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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 11-14-2012, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old 11-15-2012, 03:30 AM
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Congratulations on your ambition! Sounds like you have the facilities and knowledge to tackle the job. I'm interested to see it so if you send me a PM I'll put some pics up for you but I would really reccommend using Photobucket: its easy to upload and to then link to the pictures
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post #3 of 39 (permalink) Old 11-15-2012, 04:26 PM
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I second the Photobucket recommendation.

Good luck on your project.

300 gallon electrolysis derusting tank, huh. Can you tell us what the bath is? I think a lot of guys here would like to make a small home version and knowing the best bath is probably a major step in the right direction.

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post #4 of 39 (permalink) Old 11-15-2012, 05:22 PM
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Shaper another alternative is to post the pictures to the site here.

If you go to

Then click 'Upload Photos' You can then upload them to your member photo area.

Once you have uploaded them you can link to the image by right clicking on the image, copying the image URL and pasting that in your posts as an image link.

That may sound a little complicated but it is pretty easy. It is handy if you don't have something like photobucket and comes as part of your membership of the TRat site. (NB it has restrictions on types of images and sizes you can upload but still can be a useful).

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post #5 of 39 (permalink) Old 11-15-2012, 06:05 PM
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I've been taking pictures all along but don't know how to post them, and I don't use photobucket.
I'll explain the basics of displaying images, rather than a step by step how to. See if that's useful.

To show an image in your post, you have to put the location of the image, surrounded by a pair of IMG tags.
A pair of tags looks like this:

[IMG] location of image [/IMG]

You can get the text to put between the tags by displaying the image you want in your browser, and copying the address line.
Trap for young players: the location of the image has to be accessible to everyone in the world.
So I have a picture on PhotoBucket in my album at

When I surround the location with IMG tags it shows here like this:

Preview Post is your friend.

To see the text of this post, not just the result, use the Quote button below.

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post #6 of 39 (permalink) Old 11-15-2012, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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OK, I did manage to get three pictures on an album. but I'm still not shure how to get them into this post yet. I'll keep working on it. If you don's see pictures below I must have failed.
In the mean time I'll answer some questions
Snakeoil... I have enough pictures to make up a good tutorial on the electrolises system. is there a restriction on the number of pictures I can put into one post or the album?
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post #7 of 39 (permalink) Old 11-15-2012, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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OK, now that I can post pictures ( actually I posted the pictures from my computer) I'll make another post on the electrolises process. It may take a little while to get it all together.
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you paid $150 for that?

I hope that you wore a mask and didn't leave prints?

I've seen bikes worse than that go for 10 x that on uk ebay.

Sometimes I hate being in the UK
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post #9 of 39 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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No need for a mask. the lady that runs the place is a friend, I'm restoring a pedal car for her now. When they get something interesting or antique she will call me to see if I want it. I bought a 84 Chevrolet truck for 18 cents per pound, came to $646. I also bought a v8 engine and a transmission for $220. I love that place.
She told me after I bought the Triumph someone came with $1000. in cash to buy it. I have friend up north that has one just like mine, he wants to build a bobber out of it. All he wants is the engine and transmission and said I can have the rest for the cost of shipping.
Of course I am encouraging him to build a bobber.
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