Just back from Bornfree 11, the 1957 Triumph Freebird is getting some further tweaks like a brass air filter. There was a minor engine fubar (push rod slipped off the rocker arm) that was fixed a couple days after I got back, and we are running strong!
Getting the last of the puzzle pieces together to complete this build. The engine is now back together, the cables and controls are completed, everything on the electrical system is done except the battery hook-up and kill switch, wheels are completely built, all just waiting on the final pieces. The seat is being upholstered and the panniers are starting to get the hardware applied. As soon as the battery arrives, the battery box can be completed and the oil bag and hoses put on. With all that done, the wheels will go on and we will have a roller!
With less than a month till the Born-Free Show, it is crunch time around the shop. Chrome is finally back, the frame is back together, and engine, primary, and tranny are installed. Still making a bunch of small parts to finish off the build.
Getting some more body parts finished. The battery box latch and hinge are on and just waiting on the frame to come back from chrome. The latch was made from some one-eighth inch brass plate and an antique skeleton key.
Finally getting around to some small details. The gas cap still needed to have the seal finished up. There needs to be something to cover the spring and screw that hang under the cap and a baffle to help keep sloshing gas away from the seal. There also needs to be a small air vent. On the tail light, an LED was placed inside the housing and a neat way to secure the wiring under the fender was worked out.