Grand Prix 250
Main Motorcycle: Triumph '71 T120R
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
The next order of business was to definitively find out what all was missing. I downloaded the "Replacement Parts Catalogue for 1971 Bonneville T120R" as well as the "72 Triumph 650cc Twins Workshop Manual" . My engine and frame numbers matched up as DE17892 which places thew bike as an April 1971 Triumph. We then copied the entire parts catalog in the Excel so we would have a tool to manage all aspects of the project. As of now there are 1072 line items in the catalog, which is quite daunting when you are trying to account fro everything. It was also a surprise to deduce that the parts catalogue was silent on a few parts, like the head steady and rear brake pivot pin etc. Using Excel the old part numbers were easily converted in to the new part numbering format.
Next every item we had was identified on the list, as well as an indicator to say what its condition was, as well as how it was going to be sourced/fixed. In the end I had the following categories - New Part, Replace, Repair, Make, Source Local.
I then trawled through all the places that sell bits and pieces, and indicated their selling price, so at a later stage i could make a decision as to where to source the items. As I am located in Johannesburg, South Africa shipping is a huge cost and I needed to optimize this as much as possible. In the end the clear winners were mostly parts supply places in the UK, with good online catalogue's, especially those with pictures to correctly identify parts. Despite all this care and attention, several parts were ordered incorrectly, a few duplicates and what infuriated me most were no shows. i.e the supplier indicated parts availability, but in the end had no stock, leaving me in the lurch as I would have to get the parts from another supplier and incur additional shipping. In hindsight unless you do this everyday, one just does not have the unnecessary experience, and will have to take several bites at it, as the level of complexity diminishes, once parts get hung on to the bike.
I am getting ahead of myself here, as I still had to strip the engine to find out what was worn out. A tip to those contemplating a restoration, don't strip the bike until you are serious to follow through with the job, as in the interim you will loose part's and forget the order of assembly they were in. Sometimes there simply is not enough detail in the documentation.