In Post-war era Triumph brand received considerable publicity in the United States when Marlon Brando rode a 1950 Thunderbird 6T in the 1953 motion picture, The Wild One and the US became a huge export market for Triumph. In 1963 all engines were of unit construction (engine & gearbox components sharing a single casing) with the launch of the 3TA soon followed short-stroke, 490 cc “500” model.
It’s one of these Triumph 500 engines The Factory Metal Works Founder Lucas Joyner cradled in his custom Skinny Double Down Tube Frame with a mild stretch of 3″ in the backbone and a 3″ neck drop to which he added his proprietary chrome narrow looped Springer. As simple as it looks at first glance, it took him 6 months to complete this project named Valdez. Most parts are hand fabricated at the shop, custom rear brake, foot pegs, gas reservoir and dished oil tank, vintage style solo seat pan, grips and more.
The Factory Metal Works always aims at bringing to life true vintage show bike builds with new age trends and technology. All projects start with classic engines rebuilt with modern revamped valves, bearings, seals and race tolerances. More info at The Factory Metal Works Website.