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Last Meriden 500's made. #786728 10/10/19 9:13 pm
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So what were the last of the 500cc twins to roll out of Meriden? Were they T100R's or TR5T's?
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Re: Last Meriden 500's made. [Re: Jeff K.] #786733 10/10/19 10:09 pm
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Originally Posted by Jeff K.
So what were the last of the 500cc twins to roll out of Meriden? Were they T100R's or TR5T's?
Jeff


If you mean what were numerically 'last' then I believe they were the disc brake Daytona T100Ds (the last supposedly being JJ58013).

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I see by the code that those were also made in August 1973. I think that I read some where that they made about 25 of them. I have heard/read that a few bikes were made and sold during the strike to raise money, any record of them.
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Originally Posted by Jeff K.
I see by the code that those were also made in August 1973. I think that I read some where that they made about 25 of them.


Supposedly built on the 6th September (but near enough to have had a JJ date code) according to the TOMCC.

https://www.tomcc.org/Triumph/Model/124

Originally Posted by Jeff K.
I have heard/read that a few bikes were made and sold during the strike to raise money, any record of them.


NVT apparently did negotiate the release of some Meriden stock during 1974 (some bikes with parts missing) in exchange for cash.

According to JR Nelson's Bonnie book, the T120s released were JJ58080 - KJ59067 and T140s were KJ59160 - NJ60032. I don't know if that was every bike within the range of serial numbers?
I have no information on the 500s.

Re: Last Meriden 500's made. [Re: Jeff K.] #786748 10/11/19 1:39 am
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I have a couple of the T120s.
KJ 58185 titled in 1974 in New York State.
KJ 58263 titled in 1974 in Virginia.
The last of the real 650s---very nice bikes.
The advantages of the T140--disc brake, triplex primary chain, 6 bolt tappet inspection cover etc but with the (IMHO) nicer 650 engine.
HTH

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When were the last TR5MX bikes made? Yes I know they were BSAs with Triumph badging, but still 'officially' Triumphs, and made in 1973, I think?


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Re: Last Meriden 500's made. [Re: Jeff K.] #786794 10/11/19 1:45 pm
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Hi I have a 1974 TR5T JJ57299
Manufactured 22 August 1973 for the 1974 model year.
Despatched 12 September 1974 to Triumph Corporation Duarte California.

One of the last I guess but not THE last ...
Adam.

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Yes--over a year from manufacture to dispatch--such was the chaos at the time.

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Come to think of it, were the TR5MXs made at Meriden or Small Heath?


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Re: Last Meriden 500's made. [Re: Triumph5ta] #786851 10/11/19 8:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Triumph5ta
Hi I have a 1974 TR5T JJ57299
Manufactured 22 August 1973 for the 1974 model year.
Despatched 12 September 1974 to Triumph Corporation Duarte California.

One of the last I guess but not THE last ...
Adam.

12 bikes before mine was built, JJ57311. What does the gas cap look like?
Jeff

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Tridentman......how's the

KJ 58263 titled in 1974 in Virginia

bike doing these days?

fried okra

Re: Last Meriden 500's made. [Re: Jeff K.] #786917 10/12/19 5:48 pm
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Hi Vernon----currently it has pride of place in our living room at our beach house in Montauk, NYS.
Awaiting my tender ministrations to get it roadworthy.

Re: Last Meriden 500's made. [Re: Jeff K.] #786932 10/12/19 8:04 pm
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I am now in the process of rebuilding a 74 Daytona registered with DVLA in 1977 This has engine / frame numbers JJ57861 told this bike was 25th from last for Daytona models with the last one being JJ57886


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Re: Last Meriden 500's made. [Re: Jeff K.] #786950 10/12/19 11:23 pm
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So it looks like they made 550 T100 after the last TR5T was made. I wonder how the last T100 varied from the 1973. I can see where the factory would have been scrounging up parts and that would have led to some "odd" parts being used. Like the gas cap on my TR5T. I wonder why they stop producing the TR5T, did they run out of Frames? They had enough motors to keep producing the T100.
Jeff

Re: Last Meriden 500's made. [Re: Jeff K.] #786953 10/13/19 12:12 am
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As per LABs post of 10/10 as far as I am aware the last T100s were a batch of 25 T100Ds.
I have seen one or two of these in UK and as I remember them the only difference from the 73 T100 was the front disc brake.

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I have JJ58012, supposedly the penultimate numbered Daytona - one of the batch of 25 T100Ds. Although an August '73 build code it has a 1976 registration.

As well as a disc front end it has the 917 rear light unit and also has a 650/750 rocker feed arrangement ie. an end feed to the rocker shafts rather than the usual centre feed used on the 500s.

Chris

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Thanks, Chris---so much for my memory!


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