TRIUMPH 3TA RESTORATION



TRIUMPH 3TA RESTORATION PROJECT:
WRECKS TO POVERTY IN ZERO SECONDS FLAT!

TRIUMPH 3TA RESTORATION - THE STORY BEGINS

The story begins with a crazy Scotsman who retired to Malaysia and thought it would be a great idea to restore an old Triumph. Not having ridden or worked on bikes for over forty years the venture came under the classification of one can short of a six pack.

TRIUMPH 3TA RESTORATION - I BUY THE BIKE IN ENGLAND...OUCH!
The bike selected was a 1962 Triumph Twenty One (3TA) and was described as a runner, ideal for restoration. Since the bike was in England and I was at the other side of the world the purchase was made on the basis of a few photographs. We are now talking two cans short of a six pack.

triumph 3ta, triumph 3ta restoration, motorcycle restoration, motorcycle repair, classic motorcycle restoration



TRIUMPH 3TA RESTORATION - SUCH A DEAL!?
The original price was 2,500USD which seemed reasonable however by the time it came for the long awaited arrival, things were starting to get a bit pricy. Shipping costs, import tax (almost 1,000USD) and the guys in the truck and fork lift truck (almost 700USD). Still it had arrived.

triumph 3ta restoration, motorcycle restoration, motorcycle repair, classic motorcycle restoration

TRIUMPH 3TA RESTORATION - I OPEN THE CRATE
At long last I had the first opportunity to see what I had bought. That was after releasing it from a recycled Japanese motorcycle packing crate with a hacksaw in 320C of heat. Was this a sign of things to come, you’d better believe it. As there is no source for Triumph parts in Malaysia everything, and I mean everything had to be shipped from Great Britain and Austria.

TRIUMPH 3TA RESTORATION - NEEDS MORE THAN POLISH
It soon became apparent that an oil change and a quick polish was not going to do the trick and while I have no doubt that in England it was a runner, in Malaysia it was definitely on its holidays, and no amount of kicking was going to light its fire.

triumph 3ta restoration, classic motorcycle restoration, motorcycle restoration, motorcycle repair



TRIUMPH 3TA RESTORATION - NO PAIN, NO GAIN
Small details started to emerge such as, in the headlamp nacelle there is supposed to be a steering damper not a rubber bung. As they say “no pain, no gain” so I sold my soul to the devil and acquired a full set of BSDFSA (bloody spanners don’t fit a sodden thing) spanners and box keys; a very big hammer; a parts list book; a workshop manual and set to work in my friend’s back room.

TRIUMPH 3TA RESTORATION - A MIXED BAG OF NUTS & BOLTS
The spanners were a lottery since the previous owner had not felt constrained by the laws of originality which resulted in metric, BSF, BSC, and Whitworth nuts and bolts. Very few restorers realise it is possible to get metric nut to fit a Whitworth bolt but this guy had.

TRIUMPH 3TA RESTORATION - GOOD OL' MURPHY'S LAW
My most important tools were a digital camera; a notebook and pen and a roll of sticky labels. If Murphy’s first law is “If things can go wrong then they will” then his second law is “If it can be forgotten then it will be” and you can forget the workshop manual for fine detail because the guy who wrote it was definitely taking a global view. I generally photographed from every angle then noted down details such as blue/white wire joins to red/blue wire at Speedo bulb holder (don’t get me started on the wiring) finally I stuck a label on the bit e.g. right telescope leg. Amazing the number of bits that are the same but don’t actually fit in the reverse position.

TRIUMPH 3TA RESTORATION - YEARS OF GUNK
The strip revealed the usual amount of rust and wildlife, peeling chrome and instruments that didn’t work. I also found traces of water in the gearbox and I think your theory of water going down the clutch cable entry point is spot on because I couldn’t find any cracks or damaged seals.

triumph 3ta restoration, classic motorcycle restoration, motorcycle restoration, motorcycle repair

triumph 3ta restoration, classic motorcycle restoration, motorcycle restoration, motorcycle repair



When the repainted black bits arrived back, assembly began with new rear shocks and steering races.



Completely rebuilt the front forks, seals bushes the lot. The special extractor was a must. The bar end mirrors may seem a little early but the old Scottish saying goes “in order to know where you are going you need to know where you’ve been”.

triumph 3ta restoration, triumph motorcycle restoration, classic motorcycle restoration, motorcycle restoration



The wheels were respoked; fitted with new new spindles and bushes; drums cleaned and new brake linings fitted and finally finished off with a new set of tyres.

IT'S STARTING TO COME TOGETHER
The tank was fitted at this stage so that I could pretend I was almost finished.

TRIUMPH 3TA RESTORATION - ENGINE ROOM
The engine work was minimal although if anyone tells you that a 650 oil pump fits a 350 all I can say is that the one I tried pressurized the system to such an extent the it vented the entire oil tank out of the breather pipe. The carb was rebuilt (after scraping off a ton of gunk) with a kit from the nice guys at Amal. The electrics were upgraded from 6 volt to 12 volt using an upgrade kit and to anyone who says using Halogen bulbs on a 60’s bike is heresy; I say I am the heretic who can see where he is going on a very dark night.

triumph 3ta restoration, motorcycle restoration, classic motorcycle restoration, motorcycle repair



The new electrics make starting a dream. Final act, fitting the rear cowl (bathtub) and the silencers.

triumph 3ta restoration, classic motorcycle restoration, motorcycle restoration, motorcycle repair


TRIUMPH 3TA RESTORATION - DOWN THE ROAD
There was one final test and that was for the bike to go to the test centre to get road approval before it could be registered. It failed, no indicators (I ask you, who puts indicators on motorbikes, the same people that fitted an ashtray?) As you will see from the last pics. the bike now has indicators and a Malaysian registration although the sharp eyed among you will recognise a similarity with truck cruising lights. Hey Ho.

triumph 3ta restoration, classic motorcycle restoration, motorcycle restoration, motorcycle repair

The final cost; do you really want to cause a divorce?

5 cans short
Bob

THANK YOU BOB! You are officially the first person who submitted an entire article for this website. What about the rest of you?


Check out these TRIUMPH BOOKS




2018 Classic Triumph Calendar


Triumph Motorcycles: The art of the motorcycle


The Complete Book of Classic and Modern Triumph Motorcycles 1937-Today (Complete Book Series)


Triumph Motorcycles: From Speed-Twin to Bonneville


Triumph Bonneville and TR6 Motorcycle Restoration Guide: 1956-83


British Motorcycles Triumph (Little Books)


Triumph Motorcycles in America


McQueen's Motorcycles: Racing and Riding with the King of Cool


Triumph Motorcycle Restoration


Illustrated Triumph Motorcycles Buyer's Guide: From 1945 Through the Latest Models (Illustrated Buyer's Guide)


Tales of Triumph Motorcycles and the Meriden Factory


Hinckley Triumphs: The First Generation (Crowood Motoclassic)

For more like these, visit our
TRIUMPH BOOK STORE






For more Great Books, please visit our
MOTORCYCLE BOOK STORE




HOME PAGE
Triumph Motorcycles
BSA Motorcycles
Norton Motorcycles
Matchless-AJS Motorcycles
AMC-Associated Motor Cycles
Royal Enfield Motorcycles
Ariel Motorcycles
Vincent Motorcycles
Velocette Motorcycles
Rickman Motorcycles
Japanese Motorcycles
Cafe Racers
Choppers & Bobbers
Rat Bikes
Classic Racing Motorcycles
Classic Motorcycle Auctions
Classic Motorcycle Shows
Classic Motorcycle Rides
Classic Motorcycle Restoration
Classic Motorcycle Shops
Classic Motorcycle Clubs
Classic Motorcycle Photo Gallery
Classic Motorcycle Events Calendar
Send us Pictures of YOUR BIKE
YOUR BIKE Pictures
About Us
Site Map
CONTACT US
Brit Iron Back Issues
Visit our STORE
Subscribe to our FREE e-zine & get a FREE 11X17 Poster
BACK TO TOP - Triumph 3TA Restoration


Triumph 3TA Restoration
Last updated 11/20/16

2018 Calendars


motorcycle books, motorcycle repair manuals, motorcycle owners manuals

Please visit our
MOTORCYCLE BOOK STORE


Motorcycle Magazine Subscriptions

Subscribe to your favorite
MOTORCYCLE MAGAZINES



Classic British Motorcycles.com Facebook Page


Classic Brit Bike
2016 Calendar


Check out all our
MOTORCYCLE CALENDARS


GoPro Camera, GoPro HERO4, adventure cameras

We now sell
GoPro CAMERAS


Classic British Motorcycles.com Facebook Page


Classic Motorcycles For Sale, Free Classified Ads

BIKES FOR SALE!
Check out our
FREE
Classifed Ads


motorcycle helmets for sale

Get your next
MOTORCYCLE HELMET
here


NEW PAGES
added this month:

The GoPro Camera Store
Triumph Books
BSA Books
Norton Books
Matchless/AJS Books
Ariel Motorcycle Books
Royal Enfield Books
Velocette Books
Vincent Books
Ariel Red Hunter
1939 Red Hunter
1947 Red Hunter
1948 Red Hunter
1949 Red Hunter
1954 Red Hunter
1957 Red Hunter
Velocette Thruxton
1966 Thruxton
1969 Thruxton
Enjoy. More coming soon...