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Decal location #741462
07/11/18 3:17 am
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Is there a specific location for the oil level decal on a DBD? Not that anyone depends on it but I assume the factory made an effort always to put
it is the same place.

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Re: Decal location [Re: 998John] #741520
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Originally Posted by 998John
Is there a specific location for the oil level decal on a DBD?
Looking at a half-dozen contemporary photographs and catalog images from 1954-63 I see variations in the location of the piled arms logo as well as the height of the oil level decal above the piled arms logo, but in both cases they appear to be less than ~1/4", so I'd say ~1/8". There's not enough data for me to be sure, but based on the examples I looked at my guess is the piled arms logo was applied first, by eyeball, in the "visual center" of the tank, and then the oil level decal was applied, again by eyeball, using the other decal and the top of the tank as visual references.

Re: Decal location [Re: 998John] #741534
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I agree with MM...I suspect the decl position was eye-balled and 'near enough' was good enough. I'd be ahppy if it looked about the same as most contemporary photos..

I suspect we can, in this modern age of detail, apply too much science to these problems..


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Re: Decal location [Re: Kerry W] #741536
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Originally Posted by Kerry W
I suspect we can ... apply too much science to these problems.
It's impossible to apply too much science to any problem...

Twenty years ago I needed my Bultaco Metralla painted and I wanted it as close as possible to original. I explained to the painter that I wanted it to look like it had been painted in pre-industrialized Spain, not glossy and clear-coated. A few days later a friend, who had introduced me to the painter, told me the painter had told him that he had never had a customer before ask for a paint job that looked like sh/t.

Re: Decal location [Re: 998John] #741538
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Yes agree, and any black painted bracket needs to have a drip forming on the end opposite to a hole to be truly authentic.

Re: Decal location [Re: kommando] #741546
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Originally Posted by kommando
Yes agree, and any black painted bracket needs to have a drip forming on the end opposite to a hole to be truly authentic.

......and an unpainted spot in the hole where the wire was attached when dipping


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Re: Decal location [Re: 998John] #741556
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998John, spend time looking at a lot of photos, and make your own decision.

If in doubt and you want the location EXACT, then take photos, measure the top-to-bottom length of the tank, enlarge the photos to match that size, and measure how far down from the top the decals are located.

There has to an "average" measurement that will be acceptable.

Re: Decal location [Re: 998John] #741574
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I've noticed viewing brochures and internet photos that the oil level line can vary as much as a half inch. Just spoke with Dick Newby and he checked his original GS with an
original decal. The oil level mark on his is 1-3/4" down from the top of the tank. That is from the flat surface not the seam.
A straight edge resting on top of the 3rd cylinder head fin back to the oil tank will be where I will put the line. Close enough for me.

Re: Decal location [Re: 998John] #741576
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I think it was carefully calibrated to be an index finger length below the top of the filler smile

Re: Decal location [Re: 998John] #741584
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My finger isn't very straight but I like the idea. Is this where the 6 pints lines up?

Re: Decal location [Re: 998John] #741591
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It's usually reasonably close. You'll get a more exact figure by filling the oil tank with the correct amount of oil, running the bike until you're sure oil is returning to the tank, then stopping it and letting the oil settle for a few minutes.
You're trying to compare a line on the outside of the oil tank to the oil level inside the tank, so there's always a fair old error margin.


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