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1965 Lightning Rocket Build
#787122 10/15/19 1:24 pm
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Traded a 71 Suzuki T350 for this 65 LR about 4 years ago and have been doing few things at a time between other bike projects.

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1966 Norton Atlas
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1948 Panhead
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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build
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The first thing I sourced was the correct tail light. Found an nos one at Baxter Cycle. I had the reflector and lens for it. Here it is, assembled with original paint.

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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build
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Took parts to Bill's Chrome in Jeanette, PA. Had found a nice tank and decided to get it rechromed. It was pricey but did a great job.[Linked Image]

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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build
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Wow! That is gorgeous, great job

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Found these correct air cleaners at OVBSA meet in Toronto, Ohio. Even found the hard to find wire that prevents them from loosening while riding.[Linked Image][Linked Image][Linked Image]


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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build
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Getting frame ready to paint and the last item was to remove the swingarm. Of course the the swingarm pivot was rusted to silentbloc bushings. After several failed attempts, I decided to melt rubber with a torch and remove the inner parts. Then used a sawzall and carefully cut the outer bush , allowing me to split it and remove. Now to find a good set of silentbloc bushings.


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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build
Beach #787507 10/19/19 5:04 pm
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Nice work! Love the chrome work on the tank!

I have what I always thought was a 65 Lightning Rocket (rolling basket case) until recently based on the frame number A50B 8399 and the tank that came with it that looks just like the one you had chromed.

I asked the VMCC what I had and found that my frame started life as a 65 Spitfire Hornet. I may still restore it back to LR trim. The engine is non matching and it will never be "correct" regardless.

I will be following your progress with interest!


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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build
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Hubs are ready. Going to clean and plate original spokes this afternoon.

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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build
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Plated some parts the other day.[Linked Image]


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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build
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What finish playing is that Breeze?


Now let’s all have a beer beerchug

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

Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build
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Zinc plating with a Copycad kit. Have used it on 8 bikes so far with good results.


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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build
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[Linked Image]Put together triple trees and instrument panel. Find it easier to keep track of parts and know what I am missing this way.[Linked Image]

Found correct long steering lock with keys.
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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build
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[Linked Image][Linked Image]Got the tank and sidecovers ready for some flamboyant red.


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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build
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I would have given you the correct tail light setup, if you had put out a request; I have a spare on the shelf that I bought knowing I wouldn't need it as I no longer have anything older than '66. I couldn't help myself, it just looks so cool it could be a decoration.

Looking like a great project, keep it up.


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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build
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I know what you mean about looking neat. Like that taillight too. Can't wait to start putting it together. This one is a keeper.


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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build
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[Linked Image][Linked Image]Checked on my tank and sidecovers today. Getting ready for decal and pinstripes.[Linked Image]

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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build
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Looks blooming lovely. What red is that?


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

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You can't tell from picture but it is flamboyant red from Don Hutchinson. Gold base with candy red. I am loving it. Really sparkles in the sunlight.


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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build
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Was getting ready to install decal before final clear today and ran into a problem.[Linked Image]
The decal was lettering on a clear background. When on, the clear background showed up as foggy(terrible). Didnt want to ruin my nice paint job so I removed it. In the pic you can see texture left in paint from the sticker. Time to color sand. Looked at decal though magnifying glass and could see the texture.

Went to a local decal shop and having them make me one without the clear. It's always something. Btw the original decal was bought from Baxters.


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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build
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If the last thing on there was 2k lacquer, you should be able to just clear over that again and the stippling will disapear, I think sanding it back first will cut you too close to the colour and you'll risk loosing the lustre from the red - from my expeience at least.

Im guessing its a water slide? I hate water slides, partially for the backing on them, you end up trying to remove all the gum to hide the opaque effect from the backing, plenty of luke warm water and drawing them between 2 fingers works but if not careful they can rip or stretch. Much prefer vinyl decals, they take more clear and sanding back to hide them in the lacquer but its worth it in the end.

I think when I did my tank it had about 12 coats before I flattened it back, the decal now is invisible to the tank, from what you can see on page (14) the 12 or so coats wasn't quite enough, Another time I will do many more. The Side panels were less succesful and now stand as an learning point/reminder.


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

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I actually used a vinyl decal. It was very hard to remove backing from it. Your tank turned out great. Will use some of the tips from your post.
Thanks, Bill


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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build
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Originally Posted by Beach
I actually used a vinyl decal. It was very hard to remove backing from it. Your tank turned out great. Will use some of the tips from your post.
Thanks, Bill


Thankyou and no worries. Tbh I'm still not overly happy with it even now, the side pannels really went west although the scratching from the zip on my leathers (rear sets) has made even more of an impact so im not too bothered there. The tank lacks some of the lustre in the finish, it could be the colour scheeme I used, which was a BSA flake silver base with a Honda candy red over the top (the more orangey colour of the BSA red is nicer!)

If I remember rightly I applied all my top coats before flatting back (leaving them tack dry before the next coat). Another time I will probably apply about 2-3 coats (depending of if still using the 2k aerosol or from an aircompressor) let that dry completely then apply some more coats, then flat that back for the decal. The lacquer bonds with the paint, so soon as you start flattening it back your also removing some of the colour - least thats how it appears.


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

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Quite a learning curve. Going to try again on my tank today.


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1966 Norton Atlas
1967 Norton Atlas
1948 Panhead
Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build
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Got my horn sorted yesterday and placed it with ready to install assemblies.[Linked Image][Linked Image][Linked Image][Linked Image]


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Re: 1965 Lightning Rocket Build
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Looks great! I found with mine the horn needed stepping away from the motor (I have the 1 piece bracket on mine) you might need to swap the little bracket so its behind the horn, not in front but still a really nice finish!


Now let’s all have a beer beerchug

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

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