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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-08-2019, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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Hey who do you guys get parts from, other than craigslist.
I don't seen anything in the classifieds here, unless for what ever reason I'm not getting in there.

I'm in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, so not far from Green Bay, Minnesota

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Hi Pat,

I've moved this to the main CVV Forum where more people will read it and you should get more replies.

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Hey who do you guys get parts from,
Many parts available new. Regrettably, not many of the makers and dealers advertise on this site but, if you go to http://www.britbike.com/ and click on "Sponsors" ... Also, several good dealers in GB - L.P. Williams, TMS, Hawkshaw ...

You can also use your preferred internet search engine - take the part number from the parts book, convert the leading letter or letter-and-number (five-figure numbers) to '73-on format, enter it with "triumph" into the search engine and follow the returned links. Also works with appropriate "lucas" and "amal" part numbers.

However, be aware:-

. The current user of the "Lucas" (aka "Genuine Lucas") brand is a pattern parts maker called Wassell. Wassell has has never been anything to do with the 'original Lucas' that made your bike's electrical components. Regrettably, we're pretty-much stuck with Wassell Lucas for cheap bits but, if you need expensive bits like alternator, wiring harness, etc., there are better-quality alternatives, just ask.

. Similarly, there are a lot of fake Amal bits about, sometimes even packed in "Amal"-branded bags ... For Amal bits, I advise dealing either with Amal direct - http://amalcarb.co.uk/ - of one of the aforementioned long-time bricks-'n'-mortar US dealers.

. Particularly when using a search engine, many of the returned links are likely to be to Ebay sellers; I don't use 'em unless it's the only source of a part or I can be sure it's the Ebay presence of a long-time bricks-'n'-mortar dealer.

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I'm in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, so not far from Green Bay, Minnesota
Mitch Klempf is in MN, Mitch has a gold-plated rep.; unfortunately, Google Maps says he's about five hours from you?

Hth.

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I’ve used Classic British Spares so far for all my parts I’ve had to buy for my 68 Bonneville. Great customer service, free shipping and fast too, tech advice over the phone. I’ve been very happy with them.

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Hi 69Bonneville68, I'm doing complete clutch & primary drive replacement. I shop around for both price & service. I want value which is both price & service, most importantly quality parts!

I find Bonneville Shop Denver CO to be the shop I buy from most these days. Very good prices & outstanding service. I've bought from them for 7 years now. Roger & Brian are quite knowledgeable & give great service. They also ride old Triumphs for real. Free shipping & no tax to California. If you join BritBike they have 5% off right now. Saved me some $. The clutch parts with discount saved $100 or so.

Vintage Triumph Supply is also very good. Free shipping, no tax to me.

Classic British Spares Lancaster CA I buy from also. Free shipping, but I pay tax as I'm in CA. Kyle actually rides old Triumphs as well for real. He sells quality parts also. Has some products that really fit well. Carb mounting rubbers, cup washers, nuts come to mind. Tax is near 8%. Kyle supports the local bike community & goes on the club & local rides. Kyle has worked hard to have a good shop.

Puts me in a hard spot when I like all 3 of these shops. They are all good. I see all as friends, but Bonneville Shop has a special place in my heart as they were so helpful when I got my bike out of storage. I had a lot to learn. Things really changed from the 70s when I was deep into Triumph riding & repairs.

You have to search for yourself & see what your heart tells you.

I look over Ebay for parts also. I've only had problem with eBay part. Seller had NOS headlamp ear screws in old packaging. Turned out to be 10-24 instead of 2BA. Promptly refunded price & shipping through eBay.

One must be very careful on eBay as a lot of sellers list a part as fitting your bike, but it won't. Most good sellers in USA are on eBay as well. They give good service on eBay or direct.

I get from British Only, TSS, & various others, but my top 3 are above. I used to get parts from Rabers San Jose. That was a great place. I could just drive over as they were close. They closed down for parts sales about a year ago. Still have repair shop going. Thank God for that.
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Thanks for the info, when in the U.P. five hours ain't nuttin,lol
Seems to be a norm around here
Thanks for the help.
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So the question, or thought is this.

Are parts interchangeable, saying like forks from a T100 1966-69
and how can I find this out, is there printed material.
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Search and down load parts and service manuals. Check part numbers, why guess.

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Are parts interchangeable, saying like forks from a T100 1966-69
how can I find this out, is there printed material.
Ancillary cycle parts commonality between 350/500 (aka C-range) and 650 (aka B-range) is best between '67 and '70. There was some commonality before '67 but Triumph specifically revamped the '67 C-range to use more B-range parts; '71-on, the B-range became 'oil-in-frame' while the C-range (by then just 500) remained 'dry-frame'.

However, very little in the engines is common and, while the front frame loops are similar, engines/front frame loops aren't interchangeable, nor will B-range fuel tanks fit on a C-range frame.

However2, various developments were made to both B- and C-ranges '67-'70. So, while say, you could bolt a '67 rear frame to your '69 front frame, you'll then struggle to fit, say, '69 seat, hinges, grabrail, blah.

Otoh, triples were originally developed from the B-range and they remained dry-frame also. So say if you still want a front disc brake on your 500, my previous advice to use '73/'74 T150 fork bits still applies.

Amplifying Steven's suggestion, comparing parts books - viewable from, say, http://vintagebikemagazine.com/links/parts-books/ - will help some but won't always tell the whole story; 'til you get the hang of the subtleties, always feel free to post questions here?

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Thanks again SuartMac and Steven.
Though I did not get what I was expecting it's all good that I can still make a build from what I got, having said that I'm trying to be a bit more savvy at looking for parts knowing they'll work...I'm getting what I need, Or Knowing what the H... I'm doing, lol

Again I appreciate all the help from everyone.
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