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My new toy #744475 08/05/18 5:28 am
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Serves me right for trolling on Craig's List. I bought another project.
An early '72 Trident. Couldn't resist for $2000. It'll take some TLC, but it runs.
I'm stoked. My first big bike was a '74 Trident.


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Re: My new toy [Re: DavidP] #744486 08/05/18 9:28 am
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Looks ok, nice find, be a great project, not that much missing really.

Re: My new toy [Re: DavidP] #744491 08/05/18 10:20 am
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A running T150 for $2000 (which is about £1500) is quite incredible. If that was put on eBay for that price in this country it would be deleted, as they'd assume it was a scam!


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Re: My new toy [Re: DavidP] #744502 08/05/18 1:12 pm
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Looks good for that kinda money,,,

Re: My new toy [Re: DavidP] #744550 08/05/18 8:13 pm
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PO didn't know a thing about Brit bikes. He installed 4-volt coils, but it still has points. I dug out three 12-volt coils for use until I put EI on it.
Had cheap petcocks on it. Those chopper things with the red handles. Lucky for me they were only in by a few threads with some sort of sealant. A bit of heat and they came out. I chased the threads with a BSP tap and all is good.
I will need to clean and line the tank, though.


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Re: My new toy [Re: DavidP] #744554 08/05/18 8:54 pm
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Hi DavidP
Years ago I spent 1500 euros for the same model but in basket case not running bike.
So you are very lucky, real bargain,good luck with your new toy mate!

Re: My new toy [Re: DavidP] #744556 08/05/18 9:00 pm
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It has three into one exhaust will have nice sound !!!!


Re: My new toy [Re: DavidP] #744610 08/06/18 7:30 am
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I'd think twice about lining the tank tbh. Use a commercial rust eater and prep the surface [maybe some tek screws and vigorous shake every now and then to help]….then coat the inside with a good petroil mix to inhibit new rust. Once you fill with decent gas it should stop any new rust as well. Liners are good, but I think there is a time for them...you don't want to jump in too soon.

Re: My new toy [Re: DavidP] #744640 08/06/18 2:17 pm
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If you use a liner, I've had good luck with POR15. Fifteen years with E10 in it continuously and no deterioration.


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Re: My new toy [Re: DavidP] #744643 08/06/18 3:15 pm
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That's a great find for the money, especially as it runs. Congrats!!

Re: My new toy [Re: DavidP] #744656 08/06/18 4:45 pm
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Nice score!!! I know u know better than to use Kreem. Por -15 or Caswell if it won't clean up 180 mains with that pipe

Re: My new toy [Re: bodine031] #744734 08/07/18 6:25 am
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Originally Posted by bodine031
180 mains with that pipe

Thanks for that. I need to remove the carbs to see what's in them and clean up everything. Proper air box is on its way to me.


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Re: My new toy [Re: DavidP] #744800 08/07/18 8:20 pm
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Good grief, $2000 for a triple in that condition ! Must be from another planet ! Well I think sometimes that the U.S of A actually is anothet planet.
Over here a triple in that condition would easily fetch 3 or 4 times that much.
Congrats anyway thumbsup


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Re: My new toy [Re: DavidP] #744802 08/07/18 8:30 pm
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david, if that guy has another one for sale at that price, let me know . . .


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Re: My new toy [Re: DavidP] #744813 08/07/18 9:26 pm
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...I do not have a problem to pay 6000 Dollars for that bike.
No Trident here.

Re: My new toy [Re: bodine031] #744815 08/07/18 9:40 pm
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Originally Posted by bodine031
Nice score!!! I know u know better than to use Kreem. Por -15 or Caswell if it won't clean up 180 mains with that pipe


Kreem in the tank of my Bonnie for over 20 years and it's still holding up just fine and we have had ethanol the whole time.


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Re: My new toy [Re: bodine031] #744825 08/07/18 10:46 pm
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Originally Posted by bodine031
180 mains with that pipe

What about needle jets? I plan to replace those as a matter of habit. You think maybe 107? Or just put the needle in the bottom groove.


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Re: My new toy [Re: DavidP] #744835 08/08/18 12:16 am
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Sweet! I just checked and it has excellent compression on all cylinders. laugh


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Re: My new toy [Re: DavidP] #744855 08/08/18 3:51 am
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But one of the carbs is a mystery. Instead of the normal jet holder and jets it has something which looks pressed in.
See my post here; http://www.britbike.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/744842/mystery-jet#Post744842

Problem solved. That whole assembly screwed out. I don't know what it was, totally n-rigged.
Kinda makes sense. I think this bike came from a shop down the road in Columbia, TN. The same shop that screwed me back in 1994. I sent a Trident head to them to grind in valves. Without asking they shaved the head. CAN'T do that with a triple! there's very little valve clearance to begin with. Bloody crap Harley mechanics!!!~

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Re: My new toy [Re: DavidP] #744898 08/08/18 2:24 pm
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I bought my 69 T-150 in 1986 and still ride it regularly. Years ago the carbs were sleeved by Walt Lund and I bought new stock needles and needle jets. Those carbs are currently attached to a 1970 R-3.
My bike has 1 stock HD Kiehin CV fuel metering device. I believe I have another set around the shop I can look and see let me know.

Re: My new toy [Re: DavidP] #744901 08/08/18 3:33 pm
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Measure your engine oil pressure if your engine is operational.
Hot engine, on idle should hold 15 - 20 psi.
Make sure the engine is really hot, mine needs at list 15 min of riding to get there.

Re: My new toy [Re: DavidP] #745005 08/09/18 6:18 pm
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Should see around 70-80 psi at 4000 rpm hot.


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Re: My new toy [Re: DavidP] #745352 08/13/18 6:49 am
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Thanks,
I hope that it has the correct OPR valve installed, but I'm not stripping the primary just to check
Gotta replace the return oil lines. Considering how much crap I cleaned from the feed screen, I'll clean the oil tank too.


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Re: My new toy [Re: DavidP] #745993 08/19/18 12:48 am
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I'm calling the Pope, it's a miracle! Both gauges work!
At least with a drill motor.
Tach drive cable is junk. Have to pull the center from the speedo cable to see if that's any good..

Next up is the Trident timing routine. I haven't done that in over 30 years. I put a Rita on my last Trident back in the early '80s and never looked back.


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Re: My new toy [Re: DavidP] #746004 08/19/18 2:05 am
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I'm not using any more tank liners. I clean the tank out well with solvent and a dog chain (or drywall screws or whatever you like), then fill it with 90 octane gas treated with Marine Sta-Bil. Marine Sta-Bil will keep the entire tank from rusting even if the tank is only half full .... When you get home from a long trip (where you had to fill the tank on the road with E10 crap, try to plan to get home with less than 1/2 tank and fill it back up with treated fuel .....

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