Restoring Penelope.....

Join me as I work to bring a Pre-Unit 6T Engined Hybrid Triumph Back To Life...

Tickled Pink

The notion that "Pink is for Girls" is a bit of a contentious issue. Scholarly articles point towards a complete reversal of the notion of Pink and Blue as Masculine and Feminine colours sometime around the Victorian era, or perhaps a little later. The current...

First Steps…….

The Good News is after a couple of hours spanner work this evening my stunningly lovely nails are intact...... Two layers of different coloured Gel Polishes resulting in a deep lustrous sparkling finish... The other rather splendid bit of news is that during...

Looking for a Plug

I'm in the process of preparing my 1956 Triumph for regular use. It is however unlikely to be ready for the Distinguished Gentlemans Ride. Taking part in something like this gives me the chance to turn a deeply unpleasant and disturbing personal experience into a...

Spanner Twirl

A spot of early evening spanner twirling, trying to make the front mudguard look slightly less out of place... Tomorrow I will reattach the right hand side pipe and work out what sort of saddle I need to order to replace the Edwardian seat currently anchored to the...

Fifties Fitness

If you look at the photographs from the 1950s everyone looks healthy, and after a couple of weeks of owning the 1956 Triumph Thunderbird  I'm beginning to  develop a theory as to why.  Petrol was in short supply, the motorcycles you could actually get to...

Spark Found

It is with great delight that I can report my missing spark has been found. The HT lead on the left side had a flat metal plate soldered to it. The HT lead on the right side, presumably had a flat metal plate attached to it many years ago, but it looks like it was...

Spark Lost

Excited Post - I now have a full collection of Whitworth spanners (Thanks Phil Pilgrim) . I'm going to use them to hunt for the spark that is missing from my right hand cylinder. I know its in there somewhere. I'm going to start by having a look underneath that...

Pushing Back

The best laid plans of mice and men.... The bike is now back on the drive but alas the grin has been replaced my grimace. I suppose pushing your bike home is an essential part of classic ownership so I'm glad I got it out of the way nice and early..... For the...

Period Drama

So having dropped the $$$, had an engineers check completed and registered the bike for use on the road here in WA. I decided to take my Triumph  "bitsa" for a test run round the block. I wanted to get a feel for the bike, before I started work on putting her in...

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