as a teenager, having a “foreign” car

The old “foreign” cars were sometimes a disaster.

A long time ago, I had an English car, a Triumph TR-6. The electrical was 100% bad in it. The Lucas parts sucked, especially the alternator.

A mechanic modified the bracket and put an AC/Delco (General Motors) in it. That problem ended.

The distributor caps also cracked a lot. I could super glue them a few times but then would have to replace. I started stocking several at a time on a shelf.

I twisted an axle one time and had to wait 3 weeks for an expensive replacement from England. Somehow I put it in myself.

All that work just to enjoy a few minutes driving it every now and then when it decided to run.

Triumph owners used to joke, “well, at least it’s not a Fiat.” Talk about grasping at straws.

3 responses to “as a teenager, having a “foreign” car

  1. Is it, though? Is a car from an Anglo country really all that foreign in America?

  2. Well, yes. Lucas was infamous for its shoddy products. Not the only British electronics company to “enjoy” that kind of reputation, either.

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