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#290950 - 12/26/09 7:15 pm 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project  
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A 1965 Triumph motorcycle has been my dream bike for as long as I've been riding (some 40 years) I used to go to the next town over, Oberlin, Ohio when I was in high school to watch the rich college students from the east ride around on their beautiful English bikes. There were a few local guys who owned and rode Triumphs and BSAs through our little town as well. Graduating from high school in 65, I loved to look at that year Triumphs with the parcel racks and big garden gate tank badges. That was the ultimate bike to me. When I got out of the Army I got into the dirt bike scene due to another local guy, John Penton, and my riding experiences, and my life, took many twists and turns from that point on. When I began facing retirement age I knew it was now or never in getting and restoring my 65 Dream. One came up for sale not super far away. Not having the cash on hand to buy it, I made the ultimate sacrifice by selling my 74 Norton Commando for the funds. I paid heavily for a bike that was just OK, but needing much TLC.

Here's how it came to me. Doesn't look too bad, but the closer you get the shabbier it looked

Since I wanted this to be a keeper, it was off with the body parts. Every sheetmetal part was flawed. The tank was fixable, but all the treads were rusted and needed to be retapped. I bought the correct English treaded taps to do the job. I ordered the correct Burnished gold, Alaskan white and robin's egg blue from Huthinson for the new paintjob. The old paint was close, but poorly done, and had black pin striping tape instead of the robin's egg blue pinstripes on the original bike. Brent Budgor from the Vintage Vendor paint shop did another bike for me and is a great and reasonable painter. The paintable parts will go off to him this week.

Next, I took out the engine. The bike's speedo shows 11,000, but the speedo wasn't working, so I wanted the cases split and the bottom end checked. A local restorer is doing this since I don't have the space, tools or inclination to take on this task. He will be doing a mild hop up of the engine at the same time.

Just got the new fenders today and started to fit them to the frame.

Speedo and tach being sent back rebuilt from Don Hutchinson. Next step is to rebuild the forks and get new rims and spokes.
Thanks for looking. All and every suggestion or comment welcome!

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#290957 - 12/26/09 8:26 pm Re: 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project [Re: rmak]  
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Absolutelly lovelly looking bike mate. Keep it up!

Rod

#290963 - 12/26/09 9:26 pm Re: 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project [Re: R Moulding]  
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Hello, I also have a 1965 TR6SR that I am gathering parts for. You sound as if you have yours on the way. I have a 1965 T120 also, but the TR6SR is a beaut in its own right. It is spotlighted on the rare Johnson motors advertising brochure for 1965. Alan


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#290988 - 12/27/09 3:05 am Re: 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project [Re: Allan]  
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Hi Allen.
Glad to hear I'm not the lone restorer of a bike like this. You are welcome to the take off parts I'm replacing if they can do you any good. Do you have any idea of the rarity of these bikes? I haven't seen too many around.
One of the old Johnson Motors add had an SR with high pipes. Mike up at Walridge says he can get them. What do you think?

#291580 - 12/31/09 3:20 pm Re: 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project [Re: rmak]  
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Just got my wife's Christmas present. Rebuilt instruments, instrument lights and cables.

#291627 - 12/31/09 7:12 pm Re: 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project [Re: rmak]  
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Rmak, how much paint did you order for the tank?? if you don't mind the question???


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#291639 - 12/31/09 8:24 pm Re: 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project [Re: T120C]  
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Don't mind at all. I think it was 3/4 of a pint of each color for the tank and fenders. I had it sent directly to the painter, but I will double check and confirm. It didn't sound like much, but the painter says he thins it so there will be plenty. It was expensive!

#291640 - 12/31/09 8:38 pm Re: 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project [Re: rmak]  
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Thanks, I know I have heard the same... you don't need much.. I am going to try and paint mine myself and I know I will need more than the average pro painter.. Your Project looks great, looks like you are doing it right!!!


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#291663 - 12/31/09 10:40 pm Re: 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project [Re: T120C]  
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Couple of questions.Why did you buy new fenders?They don't look bad in the photos.Do you know where the Smiths came from and who rebuilt them?

#291668 - 12/31/09 11:09 pm Re: 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project [Re: jays375]  
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I'm sad to admit that I bought the bike unseen except for photos. We had a death in the family I and was unable to make the trip to see the bike. The guy who owned the bike implied he was going to sell it from under me (after he knew I'd sold my other bike to get it)So I bought it virtually unseen. Anyhow, he alluded to a few "bubbles" on the fenders in an earlier description. Come to find out when the bike was delivered, the fenders were dented pretty badly, there were extra holes drilled places for no reason and other problems that the guy painting said would be difficult to rectify. There were a lot of other things the previous owner "forgot" to mention. None of these problems came through with the photos. All of these difficulties are costing me more than I'd planned, but I want to get it right. I think that if someone with skills wanted to take the time they might be able to get them back in shape. They are available cheap to anyone who wants to try.
The gages are off the bike. They were in rough shape and the speedo wasn't working. When I was talking to Don Hutchinson about the paint he told me they offered the rebuild service so he got the job. Whoever he had do them did great work. They look brand new.

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#292105 - 01/03/10 8:03 pm Re: 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project [Re: rmak]  
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Hi again, no I do not know the rarity of these, but I suppose since manufacture many of them have disappeared. Funny how I acquired mine---there was a mint set of 1965 Bonneville fenders on eBay with a very reasonable "Buy it Now". These fenders are the same on the 1965 TR6SR except color. Anyway I love NOS and OEM sheetmetal so I bought them. A few days later I found out where there was a 1965 TR6SR frame and matching # cases with a good title. It don't get much better than this, so now I am a long way toward having the correct parts to build this bike. I like the chainguard and instruments along with an exhaust system and soft parts but most of these things or easy to find now. Keep in touch. Allan(way down in the icy south today).


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#292517 - 01/06/10 1:05 am Re: 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project [Re: rmak]  
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I would be interested in the fenders for the right price if they are still available... Im also in ohio... pm me if they are available


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#293337 - 01/10/10 3:56 pm Re: 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project [Re: tattoolucky]  
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Tatoolucky,
I sent you a pm a while back, but may have screwed something up. I just sent another message.

#297262 - 02/02/10 10:34 pm Re: 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project [Re: rmak]  
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Another step forward today. Just received these in the mail.

#302266 - 03/10/10 1:41 am Re: 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project [Re: rmak]  
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#310957 - 05/01/10 5:33 pm Re: 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project [Re: bosshoff]  
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Re: Rarity of 1965 TR6SR -- In Harry Woolridge's "The Triumph Trophy Bible", he shows that there were 922 built that year.

Your paint parts look great! I am waiting on mine for my 1964 TR6. Also have quite a few parts at the chrome shop that should be done within a week or so.

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#311990 - 05/07/10 1:34 am Re: 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project [Re: TR6Ray]  
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How's about posting some photos of that machine, Ray!

#312063 - 05/07/10 1:34 pm Re: 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project [Re: rmak]  
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Looking good, how about an update?


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#312139 - 05/07/10 10:33 pm Re: 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project [Re: GrandPaul]  
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Thanks, Paul. This restore is grinding out slowly and costly. Engine is almost all together at the restorer's shop. I'm saving up for some expensive needed parts. The bike is competing with home repair this spring. Just found out today the front wheel configuration on a 65 is unique so an off the shelf replacement rim won't work. The old rim will go for re-chrome and a 4 week wait. Here's a picture of the relaced back rim

#317129 - 06/05/10 10:16 pm Re: 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project [Re: rmak]  
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Put the tire and forks on today with the help of my buddy, Joe "hud". And Joe, Billy said forks should be right where they are. Thanks, man.

#318481 - 06/15/10 12:13 am Re: 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project [Re: rmak]  
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God I love that those colors, excellent work. There was an original 65 on eBay not too long ago I drooled over, but didn't have the cash......

#326561 - 08/04/10 8:50 pm Re: 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project [Re: rmak]  
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Here's the latest. Engine and front wheel finally done. This bike is finally coming together after such a long time. Still waiting for parts and many small details to attend to. I think the bike is beautiful, but of course I'm prejudiced.


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#326576 - 08/04/10 10:03 pm Re: 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project [Re: rmak]  
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Looks Stupendous. -J.H., show this posting to Tom as a little incentive.
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Quote:
Just found out today the front wheel configuration on a 65 is unique


Hmmm... unless it is a 1965 6T, which it isn't, the 1965 TR6 uses the standard 2x2 dimpled WM2x19" rim used on nearly all 650s thru 1970.


#326587 - 08/04/10 10:56 pm Re: 1965 Triumph TR6SR Restoration Project [Re: John Healy]  
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You're the expert, John, so I certainly defer to you. This was my first (and considering the expense, my last) in-depth rebuild. I just trusted what the wheel guy told me. He said the nipple configuration was such that the spokes would not look perfect with a repo wheel using my original hub. Whatever he did for whatever reason, the wheels look great.

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