View Full Version : 1947 triumph 500 speed twin tragedy

08-24-2009, 7:36 AM
this was my great uncles 1947 speed twin, complete, original paint 5600 miles dealer sticker still on the license plate. he passed away and before the bike could be removed from his basement some piece of shit robbed the house and burnt it down. my father was gonna originally just freshen the motor put some new gaskets in etc. now its gonna need paint too!

08-24-2009, 8:42 AM
shit man that is unbelievable. At least you still have it, though it much worse condition.. fuck.

08-24-2009, 9:05 AM
yeah it sucks bad the bike was beautifully old before the fire i saw it last time i got to see my uncle before he passed in '08.

08-24-2009, 12:02 PM
now its gonna need paint too!

You might want a new seat too. Man that's going to be some work but it'll be worth it.

08-24-2009, 12:20 PM
You can do it, man. Just start looking for donor parts.

08-24-2009, 12:51 PM
You can do it, man. Just start looking for donor parts.

well my father will be doing it he and the bike are in washington state and i'm down in south florida. i had though refered the current owner of the bike, my cousin Julie to you Wes, to have the bike restored when it was still pretty cherry. she had talked to some guy in New England that told it would cost like 20k to restore it, but he had never seen it either. my father and i told her that was a ridiculus quote just to freshen up the engine etc. you came to mind as someone who would appreciate an oldey triumph like this was.

now the plan is that my dad will rebuild it as parts and money become available, could take quite awhile.

i don't think the dunlops hold air anymore.

08-24-2009, 10:33 PM
Whoever did that deserves public punishment, to the tune of forced beastiality or some such, that is a damn shame.

08-25-2009, 11:21 AM
seriously shed a tear.

09-24-2009, 7:09 PM
Update the rebuild has begun!! i talked to my dad and he ordered some whitworth tools (his first british bike build) from lowbrow and started tearing her down. here's some pics and i will try to keep posting as i get progress p
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09-24-2009, 7:11 PM
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09-24-2009, 7:11 PM
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09-24-2009, 7:15 PM
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09-24-2009, 8:50 PM
Christ. Glad to see you getting it going again, but what a shame that it burned. Its stuff like this that makes my stomach turn.

09-25-2009, 9:17 AM
i wish i could take credit for all this but my father is doing the rebuild i'm just reporting on it from a few thousand miles away.

10-14-2009, 8:25 PM
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super trick stuck piston remover

10-14-2009, 8:27 PM
some more
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10-14-2009, 8:32 PM
dad checking the frame for straightness
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next step removal of the cam gears then splitting the caseshttp://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs270.snc1/9722_1215352141852_1170296844_30725736_1769968_n.j pg

doing my part i scored a set of rocker boxes with a full set of guts on ebay for a cool $18 and had them shipped out.

10-14-2009, 9:19 PM
i hate to hear what happen to this bike but i got a feeling that its going to look beautiful when your dad gets done..

10-15-2009, 3:42 PM
That bike is being showed love man most people wouldve chucked it in the scrap pile ...nice to see someone have the dedication to fix that up cool as hell really....

10-15-2009, 3:56 PM
Big props to your dad for taking on the task of rebuilding, its going to be sweet once its completed. Definitely keep us all posted!

All I can say is Karma's a bitch and everyone gets theirs in the end..

10-29-2009, 3:34 PM
update!! the cases got thrown in the parts washer then dad hit em up in the glass bead cabinet. lookin' brand damn new. check it out!
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10-29-2009, 3:37 PM
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10-29-2009, 6:42 PM
....fuck, thats amazing dude

10-30-2009, 5:18 AM
wow beautiful!

10-30-2009, 2:44 PM
Lookin' brand new! thats nice.

10-31-2009, 5:27 PM
I am glad you are able to re-build this. When I was five years old my dad had a 63 Ford Falcon convertible he bought brand new. In 1972 I was in kindergarten walking home from school to see my mom running across the street with a garden hose to put the fire out. It didn't help and the Falcon with 600 original miles (original everything down to the air in the tires). My dad was crushed. Three kids under six and just got back to work after being laid off for two months. He couldn't aford anything but to scrap it. He hasen't spoken of it since then but I remember him talking about when he retired him and my mom would cruise in it. They are both retired just this year but they "cruise" in a Ford Focus. There were two teenagers seen running form the fire and if my father had cought them he probably would have ended up in prison. Well he is 63 now and if he found the two guys that did it today, he would probably get the same results but not get cought.

I hope you guys can make this even better than originally planned.

06-02-2011, 1:15 AM
That is my favorite Triumph of all of them. Your dad is doing some nice work on it. Sorry to see the fire damage. There are a lot of people willing to help you & your dad source parts, I'm sure. I know the guys at Lowbrow. Good guys and will take good care of your dad. Cant wait to see the finished pics.

06-02-2011, 7:56 AM

This is SO exciting dude......Triumph in a fire.....you're bringing it back.

What a fuckin story when it's finished and you've got a cherry ride! I'm so stoked to be watching this and kudos to a guy for bringing it back to life.

MAN this is SO fucking badass. You rock dude, and so does your old man :killerjob:

Any new updates?