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Hi all, I have started on the restoration of what I believe to be either the 2nd or 3rd to last of the pre-war Comets. I am well vised on the post war machines, but new to the pre-war machines, and as well as this original machine, I have a brand new "A" twin replica to build plus the "Speedway special" I am building as well. So I will be having a good run on the earlier machines, which I am looking forward to. Basically what I want to know is some of the finer details about these machines, and given this is the last of them, I would say some of the details could differ from the earlier machines. For example........The wheel hubs on this machine look to be post war hubs ........Until you hold a magnet up to them.......They are steel/iron of very similar specs to the post war front hubs of alloy as we know. So this is where I need assistance from those who know. I would really like to know details about nuts, bolts, studs.......What finish were they........? Most all the ancillary bolts I removed when striping this bike were aircraft bolts, giving a hint as to its previous owners occupation perhaps. This bike did come from America, and all the normal black parts were painted in a rather dull red finish, obviously not original. The bike is quite complete, though partially dismantled......Some missing items, Rear and side stands, rear number plate, exhaust system, and the correct clip fit carburetor. I would like to know the finish details of items such as wheel components, and most anything that owners of such machines know about originality. I know some items are near imposable to find, but I would like to bring it back as close to original as I can. Any help here on in would be greatly appreciated. Cheers for now...............Greg.