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I am looking for images of a 1966 TR6 tank so I can paint my tank. I particularly need images of the tank bottom so I can determine what to paint Alaska White and what areas to paint Pacific Blue. Thank you for any information, images or links.
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Try this;
http://www.raskcycle.com/techtip/paintmain.html

Somebody used to have patterns that you could print out and then cut to use a mask. Can't remember who.

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Thanks Desco, I am familiar with Rask Cycles' paint scheme pages, but there is no information on how to paint the bottom of the tank, so I need some images of an OEM and/correct paint job.


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Swan,

I don't know if this will help you at all, but I have a couple pictures of the bottom of a 1964 Bonneville tank in original paint:

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The '64 had the garden gate badges, so the paint pattern may be different too.

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https://www.google.com/webhp?source...&ie=UTF-8#q=don%20hutchinson%20paint

Knows more about Triumph paint than anyone on the planet.

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It's nice to see an original tank before you start painting. Then you can get these details right. Even though it's on the bottom of the tank and damn near no one will ever get on their hands and knees and look there, well, It's the kind of detail I like to address when I do a paint job, too.

It's gratifying to see others who take the time to get it right.

I've seen too many of this era paint jobs all screwed up to count. Mostly the painter puts the horizontal line between the colors too high so that the white shows on the bottom. Or the line exiting the badge in the wrong place.

I'd like to see the finished tank when you're done.

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Swan, to the best of my knowledge the underside would have been finished as per Ray's 64. However the sides were slightly different. Instead of the separating line dropping down from the the badge and following the knee pad crease as per your pic (incorrect) it forms a forward curve following that of the badge.

Something like this.

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Unless someone else provides a better example, I believe the photos supplied by TR6Ray are about as accurate a paint example as you will get.

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Originally Posted by desco
https://www.google.com/webhp?source...&ie=UTF-8#q=don%20hutchinson%20paint

Knows more about Triumph paint than anyone on the planet.


I know, I bought the paint from Don Hutchinson, but there are no images on his website of tank bottoms. Now I just need to figure out how to lay it out.

Thanks all for the images and links all, but I am still waiting to see the bottom of a 1966 Triumph TR6 3.5 gallon eyebrow badged tank to be sure.


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And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space
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An interesting point given recent events.

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Amazing what a couple of years make on the layout. Here's an original paint '68 Trophy.


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I wouldn't necessarily assume every one was millimetre correct, either.

The 1967 TR6 and TR6R had a nice scheme in Mist Green upper and Alaskan White lower: a white 'V' running from the front of each badge up to the centre seam by the fuel cap, white lower half continuing from the back of the badge, following the top line of the kneepad, disappearing under the tank at the back.

Well, that's what the catalogue image shows, and someone on here sent me some original-paint shots which show the green coming down the back of the tank and just disappearing underneath - but stopping at the bosses for the fuel taps.

However, an original paint TR6 (one family from new) that I occasionally see has the green stop dead about halfway down the back of the knee-pad, with a line across the back of the tank. It looks astonishing - but is unquestionably authentic.
The original paint images show the lines were very much 'hand done', in terms of variations either side of the centre seam.


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I found images of this tank on Ton Up Classics, a stock, unmolested 67 Mist Green TR6 tank. My tank is NOT the slimline but rather the 3.5 gallon US tank with the parcel grid.
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Are you talking about the tunnel for the frame or the lower visible portion of the tank?


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I would suspect that that '67 tank has been repainted. The pinstripe at the back of the badge is coming out at the wrong spot. The division of the two colors was either at the top or bottom point of the badge, not in the middle.


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67,be it slimline or not used a completely different layout to 66. Thats why I posted a link to an original paint 66 with the same tank you plan to use. I realise it does not show the underside but as Mr Swede says, Ray's tank is correct and agrees with other pictures I have seen. Are you going for the 66 or 67 layout?

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None of the pics here show the correct paint scheme for your '66 except Rods. As far as I'm concerned, Rod's opinion is to be respected in these matters.

Here's the best that I can come up with tonight.

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All the paint schemes for '66 matched the curve on the back of the tank badge. Very stylish. Turner would have approved. (and he did until they stopped listening to him in the late 60's. Then we got paint schemes like "Spring Gold" and "Astral Red" two colors that would not have pleased him, of that I am sure.)

Now, you can paint your bike any way you want, and I expect you will. But if you want it to be representative of what Turner approved, this is the way to do it.

Get busy and keep us posted. We love pictures, too.

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Originally Posted by desco
Are you talking about the tunnel for the frame or the lower visible portion of the tank?

Both. Is the tunnel all white?

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I would suspect that that '67 tank has been repainted. The pinstripe at the back of the badge is coming out at the wrong spot. The division of the two colors was either at the top or bottom point of the badge, not in the middle.

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Ton Up Classics claims the tank is NOS in the this Bonham auction description.


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Originally Posted by HawaiianTiger
None of the pics here show the correct paint scheme for your '66 except Rods. As far as I'm concerned, Rod's opinion is to be respected in these matters.

Now, you can paint your bike any way you want, and I expect you will. But if you want it to be representative of what Turner approved, this is the way to do it.

Get busy and keep us posted. We love pictures, too.

Cheers,
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I will wait to paint until I see the correct layout for the bottom of the tank. I love pictures too and I will keep them coming. Thanks all.


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Swan,

Not too sure this is what you want but currently up for grabs on Ebay UK at an eye watering £675 in original factory paint.

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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TRIUMPH-T120TT-T120-TROPHY-3-GALLON-PETROL-TANK-1963-to-65-NOS-/291658338155?hash=item43e8310f6b:g:~GoAAOSwjVVVv3SK

Also found this period 66-67 US promotion poster but hard to determine the paint line break.

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Just hope it's what you need.

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For anyone else reading this that is curious.

https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/14037/lot/415/

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Apologies if this post messes up the width but here is the direct link to the Bonhams image Redmoggy posted at full detail, you can see the blue goes under the edge of the tank as per the 63 to 65.

To see the full detail click on the direct link and then left click on the image and it will blow up to full size.

https://images2.bonhams.com/image?src=Images/live/2006-10/06/7265956-2-1.jpg


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Hi Swan -

Here's a link to Wayne Hamilton's site. Not sure if you'll find what you need there, but lots of pics and he's pretty meticulous when it comes to unseen details.

http://triumphmotorcycles.typepad.com/

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Originally Posted by JubeePrince
Hi Swan -

Here's a link to Wayne Hamilton's site. Not sure if you'll find what you need there, but lots of pics and he's pretty meticulous when it comes to unseen details.

http://triumphmotorcycles.typepad.com/

Cheers,

Steve


Thanks Jubee Prince, he is great reference for all things Bonneville, but my tank is a 3.5 US gallon 66 Trophy tank, so there are no images. Thanks Kommando for the link.

From Ton Up Classics, I learned of Howard Grey, a great British photographer. His website is down, but here are some of his images from the Triumph Factory in 1967 on the Ton Up Classics website. Note the tank paint schemes and there are images of pre 1966 Triumphs with harmonica tank badges too.


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