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Re: UK Pre A 350 'box of bits' Resto (DONE)
« Reply #195 on: September 24, 2021, 05:40:06 PM »
Wow thanks bud, got it out today and did 55 miles on it with absolutely nothing being wrong, it honestly rode like a brand new one, fresh out of the dealers back in the day :o

I've done a few resto's in my time but none of them ran like this 'out of the box', I'm glad I've got a new storage shed as this one's going nowhere, hell, where would I get another  ???



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Re: UK Pre A 350 'box of bits' Resto (DONE)
« Reply #196 on: September 24, 2021, 06:11:21 PM »
That is gorgeous, still my favourite RD model (and I do like them all).  8) 8)
I notice you have a UJ number plate, that is Shropshire so local to me. Any idea of the history and what dealer it originally came from?
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Re: UK Pre A 350 'box of bits' Resto (DONE)
« Reply #197 on: September 24, 2021, 06:25:01 PM »
That is gorgeous, still my favourite RD model (and I do like them all).  8) 8)
I notice you have a UJ number plate, that is Shropshire so local to me. Any idea of the history and what dealer it originally came from?

I got it from this forum a few years back, it was in the 'for sale' section for around a grand, if I can remember, from a guy with a garage full of 350's (mostly silver B's) in Essex - Braintree I think.  Betty knows who he is  ;)
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Re: UK Pre A 350 'box of bits' Resto (DONE)
« Reply #198 on: September 24, 2021, 06:30:32 PM »
Nice work, Steve.  ;)
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Re: UK Pre A 350 'box of bits' Resto (DONE)
« Reply #199 on: September 25, 2021, 10:47:58 AM »
Well done ! A long slog to get here but we’ll worth it !
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Re: UK Pre A 350 'box of bits' Resto (DONE)
« Reply #200 on: September 25, 2021, 10:51:20 AM »
Put simply...she’s gorgeous....look forward to the article in Wellard! Steve
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Re: UK Pre A 350 'box of bits' Resto (DONE)
« Reply #201 on: September 25, 2021, 02:05:49 PM »
Put simply...she’s gorgeous....look forward to the article in Wellard! Steve
where the guy with a shed full of 350b's in Braintree ?
I have heard rumours but not tracked him down yet
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Re: UK Pre A 350 'box of bits' Resto (DONE)
« Reply #202 on: September 25, 2021, 02:07:45 PM »
Getting ready to leave the operating theater  :)

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great job
how do you get the other bike out
or is the new storage  shed elsewhere to the workshop
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Re: UK Pre A 350 'box of bits' Resto (DONE)
« Reply #203 on: September 25, 2021, 04:47:59 PM »
Great work!  :)
The pic out on the lane could be 1973, the bike looks like an original new! 
Lovely!
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Re: UK Pre A 350 'box of bits' Resto (DONE)
« Reply #204 on: September 26, 2021, 11:46:06 AM »
Getting ready to leave the operating theater  :)

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great job
how do you get the other bike out
or is the new storage  shed elsewhere to the workshop

Go back to page 12 and the new shed is there - built next to the workshop, space for a few more...



By the way the baby one is this...


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Re: UK Pre A 350 'box of bits' Resto (DONE)
« Reply #205 on: October 04, 2021, 12:54:20 PM »
As mentioned I'll post some more pics as a build summary, given it's taken 6 years for this resto to get finished.  In real terms, it probably took about a year if it was all done in one go - it was on the back burner most of the time due to building a couple of H2's in parallel plus my other 350 aka 'Razor Light' 



Someone mentioned this project could go into a Well a'RD (if it still exists...) feature, but I'm not sure what more I could add to what's already been said in this Diary.  If it's wanted then whoever manages the features are welcome to use this story by cutting/pasting whatever's necessary.  ;)

Anyway, a few more pics I found on the cutting room floor...

This was the first time I'd rebuilt an RD engine myself, the previous one was built by an old buddy who had his own engine building business but was too busy to do this one.  It turned out to be a blessing in disguise given how it's ended up  :)





When doing a resto, it's best to get the paint and chrome out as fast as possible as they normally take the longest and cost the most.  The only way to make the bike look good is to get all the chrome redone, even if you've got a few bits that look OK, coz when you put it all back together the bits that you thought would be OK will now look crap beside the new stuff  ;)







Frame etc. sent off for powder coating





Paint and chrome all back, along with an empty piggy bank...  ::)







I was lucky to have an original wiring loom in pretty good nick and so just had to refurb the switches, horn etc. and everything was good to go.



Now the build started when some very dear boxes arrived from Fowlers and CMSNL  :o



Then it's just a case of putting together a bloody big jigsaw puzzle with the help of a factory parts book (although some of the layout diagrams are not correct) and this forum  ;D



Wheels rebuilt with new seals and bearings (as were all the others on the bike) and fitted with the 'period type' tyres from Yambits



Spanners and (JIS) screwdrivers at the ready - lets go  :)





The build pics are already on previous pages, and 6 years later this matching numbers little baby is back alive  8)





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Re: UK Pre A 350 'box of bits' Resto (DONE)
« Reply #206 on: October 05, 2021, 05:42:12 PM »
Great work!  :)
The pic out on the lane could be 1973, the bike looks like an original new! 
Lovely!
 :)

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It's probably the front tyre that that puts the pic back in time  :D
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Re: UK Pre A 350 'box of bits' Resto (DONE)
« Reply #207 on: April 20, 2022, 06:28:12 PM »
The journey has appeared in the latest Well-ard mag  8)
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Re: UK Pre A 350 'box of bits' Resto (DONE)
« Reply #208 on: November 07, 2022, 07:51:30 PM »
Classic Bike Mag, coming soon...

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Re: UK Pre A 350 'box of bits' Resto (DONE)
« Reply #209 on: December 28, 2022, 12:18:08 PM »


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