Triumph Tiger 80 project

1936 Triumph Tiger 80 Restoration Project

We received this project from the British Motorcycle Charitable Trust. It was partly restored, but unfortunately the previous owner passed away before he could finish the bike.
The restoration work done so far was of a very high quality and almost all parts were present. The main work left to be done was to paint and fit the mudguards, fit the tank and seat, finish the electrical wiring and attach smaller items like lamps and pedals.
The engine and transmission had already been overhauled, as had the frame and wheels.
When the bike was received there was a rolling frame and drive-train. A team of Friends of Coventry Transport Museum and museum staff will now work together to finish this interesting project.

Finished at last. With timing re-set and a fuel leak repaired, the Tiger was finally started and ridden around the museum yard. Stan, John, and rider Dave are seen here manhandling the machine into the yard.
The Tiger is now awaiting collection by the British Motorcycle Charitable Trust, and will no doubt be put on display at various shows.
The team now moves on to restoration of the Omega motorcycle.

Success at last. The kick start has been repaired (a problem with the quadrant and a weak spring) and the bike burst into life out in the museum yard. It is running quite roughly however so some attention to the timing is probably required.

On the 5th November, with a new chain cover gasket fitted, another attempt at starting the Tiger had to be abandoned when something in the kick start mechanism failed.
Dave Parry was not impressed as the bike tried to take a piece out of his leg!
With the bike about to be collected by the British Motorcycle Charitable trust for display on it's stand at the NEC Classic Bike Show (see photo left), investigation and repair will have to wait until it returns to the museum.

The bike was taken out to the yard in an attempt to start it. This was almost successful but frustrated by a slipping clutch and an oil leak from the chain cover. The clutch was adjusted and a new chain cover gasket is to be made before trying again next week.

The lighting switch and other components are now connected in accordance with the new diagram, and a battery has been purchased and fitted. Brian Jackson & John Stubbs are confident their work on the electrical system has finally paid off.

The bike is now fully assembled and the only thing stopping us now from running it is the wiring harness. The correct lighting switch is not available so a diode has been added to enable the switch we have to operate the lights correctly. Brian Jackson has produced a wiring diagram of the bike as it is now for future reference. Dave Parry has filled the gearbox with oil and it will be checked next week for leaks.

The Triumph Tiger 80 is making good progress. Since returning from the paint shop many parts have been re-attached to the motorcycle. Currently we are working on the electrical system. Some modifications have to be made to the wiring harness. Once this is complete the assembly of the bike can continue.

After much preparatory work filling and rubbing down, the mudguards and stays, chainguard, number plates and other small items have at last been delivered to the painters (Clinton Body Shop, Kenilworth). The wiring harness has been modified as necessary and is now ready for fitting once the painted items are reattached.

Funding has now been obtained from the British Motorcycle Charitable Trust and work is progressing. The magneto drive has been repaired and now gives a nice fat spark. The wiring harness has been laid out but minor modification will be needed to mount the horn in the correct position. The mudguards will require more filler before painting can start.

The Friends are keen to continue with this project but we have to wait until the funding is in place to pay for the paintwork. The British Motorcycle Charitable Trust will hopefully pay for the paintwork (they own the bike) but we have to get three different quotes before we will be able to select a company that can do the work. Hopefully we will make a decision shortly so the bike can go to the paint shop.

Engine and transmission have been checked. The generator cover needs to be repainted and the generator needs to be re-set.

Rear mudguard has been repaired in preparation for a new coat of paint.

Mudguards and other smaller parts have been taken to a paint specialist in Kenilworth to receive a quote.

Trial fit has been completed. Several items need modifying before they can be sent to the paint shop. The rear mudguards need repairing and the rear-brake linkage needs modifying.

Trial fit has started. All the boxed parts are laid out and identified and the trial fit has started. This is done to see how well the existing parts fit and if they have to be modified. It also clearly indicates which parts are missing. Before the parts are painted they are trial-fitted so that any adjustments can be made without damaging the paint.