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1952 Custom Triumph Thunderbird

January 31, 2011
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Owner: Dave Kirkland
City: Blue Springs, Missouri

Year/Make/Model: 1952 Triumph Thunderbird

Fabrication by: Restoration fab by Ernie Kirkland

Assembled by: Ernie Kirkland and Dave Kirkland

Assembly Time: Restoration took 4 months

Chromed by: Jackson Plating

Make/Size: Triumph 650cc

Carburetor: 2 - Amal 375 Monobloc

Air Cleaner: Velocity stacks

Pipes: NOS MCM pipes and NOS Bates mufflers

Make/Model: Triumph 4-speed

Shifting: Foot shift mounted on rear

Make/Model: Modified 1952 Triumph

Forks: Vincent

Triple-Trees: Vincent

Wheels, Tires & Brakes
Type: Dunlop
Size: 19 inch
Rim width: 2 inches
Tire: Avon

Type: Borrani

Size: 18 inch

Rim width: 3 inch

Tire: AVON Drag slick NOS

Brake: Triumph drum

Molding: Restoration bodywork Dave Kirkland
Painter: Kelly Lamming with Mooney's Auto Body in Grandview, Missouri
Paint: Pure gold base with candy apple red/Dupont.
Bars: NOS Flanders Drag bars
Risers: Vincent
Fuel Tank: Custom, molded to frame
Oil Tank: NOS Webco
Rear Fender: Custom
Fender Struts: Custom
Pegs: Bates
Foot Controls: Custom
Seat: By Ernie Kirkland
Other Information/Specs:
This bike was originally built in the mid-1960s; the bike does not run and in my opinion never has. I have been told that three different people claim to have built it, but I don’t know for sure.
Photos by Bruce Stimpson with Stimpson Photography.

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