It's been a brilliant little bike, attracting a lot of attention and getting me back into a hobby which I love and which I had missed for almost 20 years. It started me off on this writing lark, lots of blog posts, magazine articles and the Bantam Restorer's Guide, if it ever gets published.
So now it's time for the FH to come down from the loft. Right now it looks like this:
It's going to become my fast road bike, possibly replacing the Square Four. My thoughts are:
- Fully restored - it's in bits, in multiple colours, and several key items are missing. In short, it's got no patina.
- It's going to be finished in export paint colours, because I like that and because there are a lot of maroon Huntmaster's out there
- I'm going to replace the rims with stainless, with stainless spokes and plated brass nipples - I might get these built at CWC, and ask them to polish the hubs.
- It's got a new Mk1 concentric already
- It's currently got a 2 into 1, though I have two silencers - I think I will keep the 2 into 1, at least for a while
- I'll tear the engine down before I decide what to do with it, but it will be rebuilt to standard specification
- The magneto will be rebuilt by Tony Cooper
- I need to get it built, inspected and dated to retain the original registration number. I'll do a dry build first.
To get moving, I am going to start with the frame and cycle parts. There is quite a lot of welding to do before we get to sending out for painting, so perhaps I will do this:
- Put the frame on the bench, and start welding the mudguards, chain guards and seat pan
- Trial fit tinwear and frame components
- Dry build, with fasteners from stock and no wiring or cables.
- Register, photograph and develop the 'missing & broken parts' list
- Send black items (cycle parts) out for powdercoat
- Send the wheels out for rebuild
- Send the levers and handlebars out for plating
- Send the tanks, toolbox, and mudguards out for paint
- Start the engine and gearbox rebuild
- Reassemble when it's all back...
- Wiring and cables
So what do you all think of my plan? Shall I use stainless fasteners - I have virtually no fasteners at the moment, and few engine plate studs etc. so what to use? What modifications shall I think about? Alton? Needle roller mains (I think not...)? 12V from a E3HM? What tyres?