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.
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.
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.
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
Peter. 1974 Commando 850 1972 Trident T150T 1961 Goldie DBD34 1969 Benelli 250 sport special
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!!!~
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.
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.
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 .....
I'll believe that it's a criss when the people who tell me it's a crisis start acting like it's a crisis ...