BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE HALLMAN TT500 PROJECT

We ran the story in the March issue of DB, Building a Hallman TT500 (or Bengt Aberg Replica). Here’s some background shots and a little insight  about the building of the machine.

 

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The maiden test run at LACR  lasted 2 laps due to carb issues. Starting the beast was painful, then it started burping and flaming out. But thankfully it was really loud!

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After months of work, (well actually I didn’t do a whole lot as Daryl built it) my steed was finally done and ready to start for the first time.

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Believe it or not, these parts cost me $3800.00.  What I Bought from HL guru Shawn Culp-frame w/ swingarm, motor, & tank. All else would need to be sourced or fabricated.

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Custom made foot peg bracket made by Daryl, footpeg courtesy of IMS, their late model Core peg.

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We were getting close, but had no shocks. Mock up for length of rear shocks needed & yz 125 seat base tested for fitment

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XL 650 shifter & footpeg mount pre paint.

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Pipe, 18″ Works Performance shocks, and a YZ rear fender & seat were fit tested.

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Custom braided oil lines were fit up. I got them on EBay.

 

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Originally the tank hit top of engine until shims and spacers were added to raise it.

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I couldn’t have done this project without the master mechanic/fabricator, Daryl “Dogger” Hambleton

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This was embarrassing! Local ex pro Chris Plouffe trying in vain to help me bump start the beast @ DITD vintage race. By the time it fired my heart rate was full nuke.

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Here’s where the machine was a gas- Day in the Dirt’s loamy turns. After a restart I spent the entire moto trying to catch my buddy Billy. I failed, but had big fun.
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Love the power, with no suspension testing we hit it pretty close making the package a success in my mind. Of course it only took seven months and $8,000 to build it!

 

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