A nice October week-end afternoon drive with wife Rhoda and dog "Happy" turned out to be the final TR6 voyage for 2019.
Happy dog needed some treats, so the first stop was our favorite pet store where "Barking Spots" are reserved for canine owners' vehicles...Miss Tillie fit right in!
The roads along the historic Maumee River are always a favorite journey...especially this year since I recently read some War of 1812 history. One incident I read about was Dudley's Massacre, and it was not a bright spot in American military history. Dudley and his troops where supposed to come down the river from Grand Rapids, spike the British cannons on the Maumee (north) side of the river, then retreat back across the river to the American encampment at Fort Meigs. Unfortunately, after they successfully spiked the cannons, the Indians drew them deeper into the forest where they were surrounded and suffered high casualties.
So what's a TR6 adventure without ice cream ? We recently discovered this candy/ ice cream shop in downtown Maumee...a great end to our day trip adventure!
Want to mention the annual "Cars for Critters" car show that is held each September. "Cars for Critters" is a fund raiser for the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge here in NW Ohio. Where possible, cars are put in classes with wildlife names. Such as, a Plymouth Barracuda would be in the Fish class, a Ford Falcon would be in Best Bird, and the Ford Mustang in Mammals, etc., and then they have best of the '40's, '50's and '60's etc. Tillie won her class (Exotic/Foreign) among some stiff competition from other British cars. The weather was beautiful, great crowd, and everyone had a fun time.
So that leaves the Mikuni Carburetor update... the short version is switching from the ZS carbs to the Mikunis has been a positive experience...no stuck needle valves!! I did change the main jets from 165 to 160 and the pilot jets from 22.5 to 20. The air /fuel gauge was showing a rich condition (11-12) and my mileage was around 18 mpg avg. After the switch, air /fuel gauge went to 13-14 and mpg jumped to 21 mpg avg. To be honest, I never really checked the mileage while using the ZS carbs so I don't have a base line to compare with. Tillie runs very strong after being warmed up...however, she is a bit cold blooded for the first few miles.
I had hoped to put Tillie on a rear wheel dyno this summer but it didn't work out , so look for a dyno report in 2020.
So the moral of this story is, if you are working on anything that might be made in Japan, check for dimples on the screw heads!
We are almost to Thanksgiving here in the U.S., and of course December is fast approaching...then the year 2020! arrives already.
Best Wishes to everyone for an enjoyable Holiday season!