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My 4G Restoration Blog

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:31 am
by paul.wirdnam
I guess many of you saw this bike on eBay (viewtopic.php?f=10&t=7088)...I ended up winning it, which came as a bit of a surprise, since I put in what I considered to be a low ball bid, but maybe I've over-valued it. Too late now.

And this probably brings my 1938 VB project to an abrupt, and possibly permanent, halt (viewtopic.php?f=40&t=6501).

Yesterday, I travelled to Kent to pick it up and finally see it in the flesh. Have to say, I'm rather pleased with it. In the link at the top, it was suggested the front hub might be WD because of the speedo drive and the rear hub might be from a post-war tele etc etc, but having got the bike home and poured through the 1939 (yes, 1939 not 1938 as listed), this bike was obviously bought with all those optional extras like plunger frame, detachable rear wheel (4430-39), chrono speedo driven from front hub (4081X-38). It has the 1939 flimsy centre stand (5500-39) and the 1939 toolbox with the knob neither in the centre nor the corner (6555-39). It also came with a couple of boxes with a spare BA box, very good cylinder head and large chromed petrol tank. BTW: the engine turns over fine.

The photos are below....I suspect I'm going to be asking lots of questions...please bear with me ;) .

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Re: My 4G Restoration Blog

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:35 pm
by simon.holyfield
Congratulations Paul, that will give you something to do in the winter. When it turns out like your other bikes it will be magnificent.

I'm looking forward to reading the blog.

Re: My 4G Restoration Blog

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:52 pm
by Paul Slootheer
Congratulations Paul, that is a lovely looking machine! :D
Regards, Paul

Re: My 4G Restoration Blog

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:41 pm
by adrie.degraaff
It's a very good buy, the gearbox has a speedodrive to.

I gues i have to start pressing rear numberplates again with you al buying 1939's.

Re: My 4G Restoration Blog

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:49 pm
by Steven.Carter
Congratulations Paul. Best of luck with it.

Steve

Re: My 4G Restoration Blog

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:19 pm
by paul.wirdnam
Steven.Carter wrote:Congratulations Paul. Best of luck with it.

Steve

Thanks Steve..I'm going to need it...but a nice winter project I think.

Re: My 4G Restoration Blog

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:22 pm
by Bob.Murphy
That is a very nice starting point for a restoration, congratulations.

It will keep you occupied when you can't go out in that MGB ;) (Could it be a V8 ??).

Bob.

Re: My 4G Restoration Blog

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:42 pm
by paul_turner
Hi Paul
I have an unrestored 39 4g also with fwd speedo, and just to be sure looked at the despatch book which confirmed it was ordered that way. The Ansty rear was I believe a £10 extra
Which when you consider the cost of the bike was probably £50 was quite an expensive extra. Good luck with it Paul and if I can be of help let me know.

Re: My 4G Restoration Blog

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:52 pm
by paul.wirdnam
Bob.Murphy wrote:That is a very nice starting point for a restoration, congratulations.

It will keep you occupied when you can't go out in that MGB ;) (Could it be a V8 ??).

Bob.

Well spotted but its just another humble 4 cylinder vehicle :D .

Re: My 4G Restoration Blog

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:15 pm
by paul.jameson
Lovely project Paul. You do know that the first thing you must do is to strip the engine and clean out the sludge traps.....?