Will Need Some Help With 2 1963 Cubs

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  1. Adie P

    Adie P Crème de la Crème

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    Restorer Man. I received my monthly 'Old Bike Mart' today and took a quick scan through it. Two things stood out and reminded me of your original request for parts sources.

    There's a half page ad. for a company I hadn't really noticed before - "OFF ROAD MERIDEN" who promote themselves as a 'Tiger Cub Specialist' with a new website here :-

    https://www.meridenoffroad.co.uk/

    The gallery pictures are mouth watering ........

    On the same page there's also a small ad. for Mike Boulton Motorcycles, strapline 'Genuine Meriden Triumph Spares'. Their web site presentation isn't quite so polished and they're not Cub specialists but the stuff pictured looks pretty good (deceptive, I know) and, from what I can recall, appears to be reasonably priced.

    www.classic-bike-shop.com

    [email protected]

    It's a bit more reference opportunity for ya'!
     
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  2. Wessa

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    Hi and welcome.....
     
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  3. Restorer Man

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    Thanks Guys!
     
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  5. Restorer Man

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    Yes it was welded. And very poorly. I will be redoing that.
     
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  6. Adie P

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    It is, presumably, the Scrambler? That looks like a classic "high jump; front wheel landing; forks bottom out; yokes are a lever" gusset weld break! Possibly. :)
     
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  7. Restorer Man

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    I pulled the rotor off, preparing for the engine rebuild, and found the keyway slot in the crankshaft, almost broken out. The key has very little to grab onto. The crank has 2 key ways. Of course the other one is in good shape. Can the other key way be used, or will this bugger up the timing? Can a bit of weld be put on the crack, and be filed off? Anyone run into this before? Thanks, Mark
     
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  8. joe mc donald

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    Yes Restorer Man.
    Case of a bodger there before you. I don't know about a second keyway but if it's there then there is a reason for it. DarkMan might be able to throw some light on it. Yes cranks can be built up and reground. When you put the key back in seat it on some nut lock helps to secure them. Seems you are cracking on with the restorations.
    Regards
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  9. Restorer Man

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    The manual refers to the rotor having 2 keyways. 1 for the standard cam, and 1 for the high perf. cam. But my rotor has 1 keyway, with 2 keyways in the crank. Anyone else ever see this?
     
  10. darkman

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    My experience is only with unit twins guys :-( but as you have already mentioned a keyway repair is the way to go :)
     
  11. Adie P

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    You could try an email to Meriden Off Road - one of the Cub specialists I sent URLs for - with photographs? You might not get an instant reply but it sounds like you need someone with specific experience of the Cub and the single cylinder engine.
     
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  12. Adie P

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    UH-OH!! Ron, Methuselah is known mostly for his old age and, though the aphorism 'with old age comes great wisdom' might be presumed to apply (especially if it's darkman we're discussing!) it's not explicit in your text.

    Make a retraction - quick - and say you meant "SOLOMON".

    ;)
     
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  13. Adie P

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    Nice one Ron. I think you dodged a bullet there.:eyes:
     
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  14. Adie P

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    Following a recent brief PM conversation with @Restorer Man I thought I'd show a couple of pictures of the current state of his restoration of the first of two Tiger Cubs he's working on. We were both having difficulty loading images into the PMs so I thought I'd give this a try anyway - keeps the sedation levels of the inmates here at a reasonable level, as well! The images are from his web site.

    Nice work, don'cha think?

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  15. darkman

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    Very nice :)
     
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    Looking good :cool:
     
  17. Adie P

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    There is (for me) ALWAYS something extra special about seeing an old nail of an early Triumph brought back to the kind of condition - and often BETTER - that it would have been in when stood on the showroom floor of Geoff Duke's shop in St. Helens or Victor Horsmans place in Liverpool! I guess that's just a personal nostalgia trip ..... but it's also about the immeasurable respect and admiration I have for people like you darkman, and Restorer Man and others who have the ability, determination and patience to start with something that resembles a junkyard reject and finish with something that looks better than showroom new condition - despite the enormous difficulties of finding good quality original or repro. parts. I stand .... well, actually, sit ..... in silent awe!
     
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  18. mpllineman

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    Good morning Restorer and welcome aboard. Good luck with your job. I see some here have already stepped up for your request!
     
  19. Wessa

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    Wow progress is looking really good. Well done, keep us posted.
     
  20. Dartplayer

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    Hi RM and welcome to the forum :cool: progress is looking amazing, thanks for sharing
     

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