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GPO resto almost from from scratch
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larryc
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I bought a frame wheels tank and engine and decided to make a look a like GPO bike it is a 1950 (I think) D1 and it is coming along fine, it was painted in black gunge which I stripped scraped and burnt off very messy and time consuming but cheap, I had to find centre stand bits, headlight shell, bars mudguards and stays and that is where I am with the frame and cycle parts.

Yesterday was a cold but sunny day, the wife was at work so I had a choice of go out on my grey D1 plunger for a ride or do some work on the GPO lookalike, the GPO work won, I tackled the damaged rear mudguard doing a welded patch and some dolly work trying to knock out the dings, fill and prime.... all done by 4pm.

The engine is now split thanks to help from the forum regarding the clutch centre stuck, I will be asking for more advice on the engine re-build soon I am sure.

I have been a member of the forum since Aug 19 so a newish member, I have been so impressed I joined the Bantam Club as member last week, my member number came through today with the Bantam Banter mag and other interesting stuff.

I suppose this restoration or assembly of spare parts will cost more than buying a complete shed find, prices of parts like D1 toolbox, battery carriers speedo seem to be going for mega bucks (fortunately I had a D shaped speedo) I am currently at about a grand, I have all engine parts (I think) I just need cables, rubbers, saddle, battery and carrier, cost of obtaining age related reg no. There are bound to be more items so around 14-1500 quid will be the final bill.... that's ok for me.

I will give an update in a few weeks.....larryc Burnley Lancs

Riding a D1 springer with a D3 engine, 2 x more D1's being built from bits one will be a GPO lookalike the other I am just collecting bits for at the moment

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Riding a D1 springer with a D3 engine, 2 x more D1's being built from bits one will be a GPO lookalike the other I am just collecting bits for at the moment

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Welcome to the Club, Larry. You've really got the  bug now 😁 Usually with this kind of ground-up resto something comes along to be a nuisance but you seem to be on top of it. Long may it continue. Looking forward to seeing your progress. I'm building one myself(a '52) Mean to get some pics together soon.

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Stewart

'52 D1 direct lighting plunger, '58 Square Four (project), '59 D1 direct lighting plunger,  '59 Tiger Cub, '60 5TA,  '76 FS1-E

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I have one or two probs, latest one was bottom yoke pinch studs were too short for headlight bracket, both were seized,,  I managed to get one out, but the other sheared off, luckily I had another bottom yoke with longer studs, but I ruined the paint job around the fork tops so all had to be stripped and repainted, but enjoying the work.

Thanks Stewart, I'll watch out for your post

Larry

Riding a D1 springer with a D3 engine, 2 x more D1's being built from bits one will be a GPO lookalike the other I am just collecting bits for at the moment

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Hi Larry,

Your restoration is looking fabulous, and coming along fast. Took me about 18 months to get my 1950 D1 up to a rolling chassis. I found the remaining came together quite quickly once I'd done the engine. My final bill came to around £1600 and worth every penny in fun.

Keep us all posted and updated with photo's and keep up the good work.

Nick

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chickensoup said
... My final bill came to around £1600 and worth every penny in fun.
 

I don't think I'd dare keep track! freaked-out_gif

1956 D3 running, lights to sort. 7 other bikes in the Barn. 1950 D1 engine being rebuilt (slowly).

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