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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
Dave Swanson #788540 10/29/19 3:30 pm
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Gathering parts for a restoration can be as exciting as the build. Doug Wood is the go to guy for vintage electrics.


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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
Dave Swanson #788561 10/29/19 9:11 pm
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Dang, I would not have guessed that NOS babbit rods existed at all. When I built the '52 TR5, we sent the rods to a Ford Model T restoration guy to pour new babbit.
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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
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Bill, I don't know what's more rare. The .010 NOS pistons you found for me or the rods? It does seem like they were meant to be together!


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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
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This probably isn't a surprise to anyone here, but the iron head T110's are my favorite Triumph, with the all alloy 500 right behind in second place. I've done up several of these in various restorations, one being a "Trophy-ized '55 T110 that is still on island in someones living room..
Here's a pic of that one.

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And a couple for inspiration.

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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
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Bettie Page's famous pose is photoshopped but I like it!


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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
Dave Swanson #789295 11/05/19 11:51 pm
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My fork shrouds were repaired by brazing! A bit of overkill I would say.

I do believe that with some patient filing and Dremeling I can make them presentable. At least I hope so.

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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
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I believe this to be the correct Amal. I have just been told it is close but not correct. Should be 376/40

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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
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Odds and ends for your perusal.

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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
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Couple things. Those lower nacelles should be repaired to be as original and here's why. The lower tubes were originally just welded to the uppers in two places, one in front and one in the rear. The reason for this is so that the individual tubes could be "adjusted" a bit to run true to the lower legs. Having them solid like this make it likely that you cannot get them to be centered over the lower legs.
I use my torch and compressed air to remove the brass. It's a bit risky. Molten brass is kind of nasty....
Also, those big lever taps are a bit of a pain in the ass if you ask me. I would keep a nice set for the shows and use a modern set for riding.
Having said that, there is the possibility that you can use them and they won't leak all over your bike and garage floor. John Healy says that there is a gas proof grease that seals them and keeps them from sticking. You see a lot of these with the bats broken off because they tend to seize solid. Then some guy takes a hammer and breaks off the bat. it's just brass....When they stick, the trick is to tap the taper pin from the back side and free it.


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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
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I am happy to report the the top shroud is in great shape!

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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
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I really like that type of fuel tap, brilliant compared to the cork plunger type, When stripped close inspection will probably reveal one side , the main ,will be much more worn than the other, reserve, I find ordinary hand soap work very well as a lubricant to prevent them seizing and helps sealing.


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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
Dave Swanson #790279 11/16/19 9:52 pm
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I need a rivet! Any good sources out there?

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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
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I ordered some rivets from McMaster Carr. They might need a slight massaging in my lathe but should be suitable


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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
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Painting of the tins and rims has begun. I meet with the painter Monday to go over the taping details one last time. He has an expert pinstripe man that stops by also. Exciting!

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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
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Mmmmm, shiny paint! My favourite!

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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
Dave Swanson #795483 01/12/20 9:41 pm
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Looking good. Those pinstripe guys are a dying breed.


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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
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That is a beautiful color. So, you sourced the other tank and will be able to switch as you please?


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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
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Originally Posted by TR6Ray
That is a beautiful color. So, you sourced the other tank and will be able to switch as you please?



The bike came with the sport tank, but I always liked the look of the larger tank. I found a nice one and since I had plenty of paint I had them both painted. I will make my final decision on which to use when I fit them on the bike.


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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
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Dave: A great restoration for sure. I noted your comments above on the carbs and I have a listing that does show the 376/40 as correct. However your 376/42 carbs are shown for "Triumph 650 1955-60, TR6 and 6T (Export)" That is pretty close for the rivet counters out there.

I look forward to seeing the finished machine.

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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
Gordo in Comox #795556 01/13/20 10:18 pm
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Originally Posted by Gordo in Comox
Dave: A great restoration for sure. I noted your comments above on the carbs and I have a listing that does show the 376/40 as correct. However your 376/42 carbs are shown for "Triumph 650 1955-60, TR6 and 6T (Export)" That is pretty close for the rivet counters out there.

I look forward to seeing the finished machine.

Gordo


Gordo, thanks for that information! If I may ask where did you find this nugget? Thanks much


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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
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Here is some better shots of the paint so far. First coat of clear with no wet sanding yet on the tins. We met today to nail down the layout of the fender center stripes and pinstripes. All set to move forward.

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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
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Dave:

I have a 20 page printout from 2010 that someone by the name of Dennis Wright in Aus put together on Monobloc carbs. At the beginning it stats 'Data solely from AMAL Publications: List No. 601/3 (issue No. 2) & List No. 601/4 (issue Nom 4)" . I cannot vouch for the accuracy but he clearly did a lot of work to put it together. It is correct for what is on my 1965 A65. There are a few carbs listed with no machine data. this is a link to one version of it.

http://archives.jampot.dk/technical/Carburation/Amal_Monobloc__numbers_type_and_use.pdf

I love your paint.

Gordo

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Re: 1955 Triumph T110
Dave Swanson #795571 01/14/20 2:19 am
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That babe in the black-and-white photo is Bette Page, a real icon of the 1950s.

Bible-thumpers all over the USA condemned her, but GUYS all over the USA had her pictures on garage walls.

But, those photos were pretty tame by today's standards!

Re: 1955 Triumph T110
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You should probably know, Betty probably never draped herself over an iron head T110, or any Triumph. I've seen the original pic. Someone did a masterful job of photoshopping her onto this bike.
Sorry if I popped a bubble there....
Nonetheless, I can't think of two 50's icons that are better joined together in this fashion.

I wanted to add that a lot of folks get the black stripe on the front fender wrong. They either continue it to the end of the fender, or paint the entire lip black. The black stripe ends before the end of the fender and before the lip as well, and the pinstripe goes over the center ridge to join with the other side.
Just a thought if you are going to show the bike. Also, the center stays that are riveted on were always brushed painted black. On this Ace Classic pic, even the front tabs are painted black.
Cheers,
Bill
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