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Misc: Everything Else Complete Restoration of a Black Shadow

Magnetoman

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I have a question for which there is an obvious answer that many people might give, but for which I hope at least a few people spend some time considering it.

Background: I have a matching numbers 1950 Black Shadow that will require me to do a complete restoration down to the last fastener. Although I've done some amount of work on it since buying the bike a few years ago (29 years ago, to be precise), optimistically, I'll finish two other projects and be ready to start on the Black Shadow before the end of the year.

Although Graham has done a fantastic job with the web site, its search engine hasn't enabled me to find if someone previously has posted such a complete restoration thread here. There are 3.4k posts in the post-War Tech. Advice category, and various search terms haven't narrowed that number enough for me to find such a thread, if it does exist. Does such a thread exist (here, or anywhere else), and can someone point me to it? But, that's not my real question.

Assuming such a thread does not exist (i.e. a total restoration, not just of individual components[*]), and assuming I spend the time necessary to thoroughly document my restoration in readable form, on what web site should I post it? The obvious answer is "here," but is that actually the best choice?

[*] Two examples of the level of detail I would go into are at:


As alluded to above, a good reason posting it here might not be a good choice is that soon after it is finished it will be buried by later technical posts and the site's search engine won't necessarily find it. If I spend the effort required to write such an extensive thread, I'd like it to be easily found in the future by as many people as possible for whom the information would be useful, not for each post to be read and then forgotten by people who already own Vincents and who are unlikely to actually make use of the information in it.

My three choices seem to be:

1) post it here (but, why here?)
2) post it on another site (but, what site, and why there?)
3) make notes only in enough detail for myself and don't take the time to write, edit and post it on the web.

Opinions, please.
 

greg brillus

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My guess is the helicoil insert was stainless and the bolt was stainless, and the two locked together and the insert pulled out with the bolt........Now that's one of the reasons I hate the stuff........Luckily I have an old school aviation grade helicoil kit where the inserts are made of hardened steel not stainless........These are the best inserts I've ever found.
 

Chris Launders

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Back to the subject of the black casings etc instead of the original "pyluminizing"could the "chromating" process used on Manx crankcases etc be used, I have a friend who occasionally does this and if the solution is fairly strong it will do alluminium alloy, and could just a single top coat of paint then be applied.
 

Gerry Clarke

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Lovely bike Steve. I remember it well. I'm sure to be in a minority, but techniques for preserving original finishes - even those with some amount of obvious wear and rust is of more interest to me than anything else. For those that might know of it, Mike Farrall has done a super job of getting that ex Tyrell Smith works Rudge running again and preserving all the patina at the same time.

On another note, the thickness of coating in a dip coating process is largely determined by the extraction rate - the slower the rate, the thinner the coating, but with solution viscosity and curing conditions also playing roles. So, quite a bit of experimentation is required.

Gerry
 

Keith Martin

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This is the motor from a Shadow that will be built as a Lighting style hot rod. I think it has the factory paint but can not say for sure. Is this consistent with other stock cases?
I have some NOS muffs and the paint on them seem to be fairly thinner than the paint on the cases.
 

vibrac

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Dam it rained on my ride :eek: , Actually if anyone came to me for paint recommendations (which is unlikely) I use Tractol Tekaloid from Smith & Allen it comes up a bit shiny it aint cheap but its good brushing paint that sticks (give it a few days)
 

Magnetoman

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It might take a while for people to notice, but to speed that up, note that Graham has created a new 'Projects' forum category. It's located in the 'Club Member Access' block of forums on the main forum page.

With the opening of the Brisbane exhibition now just two months away, things are heating up and even more of my time is being sucked away. As I wrote in my first post in this thread I'll, optimistically, be able to re-start my restoration in December.
 

MartynG

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It might take a while for people to notice, but to speed that up, note that Graham has created a new 'Projects' forum category. It's located in the 'Club Member Access' block of forums on the main forum page.

With the opening of the Brisbane exhibition now just two months away, things are heating up and even more of my time is being sucked away. As I wrote in my first post in this thread I'll, optimistically, be able to re-start my restoration in December.
Good luck for Brisbane. If you are planning on visiting QLD remember to factor in the mandatory 2 week Hotel quarantine that's at your expense when you arrive in Oz.
 

Magnetoman

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remember to factor in the mandatory 2 week Hotel quarantine that's at your expense when you arrive in Oz.
Even if I were willing to risk catching covid on a 15-hour plane flight, which I'm not, and even if the hotel were paid for by someone else, spending two weeks locked in the nicest hotel room I've ever stayed in would be a hell I wouldn't want to subject myself to.

IF a safe and effective vaccine were developed before the five-month run of the exhibition is completed, and IF I managed to be vaccinated early after it was released, and IF Australia opened its borders to vaccinated people without forcing them to quarantine, I'll be there. But, that's a lot of ifs so I'm certainly not counting on it.

I understand it's possible the border with NSW might be opened as early as a few weeks from now, although you Victorians are likely to be shunned for a lot longer.
 

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