So my daughter was looking for ideas for Christmas gifts for the old man. I gave her the eBay
item number of a set of fenders and stays from an Indian supplier that advertised fenders for my 1948 AJS Model 18.
Wouldn't you know it, they were wrapped under the tree for me.
I haven't tried to actually fit them to the bike yet, but so far I can say they are probably usable. I am sure they are made from much heavier steel than the originals would have been, and they seem to be the correct profile-rounded corners, and almost square across the top, with no ribbing, much different than the later ones with center ribbing and much more rounded all across the top.
It is obvious they primer painted over the rust, so they will require a complete strip. All the ancillary connections are crudely ball peened riveted, in fact the front fender center stay is still loose even after their attempt at riveting. I am unsure what an original AJS/Matchless rivet would/should look like, but I am guessing this Indian version is much more crude. The general shape will also require some work to get right, but as I said they are heavy steel so I have plenty of meat to work with. As a whole, I have to say I am pleased with them. I think I can work them to be as good as the original English ones, and the price was right, even including shipping.
I looked into the Vintage Steel outfit in Australia, mentioned earlier in this thread post. They could have made what I wanted, and I am sure the quality would have been first rate, but their price would have easily been 6X what my daughter paid, and they wanted details about fender width, profile height, front rolled edge dimensions, etc. I didn't have the faintest idea of any of it, so I took a shot on the Indian ones, and my daughter got to participate in the old man's obsession/sickness.