With a vision in mind and some parts at hand Tim is excited and we are ready to get the show on the road.
Rear hub built up from spares, blasted and painted 2 pack black with some Von Daz pin stripes. 16" rim re-chromed and ready to be laced up to hub. New bearings and shoes also fit.
The front wheel is of the conical type. We stripped down the hub and brake plate to prepare for Hydro-tech cleaning. As done for the rear, new bearings and shoes were fitted. Front rim chromed and ready for lacing.
We are fitting a 1971-72 front end to a pre-unit frame so we have made up spacers and sleeves to fit tapered roller bearings. This is not an easy task as the later stem has a smaller OD compared to the early.
Top and bottom races now press fit into the headset. The 71-72 trees had to be modified because of clearance issues and we also made our own top and bottom dust covers.
Front end mocked up and everything is working well.
The wheels are complete and ready to fit. Front wheel is 19", rear 16" and both laced with SS spokes. Avons front and rear.
The bike is now a 'roller' and it's slowly coming to life. Rigid section is TFMW and it's excellent. Saddle is genuine aged Bates that Tim found. The tank is a late 60's Triumph slimline. We are pleased with the ride height and the lines look good. We will continue to mock trial everything and weld tabs etc as we go.
Strong and not to mention great looking welds by The Factory Metal Works.
Stay tuned, we're going all the way into the new year with this one!
Back to work and we have mounted a genuine Bates headlamp along with some very cool alloy brackets. Also, 7/8" alloy risers satin polished and modified to fit.
Engine and gearbox mounted using stock Triumph brackets. We now begin the alignment of the engine sprocket to gearbox and rear drum sprocket.
Once this is done we will double check the overall alignment of the frame to wheels and running gear.
We are preparing a set of drag pipes for Tim but while we're waiting i couldn't help but try these high pipes we stock from TFMW. I think they look awesome and those bends are real trick.
Keeping things raw as possible, we fabricated this SS bracket to suit the old Bates saddle.
We also fabricated our own rear saddle to frame mounts.