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I've been holding off on starting this thread for quite a while, but since I finally started assembling the bike in an attempt to foil the mid winter blues, I thought I would share.
The whole thing started last summer when a friend was cleaning up his shop and called to ask if I wanted a T100 engine for free. Of course I said yes, expecting to never hear another thing about it, but true to his word he showed up in my driveway about a week later with the engine on the back of the truck. I haven't gone too deeply into the little beast yet, but everything seems to be there at least and as the saying goes 'don't look a gift horse in the mouth'.
Over the past six months I have been collecting bits and pieces...most of them free or at least at very little expense all with the idea of keeping costs as low as reasonably possible. What I am trying to build is a nice looking period Cafe job that will handle well on the local twisty roads, be 'reasonably' comfortable while retaining the reliability and friendliness of the stock T100...without breaking the bank.
A metric front end was donated as was the TLS drum brake front wheel. The frame was sourced in Ontario and after selling 3/4 of a T120 frame, it wound up being pretty much an even trade. The rear wheel and oil tank were off an old T120 chopper...the tank survived the years in very good condition, but the 16" rim didn't; it was replaced with a donor 18" rim and laced to the old hub with SS spokes...new rubber front and rear was not free, but the local shop gave me a great deal on four tires (I needed two more for other bikes).
Started with the front wheel, it cleaned up nicely and after some slight mods and a touch of paint I machined up a few new spacers and fitted it to the forks. A new steering stem was fabricated to join the front end to the Triumph frame using tapered roller bearings. I have also taken possession of a very good looking donated fuel tank that ought to really look the part. The biggest expense so far has been the instruments and a great looking TT exhaust system.
Progress will be slow as I do have other 'real' jobs to work on, but I intend to set aside at least one day a week to tinker with it. I usually start with the engine, but I decided to work on the chassis first. This is what I've done so far:


 

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Look forward to seeing this thing on the road! Wish someone would gift a 500 engine in that shape to me! Haha
 

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Nice start !! Are you going to use a swing-arm or rigid ? Those pipes are really nice too. :cool:
 

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Ah ha! Not what I expected. I thought maybe it was a place to get a cheeseburger or a cup of coffee. Real nice start on your project. Got to have a way to put these long-ass winters to good use!

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Geo.
 

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The exhaust came from Domiracer...I originaly ordered just a set of TT pipes that I was going to fit a pair of cocktail shakers to. They called the next morning to tell me they were out of stock, but gave me a good deal on the whole system, mufflers and all. It's a Mac outfit. The only thing I really hate about cross border shopping is the long shipping time (caused by Canada Customs) and above all the bloody taxes that the Canadian government places on foreign goods...Baaaastards! It'll be a swing arm bike. Good guess Loffer, but the front wheel is actually a modified CM400.
 

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Looking really great! Makes me want to spend more shop time!!
And i am lucky in that I have been gifted lots of cool stuff over the years. It is all about keeping it out there and being willing to do the same!
Robbie
 

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Although I try to avoid it, I have a tenancy to be a bit of a pessimist sometimes. I often grumble that when someone is looking for something and I'm not going to use it right away, I will just give it to them...but when I want something it seems like I have to pay top dollar for it...AND THEN something great like this happens!!!! :D :D :D Karma?...Sounds like an episode from 'My Name is Earl'. Maybe you really do reap what you sew...at least sometimes.
 

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A little more progress this weekend...fabricated some handlebar mounts from aluminum and got the clubmans in place (another donated item) and loosely fitted the instruments to check for looks and positioning. Bolted on the swing arm and frame tail section. Dismantled the shocks (yes, scrap pile too), cleaned them and gave them a paint job before slipping them in place. I had no rear axle, so that had to be fabricated along with the spacers to fit it. Sat the tank in place to see if it would fit without too much frigging around...got a roller now at least. I have been sorely tempted to buy a set of those cheap headlight mounting ears, but I think I will fab something original.

 

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A bit more fiddling around with the lathe and torch...came up with some headlight mounts...nothing spectacular, but they will do the trick. The headlight and ammeter are also from the scrap shed. Another friend says he may have some alloy fenders for me...more freebies!
 

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Mounts look good Bruce! Simple, but effective! I know who I'll be bugging when I need some parts fabbed...haha
 

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Sssssshhhhhhh! I promise this is the last J------e part going on this Brit bike! The rest will be made in the Great White North or Taiwan. :D
 
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