Next stage was the strip down which took place August to October 2010. Taking a methodical approach, items were removed, photographed and labelled. Surprisingly every single nut and bolt could be undone, as the rust had not penetrated the threads. Some bolts even looked like they would clean up all right. That was the good news. The not so good news was general condition of the tinware which had deep rust pitting. This was where I first started to question the nature of the project, as it was now obvious that much more than a refurbishment or light restoration would be needed - more like a rebuild or remake. The photo here shows the pitting to the frame, the loss of chrome, missing spokes that had rusted away, and the rotten rims. It was clear that some items, such as the wheels, would need to be rebuilt with new rims and spokes. I started writing a list of parts that would be needed and how much it would all cost.
Square 4 mk1, Square 4 mk2, Ariel Colt, Matchless G12, BSA C12.