I picked up this survivor 1969 Triumph Tiger Chopper a few months ago from a buddy. He needed cash to re-start his sign/pinstriping business, and I had some extra cash.
This is how it was when I bought it:
It had been sitting for a long time, and had lots of dust, rust and flaking chrome.
My first plan was to get it running. With a lot of help & advice from Bucko, I moved forward with a plan to re-do the entire electrical system with new points, a dual-output coil (I got from Scott), a sparx regulator/rectifier, battery & key switch.
After re-wiring it, I replaced all the fluids, rebuilt the carb & checked the tank. It was rusted out, so I traded it with Nick for a cool deep-tunnel wassel Japanese re-pop that sits really nice & low on the bike.
Eventually I got it started, and got it running better with more help from Bucko & Scott. I fixed the rear brakes and checked the bearings.
I just got it to stop and go well enough to go around the block, so phase 1 is complete.
As chopper glory as it may be, the front end is not really my style, so that will be phase 2. It came with a 70's triumph front end and a tapered bearing conversion kit. I already rebuilt the new forks, and checked the brakes and bearings on the new front end, so that will go on soon. Then it will be adding a nicer set of short Z bars I got from Scott, and cleaning up the controls a bit, and getting a headlight for it.
Phase 3 will be working on the back half. I got a really nice solo seat and P-Pad set from Dave, and I need to get a fender with more class than just the flat fender that is on it, and make a sissy bar to match the seat & fender, and also mount a tail light I got from Scott.
It is also running a 5" rear tire, which is too wide for the chain, so the wheel is laced off-center to clear it (a comon Triumph chopper curse), so I'll run a skinnier tire and true the wheel to center it in the frame.
Phase 4 will be cleaning & painting & figuring out what to do with all the flaking chrome parts.
My favorite part about this project is that it is keeping me connected to the Indiana Draggers. There is no way I would have a chance with this thing without their expertise and parts stashes. Long-distance relationships aren't supposed to work, but bromance is deeper than romance.
Sometimes driving a 70-year-old car can be transcendent joy, where all you care about is the rumble and the perfume of hot metal. Then there are other times where you tense and listen to every rattle, expecting to be stranded on the side of the road at any minute. The run to the second annual Silver City Shakedown started as the latter, with an idle problem. Once that was sorted, it was a great blast through back roads for half the trip to Meriden for the East Coast Nomads.
The Shakedown really has become the kickoff to the season around here. It is a chance to dust off some cobwebs and can even be the maiden voyage for some new builds. Th Others CC members are strict about the rules for this traditional-only pre-65 show, so the quality of cars that attend is really high. This is definitely one of those shows where our cars are not the nicest there.
The Gravel Draggers East Coast Nomads made the run to Big Al's Toybox/Hot Rod Heaven for his annual unfinished show.
This show can be a little hit and miss, as far as taste and and build quality, but it has its own charm. We got a late start, so we probably missed most of the more questionable stuff, and saw some gems.
The open house really is the best part of the show. Aside from the world-class engine shop, there are some tasty relics of an age of thunder.
On the plus side, this is one of the few shows where our rides are some of the nicer ones in the show.
The award was for "The most non-original parts." I'm not sure if it is a subtle way to say that chrome-reverse wheels are played out. The weird part is that last year the truck won, "Best original under construction." It doesn't really matter, because the trophies are giant, and make you feel like a man, at least for a little while.
I know your saying where the hell is Dugger, Thats where I'm from son! You know all that coal we love to burn in the midwest, quess what most of it comes from Dugger. Come Cruise-In I dont care what u bring as long as you can cruise it. Bring your hotrod, chopper, kustom, lawnmower, wheelchair I dont care just come!!
Went to see David Allan Coe at the Bluebird and was not suprised by his lack of enthusiasm , considering he is now 70 some. Good to see he has'nt moved to the country music retirement community(Branson) and started a show. Going in to the show I see a guy holding a blue metalflake sporty tank, he said he has been waiting since six to get DAC to sign it. Send me some pics of the bike its goin on Dalton, Panheads Forever.