Update: I'm making steady progress stripping down the bike.
My provisional plan is to dismantle the bike into major components: wheels, engine, forks, engine, gearbox etc (without “over-dismantling”) until I have a bare frame. As I go, I am separating out key chrome components that need re-chroming or replacing and labelling and boxing carefully. First items to be tackled will be any frame repairs, refinishing the frame, refurbishing front forks/steering and the wheels. End of Stage 1 should be assembly of “rolling frame”. I can then move on to restoring each major component at a time and re-assembling as I go.
The fuel tank holds petrol without leaks - and does appear to be the original chromed and painted version. I would like to have it rechromed, but it is quite badly dented, and I assume filler is not an option if chroming. Andy Mawrey at http://www.motorcycledentremoval.co.uk/
quotes £210 to remove the dents ready for chroming, so this may be the best route...
I'm beginning to think about paint finishes. I plan for black frame etc with chrome and damask red tank and wheels. Mine appears to have been painted maroon over black (and the maroon is a different colour to the remnants of red on the tank) - I'm not sure if that would have been done in the factory, or later. However, how best to do the black paintwork? My thinking is that powder coating is probably the best option for the main frame (but satin or gloss?) and the tinware should be painted high gloss black. But what about the "in-between" items: forks, mudguard stays, stand...? Paint or powder coat? Would it all have been gloss originally?