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post #61 of 83 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you Rob, that means a lot coming from you. I have a great amount of respect for you as I have read so many of your posts of insight and expertise. Webby was right!

It is a fun project and a fine education. This will be the second restoration, the first being a 1962 Honda, in which I have used your method of zinc plating the hardware. I was thoroughly impressed with how simple the process was and how well the parts turn out. Thanks for posting all of your great ideas and techniques, they are extremely helpful.

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Thanks for the kind words. But I truly believe these forums are all about sharing, helping and preventing others from making the same mistakes we make. That zinc plating process is not mine by a long shot. I found it on a Honda 305 site and a guy there name Wilf, who is a science teacher in the Great White North if I remember right was who initially posted it there and was very helpful with tips as I started to do my own plating.

Keep up the good work and progress on your bike. I'll be watching from here on out.

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post #63 of 83 (permalink) Old 05-06-2015, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Hello gentlemen. It has been a very long time since I posted an update. It’s not that I am a slacker for neglecting my project, but I have been providing full time care for a very ill family member. As time allowed, I have had minimal free time over the past two years to enjoy the Triumph work in the refuge of my garage. A gracious “thank you” to those of you who were praying for my family member, and for me, it is sincerely appreciated.

Some progress has been made but any future posts of progress or replies will be VERY sporadic.


Front wheel. Sanded and polished the hub, re-laced the wheel with new SS spokes on the re-chromed rim.





While in Louisville, KY a couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting “David in Kentucky.” He showed me his beautifully restored Bonneville, his magnificent shop, and the tools he made for his Triumph project. One of the processes he told me about was how he placed the hubs on his metal lathe to sand them. What a tremendous time saver. Since a lathe is out of my budget and expertise, I ran an all -thread through the hub, without the bearings, and installed that on my drill press. Even though the lowest speed was to high and I was unable to reduce the speed of the drill press to a more comfortable speed, it certainly served the purpose of ease and saving time sanding.





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Hi JPJ, I just read this thread thru, and I have to admit, I thought it was going to be a "rat" build.

The minor hesitation in you writing style made me believe the build would be rattle can, and steel wool style.
Boy was I wrong. You dove into the deep end, and took off like a champ. The parts done are stunning, and your learn as you go technique is paying off in spades.

I give a a five star salute for your efforts.

That said I wish you and your family the best. It's plain to see you all deserve nothing but the best. Good luck with the rest of the build, and thank you for sharing it so a fella like me can pick up some much needed pointers.

Kudos!

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post #65 of 83 (permalink) Old 05-13-2015, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you Z, that is vary much appreciated!
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post #66 of 83 (permalink) Old 05-13-2015, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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Rear wheel. The drive chain apparently came off for a previous owner. This broke each of the aluminum housings for the five sprocket bolts. The PO thought it was a fine idea to oversize drill the bolt holes and use larger bolts. Initially I thought I would repair the hub by filling the holes by re-welding them, then, re-drill the bolt holes. This proved to be too costly for the labor intensive welding, so I purchased another hub and sprocket on ebay.





Sanded and polished the hub, re-laced the wheel with new SS spokes on the re-chromed rim, installed new sealed bearings.



Rim stops/tyre security bolts. Reading the controversy of using or eliminating the rear wheel rimstops, I elected not to reinstall them. I bought a couple of 5/16 inch steel hole blanks, reshaped them to the curvature of the rim, splayed the teeth outward after inserting them through the holes, then covered the splayed teeth with JB weld. Smooth on the inside of the rim and looks decent on the chrome side of the rim.







Speedo drive. It would barely rotate, soaked it in kerosene for a few days, cleaned it out well, painted the exterior with a chrome/aluminum color paint with a gloss clear over it, and re-lubed.

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post #67 of 83 (permalink) Old 05-13-2015, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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The interior of each of the hubs was a bit rough. Grease had saturated some decent shoes on the rear, and as Mr. Pete had recommended, I soaked them in hot soapy water for a couple of days. That seemed to do the trick and salvage the good shoes.




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post #68 of 83 (permalink) Old 05-25-2015, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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The stanchions were severely rusted and six inches too long, so they were replaced with new ones. I sanded and polished the lower outer members. New seals and scraper sleeves installed.



The main springs were salvageable. I used Dave M/Plewsey's idea of using bit of wire rope with the ends splayed out, powered by a drill motor, to clean the rust out the interior of the main springs.


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post #69 of 83 (permalink) Old 05-25-2015, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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The seat that was made available to me was in sad shape.





Until I can purchase a new seat cover and foam, I made use of the well-used saddle. I patched a few of the holes from the inside of the dry vinyl, saturated the vinyl with AP303 for several days to make it more limber, repaired and painted the seat pan, and fabricated one new seat mounting bracket.

The thin lower edge of the foam, which covers the top edge of the seat pan, had rotted away. At first I attempted to build up this area with other foam to prevent the “sagging” look on the aft end of the seat, but this proved to not work well. Eventually, I confiscated a sharp, serrated bread knife from the kitchen to trim the seat foam edge so it was flush with the seat pan, then, sanded the foam with a coarse sanding block.


When I first attempted to re-apply the seat vinyl, I tried two methods, which did not work well because the warm, softened vinyl would cool too quickly. First, using a heat gun to soften the vinyl, then I also tried soaking it in warm water per the maintenance manual. The method that seemed to work the best in a quick and easy fashion was to place the seat on my small swivel shop stool and set it in a safe distance from a portable heater. The seat vinyl stayed continually warm and soft, which gave me ample time to get it tight and secure.

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post #70 of 83 (permalink) Old 05-25-2015, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Obviously I was not being very observant and it wasn’t until I went to install the sanded and polished handlebar eyebolts with new mounting hardware that I realized they were not the correct eyebolts. Oh well.





Since the new, original Triumph metallic bushings and rubber washers would not fit correctly with the existing eyebolts, I cut off some of the length, threaded the shaft, made some rubber bushings and washers, then installed them.



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