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sacharlton
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January 22, 2021 - 6:42 am
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Hi all.

New to this club and new to restoring a Bantam. I inherited some bikes from my dad, some of which are not complete. One is a BSA 1970 B175 Bantam. It was repainted (badly) and had leg guards , a rear rack with side bags and a fairing with screen. I have found out it was black originally and will endeavour to restore it to its original condition. I am confused with the petrol tank. Should it be a mix of chrome and paint or solid paint please? It has the chrome strips along the tank.

 

Any help would be good. Image attached of how it was when I started it.

 

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thats  a  nice  thing      the  rear  rack  was  usly  fited  to the older and biger  BSA s sutimes  without  the  side   kit  bags    just  a  lovely  Bantam   it mite  have  been  sent   from  bsa  without     chrome  panled  tank   i think you  shoud  do  some  homework  on it  befor  a  stripdown    get  to  Tim  with  the  fram & engine  numbers

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Hi and welcome. As Sunny says, that looks to be a nice example. If it was your Dad's especially nice to keep 'as is', but up to you, of course. For me, the first thing would be to get it running and registered before any restoration (other than for road worthiness), you look to have everything there, apart from the badges.

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Looks like all it needs is a nice soapy bucket of water and a splash of go go juice and you're in business👍🏼good one!

What's 7/16 in mm again?

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Hi Steve and to the Club and Forum. Nice looking bike you have there. It's a good idea to let other users have an idea of your experience when you join so they know how to respond. Also where you are in case anyone nearby can help.

You will find just about everything you could ever want on the Forum via the FAQs and technical sections;  ** Please log in to view **

Have a really good nose around the forum and enjoy yourself. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Good Luck!

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Stewart

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Thanks all.

It is registered and have spoken with the club for its history etc. It was dispatched to Milnes and sons of Leicester on 5/8/70 the original colour logged is Black, that's all the info I have.

If there was an option for no chrome on the tank in that year then black it is. Just for clarification although it was my dads he never got around to restoring it and got in a swap so there are no emotional ties to me restoring it. I do have a few that he did restore and they take pride of place.

I have it all except and exhaust & badges. I found a thread from 2012 which had a very similar bike but I think the member has since left. Either way I shall endeavour to replicate this look but with the totally black tank. Image below.

 

Cheers

 

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Remember Milnes very well in my younger days. There first shop was on Green Lane Road and had a bay fronted window with a Bantam on top of it.

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