Monday, 9 November 2009

Chasing 3T parts!

What I am discovering is that some parts are easy to get and some are not! There is quite a lot of interchangeability between the 5T / Speed Twin and the 3T but there are some that seem to be special to the 3T. What also transpires is that some parts are just rare! Still it would be no fun if you could just go out and buy all the bits! I am still trying to source all the bits to finish off the front forks. What is proving difficult is the top yoke – H380 – I have one but it had been mullered (Handle bar lugs modified) BUT it will give me something to at least build up everything and test.

I have now organized the wheels to be re-done and I have sent off the tank for refurbishment. The wheels are to be built up from the existing hubs which will be renovated. Once question is whether I paint to sprung hub or polish it ?

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

The frame now powder coated

The frame has now been stripped and any part that can be blasted and powder coated has been. The frame was in a reasonable shape and no repairs were necessary. Quite a lot of studs were damaged and/or seized in the fram and a few snapped off by the rear wheel mount. I’ll post up some detailed shots in due course as we start the build up. The first stage will be to clean up all thread holes and source the front forks etc – these were not with the bike. You will notice from the picture that there is 'gaffer' tape on the frame to stop it getting chipped!

Photos of what I have to start with....

As you can see the bike is not very complete BUT it does have an original Buff Log Book (albeit Irish) and shows that the frame and engine numbers are correct and do match. I shall attempt to do some research on the bike!

The parts are going to take some finding but it is going to be a challenge! The first stage is a strip down to see exactly what I have.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

It's on it's way...

Well my project bike is on its way and should be with me this week. I wonder how many years it is going to take to restore it!