Pre unit restorations are always a challenge. Finding many of the crucial parts was still proving to be time consuming and expensive but we were finally seeing everything start to come together.
Tank bands and Triumph logos …
The tank bands have been rechromed and professionally painted with black stripes. The “Triumph” badges were rechromed and I painted them myself correctly. These parts for both the T110 and TR6 were done simultaneously. Here are pictures of the bands…
The magneto for the T110 as well as the TR6 worked acceptably but weren’t prefect so Dave sent them out to Bill Bauer in Puyallup, Washington for complete rebuilds.
Some people call these the “tuna can” horns. They are Lucas HF1441 and were mounted within the nacelle on the T110 and on the frame just under the front of the seat on the TR6. If there was originally a horn the T110, Garry Chitwood never sent it to us. The TR6 also came with no horn.
We located and bought two horns on EBay … one from England and the other from Minnesota. Each one tests well and just need cosmetic refinishing. We had also contacted Lynn Isaacs (Taff the Horns … http://taffthehorns.com/) in England to see if he had any working horns but there were none at this time.
We need levers for both the T110 and the TR6. T110 levers had blade levers and the TR6 had ball ends. We fortunately were able to procure a nice original set from Bill Hoard that we will have rechromed along with a set of ball levers for the TR6.
Gear box ...
Completely rebuilt and ready to go into the frame ...
Engine internals …
The engine and gearbox on the T110 were reported to have been restore by Garry Chitwood, but when Dave got into them he found many major issues that needed attention.
Here is initial Dave’s report from last year …
“The crank appears to be standard size, has new bearing inserts, but the bearings are badly scarred like it was run briefly with some major debris in it. I don't understand how that condition could have happened. One rod felt loose on the crank, the other rod was very tight. I think it is savable, and plan to get the crank and rods to a specialist.”
Here is what Dave did to the bottom end of the T110 to get it back in excellent condition:
- Crankshaft: Clean, inspect, magnaflux, grind and polish rod journals.
- Rods: Clean, inspect, re-size big end, install new pin bushings and hone to fit pin.
- Oil Pump: Clean and inspect all pieces, seat ball check valves.
- Other parts: New main ball bearings, rod bearings, and crank seal.
- Case was vapor blasted.
- Assemble cases using Three Bond sealer and newly cad plated hardware.
Here is what Dave needed to do to the upper end:
- The cylinder block was glass beaded and coated with high temperature paint.
- It was then bored and honed to fit new pistons.
- The cylinder head was cleaned and vapor blasted.
- Two cracks between the exhaust valve seats and head bolt holes were welded and machined. Note: these alloy heads are extremely hard to find and were highly prone to cracking around the valve seats. Fortunately we have a source that can fix these properly.
- Installed new guides, ground the seats and valves and installed measured spring pack.
- The cams were cleaned, inspected and polished. The cam followers were reground.
- The rockers were cleaned and inspected. The shafts and rocker housings were polished.
- Other parts: New intake and exhaust valves, guides, and springs were installed.
Engine Case …
The engine case had a huge hole that had been repaired as can be seen below.
Dave sent it out to Charley Brown to have the hole professionally repaired and retextured.
The carbs for both the T100 and TR6 are now full restored. They are seen below.
Parts we have found …
We located and purchased the correct 7” Lucas head lamp with the torch logo from Steadfast Cycles.
Rear frame ... in our last post we described the problems regarding corrosion of the rear frame on the T110. Gary had repaired it with bondo then painted over it. Once it was stripped and powder coated, it was not of the quality needed for this restoration. Fortunately, Bill Hoard helped us find an excellent rear frame in Michigan and it is now being sent to Portland.
We spent several weeks searching for an authentic Lucas nacelle light switch (31371 ). There are many Lucas switch reproductions available but none have the ‘Lucas” logo on their face or the chrome bezel like the original 31371 had. Fortunately we found a used one from Klempf’s in Minnesota that we think will work well once it is polished and the bezel is rechromed. It was quite expensive at $125 but is worth the price as this part is one of the first items that is looked for when determining the quality of a restored T110. Here is a picture as it came from Klempf’s.
Correct L564 tail lens … There are many reproductions out there but this is what a real tail lens looks like with all of its raised detail.
Parts yet to be found and purchased …
- Exhausts and silencers … Exhausts and silencers are available from our supplier but we have yet to purchase them.
- Lucas Ammeter 36129A … There is some disagreement by many about exactly what the ammeter that originally came on the ’56 T110 looks like. The Triumph parts manual show it listed as a 36129A but has no picture. My research shows several versions for that part number, including those below … but which was correct?
After consulting with Bill Hoard who owns an original ’56 T110, we’ve decided to go with the same ammeter he has in his machine. It is as shown below.
Fortunately, Dave has one he will loan us until we find another correct one for our bike.
- Rear hub … the hub that came from Garry was a unit part with the speedo drive flange. Finding a pre unit hub is proving somewhat difficult.
- Primary cover T1190 … The primary cover that came with the bike had been repaired and not well. Dave thought it could be restored but not without considerable expense. We decided to put out our feelers for another primary cover after first checking on Ebay and finding nothing.
As we stated before, Dave has been restoring a 1956 TR6 in parallel with the restoration of the T110. That restoration hasn’t been quite as arduous or expensive as the T110 turned out to be. We will post an abbreviated summary of that restoration in the next few weeks.
Both bikes are still set to be unveiled at the Vintage Motorcycle Festival at Lemay (America’s Car Museum) in Tacoma, Washington next month.
Next posting … Dave Wedlake starts restoration of a 1956 T110 … Part 4 of a multi-part posting … Assembling and finishing the restoration …..