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Triumph 500

Unread post by jimmy » Sun Aug 26, 2012 5:27 pm

Well I'm back in the Classic world. I bought a Triumph 500 today. The bike is on a Q plate and registered as built from parts in 1984. The guy says it was easier then to get a Q plate than an age related plate. He had it advertised as a 1961 Tiger 100 but looking here

http://www.classicbike.biz/Triumph/Triumph.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; under maintenance and info

the engine and frame number equates to 1959 and the prefix on the engine states 5ta

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The hole in the headlight had the ammeter fitted but Jonah here caused the bike to fall over in the back of the van, knocking it inside the h/lamp shell

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Anyway the guy told me he had it running last week by pouring some petrol down the plug hole and said he would do the same when I came down today, but I told him not to as I want to do an oil and filter change before I start it up. It hasn't run for 6 years as the fella had a couple of strokes but prior to that he has done the following
Reground crank
new big ends
new main bearings
Morgo oil pump
Spin on oil filter
12v conversion and casing fitted to accept electronic ignition,
121 volt alternator
New allow rims
all brakes renewed
Alistair Lawrie (Triumph Sprint specialist) belt drive, a good move eh Hooli ;)

The bike covered 1500miles before his medical problems, so hopefully a wee bit of re-commissioning to get it up and running and MOT'd the try to get an Age related number for it.

Oh I'm now £2k lighter in the wallet
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Re: Triumph 500

Unread post by Zunspec » Sun Aug 26, 2012 5:34 pm

Way to go jimmy, we could now race each other up the Loch Lomond road :D .

I hope it has less oil leaks than my 500, as I get one fixed it seems to dribble out from somewhere else. I just returned from a 50 mile ride and enjoyed it immensely, nothing like the roar of a 360 degree parallel twin :D :D :D .

Cheers Geoff

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Re: Triumph 500

Unread post by jimmy » Sun Aug 26, 2012 5:47 pm

Looking forward to it mate, although if the two bikes are going to meet, I may have to go down the road of "oily rag" restoration so it doesn't fail the zunspec test ;) ;)

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Re: Triumph 500

Unread post by triumph5ta » Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:08 pm

Looks good that, all the hard work done too. Personally I would not bother with an ammeter now you have an alternator and 12v. They are wired as part of the ignition system and if a wire comes loose you have a baffling lack of sparks.

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Re: Triumph 500

Unread post by Zunspec » Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:57 pm

Hi jimmy,

It certainly has some worthwhile extras. I would be interested in your opinion of the f/brake when you get a chance to ride it. Mine, despite new shoes is totally pants and may need to have the drum skimmed and matched to over size linings. I can vouch for the VAPE (or Wassell) ignition unit, mine was easy to fit and seems to perform well.

Alistair Lawrie - I remember someone of the same name having a very tasty Trident special featured in BIKE magazine years ago, is it the same guy?.

Cheers Geoff

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Re: Triumph 500

Unread post by jimmy » Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:08 am

Geoff
Yea, it is the same guy. He used to sprint twin x twin engined Triumphs, as well as running Tridents, and developed a belt drive system to link the two engines. The ignition is Boyer Bransden, another + for hooli, eh ;) . I contacted the TOMCC who confirmed, from the engine and frame number, that it is a 1959 5ta. So I will send off some pics and £5 to get the dating certificate so I can try and get an age related plate.
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Re: Triumph 500

Unread post by Detour Rd. » Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:02 am

Its a nice one. I like the 500 which is the only classic one I kept when I sold the 650's. Looks like you still have a bit to do as I see a missing tail light and the headlamp brackets. Nice to have that kind of work on the motor. Maybe I should bring mine up in a historical since as I just redid the fuel tank. Finally found some of my old photos from when I first brought it home, have to get them on photobucket.

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Re: Triumph 500

Unread post by Velton » Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:27 am

I had a 1959 5TA as a lad c. 1967.
864 AUC Where are you now?

The front brake was mainly for decoration, certainly wasn't much use.
The handling was ...... Interesting.......
Had a habit of showing me the rear wheel if cornered with any enthusiasm - probably knackered swinging arm bearings?
Always an easy starter, sweet motor, quite quick.

Looks good, Jimmy.
Sounds like a good price. 8-)
Just being old doesn't make it a "Classic."

Aaaah! Nostalgia is not what it used to be!

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Re: Triumph 500

Unread post by Detour Rd. » Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:52 am

Jimmy, you gonna post pictures of your progress?

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Re: Triumph 500

Unread post by jimmy » Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:21 am

Det
It is not my intention to do a full nut and bolt resto, but I will be changing the paint scheme and colour. I will clean the carb, change the oil and filter the hopefully run it a while to see what else needs doing, but yea I will post pics of anything changed or cleaned.

Geof.
Regarding your 5ta, where did you get the paint scheme layout dimensions. I fancy Black and Ivory as a homage to a 58 T110 but need a layout drawing

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