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  1. The other day I heard that rustbuckit2011 aka Arlo 'Paul' McDiarmid died at the beginning of April. I knew Paul from the Triumph Owners Club in Christchurch in the early 2000s. For a long time we had three generations of McDiarmids in the club. His grandfather Stuart owned a PI, his Dad a Cactus Mk1 Vitesse saloon, and when I knew him, Paul had a red Herald 1200. Paul making sure his engine was still oily on a club run over the Southern Alps through Arthur's Pass. Eventually I moved to Oz, Paul chased an acting career in Auckland, got married, had a couple of kids and bought a saloon. We still chatted online from time to time as he continued to tinker with his Herald. A couple of years ago he developed cancer, which he mentioned here but never seemed to dwell on. Anyway, this is him: Arlo MacDIARMID Obituary (1983 - 2022) - Mt Wellington, Auckland - The New Zealand Herald (nzherald.co.nz) Too soon!
  2. Disappointingly, the surgeon put up a blue sheet so that I couldn’t see the monitor. I did ask if he would record the video for YouTube, or just upload the blooper reel. Making the surgeon laugh is an ongoing effort. Endone is a brand name for Oxycodone. It probably sounded better to the focus groups than Hillbilly Heroin.
  3. Well, that was interesting! Yesterday was my TURP. First operation with a spinal, which showed me what it would be like to be a paraplegic. The anaesthetist was great - a Belgian named Peter who decided that working in the Australian tropics was nicer than Belgium. His main job though was to keep me happy and distracted, so I got a lesson - with pictures - on how spinals work. Cerebral, cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral, and how core functions are regulated by the vagus and phrenic nerves. He warned me there might be a test later. The surgeon was happy with how the operation went. They removed the catheter this morning and discharged me. I’m still peeing red, but I think that’s because of the amount of material removed. It’s a big wound area. I was on a flushing drip all night, so the nurses were in every hour to empty another 3L of saline. I’d say hello and then go back to sleep, mumbling a little prayer to Our Lady of Endone. 27 patients and three nurses - those ladies worked hard. Thankfully, bladder control seems OK, although I bought a pack of incontinence pads beforehand just in case. I’ll stay in hospital accommodation for a few days in case of complications, before heading back to the mine’s accommodation a couple of hours inland on Friday. The much-reduced prostate area is very tender. Moving my motorcycle this afternoon was painful, so hopefully I’ll be less sore by the end of the week. It’s a bumpy highway. So - time to rest and get better, maybe go for short bush walks, and wait for the biopsy results. Fingers (and legs) crossed. Thanks for all the advice and info on here.
  4. Hmmm. I know Vitamin B comes from Beer. What do I have to drink to get Vitamin D?
  5. The GP said that my urine test didn't indicate an infection which might have inflamed the prostate. The flow rate's been dropping off for a couple of years, so the hypertrophy isn't a new thing. His two suggestions were surgery, or hormone treatment to shrink the prostate. In my case he didn't think that hormones would make a significant difference. I asked about a biopsy or cat scan, but he apparently likes to jump right in! To be honest, I was glad he didn't want to take biopsy samples because I don't love needles... until he assured me that the op could be done with a spinal block instead of a general anaesthetic. Woo hoo! I mean, much as I'd love to watch the monitor and chat as he works, taking a wee nap sounds far nicer than getting a needle in the spine by a bloke named Vlad. Oh well, only a few weeks to wait...
  6. A quick update. I visited a urologist on Monday. To my surprise he didn't think it was malignant, or that scans or a biopsy were necessary, and moved straight to doing a TURP - where they remove the centre of the prostate via a keyhole. The existing keyhole... He referred to the procedure as a 'rebore' Ouch. It'll get done on August 30th, and because the hospital won't release surgical patients without carers, I've booked myself into an outpatient accommodation unit on the hospital grounds for a few days afterwards. Then it'll be back to the mine site on light duties. The material removed will go to the lab to check whether it's benign. If not, that'll mean a bigger op. Now, fingers crossed that the Melbourne-Sydney-Brisbane lockdown doesn't extend this far north by the end of the month!
  7. I haven't posted anything on Sideways in ages, mainly because my Triumphs (Herald and GT6) have been unregistered while I spend most of my time working away from home as a wandering geologist. Australia has many rocks to look at. My third Triumph does get used, but that's a Daytona so not to be mentioned here. (It's quite fun though.) I remembered this thread because of Nick Jones's posts on his prostate treatment. The saga was filed away for later reference, and just as well. A few years later it looks like it's my turn. The no-prostate club is about to get a bit less exclusive! A couple of weeks ago my plumbing changed from its usual occasionally-can't-pee setting, which a doctor a couple of years ago told me isn't uncommon, to always-feels-full-even-though-it-was-just-emptied. A trip to a GP near work (I don't have a regular GP because I'm seldom in one place long), and he referred me for a blood test and ultrasound. And yeah. There's a problem. Normal prostate volume is about 25-40mL, and mine's 115mL. PSA is usually 2.5-4 ng/mL, and mine's 11. Thanks to repeated state border closures here in Oz I can't go home for treatment, so it'll probably be a case of choose where in Queensland I'd like to see a specialist, and assuming they decide to operate, I'll stay in a motel for a week or so afterwards. More fun in the time of COVID! Anyway, I'm glad people have posted about their experiences with prostate problems, because it helped convince me to see a second doctor after the earlier one dismissed the symptoms. Thanks guys!
  8. Still getting up to mischief, mostly on two wheels. Last year I rode the Honda around Australia, confirming Matthew Flinders’ assertion that it is girt by sea - ‘A Small Bike Ride’
  9. More adventures with the Wrong Triumph (ie not enough wheels). Last weekend was the Big Chill classic race meet in Stanthorpe, up on the Granite Belt high country near Brisbane. It's an area high enough that it sometimes sees snow in winter. Yes, snow in Queensland, state of pineapples. Anyway, I figured that watching old bikes or cars being thrashed around a track is better than seeing them asleep in a museum. And because it was a race meet, I left my touring bike with its panniers and heated grips at home, and rode up on the Daytona, which thinks it's a race-bike. Just after sunset on Friday, I discovered that Daytonas have an appetite for headlight bulbs. Of course, this was on a dark, kangaroo-enhanced country road with 50km to go. I wonder if modern Triumphs still contain traces of Lucas? The Daytona and I woke to -3C in Glen Innes on Saturday morning. A bucket of water outside my room had ice on, so I waited until the sun was well above the trees before hitting the frog and toad for the last 150km or so to Stanthorpe. Four layers, winter gloves and the helmet cracked open slightly to avoid fogging. Brrr! Did I mention that the Daytona doesn't have heated grips? Even an hour after sunrise there were a few icy patches on the New England Highway. Amusingly enough, the only highway patrol I saw was in a freezing road cutting that hadn't seen the sun since March, when I was already riding very slowly. Great spot guys! The Saturday qualifying/terrifying laps were underway when I got to Carnell Raceway. I parked in the pits because (a) I'm too lazy to walk far, (b) I could keep an eye on the bike, and (c) to soak up coolness by association. A couple of Bonneville racers spotted the Triumph badge and came over for a chat (and probably to see if they could blag a few parts). Thankfully they were confused by the extra cylinder, left hand gear change and lack of Whitworth. Its lack of carburettors was deemed to be the work of the devil. After a hot cuppa to thaw my fingers and pot of hot greasy chips to thaw my brain, I settled in and alternated between watching the bikes, savouring the smells of Castrol 1 and wandering the pits to take photos. I also replaced the headlight bulb. On Saturday night I had dinner with some motorcycling mates in the bestest Irish hotel in town and eventually, after the Karaoke stopped, a good night's sleep. The racetrack on a cold Sunday morning smelt of bacon and old engines. The various classes of vintage bikes, some dating back to the twenties, resumed battle. My favourites were the sidecars, where the swingers throw themselves around like drunken monkeys but fail to fall off. One combination obligingly crashed into a safety barrier right in front of the crowd, earning him a short flight into the fence and a loud cheer. No damage, I think his beard broke his fall. I headed home to Narrabri when they stopped for lunch, beating the Garmin's predicted eta (and sunset) by a satisfying margin. Maybe Garmin needs a 'Daytona' setting?
  10. Funny, that’s what I said about the Daytona. None of the other Triumphs believed me...
  11. The GT6 is basically finished, but when I started tuning the Megasquirt on the road, the secondhand W58 gearbox started making ‘orrible noises. I took a gamble putting it in after simply looking inside and not finding carnage. By rights I should have pulled it out and overhauled it by now, but I’ve only been home from the mines a few times since last year, so it’s sitting in the garage on trickle charge, waiting for me to get off my bum. Or more accurately, off my bike. It’ll get some attention soon.
  12. I find it’s OK for moderate distances, but not more than 550-600km in a day. After that the weight on the wrists makes for sore hands - although going faster with more wind support helps. Not sure the highway patrol will agree though.
  13. Not content with a Herald and a GT6, last year I added another Triumph to the stable. This one’s a bit different. Quite quick too
  14. Interesting... when I fitted the trunnionless kit to my GT6, it was as part of a full rebuild, so I didn’t realise that the camber would be different for the same number of shims. No doubt there’s an instruction to ‘check wheel alignment after fitting’? I also fitted Canley’s red AP four-pot calipers and thicker discs, and found that the calipers’ mounting lugs’ inner faces needed machining down by a millimetre to sit centrally on the discs. The maiden voyage featured a lot of squeaks and scrapes!
  15. Ah Damson - looks gorgeous Nick. With paint like that, every part you put on will have to look perfect. No pressure...
  16. Club Triumph sent me a membership renewal note recently. I replied saying that as an overseas member the Club’s most important component was the forum and its accumulated knowledge and experience, and that in its current state it wasn’t useable, and that I wouldn’t be renewing my membership. Tony Pulis did reply! His answer, though, was pretty much what Craig said... ”Dear Nick, Thank you for your email. The Committee are aware of the issues with the new Forum and are looking at various aspects of the website, however this is not going to change overnight. I have forwarded on your email to the guys who look after the site so they are aware of your comments... The world is forever evolving and we are trying to cater for old and new members. We stared a Club Triumph Facebook page a couple of years ago and it has taken off recently in a massive way and a lot of people now use it as a forum. We can't stop it but can only continue the run Forum along side it. The Club is committed to running the Forum in one shape or another and we need to improve the new one. I will let you know the outcome of this subject after the meeting. Regards, Tony Pulis” So yeah, they’re trying, the forum is a part of the larger website and Facebook is elbowing its way onto centre stage. I haven’t heard anything since.
  17. My 2.6L GT6 engine has a set of the same brand of forged pistons, and they rattle when cold. It’s the first engine I’ve built with forged pistons, and the first time I started the motor, I thought it was something loose inside! But the noises faded as it warmed up, and I stopped panicking. The piston noise is a reminder not to rev it for the first few minutes, but the need to thoroughly warm the engine means that the GT6 isn’t a car to take for short trips to the supermarket.
  18. Hmmm, if the bearing is moving in the casing, it could be due to manufacturing differences between the original iron diff housing and the new Bastück alloy casting - especially as the endfloat is the same both sides. It wouldn't be the first time remanufactured parts have been machined incorrectly (my AP caliper mounting brackets spring to mind). Time to crawl under the Herald and start unbolting and measuring.
  19. The output flanges of my Herald's diff have about a quarter inch of in-out movement. For a while I've ignored it, but now the diff is leaking and I suspect the gaskets or halfshaft oil seals. Before I start ordering parts from Canleys or Rimmers, can anyone tell me how the endfloat is supposed to be controlled?
  20. Right, the O2 sensor has been calibrated, which is a five minute job once you've crawled under the car. I haven't tested it yet to see if it runs leaner, because I've been packing my motorcycle for a ride around Australia. So for the next six weeks, the GT6 will sleep, waiting its turn. Craig - don't think I'm rude, but I plan to bypass Melbourne this time. That ferry to Sorrento should give me a head start on the Great Ocean Road, and avoid Melbourne traffic. The pig avatar, by the way, is because my bike's name is Piglet. It even has little piggy decals.
  21. Six new NGK triple electrode plugs, made in Japan (so the boxes say), now fitted. And just like that, the idle and reviness are back. I've uploaded Doug's ignition advance, which looks a lot like a TR6 PI advance, and the engine seems to like it. Today's road test (dodging the cops as always because it isn't registered yet) shows that although the wideband says it's running an AFR around 14, it's definitely running rich judging by the pups of black smoke. I'll take Craig's advice and recalibrate the O2 sensor. Easy for him to say, he has a hoist! Tonight I'll read up on how to log data, so I can gather data to see how to set the MAP to throttle position sensor crossover for the throttle bodies. By the way, has anyone found a good table of injector dwell / dead time / latency? I'm using 0280 156 080 injectors.
  22. That's right, my car, abused as it was, seems to have spent most of its life in dry climates. You've reminded me of the hassle of posting those uprights to you, having them sent back because of snow, and then me hand-delivering them while on holiday. After all that trouble they should have been perfect. As for the diff, Craig and I can recommend the Subaru conversion. No more diff-shaped time bombs!
  23. The NGK plugs are $33 each, and they were cheaper than the Bosch WR78 equivalent! WR7DTCs aren't available in Oz - I bought a set of four for the Herald from the Green Spark Plug Company in the UK, and remember being told that they'd been discontinued. They're still on eBay, but add in freight and the fact that the NGKs will be here on Tuesday... The GT6 over-fuelled when it first ran in 2016, as the exhaust shop had tucked the O2 sensor out of the way and then, because they couldn't see it, forgot to weld in a bung. I couldn't see it either, and wondered why, even though the sensor read 22.4 (ie super-lean), the car was belching black smoke. One cylinder died, then another, then she just wouldn't run. Eventually I worked out why, but by then the damage was done. Those were standard plugs. It's running much leaner now, so I think the danger of drowning the plugs has passed. In an effort to bring down the idle, I fitted a return spring to the throttle shaft yesterday. Each set of two throttles has its own axial spring, but these don't seem to be enough to snap the throttles closed.The shaft rotates clockwise as seen in the photos below, so the arm rotates upwards. I checked and it doesn't hit the bonnet, which is always a concern in a GT6. I was about to go for a drive yesterday and see if the idle is lower, but got sidetracked when a friend popped over on his Goldwing (he only lives 200km away so is virtually a neighbour) for a coffee.
  24. I ordered a set of NGK BUR6ET triple electrode plugs yesterday. $198 later... and they’ll be in next week as they’re not exactly a stock item. I was pleasantly surprised by the conversation at Repco. Usually I ask for an exact part by part number, the drongo asks what car it’s for, and then tells me what their computer says I need. Not this time. The guy typed in the NGK number, looked at the photo and called his mate over so that they could gaze at the weirdest spark plug either of them had ever seen. Triple electrodes, dude!
  25. Thanks Alfredo. The pattern is made from a scan of a GT6 inlet manifold, with connecting pieces added to improve stability. It’ll pay to check the dimensions before you get metal cut, as some US heads (in TR6s anyway) had different port spacing. The story I’ve heard is that the port spacing was altered to prevent US owners fitting UK petrol injection manifolds back in the Seventies. The PI system gave much better performance, but US cars had Stromberg carbs. One reason I’ve heard is that its emissions were too high for US regulations, possibly because it didn’t include altitude correction. Or, the PI setup needed to be worked on by trained technicians, and British Leyland didn’t want to risk problems in the US where there would be few specially trained mechanics. That said, my GT6 was originally US-spec before being shipped to Australia, and its port spacing is the same as UK cars.
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