Webby's Triton build

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I forgot to mention GPZ,
The plates would work very well (and look cool) with your swing arm spindle set up, although you would need to lengthen the spindle by about 1 1/4". It should be easy enough to drill the holes in the plates.

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I started on the head steady last night, it was a bit of a PITA to figure out the dimensions. As many of you know it's easy to copy a bracket if you have all the hole centers, then it's just a matter of measuring your edge distance and joining up the lines.
With this there are only two holes to use as a datum, the rest is guesswork. I made 3 card templates before I was happy with the shape, followed by another in plexi.



Because of the tight curves in the piece I had to chain drill part of it, heres's the almost finished head steady. I still have to finish off the edges and drill the holes.



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When I made my alloy trans cradle I used this for the final sizing, worked really quick and easy. I'm trying to find more of them, but no luck so far.


THis is the end result.


Making the drill press into a machining tool the cheap way.
 
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Is that a rotary file bwolfie?

I have a couple that I managed to get from work along with several different diameters of sanding cylinders, they work well but as I don't have a drill press I tend to do the finishing by hand.

Nice work by the way, must have taken you while to fab that lot up!

Here's a rotary file that might do what you need http://www.forneyind.com/catalog/detail ... sp_carded/

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It's a cylindrical version of a bondo file. I got it from the wifes grandfather. I havent seen another one. it has holes and sharp flat teeth.
 
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Finished off the head steady today, looks just like a bought one :)
I might give it a polish before final fitting (once I've decided on the position coil brackets) I'll find a 90° piece of alloy somewhere that will attach to the head stud.



Trail fit to the frame, fits like a glove



Same again from a different angle



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I wonder who first stuck a unit Triumph in a featherbed frame. Maybe someday I will care enough to actually look it up....
 
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beng said:
I wonder who first stuck a unit Triumph in a featherbed frame. Maybe someday I will care enough to actually look it up....
Hi beng,

Dave Degans mentioned somewhere that the first Triton he saw belonged to a friend of his in the late 50s. However as to the first person who built one I have no idea.

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Beng asked who was the first to put a unit Triumph engine in a Norton frame, I have been following this topic with some interest because I made a unit Triton when I was an apprentice back in 1976, don't know if this counts as the earliest to be made, but I know that every other Triton I saw was pre-unit, the Triton is still around but with a Trident engine in the frame. I'll dig out some photos if I can find them. Webby yours is looking great keep up the good work, you certainly know what you're doing, you'll love it when it's on the road.
 
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Cheshire bloke said:
Beng asked who was the first to put a unit Triumph engine in a Norton frame, I have been following this topic with some interest because I made a unit Triton when I was an apprentice back in 1976, don't know if this counts as the earliest to be made, but I know that every other Triton I saw was pre-unit, the Triton is still around but with a Trident engine in the frame. I'll dig out some photos if I can find them. Webby yours is looking great keep up the good work, you certainly know what you're doing, you'll love it when it's on the road.
I'm sure the first unit Triumph in a Norton frame probably came around… 1963. :mrgreen:
 

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swooshdave said:
I'm sure the first unit Triumph in a Norton frame probably came around… 1963.
However, Triumph 3TA 350 unit twins had been around since 1957, and 500 5TA unit twins since 1959.
 
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Cheshire bloke said:
Beng asked who was the first to put a unit Triumph engine in a Norton frame, I have been following this topic with some interest because I made a unit Triton when I was an apprentice back in 1976, don't know if this counts as the earliest to be made, but I know that every other Triton I saw was pre-unit, the Triton is still around but with a Trident engine in the frame. I'll dig out some photos if I can find them. Webby yours is looking great keep up the good work, you certainly know what you're doing, you'll love it when it's on the road.
Doh!
I should read the posts more carefully!
I would love to see some pics Cheshire Bloke, I'm sure it's a stunner.
Where abouts are you in Cheshire? My Dad lives there (in the posh part :))

Happy New Year to All

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Hi Webby and a happy new year to you too. here are a couple of photos of my Triton when I was building it, showing various stages of build, the cafe racer didn't last long as it was painful to ride and was really a test bed until I got all the brackets and footrest positions ok. The black tank is off a Dommie, and I can't find any pics of it with this fitted, I'll have a rummage. The triton went from red to black to blue, I wouldn't call it a stunner though!











Oh and although I live in Cheshire it is definately not in the posh part like your Dad (Wilmslow? Altringham? where the footballers live? buy a house for £2million knock it down and build another for £3million?) I live where the chemicals are made in NW Cheshire, bit of difference :( !!!
 
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Cheshire bloke said:
1963 eh? that'll be a bit before 1976? :oops: maybe i was the first in our town :D

I am sure there is someone, somewhere, who has old dog eared copies if the old Motorcycle Mechanics / Motor Cycle weekly mags which will have pics of the Tritons ( and others) that were built over the years. :mrgreen:
 

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Easy enough to just google "triton" and peruse the hundreds of photos and links that instantly pop up.
 

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