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European and Other Bikes / Re: New toy
« on: February 11, 2018, 06:08:41 PM »
Great bike to start with!  I love those flat tank bikes.

Good luck and keep us posted as to the progress!

European and Other Bikes / Re: Restoring a Terrot 1955 !!
« on: January 12, 2018, 02:09:52 PM »
Is that a reference to "computer cables"? I meant cables to the odometer/speedometer :). Somewhere
I saw them referred to as computer cables....!

European and Other Bikes / Re: Restoring a Terrot 1955 !!
« on: December 25, 2017, 08:46:53 PM »
Great looking bike.  Will look great when fixed up!


Congratulations on your purchase!  I am not sure where you are located, but
has 100s of parts for sale, but if you are not from France many times there is no
Reply to emails.  Also, the Terrot Forum (or something like that) might be an option
But is a good source as someone suggested!

I posted a thread a while ago called 1953 Terrot ETM 125
Under my name which might have additional resources for you.

Good luck and keep us posted.

European and Other Bikes / Re: Restoring a Terrot 1955 !!
« on: December 25, 2016, 01:11:00 AM »
Any updates or progress we should know about? :)

European and Other Bikes / Re: 1957 Peugeot 125 TAL
« on: December 25, 2016, 01:10:05 AM »
Hi, congratulations on your new purchase.  We'd love to see some pictures of it!!


European and Other Bikes / Re: 1953 Terrot 125cc
« on: November 22, 2016, 03:02:22 AM »
Well as we are coming into the winter here in Boston Massachusetts USA, I am a bit disheartened to say I have not made much progress with my dear ETM. As mentioned previously I am stuck with having removed one bolt of the front fork, but the other is stuck and I've had too much house projects going on to focus on it.  But I do go to bed each night thinking about the restoration, so I hope that counts for something......

I shouldn't think of the "next" bike to restore when this one is no where near finished, but I am drooling at the thought of restoring a flat tank Terrot.....

Hope everyone is well and thank you for the advice, I will and have put it to good use!

European and Other Bikes / Re: Restoring a Terrot 1955 !!
« on: November 22, 2016, 02:56:53 AM »
Hi, I thought I'd weigh in and give my opinions...and I do feel honored that my name was mentioned about restoring a motorcycle because my progress has been SOOOOO slow.

I find that there are enough sites and people on the sites that know english and make finding parts much, much easier.  I've bought 2 fenders, oil tank and tool box, gas tank (a 35 year hunt!) and a number of smaller items either from or lesanciennes.  A big part of it is just getting lucky that someone posts exactly what you are looking for, or at least close to it.

Leboncoin has a great many parts but I have only had 1 reply out of about 25 emails I have sent, so I don't use that site much.

There are some other places that sell retro parts (listed in my posting) and a couple sell the Dunlop seat you are looking for.  Unless you want to wait for who-knows-how-long for seat in great condition I think replacement parts are the way to go. When I get to that point I'll be buying replacement parts for a new seat, computer cables, brake cables and exhaust pipe. is also an option, though they don't encourage the buying and selling of parts.

Hope this helps - I love your bike.  Looks like a great restoration project!  Joe

European and Other Bikes / Re: 1953 Terrot 125cc
« on: May 08, 2016, 04:25:26 PM »

Thanks.  I need a bit of clarification as I haven't used heat previously.  Oxy Acetylene - what is that?  PlusGas - is that something I use in place of WD40 or with the heat?  This whole restoration process is opening up areas I know nothing about - that is a good thing!

Thanks again.

European and Other Bikes / Re: 1953 Terrot 125cc
« on: May 08, 2016, 02:48:09 AM »
So I have run into a bit of a problem and could use advice. I got 2 of 3 bolts off that attach the fork to the frame but the 3rd one is stuff.  The racket keeps slipping off and the wrench does the same. The identical bolt on the other side came off, but this one won't budge.

Any advice on loosening up this third bolt?  So close but yet so far!

Thansk, Joe

European and Other Bikes / Re: 1953 Terrot 125cc
« on: April 12, 2016, 02:52:56 AM »

Thank you very much for the advice - I will check them out.  I am actually going to Amsterdam in May, oooohhhhh very tempting to try and track down one of these places!!

I did make a bit of progress yesterday on the frame.  The front fork bolts were immoveable for a long time - try as I might I could not get them to turn.  Well, for about 4 months I sprayed them with WD40 every other day and just let the stuff sit.  Yesterday I turned the frame over and with a rachett I was able to loosen one of the stuck bolts! Oh yeah!!  The other two bolts need a different size rachett, but I will look into getting one soon and will give an update.  One I have the forks off I will bring the frame into get media blasted.  Can't wait.

European and Other Bikes / Re: 1953 Terrot 125cc
« on: December 31, 2015, 02:01:03 AM »

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!!  I hope 2016 is safe and healthy for everyone.  Thanks for the advice and encouragement this year; my goal for 2016 is to get the frame stripped and primed and to make some progress on priming some of the parts. Hope springs eternal!


European and Other Bikes / Re: Polish bike
« on: December 29, 2015, 09:31:52 PM »
Looks nice!  It does not look like it needs much work.  Did you just purchase it?

European and Other Bikes / Re: 1953 Terrot 125cc
« on: November 25, 2015, 01:47:17 AM »

I agree and have come to the same conclusion.  I was looking at the wheel yesterday and there are a series of holes along parts of it and it does seem like it is not structurally sound.  Time to look for a new wheel!  One good thing about the evapo rust is that it does remove rust so one gets to see the bare metal, good or bad....

European and Other Bikes / Re: 1953 Terrot 125cc
« on: November 23, 2015, 12:29:40 AM »
Thanks.  Any advice is worthwhile to me, whether you think it is good or bad.  I am a total novice at this so I look to the group for advice.

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