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Dad's 1955 Triumph T110 project

vintage classic Triumph Tiger 1955 1955 Triumph Tiger

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#1 l75eya


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Posted 31 August 2013 - 03:12 PM

Since I was a little kid (I'm talking like as far back as I can remember) my father has had a motorcycle frame sitting on a milk-crate with half a motor sitting in it. Parts for the bike were laying around here and there.

As I got older I learned that Dad had had that bike since the late 60's or early 70's and, at one point, it was all put together and he used to ride it.

That was all before I was born, and by the time I came around he must have decided to restore it a bit, so he stripped it down, sent off many of the metal parts to be chromed, and then kind of forgot about it for various reasons.

That was back in the early 90's.

Interest has been re-ignited now, and this thread is going to be used both to share the story and evolution of this project, as well as to document it and hopefully network with some people that could possibly help along in this endeavor either with good advice, motivation, and/or resources for parts, and also to possibly help somebody else that may be restoring a vintage Tiger, etc. (This thread is going to be posted here @ my native ultimatesubaru.org, but also is going to be posted at the classic subforums over at http://www.triumphra...tage-club-cafe/ )


Lots of pictures are to follow. Some parts we have multiples of and it will be mentioned if they are available for sale. Look closely at the descriptions if you see something interesting.

If replying please be careful not to quote an entire post. This will also quote all the pictures in the post and will cause this thread to turn into an endless mess of posts! Thank you! :D

Here is the current state of the bike
IMG_20130831_102210_zps52b4732e.jpgIMG_20130831_102142_zps17f0fa11.jpgIMG_20130831_102303_zpsf73c9ec4.jpgthe frame is a 1955 Triumph T110 Tiger. It's a 650 CC bike. The fork is not the original Triumph fork, it was replaced with a Ceriani fork some time in the 70's.

The following photographs are of various serial numbers, identifying numbers/marking found on the frame of the bike;

IMG_20130831_102356_zps67795415.jpgAbove photo is near where the seat would be mounted.
IMG_20130831_102317_zps505da0c2.jpgAbove photo is the forward-most part of the frame, where the gas tank would mount.
IMG_20130831_102441_zps51f1fc8c.jpgThe above photo is a number cast into the transmission. (These motorcycles have the motor and the transmission separate)

IMG_20130831_102232_zps50d6111f.jpgAbove photo is cast into the bottom half of the motor. Piston is visible. Any help identifying the numbering scheme?

IMG_20130831_102631_zpse064d4fd.jpgAbove photo is number stamped into the rear swing-arm.

That concludes photographs of identifying marks on the frame and motor.

I'm going to start displaying all the pictures of most (most) of the parts we have amassed for the bike. Some of these parts are original parts my father has had in storage, many of the parts have been purchased online, some of them NOS, some of them used originals, and some of them are new reproduction.
If possible (or necessary) I will be giving a description/explanation of the parts under the photograph.

IMG_20130831_102747_zps3047a82a.jpgFar left is the matching Ceriani axle for the Ceriani fork. Middle is Triumph sleeve that fits into the Triumph front hub and far right is a Triumph spacer that fits into the hub and is a spacer for the bearings. Because the fork is a Ceriani fork but the original Triumph wheel is going to be used, the sleeve that slides over the axle is going to have to be machined slightly to fit. The Ceriani axle is thicker than the original Triumph axle.

IMG_20130831_102945_zps956f326e.jpgPictured above is a reproduction rear rim.

IMG_20130831_102954_zpsdce79175.jpgDetail shot of the inner portion of the above reproduction rim. It is very well made, high quality. Nice chrome.

IMG_20130831_103017_zps9f3d5866.jpgThe same rim. Made in England.

IMG_20130831_103050_zpsf6bf5830.jpgDrum plate for the front rim. This is an original part my father had in storage. It (and other parts you'll see that look like this) isn't dirty. It has been coated in turtle wax for 20+ years now immediately after being chromed.

IMG_20130831_103130_zpsb93c5437.jpgHarley Davidson 1" handle-bars.

IMG_20130831_102801_zpsb953b81c.jpgTwo hubs for the rear rim. One hub (bottom) was purchased used to be fitted on the above aftermarket rear rim. The other hub (top) came with a rear drum assembly sort of as a gamble buy. We weren't sure the top hub was even correct for the bike until we saw the other hub and realized they are the same. This is good because the bottom hub purchased to be used is damaged (out of round and damaged threads) so the top hub will be used instead. That hub came from a dune bike in the desert out west and the bearings that were in it were completely cooked and seized. Thankfully the hub itself seems to be unscathed.

IMG_20130831_102815_zps8054ae04.jpgSame hubs. Different angle. Damaged hub with part # on the right. Desert hub that had seized bearings on the left.

IMG_20130831_102831_zps7ead6b0c.jpgThey appear to be completely identical. If anybody knows otherwise, please reply.

IMG_20130831_103515_zpse6390f00.jpgOriginal cylinder head.

IMG_20130831_103628_zpse34e929d.jpgMiscellaneous parts.

IMG_20130831_103441_zps29ba89ff.jpgOriginal rocker boxes. Coated in wax 20+ years.

Edited by l75eya, 31 August 2013 - 04:23 PM.

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 03:46 PM



IMG_20130831_103427_zps73f9fab4.jpgEmpty rocker box. Possibly available as an extra. Make offer.

IMG_20130831_104236_zpsc23dacb3.jpgRear wheel drum shoes and bearings kit.

IMG_20130831_103834_zpscbfb991a.jpgRear fender. Not original. (none of the fenders are original)

IMG_20130831_103930_zps6d21e9f1.jpgFront fender. Universal.

IMG_20130831_103905_zpse6aadc22.jpgAnother front fender. Surface rust. One of the two possible available if desired. Make offer.

IMG_20130831_104115_zpsbd57de33.jpgReproduction foot-peg stud.

IMG_20130831_104747_zpsa21fd77a.jpgReproduction oil line.

IMG_20130831_104609_zpsbc291044.jpgRear axle.

IMG_20130831_104346_zpscd8fdf66.jpgUsed Original chromed push-rod tubes.

IMG_20130831_105215_zpscbcc4900.jpgUsed original push-rod tubes. This set need to be cleaned up. They are available for sale. Make offer.

IMG_20130831_104943_zpsc5c4d90d.jpgIdentification plate. Reproduction.

IMG_20130831_105310_zps83b356cc.jpgGenerator cover plate. Original used.


Edited by l75eya, 31 August 2013 - 03:47 PM.

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 04:00 PM

IMG_20130831_110034_zps41e3fe28.jpgWhole front rim assembly purchased used. Drum plate on the left. This rim had a non-original axle in it when received. I will be posting pictures of that axle later on in hopes of identifying it.

IMG_20130831_110047_zps5d2052da.jpgDrum plate part #

IMG_20130831_110014_zpsd035b0c7.jpgFront rim assembly.

IMG_20130831_110433_zps9fb98e6b.jpgThis is the axle that was installed in the front rim upon receipt. This is an unknown axle as of right now. If anybody has a clue as to what it is, please send me a message.

IMG_20130831_110407_zps1d7ac2f9.jpgTop axle is an original Triumph axle. Middle axle is the Ceriani axle that is going to be used. Bottom axle is the mystery axle.

IMG_20130831_110441_zps581e9ddc.jpgOne half of mystery axle

IMG_20130831_110451_zps8cf6d765.jpgOther half of mystery axle.

IMG_20130831_110054_zpsa23d5513.jpgFront drum part #

IMG_20130831_110115_zpsff80e00c.jpgFront wheel assembly.

IMG_20130831_110859_zps2ec0f3d5.jpgRear wheel drum + sprocket part #

IMG_20130831_110911_zpsa9c7aa71.jpgUsed original rear drum + sprocket. Chromed.

IMG_20130831_110924_zps199ad31e.jpgUsed original drum. MODIFIED with larger unknown sprocket. This drum had the hub assembly from the desert dune bike. This drum+sprocket is available. Make offer.


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Posted 31 August 2013 - 04:21 PM

IMG_20130831_111049_zpse992e491.jpgNOS Lucas voltage regulator my father purchased from a dealer in the 80's. Never used.




Late 60's Triumph air filter.

Primary case outer cover. Original from storage. 20+ years sitting covered in wax.


Primary case part #. (outer cover)

Chain guard. Original from storage.

Foot-peg. Important! We have noticed there is only one foot-peg. If anybody has one available for sale or trade please message me. Will also be posting a thread in parts wanted section.

Shock absorber. From storage.


Seat springs. From storage.


Original from storage generator cover. Covered in wax 20+ years.

Original from storage Lucas Generator.


Original from storage battery box.

Aftermarket gas tank.

IMG_20130831_113201_zps690c6e0b.jpgWhite leather aftermarket Bates seat. Hasn't been used since it was re-upholstered 20+ years ago.



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Posted 31 August 2013 - 04:33 PM

Thank you for checking everything out so far! Updates to come as progress continues! Stay tuned!

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 06:41 PM

Great project I was only doing one for a customer a couple of months back, Make sure you upgrade the gearbox adjuster to a both sides system to keep alignment square stock many of these early girls only had an adjuster on one side for the gearbox. They can be a bitch to adjust after the conversion but it is well and truly worth it.

Great bike when finished, I don't mind the Ceriani conversion as it was a period mod some may think otherwise but it is a bolt back to stock conversion and with that as far as I am concerned just fine.

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 07:58 PM

Thanks for the reply! I appreciate the advice for the gearbox adjuster, do you have any idea where I can find out a bit of information about that conversion? I'd definitely like to check that out.

Do you have any pictures or resources for the build you did for the customer? Are classic Triumphs popular bikes there on the opposite side of the world? haha


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