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Saturday, 17 December 2011

Then and now

Found some videos on YouTube of Triumphs being built. First group of three is from 1954 according to the comments, and shows how a complete twin was built. Unbelievably labour intensive and low tech. The heating of the frames for brazing looks like a medieval blacksmith's shop, and there are a lot more hammers than torque wrenches used during the engine assembly. It also looks like the guy setting the valves doesn't use a feeler gauge, just sets them by 'feel'. A great glimpse into the past of how factories were.

Next is a group of four videos of the final assembly of a Thunderbird in 2009. Very different!

A good insight into how bikes are built, and how the factories have changed over the years.

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