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    1978 Triumph Bonneville project

    Quite looking forward to this one.
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    It looks well cared for, is this the dealer's bike?

    What's the plan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveo View Post
    Quite looking forward to this one.

    I have a OIF. TR6 waiting in the wings. If timing was better, I could challenge you to a bake off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyorg View Post
    I have a OIF.
    Ocean Iron Fertilizer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodsman View Post
    Ocean Iron Fertilizer?
    Oil in frame
    ... they actually tried that for a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodsman View Post
    It looks well cared for, is this the dealer's bike?

    What's the plan?
    Yes mate, it is the dealers bike. It looks half decent in the pic, but not so much up close.
    First job will be sorting out some wiring, and see if it'll run.
    The owner wants the frame painted, tank resprayed in an original colour, silencers, rear wheel rim , and wiring loom will probably need replacing.
    Not to mention all the usual service items.
    So a fair ammount of work
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    A good few hours spent in the shed today.
    After making a rather large bodge with the wiring, all the electrics seem ok, with the exception of the brake light. Even had a spark.
    I was just about to give up getting the bloody thing started when it finally fired. It's idling at 3000rpm, but it's a start.
    The sump drain plug is going to be a issue, it's been way over tightened, and I've managed to round it off. Tried heat, and hitting it with a chisel, but it won't move.
    No real suprise that there's an oil leak or two.
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    all the more fun for you to have, steveo.

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    Time to weld on a piece of square bar..

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    Is that the factory plug in there? Hard to tell from the photo, but it looks different. ... mine is the first incarnation of the OIF (wish I had a better acronym... something about oil and the floor) , so the plug may have changed by 78. I can use either a 1/2 BSW or 13/16 “normal” socket. Yours looks smaller, with a flange on it. Maybe they reduced the size in a failed attempt to keep folks from reefing the shit out of it. I would be inclined to warn the owner just in case someone jammed something foreign in there and things are going to go south.
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