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British Bikes / More pics
« on: November 04, 2018, 11:40:56 PM »
Bottoms up.

British Bikes / Original vintage tank or import copy?
« on: November 04, 2018, 11:15:55 PM »
I purchased this tank you see in attached pictures at a swap meet. The seller told me it came off a 1948 Triumph 5T. He claimed it was an original gas tank, but with some searching I find that this tank is being made in India as a copy of the original. Is there a way to tell if this one is an original or not. The chrome is beautiful, almost too good to be true. The knee pads look authentic but the gas cap looks like an import. Any input would be appreciated. Steve

British Bikes / Mystery gas tank
« on: October 27, 2018, 08:46:54 PM »
Greetings all. I purchased the attached gas tank at a swap meet AKA Auto Jumble, and I have no idea what model bike it came from. Please let me know if anybody can identify it. Thanks in advance, Steve

Well it's on to a different bike. The previous issue regarding the 1969 T100 was resolved when I found a piece of sludge sitting in the bottom of the crankcase drain plug. It was large enough to be drawn up and block off the intake scavenge return tube, causing the crankcase to fill up and blow out the breather. That was a first for me!
Now I have a similar problem but with a fresh rebuilt motor on a 1969 Triumph T120 Bonneville. Motor was completely gone through by a friend, (very qualified), who has passed on. My job was to get it running and sell it for his wife. Problem is oil is coming out the crankcase breather. I assumed "wet sumping" but did not have excess oil in crankcase. I pulled the top end to check rings and all was good. I re-honed and installed a set of rings and installed a new oil pump. Compression is good, I have good oil pressure and good return to the tank. I have put almost 50 miles on the bike. It runs great but continues to push oil out the breather. I have re-checked the sump and it's not over filling. Oil tank breather is clear as well. I am at a loss for what to do. Any thoughts? Steve

Just fired up a 1969 Triumph T100 Tiger for the first time in years. I have no history on the engine or repairs etc. After a good tune and service the bike started right up. Rode it and everything seemed in order. Upon return home, after just a couple of miles, there was significant oil coming out of the crankcase breather. Is it advisable to flush out the lubrication system on these bikes prior to start up and if so what should one use? I was getting good oil return to the tank but I did not check the pressure. Any thoughts? Steve

The Classic Biker Bar / What sealer to use with copper gaskets
« on: August 30, 2017, 05:01:34 AM »
Building a Triumph T150 and thought I'd try copper gaskets on the rocker boxes and the base of the barrel. Question is what sealer to use? Do you apply "copper coat" like on the head gasket or a non hardening sealer like Three Bond? Appreciate any advise. Steve

Identify these bikes! / To be a GP frame or not to be
« on: August 21, 2017, 10:32:34 PM »
 I need to confirm whether the frame I have is a genuine Triumph GP race frame or just a Tiger 100c that could be set up with a race kit. Frame (rear section) is marked F1629. Please see attached pics. and your feedback would be appreciated. Steve

Hello again from across the pond. I recently acquired a 1969 Triumph T120 Bonneville which I was told by the seller and builder that the bike had a "complete rebuild". I have no reason to believe this fact is not true but everyone's interpretation of a "rebuild" is different. The question before the house, or in this case the Parliament, is that I am having significant oil coming out of the crank case breather, leaving small puddles right behind the back tire every time it is started and run. The seller/builder says if the bike sat too long this can happen and after it is "broken in", it should stop. I have had a number of Triumph twins and never had this problem. Can anyone give me advice as to the problem and how to address it? Thanks in advance, Steve

British Bikes / Belt drive conversion on a 1974 T150
« on: March 13, 2017, 04:32:43 PM »
Greetings fellow enthusiasts. I am building a 1974 Triumph T150 and I would like your opinion on whether or not to use a tensioner when converting to a belt drive in the primary. I got mixed messages from the supplier of the belt, so it left me unsure as to use a tensioner or not. At first the supplier said "you can use a tensioner if necessary", followed later by "there is no need for a tensioner". My concern is if the belt does eventually stretch, then a tensioner would be advisable, but if there is no stretch issues a tensioner is not necessary.  I am interested in your opinions and input. Also, the supplier claims that with using this belt drive, you can run the primary dry. Aren't there other parts within the primary that need lubrication? See attached picture of belt drive. Thanks in advance for any information. Steve

« on: March 05, 2017, 08:48:36 PM »
 I recently purchased a small lot of Triumph parts and to my surprise I came across what looks like an early Triumph bronze cylinder head. Initial investigating tells me that this is a pretty rare item and I thought I would turn to you guys to see if there was any interest. There are no valves included. All threads are good. I am asking $1,200.00USD plus shipping. Please see pictures for description.

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