The pump in question sounds like the OEM pump on my '69 GT6+ (but w/English
not Italian), and the replacement motor I bought for it. The handle in
question is for priming the fuel system.
From: Bud Rolofson <Bud_Rolofson@nps.gov>
To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Monday, October 05, 1998 1:43 PM
Subject: TR6 - Fuel Pump Questions
>Had a fuel pump failure this weekend. Fortunately I was safely parked in a
>where I could replace the pump after calling my wife to bring the tool box
>go pick up a new fuel pump at the parts store. The new pump cost me a
>since it was my only choice at 4:30 on a Saturday afternoon. I'm going to
>a spare $22 one on hand from now on. I was about 30 miles from home so I
>figured by fixing it there and driving it home I came out even by saving on
>towing bill. Anybody have towing Ins. with their vintage car insurance
>The pump which looks similar to the one the big three offer does differ in
>it has this "hand pump lever" on the bottom that apparently lets you
>fuel pump by pulling up and down on the lever. I have no idea why you
>want to do this? Anyone know if this was an original feature that the new
>pumps sold by the big three decided to leave off? The box the pump came in
>it was made in Italy. I noticed some other parts (dist. cap, rotor,
>points) I've bought from the same parts store were also made in Italy.
>else out there encountered Italian parts for Triumphs? Your experiences?
>noticed my German designed (body) English car seems to do just fine with
>infusion of Italian parts except that it veers towards every Alpha it sees
>starts running hot.
>When I replaced the pump it came out in pieces because the pump lever arm
>sticks inside the engine had lost the pivot pin that it rotates on and also
>holds it into the pump. The problem is the pin and the end of another
>that got sheared off the lever arm were no where to be found. In the short
>I decided to see if I could "grab" these pieces by putting a 35 lb. pull
>($9.49 at Eagle hardware) on the bottom of the oil pan. Hopefully this
>gather the pieces and keep them on the bottom of the pan until I get a
>pull the pan and recover the metal pieces. Might even collect some other
>metal particles. Now I can order that spare pan gasket along with the
>Bud 71TR6 CC57365
>P.S. I'd had a problem with my idle dropping about 200-300 rpms after
>and, with normal driving, at stop lights, etc. Most times the engine
>bounce back to normal idle but some times (especially lately with cooler
>weather) it would just die. I'm guessing that was a sign that my fuel pump
>not 100% at the lower rpms and a precursor to its total failure. I know
>with the new fuel pump I don't have the bounce at low rpms now.