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zagatoman
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Hi all, my name is Paul and I have just joined the forum, absolutely fantastic, great information from some very knowledgeable people.

This is my first restoration of a motorbike, I have always loved the D1 but am a complete novice so probably will need lots of help on the way. The bike was in a bit of a state when purchased and was missing a few bits and bobs but have now gathered everything needed and now the restoration can proceed. On taking the front forks apart I found it was missing any bushings and the spacer bar no am now on the lookout for those parts.

Anyway, just a couple of photos showing my little baby.

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Hello and welcome to the forum. You will find plenty of people on here with the know-how you might need. Most questions have already been answered. You may find it worth browsing through the Technical Archive (FAQs), the first post of which contains an index . Another useful tip to save is this: If you type your query site:bsabantamclub.com/forum into your browser's query box and hit enter, it will show you all the posts on that query, eg d1 forks, petroil, timing, etc.

1956 D3 in the back of the barn with 6 other bikes ahead of it!

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Welcome to the forum

You must have spent a few hours getting it to look that good!

Im interested to know what paint colour you have used.

 

Alan

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Hi Alan, not sure what the paint colour is as I was given some paint in rattle cans many years ago and didn't come with any ID. I have used all the cans I had but still need at least one more can, I will try and get a paint matched tin soon.

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Looking good,

The paint could be Vauxhall leaf green, or Ford Ludlow Green , The Vauxhall green is a bit darker than the ford green.

I could agree with you, but then we would both be wrong

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Hi and welcome too,

What a splendid restoration. My D1 was also in a bad state and took me many hours to get it back to usable condition. I was told the colour is Ford green. I got a local paint specialist to match it from the inside of my front wheel brake back plate. They put the paint in special large hi spec rattle cans with about 200 mls of paint, and last cost me £15 per can.

I also had to replace the bottom fork bushes in my forks ( 2 bushes per fork leg )

1950 BSA D1 Plunger   242 UYW

1966 BSA D7  LBF 62 D

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