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Triumph 3TA bathtub restoration
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Martin_uk
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December 21, 2018 - 11:37 am
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Jim said
I am just about to start (5TA) was really looking forward to it but my heart has just sunk . 5k jeez the wife will kill me but you have done a lovely job and its so nice to see another classic with a new lease of life. Going to have a lie down and a big think. Regards Jim  

Quite alot of costs are for cosmetic items and as there was not much original finish on frame and painted parts, stripped right back.

Costs unfortunately do mount up, but I tend to look at it as giving bike a new lease of life to allow it to survive.

It would have been more economic to have broken for parts.

I have restored quite a few bikes and my enjoyment comes from overcoming the problems to finish with a bike I am proud of.

I would like to do an original style restoration retaining as much as possible, but really depends what you have to start with.

I would be interested to see some pictures of your 5TA as it is now.

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Martin  few pics of how it looks as of today.It runs little smoke from L/H pot but sounds quite reasonable. As you can see all there seat is not original but just about everything else is . So all I have to do is make a decision my biggest concern is if I am going to do something I have to it right. will I get myself in to deep?IMG_2232-2.jpgIMG_2233-2.jpgIMG_2234-2.jpg

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Images look good

It is always a dilema, to decide how far to go.

My current view is to keep original where practical, but upgrade to modern sealed wheel bearings and brake linings and if you intend to use at night 12v electrics and modern wiring if the original is corroded.

Where internal components are badly worn ie bushes and chains I would always replace,but at end of the day its your bike and your decision 🙂

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I thought I had a problem before but I saw this and the voices made me buy it now I have a real dilemma but having said that I have had worse choices to deal with. My wife I think is seeking professional help for me. Regards Jim

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