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Highfield
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September 21, 2021 - 8:30 pm
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I've just acquired a B175 as a project bike and I'm about to get started on an oily rag restoration and straight away it has thrown up a dilemma on the bike colour. The bike has been stored in a garage since 2004 in a dismantled state however the mudguards, side panels and tank are painted a non-BSA blue. I've recently received the V5 and it states the bike colour as black. This poses the questions

1) Keep the bike blue and change the V5, the blue colour is now part of the bikes history but it's not like I'm keeping original paint and patina.

2) Repaint the bike back to black as per the V5 and 'oily rag' the rest of the bike.

I know the old adage often quoted on this forum "your bike, do what you want" and I will be painting the bike black, (as well as matching the V5 I think black looks better too), however, I'd be interested in other peoples point of view.

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Hi Highfield, 

My view would be .....seeng as it is dismantled then ignore the cosmetics and build it up as is and only replace those items that need replacement. Once you havd it running, bedded in and working properly then strip off the tinware and have it painted black like you say. 

If you paint it now and damage the nice new finish whilst building and levering and spannering and drilling and adjusting you will be wasting time and effort and cash. Always trial build first. 

Of course thsts just my opinion.

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Wise words, as usual, Sponge. 👍

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black   was  good   enuf   till  the  second  world  war   its   just  as  good   now      and  maching    made  a bit   ezyer  

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sunny said
black   was  good   enuf   till  the  second  world  war   its   just  as  good   now      and  maching    made  a bit   ezyer    

I have found Black high temperature engine (gloss) aerosol is great to apply, dries quickly and is very hard, better than Hammerite as it takes ages to harden and if you are putting any waterslide transfers on they seem to react to Hammerite and crinkle.

Whatever you decide to do enjoy your project.

Larry

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Sound advice Sponge, which I will be following. thumbs-up

Highfield

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You will not regret it mate.

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Keep us posted , Greg. Looking forward to seeing your progress 👍

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Will do Stew.

I'm making a start to look through, and sort out, all the bits this weekend so I'll take some photos as I get underway and set up a new thread to document the rebuild.

Greg.

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