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Author Topic: 1966 Triumph Bonneville restoration  (Read 19410 times)

Offline brt651

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Re: 1966 Triumph Bonneville restoration
« Reply #20 on: Jan 03, 2016, 07:56:36 »
Hi Swan,
Another enjoyable read. Keep up the great work and when you run out of things to do let me know. I'll send you a truck load.
Cheers
brt651

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Re: 1966 Triumph Bonneville restoration
« Reply #21 on: Jan 10, 2016, 12:45:32 »
brt651, what do you have?

As much I was want to start going clockwise, I am still waiting on a few things. I called Walrige to check on an order placed over a month ago. They sent my spoke kits and front rim, but never received another of my online orders for a bunch of other parts, so I reordered. I would like to have everything at hand before I can build a rolling chassis. In the interim, I sorted the hardware, and prepped the tank for paint. Skip from Apparatus MC  installed new valve guides and new seats, valves and springs arrived from Kibblewhite so he will finish my head soon.

For me, motorcycles are not investments and should be ridden, hard and often. But given the amount of time and money I put in to my bikes I am curious to see what they are selling for. There was a Mecum auction in Las Vegas this weekend with six 1966 Triumph T120R Bonnevilles and and two TT's models. Five of the six Bonnevilles sold for and average price of $11,150. My project should come in under half that amount for parts, machine, work, plating and vapor blasting, but I am not calculating my labor which will be around 200 hours when I'm done. Mind you, much of that time is researching and sourcing the cheapest parts and a fair amount of time drinking beer and staring at my bike, processing and thinking. This is a fun hobby and would not like to do this for a living.
1966 Triton cafe, 1962 BSA Gold Star DBD34, and 1966 T120 Triumph Bonneville.
BSA Gold Star barn find restoration
1975 CB400F Cafe Racer build
1966 Triumph Bonnevile restoration

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Re: 1966 Triumph Bonneville restoration
« Reply #22 on: Jan 10, 2016, 12:57:39 »
ROI is tough in the hobby game. I would love to do this for a living, but I think it would be at a net loss for both money and the love for all things greasy. Once it becomes work the fun is gone or mostly gone.

I only hope to get paid for the value of the project, labor is always free and as long as the next one is funded the hobby is free also.
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Re: 1966 Triumph Bonneville restoration
« Reply #23 on: Jan 20, 2016, 15:56:44 »
A quick update: more of the final parts orders arrived from Walridge Motors and elsewhere. I now have both front and rear CWC rims and spoke kits so I can lace and true the rims, mount tubes and tires and turn my pile of parts in to a rolling chassis this weekend. Also, my Minnesota title just arrived so I am the legal owner, free and clear. Onwards and upwards…

1966 Triton cafe, 1962 BSA Gold Star DBD34, and 1966 T120 Triumph Bonneville.
BSA Gold Star barn find restoration
1975 CB400F Cafe Racer build
1966 Triumph Bonnevile restoration

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Re: 1966 Triumph Bonneville restoration
« Reply #24 on: Jan 20, 2016, 16:40:27 »
Just found this one, sign me up to watch, I don't care what bike you are restoring or building the work is always amazing.
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Re: 1966 Triumph Bonneville restoration
« Reply #25 on: Jan 26, 2016, 12:18:16 »


Thanks Maritime!
3 steps forward, two steps back… After two days in the shop I have the wheels laced and trued and am doing the final alignment of the center of the rims.  It is is a long, slow and tedious process to get the center of the rims perfectly offset and aligned to one another, but worth the effort.  I trued both rims to .004" radial and axial runout. The front fork seals and fork sliders took a couple of hours to clean and chase the threads because there was old paint, thread sealer?, teflon? crud and the seal holders would not go on easily until perfectly clean.  I should be able to mount the tires, rebuild front and rear brake drums, and have a rolling chassis by Friday. Skip bored and honed my freshly painted cylinder barrel and I can start on the motor next week. The days are getting longer and looking forward to the first ride this spring. Onwards...
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1966 Triton cafe, 1962 BSA Gold Star DBD34, and 1966 T120 Triumph Bonneville.
BSA Gold Star barn find restoration
1975 CB400F Cafe Racer build
1966 Triumph Bonnevile restoration

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Re: 1966 Triumph Bonneville restoration
« Reply #26 on: Jan 27, 2016, 11:16:16 »
They grow up so quickly… I had a productive evening in Skip’s shop last night and finished aligning the rim centers, mounted new tubes and tires, assembled the brake hubs and now have a roller! Skip finished a perfect hone on my cylinder and the ring gaps were dead on. I have a little bit of time this evening to mount the centre stand, bars, brake stay, fender stays, and more. More good news, Amal/Burlen emailed me this morning to say the Monobloc carb set I need was back in stock so I ordered them. The carbs the final piece in the puzzle so the bike should come together fairly quickly (when I can eek out some free time).




Rubber meets the road, err, the shop floor


Skip, master at work, honing freshly bored cylinders.
1966 Triton cafe, 1962 BSA Gold Star DBD34, and 1966 T120 Triumph Bonneville.
BSA Gold Star barn find restoration
1975 CB400F Cafe Racer build
1966 Triumph Bonnevile restoration

Offline surffly

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Re: 1966 Triumph Bonneville restoration
« Reply #27 on: Jan 27, 2016, 14:25:22 »
Very cool project.
Love the detail.

I have delusions of doing something like this with my Featherbed.

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Re: 1966 Triumph Bonneville restoration
« Reply #28 on: Feb 02, 2016, 18:37:46 »
With very little free time this week. I managed to place the decals, clear coat, sand, polish and wax the oil tank. It looks much better than when I started:

1966 Triton cafe, 1962 BSA Gold Star DBD34, and 1966 T120 Triumph Bonneville.
BSA Gold Star barn find restoration
1975 CB400F Cafe Racer build
1966 Triumph Bonnevile restoration

Offline Duchat

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Re: 1966 Triumph Bonneville restoration
« Reply #29 on: Feb 02, 2016, 21:06:00 »
I liked the leaf paint scheme. Rust hater.