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500 Speed Twin 1966 #309206
04/21/10 10:57 am
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Hello all,

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.

Thanks for any help

Geoff

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Re: 500 Speed Twin 1966 [Re: Zunspec] #309495
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In H Woolridge's 'Triumph Speed Twin' book all the headlamp rings seem to be chromed, including the 1966.

Gordo


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Re: 500 Speed Twin 1966 [Re: Gordo in Comox] #309734
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Thanks Gordo,

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.

Cheers Geoff

Re: 500 Speed Twin 1966 [Re: Zunspec] #360056
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Evening all,

Just thought I would post a photo of progress so far.



Thanks also to help provided by site members it's beginning to look like a motorcycle.

Cheers Zunspec

Re: 500 Speed Twin 1966 [Re: Zunspec] #360477
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What an incredible set of pictures! Great progress.


'64 TR6R Plus some Twins from other countries (U.S., Germany, Japan)
Re: 500 Speed Twin 1966 [Re: TR6Ray] #360761
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Thanks TR6Ray,

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 blush

Cheers Geoff

Re: 500 Speed Twin 1966 [Re: Zunspec] #366648
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collected the remaining paint work today, could'nt resist popping the tank on laugh



Cheers Zunspec

Re: 500 Speed Twin 1966 [Re: Zunspec] #366853
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Geoff

So, have you gone all the way on this one? Frame painted/powdercoated, wheels laced, etc? Feel free to post more pics and details!

Looks like it will be a real beauty!

Jim

Re: 500 Speed Twin 1966 [Re: Jim Hultman] #366864
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Hello Jim,

I am, as they say, going the full 9 yards on this one as the base bike was pretty tatty when I got it. I have a fickr.com photoset recording the restoration:

Speed twin restoration

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 smile

Cheers Geoff

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Re: 500 Speed Twin 1966 [Re: Zunspec] #367805
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hi geoff,
your twin is coming up very nice great restoration you are doing.
i have done lot of british singles and twins few.
se my flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/palli_motors

regards
arvinder

Re: 500 Speed Twin 1966 [Re: arvinder] #367824
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Hello arvinder,

I checked out your flickr photos, you do a pretty good restoration yourself. Nice bikes.

Cheers Geoff

Re: 500 Speed Twin 1966 [Re: Zunspec] #370392
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Well, the rolling chassis is 90% complete so I took it out into the sunshine:



flickr slideshow here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/10638107@N02/sets/72157626468387787/show/

Just the engine to go basically, see you in another 6 months then laugh

Cheers Zunspec

Re: 500 Speed Twin 1966 [Re: Zunspec] #370725
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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 blush ) sets of new bars I bought don't fit my tin ware.




Came up quite nicely.

Cheers Zunspec

Re: 500 Speed Twin 1966 [Re: Zunspec] #397424
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Started the engine build, still discovering what parts are still to be procured.



All been fairly easy and straight forward so far (famous last words)

Cheers Zunspec

Re: 500 Speed Twin 1966 [Re: Zunspec] #397487
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That engine sure has a lot of serial numbers!


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Re: 500 Speed Twin 1966 [Re: GrandPaul] #397531
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Well spotted,

Along with a T100A and 1960 engine number it's also stamped "Ivor Eveliegh 1968". I can only guess that the original 1966 engine was replaced with some parts re-used to update the 1960 replacement.

A bit of a hybrid.

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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.

[img:left][/img]

Something nice about naked mechanicals on display.

Cheers Geoff

Re: 500 Speed Twin 1966 [Re: Zunspec] #397725
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what a beautiful bike...

Re: 500 Speed Twin 1966 [Re: dudley32] #397827
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Cheers dudley, I can't wait to get it running

Re: 500 Speed Twin 1966 [Re: Zunspec] #397847
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Nice job Zunspec! Do you have a clutch holding tool to help tighten the clutch and rotor nuts?

Read all about it
Here

This is one of those essential tools. RFW has a nice drawing on the GABMA site.

Beljum


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Re: 500 Speed Twin 1966 [Re: Beljum] #397928
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Hi beljum,

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)

Cheers Zunspec

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Got the Primary drive side sorted this evening so decided to see how exhausts fitted



A bunch of electronics should arrive tomorrow (Ign/coil/Reg-Rect). I decided the original Triumph parts were too much of an unknown quantity

VAPE (aka Wassell)



Cheers Zunspec

Re: 500 Speed Twin 1966 [Re: Zunspec] #405914
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The moment of truth:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/zunspec/6411128555/in/photostream

Now that's what a real motorbike sounds like, and the sun is shining, what a nice day.

Cheers Geoff

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Very nice !!


Jon W.


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Great job!! beerchug

Sounds and looks fantastic.

bel


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