TRC is primarily funded by ad revenue. If you like the content you find here, don't block the ads check them out instead. Thank you.
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 36

Thread: Newbie to restoring

  1. #1
    A Bit Bored Maria stmmp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2019
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    5
    Like
    0
    Liked: 1/1

    Thumbs up Newbie to restoring


    TRC is primarily funded by ad revenue. If you like
    the content you find here, don't block the ads check
    them out instead. Thank you.
    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

  2. #2
    Should Get Out More ink ink's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    28,933
    Like
    199
    Liked 4,220 in 2,827 posts
    Blog Entries
    4

    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.

  3. #3
    Should Get Out More Horse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Always Sunny Central Southern England
    Posts
    22,983
    Like
    2,864
    Liked 3,844 in 2,543 posts

    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.

  4. #4
    Should Get Out More Horse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Always Sunny Central Southern England
    Posts
    22,983
    Like
    2,864
    Liked 3,844 in 2,543 posts

    Default Re: Newbie to restoring

    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!

  5. #5
    A Bit Bored Maria stmmp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2019
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    5
    Like
    0
    Liked: 1/1

    Default Re: Newbie to restoring

    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

  6. #6
    Should Get Out More
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Yorkshire
    Posts
    7,159
    Like
    37
    Liked 1,583 in 992 posts

    Default Re: Newbie to restoring

    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!

  7. The following 4 users liked this useful post by Bike Breaker:


  8. #7
    A Bit Bored Maria stmmp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2019
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    5
    Like
    0
    Liked: 1/1

    Default Re: Newbie to restoring

    Thanks horse, yes I have done that so

  9. #8
    A Bit Bored Maria stmmp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2019
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    5
    Like
    0
    Liked: 1/1

    Default Re: Newbie to restoring

    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......

  10. #9
    Should Get Out More ink ink's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    28,933
    Like
    199
    Liked 4,220 in 2,827 posts
    Blog Entries
    4

    Default Re: Newbie to restoring

    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.

  11. #10
    Should Get Out More
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Yorkshire
    Posts
    7,159
    Like
    37
    Liked 1,583 in 992 posts

    Default Re: Newbie to restoring

    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.

  12. #11
    Should Get Out More ink ink's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    28,933
    Like
    199
    Liked 4,220 in 2,827 posts
    Blog Entries
    4

    Default Re: Newbie to restoring

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

    Oh!

    Don’t buy a frame and wheels in 1979, not getting it on the road until 1992, whatever you do!

  13. #12
    Should Get Out More
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    A windswept Hebridean paradise.
    Posts
    22,722
    Like
    1
    Liked 4,494 in 2,598 posts
    Blog Entries
    8

    Default Re: Newbie to restoring

    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.

  14. #13
    Should Get Out More
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Yorkshire
    Posts
    7,159
    Like
    37
    Liked 1,583 in 992 posts

    Default Re: Newbie to restoring

    Quote Originally Posted by ink ink View Post
    Don’t buy a frame and wheels in 1979, not getting it on the road until 1992, whatever you do!
    Could be worse. Imagine if you'd tried to put a Norton engine in it.

  15. #14
    Should Get Out More ink ink's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    28,933
    Like
    199
    Liked 4,220 in 2,827 posts
    Blog Entries
    4

    Default Re: Newbie to restoring

    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Breaker View Post
    Could be worse. Imagine if you'd tried to put a Norton engine in it.
    A long dead mate turned a Triton into a Norton. Said it was harder than making a Triton!

    Edit: long dead now not then!

  16. The following user liked this post made by ink ink:


  17. #15
    A Bit Bored Maria stmmp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2019
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    5
    Like
    0
    Liked: 1/1

    Default Re: Newbie to restoring

    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Breaker View Post
    You've just answered your own question.
    Ive started by putting all the cog shaped bits, long bits, medium long bits, nuts and bolts in piles....its a start

  18. The following user liked this post made by Maria stmmp:


Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Go Back to Forum My Forum

TRC Affiliates - Help TRC make a small amount of commission