It was a collection barn find that had been laying around untouched for 8 years I'm told, sold as a non runner. Topped up the old battery and charged it, put it on bike, turned on petrol, gave it a tiggle and surprisingly it started 2nd kick with the petrol that was in it. The one I had years ago was always finnicky for starting. Runs nicely but float is stuck or missing so turned off quickly as was leaking petrol. Auction details sold as matching no's but unfortunately not so, I missed the auction update. Chassis no. is T31638G and engine no. T30998B. My questions are does anyone have history of this bike, or know of the original engine or replacement engine, a long shot I know but would love to find original engine. I know these bikes are marmite but I love em. I've finally got time to work on it and want to fully restore. Anyone know of decent powder coaters around mid suffolk?
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Welcome - nice buy, looks to be absolutely complete and even the chrome looks reasonably good.
I'm in the process of trying to revive a (BMW R100) frame that was powder coated; it looked pretty good to start with but then I noticed a few little lumps and a couple of splits; yep, under the powder coat it's crawling with rust. Clearly wasn't prepped properly and the powder coat makes a superb good job of disguising any problems until it's really, really far gone.
And it's almost impossible to remove.
I agree with Johnny, use paint, not powder!
'55 Huntmaster, '56 VH, ' 51 VH, '62 Arrow, '80 R100RT, '00 Sprint ST (now with a new Arrow project, and just now those 4-stroke Ariel parts can't even make one running bike...)
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