Getting it right on a ’69 Bonneville – Part III

When we decided to repaint our customer’s 1969 Triumph Bonneville, we figured we just couldn’t waste the existing paint job.  It’s not our paint job, but it’s pretty good, and we’ll make use of it elsewhere.

That said, as we’ve been making some big efforts to restore this bike to factory condition, we decided to source an original tank and fenders for this special bike.

Not that the reproductions are bad.  In fact, they’re very good, fairly inexpensive, and we gladly make them available to our customers.

In this case, we searched our warehouse and located the original components.  One telltale sign of an original fender is the subtly rolled edge, versus the more pronounced edge as seen in the photos below.

These parts have been sandblasted, and now wait in the queue for our famous Don Hutchinson paint job!

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Getting it right on a ’69 Bonneville – Part II

We’re continuing to work on our customer’s 1969 Triumph Bonneville.

As we’ve mentioned previously, this bike started as a fine build from a reputable shop.  We’ve been helping to make this bike an even more correct and perfect restoration by applying the correct paint scheme, among other things.

We’ve gone through the bike twice, and swapped out incorrect bolts, nuts, fasteners and other small parts.  Pictured below are a few of the parts we’ve removed and replaced recently, including the crossover pipe and clamps.

The original ’69 Bonneville crossover pipe clamp was a double clamp measuring about 3″ long, and included two bolts on each clamp.  You can see examples of this original clamp on one of our core bikes in the photo below.

Later in 1969 and into 1970, these double clamps were replaced with single clamps.  While high-quality single clamps are readily available, the double clamps simply don’t exist.  We’ve never seen a good-quality reproduction, as those which are available are just not correct – and it shows.

We love our customers, and love helping them make their bike as perfect as possible.  In this case, we were able to find a single set of NOS clamps.  After taking some time to clean the dried masking tape off of them, and shining them up, we installed them on this bike, helping bring this restoration up to snuff.

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Getting it right on a ’69 Bonneville

One of our customers whose bike is featured here on our website wanted to find out whether his paint job was correct for his particular machine.

In 1969, Triumph featured three different paint schemes on the Bonneville during it’s production run from August of 1968 through July of 1969.  The first featured of an Olympic Flame tank with a 3-inch Silver Sheen stripe down the top-center, much like that of the 1968 Bonneville.  Soon thereafter, the factory moved to a scheme which featured a swept-back scallop coming off the top of the tank badge.  Finally, in later 1969, the factory added a lower wing off the bottom of the tank badge.

Our customer’s bike has both the top scallop and the lower wing as featured on late-1969 Bonnevilles.

We examined two 1969 Bonneville cores in our warehouse (either of which, incidentally, we’d be happy to restore for you) and noted that each bike features the single scallop paint scheme. We then took note of the serial numbers on each bike.

The first VIN begins with “AC” which denotes that it was produced in January of 1969.  The second begins with “GC” which denotes a production date of June of 1969.  As our customer’s bike has a serial number which begins with “AC” and falls between those on our two bikes, we believe the bike came from the factory with only the single top-center scallop.

So, we’re looking forward to getting it right on this bike by furnishing it with a brand new, and factory-correct, Don Hutchinson paint job.

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Welcome Davida Helmets!

When we began looking at helmets, we immediately gravitated towards British manufacturer Davida, as they’re the only company building helmets in the style, and at a level of quality, which matches our own. We’re pleased to now offer their complete line of Classic, Classic Racing Series, and Classic Jet helmet models.

The Classic and Classic Racing Series models are handmade, finely crafted works of art. Designed in the style of the low-dome racing helmet of the 1950s, these helmets feature a cork, canvas and leather interior, a soft leather neck curtain with snap-back side flaps, a goggles retainer, and of course, a wide range of spectacular paint jobs.

The Classic Jet models are also handmade, finely crafted works of art, but made for the modern rider. Fully DOT compliant, these helmets feature a silk and quilted leather liner, goggles retainer, and again, a wide range of spectacular paint jobs.

These helmets are made one at a time, and while it takes a few short weeks to get one, they’re well worth it. And, while they’re pricier than average, they’re a great value, as there are many more expensive helmets out there. Besides, these are such high quality, you really do get what you pay for.

We have examples of each model in each size in our shop, so please drop by to inspect one of these fine helmets yourself.

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’68 Triumph TR6R – Part VI

As you can see by the photos below, we’re starting to see a motorcycle taking shape.

We started by assembling our frame on the lift, and weren’t thrilled to find that the swingarm that came back from powercoating was missing the brackets for the lower shock bolts, as they’d both broken off at some point in its lifetime. Luckily, we happened to have a NOS ’68 swingarm that is in near-mint condition, and so we’ve added that to the long list of factory-original parts on this bike.

Both wheels have been built, including the brake assemblies, and are on the bike which is now officially a “rolling chassis.” The freshly-painted oil tank is on, as is the rear fender, which gives us an idea as to how beautiful the Riveria Blue and Silver Sheen paint is going to be.

Our NOS headlamp assembly is on, as are our rebuilt speedometer and tachometer – all looking fantastic. This week we’ll add a few more things to the chassis as we get started on the motor rebuild. We’re going to build the lower end on the chassis, so we don’t risk damaging the finished part by trying to install a fully-built motor.

We keep saying it…this is going to be a very special bike.

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Our stunning 1967 Triumph Bonneville T120R

We’re thrilled to present our latest classic restoration – this stunning 1967 Triumph Bonneville T120R.

We’ve been working on this bike for many months, and it’s an oustanding Triumph restoration we’re very proud of.  There’s not a single piece or part on this bike we haven’t touched.

We’ve used many NOS parts throughout, rebuilt and tuned the engine from the bottom up, powdercoated the frame and other black parts, and applied our signature paint job in Aubergine and Alaskan White, including hand-striped Gold.

This bike is undoubtedly a show-winner, with every nut and bolt as close to factory original as we can muster.  Priced at $22,000, we expect this bike to find a new home this summer.

Check additional photographs of this bike out in our “Bikes for Sale” section.

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’68 Triumph TR6R – Part V

As you likely know if you’ve visited our shop or website, we have a collection of over 100 original vintage Triumph fuel tanks from which we’ve devised our formulas for original paint colors.

When we paint a tank, there comes a point in the process where we bring an original tank into the paint room, and hang it next to our work in progress.  That helps us as we apply the various layers and pinstriping to match the original pattern exactly, right down to the underside of the tank.

This photo is a good example of just how closely we’re able to match original paint color and scheme.  You can also see one of our newly painted fenders peeking out in the background.

We haven’t seen too many of these on the road, and we’re getting excited, as we think this paint job will be stunning.

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Brand New ’68 Headlamp & Wiring Harness

We’ve got some goodies stashed away in the corners of our shop, and this is one that’s finally going to see the light of day, so we thought we’d share.

Some of these goodies are for sale…some of them are not.  We’ve been saving this all these years for a special project, and we’ve decided to use it on our ’68 TR6R restoration that’s currently underway.

It’s a 1968 Lucas headlamp assembly, complete with wiring harness, window-type ammeter, and horn/dipswitch.  It’s a little musty, and the rubber bands that held some of the wiring have long since hardened.  But it’ll clean up nicely, and we’re looking forward to seeing it put to good use.

And yes, we have more of these and other goodies.  But, to get your hands on one of these, we’d kindly ask that you buy a bike from us we can include it on….maybe the ’67 or ’70 Bonnevilles that are on deck.

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Prepping a fuel tank for paint

We’ve been doing this for a very long time, which means we’ve learned from our mistakes over the years. As we value our customers’ safety, we can’t stress this point enough…

DO NOT TRY THIS YOURSELF. EVER.

We don’t use tank sealer on our tanks. It’s only a temporary solution, as it fails, cracks, and eventually crumbles over time. We find leaks the old-fashioned way by filling the tank with water or air, rinsing the outside, and looking for bubbles. When we find holes, we weld them closed.

That said, we have a good many tanks that come in to our shop with sealer having been used at some point. So, often the first step towards prepping a tank for paint means stripping the old paint off the outside, and the old sealer off the inside.

Here’s our method in action on a 1967 Triumph Bonneville tank. Note the tank is empty, with zero remnant of fuel inside, and there’s no cap, either.

Again, please don’t try this yourself. If you need this done, bring your tank to us and let professionals handle it.

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’68 Triumph TR6R – Part IV

Our 1968 Triumph TR6R project is moving along nicely.

As you can see in the photos below, our black parts, including the frame itself, have returned from powder coating, and they look fantastic.  There’s nothing quite like seeing these parts born again in deep glossy black with not one scratch or greasy mark anywhere.  Our powder coaters do amazing work.  While having these parts power coated is a bit more expensive than paint, the results are well worth it.

Our oil tank is painted and ready for buffing, and our fuel tank has been sandblasted and is joining the fenders in the queue for paint.  We’ve got our Riviera Blue and Silver Sheen colors mixed and ready to go.  The paint on this bike is going to be special.

We’re having fun pulling parts together from various dark corners of the shop, as we’ve uncovered some goodies.  At the core is our super cool and all original NOS Lucas headlamp and wiring harness.  We’ve also found a matched set of Smiths gauges we’ve had rebuilt, a made-in-UK set of pipes and mufflers, an Amal 930/23 carburetor, and all of our rubber bits.  Wrapped in paper are the polished aluminum covers, and the boxes contain all of our powder coated parts.  Also, we happened across a nice set of ’68 wheels which we built at some point and stored away for just such an occasion.

The engine still needs a bit of work.  It’s been torn down and can be seen below sitting in a couple of crates.  We’ve sent a load of various bits to be cadmium plated, and next step will be to bead blast the cases and start rebuilding the engine.  We’ll also be focused on building the front end of the bike in the coming couple of weeks.

This project has us excited, as the end result will be outstanding.

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