WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE SHOP...

 OK, Doing a spotty job on blogging. All the same, several projects are on the way: The 1957 Triumph Thunderbird project, the 1966 Honda CB160 cafe racer project, a 1980 Yamaha XS1100, and a few more just in the concept stage. 

The 1957 Triumph Thunderbird shortly after I got it. The Tank is from the '62 in the background. There were some Japanese forks and ape hanger bars on it. The lower tube of the backbone had been cut out of the frame, and some large 3/8" plate gussets were welded in. A rigid rear frame was welded on. Since this picture in 2013, a lot of work has been done: the absent frame tube was restored and the gussets were trimmed down, but not completely removed; the rear frame was shortened to raise the rear a couple inches and a mechanical union was formed to allow removal of the rear frame; a new front fork and wheel assembly using various Triumph and BSA components was put together; a rear rack/fender assembly was made; an exhaust system was assembled; and a tank and seat were started.

The 1957 Triumph Thunderbird shortly after I got it. The Tank is from the '62 in the background. There were some Japanese forks and ape hanger bars on it. The lower tube of the backbone had been cut out of the frame, and some large 3/8" plate gussets were welded in. A rigid rear frame was welded on. Since this picture in 2013, a lot of work has been done: the absent frame tube was restored and the gussets were trimmed down, but not completely removed; the rear frame was shortened to raise the rear a couple inches and a mechanical union was formed to allow removal of the rear frame; a new front fork and wheel assembly using various Triumph and BSA components was put together; a rear rack/fender assembly was made; an exhaust system was assembled; and a tank and seat were started.

The 1966 CB160 is taking shape. Although the front fairing in these pics did not make the cut, the rest of the bike is entering the final stages of metal fabrication.

The 1966 CB160 is taking shape. Although the front fairing in these pics did not make the cut, the rest of the bike is entering the final stages of metal fabrication.

Tail light using a lens from a WW2 era naval aircraft, and bronze from a crash cymbal.

Tail light using a lens from a WW2 era naval aircraft, and bronze from a crash cymbal.

A 1980 Yamaha XS1100 has entered the herd.

A 1980 Yamaha XS1100 has entered the herd.