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Monthly Archives: March 2007

Stu Lasswell's TR3


When I acquired my TR3 I was actually the president of the San Diego MG Club! They did not kick me out, but I was also not re-elected. That was in Nov. ’94, so I guess I’ve had the car for over 12 years now. The MG is gone, and the TR3 is much nicer than it was when I got it. It had sat for over a dozen years in a garage in San Diego, sidelined by a broken pinion gear, and I had it up and running in pretty short order… until we realized that the engine needed a complete rebuild! We moved to Arizona in Jan. ’97 and immediately joined the DCTRA. The car was definitely a beater, but was relatively rust free and fairly reliable. When it became so worn out that even I didn’t feel safe in it (that’s seriously worn) we made a deal with Paul Mcafee to do the paint job and bodywork, and whatever incidental work it might need. 18 months and somewhat north of $20 grand later, we had the car back basically as you know it now. Fortunately, my daughter got a college scholarship, ’cause the car pretty much ate up all the savings account and then some.
Now, I think I can call it money well spent, as we have enjoyed over 20,000 miles of trouble-free Triumph motoring, with trips to Missouri, Lake Tahoe, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and in-state trips too numerous to mention. My only problem is not having enough time to spend behind the wheel! Triumph’s forever!

“The Unlikely Tractor”

Article from the March 1971 issue of Car & Driver Magazine remembering the TR3. The article was titled: “The Unlikely Tractor” with the sub-title “Out of desperation Triumph mated an unimaginative British Saloon with, of all things, a tractor engine and the resultant issue went on to become one of the world’s most popular sports cars.”


It was an evil sounding, raucous little bastard that would lure you into a corner all cozily understeering the way you’d expect from a car with 2-liters worth of good stout cast iron way up front, then throw up its hands and bumble off backward.
There was nothing delicate about it, either. None of your clipping daisies with a knockoff. You drove it like a USAC Sprinter, all elbows and shoulders, and when the weird harmonics set in at 3700 revs and it gave off that hairy chested bellow, it sounded ready to take on any Super Car in town. All 100 advertised horse-power of it.

Strangest of all, it never quit running. Somehow, electronics not withstanding, the flat top pistons kept popping up and down and the valves kept clattering away mile after mile after mile.

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Marty Clark

Marty Clark’s 1974 TR6 I pried my TR6 away from my sister after it had sat untouched in her garage back in Wisconsin for over 12 years. I found a guy who worked on older Jags there that agreed to take the car and get it running. After a couple of months it was running and I was able to drive it a couple of miles while on vacation back to Wisconsin to see family. I had it shipped to me in AZ. I joined the club in 2004 just before the car got here and the club members got me past my first problem of rust in the gas tank that the shipping process broke lose. They convince me that I could really remove the tank myself and take it to get boiled and sealed. Since then the club as coached me through replacing the rear trailing arm bushings, installing John Horton’s rear tube shock conversion kit, a Monza exhaust kit and other small tasks. The TR6 had 36,600 original miles on it when I got it. My sister bought it when it was 2 years old and did not drive it except the summertime and then only a couple of times a month. I’m up over 43,000 in less than 3 years. Car is pretty original, except carbs (HS-6), rear shocks and exhaust.

What are "Archives"

Every month the system will organize and keep sorted all the posts that where made. Newest at the top and oldest at the bottom.

BTW, this is also how the postings are done so don’t be confused if you click on Events under the Catergories section and the events are not in “Date Order”. They ar in posting order. However, the Calendar and the Upcoming Events lists on the right-hand side is in Date Order

How do I add my car to "Member Cars"

Our Webmaster would be happy to post your info for you if the following sems to complicated.  Just email him the text you want and a picture if you have one.


You can follow the instructions below or Click HERE to open/download a PDF document that takes you through the process step-by-step with illustrations. 

1. Login
2. Select “Write” from the menu at the top (your account must be upgraded from the initial level when the account was created – if you do not see the “Write” option send an email to Dave to have your account upgraded)
3. Fill in the Title box. For example enter your name: John Q. Public
4. In the Post box fill in a little bit about yourself, your car and how the two of you got together.
5. DO NOT CHECK the “Notify everyone (regardless of subsription).

Now to upload your picture(s) to accompany your post.

6. Select the “Browse” button on the right hand side of the field called “File” See below for some advice on photos.
7. This opens the normal Choose File dialog box. Find the file you want to upload. Click on it and then select the “Open” button. If you want give the file a Title and a description.
8. Press the “Upload” button.
9. Leave the settings “Show Thumbnail” and “Link File” just like they are.
10. Now backup in the box where you typed your “Post” place the cursor where you want the picture to be located.
11. Press the button “Send to editor”
12. Over on the right hand side in the Categories menu place a check in the “Members Cars” box.
13. If you want people to be able to comment about your post leave the Comments and Ping boxes checked. Otherwise uncheck them.
14. Press the “Publish” button

Now you can “View site” and see your post in the “Members Cars” category!

A Note about posting and uploading your picture in your Member Posting. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE pay attention to the size of the picture you want to upload. Resize the image so that it is no more than 600 pixels wide.

How do I make an Account?

This part is real simple.

1. Click on the link in the left-hand side menu called “Register”.
2. Decide on a User name, enter your email address and the system will send you your password.

From now on when you return to the site you can click on “Login”.
The first time you login take a moment to change your password and maybe fill in the rest of your Profile information.

The site has a couple of Security access levels (Subscriber, Contributor, Author, Editor and Administrator).Subscriber is the base level that is assigned to anyone that Registers with the site.  This level does not give you access to do anything on the site other then create an account.  When you login to the site you can only see the basic “Dashboard” and your own “Profile” settings”Contributor status allows you to additionally Write a message (like post your profile in Members Cars).  You can also View the other Messages and Comments that have been posted.  You can also view the site visitor statistics

Author status increases your access by letting you upload things like pictures to accompany your messages (this additional action is found under both Manage and when you are creating a message.

Other than that the menus are the same for Contributor and Author

Editor and Admin status allow for varying degrees of access to Edit other’s messages, configure how the site looks and add additional features.

Upcoming Events
7:00 pm Monthly DCTRA Meeting @ Denny’s Restaurant
Monthly DCTRA Meeting @ Denny’s Restaurant
Jul 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Normal Meeting Schedule 6:00 pm for dinner 7:00 pm for the Business Meeting The January Meeting is held at a different location as a Sunday morning bunch for the election of Officers.
7:00 pm Monthly DCTRA Meeting @ Denny’s Restaurant
Monthly DCTRA Meeting @ Denny’s Restaurant
Aug 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Normal Meeting Schedule 6:00 pm for dinner 7:00 pm for the Business Meeting The January Meeting is held at a different location as a Sunday morning bunch for the election of Officers.
all-day Triumphest 2017 @ Little America
Triumphest 2017 @ Little America
Sep 21 – Sep 24 all-day