Build a Bultaco TSS from scratch

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by blaine.hale, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. DrSard

    DrSard n00b

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    Water cooled................:eek1

    I too plan to build a TSS from scratch.... I have a Matralla roller and want to shoe a Pursang motor into it ...

    also have a sherpa S ...... early model that I want to build a tralla out of...

    also have 2 early Matadors (radial heads) and a nice Astro 360 Mod 106 ....and a Mercurio. Mod 13 ...

    BUT... the above post takes the cake.....

    Keep us posted on the build....

    Thanks
  2. gearco

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    Checking if anyone has a drawing of a TSS model 29 frame. I'd like to try my hand at making one. I've got a Bandito 360 motor and frame (that is rusted pretty badly) and have begun the search for parts to make the Montjuic racer. If anyone has any helpful suggestions I'd like to hear them. thanks.
  3. Mark/Foggy

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    had to get all the graphics recreated, 'cause the paint scheme will be a little unconventional for a TSS

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    This is the 1966 Endurance European Cup commemorative sticker that Bult used to fit to their race bikes.

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    I'm hoping that I'll achieve a standard of finish that will be worthy of a Phase One Endurance bike. We have won a couple of titles.
  4. jcf

    jcf Been here awhile

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    F'n A !!!!!!

    That's just AWESOME !

    Where did you source those forks ?
  5. Mark/Foggy

    Mark/Foggy n00b

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    Forks are originals, seems this bike even though fitted with a 250 engine on arrival in the UK '66 was originally a '65 prototipo 125. It wears 125 yokes for definite. We suspect from the chassis number 100113 that it was shipped over as a spare to Frank Sheene who ran chassis numbers 100118 and 100119 for the Podiums at the '66 Ulster Grand Prix. Can't prove it though.

    Stanchions were good, springs have been powder coated after a light blast. Fork bottom caps are new manufactured as the original ones were cracked in a crash in the early '80's. I've managed to persuade some 'O' rings in there to make them oil tight. Top spring mounts have been made good with weld and filed to get the spring perch detail back. Finding seals was just a matter of measuring the old ones, same with the bearings, wheel and headrace.

    Oldani front brake was original front fitment in the famous batch shipped in March '66 to Rickman Bros, Hants, UK. Like the Dellorto SP1 and Amal Matchbox float bowl that came with the wreck that I started from, this points at Prototipo status in the surviving hand written factory Xerox records.

    Brake was blasted and freshly Chromated by a firm that specialises in 1960's F1 car restoration. Essential because 48 yr old magnesium casting get a little porous and fragile over time. Pads are new, untouched and were fitted to the bike, mesh on the vent is exact period style and colour, found after a long search.

    I got the original Borrani rim (18") restored after having the dents knocked out. Spokes and all the fasteners are Stainless there's a brand new 18" Borrani in the back, they've just started remaking them in Italy, they come in a custom made red, draw string bag if anybody is interested in that sort of heritage.

    :1drink
  6. jcf

    jcf Been here awhile

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    Fantastic stuff - be sure to keep us posted as it develops.
  7. laverda12

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    Hi. Don't know if anyone is paying attention to this thread any more but here goes. The most authentic do it yourself 350 TSS would start with a 350 Bandido. It has the right side kick starter, geared primary with crank mounted shock absorber, center exhaust port, double down tube frame. Looks like the same engine cases as the original air cooled Tss350. The only disadvantage using this compared to a genuine Tss is this gives you a a 4 speed instead of a 5 speed. A Montadero could be used, but you would have to upgrade the porting and the Bandido has closer gear set ratios, Air tech has the seat and tank, I think. I am using alloy tank and seat from Evan Wilcox. Very expensive but I traded him a TD2 front brake for the tank and seat about 15 years ago. I am using a set of Magnesium Marzochi motocross forks, leading axel and shortened internally. Front brake is a liberally drilled and lightened CB450 brake. Have used this on other vintage racers and it is plenty of brake. Stock rear wheel and I have had to add a battery box in the tail section since I am running total loss. Also had to fabricate a sub frame to raise the seat and fabricate foot peg, rear brake pedal and shift linkage. Anyone else still working on this? DGW
  8. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    I'm paying attention and I am starting with a 350 bandido :)
    Thanks for bringing my thread back to life!
  9. Tanshanomi

    Tanshanomi Your Favorite Uncle

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    I am always eager for Bultaco-related content, especially on-the-tarmac stuff!
  10. Mark/Foggy

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    I think you can get around the 4 speed box thing with the Bandito by fitting a 6 speed box made by Nova in the UK. Not sure that Nova actually have these on the shelf, but there's probably one at Romero's in Barcelona.

    Oh, and the one that I'm working on has now acquired a non-original fairing. Paint soon and I'll post some shots and a vid when it's up and running.
  11. laverda12

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    As far as the tranny goes, you might check the AHARMA rules if you plan to race it there. I am not sure which class you want to run it in. I ran a Astro 350 5 speed a couple of times with this tank and seat, and it was OK . But I think 6 speeds are a no no. I noticed that the AJR is specifically prohibited, and I suspect that is a tranny issue. Not sure though.
    DGW
  12. Tanshanomi

    Tanshanomi Your Favorite Uncle

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    A mostly complete Model 70 El Montadero in Oklahoma City for $950. I'm 5-1/2 hours away, so I'm sorta considering it, even though I don't need another project.





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  13. PJay

    PJay Any bike, anywhere

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    I have a fairing mould taken off one of Ginger Molloy's factory Bultacos. Years ago, I even made a replica fairing for Ginger with this mould.

    (Not much use for most on here, I guess, since I'm in New Zealand :D)
  14. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    Way cool! I'd love to have a replica of that fairing. It looks amazing.
  15. Texasstar

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    We joined this forum because of this thread. My son and I have Montadero's that we are resurrecting. The Bultaco threads including Bandido's and Montadero's are few and far between but this thread is fantastic and covers on and off road Bultaco history!
  16. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    That's awesome! You should definitely post some pictures here or even start a resto thread!
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  18. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    I handed the project off to a buddy. I'll let him know to reach out to you.
    Thanks!