As some of you may have read in this thread,http://www.britbike.com/forums/ubbt...identify-this-bike-components#Post787410
my father passed away a month or so ago and while looking for pictures for his memorial, I came across several pictures of him on his BSA Spitfire Scrambler. I thought it would be a fun project to recreate the bike in the picture as closely as possible. Partly as a little therapy, part memorial, and part nostalgia.
For reference in this thread, here is the bike I will be building:
Also from the previous thread I have compiled the following information about my father's bike:
A10S Spitfire Scrambler 1957 late model or maybe 1958-1959 frame.
Forks and Fork Boots and Upper Cover probably 59.
2 Gallon tank with stacked Rifles Badge
A10 Engine with Dynamo?
Rear fender Bobbed A10 with BSA side struts?
Sparto Tail light
Bates front light?
BSA Western handlebars
Exhaust MCM or Superior
Tires Pirelli MT53
Full width front brake 8” used on 58 & 59?
So here are a few questions I have right off the bat as I tackle this beast.
1. Is there anyone here besides me that thinks the rear fender on my father's bike is actually the front fender? I've looked at probably 200 fenders and while some get close to that look, the only thing that seems to really make sense to me is that he took the fender off the front of the bike, modified it, put the Sparto light on it and dropped it over the rear wheel? Am I crazy or is that what it looks like?
2. Is eBay
and this forum the best spot for parts? I would like to keep the bike as original as possible.
3. Can someone point me to the 59 fork like the one on my father's bike? I have a 58 frame and a "shunted" 59 front end was mentioned as maybe being on this bike. I have no idea what that is.
4. And lastly, the front light and bracket was said to be Bates but I'm having trouble locating a "lighting kit". I'm sure it's just not knowing exactly what I'm looking for at this point so anything at all helps.
And now for the fun part.
Thanks to @larrymondelo in San Diego, I was able to acquire the bones to build this 60 year old beast. She arrived on Wednesday and is definitely the epitome of a barn find. I won't even pretend to know where to start on the engine so if anyone knows a BSA engine expert in or around San Antonio, TX that can rebuild this engine/transmission, that would be awesome. It is a basket case, but 99% there. Here are some pics that @larrymondelo sent me before she was packed up and sent to Texas.
I cannot thank everyone enough for all of their help with this. I will rely heavily on your advice as the experts and make this bike something my dad would look at and go "hey that's my bike....how in the hell did you find it?"
Now off to find a pressure washer. Gotta get this thing cleaned off to see what I'm really dealing with here.
Thanks everyone. - Shayne