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Offline JoeJoyce

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1953 Terrot 125cc
« on: July 29, 2013, 05:27:30 PM »
Hi,

I have a 1953 Terrot 125cc bike that needs parts and restoration.  Does anyone have information about where to find parts? I need a gas tank and handle bars, etc.  I want to restore it and need any info I can find!

Thanks, Joe, Boston Massachusetts

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Re: 1953 Terrot 125cc
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2013, 12:03:24 AM »
http://img60.imageshack.us/img60/5774/premiresortieag9.jpg

You can't track down the tank off your bike ?

We would imagine you are going to get pretty good at trawling through french and german ebay and fleamarket sites !
(Do the french have ebay ?).
And the Terrot Forum   
http://terrot.org/
Good Luck...
« Last Edit: July 30, 2013, 12:06:11 AM by R »

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Re: 1953 Terrot 125cc
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2013, 09:11:59 AM »
That's a nice looking little bike. Any photos of yours?

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Re: 1953 Terrot 125cc
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2013, 02:59:26 PM »
Hi R - Not sure what you mean by "you can't track down the tank off your bike?"  Would you mind clarifying?  Yes are right - most of the sites are in french and I don't know french!  I have thought about taking a course in french.....if you hear of any parts sites in your travels, let me know!  Thanks!

Murdo - I do have some pictures and will post within the next day or so.  It is hard to imagine that this bike *may* look as good as the one in the link R provided.  Hope springs eternal, right?!  Thanks!

Joe Joyce

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Re: 1953 Terrot 125cc
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2013, 12:06:35 AM »
What happened to the tank off your bike - or what is wrong with it ?

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Re: 1953 Terrot 125cc
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2013, 04:03:51 AM »
Oh, I get it now!

Many years ago my it was leaking and my brother brought it to a gas station and never retrieved it and I am sure it is gone now - that was probably 30+ years ago.  So I need to hunt down a gas tank......

The photo you attached was great, what a nice looking bike.

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Re: 1953 Terrot 125cc
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2013, 12:35:31 AM »
The photo you attached was great, what a nice looking bike.

Just a pic found by searching.
On the Terrot Forum it seems.
Very pretty bike. Very comprehensive restoration too.

That Terrot forum looks to be the way to go to find a tank. ?
Sure that if you ask in english, someone will do a translation for you.

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Re: 1953 Terrot 125cc
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2013, 10:01:09 PM »
The "Terrot Forum" meaning Terrot.org?

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Re: 1953 Terrot 125cc
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2013, 10:02:38 PM »
By the way - my wife and I have a running joke about the motorcycle, which she says isn't a motorcycle.....well I sent he the pic you sent and said "wow, if yours comes out that way, it will be great".  So there is hope!

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Re: 1953 Terrot 125cc
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2013, 11:45:37 PM »
The "Terrot Forum" meaning Terrot.org?

Yes.

It seems the french do have ebay - and terrot stuff is quite popular.
Keep an eye on it for a while, and you may find what ye seek ?
What is the word for "petrol tank" ??
   
http://www.ebay.fr/sch/i.html?_odkw=terrot+reservoir&_ipg=200&_sop=1&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_mPrRngCbx=1&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313&_nkw=terrot+&_sacat=0

Prices all look like they have lost a zero off the end, compared to some classic brit stuff...

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Re: 1953 Terrot 125cc
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2013, 02:13:59 PM »
Hi,

Thank you very much.  These is quite a bit of Terrot stuff out there, so maybe I'll get lucky.  I have been using Google Translate and I typed in "looking for a petrol tank" and it writes it in French!

Yesterday I recieved my monthly copy of Hemmings Classic Cars and they profile someone in Central Massachusetts who restore wheels, so I will try to contact him and have him take a look at mine and see what he has to say.  I would like to do the restoration of them if possible, but can use the resource. Hopefully he'll be open to talking.  Trying to find a place in Mass. that does plastic media blasting.

So, progress is slow, but I know more than I did two months ago.

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Re: 1953 Terrot 125cc
« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2013, 09:20:46 AM »
You might find these sites of assistance. www.terrot-club-france.com or www.motohisto.com . You could also chase up these links on the Terrot Club site,  http://59terrot.free.fr or www.terrot-oldtimer.de and http://terrotiste.free.fr

Don't worry too much about the language problem. You'll be chatting about a common interest and people are more than willing to meet you halfway if you try. The major problem I find is that I want to improve my hopeless French but people immediately reply in English so I never get the chance to improve.
It's surprising what you can do with a French language spare parts manual.

Best of luck,

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Re: 1953 Terrot 125cc
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2013, 07:56:34 PM »
Thanks!  I will Check out those sites I also have started using google translate which translates pretty well, so I oiled actually post in French.  I hope to post some pics of the poor bike within the next few days - truly a basket case.  Thanks again!

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Re: 1953 Terrot 125cc
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2013, 02:42:38 AM »
Does anyone know if 1952 and 1953 models are very similar? I found a 1952 gas tank and am wondering if it will fit my 1953 bike?

Very exciting!!!!!!

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Re: 1953 Terrot 125cc
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2013, 05:16:19 AM »
This pic off the net would seem to suggest 52 and 53 models are near identical. (?)
http://www.59legend.com/images/membres/dominique1.jpg

Looks like they were the same back to 1949 as well. And possibly longer.
http://cybermotorcycle.com/gallery/terrot/images/Terrot_1949_Catalogue.jpg

Just be aware that there were other models of Terrot, as can be seen there, and something off another model may not quite be so interchangeable - can you get a pic of what you are being offered, with mention its a 125cc version ?

Happy hunting - its always good to make some progress....