I have just acquired a 1966 Speed Twin, albeit fitted with what appears to be a 1960 T100A engine (according to Frame and Eng, No.s). It needs a bit of work but rolling chassis wise nothing I have not done before. I am sure however I will be after some engine strip/re-build help, it''s a long time since I worked on a Triumph engine. You can see the object of desire on the flickr.com link below: 500 Speed Twin project
and now the first question. The ring holding the front of the head light nacelle together appears to be chrome in the brochure photos and on the photo of the nice shiny bike, where as mine, apart from being very rusty, definitely has signs of black paint. Anyone know the correct spec.
I have since discovered there are reproduction items readily available in the UK, in chrome as you say. I will be getting both the headlight ring and the "Adaptor Ring" as the original parts are not in good condition.
I am about to get all the painted stuff back from the sprayers and should be in the position to just about complete the rolling chassis. Although the new rear tyre has to come off again because I forgot to put the Rim Tape back on first Doh
So far - Powder coated frame/wheel hubs etc. new paint for Nacelle/tank/chainguard/side panel/oil tank/F & R mudguards. New fork legs + seals/seat/R-shocks/R-light/rims/spokes etc. The engine will receive a full r-build. Its slowly coming along, might be ready for next summer
I put together a before and after shot of the Nacelle. Took ages to get it all fitted together, still not sure I got it right. Had to get the original bars re-chromed as the two (yes two ) sets of new bars I bought don't fit my tin ware.
Well, with a strategic plan involving an adjustable spanner and a steel punch I got the gear box sprocket nut sufficiently firm and then banged over the tab washer. This meant I could get the primary chain and clutch basket stuff on.
Something nice about naked mechanicals on display.
I have one of those steel clutch plates which fits both inner and outer channels in the clutch basket and and locks it all up. I've broken a clutch basket before trying to tighten the centre nut without one so I have learnt from past mistakes (well this one anyway :grin)