Just joined the forum as I have the opportunity to buy a 1951 Thunderbird. This is my first older bike purchase and I have no idea what to look for and there does not seem to be a lot of these bikes for sale so I cannot work out if the price is fair.
The bike is all original (other than exhaust),complete, runs but can do with a resto. It comes with a fair few spares (have not gone through all spares yet mainly cables and some engine parts)
Hopefully someone can help with a price so I can either buy or keep looking.
I don't know much about price for the '51 mate, there has been some incredible asking prices for restored Trumpies of late. I don't suppose you have a pic by chance? A running '51 in original nick sure would be a nice acquisition though!
Gday Daz, Its a bit of a bitsa, but it looks pretty good. The nacelle is of a slightly later model with a bigger headlight. Thats a good thing. The head is a iron T110 item, thats a real good thing. The sprung hub is the Mk 1 version, do some research on this site. Ive no experience with sprung hubs, saddle seats are great. Can you take pics of the gearbox, side on and low. This will tell the difference between early and late gearboxes. I still run the early rigid 'box on my road outfit for over 15 years with no probs. Gear changes are a bit slow but other wise fine. There are plenty of folks in Melb that can help, without going to a "shop". Whats the asking price?
1950 Speed Twin outfit 1951 Thunderbird outfit (76 degree racebike, or is it 90 deg now?) 1955 BSA D3 minibike outfit Triumph solo's
Thanks for the replies so far. As I said I know nothing about these bikes but i love the look. I best do some research and find out what I am getting myself into.
I am meeting the guy again next Tuesday and I will find out what parts come with it. I will get some more photos and check the engine and frame numbers. Where are these located? (Please dont say on the engine and on the frame)
Asking Price?? The current owner is a client and I am doing some work for him and he is giving me the bike in return. I guess if I was to charge him for the work it would be around $4,000.
At that price,it's good value. The weakest part of an early T'bird would be the small journal crank and rods.They can break if thrashed,or after they've been thrashed.It may already have a later crank fitted. Anything else is easy and cheap enough to deal with,and not so dramatic if it fails.
Hi again. Spoke to the owner of the bike again yesterday and I will be picking it up on Tuesday. The deal is done.
Can someone point me in the right direction in regards to information on this bike. Parts manuals and just general information would be great. As I said in my first post I know nothing about this bike and need as much information as possible. I am in the process of restoring a 1966 and 1969 Mustang so have the patience and time required just no knowledge.
you'll find a pdf of the repair manual on this site. You may need to buy a copy of the parts manual on eBay, but it'll be worth the 20 bucks as it's the only way you'll be able to order parts through any of the online sources assuming you need anything other than tires, cables or cosmetic stuff. keep us posted with pictures.
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Nice machine - all the bits are there (apparently!) which is always a good start! I bought Kim the CD Man's Triumph DVD - has workshop manuals, parts lists - more than you'll ever need. Might be a bit of overkill, but he is in Oz. Not sure what the price is locally for you.....
........now where the heck did that bolt come from?
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