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#409055 - 12/17/11 12:59 pm Matt's Tribsa Project  
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The story so far



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Just making the engine plates in 6082 T6 Alloy.

The original Converta engine plates had the transmission sitting a little low in the frame which caused a lot of hassles with the footrest carriers. The drive side carrier was bodged to get it through the space between the frame and the primary chaincase.

Once the engine plates are finished and dry fitted, it's ready for prep and paint. I just need to sort out some brackets for the chainguard and reposition the the rear hardpoint for the exhaust muffler cos at the moment it will foul on the rear suspension.

Engine is all ready for final assembly and transmission has been rebuilt. I've respoked the rear wheel with stainless spokes and I'm just waiting for the front hub to be painted before I rebuild the front wheel.

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#409067 - 12/17/11 2:24 pm Re: Matt's Tribsa Project [Re: Mattsta]  
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This looks like it is going to be a very nice bike when completed. Definitely going to be an interesting combo!


Jon W.


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#409105 - 12/17/11 7:50 pm Re: Matt's Tribsa Project [Re: Jon W. Whitley]  
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Thanks Jon

I'll be posting updates so watch this space


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#427373 - 04/01/12 6:35 pm Re: Matt's Tribsa Project [Re: Mattsta]  
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A bit of progress at last.

Engine is pretty much complete save the timing cover. Just needed a good clean up after 15 years in storage and new tappet guide blocks. The exhaust side decided to fall to pieces at 70mph.

Just waiting for painted cycle parts before she's all ready to be reassembled.












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#427384 - 04/01/12 7:53 pm Re: Matt's Tribsa Project [Re: Mattsta]  
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Beautiful! Simple, cheap and effective stand too.


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#427595 - 04/03/12 12:22 am Re: Matt's Tribsa Project [Re: Mattsta]  
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Now, that is simply art. Wow.
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#428415 - 04/07/12 7:42 am Re: Matt's Tribsa Project [Re: HawaiianTiger]  
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Originally Posted By: HawaiianTiger
Now, that is simply art. Wow.
Bill


Fortunately, the wife agrees.

It's got pride of place on my dining room table!


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#429865 - 04/15/12 7:11 pm Re: Matt's Tribsa Project [Re: Mattsta]  
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A spot of wheel building action

Decided to spoke them myself. Never done it before. Rear one was tough to get right due to a slight offset and a horrible flat spot around the weld which couldn't be entirely eliminated. The front one was much easier and i made it to the pub for lunchtime yesterday!

Just need the frame and tins now and everything is pretty much ready to be assembled















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#432341 - 04/29/12 6:04 pm Re: Matt's Tribsa Project [Re: Mattsta]  
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It actually stopped bloody raining for just long enough for me to take a few pics.

IT HAS WHEELS!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!! pint







Was fitting the rear fender but hit a wee snag with that and then it statred raining.....................AGAIN!

Damn weather.


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#432351 - 04/29/12 7:03 pm Re: Matt's Tribsa Project [Re: Mattsta]  
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Nice! A rolling chassis is a major step forward. Looks beautiful.

The weld spot in rims will always be a bit off and there is nothing you can do.


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#432365 - 04/29/12 7:40 pm Re: Matt's Tribsa Project [Re: Swan]  
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Cheers Swan

I think you might pip me to it getting the bike finished!

Yup. I did the best I coule with the rims. Even the tyres aren't absolutely perfect so you do have a margin of error on the wheel rebuild. I'm pretty pleased with the result, especially since It's the first time I attempted to respoke my own wheels.

Awesome thread you have going on the Goldie!

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#432369 - 04/29/12 7:52 pm Re: Matt's Tribsa Project [Re: Mattsta]  
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Thanks Mattsta, I am a fan of this build too.

Lacing and trueing rims is one of favorite part of any build. Once you understand the process it is very relaxing and rewarding to do it yourself. After mounting the tire I have my wheels dynamically balanced at a local bike shop. They are cheap and their computer is better than my eye.


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#432736 - 05/01/12 5:59 pm Re: Matt's Tribsa Project [Re: Mattsta]  
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Nice.


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#432949 - 05/02/12 5:09 pm Re: Matt's Tribsa Project [Re: Mattsta]  
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Beautiful, Matt. I'll bet your heart goes revs up every time you go out to the shop. What color did you use on the frame and lower fork legs? Paint or powder?

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Keep at it - the devil is in the little things from here on in!


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#433073 - 05/03/12 9:03 am Re: Matt's Tribsa Project [Re: J. Charles Smith]  
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Originally Posted By: J. Charles Smith
Beautiful, Matt. I'll bet your heart goes revs up every time you go out to the shop. What color did you use on the frame and lower fork legs? Paint or powder?


Hi JC

I chose a Chrysler gunmetal. I'll get you the paint code if you want it. It's quite a warm shade and looks very nice with all the polished stainless steel components (fenders, suspension shrouds etc). It's base and clear. I'm not a great fan of powder coat even though it's much more durable.

I figured that since this isn't going to be a high mileage bike, I'd get away with automotive paint rather than powder coating. For a regularly used bike, powder coating is obviously worth looking at though like many goods and services in the UK, it's really difficult to find someone who will do the job to a decent standard.

The think I dislike most about powder coating is that you are entirely in the hands of a third party to make a decent job. You have no control over the process. With paintwork, you can do all the preparation and even prime the parts yourself without too much trouble.

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#433282 - 05/04/12 2:39 pm Re: Matt's Tribsa Project [Re: Mattsta]  
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I do like your gunmetal gray more than the powder coated gray on my own frame. It actually looks like metal! That said, I don't have the facility or capability to spray paint, and also got a killer deal on the powder job. Your project is unique and it looks like you are doing a superb job with it, Matt. I look forward to more photos.

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I usually stick to stock colours, though this has given me some inspiration for the next project - B31 frame with A10 motor, probably as a street scrambler, with all the scrambles Gold Star bits (gearbox, pegs, bars, 2 gal tank, etc)

Photo as it happens please!


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#433302 - 05/04/12 3:56 pm Re: Matt's Tribsa Project [Re: J. Charles Smith]  
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Originally Posted By: J. Charles Smith
I do like your gunmetal gray more than the powder coated gray on my own frame. It actually looks like metal! That said, I don't have the facility or capability to spray paint, and also got a killer deal on the powder job. Your project is unique and it looks like you are doing a superb job with it, Matt. I look forward to more photos.


The metallic powders are pretty good these days but I still think paint looks better.

Glad you like the build anyway and yes, I'll be posting more pics as thing progress. I should have engine in frame this weekend (if it ever warms up and stops bloody raining!)


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#433304 - 05/04/12 4:00 pm Re: Matt's Tribsa Project [Re: Kerry W]  
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Originally Posted By: Kerry W
I usually stick to stock colours, though this has given me some inspiration for the next project - B31 frame with A10 motor, probably as a street scrambler, with all the scrambles Gold Star bits (gearbox, pegs, bars, 2 gal tank, etc)

Photo as it happens please!


The thing I really like about building a special is the freedom you have to create whatever you like in whatever colour you like with whatever materials you like! Building a bike to original factory specification would drive me absolutely bananas! crazy


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#433392 - 05/05/12 1:26 am Re: Matt's Tribsa Project [Re: Mattsta]  
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Amen to that, Matt ... though a Bultaco Metralla restoration project awaits. It will be strange to have to go by the book on a bike build.

#433572 - 05/06/12 12:34 pm Re: Matt's Tribsa Project [Re: Mattsta]  
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Very impressive milestone photo!


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#433597 - 05/06/12 3:29 pm Re: Matt's Tribsa Project [Re: GrandPaul]  
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Engine in!

Just about motivated myself in the worst spring weather in living memory to do some more. If I don't see some sunshine by the end of next week, I'm booking a holiday out of this miserable, hateful, socialist, welfare state, soggy damp hell hole of a country for a couple weeks.







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It's starting to look alot like a motorcycle now.


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#433618 - 05/06/12 6:50 pm Re: Matt's Tribsa Project [Re: Mattsta]  
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Lookin' real good. Paint now tones with the alloy nicely..


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