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Webby's Triton build

Discussion in 'Triumph (Classic)' started by Webby03, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. Webby03

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    I forgot to mention GPZ,
    The plates would work very well (and look cool) with your swing arm spindle set up, although you would need to lengthen the spindle by about 1 1/4". It should be easy enough to drill the holes in the plates.

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  2. grandpaul

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    Yep, the blanks I have are long enough to go through the outer plates.
     
  3. Webby03

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    I started on the head steady last night, it was a bit of a PITA to figure out the dimensions. As many of you know it's easy to copy a bracket if you have all the hole centers, then it's just a matter of measuring your edge distance and joining up the lines.
    With this there are only two holes to use as a datum, the rest is guesswork. I made 3 card templates before I was happy with the shape, followed by another in plexi.

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    Because of the tight curves in the piece I had to chain drill part of it, heres's the almost finished head steady. I still have to finish off the edges and drill the holes.

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  5. bwolfie

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    When I made my alloy trans cradle I used this for the final sizing, worked really quick and easy. I'm trying to find more of them, but no luck so far.
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    THis is the end result.
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    Making the drill press into a machining tool the cheap way.
     
  6. Webby03

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    Is that a rotary file bwolfie?

    I have a couple that I managed to get from work along with several different diameters of sanding cylinders, they work well but as I don't have a drill press I tend to do the finishing by hand.

    Nice work by the way, must have taken you while to fab that lot up!

    Here's a rotary file that might do what you need http://www.forneyind.com/catalog/detail ... sp_carded/

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  7. bwolfie

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    It's a cylindrical version of a bondo file. I got it from the wifes grandfather. I havent seen another one. it has holes and sharp flat teeth.
     
  8. Webby03

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    Useful,
    I've never seen one before.

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  9. Webby03

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    Finished off the head steady today, looks just like a bought one :)
    I might give it a polish before final fitting (once I've decided on the position coil brackets) I'll find a 90° piece of alloy somewhere that will attach to the head stud.

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    Trail fit to the frame, fits like a glove

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    Same again from a different angle

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  11. beng

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    I wonder who first stuck a unit Triumph in a featherbed frame. Maybe someday I will care enough to actually look it up....
     
  12. Webby03

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    Hi beng,

    Dave Degans mentioned somewhere that the first Triton he saw belonged to a friend of his in the late 50s. However as to the first person who built one I have no idea.

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  13. Cheshire bloke

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    Beng asked who was the first to put a unit Triumph engine in a Norton frame, I have been following this topic with some interest because I made a unit Triton when I was an apprentice back in 1976, don't know if this counts as the earliest to be made, but I know that every other Triton I saw was pre-unit, the Triton is still around but with a Trident engine in the frame. I'll dig out some photos if I can find them. Webby yours is looking great keep up the good work, you certainly know what you're doing, you'll love it when it's on the road.
     
  14. swooshdave

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    I'm sure the first unit Triumph in a Norton frame probably came around… 1963. :mrgreen:
     
  15. L.A.B.

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    However, Triumph 3TA 350 unit twins had been around since 1957, and 500 5TA unit twins since 1959.
     
  16. Cheshire bloke

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    1963 eh? that'll be a bit before 1976? :oops: maybe i was the first in our town :D
     
  17. Webby03

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    Doh!
    I should read the posts more carefully!
    I would love to see some pics Cheshire Bloke, I'm sure it's a stunner.
    Where abouts are you in Cheshire? My Dad lives there (in the posh part :))

    Happy New Year to All

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  18. Cheshire bloke

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    Hi Webby and a happy new year to you too. here are a couple of photos of my Triton when I was building it, showing various stages of build, the cafe racer didn't last long as it was painful to ride and was really a test bed until I got all the brackets and footrest positions ok. The black tank is off a Dommie, and I can't find any pics of it with this fitted, I'll have a rummage. The triton went from red to black to blue, I wouldn't call it a stunner though!

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    Oh and although I live in Cheshire it is definately not in the posh part like your Dad (Wilmslow? Altringham? where the footballers live? buy a house for £2million knock it down and build another for £3million?) I live where the chemicals are made in NW Cheshire, bit of difference :( !!!
     
  19. Bernhard

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    I am sure there is someone, somewhere, who has old dog eared copies if the old Motorcycle Mechanics / Motor Cycle weekly mags which will have pics of the Tritons ( and others) that were built over the years. :mrgreen:
     
  20. grandpaul

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    Easy enough to just google "triton" and peruse the hundreds of photos and links that instantly pop up.
     

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