TR8 Wiring Heat Shield
by Kent Clovis of Green Country Triumphs
Recently I ran into a strange turn of events on my TR-8. I had not had it out for about a month, so since the day was really nice and I was heading to Tulsa, I came by the office and jumped into the “8” and as usual it fired right up with a couple of pumps of the foot feed. I moved the car up and started moving things from one car to the other and all of a sudden the “8” died. After numerous attempts to restart it, it just would not, so I took old faithful transportation onto Tulsa.
All day I tried to think what the problem might be. Later that day upon my return home, I checked the spark, it was OK, checked fuel, no fuel in carbs – I was on the right track. I blew out the line to the tank, still no fuel. The electric fuel pump is in the tank, I checked for electricity to the pump, it was weak and the pump would not work, so I ordered a new pump. After installing the new pump, and making a real mess doing this since I did not completely empty the tank first, I found to my dismay that the pump was still not working.
After a few calls I found out that if the oil pressure sending unit is out or not working it will kill the fuel pump. This is one of those better ideas. If no oil pressure is registered then the motor kills itself to keep from self-destructing. So off I go to the store for a new sending unit. After its installation I find that that the fuel pump is still not working. At this point I am about ready to put one of us out of my misery.
I crawl under the “8” to recheck the sending unit, which checks out. But as I am crawling out from under the source of my misery, I notice the wires to the starter are really frayed. Upon touching them to look at their condition, I get a really nice little bite. After disconnecting the battery I again dive back under the car with an extra