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Author Topic: '53 Triumph 5T... after 40+ years of sitting?  (Read 3680 times)

Offline Chris

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'53 Triumph 5T... after 40+ years of sitting?
« on: Apr 16, 2014, 23:33:25 »


Hi I am Chris, I'm 27. This is my first bike and I have no motorcycle experience whatsoever. Everything I do here is a learning experience. I have been working on the bike for a few months so here are a lot of photos to get you caught up.. I will try to go chronologically.

Dug it out of the garage after sitting forever to take some before shots... put air in the tires and the rear brake even worked. It has the rear sprung hub as well. That's me proud as a mother fucker.


End of day 1... all done with hand tools (didn't have any Whitworth yet so it was a lot of back and forth between SAE/Metic)


End of day 2...



Looks like mice were living on top of the old iron head.


Bagged and tagged.




Then I started cleaning stuff up.

Primary cover




Timing cover




Oil tank




Rocker boxes


This doodad




Then I found out why, maybe my gearbox was stuck in gear...


After waiting forever for specialty tools we pulled the cam gears and shit.


Split the cases


Delegated girlfriend to feather all the scratches out of the tank


She sure can polish too


Also fixed a crease on the side and a dent you can see in the photo of gf with the DA, then primed.



Then bought some parts for when the barrel is back from machining...


Rob from Bullit got me a seat, some bars, and this thing....




You can see in this photo that I've switched to unit forks and front wheel as well as unit rear wheel. I retained the pre unit triples because they are offset and give it a better stance. I will be lowering the front a bit as well. Wheels are going all black, frame all black, and tank will be red/off white like a Stiegl can.

Using these badges, knee pads, and luggage rack...


Then... after I did all that work with stripper/wire wheels... we got a media blaster...

mmmm so good




Other than that, like I said, waiting for the barrel to come back, pistons are stock compression 0.20 over.

Still need to order a bunch of things:
Magneto
Tires
Oil hard lines
Wiring
Headlight
Tail light
Rear fender
Plate all the hardware.... etc. lots of stuff left

Anyhow, I wanted to share with you guys, so I hope you enjoy looking at what I've done so far on my first bike.   



« Last Edit: Apr 19, 2014, 20:40:06 by Chris »

Offline NBraun

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Re: '53 Triumph 5T... after 40+ years of sitting?
« Reply #1 on: Apr 16, 2014, 23:48:05 »
Looks great! Nice to see something out of the ordinary..

Offline The Jed

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Re: '53 Triumph 5T... after 40+ years of sitting?
« Reply #2 on: Apr 16, 2014, 23:51:55 »
ooooooooo............While the work is fairly impressive, I'm more impressed with your ability to get your gf to sand and polish.  :o subscribed....
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I'd rather stay quiet and be thought a fool, than to open my mouth and remove all doubt.

Offline Scruffy

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Re: '53 Triumph 5T... after 40+ years of sitting?
« Reply #3 on: Apr 17, 2014, 13:11:03 »
Neat bike.

Where are you located? Never know, there may be a member or members close enough to give you a hand or let you root through their parts stashes...
Professional scooter trash.

Offline combustioncafe

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Re: '53 Triumph 5T... after 40+ years of sitting?
« Reply #4 on: Apr 17, 2014, 13:28:24 »
Well done so far. Great project.
1988 Honda Shadow - Daily
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1972 Norton Commando - Next Project

Offline Maritime

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Re: '53 Triumph 5T... after 40+ years of sitting?
« Reply #5 on: Apr 17, 2014, 14:07:57 »
Nice work so far, I am guessing since you have a Rogers phone and the GF is dressed for winter you live in Canada someplace LOL.  Welcome to DTT great first post.

Maritime
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Offline Flugtechnik

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Re: '53 Triumph 5T... after 40+ years of sitting?
« Reply #6 on: Apr 17, 2014, 14:09:11 »
pretty rad

Offline Chris

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Re: '53 Triumph 5T... after 40+ years of sitting?
« Reply #7 on: Apr 17, 2014, 14:53:56 »
Nice work so far, I am guessing since you have a Rogers phone and the GF is dressed for winter you live in Canada someplace LOL.  Welcome to DTT great first post.

Maritime
Neat bike.

Where are you located? Never know, there may be a member or members close enough to give you a hand or let you root through their parts stashes...

I am located in Toronto mostly, as well as Kingston, Ontario. For some reason I can't figure out how to do more than a few multi-quotes so thank you everyone for the kind words so far!

Offline 1sttimer

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Re: '53 Triumph 5T... after 40+ years of sitting?
« Reply #8 on: Apr 19, 2014, 15:40:18 »
Wow that's a hell of a start.  Welcome!  I'm in for the ride.


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Offline VonYinzer

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Re: '53 Triumph 5T... after 40+ years of sitting?
« Reply #9 on: Apr 19, 2014, 16:32:13 »
Following along...
Like a river that don't know where it's flowin'
I took a wrong turn and just kept goin'