View Full Version : New Engine Progress Tuesday 05-06-08

05-06-2008, 04:49 PM
The new hoses arrived today from Summit and it was worth the wait (IMHO). Much better fit and I like the fact that the are just larger versions of the heater hoses with matching clamps.

Cooling system pressure test OK, fan and headlamps all work, oil was being added as I left and tomorrow the interior goes back together. It may be running by tomorrow night if all goes well. If not, it will be Thursday, so no big deal.

Although, with the warmer weather, I am getting very anxious to drive it again, but not until it's ready.

05-06-2008, 05:02 PM
Lookin' Good Paul! :thumbsup:

05-06-2008, 05:13 PM

Aren't you taking an awful chance not having the overflow tube covered in stainless braid?

Only kidding. It looks good. Bill might have to surrender the Bling King Crown!

BTW the joke was a rewrite of an old one where a city slicker dressed in a blaze orange hat, coat, gloves and trousers walks into a country store during deer season. He asks the locals where he might find some deer. It's an old store with a wooden floor and a pot bellied stove keeping several fellas warm while they chew the fat and drink co-colas. One of the fellas gives the dude the once over and says "Ain't you taking an awful chance wearin them black boots?"

05-06-2008, 05:40 PM
Thats really a work of art Paul!!

Go out for a nice long ride and enjoy it!

05-06-2008, 05:50 PM

Being a deer hunter from PA, I can appreciate that joke. I can also tell you that those kind of things did happen with what we used to call "Dude Hunters". They were trying to get in the groove by having something that they shot mounted above a fireplace. Most of the time they got sick of freezing, getting up at 3:00AM, standing perfectly still for hours or sitting in a cold, windy tree stand with no bathroom for hours, only to go home empty handed.

Bill, if the alignment of Jupiter and Mars is right, I may be doing just that on Saturday afternoon.

05-06-2008, 05:55 PM
Paul !

Wishin' you a beautiful, warm, sunny and dry day for
your first spin in the Bling-mobile!!


d :driving: :thumbsup:

05-06-2008, 06:01 PM
Thank you Dale! The forecast for Saturday looks cool, but sunny. Today was the day, but it's not ready for prime time yet and at this point, it's foolish to rush anything.

05-06-2008, 06:47 PM
Wow, so that's what a bazillion dollars looks like. I t really is a thing of beauty.

05-06-2008, 07:14 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again, really awesome Paul!!!!!!!!!!!!


05-06-2008, 07:33 PM
Bill, if the alignment of Jupiter and Mars is right, I may be doing just that on Saturday afternoon.

Just watch Uranus! :nonono:

05-06-2008, 07:42 PM
BLING BLING. Looks great! You are going to have to hand out the sunglasses before poping the hood on that one!

Envious Rob.

05-06-2008, 08:06 PM
Thanks to all. I'll feel a lot better driving it again.

My wife finally saw it up close today. It's been so long since it was at home in our garage that I think that she thought that I sold it and didn't tell her.

I did get a "that's nice!"

Her next line was "Can I have the keys for the Ford? I want to listen to the radio while you and Erik talk about this and that all over again."

05-06-2008, 08:38 PM
Good stuff, Paul, those radiator hose clamps look much better than those bulbous old ones.... Continue on!

05-06-2008, 09:10 PM
Most excellent job Paul. Makes me think about doing mine over again.

05-07-2008, 06:48 AM
Once again I walk out of the garage and kick the Alfa...

Very nice, Paul.

05-07-2008, 10:14 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:]Makes me think about doing mine over again.[/QUOTE]

Her last comment on the way home; "Don't get any ideas about another project car, now that this one is almost finished".

Yes, Dear.........

05-07-2008, 10:19 AM
Looking awesome Paul!! Maybe one day I'll be able to see it in person!


05-07-2008, 10:32 AM
Git on up here, Shannon....lobster's on me!!

05-07-2008, 11:07 AM

05-07-2008, 11:08 AM

What's going on with yours?

05-07-2008, 12:01 PM
fantastic so ya may be driving this weekend huh?

No rain!!!No rain!!No rain!!!

Paul do you think this year you'll
be attending British by the Sea at Harkness park June 1st?

My wife keeps saying your car is just a computer image!!

05-07-2008, 12:02 PM
Someone say FREE LOBSTAH?

05-07-2008, 12:05 PM
&amp; CHOWDA!

05-07-2008, 01:17 PM

My wife and I are planning to be there. I just mailed our check and registration in this morning, so we're going.

Actually, I believe that there will be a good contingency from the Cape Cod Club driving down, because it's on our calendar of planned members events this year.

And there are always a group from British Motorcars of NE and NE Triumphs, so the turnout should be great.

05-07-2008, 04:51 PM
Hi Paul,


Keep on trucking!

Regards, Russ

05-07-2008, 05:41 PM
Wow. Very nice.

05-07-2008, 05:46 PM
Congradulations Paul, on being able to convince your wife it's almost finished. You and I both know, these things are never finished. And, don't worry, I can keep a secret!

05-07-2008, 06:22 PM
Her last comment on the way home; "Don't get any ideas about another project car, now that this one is almost finished".

Yes, Dear.........
The operative word here being "almost"... Well it's always <span style="font-style: italic">almost</span> finished, these things just never seem to be completely finished. :wink:

05-07-2008, 06:34 PM
Thats great Paul Im looking forward to meeting your car in person. I'm gunna take lots of photos to give my wife ideas for our next project!!! (AH3K)............

.....................i can dream..............

05-07-2008, 06:44 PM
Rich and Searcher,

You guys are correct. It's not quite done yet. I still have the new dash to install after cleaning up the gauges, but that may wait until winter. After hearing the engine run tonight, I just want to drive it.

05-07-2008, 06:47 PM
I can see Myself!!!

did you do that work Paul
awesome!!! what kinda wood &amp; shelac?

05-07-2008, 06:56 PM

Are you kidding me??? My wife won't let me polish the furniture!

Actually, you can see the reflection of the cat in the glove box door standing between the snow banks.

I bought this from an expert here in MA who makes high end polished dashes for Healey's and Jag's:


05-07-2008, 06:57 PM
Its reall an Eye Popper!

05-07-2008, 07:02 PM

He did mine and one for a TR4 as an experiment to see if he wanted to get into Triumph dashes. I don't know if he's made more, but I paid $75 less than Moss wants for the high gloss Burlwood.

05-07-2008, 07:04 PM
money well spent!!

thats what ya gota tell your wife!!

05-07-2008, 07:08 PM
I'm not saying anything to her. The bills aren't all in yet for this engine project. Luckily, I bought this dash back in the fall, so it's paid for already.

05-07-2008, 07:23 PM
That is a beautiful dash.

05-07-2008, 09:51 PM
My keyboard is awash. With A&amp;W ~DIET~ "root beer"...

Brosky, we gotta talk. :devilgrin:

05-07-2008, 11:42 PM
E-y-e candy. Very nice dash, Paul.

Just gotta say I'm hung up on small stuff. You'll
see from my posts. Moving very slowly. Still got a lot
to do, and working a bit longer hours and other
commitments, you know.

05-08-2008, 07:08 AM

Absolutely gorgeous. So, uh, what did your dash guy do with that prototype TR4 dash? If he needs someone to trial fit for him, I might be able to help!


05-08-2008, 07:55 PM

Contact him at the link above. He still has it as far as I know. I don't think that it ever went on ebay.