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Old 12-13-2012, 07:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Do any of you have this book written by Timothy Remus?
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry I dont have this one yet its on my list (So many books so few $$$$). I do have some of his other books and liked them more or less. As with any author on this subject you are dealing with an "Expert" (not that I have any real problem with Remus). Most books are good as a base for knowledge but much written is incorrect so keep an open mind and do not take anything a gospel just 'cause it is in print. I have found a couple of errors even in what I consider to be one of the best books on Triumph.
As a suggestion AVOID anything on Triumph written by John Tipler I really dont think he knows the difference between an OIF & an Oil Tank model.

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Old 12-15-2012, 09:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi, give this guy an email, he specialises in pre unit triumphs and virtually thats all he does, he has my 62 t100 for a full restore at moment.. he may or may not have any clues but has contacts all over the world.. etm39@optusnet.com.au .. his name Bryce Findlay.. good luck,, grumpy
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Kem770: I have it. If there is something specific I could look it up for you, or are you looking for a review?
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:34 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Kem770: I have it. If there is something specific I could look it up for you, or are you looking for a review?
Yes, I'm looking for a review because I want to know if the book will help me get my 1953 running so its reliable. I want to turn this bike into my everyday rider because an old bike should be ridden and not parked.

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Old 12-18-2012, 04:16 AM   #6 (permalink)
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depending on how far you've got., the DVD by Hugie Hancox on the preunit engine is good - but doesn't cover the gearbox
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The book by T Remus/G Chitwood is a good restoration guide in terms of disassembly and assembly, correct parts, etc. It is basically a step by step series of good quality photos showing how to put the bike together from the ground up. Uses 2 examples, a 56 trophy and a 59 bonneville. Covers a lot of details like cable routing, etc. some of which is important only to restorers and concours judges. Some good advice from guys like Randy Baxter amd Mitch Klemph on what to look for when buying an old Triumph and sourcing parts. Some will say it misses a few important restoration details.

But it is just that - a restoration guide. It's definitely not a service manual and provides very little in terms of tuning, maintenance or technical specifications (clearances, settings, timing, etc). It has an ok chapter on "keeping them running" with advice on parts and tools but again - not a service manual.

For actual technical information and the best advice I use two books - the factory service manual and my main book - "Modern Motorcycle Mechanics" by JB Nicholson. This book has a wealth of practical knowledge from a guy who sold, repaired and built British bikes for many decades and there are a lot of industry tricks and tips. Some is a bit outdated but so are the bikes :-) The book is a timeless classic by a true expert.

The parts book is really necessary as well. I have several other books on the subject and all have their pros and cons.

I haven't seen Hancock's videos but I've heard they are good and I believe it because he is a true original as well. I haven't seen the English 101 series so can't comment on that.

Don't know if this helps but good luck.

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As with anything there is not really one definitive source - there are some top shelf guys on this forum too, each with their fields of specialization.

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Thanks for all the information. I'm buying the book and the DVD because I will have this bike reliable by spring.

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Im visually oriented and I really like the 4 aces cycle video and the hughie hancox video and then check with the shop manual and it gave me the confidence to walk through the process in an orderly fashion.
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Hugie ( quite rightly) doesn't give any settings or measurements and assumes that you have the correct workshop manual where all the details are listed. But he only seems to torque a few nuts, and relies on using the appropriate length spanner on nuts.

If your spanner is short enough, it's hard to over do nuts
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