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    Thumbs up Newbie to restoring

    Hi just joined here, im new to motorbike restoration (well personally people are know do it) but decided I would like to restore an old bike so, ive got 4!! No idea where to start, how to start etc. just got a bit of time on my hands.

    Im a fitness person so that's my job, travel a lot for it, when home I don't have much to do as R&R, lie to do something aside from fitness!

    Always liked bikes (naked bikes!) so wasn't really sure how to or where to start, bit worried that its gonna be really hard but whatever, its an adventure!

    So I have (had a bit of help from a friend so I knew a bit of what I was buying) got a Norton, BSA, Velocette and ajs…..all in bits...literally - I suppose this might make it easier!
    So have a few questions - hopefully some of you can help me out! I prefer to DO stuff rather than sit on a PC.

    One of my thoughts was how to keep records of doing this (these) restorations! Do you keep records as such?? How?? Bits of paper? I thought maybe using the PC, just for ease of use and tidiness! Like I said not a great PC fan but obviously have to use it anyway. Cant really find much to help me out though came across a 'PC type programme' that looks pretty helpful, so before I try has anyone else tried this type of thing.

    I found this on a website called classical vintage restoration, seems pretty helpful, manuals, etc etc. Some kind of online filing system? Or is it better to keep files!

    And any other helpful tips on a first time restorer etc please!
    Hopefully you can help me out!

    Maria

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    Default Re: Newbie to restoring

    Start on one bike and stick to that job.
    Don’t replace half-worn original parts with inferior new parts.
    Buy what you need when you need it, rather than buying stuff to use in the future.

    Take photos as you dismantle. Don’t throw anything away.

    Join www.britbike.com and www.accessnorton.com

    AJS and Velo have been served well by Yahoo Groups, but that format seems to be going through an upheaval.
    Last edited by ink ink; 09-11-19 at 11:05.

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    Default Re: Newbie to restoring

    A guy I knew always rebuilt 'box of bits' bikes twice:

    First time to find out what was missing, then disassemble to rebuild carefully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horse View Post
    A guy I knew always rebuilt 'box of bits' bikes twice:

    First time to find out what was missing, then disassemble to rebuild carefully.
    That's a great idea! thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horse View Post
    A guy I knew always rebuilt 'box of bits' bikes twice:

    First time to find out what was missing, then disassemble to rebuild carefully.

    That, with the addition of getting it running, however badly, before you dismantle it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horse View Post
    A guy I knew always rebuilt 'box of bits' bikes twice:

    First time to find out what was missing, then disassemble to rebuild carefully.
    A mates Dad did that. Once he'd made his list of required parts he spent about the next 10 years travelling to bike jumbles to find said bits. I think he was a bit gutted when he finally completed it as he sold it and started on another!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iansoady View Post
    Am I the only one who thinks this is not a genuine request?
    When I read the initial post I did think "You have to be kidding", hence my short comment. Later, when I had more time I wrote a longer post with information that I thought could be helpful to a newbie, not necessarily this one. I'll wait to see if I receive any answers to my questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by davidat19 View Post
    And as its a member of the female persuasion,
    How can you be sure it's female?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Breaker View Post
    When I read the initial post I did think "You have to be kidding", hence my short comment. Later, when I had more time I wrote a longer post with information that I thought could be helpful to a newbie, not necessarily this one. I'll wait to see if I receive any answers to my questions.

    How can you be sure it's female?
    Something to do with the name.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maria stmmp View Post
    got a Norton, BSA, Velocette and ajs…..all in bits...literally
    Quote Originally Posted by ink ink View Post
    Take photos as you dismantle.
    Well that's the easy bit taken care of!

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    Thanks horse, yes I have done that so

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horse View Post
    Well that's the easy bit taken care of!
    If the bits are big bits, he’ll be dismantling things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruld1938 View Post
    Great reply, honest and noble.
    It’s high time I had that sort of recognition.

    Is it kitchens or “Russian matures?” Either way, count me in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maria stmmp View Post
    Any other helpful tips on a first time restorer etc please!
    Always start with a complete bike, preferably a runner.

    Oh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Breaker View Post
    Always start with a complete bike, preferably a runner.

    Oh!
    Oh really why, I know it would be easier but I do like a challenge......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maria stmmp View Post
    Oh really why, I know it would be easier but I do like a challenge......
    You've just answered your own question.

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