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post #21 of 42 (permalink) Old 01-16-2013, 09:57 AM
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what about the BSA A65 650 Spitfire?

Not a Triumph but built by the owners of Triumph. It was a keen motorcycle in its day:

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We complain about the suspension on our Bonnies. Spitfires, GT6 and Heralds bounce all over the road, bumpy bends were an experience to say the least. Must be a Triumph thing
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For any one who wants to follow my Spitfire build thread here it is.

It's a long read and not finished yet but it'll help pass a few hours.


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And now you have a small insight as to the joys of phone sales. No wonder some shops never answer their phones.

When I tried my hand at sales I was always taught to sell first and worry about having the inventory later...I'm just sayin`!
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You didn't know what a Triumph Spitfire is?
Owen, I don't much pay any attention to cars I can't fit into. Except for Cobra's. Those I'll suck it in for those.

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Bill, Bingo!

True story. In the 80's, I used to work for a technology co. that had a computer help desk. I had a bit of a thing of one of the gals and would loiter around her desk during calls. One day she had this woman (possibly blond) on the line who was totally ignorant of computers.

Trying to help the woman reinstall the software, she tells the customer:

Help: "Take the disk (5-1/4" floppy back in the day) out of the paper sleeve."

Cust: "OK, what next."

Help: "Put the disk into the slot in the computer, and close the door."

-She hears what sounds like a sqeaky chair being rolled across the room and the office door being closed-

Cust: (in a hushed voice) "OK, the disk is in and I shut office door. Is there something private you need to tell me?"

TRUE! I can't make this stuff up.


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That is a way cool '66, and TR6. I've seen Spitfires with early RX7 engines, cool combo.

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That would be quite a combination, quite a mix of era's!
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This reminds me of the time my friend and I made the horribly idiotic mistake of ever thinking we'd find a part for our buddy's Triumph TR6 at Autozone.

We walked up to the counter and asked, "Do you have, or would you be able to order a distributor cap for a1976 Triumph TR6?"

The guy's initial response to this behind the counter was, "Is that a Ford?"

You can guess how the rest of that conversation went before we walked out laughing and went home and ordered one from Moss.

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I owned a Triumph Spitfire, it was a "green one and it needed one of them black things". I worked auto parts myself and once in awhile somebody would come up with a winner. I'll never forget the gal that needed a windshild wiper, only wanted one and she wanted it ordered from Germany since it was a German car.
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I always thought Triumph Spitfires were nice to look at and the GT6 was beautiful.
I know from experience that the roadsters were the type of car that discouraged slowing down for anything because of the effort required to regain that lost momentum. Great fun.

I'm surprised no one has mentioned one of these yet.

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Sel Motion Mike,

I totally feel your pain. I was a NAPA store owner for 2 years, corporate store manager for 2 years, territory manager for 8 years, Triumph/Kawasaki/Aprilia/Husquvarna/Artic Cat dealership Parts Department Manager for 2 years and yeah, you get some stupid friggin questions. "Hey a Triumph?, who is making that now, Yamaha?"
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