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1951 Triumph Thunderbird Video #578087 12/26/14 2:44 am
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While I'm at it, I've also found this video I took in 1998 at Munroe Motors in San Francisco of a perfectly original down to the English air in the tires '51 Bird. Watch as the camera lovingly zooms in and out showing every detail possible all over the bike. Maybe too much detail, but those of you who have one of these will certainly appreciate seeing exactly how they came from the factory.

'51 T-bird Video

Enjoy. Also at the end you can hear it run. Like a swiss watch....

Cheers,
Bill


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Re: 1951 Triumph Thunderbird Video [Re: HawaiianTiger] #578090 12/26/14 5:40 am
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Bill, mighty nice looking (& sounding) Tbird mate


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Re: 1951 Triumph Thunderbird Video [Re: HawaiianTiger] #578093 12/26/14 6:23 am
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Thanks Bill
I picked up the makings of a 51 Thunderbird a few weeks ago, that video will be very useful.
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Re: 1951 Triumph Thunderbird Video [Re: HawaiianTiger] #665882 08/31/16 5:48 am
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Originally Posted by HawaiianTiger

'51 T-bird Video

Enjoy. Also at the end you can hear it run. Like a swiss watch....

Cheers,
Bill


this is what I lost

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L40MaCjqY5w

Re: 1951 Triumph Thunderbird Video [Re: HawaiianTiger] #665946 08/31/16 3:27 pm
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I had a chance to buy this bike but didnt put in my price as I thought it was out of my range! then I saw it up for sale on eBay. The guy who owned it bought it for his father his father then restored it and stored it for 10 years before he died( I was the first guy other than family to see it after storage ) then it was back to his son. Although not 100% original the work carried out was near showroom condition a beautiful machine but really a bit to clean for my liking.If it was a original unrestored bike as it was before the father restored it I would of found a way of raising the cash.. Dave

http://www.eBay.co.uk/itm/1952-Triumph-Thunderbird-sprung-hub-unrepeatable-near-concours-magazine-featured-/222211865194?hash=item33bcdbfa6a%3Ag%3AjQIAAOSwZVlXpufI&nma=true&si=Xz%252Fcekg3RojHcYDW2Czk9dZxgZU%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557


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Re: 1951 Triumph Thunderbird Video [Re: HawaiianTiger] #665965 08/31/16 5:29 pm
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Well, there's certainly no excuse for anyone to get the lining at the front of the front guard wrong, ever again (3:08 to 4:05) - I began to fear for my sanity as yet another zoom-out started.

But, a very nice video of a great-looking bike.

In the UK, a front number plate (license plate) was mandatory on motorcycles at the time that machine was made, and a UK model would have had the registration number painted on it (the same as the rear plate). This lasted until 1975, when front plates were abolished by law.

Were front license plates ever required on US stuff, and if not, what did folks do with the front plate?
The '1950' on the machine in the video is clearly not OEM stuff, but I suppose it's preferable to the plate and chrome surround being taken off and discarded.

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Re: 1951 Triumph Thunderbird Video [Re: HawaiianTiger] #665973 08/31/16 6:06 pm
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Sorry about the video. It's raw footage after all, intakes, outtakes, the full monty.
Maybe I'll edit it one of these days.

No front plates were ever required in the states I lived in. There may be one or two that required it, but I doubt it.

I would like to know what makes the front number plate not OEM, if you can detail that.

Here's what's on my current bike. We like front number plates. It is a convenient place to indicate what year your bike is, so maybe, if the person looking at your bike is attentive enough, you don't' have hear yet again for the millionth time, "What year is it?" And then try to lift your helmet enough to shout out the year only to hear "what?" because you're wearing a helmet and no one can hear you over the traffic noise.....

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It's probably a copy from India. But it required this gizmo in order to fit the radius of my front fender. It had been knocking around in my toolbox for 25 years. I knew what it was, but I didn't know which bike it was for.

[Linked Image]

Cheers,

Bill

Last edited by HawaiianTiger; 09/01/16 5:53 pm.

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Re: 1951 Triumph Thunderbird Video [Re: HawaiianTiger] #665975 08/31/16 6:18 pm
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Not to worry about the vid - just slightly unexpected, and rather more tense than I'd hoped for that particular minute.

The parts are obviously correct - my query was about the painted (or stuck)-on '1950'. Triumph wouldn't have put that on, and I can't imagine a dealer doing so - so was it a previous owner, or the current one (at the time)?
Does that raise a question as to whether anything else on the bike was amended?

As for the little cast part you show - excellent 'toolbox treasure'.

Nick


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Re: 1951 Triumph Thunderbird Video [Re: HawaiianTiger] #665998 08/31/16 8:27 pm
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I saw this bike at a Del Mar show in the mid nineties and the gentleman selling it had three old Triumphs he bought from a collector in Japan. It had no or very low miles, but essentially it was an unridden original bike. The front number plate was painted by persons unknown, but may have been the dealer or first owner. They got the year wrong, though. It was definitely not a '50.

Of the other bikes he had, there was a bike that was reputed to be a Tiger100. It was all black and chrome with ivory lining and very original although it had quite a few more miles than the T-bird. I took a lot of video of that one, too. This bike was a year and color I've never heard of.

So, no all black T100's? I saw one....I've seen UFO's too, so, well, take it for what it's worth.

Sorry 'bout the picture quality. It's screen grab from a DVD which was made from a VHS tape.....The engine number begins with 40-T100, by the way.

[Linked Image]

Cheers,

Bill



Last edited by HawaiianTiger; 08/31/16 8:41 pm.

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1985 Honda Nighthawk 650
1957 Thunderbird/T110 "Black Tiger"
Antique Fans: Loads of Emersons (Two six wingers) plus gyros and orbiters.
Re: 1951 Triumph Thunderbird Video [Re: HawaiianTiger] #666017 08/31/16 11:28 pm
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nice cocktail shakers

Re: 1951 Triumph Thunderbird Video [Re: HawaiianTiger] #666109 09/01/16 1:09 pm
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anyone got a link to the 2nd part of this vid

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L40MaCjqY5w


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