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!955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« on: January 18, 2020, 02:46:14 PM »
I figured there would be enough interest to post some pictures of my 1955 Triumph T110 restoration.  The T110 was the hot rod of the lineup in 55.  It was the fastest production bike in the world in 55 because Vincent had went out of business.  4 years yet for the Bonneville to make its appearance.  The 55 T110 had a few last year items;  last year for iron head,  and last year for painted center section on the rims.

The project has passed a significant milestone today as the tins and rims are painted.  The factory color was called Shell Blue Sheen and it is ably supplied by Don Hutchinson Paint, the Triumph paint guru.  My local painter is fantastic.  I have never seen better workmanship.  I am truly blessed to have his shop 2 miles from my house!  His business is called Paintworks in Loves Park, IL.

I have a long way to go, but after 10 years of owning this bike I am making progress.











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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2020, 02:59:22 PM »
I am looking forward to seeing this develop.  It looks great!
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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2020, 03:03:16 PM »
I will not be making this into a traditional build thread, but I will post pictures when significant milestones are reached.  I have a full blown build thread going on Brit Bike Forum.   http://www.britbike.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/276783/1955-triumph-t110#Post276783
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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2020, 03:40:01 PM »
Awesome! Were there ever a more beautiful line of motorcycles across the years than
a Triumph?
I will be following this on Brit Bike  :thumb:

Here's my '66 Bonnie back in the day. Now under restoration.

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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2020, 05:26:39 PM »
It looks like you're off to a great start. Press on!
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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2020, 05:27:50 PM »
After 10+ years, she deserves to be running and "In The Wind" once again! :thumb: :cool: :smiley: 

Can't wait to see the final photos of it all completed!  In the interim...this...is for inspiration and your perspective!! :wink: :thumb:




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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2020, 06:11:38 PM »
What a great project!

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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2020, 07:42:15 PM »

Dave,
This is going to be an elegant motorcycle.  Just wow on the paint so far.  Yes, Don Hutch is the paint guru and your painter is obviously gifted. 

Following on BritBike as well.  Good on ya for saving one more Pre-Unit. 

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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2020, 07:46:22 PM »
Id be happy if it ended up growing legs and became a build thread..
Ive seen interminable discussions based on absolute BS, this will be a great journey... :popcorn:

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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2023, 03:20:16 PM »
Progress has been made.  Other restorations are completed and the '55 T110 is ON!

I finished the engine last year.  1955 was the last year for the T110 iron head.  '56 brought in the alloy head for the T110.  The T110 remained the hot-rod of the lineup from 1954-58 until the 1959 Bonneville came on line. 



Wheels were just completed.  I was able to use the original Triumph spokes and nipples as they were in excellent shape.  Fresh cadmium plating.  1955 was the last year for the matching center painted with pinstriped rims.





Big event!  Engine and transmission in the frame!!

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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2023, 03:26:09 PM »
More progress.

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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2023, 04:35:13 PM »
You do such fabulous work, Dave!  It looks fantastic and good for you! :thumb: :bow: :cool: :boozing:
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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2023, 06:25:05 PM »
WGC has a designated, BIKE BUILDS, REBUILDS AND Restoration only, section for this type of restoration thread.
If all restoration projects were placed in the General Discussion section, there would be no General discussion section.

This thread will be moved to the appropriate section of the forum, Bike BUILDS, REBUILDS AND RESTORATION, where all WG members are welcome to follow the progress of Daves adventure.


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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2023, 08:05:21 PM »
Great stuff Dave.
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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2023, 10:13:54 AM »
The fenders look pretty darn good!



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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2023, 12:31:14 PM »
Very cool!!!
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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2023, 06:24:59 AM »
Beautiful build Dave. I cant wait to see the completed bike.  Also the window light to your workbench is great.
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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #17 on: May 06, 2023, 09:45:34 AM »
 :drool: very cool Dave!

The man basically lives in a museum. Super jealous!

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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #18 on: May 17, 2023, 09:57:31 AM »
It's on 2 wheels!  I estimate it has been about 50 years since it has been together.  As stated before it laid in piles around a large storage building for eons, and I have been peck, peck, pecking away on it for 13 years.  Big day!





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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2023, 10:38:41 PM »
Quite the resurrection!!
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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #20 on: May 23, 2023, 04:43:28 PM »
The long awaited nacelle assembly is finished.  It was a fussy process but very worthwhile. 

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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #21 on: May 24, 2023, 09:32:44 PM »
This outer primary just pops.  So cool



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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #22 on: May 24, 2023, 11:00:42 PM »
The cloth braided wire harness looks fantastic, details like that make a great build outstanding
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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #23 on: May 25, 2023, 04:35:04 PM »
The cloth braided wire harness looks fantastic, details like that make a great build outstanding

It still amazes me that you can buy dead nuts accurate wiring looms for most old Triumphs from Lucas, which made them originally of course. 
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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #24 on: May 25, 2023, 08:08:57 PM »
It still amazes me that you can buy dead nuts accurate wiring looms for most old Triumphs from Lucas, which made them originally of course.

Now that is amazing!
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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #25 on: May 29, 2023, 08:41:10 AM »
Tank on!



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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #26 on: May 29, 2023, 03:50:54 PM »
Nice.
VERY nice !

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« Reply #27 on: May 29, 2023, 06:46:17 PM »
That looking really great, Dave.  I have been servicing a 53(?) Tiger at the shop in recent years, just basic stuff.  Its a very nice resto, but not as nice as yours.  And I agree- that nacelle is no fun..
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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #28 on: May 31, 2023, 07:57:52 PM »
Fuel line fab is all that's left.





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Re: !955 Triumph T110 Restoration
« Reply #29 on: June 01, 2023, 01:06:19 AM »
That is beautiful.  :drool:
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