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Primitive Injection

Sir,

I read with interest your article on your TR6.

As I am only one of Triumph’s “valued customers” (their description) being the owner of one new TR4, two TR4As, two TR6s, I concede that I am not entitled to any favoured treatment, re rectification of faults. However my first TR6, 1969, was a sheer joy to own and on the strength of that I bought this present heap of trouble new.

I think it’s only fair to mention I am employed on Aircraft fuel Injection equipment at Dowty Fuel Systems so I really understand the rather primitive and often ineffective equipment on the TR6 of 1972 vintage.

Since this car had six miles on the clock until now at 16,000 it has missed at a rev. range of 2,100-2,250. In all fairness to Triumph they have taken the car back to Allesley, Coventry, and frantically tuned out this defect which sadly returns within about 150 miles running. However on a technical point it’s painfully obvious that working tolerances, i.e. machining tolerances on the metering piston and sleeve are too wide and we get this misfiring.

However due to commercial tolerances of Lucas that must be the price we pay for inefficient motoring. You may think I am bitter and you will be correct as I have had to withstand not only a useless car valued at £1,685, but worse I have been ridiculed as a near mental idiot by garage service managers. etc., whose technical knowledge is, as we all know, next to nothing.

The usual faults one always gets were seen to and I must be fair, I received consideration at all times, except when we mentioned misfiring. The area rep. took me out in my car and despite repeated requests by me to drive the car at 2,100-2,250 r.p.m. he seemed to want 100 mph. only. Eventually I ordered this clown out of the car and that ends the complaint as far as Allesley, Coventry, is concerned.

So all Triumph do is technically annoy a client until he orders the offending person out, and despite the complaint, that’s it.

I see by your Editor’s plea his car was rectified—that’s the strength of the press. I know what is wrong and how it could be put right, but I offended a Mr. King of Triumph who has convinced me after three visits that his main function in life is pure talk-round. Still I am a Scot and tenacious; what I would give to meet in open discussion some top technical person from British Leyland Triumph.

They know not what damage is done to their product by these smooth, glib-tongued agents and supposed-to-be Tech reps.

I agree with your Editor: a TR6 in good form is a great machine and good value for money.

Huntley, Gloucester. W. H. Harrison.