Despite the setback with the radio today, I did manage several minor repairs to the Triumph this weekend:
Instrument Cluster At Night
– The tachometer has a new light bulb behind it which shines nicely at night.
– The horn has been fixed simply by cleaning off the connections.
– Per the recommendation of my older brother, a quick-release battery cable has been installed. This makes disconnecting the battery quick and easy to prevent any unexpected shorts (and then fires) while the car is sitting unattended in the garage.
– The brake fluid has been replaced and the brakes have been bled, but they’re still really soft. I may try bleeding them again, and/or may seek the guidance of fellow Triumph drivers.
– One of the three main fuses to the car has been replaced. It’s the so-called “Line Fuse” — not one of the two fuses in the little fuse box — this one is in a plastic case embedded in a purple wire. Anyway, it was blown, so a new one has been installed. I’m not sure yet what caused it to blow, but it’s all better now (and possibly the reason why the horn wasn’t working previously). And, yes, the car has only three fuses, plus one for the radio.
– New tires have been installed! This is a pretty big deal, actually. The new tires are larger than the original 155/80/R13 size. According to the guy at the tire store, they don’t make tires that small any more. The new tires are 175/70/R13, which, according to one site, are a pretty good substitute for the originals. So far, the new tires are doing great. I thought I heard a bit of scraping at one moment while turning the steering wheel pretty far to one side, but I haven’t heard that sound again since (and I see no damage to either front tire).
– And with the new tires, I got the Triumph up to about 55 mph Saturday night — the fastest I’ve taken the car. I was going home after taking pictures of the car Saturday evening. I went through downtown Minneapolis, but it was crazy busy because of some fireworks show. Instead of going through yet more stop-and-go traffic, I decided to zip down a short stretch of I-35W (over the new bridge) to Hiawatha. While the Triumph certainly wasn’t the fastest car on the road, it ran smoothly all the way home.