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Project Penelope 

Project Penelope Proper Progress

I have over the last few weeks flirted with the idea of selling the old Triumph.

This went as far as advertising her on Gumtree, which on reflection was a really bad idea. Had my intention been to make new friends and meet new people, the advert could be considered a resounding success. There is nothing like an old Trumpy to get people chatting to you.

It wasn’t all wonderful however, the advert also facilitated delivery into both my inbox, and my ear drums all manner of motorcycling gibberish from well meaning chumps who wondered for example, “If had the original frame, seat and tank to sell with the bike, because that would be so much nicer……”

The advert has now been pulled….

My enthusiasm is still there, but I worry constantly. I have almost no confidence in my ability to put together a nice machine. Purdey the Cafe Racer came out really nicely, but that was before my recent medical dramas.

Whilst this is not a particularly rare, or noteworthy example of the Triumph Marque, I still feel I owe it to the machine and to the future custodians of this 60 year old gem, to treat her to a sympathetic and careful makeover, and I worry I am not the lady for the job.

Twin Restoration is what I started however, and Twin Restoration is what I will finish. Tomorrow I am hoping to get lots of solid advice from an experienced Motorcycle restoration guru, who recently finished a stunning project using a similar motor.

Suzanne is going to start twirling the spanners, I may not be fully fixed myself, but Penelope deserves some attention and I’m going to make sure she gets it.

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