The Vintage Motorcycle Festival was held at the Lemay Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington on the 23rd of August.
Dave Wedlake was able to finish our T110 but not the TR6 in time from the show. When we picked the T110 up at Dave’s shop just 24 hours before the Festival started, we were pleased to see that it was even more beautiful than we had hoped. This is definitely one of the nicest of the 20 or so restorations Dave has performed for us.
One issue almost derailed Dave’s efforts to complete the restoration of the T110 on time. Four weeks before the show, Dave found the rear frame we purchased from Michigan turned out to be bent. It couldn’t be repaired so Dave sent it back. Fortunately Dave had another frame he was planning to use on another restoration that he could use.
As with our TR6, Greg Poierier restored the speedometer for the T110. Using a correct silkscreened face and new chronometric internals, the speedo now appears just as it must have in 1956 when the bike was new. The speedo arrived just days before the show …
The correct ammeter for the T110 bas remained a point of controversy. The Lucas unit Dave installed in the bike has no numbers on the face and + on the right side. This is the same ammeter we’ve seen on other T110s including the original ’56 that Bill Hoard owns. Dave believes it is correct but other people disagree. So which is correct … or are both?
The 1956 Triumph parts manual lists the correct ammeter for the T110 as a 36129A but shows no picture.
We’ve found a Lucas manual online, however, where it certainly shows the 1956 T110 came with a 36129A ammeter. It also shows a picture of the 36129A (BM4) with 8-4-0-4-8 numbers and the + on the left side. The ammeter currently installed on our T110 that Dave believes is correct is shown in the Lucas manual as a 36084 (CZU 27).
Here is the website for the Lucas manual …
So which is correct? According to the Lucas manual, it is the 36129A with numbers and the + on the left side. According to the original T110s we’ve seen, it is 36084 with no numbers and the + on the right side. Might both be correct depending on when a particular bike came down the line? That may well be the case so our T110 might have come with either and since our donor bike didn’t come with the original ammeter, we will never know for sure.
The ammeter currently in the bike is on loan from Dave’s stash so that needs to be returned. Fortunately, we have just obtained an original 36129A still in the Lucas box that we will install on the bike.
The little details always make the difference between a good restoration and a great one. For our T110, those details include the correct brass petcocks sourced from British Cycle Supply in Nova Scotia and the correct T110 patent plate that came from Tiger Spares in Minnesota.
Our T110 was judged as the 2nd best of the more than 50 Vintage Triumphs at the show. A 1964 T120C similar to the one in our collection took top honors.
Here is the award …
There are still some minor issues on the T110 that Dave wants to address. The rebuilt magneto still needs to be installed, the seat will get a new, even nicer cover and he wants to put on a new RB108 regulator. We will drop the bike at Dave’s shop for a few days in late October on our way back to Arizona so Dave can finish it to his satisfaction. We anticipate the TR6 will also be done at that time so both bikes will be loaded up to be moved back to Arizona to join our collection.
In our next posting on the ‘56s, we will report on the finished restoration on the TR6 and the introduction of both motorcycles into our collection in Arizona.