Can't believe that it's been over a year since I last posted on here... Well, I have absolutely no progress to mention whatsoever - in fact things have gone backwards! I did manage to take Albert for a very short test ride, but neither the clutch nor gearbox wanted to operate correctly and in the time he has been sat the forks seem to have seized... I did think it might be of interest, and maybe even encouragement, to others who are struggling to make progress to know that they are not the only ones. Lots of other projects, mainly the hot rod and the cottage - having to replace rotten timber in the roof etc., have conspired to take up all my time and money but a recent purge of unwanted projects could mean that work on Albert may commence again soon. The other half's Morini has been sold and a new bike shed is under construction, so fingers crossed.
So to anybody else who's project is languishing in the doldrums - you are not alone.
Albert must have something about him tho', or he'd have found himself on eBay by now. Hopefully will report some real progress soon.