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Re: What did you do to your bike today --join in
chris l #759932 12/20/18 10:57 pm
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you're lucky. i just got my pickup stuck in the mud in front of my shop door. what a mess.

ask nonameman how bad that lane is.


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Originally Posted by kevin roberts
you're lucky. i just got my pickup stuck in the mud in front of my shop door. what a mess.

ask nonameman how bad that lane is.


I have spent an inordinate amount of time this fall finding hard points to hook a chain to on people's cars and trucks to pull them out of mud and ditches.

We normally get 35 inches of rain in a year; we're already up to 60 this year and it's still coming down. The roads are mess everywhere ..... so you're not alone!

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Can I whine just a bit? Compared to an A65, assembling the upper engine of a Triumph is fiddly to say the least. First, getting those bottom squish washers and rings over the shoulder on the tappet block without twisting them, then getting head on over the pushrod tunnels, then getting the pushrods in place - you have to put the rocker box gasket on first, which blocks your view down the pushrod tunnel, and finally, getting the rocker boxes in place over the pushrods requires a leap of faith - ok, the gasket *kinda* holds the pushrods in place, but you can't see inside the rocker box at the critical point.


You will find if you lubricate the push rod tube "O" rings with P-80 rubber lube they will fall into place. Unlike lubricating with oil, or the like, P-80 is a water based product which, when dry, makes a perfect seal. Oil can lead to wicking, and a nuisance oil leak.

Putting push rods in place is aided by the use of grease in the push rod cups (on the 500 the cup in the tappet). Besides keeping it in place once contact is made, the grease will hold the push rod on the tappet as you lift them up and down to check that they are in place. You can feel the tappet coming down on the cam as you raise and lower them. Its all done with feel, and you don't need years of practice to accomplish this.

Remember our CovSeal rocker box gaskets are available for all Triumph twins and triple. No more squeezing out or loosing torque as the gasket deteriorates.


All good advice John, thanks, although after the fact - it's all done now. Shame about the P-80, I know what it is and we have some at work. Well maybe there'll be a next time, and I'll keep Coventry in mind for the rocker box gaskets.

I really just wanted to emphasize how much easier it is to put together an A65 upper. And I was half serious in my question about whether anyone has ever built a Triumph head with cast-in rocker stanchions, or if such a thing would even be possible.


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Originally Posted by Mark Z

I really just wanted to emphasize how much easier it is to put together an A65 upper.

Really? You like having to remove the exhaust rockers just to torque the head down? And, don't get me started on having to fabricate some sort of offset ring spanner just to get something on the outer head nuts.
I can set the valves on a triple and be into my second beer afterward in the time it takes me to remove the head steady and rocker cover from my OIF A65.


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Originally Posted by kevin roberts
you're lucky. i just got my pickup stuck in the mud in front of my shop door. what a mess.

ask nonameman how bad that lane is.


You need Mirafi fabric and and mucho crushed stone........BSA less fiddly than Triumph? Did any A65's last long enough to need the head pulled off off and replaced? wink grin


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Well, it's pretty bad. Navigable after about a week with no rain


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Originally Posted by DavidP
Originally Posted by Mark Z

I really just wanted to emphasize how much easier it is to put together an A65 upper.

Really? You like having to remove the exhaust rockers just to torque the head down? And, don't get me started on having to fabricate some sort of offset ring spanner just to get something on the outer head nuts.
I can set the valves on a triple and be into my second beer afterward in the time it takes me to remove the head steady and rocker cover from my OIF A65.


I agree that those outer head nuts, and the head bolts buried under the exhaust rocker, are one of the most annoying parts about working on an A65. Aside from those rear engine mount bolts, that "packing piece" on the bottom bolt, and that little sheet-metal cover on the inner primary .... !!

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Lannis #760053 12/22/18 2:56 am
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Originally Posted by Lannis
... and that little sheet-metal cover on the inner primary .... !!

Lannis


What little sheet-metal cover on the inner primary?


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Spot on , Nick, they do all have their pros and cons, but the followers of the true path soon realised that Triumphs have more pros !
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After getting my freshened up 79 T140D running nicely with the Pazon....I installed the original Lucas Rita that Nick L had repaired....I believe the engine sounds a touch sharper.. And when kickstarting, I always thought the several bikes I've had with Pazons don't fire until the kicker is all the way down...The Lucas fires more quickly and the can feel less pressure on the kicker towards the end of the stroke..Thanks Nick..And yes, Merry Christmas to you all...


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And a Merry Christmas from the great frozen north, close to the North Pole. And, where we have long winters to work on those Brit bikes ...

Hard to imagine Christmas in the middle of summer down in Oz. Does Santa wear shorts and a red t shirt and sunglasses down there?

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Originally Posted by Hillbilly bike
After getting my freshened up 79 T140D running nicely with the Pazon....I installed the original Lucas Rita that Nick L had repaired....I believe the engine sounds a touch sharper.. And when kickstarting, I always thought the several bikes I've had with Pazons don't fire until the kicker is all the way down...The Lucas fires more quickly and the can feel less pressure on the kicker towards the end of the stroke..Thanks Nick..And yes, Merry Christmas to you all...

I do miss the Rita ignition. The one thing which Lucas did right. laugh


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Ok, not MY bike again (well it USED to be) - I Spent the weekend with my son working on his '67 Lightning restoration:

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Originally Posted by NickL

A standard 3/8 bsf ring or combination spanner fits all the outer head bolts, no problem on the a50/65, at least my ones do..................

And, you have a calibrated elbow to get the torque spec correct?


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... and that little sheet-metal cover on the inner primary .... !!

Lannis


What little sheet-metal cover on the inner primary?


BSA part 68-360 "Cover Plate, Rear Crankcase". I don't even know what it does, but I bust my knuckles every time trying to get some kind of tool in there to get it on and off .....

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Originally Posted by Lannis
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... and that little sheet-metal cover on the inner primary .... !!

Lannis


What little sheet-metal cover on the inner primary?


BSA part 68-360 "Cover Plate, Rear Crankcase". I don't even know what it does, but I bust my knuckles every time trying to get some kind of tool in there to get it on and off .....

Lannis


Yeah man, I was joking; I knew exactly what you were talking about. Like NickL said, the cover that no one (except you apparently) ever puts back on.

... Like those little C-clips on the tappets.


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Well........Lannis is not the only ones who installs the cover. I am guilty as well.

I find the cover keeps the rear of the engine cleaner on a bike that gets ridden frequently.

I actually accomplished some bike stuff over the last few days. And all of the effort was directed towards the long suffering M33.

1. Completed step 1 of the tank sealing process. The cleaning step is done. Next is the etching step.

2. Finally finished mounting the sprung pillion seat.

Soon it will be time for paint. Almost there


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Splicing some extra wire onto my new stator. The original setup had snap ("bullet") connectors in the worst possible place - right under the gearbox. I eliminate the connectors and extend the leads. Splices are short solder joints, staggered, to provide as much flexibility as possible for snaking the wires where they need to go. Now I just need to cover the rest of the wire. Last time I used poly sheath, which became quite brittle, so this time I think I'll use a long piece of shrink tubing; maybe that will hold up better.


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I installed a thermostat on the oil cooler for my Trident, bypasses the cooler until the oil is above 180 degrees.
Guess I need to do some kicking to push oil through it.
I also put on a NOS throttle cable. Took some time to find the right one for low bars. Seems as if extended cables are pretty easy to find, go figure.


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Hi David--just as a matter of interest--which one did you fit?

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I went with the Tru-Cool, $43 from eBay. Barely visible with the petrol tank on.

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1. Drained the oil in the Gold Star for it’s spring oil change.

2. Found an irritating oil leak on the GS. Intake rocker shaft banjo.

3. Ordered bearings for the new to me set of GS wheels with alloy rims.

4. I have spent most of my time getting my Champion frame Bultaco ready for paint. Today is the day it goes for paint.


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Originally Posted by DavidP
I went with the Tru-Cool, $43 from eBay. Barely visible with the petrol tank on.


Based on my limited experience, a thermostat on the oil cooler is a really good idea. I don't have a triple, but I put a triple oil cooler on my T140 AHRMA road race bike to solve overheating problems encountered at some tracks, and encountered a lot of trouble with over-cooling the oil at tracks where the temperature was low, such as Roebling in February, resulting in turning the crank end oil seal inside out, etc. The triple cooler is quite big, and apparently too big for cold weather in this application. I eventually put a different cooler on with a thermostat built in, and problems solved. I have no experience with triples, only with my twin on the race track, but the thermostat was a really good addition in that application.

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I quite agree.
You might like to read my report on the subject on the Triples On Line Forum (triplesonline.com)
BTW--I post there under my real name--Richard Beard.
HTH

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I cleaned up the rim, put on a new rim strip and replaced the tube on the rear wheel. The tire went on easily, no irons needed.
Did I mention that this bike is a Raleigh 10-speed? laugh


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