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Old 04-17-2019, 07:20 PM   #1
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First time on a forum and I’m not very technologically inclined so I apologize in advance if I go about anything the wrong way, I’m trying to get my internet etiquette down. Im a 29 year old regular guy from youngstown Ohio that works in a slitting mill. I’m rebuilding a 67 triumph Bonnie chopper I picked up at a swap meet after missing riding dirt bikes most of my life. First time build, from a family of motor heads, first personal attempt. The triumph I picked up was chopped and raked in the early 70s, seller claimed to be the second owner. Someone in the early 70s it blew the chain and cracked the case. They attempted to rebuild the engine with a replacement case (I also got the original cracked case) also looks to have a tr6 top end with the single carb Amal monobloc. from what I’d assume they never got it running after that. I got it running after finding the timing advance was seized. About 4 advancers later and countless ‘I think I just broke my leg’ later, it runs great. Sounds like they did the cams when rebuilding the engine and looks to have a big bore 750 kit. I’ll have more to say on that when I tear the engine down while doing some frame work and painting. Plus I have NOS side cases to throw on. Originally had a 17 over springer that I took off in favor of a 4 or 6 (blocked the bike to get the stance level with the rake)over moto iron springer from tcbros with hydraulic disk brake mostly for the sake of getting familiar with street riding on a bike that doesn’t require an airport to turn around. Having an amazing time figuring it all out and kept all the original parts I’ve taken off the bike (with the exception of the chopped pipes, I cut those and fabricated off the first bend) since it’s look is what caught my eye initially. Even the R. Crumb let’s boogie knock off painted tank. Really taking my time on the bike, first build, so good chance I’ll keep it forever so I’m being careful with making into something I really enjoy. Ive attached pictures of what it was when I bought it and some of progress up to where I’m at now, take it easy, first attempt so I’m sure it’s not the best hah
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Old 04-17-2019, 09:03 PM   #2
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Wait a minute, 29 and not technologically inclined, how is that possible?

Just kidding, you posted a great intro and even posted pics, you’ve got this, nice work.

Welcome and holler if you need any help, lots and lots of great people here.
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Old 04-18-2019, 07:14 AM   #3
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Gnarly in both forms. I love that tank!
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Old 04-18-2019, 07:58 AM   #4
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Looks great in both instances man!

I had a pre unit as my first road bike, similar to you rode dirt all my life and wanted a road bike too. I know much more about old harleys these days but still appreciate a killer trump!

Tank is amazing!
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Old 04-18-2019, 08:27 PM   #5
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Everything you've done is a step in the right direction. (I'm reserving judgment about the exhaust.) Where'd you find that nice taillight?

PS. Welcome, Junior.

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Old 04-18-2019, 10:22 PM   #6
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Thanks for the feedback! Yea the pipes aren’t finished yet, that’s just the angles I want to follow, I wanted to to have the pipes down each side instead of crossing over in from of the bike, but hey to each their own haha. I still gotta cut em down to length and mount anchors towards the rear. The taillight housing and glass I found on eBay and DA’d it to clean it up. That still needs trimmed up a bit but currently I’m just throwing the rough idea together to see the whole picture before I get down to finish details. Didn’t want to end up having to back track on something I finished for a adjustment or whoops I didn’t catch. Waiting for LED guts for the light to come in the mail.
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Old 04-19-2019, 01:24 AM   #7
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Please don't interpret this as a backhanded put-down; it's praise. I particularly think you've done good to put the new tank (Paughco-style axed H-D?) on your bike. I'm fairly fond of period pieces, but that "Y'wanna boogie?" image is poorly done. Nice for dangling on the wall and talking about, but I'd be embarrassed to run it. Plus I endured the era of coffin tanks the first time around. As with everything else in the universe, there were some really good-looking examples (good proportions, well built) and a shitload of clumsy-looking ones whose most distinctive characteristic was that they were easier to manufacture than the sweet ones. A li'l convex roundness is perfect for a Triumph's overall look.

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Old 04-20-2019, 09:31 AM   #8
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Dude i hear ya, the coffin tank that I took off the bike Is one of the ugliest I’ve seen. Soft lines and the equivalence of a finger painting on top haha, The most that tank gets is a spot on my basement wall.
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