I'm going to help him tear it apart in the morning. He's a retired classic car restorer and not familiar with motorcycles at all, I'm not at all familiar with Triumphs except for my TR25w. I'll post pictures as we tear it down.
I'm starting to take apart the motor. Is there an alternative way to remove the clutch basket other than using the clutch extractor tool shown in the manual? Also, same thing for the removal of the crankshaft pinion gear. Hate to have to go out and purchase special tools as this is probably the only triumph I get to work on.
I don't think there's any safe substitute for the clutch hub puller.Anything else is likely to break the flange off the clutch hub.
It's easy enough to remove the cush-drive if you replace the springs in the pressure plate with 1/2" washers,then pull the clutch lever to push the cush drive off its splines.You can then remove the clutch basket.You still need the clutch hub puller after that.
You should be able to pull the crankshaft out with the pinion gear still attached.Heat the crankcase in an oven until the timing side main bearing is loose enough to fall out of the crankcase. At least you'll have the crank out.It will still have the main bearing and pinion attached.
1) Use some decent torque to attach the puller to the hub. You want as many threads engaged as possible between the tool and the hub.
2) Be sure to use a rattle gun to drive the bolt onto the tip of the shaft. It's the shock of the bolt hitting the shaft that pops the hub off the taper. If you try to gradually tighten the bolt with a hand-held ratchet there's a good chance you'll strip the threads in the tool and/or bung up the end of the mainshaft....
eBay has pullers for $20. I have one too. If you want me to send it to you to use, PM me your address and you can send it back when you're done.
If you plan to reuse the cam followers in the photo, mark them before you remove them from the guides. If they aren't reinstalled in the same order/direction they (and the cam lobes) could wear quicker..
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..... You should be able to pull the crankshaft out with the pinion gear still attached.Heat the crankcase in an oven until the timing side main bearing is loose enough to fall out of the crankcase. At least you'll have the crank out.It will still have the main bearing and pinion attached.
HI Art, enjoying the New Years Eve tranquility to the full, I spend the time searching the BBF for stuff. Came upon this thread you started tears ago. I just wondered how it went from there, as the thread just stopped during the autopsy? I guess you must have enjoyed the experience as you seem to have bought yourself a Commando since then?