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Old 07-03-2012, 03:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New guy old bike.

Ok a newb question. I'm currently restoring my 66 t120. Its very sentimental to me because the first bike i ever bought with my own $$$. So here is were I am at in the project. completely disassembled and painted. Whats first? the frame reassembled? that's what i started to do. and what about the engine? it needs to be rebuilt but can that be done at the end? I just need a little direction. Thanks guys.
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Old 07-03-2012, 04:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First just let me say =

What is ready to go back together? Do you have all the needed parts to do so?
Since you got it apart can I assume you have all the necessarily tools and manuals to put it together again?
The motor and frame are 2 separate entities. We usually wait and wait for parts so
You'll likely be doing them back and forth.
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Old 07-03-2012, 04:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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So this is were I'm at. tank isn't mounted its just sitting there for looks.
what would be next? front forks? Yes I've got literature, parts manuals and a haynes manual.
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Old 07-03-2012, 05:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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looks good so far.

I'd do the forks and get some tyres on, so you have a rolling chassis.

I'd also shift the tank to somewhere safe, as more tanks are dented at this point than many others.


If you have a parts book, tick off what you have just to be sure.
You can get some good DVDs on engine rebuilds-Hugie Hancox is my favourite one.
Take a look at all of Plewsy's videos on youtube. (Lunmad)
His bike's a younger one but the engine pretty much stays the same.

you don't say what your level of expertise is but keep boxes of parts separate and keep things like cam followers and pushrods in a way that you can replace them back in the same place.Bits of cardboard are handy for this, just make four holes and mark each one, then push the rods though.

Don't allow the conrods to dink on the cases as you lift the barrels off.
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Old 07-03-2012, 05:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ok first thing you need to do. If your work bench is wobbly use the Haynes book
under the short leg to stabilize it.
I hear they also make good paper weights and door stops.
Once done have a look at these.
http://www.classicbike.biz/Triumph/Triumph.htm

What condition and how many miles (if you know) was the Bike in before you started?
Was it sitting outside the last 20 years? Was it running? Was the motor stuck?
Motor might need a rebuild, or it might not. As we fill in the blanks the more help we can give.

And a well along rolling chassis certainly makes a nice motivator.
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Welcome to the forum, chief.

All good advice so far.

I typically do things in parallel, but almost always have a rolling chassis ready first, then at least the completed lower lump nipped up and dropped in place before adding the primary, tranny cluster and top end (it weighs much less that way, and is much easier to wrestle into position).

Yes, it's a bit dodgier installing the tranny & top end with the lump in the chassis, but I have a bike lift!

I've never done the trim out in any order; sometimes it's wiring, then hoses, then lighting, then fenders, sometimes a totally different order. You never can tell where you will come up missing a nut or bolt, so you shift to some other area.
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Gratz on your rebuild.
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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missing bolts. Im missing the #19 ones. Should i use american replacements? I've looked and looked and just cant seem to find them and don't want to be hung up on that detail much longer.
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missing bolts. Im missing the #19 ones. Should i use american replacements? I've looked and looked and just cant seem to find them and don't want to be hung up on that detail much longer.
Type that number into British Only's e-search and it's almost guaranteed to come up.

You need to place a minimum order, though. I would install SAE replacements temporarily, then continue on and keep building your "finish parts punchlist" and place the order right near the end.
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Be very careful mixing fasteners. Most on your Bike will be CEI or BSF/BSC thread
so any threaded holes, bolts or studs won't match today's UNF/UNC threads.
As well, all the nuts and bolts will be Whitworth. This means neither standard or
metric wrenches will quite fit.
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