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  1. Tourist Trophy? 😊
  2. De coloribus et de gustibus non est disputandum! 😁
  3. rewdco

    Triumph 3TW

    I've just re-read your post which explains the origin of the engine, ah, yes! Got it now! No BEF connection, that was only wishful thinking on my behalf... 😐 😁
  4. rewdco

    Triumph 3TW

    I've seen that picture before Ron! Wonder when it was published... Does anybody know? Anyway, I've dug a bit deeper in my archives. Found this RAOC Receipt Card for contract C/8331: It looks as if census numbers C4461718 - C4461741 had been allotted. But these numbers have been crossed out... because the Triumph factory was destroyed during the Coventry Blitz before anything had been delivered...? It must have taken some time to set up a new factory in Meriden. And there must have been a plan to build these bikes from the remaining parts. A new batch of 50 census numbers was created: C4854130 - C4854179. According to the front of this card, Chilwell received 12 bikes, at the back they mention 10 deliveries, on 1/12/42 (on "day 322", which was a weird day counting system that Chilwell was using). Ten or twelve bikes instead of fifty... Maybe that's all they could rescue from the bombed factory? And by late 1942 all WD motorcycles had "universal" pannier frames, metal frame pillion seats, 6" headlight with blackout mask, convoy tail lamp... This would explain the setup of the bike in the first picture of this thread, and also the picture from Ron's previous post... but that bike seems to have a pair of modified pannier frames and no pillion seat. I bet the bike in the first picture has also got these modified pannier frames, but we can't see them through the pannier bags... More research is needed here... Also about the fact that this engine was discovered in France. It definitely can't have been one of the two test bikes that had been sent to the BEF, that's for sure. But it's a fascinating project nevertheless!
  5. rewdco

    Triumph 3TW

    I know that O&M is considered as "the Bible", but here they have it wrong Ron. No doubt this assumption was based on the picture above, which was definitely not taken back in 1940. Sometimes the Gods have it wrong... 😁
  6. rewdco

    Triumph 3TW

    I'm afraid that I can't follow you Ron... According to O&M probably only 10 of the 50 bikes from contract C/8331 were produced before the Coventry Blitz that destroyed the factory. These "production" bikes were definitely too late to have been sent to France with the BEF... The two bikes that were sent to France with the BEF came from contract C/8020. O&M give frame number F1965 and engine number E1742 for the first bike, numbers of the second bike are unknown. It would be interesting to know the engine number of this French find!
  7. rewdco

    Triumph 3TW

    Well, the second prototype was sent back and forth several times to the factory, the last time was in August 1942. Looks like the pannier frame picture dates from then. Definitely no pannier frames, pillion seat and blackout mask in 1940!
  8. rewdco

    Triumph 3TW

    But that's a 1942 picture Ron! Pannier frames, metal frame pillion seat, blackout mask... The bike surely didn't look like that in 1940.
  9. rewdco

    Triumph 3TW

    You mean the timing cover as in the picture below Ron?
  10. rewdco

    Triumph 3TW

    I'm in awe! Fantastic project! As you may know, I have done a lot of research on the military lightweights. In early 1940, Enfield and Triumph both delivered two experimental lightweights to the B.E.F. in France, for trial. The Triumph contract number was C/6523 (demand date 8/3/40), the Royal Enfield contract number was C/6718 (demand date 1/4/1940). The exact delivery date and the exact frame numbers and census numbers are unfortunately unknown. But I wonder if these parts that have been found in France may have been the remains of one of these Triumphs...?
  11. rewdco

    Triumph 3TW

    I'm sitting on the tip of my chair Ron! 😃
  12. rewdco

    Triumph 3TW

    I'm afraid that I can't help you with the forks Ron, but this looks like an interesting project! I'd love to read more about it!
  13. This is an engine from October 1939. Jan
  14. Thanks Jiri! First time that I see a genuine military French rear numberplate on a WD/CO. Here are a few more, with close numbers... The numbers on your engine are these: - RL 386 is a French rebuild marking. Not sure what it means though... - C/S1546 is the "contract number" - M426 is the military "acceptance marking" - 24675 is the "true engine number" (the number below the cylinder base is the "duplicated frame number". Jan
  15. It seems to be a French thing Chris... These two also come from France:
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