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The BritBox Blog

The BritBox Blog features articles about classic British cars: restoration, maintenance, the driving experience, history, and anything else related to ownership. The blog's content does tend to favor the Triumph TR250 (for obvious reasons) but I admire and respect all of the vehicles Britain produced during its automotive heyday. I wish I had one of each, although I also enjoy being married and would like to continue that relationship.

After buying a TR250, spending five years restoring it, and then driving it for the last decade, I've learned a few things. Most of that information came from books, the Internet, conversations with other owners, and my own experiences. I've also learned how much I still have to learn!

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Zen on a Creeper

Posted by RedTR250 on May 26, 2011 at 11:04 PM

It was supposed to be a two-day project – one day to take things apart and measure them, and a second day to install new parts and close everything back up again. Thrust washer failure is a common condition for the 6-cylinder Triumph TR engines. The two half-round flat bearings that control th...

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Internal Combustion

Posted by RedTR250 on May 10, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Everyone in the US seems to be complaining about gasoline prices, which have increased almost a dollar a gallon in the last few months. I know the cost is (and has been) higher in other parts of the world; it's still a kick in the shins of our fragile economy. As if the ef...

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Missed Opportunities #1

Posted by RedTR250 on April 24, 2011 at 7:48 PM

It's not like I didn't have enough to worry about. I was halfway through the 5-year restoration of my 1968 Triumph TR250, with plenty left to do. The problem was enduring the YEAR my car sat in a body shop (a story for another day), waiting to have sheet metal replaced and a co...

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Fair Weather Friend

Posted by RedTR250 on April 16, 2011 at 2:53 PM

I'm not going to say my Sporty Red Car has never seen rain since its restoration—it has, but only a few times and by accident. The first instance was three or four years after the Triumph TR250 was finished, probably on ...

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Family Non-Tradition

Posted by RedTR250 on April 4, 2011 at 2:15 PM

I didn't grow up with British cars. My family, friends, or neighbors didn't own one when I was a kid, so I had no memory of experiencing them. I remember a blue MG MGB-GT that parked in the alley next to the corner grocery store. One of my older sister's best friends had a battered white Triumph TR4 that resisted my sister's boyfriend's best efforts to keep it runnin...

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The Illusion of Speed

Posted by RedTR250 on March 27, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Speed is not absolute, it is relative. It needs context. When you travel on a commercial airliner, does your environment make you actively aware that you are arrowing through the ether at 500 miles per hour? Likewise, riding a bicycle down a steep, winding hill might see you peak at 40 mph. Which trip left you with a lengthier catalog of exhilarating sensations?

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