Grand Prix 250
Main Motorcycle: 1972 Triumph TR6R Tiger
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Summerville, Ga.
Shapers big project
Hi all, I'm a new guy to the forum. I posted my first post on the welcome center a couple days ago.
Now about the project. About a month ago I went to my local metal recycle center. When I pulled in I was shocked to see a old Triumph sitting by the office. I was told it was a 1976 Trophy and it was scheduled to be crushed the next day. I couldn't stand it. Back in the early 70's I rode three different Bonnevills. I talked them into selling the bike to me for the grand total of $150. I checked the numbers and found it was a 1972 Tiger 650. I don't know how to post pictures here so take my word on this, it was ugly. The engine was froze, the wheels were froze wouldn't turn, all of the cable were froze, the seat was missing, rust holes through the rear wheel, a small rust out in the tank, bottom of the head light bucket rusted away, as was the right side panel below the seat. exhaust system rusted through, But it was beautiful.. I lovingly took it home and immediatly started taking it down for a full rebuild.
Now a little more about me and my tooling. I started a powder coating shop about 5 years ago and I teach metal shaping, you know, English wheel and all of that. I have a 300 gallon derusting tank, it's a electrolisis system. My workshop is a old chicke house that is 30x86 feet. So I'm ready for this project. Lately I have been getting a lot of restoration work like the guy on TV. Now it's my turn to restore something for me. Right now the only thing left on the frame is the forks and wires from the left side of the handlebar. I've pulled just about everything off the engine that I can but to tell the truth I'm a little timid about splitting the case. I've been taking pictures all along but don't know how to post them, and I don't use photobucket. I can do it on my powder coating site but can't seem to get it here. But I can send pictures in an email if someone can post them for me.