TBI - 1 Year Later
Throughout this write-up, you'll see references to John
Wilson who supplied the electronic components of the TBI
conversion kit for my upgrade done in 2006.
To the best of my knowledge John is no longer doing
Triumph conversion kits and
Patton has now partnered with
Affordable Fuel Injection (AFI)
for all of the electronics. The main
advantage to this new partnership is that you now have
one stop shopping with Rick. Everything from the
adapters to the electronics to the distributor
modifications are all handled and shipped by Rick. In
addition, AFI will provide all technical support and up
to 4 custom chip programs.
I get quite a bit of email
regarding my conversion to TBI and one fellow recently
wrote asking why I haven't updated the TBI section of my
site lately. Was there anything wrong? Was I still happy
with it? I guess he thought that no news was bad news.
Well..........I'm happy to report that the past year has
been the most enjoyable year of driving my car since I
got it in 1997.
Last year at this time
(December) I had already put the car up on jack stands
and was anxious to get the conversion going. This year I
also have big winter plans (Toyota 5 speed & Goodparts'
Differential) but I was very sad to put the stands under
her. It's been such a joy to drive that I'm going to
miss driving her over the next few months.
In looking over the site I
can see where my last update was in the Driving
Impressions section way back in February after I got her
running again. Well, here we are about 3000 miles later
and everything is great. We went to the VTR National
Convention in Valley Forge PA, about a 3 hour drive and
also up to Stowe VT for the British Invasion, another 3
hour drive. In between, I drove her just about everyday
for trips around town, to the golf course, grocery
She starts and runs with
no hesitation, backfires, misses, stumbles, hiccups or
burps. My city mileage is about 21 mpg vs a dismal 12
mpg before and highway mileage is about 28 mpg up from
18 mpg. And that's with a stock 4 speed.
The best testament I can
give the conversion is that we may go down to just 1
modern car and the TR6. This is my wife's last year of
teaching so we'll both be retired come July and she
doesn't see the need for 3 cars now that the TR6 runs
with the reliability of a modern car.