Sunday, 29 July 2012

Its arrived !

Its arrived !

As per the previous entry, its arrived in the boot of a car. Looking more like a collection of parts than a motorcycle....

Here it is in the workshop - loosely assembled to look a little more like a motorcycle ...

LOTS to do !

The starting point is to identify the engine and frame numbers. From that I can start to do a few things:

Firstly I can buy the correct parts book and go in search of a fastener list. The exploded diagrams of the parts book will enable me to see exactly what we have got and what it missing. In combination with a fastener list I will also be able to start ordering the various imperial fasteners - but also I'll then know which thread types are in the frame etc so that I can re tap them.

Secondly I can submit the numbers to the VMCC who inherited the Triumph factory records. There are some lost - but the hope is that they will hold the build card for this bike. The build card would have followed the bike around the factory during assembly and will list its precise specification : colours, body type etc. (Fingers crossed for that one!)

Friday, 20 July 2012

Restoration blog

This blog will record my restoration of my brother's 1959 Triumph Thunderbird 6T. The bike is due to arrive in the boot of a car at the end of the month.

It'll all happen in here:

To date I have been researching what parts should be fitted and their availability ..... and have also found and bought the first one of those missing parts -  the revolator !

I think finding one in this condition is like having sifted through rocking horse poo and found hens teeth there - a good omen for the work that lies ahead !