfire mkiv
exhaust pipe expander, spitfire mkiv, tool trucks: Hi Dan, The pipes must be damaged or bent for them to leak. But when they are damaged it is difficult to get both clean and round again unless you take both off of the car and work on them. Most auto parts stores do have a exhaust pipe sealer that comes...

Triumph Repair: Flame traps, british car repair, car repair shops
british car repair, car repair shops, flame trap: Hi Ben, If you are talking about the traps in the vacuum lines sometimes called Flame traps , they are fuel traps to cut down on fuel vapor condensing into fuel liquid and migrating to a diaphragm like the EGR valve or the vacuum advance / retard units....

Triumph Repair: TR Chassis choice, carfolio, dd
Triumph Repair: TR Chassis choice, carfolio, dd

Triumph Repair: Oil out the dipstick tube, crankcase ventilation, crankcase pressure
crankcase ventilation, crankcase pressure, spitfire 1500: If the manifold doesn t have a fitting in it you ll have to pull the manifold and drill/tap a fitting to pull crankcase fumes into. Ideally you d have a catch bottle (completely sealed) in the vent line to avoid sucking oil into the intake. It may be...

Triumph Repair: Rough idle when starting warm, spitfire 1500s, float bowl
spitfire 1500s, float bowl, egr valve: Frank, The late Spitfire 1500s were 7.5:1 compression in stock form and the carbs were set to avoid a quick drop to idle to minimize NO formation. Having said that, it s also possible that after 30 years the linkages are a bit gummed up. If the...

Triumph Repair: spitfire/gt6, gt6 mk, vintage triumph
gt6 mk, vintage triumph, donor car: Nick, The short answer is, yes, you should be able to drop the 1500 into the GT6 without too much fuss. Having said that, yes, you ll want several parts from a Spitfire donor car. The front suspension towers have the engine mount holes in them and...

Triumph Repair: spitfire ignition, ballast resistor, phase of the moon
ballast resistor, phase of the moon, pertronix: Claude, Yes, the 77 should have a ballast resistor. Now for the fun part. Depending upon when exactly your car was built, the different parts on hand at the factory and the phase of the moon you will either have a separate resistor (usually mounted...

Triumph Repair: TR Chassis choice, tr4a, tr5
tr4a, tr5, happy new year: Hi Nick, First, I didn t know the TR-5 had a shorter wheel base. I worked on Triumph from the TR-3 to the TR-8 but only seen one TR-5. Not many were brought into the US. I thought that the TR-5 was just a fuel injected version of the 6. Didn t know it had...

Triumph Repair: TR4A Electrical, switch fuses, rheostat
switch fuses, rheostat, dash lights: Hi Gary, Electrical problems use to be difficult for most mechanics and impossible for body men. I was included in those mechanics until I took a course from RCA in Radio and TV repair (never finished the training) The first part was basic Electronics...

Triumph Repair: 1976 Spitfire differential noise, rear drive shaft, wheel hubs
rear drive shaft, wheel hubs, wheel bearings: Hi Jeff, If the noise is with wheel speed it can not be prop shaft as it spins about four times as fast as wheel speed. Since you already put the axle U joints in, then that only leaves the outer axle wheel bearing outer race problem (roller bearings out...

Triumph Repair: 1979 TR7 signal/blinkers problem, domestic carburetors, left blinker
domestic carburetors, left blinker, triumph specialist: Hi Jeff, The TR-7 has two carburetors and I doubt you will find any in a salvage yard and even if you did, they are just as likely to need work as yours. I don t know what made your mechanic come to the conclusion that the carburetors need overhauling but...

Triumph Repair: 73 1500 rebuilt, not starting, timing check?, exhaust stroke, degree wheel
exhaust stroke, degree wheel, wet test: Hi Gary, Something is wrong as 110 PSI on a rebuild compression test is too low. Run the compression test again but be sure the throttle is wide open during the test. After the first test put about 3 or 4 squirts of engine oil in each plug hole and run a...

Triumph Repair: 78 Spitfire wont stay running!!!! ERRR!!!, webber 32, time interval
webber 32, time interval, fire ignition: Dave, In order for the car to run you need 3 things... fuel, fire(ignition spark) and time (timing). If it s starting without outside assistance (starting fluid/ether) then that suggests that the pump is getting fuel to the carb. So it sounds like...

Triumph Repair: cam& crank alignment, crank pulley, degree wheel
crank pulley, degree wheel, wide gap: Hi Hurbert, If the new sprockets do not have any marks on them you will need to use a wide accurate setting of the valve clearance on the intake and exhaust valve on #1 or #4 cylinder and set both exactly the same (.040 or .050 )(to get off of the transition...

Triumph Repair: cd-150 carburator, adjustment screw, upper tube
adjustment screw, upper tube, spring lock: Hi Russell, Counter clockwise is lean so you need to remove the top pot and look at the needle and the condition of the diaphragm and note if turning the adjustment all the way to the counter clockwise direction pushes the needle down. If the spring lock...

Triumph Repair: clutch/brake, Spitfire, 1500
Spitfire, 1500, clutch: Darren, That is quite the coincidence. I m guessing everything worked fine when parked 2 months ago? One failure or the other would just suggest checking the individual systems. Since both have failed it s worth taking an extra step or two. If you...

Triumph Repair: clutch master cylinder, Spitfire, clutch
Spitfire, clutch, master cylinder: Jon, I take you ve already pulled the m/c from the car? If so, take a good look into the cylinder and make sure there isn t corrosion or old dried fluid gumming up the bore. Brake parts cleaner is good at removing the dirt/gunk, just be careful not...

Triumph Repair: Electric fuel pump, electric fuel pump, electric pumps
electric fuel pump, electric pumps, hose connections: Hi Bill, It is advisable to remove the mechanical pump and put a plate over the hole. If you put a electric pump in place be sure it is not over 3 PSI pump and if you put it up under the hood try to put it in a place where it will receive fresh air to cool...