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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-11-2010, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
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Do I Sell it or Customize it? (1952 Triumph Thunderbird)

I acquired this bike the other day, and I am not sure what to do with it.. I am building a few Boardtrack/Bobber bikes and would hate to alter this bike if someone had a good home for it.. The Frame is in Awsome shape, with all the nub's and brackets intact. I also have the Matching numbers Engine Case and transmission with internals that has been disassembled.. The bike is mostly complete, but completely disassembled.. It also has the Sprung Hub Assembly, and appears to be in good shape.

My question is... I am strecthing my bikes with a hard tail kit, and it would take alot of cutting and altering to clean the frame up to my needs.. I go WAY out of my way not to ruin a good bike, so I guess I am looking for educated suggestions... DO I SELL IT? DO I GO AHEAD WITH MY CUSTOM BUILD? DO I PART IT OUT FROM THERE?

This bike is missing the Seat, Headlight and fork sheetmetal,handle bars.. Everything else is basically there, and in pretty good shape.. The oil tank, tool box, chain guard, foot pegs, tank rack, ect, are all in pretty good shape.
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1. You are building boardtrackers & bobbers

2. The bike is missing original seat, sheet metal, headlight, and handlebars

Question - should you sell it or customize it?

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it is missing the headlamp sheetmetal, seat, and handlebars.. Beyond that, it is complete.. side cover, oil tank, tool box, Split Rear fender, braces, engine, trans, Sprung Hub, pegs, ect, ect.. There is more there than is missing.. ha ha..

If that is the offer's I would get, then I guess I will customize it.. I just thought it might be a desirable bike, and didnt want one to disappear if it was.. By that offer, I am guessing i paid over 5 times more than it is worth... lol

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Why don't you restore it?? There aren't that many of them "still on the ground"!!

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Glad to say.... I just sold it to a gentleman in Great Britian, and he has been looking for one to restore for awhile..

I go way out of my way to use Junk or altered bikes for my builds, that way I dont remove potential restoration bikes from the building pool...

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In the UK it would be much sort after and would sell for about $1500-2000 as it is. A lot more once restored.
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Glad to say.... I just sold it to a gentleman in Great Britian, and he has been looking for one to restore for awhile..
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I say sell it or part it out to the folks who need the bits. Too many are being "Chopped, Bobbed, Customized" as it is. Can you say "Knucklehead"? Try to buy one of those these days, they were the chopper fodder of the past. Triumphs are not far behind! There are plenty of already modified wrecks out there to build customs out of. My 2 cents!
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Glad to say.... I just sold it to a gentleman in Great Britian, and he has been looking for one to restore for awhile..

I go way out of my way to use Junk or altered bikes for my builds, that way I dont remove potential restoration bikes from the building pool...
Congrats on selling the bike to someone who will bring it back to it's original glory.

Also congrats on recognizing that original bikes can be scarce and to turn a good resto candidate into just another custom is the right attitude. Some day, those late model OIF bikes that get chopped to pieces will be considered scarce vintage machines and highly sought after. It's all a matter of time.

By the way, I have an original, one-owner, '47 Knucklehead that spent the last 50+ years under a tarp after a bad rebuild failed the rear rod. Bike is original paint and shines like the day it left the factory. It was finally my turn. Torn it apart to replace all the wear bits, clean it up a tad, fix broken stuff and will reassemble in original condition. Might have to replace some wires as the original owner was a bit of a cob-jobber. But it will be pretty much all original when I'm done.

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Glad that it's gone to a good home, Bob.................and, Snakeoil, give us some photos when the "knucklehead" is done.

Ahh...another antique going back on the road; just like the "village idiot": Jim

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