Sunday, July 23, 2006

Bill's 1964 Triumph

You suffered through most of my 'restoring Lucy' I'll spare you the step-by-step process of Bill's Triumph! :) Here it is...completely restored.

The paint scheme isn't original (he's redoing that this winter); this was a quickie, get-it-on-the-road paint job with left-over paint from other jobs. The engine/motor (which ever it's called on a motorcycle) has been completely rebuilt. We have a shop a mile from here...the owner and Bill traded work to get it rebuilt; Bill made and milled parts for him for other bikes he's fixing and he rebuilt the engine. Bill also put the bike back to "original" for that model and year. He had to buy the correct back fender, a new seat bracket, the silver thingie on top of the gas tank and the correct Triumph logos.

He thought he was being a keen shopper...buying an older bike that was here in the states, thinking he could still get remanufactured parts. Turns out...after many wrong parts and much research...the bike he actually bought was made in Great Britain. They made two different styles of Triumph for export and one for their own country. We can easily buy the remanufactured parts for the export line...BUT Bill's bike isn't one of them! LOL Sooo, he has a small fortune tied up in shipping! I'd love to know the "how the bike got over here" story, but it's untraceable; too many gaps in the information we have for the bike. Bill is assuming someone in the service bought it and had it shipped home when they were discharged.

Ahhh, it wasn't until I downloaded the picture, that I noticed Oreo in the background...that pup manages to get into EVERYTHING!


At 7/23/2006 02:40:00 PM, Blogger cathych said...

wow, $130!!!!!!! You are a lot braver than me, lol!!!

At 7/23/2006 04:38:00 PM, Blogger Denise in PA said...

Well, that is for 5 Christmas presents, a birthday present, a baby present...and two pair of socks for me...and one swap partner!

At 7/23/2006 05:39:00 PM, Blogger Becky said...

Totally cool bike, you gotta love that comfy seat!

At 7/25/2006 10:19:00 AM, Blogger jessica said...

That looks great, Denise. I saw Oreo right away, making sure she made it back into your blog!!!


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