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NASC Streetrod Nationals

Return to LeMans

Diff Nose Leak Fix

Professional Repair and My Amateur Fixes.

The Mule Returns

Nearly there.

Engine Reinstall


Winter Project

Rotten week, but getting better.

It's the simple things ...

Stag Suspension

Back from Hols - US Rental Car Heaven

Stoneleigh - A lesson learnt

GT6 Interior Refit : All Done + MoT

GT6 Interior Refit - Part 3, Driveable Again

GT6 Interior Refit - Part 2, Carpet Complete.

GT6 Interior Refit - Part 1, The Rear.

First post for new blog

NASC Streetrod Nationals

Every August Bank Holiday the NASC hold their National event at Trinity Park in Ipswich. It's a 3 day event, but Sunday is their public Show and Shine day. If you bring an interesting car, you get in for a tenner with all occupants. 

It's an amazing show and one I don't like to miss. So yesterday four of us piled into the 2000 estate and took our place nestled amongst the American muscle cars and hot rods. 

Here's a few pictures of my favourites. 

posted by Russell Banyard 29th August 2016 11:55am gmt

Return to LeMans

So earlier in the month it was the LeMans Classic and for the sixth time we went with the TSSC on the Tertre Rouge campsite. 

It was the Stag's first trip abroad and I'm glad to say it behaved itself, even in the glorious weather. 

I had to take the back seat out to get in all the camping gear, but it was worth it for the benefit of having a larger tent. 

Here we are all pitched up on the Thursday morning. 

Once again, it was a fantastic event enhanced by being so close to the circuit. I can't believe it's 2 years since we were last there. 

posted by Russell Banyard 21st July 2016 11:45pm gmt

Diff Nose Leak Fix

One of the reasons I've been avoiding taking the PI estate any great distances, is because the diff has been leaking quite badly from the front seal. As someone who's destroyed 2 different diffs over the years in the 2000 and TR6 by forgetting to keep them topped up during long trips, I didn't want to kill another. 

The PI has a good one, quiet with minimal play, so I want to keep it that way. 

First task, get the rear end up in the air and disconnect the driveshafts. 

Then remove the rear exhaust, disconnect prop, undo all the diff mounting bolts, haul it over the subframe arms and pull it out from under the car. 

I'd bought a strengthened nose-piece from eBay 11 years ago, that had been fitted with a new bearing, but never used it, so now seemed a good enough reason to remove it from its box and put it to use. 

The photos get rather sparse now, but  the order of events were as follows. 

- Remove old nose piece and drain oil. 
- Drift out old leather lipped seal. 
- Tap in new leather seal, after soaking in gearbox oil for 24hrs. 
- Fit new nose piece.  
- Swap over propshaft flange as the one supplied with the nosepiece was a Stag one and the PCD is different. 
- Fill diff with oil.

Refit diff, with new Superflex bushes, stainless washers and nuts from Chris Witor, as the old rubber ones were well past their best. 

While the diff was out I also took the chance to re-grease the sliding splines on the driveshafts. 

Checked the oil level once the car was back on the ground, then went for a quick test drive. All seems ok, but will keep an eye open for those tell tale puddles of EP90. 

posted by Russell Banyard 15th June 2016 8:57pm gmt

Professional Repair and My Amateur Fixes.

So now the Stag has been back on the road for a bit, I'm ironing out a few of the problems that are arising. 

1. Starter Motor. This has been working intermittently for a while now, even before I took it off the road, and it wasn't getting any better by itself. After considering high-torque examples, I decided to support a local business and took the old Lucas unit to Nacton Auto Electrics in Ipswich. For £40 they fitted a new solenoid and gave it a check over. The brushes they said were 'like new, and last forever on these old motors'. Fantastic service. 

2. Exhaust Manifolds. While I contemplate what to do with the exhaust,  the blowing from the near side manifold was getting annoying. 2 of the mounting flanges had rusted and were allowing gases to escape. My welding is not great, but I thought I'd try and create a repair, by building up the low areas with weld then grinding back. 

Quite pleased with the results. There's still a little blow, but that's mostly from where the down pipe joins the manifold, which is a horrible joint. 

3. Valley Gasket. This is repair I'm not proud of, but it's done the job. I noticed a fairly serious oil leak, with oil pooling in the V and running down the rear of the block. My first thoughts was that the rubber seals at the end had failed, but closer inspection showed a tiny pin hole in a rusty patch on the tin valley gasket, with oil oozing out under higher revs. 

You can just see it on the upper rib in this photo. 

So I had a choice. Replace the valley gasket, which involves removing the inlet manifold and trying to loosen 12 bolts (steel in alloy) that haven't been moved in years ... or decide on a less professional, but less labour intensive repair. 

I went for the second option, and pooled an amount of Araldite over the affected area. 

It does look like someone has sneezed on it, but so far it's holding. 

4. I also cut down my homemade tailpipes, so they tuck under the bumper. They look less like scaffolding now and it's neatened up the rear end a little. 

Before :

After :

posted by Russell Banyard 30th March 2016 07:32am gmt

The Mule Returns

At last, after over a year off the road, my Stag passed it's MoT yesterday. 

I affectionately call it the Mule due to it's non-standard drivetrain (Rover V8 + LT77 5 speed box) and also because I fitted it with a manual quick rack (and other steering related parts) for a Triumph 2000. 

So now it's back mobile again, I can look at getting a proper exhaust for it. I may go the custom made route if the pricing isn't too bad. 

But it wasn't all smooth running yesterday, I managed to mangle the front number plate on my engine stand reversing out of the garage. 

I think trying to straighten it may be fruitless, so I imagine I'll be ordering another at some point.  

posted by Russell Banyard 12th March 2016 2:09pm gmt

Nearly there.

Good progress on the Stag over the last few weekends, including :

- Car is now running and driving again. 
- Wiring loom that runs down the nearside chassis leg is relocated down the inner wing. This stops it being fried by the exhaust manifolds. 
- Other minor electrical work to tidy the wiring to the electric fan thermostat and washer bottle. 
- Fit another set of 15x6 minilite replicas fitted with 195/65R15 Yokahama tyres. 

So that just leaves me to fit the bonnet, give it a wash and tidy up, and it should be ready for an MoT. 

posted by Russell Banyard 16th February 2016 07:32am gmt

Engine Reinstall

So with the sump back on, the rocker covers stripped of paint and reinstalled it's time to get the engine back in the car.


With the gearbox off it's a fairly simple job of just lowering it back into the engine bay. 

Once bolted up, here comes the hard bit, getting the car onto the ramps which are on the other side of the garage, so I can install the gearbox. 

In a scene that resembled a World's Strongest Man event (well it is the run up to new year) I managed to push the Stag out onto the soggy wet grass outside and get it to a point that I could connect my 12v winch. (a very useful extra that came with the ramps). 

It was the first time I'd used it, but made getting the car up the slope so much easier. 

Now it's off the ground, I bolted on the clutch and then had to get the LT77 gearbox back on.

There's no more photos for the moment, but suffice to say, even with the ramps giving me 2ft of lift, and having a transmission jack, it still took me 90mins of wrestling (and swearing) to get it bolted up. 

The crossmember is also now back on, so hopefully at some point this weekend I might get it running again. 

posted by Russell Banyard 07th January 2016 11:23pm gmt


During the preparations for Christmas, I've found some time to take the sump off the Rover V8 and give it some attention. 

Once degreased with alternating uses of Gunk and White Spirit, it turns out to be an interesting homemade affair. 

Thankfully the baffle plate wasn't hiding too much sludge, and no engine parts fell out as I gave it the final few shakes. 

So once clean and dry, a quick coat of Red Oxide :

Then 2 days later some black gloss,

and it's ready to go back on. 

posted by Russell Banyard 17th December 2015 10:16pm gmt

Winter Project

See the picture below. This really is the same Stag that sits looking rather smart a little further down this blog. 

It's been off the road for over a year now, thanks to house fires and other projects (workshop re-roofing and a 2.5pi Estate). But now they are all behind me, it's time to tidy it up and get it MoTed again and that includes trying to sort the exhaust once and for all. 

Earlier in the year, in trying to remove the tubular manifolds, I sheared the heads off 4 bolts on one side. These, along with one already sheared on the other side meant pulling the engine to get it sorted. This would at least allow me to sort a few other things while it was out. (Crumbling engine mounts, dicky starter motor, mummified engine bay wiring). 

Having had no luck with drills and 'EZout's, I entrusted the drilling and helicoiling to AFM Racing in Ipswich. Once back and mounted on my engine stand, I'm taking the opportunity to clean up the old Rover P6 lump. Nothing too mad, but de-greasing, stripping and cleaning the rocker boxes, and removing, painting and re-sealing the sump are on the list. 

The Stag's alloys ended up on the 2.5pi Estate, but I have acquired another 15x6 set exactly the same, so the PI will be keeping hold of these. 

posted by Russell Banyard 05th December 2015 9:42pm gmt

Rotten week, but getting better.

In the last 7 days I have discovered the power of Mother Nature. A storm over Ipswich last Thursday scored a direct lightning strike on our house, setting fire to the TV in our bedroom and taking the chest of drawers underneath with it. 

Although the fire was confined to one room, the smoke damage is extensive. We've lost almost all our possessions that were on the first floor and looks like we'll be out of the house for at least 3 months. 

Thankfully nothing too sentimental was destroyed, except for some hard earned Club Triumph T-Shirts which were in those drawers. Thought I'd take these poinient pics of them before they got binned. 

On a more positive note, my estate has had it's frilly extremities replaced by Andy Dann. New front valence, lower front wing corners and lower rear wing corners. Top job! Some before and after pics below. 

posted by Russell Banyard 21st August 2014 8:07pm gmt

It's the simple things ...

Got back from the Le Mans classic last weekend, my 5th time attending with the TSSC and it never ceases to entertain me, it really is a fantastic event. 

There was three of us going so took the 2000 estate so we could get all the gear in. Travelling Wednesday night meant we were first on the site and chance of a couple of uncluttered photos in the early morning. 

Now we're back, today I had a chance to fix the disintegrating steering bush that led to a wobbly column through most if the trip through France. 

Pic below shows the remains of the old one, with a new Superflex one from Chris Witor. 

What made me smile was when rummaging under the dashboard to loosen the column I found this attached to the wiring loom. 

Always nice to find a little bit of originality still with the car. 

posted by Russell Banyard 13th July 2014 6:26pm gmt

Stag Suspension

I had some free time last weekend, so in-between bouts of gardening (well, weed clearing to be more precise), I decided to fit the new struts to the Stag that I'd ordered from Chris Witor last month. 

I've never been entirely happy with the Stag's handling since I got it. Despite fitting lowered springs to the existing shocks early on, it always had a slight tendency to wander on uneven road surfaces. So to try and fix it once and for all I decided to go for all new parts. 

Rebuilt struts with 1" lower 205-400lb progressive springs and KYB shocks. Here's old vs new. (Not much visual difference other than cleanliness)

New tie-bar bushes, 80 shore. These are the blue ones in the photo. Looking at what was on the car before, I hoped this would be the cause of the wandering. Although poly-bushes, the centre holes of the old ones had a bit of wear to them.

Old strut off. Looking at these inner panels and the strut tower reminds me why I bought this car back in 2010, it really is rock solid. 

After taking a couple of hours per side, the new struts and tie-bar bushes were on. A test drive round my usual route, which is about 6 miles of country roads and an A14 blast, showed an improvement in the tightness of the handling. Because it had the same springs as before, it's always cornered with very little body roll, but that tendency to wander definitely seems reduced. Hopefully it will last. 

I'm really pleased with the stance of this car. People have always said the Rover engine ruins the handling of a Stag, but with the set-up I have now you can really throw it around without much drama, and those springs certainly alleviate any of the nose-up look you can get with the lighter engine. 

So, to re-cap, my suspension set-up is ...

Front : Chris Witor 205-400lb progressive springs with KYB shocks
Rear : Chris Witor PFLR575 Springs, with +5mm insulators. GAZ adjustable shocks (on the car when I bought it). 

... and I can thoroughly recommend it. 

posted by Russell Banyard 18th June 2013 9:58pm gmt

Back from Hols - US Rental Car Heaven

No Triumph news at the moment, but I have just got back from a 10 day break in Texas. First 5 days were spent in Austin enjoying Austin Psychfest 2013 and it's build up.

The next 5 days was a whistle stop road trip. Austin - Dallas/FortWorth - Jefferson - Houston - Austin. This was made all the more enjoyable by our choice of Hire Car, a Chevrolet Camaro SS, pictured here outside an abandoned Drive-In Theatre we found on Highway 59, outside Lufkin.

1100 miles with 400bhp on tap, we were certainly sad to hand the keys back to Budget Rentals yesterday morning.

posted by Russell Banyard 04th May 2013 7:05pm gmt

Stoneleigh - A lesson learnt

Sunday saw the annual visit to the first show of the season at Stoneleigh. 5 of us from Suffolk made the 150mile trip and I decided to take the Stag to give it the first decent run of the year.

However, on returning to the car for the trip home, it started for about a minute, then stopped. It does have a habit of flooding easily from cold if you use maximum choke, as the Holley shuts off all the air, then proceeds to dump was seems like litres of fuel into the manifold.

So, we left it for a bit, then re-tried, nothing. The Suffolk posse then pushed me from the grass to the road in the car park for a bump start. Several attempts in 1st/2nd/3rd gear - nothing. Removing a plug showed it to be a good colour and dry. Hmmm, not flooded then.

It was then we noticed the fuel filter was almost empty. So I investigated blockages, blew through fuel lines ... before we noticed the pump wasn't pumping. Once up to pressure, these QH replacement pumps don't make much noise, so the 5 tired Suffolk travellers failed to realise.

My battery is in the boot, so after fidding with fuses and realising it wasn't those, it didn't take long to find a spare piece of wire and make a permanent connection. 
This quick bodge saw us out for the return journey, where I dumped the car on the drive, disconnected the wire, emptied it of purchases and left it well alone.

The lesson learnt? Well the next day at work, I had a sudden thought "INERTIA SWITCH!!". Got home and sure enough it had popped, only about 1mm, but enough to break the connection.
Grrrrr, not sure what caused it as it survived the Stoneleigh speed humps with no problem.

Thanks to Chris, Lindsey, Simon and Brian for the fault finding help and words of encouragement.

Back to the show and I had a good time. Met up with a few old friends and bought a few things I needed.
  • TR6 rear brake shoes and drums from TR Shop
  • Headrest Foams from TR Shop
  • 13" Moto-lita steering wheel and Boss from Rimmer Brothers
The headrest foams were for the seats I now have in the GT6. These were in my Spitfire, and I had them refurbed 22 years ago, but I didn't bother with the headrests as they were fine. Not anymore. After 40 years, they had turned to bags of sand. Monday night, I opened them up to find this crumbling mess inside.
 New foam in place and old cover stapled back on gave me this.
Much better!

One final bit of good news, the 300 mile round trip showed the Stag returning around 27MPG and I seem to have cured it's excessive oil thirst (max to min in 200miles). This was down to the rear block breather being fed into a vacuum port under the carb, which seemed to suck oil in through the engine.

The picture below shows my new set-up. 

Block Breather - Pipe - Fuel Filter - Pipe Into Wing.

In the 300 miles, the level on the dipstick hardly moved. Success!

posted by Russell Banyard 06th March 2013 6:46pm gmt

GT6 Interior Refit : All Done + MoT

The last couple of weeks has consisted of spending odd minutes when I can, finishing off the tunnel area, adding a 12v power socket and a radio.

Halfords had DAB headunits on offer, so I went for their Pioneer DEH-X6500DAB offering for 129.99 which came with a free magnetic aerial. It's a bit glitzy, but with the display set to orange it blends in with the brown ok.

So here it is finished.

The black disc on the dash is a SatNav mount. Just personal preference, as the screens in Triumphs are narrow enough without cluttering them up with technology.

The magnetic aerial is living on the roll bar for the time being ...
 ... and the reception is ok. 

I agonised for ages about the speakers as I didn't want to chop up the door or boot cards. I thought about putting them in boxes behind the seats and making them removable, but in the end hid them away in the gloveboxes facing down into the footwells. This meant making an extra panel to cover the front, reducing usable space, but at least they are mostly invisible as the picture below shows. :-)
Finally, it went for MoT and passed, just need to get some miles on it now.

posted by Russell Banyard 15th February 2013 7:44pm gmt

GT6 Interior Refit - Part 3, Driveable Again

I'd got the bit between my teeth and decided to get the car driveable again today, so it was another morning spent in the garage to finish the last major parts, while listening to Andy Murray lose the tennis.

First job, refit the central armrest and tunnel cover. This involved drilling new mounting holes, then fudging around with the self tapping screws through the carpet until they located, just a bit fiddly really.

Next was to fit the Roll-Centre rollbar I'd taken out of my MKIV Spitfire before selling it. This was the other reason I had to remove the Britax inertia reel belts. As well as them hitting the seat, they were mounted exactly where the lower legs of the rollbar would sit.

10mm bolts hold the bar in place, so once I'd got over the apprehension of drilling 12 holes in the bodywork, it was done.
Finally, fit the seats to the frames, only 2 bolts per seat, but not a job for the fat fingered. The seats also came from my Spitfire as I wanted some headrests in this car. I had them refurbished 22 years ago and although the covers are still in very good condition, the foams have turned to breadcrumbs again, leaving them looking a little deflated.

When Chris sold me the car, he gave me the original MK2 tan seats which also need refurbishing. Having looked at the cost of covers, foams, and professional fitting now, I think they'll stay in my shed a little longer.

Once the seats were in, the last job was to re-route the seatbelts through the rollbar as the route I originally picked forced them down too low.

And that's pretty much it. Although the seats should be Tan, I like the Brown and Black contrast. There's just the H dashboard support frame to fit now, but I'll leave that for another time.

The weather's been glorious today and the snow has gone, so to celebrate, I took the car for a blast to my parents and back. A very productive weekend's work.

posted by Russell Banyard 27th January 2013 6:06pm gmt

GT6 Interior Refit - Part 2, Carpet Complete.

Spent the day in the garage today finishing off the carpet. Order of fitment was : 

  • Central Tunnel Cover - and fit seat belt receptacles to hold in place.
  • Passenger Sill Cover.
  • Passenger footwell side panel.
  • Transmission Tunnel Cover.
  • Passenger Box Section cover.
  • Passenger Seat base section
  • Passenger footwell carpet.
After that lot and fitting the new static belt, this was the result.

Then repeat the whole process again on the drivers side. Here is my patented method of holding the carpet in place, until the glue dries enough to re-fit the door seal.
Must buy better pegs, those cheap ones have pathetic springs. Once complete, I refitted the seat runnners.

I'm quite pleased with the result, despite the crispy nature of the carpet backing. 
However, now it's all in place, I feel I need to call the car 'Bungle'. Can't think why :-)

Only a couple of real issues, the drivers side footwell carpet went to the same height as the passenger side, which meant it fouled all the pedals. 6 inches lopped off with the scissors fixed that, which gave me some spare to fix this ...

 ... grrrr, why can't they cut that sill panel to the right length. The drivers side is fine.

posted by Russell Banyard 26th January 2013 7:14pm gmt

GT6 Interior Refit - Part 1, The Rear.

It seems that when I acquire any new car, no matter how good it is, there are always things that need doing to personalise it to my tastes.

Even with the little use I've given it so far, a couple of things in the GT6 were starting to annoy me. The carpets were fairly loose and rucked up in places and the bulky Britax inertia seatbelts were hitting the back of the seat.

So, I'll start with the carpets and ordering a brown tufted set from Rimmer's as part of their sale was also a chance to change them all to one colour, as the boot and rear wheel-arches were black.

When they arrived, I was a little disappointed. The colour and shape is good, but the backing is very stiff and cracks quite easily when flexing. This is the 5th car I've fitted carpets in, I've always bought budget carpet from a number of suppliers (including Rimmer's), but this is the first set I've had like this.

Anyhow, I thought I'd persevere with it. First job was to stitch the rubber trim for the rear deck to the front seam. Took about an hour and I only punctured my thumb with the blunt end of the needle about 4 times.

Start in the middle and work out ....

... and it's done.

I'd already stripped most of the interior out, so here is the (almost) blank canvas.

Once the boot floor, the cross beam between the rear wheel arches and the rear trim panels had been removed, I could get to work with the evostick. The order of assembly was : 

  • Wheel Arch panels
  • Thin vertical panel in front of rear deck.
  • Rear Deck Panel

Put back all the rear panels and cross beam and lay in the new boot carpet. Here is progress so far.

A couple of wrinkles on the arches, but I should be able to smooth those out. The boot carpet doesn't have the press-studs on yet, that's why it sticks up in the corners.

So far so good and very 'cosy'. All my other cars have black carpet, so this is going to be like sitting in a teddy bear!

posted by Russell Banyard 25th January 2013 4:35pm gmt

First post for new blog

I've got so much useful information from other people's blogs over the years, I felt I should start my own. This post is just a test for me to get the formatting right. Whether anyone will want to read my tales of hammering and swearing remains to be seen, but with 4 Triumphs and an old Ford theres always something I'm tinkering with.

To kick things off here's a picture of my latest purchase, a Mk2 GT6, bought in November 2012 from local TSSC member Chris Downs. It's in lovely condition, as Chris performed a complete ground up restoration on it in the early 2000s.

More on what I'm doing to it will follow later, but the only work so far has been replacing the 'noname' black coil, with a Lucas DLB105 to cure an ever worsening misfire. It runs a treat now.

posted by Russell Banyard 20th January 2013 9:54pm gmt

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