50 T-Bird

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Re: 50 T-Bird

Post by Mossy » Thu Dec 01, 2011 4:16 pm

Time for a quick update.
Finally got around to some serious stuff, though progress has been slowed somewhat due to a problematic V8 taking up a lot of time lately.

Put the crank in the lathe and remachined the oil feed quill and polished out a scratch across the flywheel.
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Then fitted rods and bearings
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Heated the cases
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and cooled the crank
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Then put it all together
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Dialed in the cams
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and checked piston to valve clearance
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Pistons have been fitted and barrels bolted onto cases.

And in between working on the V8 I'm getting the head ready to go on.
New guides have been fitted, seats re-cut, valves lapped in and chamber cleaned up with a grinding stone. Just have to polish the combustion chambers and assemble valves into the head and that will be ready to go on.

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Re: 50 T-Bird

Post by outbacktrev » Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:20 pm

Keep at it Mossy, not long to go now :!:
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Re: 50 T-Bird

Post by penny » Sat Dec 24, 2011 10:00 pm

I,m off to bed shortly and cant wait to get up in the morning and check this thread to see what mossy gets under the tree .
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Re: 50 T-Bird

Post by Mossy » Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:12 am

First update for 2012.
Hasn't arrived yet Paul, but I found a recon magneto with manual advance on Ebay UK that I bought myself for xmas.
The major job I got done over the xmas break was lacing in the new rim and spokes and fitting the new tyre to the rear wheel.

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Completed the front end which entailed drilling and lock wiring drain plugs and axle clamp bolts, filled forks with oil, balanced front wheel and made new brake cable. The brakes are for test days but for the salt I shall remove the brake shoes and levers.
Wired up ignition kill switches. Used a dip switch for the handlebar switch and outboard motor switch for the lanyard switch.

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Finally I got the carby on with up a new throttle cable. Drilled and lock wired engine, gearbox and oil tank drain plugs

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Motor is almost complete. I just have to make a new timing cover bush and engine steadies. Fit the front rocker oil drain pipe when it arrives (courtesy of Spook), fit and time the magneto, fit the oil pump and oil lines and fuel lines. Then put the primary transmission together and we'll be ready for a start up :D .
Then its just a matter of finding a set of rear wheel nuts, make the chain guard and fit the number plates. :D :D

So at this stage I'm still on track to be at Tailem Bend for testing on the 4th Feb.

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Re: 50 T-Bird

Post by Mossy » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:16 am

And Paul, look what arrived yesterday :D
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Re: 50 T-Bird

Post by outbacktrev » Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:59 pm

Ah! Lucas the prince of darkness :lol:

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Re: 50 T-Bird

Post by momec3 » Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:34 pm

And why DO Poms drink warm beer.

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Re: 50 T-Bird

Post by OLDtimer » Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:46 pm

Probably because their fridges also have Lucas wiring, & keep stopping!

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Re: 50 T-Bird

Post by OLDPOP » Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:28 pm

If you have problems with the Lucas electrics I thought this might help
http://www3.telus.net/bc_triumph_registry/smoke.htm

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Re: 50 T-Bird

Post by grumm441 » Mon Jan 09, 2012 4:45 pm

OLDPOP wrote:If you have problems with the Lucas electrics I thought this might help
http://www3.telus.net/bc_triumph_registry/smoke.htm

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I think you'll find that's wiring smoke and may not work in magneto's
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Re: 50 T-Bird

Post by Dr Goggles » Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:41 am

It's likely that its metric smoke too, great shame the loss of the great British smoke manufacturing sector. Another common mistake is to replace the smoke but not replenish the stinky yellow grease.
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Re: 50 T-Bird

Post by Mossy » Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:07 am

I have also seen Lucas regulators fail when the water in them leaks out :D :D :D
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Re: 50 T-Bird

Post by Mossy » Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:16 pm

Friday morning I was still waiting on 4 parcels from the UK. Friday afternoon the wife brought home 3 of them.
The first contained the ex cam tacho drive nut. This was fitted and the timing cover screwed on.
The second contained the crank seal that goes behind the engine sprocket, this was fitted and the engine sprocket bolted on.
The third contained a clutch thrust washer and set of rollers. The only thing now stopping me fitting the clutch was the lack of mainshaft nut and washer, so these were removed from my TR6 and the clutch was bolted on and primary cover fitted.
Saturday morning I made some exhaust pipe brackets and bolted them on. Then went for a drive to Auto-Pro and bought some oil and spark plugs, then the servo for some petrol, then home again.
Put some oil in the primary casesand the oil tank. Kicked it over with no plugs to pump some oil around. Fitted new plugs and pushed it outside.
Before pics
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Added fuel and at 10.30 on the 3rd kick she fired up :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
Sounded really good though it went that well I couldn't get it to slow down. It was idling at around 2,000+ on full advance and retarding the ignition would drop it to maybe 1,800 revs. :? :? Tried the ignition switch to kill it and that worked :D

After lunch I pulled the carby off to look for an air leak or something. What I founds was I had somehow made the throttle cable too short and it was holding the throttle slide up about 2mm. :oops: A bit of surgery on the outer cable and we tried again.
This time it ran perfect and I was able to get a reasonably low idle. Stopped it this time by pulling the lanyard switch and this also worked :D
After pics, note the blue pipes

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Got the clutch cable made today and started getting the trailer ready for next weekends trip to Tailem Bend.
Hopefully the 4th package will arrive this week with the proper rear wheel nuts, if not JD is going to lend me some for next weekend.
Hopefully the only jobs left after Tailem Bend will be to make and fit the number plates and fit a tacho.

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Re: 50 T-Bird

Post by RGV » Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:36 pm

Looks the goods. Sounds the goods too i bet with those pipes. :shock:

See ya next weekend at TBMP.

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Re: 50 T-Bird

Post by gennyshovel » Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:54 pm

Well done Mossy,,it looks the "duck's guts"
I had a flashback when reading the reving bit,,lol,,as a hairy ass'd 14 y/o I was fiddling with a T100,) ya know the drill, pull it down to see how stuff works)
It was rear wheel less, on blocks, with no kill switch, the only way I knew to time it was to keep advancing 'till it kicked back vigorously, then retard a bit at a time, kicking to check after each adjustment,,
! kick worked too well, it started,,MAN, did it start !, carb slide stuck wide open,,the thing screamed, my head though briefly of throwing it in gear to stall it,,oops,,no chain / wheel,,and the best option didn't exist (kill switch), so the auto pilot in me grabbed the HT leads to pull 'em off, but Mr BHT had better ideas,,once I grabbed the leads, he threw me off the back of the bike,,plug leads in hand,,arms twitchin'
At least I stopped it ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, :oops:
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