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post #221 of 798 Old 06-11-2012, 08:37 PM
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Dear Rolf,

Actually I think the photo came from the Swiss Navy...

Seems as though the hotel is in the next valley over, but TLBC is not leaving a dust trail.

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Father's Day surprises

Dear Dinosaur followers,

HelenAnn and I had a delightful Father's Day lunch with our son Bryan, his wife and our two grandsons. In addition to the cute cards from the boys and Bryan and Elizabeth, I received two presents from Bryan. Each has a fun story behind it.

This past spring at the Tom Yang/Richard Garre annual get together at Radcliffe Motorcars, Bryan noticed that among the many car pictures lining the shop office walls was one large collage of TLBC and commented on it, whereupon Richard's wife Patty said something to the effect that Bryan should take it and give it to me. Thus when I opened my first present I was startled to see the very nice collage shown below.

Then came the second present which I opened and was really surprised to see a very nice 1/43 model of TLBC with a copy of the Cavallino #171 and the Blue Ribbon from Pebble Beach 2008 on the hood. Bryan will have to tell the story of how he come to have this model built by the master Dutch modeler Gijsbert Achterberg of Monza Models. A photo of it is also below.

All in all a memorable Father's Day, I am truly blessed.

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cool model. i was a couple of blocks away from your place friday having some pizza a tagolio. if not for traffic making me late, i woulda stopped by to see you guys. went to a play after at the theater next to the marriot.



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Very cute and detailed model indeed !
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cool model. i was a couple of blocks away from your place friday having some pizza a tagolio. if not for traffic making me late, i woulda stopped by to see you guys. went to a play after at the theater next to the marriot.
Dear Ed,
I was truly delighted to see the detail of the model with the mag and ribbon on the hood as well.

To bad you did not stop by anyway, you could have seen the new bling from Hershey. Not sure what the theater is called now since it is now a joint operation between Classika and Synetic.

In any event do stop by next time in the neighborhood.

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Bling herewith.
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52 years ago

Dear TLBC followers,

Today marks the 52nd year of my ownership and role as custodian of TLBC. It is truly hard to believe that so much time has passed since that day I handed over the checks for $2,200 to that traveling toy salesman named Robert Ready Davis and took possession of that miserable filth covered pile of parts. It is even harder to believe the highly positive visceral reaction that car show goers and judges have upon seeing TLBC. Of course I have a strong bias that way as well. Regarding the following photo from a very hot day in the sun at the Elegance at Hershey, I have asked Classiche if that is an approved soft top for the Mondial. HelenAnn also nearly imitated Mary Poppins as we accelerated up to the awards podium.

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Dear Admiral,

Congratulations to the new bling, good reading as always! I particularly like the Mary Poppins soft top, could come in handy on the track as well as an air brake.

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Dear Dinosaur followers,

One of the technical aspects of TLBC that I have not covered previously has to do with the very wide range of transaxle final drive ratios available with the 5 speed tipo 509 transaxle as used in the Series II 500 Mondials, the 750 Monzas and the Super Monzas.

The attached graph illustrates the range and the related theoretical MPH. I am of the opinion that the 500 Mondial SII with the tipo 111 motor putting out roughly 172 BHP at 7000 RPM probably runs out of steam around 146 MPH. I have no idea what the stronger 860 Monza has for a potential top end, but of course both it and the 750 Monza have red line at 6000 RPM not the 7,0000 RPM of the 500 Mondial. Further many of the 750 Monzas and all the 857 and 860's used 7:00 X 16 rear tires which changes the whole equation for relevant MPH.

Gear #1 is the spiral bevel gear at the rear end of the third motion shaft of the transmission which mates a similarly cut gear #2 on the cross shaft which also has the helical or spur cut pinion gear #3 driving the differential carrier ring gear #4. Thus with the availability of three sets of #1 & #2 gears, and seven sets of #3 and #4 one can set up 21 different final drive ratios depending on the circuit requirement.

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Dear Ed,

Really a piece of cake. All one has to do is to remove the belly pans, the rear exhaust system, remove the gas tank, disconnect both rear brake system (hydraulic and emergency), remove the seats and the interior panels, disconnect the two half shafts, drop out the DeDion tube assembly, disconnect the drive shaft from the clutch housing to the transaxle, disconnect the shifter connections, maneuver the transaxle assembly out of the chassis tubing, remove the differential oil line connections, separate the transmission from the differential unit, separate the differential casing, remove the differential carrier, remove the counter shaft, undo the 32 tab locks and remove the 16 nuts and bolts attaching the ring gear to the limited slip differential cage, disassemble the cross shaft and remove the spiral bevel gear from the third motion shaft. Then you are ready to select the correct sets of gears and put it all back together.

Gives one a better appreciation for all the overnight work the factory team mechanics did at tracks like the Venezuelan Grand Prix where the above procedure was carried out.

By the way this transaxle is not at all quiet when running.
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Admiral- Which set do you normally use? Does not sound like a casual undertaking to make the change. Sort of like the Boxer owners manual which states "if for any reason you should remove the engine, change the cambelts" or words to that effect.

Like you said, gives you an impression of what the mechanics had to do. One of my favorite old photos, I think from R&T, showed Ferrari mechanics with an early transaxle laid out on the ground like an exploded drawing.

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wow. figured you could just reach in the inspection cover with a screwdriver and move some things around. on the fly .



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Dear Terry,

I have only the three pair shown in bold, so I think the best option is the 4.54:1 final drive which is plenty fast for me at the top end and has plenty of get up and go in any of the five gears.

Ed, the only time I ever stuck a screwdriver in the inspection port was when I broke the primary selector fork in the transmission while on track at Bryar Motorsport Park in May of 1967. That left me with the capability from the shift tower of selecting only 1st, neutral or reverse gears. In those days I drove to and from the race tracks. I had no choice but to drive it all the way back to HBS in Cambridge. I would put it in 1st gear, accelerate away from the stop sign or stoplight, put in the clutch, shift into neutral, stick the screwdriver down into the transmission to try and select any other higher gear, let out the clutch and drive to the next stop light, figuring that any forward gear was somewhat better than 1st. I made it all 80 miles back that way. My son just shakes his head when I tell that story.

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Ed, the only time I ever stuck a screwdriver in the inspection port was when I broke the primary selector fork in the transmission while on track at Bryar Motorsport Park in May of 1967. That left me with the capability from the shift tower of selecting only 1st, neutral or reverse gears. In those days I drove to and from the race tracks. I had no choice but to drive it all the way back to HBS in Cambridge. I would put it in 1st gear, accelerate away from the stop sign or stoplight, put in the clutch, shift into neutral, stick the screwdriver down into the transmission to try and select any other higher gear, let out the clutch and drive to the next stop light, figuring that any forward gear was somewhat better than 1st. I made it all 80 miles back that way. My son just shakes his head when I tell that story.
sure, why not? what could possibly go wrong?????
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Admiral, Bryan- We would all do things differently now when you can call a tow truck with your cell phone. Bit different in the olden days. When the throttle cable broke on my Dino 246, I jammed the throttle open to 2000 rpm and drove it home. I do not even carry a screwdriver now, except for the ones in the factory tool kit. Do carry a compressor for the tires, though, since we now have no spare.

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For giggles, I flipped thru this entire thread this morning and realized that there are nearly no historical pictures of 0556(0446)MD. I am going to add those pics now; most of these are posted in various places on the web - some have not - but I think it would be good to have them in one place.

First - the car's first outing at the now-defunct track at Monthlery, France. Francois Picard - owner and pilota. High bank w/ no guardrail - high pucker factor since most of the cars on that track were RHD and the bank was on the left side . . . .
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Bryan- Look forward to seeing those photos. I note in this one that the protocol of the faster cars go higher worked and the slower Osca (I think) stayed low and out of the way. TLBC is tiny, but it looks huge next to the other car.

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Here are all the race results we have been able to find. I believe this list is up to date.
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