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Decal and year question
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I have been doing some research and come to the conclusion I am more confused now more than ever. I have what I thought was a 67 bsa lighting. What I am looking for is waterslide decals for the side covers and tank. Easier said than done. I did find a place in gb and they said the winged badges were 67. I was under the impression that it was z power. Can some one please confirm. Also any reputable place to purchase waterslides that are accurate for a non scalloped side covers thought to be 67?

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Mine has 67 decals on. Hopefully the photos still work for you. If not, then let me know and I can email them to you.

Also I had difficulty with water slides on my side covers because of the size of them they became very delicate. I found some vinyl ones in the end although I had to cut them out.

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Unfortunately I cannot view the pictures.

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Originally Posted by Bill Evans
Unfortunately I cannot view the pictures.



The curse of photo bucket.

If you pm me your email address I can send them to you. Hope this helps.


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Bill, I think the homemarket Lightnings retained the metal badges on the side panels through 1967, but the US models did come with the "Lightning Power" decals.

I have had good luck with this outfit:

'67 sidepanel decal




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Classic transfer are the best by far. https://www.heortieg.com/
Many of the ones I purchased on eBay were incorrect or poorly made.


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Originally Posted by Tim Inks
Bill, I think the homemarket Lightnings retained the metal badges on the side panels through 1967, but the US models did come with the "Lightning Power" decals.

I have had good luck with this outfit:

'67 sidepanel decal




The linked image is correct for all markets although the winged badge finished with the 66 model.


This is the tank decal, sits adjacent to the tank cap. Used for 67 and 68

Tank decal


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One fix for photobucket is to use Chrome and install the photobucket defeat extensions, firefox has its own solution maybe but never tried it.

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"Curse of Photobucket" is an understatement.

I see that "Photo-Bastards" now smear their logo over all the pictures, so the viewer can't print out a clean copy.

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FWIW, I have a '67. Did the same search. Spent a lot of time and repeat work using the water slide "decals". Don't. The stickers work fine and can be cleared over with any of the 2 part paints. If you are stuck on original, I guess it can be done, as others have. Not worth the effort in my mind.


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Thank you guys for all of your help, just placed an order. Couple additional questions: what color is the separation on the tank between paint and chrome and how thick, and anyone have placement measurements for the decals for the side covers and tank? Sorry for all of this, but I was not even born when the bike was new and dont know anyone in Columbus Ohio with a British bike, let alone a 67 Bsa.

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Tank stripe is white.

The marking tape I use is about 3mm from memory and this is about right - these were hand lines originally so the paint wasn’t the same thickness all the way over. If you want it crisp, spray the tank white first. Then clear, flat back then paint your colour after masking off a portion of the white. The first one I did was like this and I would do it again like that. Subsequently I have painted it for a more authentic look but not worth the effort in my opinion to brush line it.

For alignment. Align the lightning power Z beneath the rear oddie stud and above the front oddie stud. You should find it sits square when on the bike. I took those pointers from an article from hot rod magazine or similar from the time.


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71’ A65 823 Thunderbolt (undergoing restoration)
67’ D10 sportsman (undergoing restoration)
68’ D14 trials (undergoing transformation)

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Bill, post a note on "The Pub" above, looking for any guys near you. You might be surprised!


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An example of a decal problem............... The water slide decals have given me trouble in the past, here's and example of the Edges showing not fully "attached", and this in under Chroma clear DuPont. The stcker above it had no issues at all. Triumph TR6C
Then, the '67 T-Bolt with side panel sticker under clear. Close up to show edges can hardly be seen,............ if that's an issue.

Attached Files IMG_1406_800x600.JPGIMG_1403_800x600.JPGIMG_1402_800x600.JPGIMG_1404_800x600.JPG

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About 12 coats of clear coat. Flattened back and a couple more coats would have made the lines from the decals disappear. But it looks really good KC. What shade is the blue?


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71’ A65 823 Thunderbolt (undergoing restoration)
67’ D10 sportsman (undergoing restoration)
68’ D14 trials (undergoing transformation)

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Bill Evans #768216 03/15/19 10:28 pm
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Thanks,
But my intention was to show the way a decal edges can lift and turn white under a clear coat. Some folks have no trouble,..... I always do, so I guess I'm doing the same thing wrong each time.
The blue: Don Hutchinson, (Chroma system) Flamboyant Blue , over Silver Sheen base. 1 Coat clear over the blue, 1 coat clear over the sticker. (No clear coat sanding under the sticker)

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