Motorcycle Classics

Surgery, British style

Reader Contribution by Landon Hall

Quick, I need a 5/16 Whitworth, STAT! And where, WHERE, are all our Ziploc bags?

Ah, the fine art of organized destruction.

Attentive readers may remember we’re in the middle of tearing down a 1971 Triumph TR6C Trophy Special for a bit of “rejuvenation.” If you haven’t already heard about our plans for the bike, check it out in the January/February 2007 issue or online here.

Day One of the tear down has already happened. As you can see, the seat and all the painted bits are off. Next to go was the carb, the rear shocks, the pegs and various fuel and oil hoses. After a handful of engine mounts were removed, the engine made it’s way out the right side of the frame with surprising ease (even though our manual explicitly said it should come out the left side).

We’ve been careful to bag and label the majority of the parts (all except for the obvious ones) and we’ve only added a few washers and bolts to the list of needed pieces.

Our next day will focus on taking apart the electronics and the wiring harness. We may also remove the rear swing arm and the head stock, as we’ve got someone who has offered to sandblast the frame for free. (We like free!) But first we have to find out how affordable it would be to powdercoat the frame. The paint on it isn’t terrible now, and with a bit of touch up work it would look great. But if we’ve already got it down to the frame, we might as well consider it, right?

Check out the upcoming March/April 2007 issue for further updates on this ongoing project, and check back next week for another updated blog!

— Landon Hall

  • Published on Dec 20, 2006
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