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Old 03-28-2010, 11:58 PM   #1
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Yeah, knew how to post pics, but had to set up a pic hosting account...
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3/28/10
Started to tear everything apart today, started with the seat... It was held on with 2 hose clamps, and a screw that you needed to be a contortionist to get to. Im convinced this must have been put in with the motor out of the bike.

Next came the gas tank, another joy, tank seems to be in pretty good shape, but will need some fixing up.. there are to spots for a petcock, not sure why, one is factory, the other you can see was brazed on. Most likely the factory one was for when the tank sat level, now that it is on a chopper, gravity rules.

Now came the hunt for the VIN on the frame, apparently using bondo to fill in everything, and i do mean everything, was a popular modification. I don't see the point. Smooth out the joints, sure, but.... The good news is after chipping through 1/4 inch of bondo, I finally found the VIN on the frame, and it matches that motor! Bingo! Although the seller stated this was a 1965 Triumph, it is actually a 1968. Works for me, it was the year I was born.

Decided to remove the Suzuki wiring harness which was attached with electrical tape, we wont be needing that. I'll rewire everything, which seems if a very basic task for this bike.

The carb on this bike seems odd to me for some reason, so I decided to google the shit out of it... Turns out the carb is from 1965.... It has a slightly larger bore, so maybe thats why they put it on, a little more power maybe... Less room for an air cleaner though, and the fuel inlet has a spot for 2 lines... Looks like a little more digging will be needed on this.

So whats the plan? Well I'm hoping to at least try to start this beast sometime soon, just to see if the engine runs. Cross Fingers here, I'm hoping to ride this summer a little. "When" the engine fires, I'll basically clean this thing up, get some of the missing pieces, put it back together a little more "correctly", touch up the bondo that was chipped away looking for the VIN, and do a little riding. The major overhaul will come next winter. Will probably give it a fresh paint job for this season too, just to make her look good. A little perfume on the current pig if you will.
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Old 03-29-2010, 12:04 AM   #4
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I have also figured out that I do not have any of the electronics to fire this up, even though I don't know exactly what it is that I am going to need. I'm a little confused on the how this works, as the only wiring that I can find coming from the engine case is on the points side of the motor. 2 wires, which I am assuming are the ones coming from the condensor. I have nothing coming out anywhere else on the motor, i would think that I should have some kind of alternator/magneto or something. I am under the assumption that this can run without a battery, just need regulator/rectifier,coils. At this point, I have no wiring on this bike... Let the games begin!
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Man you can type fast. Nice to see you here. "stock" points, A boyer for like $150 or a magneto for like $750. You dont have to use a battery on this motor if you don't want to. Look above and type in key words in our search button. Lots of old answers in there.
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LOL, I started a blog on my facebook earlier, cut and paste for the win! I think my trials and tribulations will be appreciated much more here, not to mention all the mistakes I'm hoping not to make from all of this combined wisdom!
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https://www.jockeyjournal.com/forum/s...triumph+wiring

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PS.. your a geek for stating you are FB blogging.
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Old 03-29-2010, 12:52 AM   #9
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LOL, yeah well.... It sometimes has it's advantages!
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Awesome bike, I wish mine had that much rake
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Kudos on the Jenga Kickstand. Thats not gonna be fun puttin that down everytime you park. J/K Nice Start though.
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:45 AM   #12
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You know how it goes, what ever is handy, and thanks for reminding me, have to call my uncle to get my lift back!
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Woot, got my stand! 1 step further along!
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:00 PM   #14
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3/30/10
R.I.P. JTS!

Well its becoming clearer that I'll be taking this thing completely apart to clean it, although it needs it anyway. I'll take this as a good opportunity to get to know her.

Drained all the oil today, well I thinks its oil, it looks like oil, smells like oil, but is thick as gear lube! After that I removed the oil tank, and cleaned it all up, it's a little worse than I though it was, lots of rust starting, and even beyond that is some areas, dont think it's anything major though. This will definitely need re-plated in the future.

Also got bold today and removed the primary cover. Don't know what I have really gotten myself into with this, but none the less I got some answers to some questions, and now have many more!

In order to remove the oil tank, I had to unbolt the rear fender, noticed how nice and symmetrical it is.. LOL. I also noticed that the tire has the same paint as the fender... Go figure! I'm pretty sure this was just a slap together some parts, make it look like a bike, and sell it. Oh well..... It's a better start then I had before.

Lots of ideas swirling in my head of the short term, and long term look for this bike now! I can see a future of ebay, and internet parts hunting!





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Anyone have any idea what this (forgive my lack of correct terminology) headstock is from? I'm hoping its not something japanese.. I'm guessing the key is for some kind of steering lock (anti-theft), I didn't get the key though... The guy actually laughed when I asked him if he had it.... LOL, gotta try!


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Ok, so now that I pulled the primary, I see wires (or something) coming from the front portion, but have no idea where they go! This should be the alternator/stator correct? The wires go into the casing..... I cannot find where they come out... Thanks!


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I have done some searching on the web, and the best that I can come up with is that this carb is from 1965, not the correct one for this motor (1968). Was this a hodge podge thing, or was this actually a better carb? I read that the bore is slightly bigger, .060" not much. I also notice that it has two barbs to attach the gas lines, not sure why that is. Thanks in advance for any info.


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Is this something that is going to need fixed?


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1: bar clamps japanese; triple clamp triumph
2: wire come out on the other side
3:2 barbs-1 fuel on petcock; 1 fuel reserve petcock
4:1st year of the concentric was 68; that doesn't mean an early 68 would not have a monobloc if they still had some from the previous year.
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To answer your final question it really should be fixed.
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