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Old 02-11-2014, 02:09 PM   #106
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:30 PM   #107
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Things are looking a bit precarious at the moment...

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Old 02-13-2014, 06:41 AM   #108
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:29 PM   #109
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Bitsy gets a new pair of shoes.

Thanks Dave. According to the serial number it was made in the '30's. It's a handy size for making spacers and such. I have a larger one that was made in the teens that I started to restore, but the ways and all the sliding surfaces are so worn out that I pretty much gave up on it.

Between work at home and work at work Bitsy hasn't gotten as much attention as she likes, but I wanted to get her down off of the blocks and into a more stable position before I go out of town next week. A friend of mine has one of those No-Mar tire changers, so I let him mount the tires. The K70's that it had on it are good tires, when I was a kid we used to call that a "universal" tread. I had one on the front of my first dirt bike and I hated it because it wasn't as cool as a knobby. I couldn't afford a new tire and my dad wouldn't buy me one because the JC Whitney catalog said that the one I had was universal, so it should be fine for the dirt. I guess that feeling stuck with me because I like the look of the Mefo's on the Triumph a lot better:







I also scuffed up those headlight ears/fork covers that I bought with some wet-or-dry, and shot them with some Rustoleum:







While I had the front wheel off I slid the forks down, removed the 'cafe' style headlight ears that were on there and slide the proper ones in place:





I also changed the fork oil while I was in there, just so I'd know what they had. I started on the wiring but no pictures of that. I should be able to knock that out week after next.

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Old 03-03-2014, 02:44 PM   #110
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Ehh,
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No pressure, but how's e'going?
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:27 PM   #111
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I'm up in the air about whether to duplicate the air bottle, which I suppose was for airing up tires after punctures were repaired.



It would be fairly difficult to replicate.

Am I missing anything?
The air bottle is easy to find, they use the same bottle for spear fishing, scuba, paint ball, and air gunning, as can be seen here...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Theoben-Ra...-/261412645583

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Old 03-04-2014, 04:24 AM   #112
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Ehh,
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No pressure, but how's e'going?
Sorry guys. I have gotten a little bit done, but other things have distracted me from taking pictures and posting. I will try to get a post together later today. The front end is back together, except for the fender, and I have rewired the whole bike. I ended up having to make my own clamp on cross-bar for the handle bar. I got a CR style throttle tube and took it and the carb in to have a new cable made, those are back now so I can mount them. Then all I have to do is mount the new clutch cable and the controls will be done.

Thanks for the tip on the bottle Kev.

More to come.

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Old 03-04-2014, 07:57 AM   #113
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and by the way, happy Fat Tuesday!


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Old 03-05-2014, 06:37 AM   #114
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Crossbar and Throttle

A little update on some of the small progress I've made since my last report.

I had ordered a clamp-on crossbar for the handlebar. It took a long time to arrive and when it got here I didn't like it. The crossbar was too short, so it sat too low, and the clamps had sharp edges and a generally modern, unfinished look. In the first picture below you see the short crossbar and above it is a piece of 1/2" diameter aluminum stock that I cut to roughly the length that I want the crossbar to be. The second picture is the clamps as they were when I received them, slid onto the handlebar:







I decided to fabricate my own crossbar from the piece of 1/2" aluminum stock. The process consisted of careful application of heat:






Forging the ends with a BFH:








Filing the ends to the desired shape:




And then I used some wet-or-dry sand paper to smooth the ends and drilled the holes.





For the clamps I filed the edges to round them off and give them more of a vintage look:







Then I gave everything a trial fit:






And once I was satisfied with the fit I took everything back off and polished it on the cotton wheel. Here is the result:








It was good to have the handlebar and crossbar mounted now, so I could start installing the controls. I went with one of these CR style throttles that Motion Pro makes, in chrome, to get the throttle cable up out of the weeds. I took the throttle tube and the carb to a local shop and they made me a couple of throttle cables (one for a spare) that mated the CR throttle control to the Mikuni carb:








And here is the headlight dipper/horn switch assembly installed. This is a universal unit, but it has the vintage look to it. Also note the rubber end on the clutch cable adjuster, I got that from Speed and Sport, and now I've ordered some more so I can put them on all of the cables, and also small ones that will fit on the top of the carb and on both ends of the throttle cable adjuster:






More to come...


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Old 03-05-2014, 08:53 AM   #115
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Wiring

I don't very have many pictures of this, but I spent a lot of time on it. It turns out that moving the key switch/light switch from the headlight shell to the left sidecover, near to the battery, allows you to simplify the wiring harness a bit.

I have an original Triumph key switch but it has high resistances in some of the contacts, and the key is similar to a Sampsonite suitcase key from the '80's; they are all the same and none of them are very secure. You can turn the original key switches with a screwdriver or hairpin. I'm using an aftermarket key switch that is made for Sportsters, it has a round key and three positions. The switch above it is an original Triumph lighting switch, it is not wired to anything, it's just there to fill the hole. I was going to use it but again, it had high resistances across some of the contacts, so I didn't. I may replace it with a BMW/John Deere style accessory plug. Pictures of the switches:








I wired the ignition switch as follows:

Position 1 - everything is OFF
Position 2 - power to the Pazon electronic ignition, power to the brake light switches, power to the horn button.
Position 3 - power to everything in position 2 plus the headlight and taillight.




I installed a fuse block under the seat. It eliminates the in-line fuses and it also functions as a terminal block and eliminates most of the bullet connectors, and generally helps to organize things. Here is a picture of the fuse block:






The wires in the headlight shell went from this:





To this:





That's about it for now, other than replacing cables etc. I hope to get started on the fenders soon but it's getting into the busy season at work. We'll see. Thanks for listening.


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Old 03-05-2014, 04:59 PM   #116
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Neat, neat.
Quite a sandwich

Cool how you turned the crossbar around from awful to a jolly pretty.
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Old 03-05-2014, 05:17 PM   #117
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What, What!? A headlight bucket with just the wires for the headlight? Heritic!!

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Old 03-07-2014, 08:27 AM   #118
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I zinc plated them so they wouldn't rust:






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I am still watching this build closely as I have finally started my 67. How do you like this little plating kit from Eastwood? I am considering it too but the online reviews are mixed. The hardware on my bike is rust-free, but dull and I want to make it look new but not overly polished. Would you recommend the $70 Eastwood kit?
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Old 03-07-2014, 08:47 AM   #119
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I am still watching this build closely as I have finally started my 67. How do you like this little plating kit from Eastwood? I am considering it too but the online reviews are mixed. The hardware on my bike is rust-free, but dull and I want to make it look new but not overly polished. Would you recommend the $70 Eastwood kit?
The Eastwood kit is probably a little overpriced for what it is. I suspect that if a person did a little research, he could put together a similar system for less money. It's just an electrolyte bath with a piece of zinc hanging in it, an alligator clip for the zinc, one for the piece being plated, a couple of lengths of wire, and a current source. It also comes with protective eye wear and a pair of gloves, but most of us have that stuff already.

The downside of this system is that you can only plate one piece at a time, because you have to clip the little alligator clip to it. If you have a bunch of fasteners and hardware to plate, my opinion is that you would be better off just taking them to a plater, especially if you have one locally. Some of them just charge by weight, so you can take a coffee can full of hardware in to them and get a pretty good price and probably a better job. The risk is that there is always a small potential that they could lose one of your parts. If you're working on a '67 Triumph, there aren't many parts that couldn't be replaced if they were lost. If you were working on a 100 year old bike, I'd worry about it more.

What I like this system for is when I fabricate a bracket or something and it involves cutting something that was originally plated, I can plate the cut surface and prevent it from rusting.

Hope this helps...


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Old 03-07-2014, 09:45 AM   #120
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Dog, I just bought a book that's recently been released called "Triumph Experimental". It covers their experimental shop during the 60s and 70s and has detail on the factory competition bikes. There's a nice color pic of Norman Hyde with McQueen's ISDT bike. It's a bit pricey, but to me, it's worth it.

It's sold by Motorsport Publications here in the US. This firm also acts as an agent for subscriptions for British motorcycle magazines. I bought a sub for Bike magazine, and it cost half of the news stand price.

http://classicbikebooks.com/catalog/...74hhuvi35u9ps2
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