As folks have pointed out it is really pretty simple to swap out a 8" conical and low fender with a 6" conical and high fender. Especially if the rest of the TR5T is in very good condition. The 6" conical hubs are easy to find (I have a bunch of them). Lace on a 21" front rim, get a high fender mount bracket, and put on a high fender. I have some chrome high fenders with the side indents made for the TR5T by Autocycle in the UK. Most folks have no idea of what was original on their bikes if they were not the person who rolled it off the dealers floor. And as Kurt points out what rolled off the dealers floor may not have been what came in the back in a crate. If you want an excellent condition bike that is nut and bolt original in every way then you pay for it, but it sounds like you just want a nice condition TR5T that looks like you want it to look.
^^ Good information right there, thanks, Peter, and thanks to Daron for starting this very good discussion, and everybody who is contributing. (Did I leave anyone out?)
A couple of years ago, a forum member was looking for a TR5T, and I posted a link to a CraigsList ad in NH that led him to a decent but long-sat example, which he got running, new tires, spiffed up, then took it on one trail ride and decided that it was too nice to ride on the dirt.
In my case, it was word of mouth in finding the TR5T not far from where I live, and owned by trail-riding legend Bob Hicks (yep, the
Bob Hicks) who had bought it many years ago from another friend of mine. Bob had used the bike as his primary woods bike for many years, so it was well used but not abused and bent. My aim is to build it light and reliable. Fortunately, so many of the original parts are still with it, tank, seat, exhaust (with spark arrester), air cleaner, side covers ... .
The way I got it:
Which color was original for the cylinder barrel. black or silver?