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Old 03-05-2013, 08:54 PM   #31
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Watch'n closely!

I've had a '70 Daytona basket case taking up space in the garage for the last 20 years. Now that my youngest in a freshman in college I think I have the time to give it some love & attention

Looking forward to your build!
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:13 AM   #32
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Hi John,
To be honest, I don't know exactly how I'll use the bike. I'm a freak of nature, so I doubt I'll race it (6'8" 295lbs), but I'd like to build it for the intention of racing. From what I gather, I'll be going through cranks if I start racing it though. Don't know if I have that kind of money. So I'll probably keep it in a mild state of tune for the time being.

BTW, I'll be back out in the Bay this summer, I bought a KTM 950 Super Enduro that's awaiting for me patiently in my friends airplane hangar in Sonoma! Can't wait to hop on the PCH again!
Wow ... a 950 Super Enduro ... and you'll make it look like a 450! Cool bike, congratulations! The Mendo Rally is in May, maybe we'll see you there ... or the Sheetiron ...?

A racebike would be cool, but I'd definatley use a bike set up for the street much more ... love Cariboo_kid's bike:

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Old 03-09-2013, 06:59 AM   #33
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Just ordered this old issue of CW. I'm looking forward to reading about the road racer!
I have that issue-and the bike,too.
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:44 PM   #34
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Here is where things get interesting. The bike also came with this race glass! If anyone knows the maker of the bodywork below, I'd be real interested to hear who made it. I heard someone in New Zealand was making this stuff for quite a while, but I never got a name.

Fiberglass Gas Tank




Tail Section:


Fairing and Canopy:


Lower side panels:
Perhaps others could chime in here, but some of the older fiberglass tanks do not do well with today's gas which contains ethanol. Since it is NOS, this would be a good opportunity to find out what resin was used, and what could be sloshed inside to protect the resin (if needed)...

Harry

PS: I really like the restored bikes people have shown in this thread!
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:40 AM   #35
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Caswell makes a coating that I think would seal the tank.
http://www.caswellplating.com/restor...nk-sealer.html
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:28 AM   #36
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Thanks for the feedback regarding the tank. That could save me some tears down the road.
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:27 PM   #37
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I picked up Kevin Cameron's new book Classic Motorcycle Race Engines this week. In the book they have a picture of Gary Nixon's 1967 Triumph Daytona bike. Thanks to everyone on this thread, I've been able to narrow my focus to this bike. To the best of my knowledge the bodywork that came with my bike, most closely resembles this year Triumph, so that's what I'm going to go with!
PS. Kevin's new book is fantastic! It's like a college reference book on the history of race motors.




Next on the list, I need to figure out my exhaust pipes. In '66 they used scrambler style exhaust but the mechanics complained that the scrambler exhaust limited efficient track-side bike maintenance (pictured below). So for '67 they moved the troublesome right pipe back to the right side. So, I'd like to use a scrambler pipe on the left side (as pictured above) and the special "through-frame" right exhaust that was used on the race bikes (bottom picture). It requires a slight tweaking of the frame, and I'd like to use a donor frame if possible. Turns out there is a brit-bike salvage right here in Minnesota! Even better, Mitch Klempf actually owns Gene Romero's original '66 Daytona race bike!!!!! I'm going to make a trip when I get back stateside next month!
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Note the right exhaust on '67 and later bikes. It is routed through the frame near the rear wheel. This will require some minor frame adjustment. Also, notice the rear set linkage is just the stock shifter flipped around. That gave the racebikes the proper GP shifting pattern too!
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Old 03-16-2013, 03:29 AM   #38
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Tea is the secret. We built an empire whilst sipping tea. It all went down hill when they introduced coffee.

I would have said rum and sodomy. What would I know, I am just another colonial.
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:22 AM   #39
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Thanks for the review on Kevin Cameron's new book. I'll definitely get a copy. I'll give you one back - Tales of Triumph Motorcycles and the Meredin Factory by Hughie Hancox. It probably won't help you with your project but its entertaining and full of bits of Triumph history.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:36 PM   #40
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Daytona winner

Here's another pic from the archives.

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Old 03-18-2013, 10:23 PM   #41
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Now that's what I'm talking about! Thanks CK!


Update: Right now I'm working overseas, so I don't have much hands-on spanner time with my bike, but when I get back I'm going to mach up the tank and fiberglass to see what I have to work with. I'm a little curious how I'm going to connect the side covers to the front fairing. Any ideas?


The arrow marks the spot in question. You can see the racers had some external fastener of some kind (about 3 of them) connecting the lower side fairing to the front fairing.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:54 AM   #42
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:09 AM   #43
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Thanks R77, I've used those in the past, to use those I'll have to make some brackets, since I can't overlap the fiberglass. I'm also wondering if they will hold or if I'm going to get the side panels flapping... I may need to anchor them to the frame as well as to the front fairing. Of course, I'm armchair quarterbacking all this right now, I think it will make more sense when I get back to the metal machine.

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Old 03-19-2013, 07:39 AM   #44
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Fairing fasteners

The factory fairings (Avon Michenall) were simply overlapped and through bolted with some 1/4" bolts, washer and shake proof nuts.
Here's a good vid of Jaeson Caunce's 500 being used in anger at Beezumph 2010. You'll also see the Great Man himself, Gary Nixon, chatting with some local lads.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yveniE_iVw4

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Old 03-21-2013, 10:23 AM   #45
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I would have said rum and sodomy. What would I know, I am just another colonial.
Well that did enable us to overrun the countries growing the tea and then import it back to Blighty. A good hot cuppa ignites the brain cells.
When I moved over here to the colonies a top priority was finding a source for UK tea. Back then it was easier to find weed than a tea leaf.

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