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1979 T140E into Rickman

Re: 1979 T140E into Rickman

Postby grandpaul » Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:51 am

Getting those case halves nipped up (without forgetting anything inside) is a great milestone.

Keep rollin'...
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Re: 1979 T140E into Rickman

Postby mudplugger » Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:56 am

Moving on with the build now. checking and overhauling all the ancillary bits, fairly confident with what I am doing but struggle at times with the manuals. I am using a Haynes and the Triumph manual for the year of this engine but keep getting discrepancies on some parts and seals, double checking with the parts manual and eventually getting there. I suppose as a beginner on this I have no past experience with recognition of the parts from one engine and year to another. even so I am enjoying doing it and when it all comes together we will have that great feeling of doing it yourself, that is some way off but I will try and be patient getting there. I have had an absolute mare with the indexing of the gearbox and eventually realised the picture in the Haynes book is wrong and its missing from the triumph manual, once you grasp the right way it all seems easy, torqueing the sprocket and cam pinions is a pain on the bench, I hope I have got them about right.
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Re: 1979 T140E into Rickman

Postby mudplugger » Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:08 pm

well it has been a long time since I have been on here, the year has been very hard in many ways but I have pinched an hour here and there on the mettisse and now find it coming on in leaps and bounds. I had to wait 6 months for the triple clamps to be made so managed to do a lot of sub assembly parts, the rear hub has been an education but is a complete wheel on the bike now. trying to match a brake plate and the correct spindles and arms was a nightmare. the forks have been a pain since I found out the 1979 bonnie donor forks are 34.5mm not the usual 35mm. I have completely over hauled the front caliper and then had to grind some metal off to clear the larger spokes used on the wheel build. Drilled the original brake disc to shed some weight and make it look better. lots of stainless bkts, arms, head steady etc made, lightened and polished. Pictures will follow shortly, the bike is away having ally tank and side panels, high pipes and reverse megas being made. trying to sort handle bars, levers and lights along with a nice front mudguard now. then need to learn about the electrics. I have been told the original Triumph electronic ignition would be ok, or may go to Boyer, any opinions welcome. signing off for now and will get back to posting pictures, cheers Neil
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Re: 1979 T140E into Rickman

Postby Fast Eddie » Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:30 pm

mudplugger wrote:well it has been a long time since I have been on here, the year has been very hard in many ways but I have pinched an hour here and there on the mettisse and now find it coming on in leaps and bounds. I had to wait 6 months for the triple clamps to be made so managed to do a lot of sub assembly parts, the rear hub has been an education but is a complete wheel on the bike now. trying to match a brake plate and the correct spindles and arms was a nightmare. the forks have been a pain since I found out the 1979 bonnie donor forks are 34.5mm not the usual 35mm. I have completely over hauled the front caliper and then had to grind some metal off to clear the larger spokes used on the wheel build. Drilled the original brake disc to shed some weight and make it look better. lots of stainless bkts, arms, head steady etc made, lightened and polished. Pictures will follow shortly, the bike is away having ally tank and side panels, high pipes and reverse megas being made. trying to sort handle bars, levers and lights along with a nice front mudguard now. then need to learn about the electrics. I have been told the original Triumph electronic ignition would be ok, or may go to Boyer, any opinions welcome. signing off for now and will get back to posting pictures, cheers Neil


The original Lucas RITA is very good and very reliable. Boyer would be a backward step IMHO. Tri Spark is good in my own experience and has the added benefit of not having to mount a separate black box, might help if you're struggling for space.
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Re: 1979 T140E into Rickman

Postby mudplugger » Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:56 am

great comments, thanks. will sort out the original from the parts bin and look into it.
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Re: 1979 T140E into Rickman

Postby grandpaul » Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:09 am

Looking forward to more pix!

The Rita is a great ignition, Boyer not so much.

I have an expensive nightmare to deal with due to a Boyer ignition. "against my better judgement", and at the client's request...
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Re: 1979 T140E into Rickman

Postby mudplugger » Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:30 am

pics on computer, just need to minimize and load onto bucket to upload.
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Re: 1979 T140E into Rickman

Postby mudplugger » Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:10 pm

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Re: 1979 T140E into Rickman

Postby mudplugger » Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:38 pm

cant wait to try and start the engine, along way off yet, never get over the buzz of that first start, this is my first build like this so nervous times ahead. forks were rebuilt next, then onto brake caliper and disc being drilled. the triple clamps were designed and then I had a 6 month wait for the company to make them. :evil: The rear wheel hub was a right mess but with a lot of work it has come out really well, I drilled it to look like the manx version and made a plate to seal the inside brake shoes, matching the brake plate and correct spindles and cam was a nightmare, so bushes were made, new rims were bought and slightly larger spokes used, a local wheel builder has made a great job putting it all together, it took me some nervous time to get the offset but I am now happy that it is right. more pics coming. cheers for now Neil
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Re: 1979 T140E into Rickman

Postby mudplugger » Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:45 pm

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Re: 1979 T140E into Rickman

Postby mudplugger » Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:30 pm

Side panels are now made as I didn't really take to the ones supplied with the frame kit, Tank is finished, slight problem with the bolt stem on the frame off centre,, exhausts are in progress. clocks ordered, as are shocks, head light and now trying to source a nice mud guard/fender for the front, I know what I want but struggling to find so need to check out a couple of options found on line
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Re: 1979 T140E into Rickman

Postby grandpaul » Wed Dec 07, 2016 7:44 am

Looks like you could have it running in time for the TriumphRat.Net "Most Improved" contest...
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Re: 1979 T140E into Rickman

Postby mudplugger » Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:24 pm

would be nice, but I think it will be too much as I have to wire it, which is not a problem other than I don't know all the technical bits that I need. it could be at least another week before I get it back from the fabricators.
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Re: 1979 T140E into Rickman

Postby mudplugger » Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:53 am

finally finished the build, a few niggly problems to sort out with the engine, I have ridden it round the block and it feels great. it has been a great experience, and once the few problems are sorted I really look forward to getting out on the road.
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originally the tank and side panels were to be black, I like the look of the satin finish to the ally so went with that.
the clocks are digital and are not calibrated yet, I have been having problems programming them. they were painted white faced specially for me and are now available
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the wiring was a pain for me, first time, but would find it easier next time.
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Re: 1979 T140E into Rickman

Postby trident sam » Wed Mar 29, 2017 4:04 am

You've done a great job mate
well done !

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