Lai­d­ley Swap – a good one

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT IN THE SHED -

Cob sets up stall at one of the big­gest an­nual bike swap bashes. Lai­d­ley swap was con­ducted in fairly warm con­di­tions with rain some­times threat­en­ing but not ar­riv­ing. There were some 250 site hold­ers and ap­prox­i­mately 2200 look­ers come through the gate. John Robin­son from Bund­aberg was the win­ner of the lucky gate prize, the 650 Unit Tri­umph, a photo of which was in my last col­umn. As well as this prize be­ing drawn on Sun­day there was the Show & Shine. The classes here were for pre 1931, 1945, 1952, 1972, 1985 and Com­pe­ti­tion. On Satur­day I got to meet Gra­ham Ned­wich. Sev­eral years ago he pur­chased a 1959 T120 Bon­neville from Robert Sul­li­van. It tran­spires that this per­son is the owner of Sul­li­van En­ter­prises which spe­cial­izes in sell­ing of mo­tor­cy­cle, Jet Ski and Snow Mobile parts and ac­ces­sories. He is also the dis­trib­u­tor of Joe Rocket mo­tor­cy­cle cloth­ing and boots. Sul­li­van has ap­prox­i­mately 100 re­stored Tri­umphs. Gra­ham’s ma­chine was orig­i­nally re­stored by Randy Bax­ter of Bax­ter Cy­cles Maine USA, for a NASCAR Mu­seum in Or­lando Florida. Al­though this ma­chine has cov­ered 7,000 miles in its life it has only done 3 miles since be­ing re­stored. Gra­ham showed me a copy of the book of ap­prox­i­mately 100 pages or there­abouts ti­tled One Man’s Ob­ses­sion which is about Sul­li­van’s ma­chines. One photo was of his com­pany’s board room in which were about two dozen or so Tri­umphs.

I also spoke to that lar­rikin Ken (Wally) Wil­liams from Toowoomba, also a Tri­umph en­thu­si­ast. He re­cently pur­chased a ma­chine that has had a num­ber of mod­i­fi­ca­tions. One of th­ese is an al­loy bar­rel bear­ing both the Tri­umph em­blem and the name Gi­lar­doni. So what on earth is an Ital­ian sound­ing name do­ing on a good old Bri­tish Tri­umph bar­rel? Well it tran­spires that Vit­to­rio Gi­lar­doni is a man­u­fac­turer of cylin­der heads and bar­rels based at Lake Como in North­ern Italy. Their prod­ucts were used ex­ten­sively in Moto Guzzis. They were also used to­wards the end of the pro­duc­tion of the T140 Tri­umphs man­u­fac­tured by L.F. Har­ris as well as be­ing avail­able in kit form with a 76 mm Nikasil bore. How­ever there were some prob­lems with the tear­ing of threads by those who tended to over tighten the head studs. This was over­came later with the in­tro­duc­tion of a coarse thread. Den­nis Sang a vet­eran en­thu­si­ast won the pre 1935 with his 1914 600cc Side Valve L.M.C. (Lloyd Mo­tor­cy­cle Cor­po­ra­tion). What caught my eye with this ma­chine was that it has two forms of fi­nal drive. It is two speed; 1st gear is chain driven on the right and 2nd is belt driven on the left. Den­nis tells me that it has a clutch for each gear. He be­lieves that al­though there are a num­ber of other L.M.C.s still in ex­is­tence there is only one other of this twospeed type in the world, the other be­ing in New Zealand. He pur­chased this ma­chine partly re­stored in Bro­ken Hill about 6 years ago how­ever the ear­lier his­tory of this ma­chine is un­known. He is open to of­fers if any per­son is in­ter­ested in pur­chas­ing this ma­chine and can be con­tacted on 0428 622 633. The other ex­treme from the LMC is Donny Coveny’s Tri­umph Drag­ster. The only com­po­nents that are Tri­umph are re­ally the head and rocker boxes. He has un­der­taken a con­sid­er­able amount of work to build this ma­chine over about a 12- month pe­riod and no doubt in­curred some con­sid­er­able costs. The 360 de­gree crank­shaft is made from EN30B with the nor­mal 82mm stroke but 81mm bore cre­ates a ca­pac­ity of 850cc. The en­gine is fed by a 1420 Shor­rock Su­per­charger. A 6 speed Har­ley David­son gear­box is fit­ted to de­liver the power to the 8 inch slick tyre. It has not yet been raced but will com­pete in the Nos­tal­gia Cat­e­gory which is for ma­chines up to 1984. So it can be seen that in at­tend­ing the mo­tor­cy­cle swaps there can be a gain of con­tacts and knowl­edge. It is never too late to learn and ex­pe­ri­ence new things about peo­ple, places and parts. See you next is­sue, Pete

Two-speed, two-clutch 1914 LMC caught Cob’s eye. Made in Italy. Gi­lar­doni’s Tri­umph bar­rel.

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