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GT6 Nick

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    Triumphs, Travel (preferably in Triumphs), Photography (quite often of Triumphs, or from them).
  1. Give 'em yer money!

    I can see a 'Donations' tab at the top of the page, but clicking it doesn't lead anywhere, and after a few seconds it reverts to 'Browse'. Is there a separate 'Donate' button I'm staring at and not seeing?
  2. Craig's 6Fire In Aus

    Oh, you have a Canley alternator mount too. If I'd spotted that and remembered it's significance, I could have warned you to be careful - sorry. My bonnet has a pimple too
  3. Throttle Body Saga, Epsiode 3001

    I have an Innovate all-in-one wideband controller and gauge in my GT6 - I think it's this one or its predecessor: http://www.innovatemotorsports.com/products/mtxl_plus.php It's the only non-standard looking gauge on my dashboard, but it doesn't look too out of place. What am I saying, SoS isn't totally original either!
  4. Craig's 6Fire In Aus

    Wow, she looks really good. I did a polytechnic course in painting before stripping and painting my Herald, but my twenty-something OCD and talent were nowhere near yours. That's partly because I didn't have the facilities to use 2-pack, but I guess having someone to help makes a difference too. Someone to tell you that good enuf is not good enuf. So, red upholstery sir? Oh, and if I could go back about three years and give my younger self some advice, it would be to reassemble the car mostly as standard to start with, and not modify her until she's running. It's the myriad changes from stock that have held up the Mallard Monster's return to life, especially the EFI and exhaust.
  5. Hmmm, must turn up the brightness on my monitor. Ah, there we go! A few scratches are inevitable. You have the right idea though, not painting the door until the gaps are sorted. When my GT6 was painted, the painter took the body off the chassis, then fixed several dents in the bonnet, and then painted everything before trying to fit it together again. He was surprised to find that the bonnet shape had subtlety changed even where he hadn't worked on it, and the narrow even panel gaps, weren't. As I recall, Triumph made the holes where panels bolt together fairly large, to provide ample room for adjusting alignment. I think the estate's C pillar holes are larger than the studs, to provide some wiggle room?
  6. Herald panel gaps change if you park on uneven ground! I learned not to close up the gap between wing and door too much, because what was a nice quarter inch once turned into an interference fit. And the first time the front edge of the door catches the rear edge of the wing, it will flatten out the curve of the wing. Gorgeous car Martin. Love Damson!
  7. Honda Cb500X

    Well, maybe. It's painful and I didn't advertise it... When I moved south, the GT6 came in the furniture truck along with my furniture, because it wasn't quite finished. Much safer than riding 700km on a car trailer. Furniture trucks don't have long ramps for loading cars, so the GT6 was loaded and unloaded with a tilt tray-style tow truck. Unfortunately the idiot at the QLD end didn't strap it down for the brief ride, and it slid off the wet deck of the tilt tray. Yep. So when it arrived in NSW, it came with a slightly bent chassis, mangled centre valence and smashed over-riders and number plate. I could have had it repaired back in July, but decided that (a) I'd better get the wheel alignment set up after the chassis was straightened to make sure the body shop got it right, and ( after being dropped on its nose from three feet, the original front uprights might be past their best. The obvious answer was a Canley trunnionless suspension kit, which took four months for the new batch to be made and despatched. The new uprights are getting painted and fitted this weekend. Unless it's good biking weather
  8. Honda Cb500X

    Can't say I wasn't warned - this whole riding lark is addictive. Since the sun started rising early enough, I've been riding to work on fine days. The ride is on country roads with little traffic and wide open spaces, so once out of town in the mornings, it's just a straight and empty road, and whatever tune is stuck in my head. The Honda uses about 3L per 100km, which is a good excuse The daily 60km round trip means the bike and I have now done over 4000km since August. The gear changing, braking and cornering are coming together nicely, so I've booked my riding test for next month. Time to ditch the L plate. Since I bought the bike, I've added front protection bars, rear rack, gear indicator, and a glass pack muffler that makes the bike roar, pop and crackle, me giggle and 'roos flee. The next and probably last addition will be cruise control, to ease wrist pain on long trips. (I should add that the GT6 is still getting plenty of attention. The parts necessary to repair the tow-truck drop have finally arrived from Canley Classics after four months, and I've been fabricating an airbox. But... spend time in the garage or go for a ride... it's hard...)
  9. Chris's Mkiv Basket Case

    As you're sticking with a Triumph engine for now, Nick, I'd suggest reconditioning one of the Triumph gearboxes - if you can find any NOS parts you need. My Herald's three rail has lasted about twenty years since it was rebuilt. The D-type is getting tired, but otherwise, I wouldn't call the boxes under-engineered for a four cylinder car. Best of all, you don't need to modify anything to make them fit. It's only when you start putting much more power through them that they start breaking.
  10. Great photos. Is the Mk1 saloon really the World Rally survey car? I scrolled all the way through asking "but where's Roy?" and there, fourth from the bottom, he is. Love the spanner, micrometer and pry bar on the last photo.
  11. Honda Cb500X

    Yeah, I got a job at Narrabri Mine, so sold the house and moved south. And to be honest, I prefer living in a small town to a big city. There's less traffic and more scenery, and Narrabri has everything I need except an Indian restaurant. Put it this way. It's Saturday morning, and in Brisbane I'd be listening to the sound of jets, neighbours and the background roar of traffic. Here all I can hear is birdsong. Time to crank up the Herald, then
  12. Honda Cb500X

    Today she had her 1000km post-delivery service. After a nice 170km morning ride into Tamworth, the service centre did the work in an hour while I wandered the showroom and came away with riding boots and winter gloves. Instead of retracing our route on the way home, I took a scenic detour, which was supposed to include a climb up and through through Killarney Gap, to the north of Narrabri. However, the road turned out to be closed by floodwaters, so the long way home became even longer. We still had to cross a floodway - safe but nerve-wracking on a bike! The last section was south along a 99km-long straight highway as the sun set over my right shoulder, and a full moon rose over my left. Then it turned into a freaky, never-ending sequence of solid and dashed white lines in the blue headlight, never quite being able to see the road surface, riding through clouds of bugs and trying to keep from being squashed by overtaking road trains (I'm not supposed to go over 90), all while watching out for kangaroos. Total for the day was 574km, which is quite a drive even in the Herald, let alone a bike. Tomorrow, I think I'll work on the GT6. Enough bikes for now.
  13. Honda Cb500X

    I've been driving Gerald so long that it's quite a revelation to drive anything quicker, and to have to think quicker. Maybe the bike is good practice for the GT6? I picked up a few presents for the bike at the post office this afternoon. The first is a gear indicator - made in Hungary of all places. Honda had greater faith in my ability to count to six than I do. It's a brilliant bit of kit, and plugs into the bikes diagnostic port. Of course I had to take it out to the airport for a test run after fitting it. Twenty kms and four 'roo sightings later, and we're home again. Should stop any more second gear getaways! After reading a few 'motorcycle beginner mistake' articles, I tried riding with a finger on the brake, too. I liked it. It's reassuring to feel the lever rather than have to look for it, and having a finger hooked out seems to steady the throttle grip too. The other things I bought were some Hepco and Becker crash bars, in case the talent runs out. The instructions are in German, so there may be some multilingual swearing in the garage tomorrow. What else... a key ring. Oh, and a tool to expand the GT6's ram pipes also arrived, just in case everyone thinks I'm neglecting my other charges.
  14. Honda Cb500X

    They took the speed limit off parts of the Stuart again, as the number of crashes and fatalities went up. The thinking was that when people are responsible for determining a safe speed, they'll actually drive to conditions rather than just doing what the signs tell them to. And yeah, next weekend I'll be practicing low speed stuff and emergency braking. The one thing I just can't get right is the riding school's advice to control takeoff speed with the rear brake, rather than just the clutch. I just keep stalling. Otherwise it's coming together well, as long as I remember to count the gears.
  15. Honda Cb500X

    Oh yeah, all those old defensive driving lessons are coming back, especially in town. Every car or person is a potential threat, and I can't assume people will see me even on a bright red bike with lights on. There's one right hand turn in particular that I won't attempt if there's someone behind me, as their view of me would be blocked until the last few seconds. I'm used to riding a mountain bike, but on that I can duck and weave to avoid traffic. Not so on the Honda. At the moment I'm working on muscle memory - things like letting the throttle go when pulling in the clutch, letting the clutch go gently, holding the gear lever until the clutch is released to avoid false neutrals, and just being gentle with the throttle. Riding in the country's easy, but I'm well aware that my hands and feet aren't 'programmed' to work the brakes quickly if I need to stop in a hurry. At this stage it's just practice and more practice. As you can see, we're covering the kilometres pretty well. She's a wonderful machine, and not too daunting to learn on. 471cc, made in Thailand (even the tyres), 4 valves per cylinder, DOHC, fuel injected and 100bhp /L. A few years ago, the only cars with that state of tune were Ferraris and the like! All that and she runs on 91 octane and drinks just over 3L per 100km. And being brand new, she's in a condition that we restorers struggle to return our cars to.