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#796554 01/25/20 3:43 pm
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Seems kind of slow here, so thought this section could use a photo or two.

Washing off 70 yrs of dust.

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Is your wife away?

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No, but it probably would have been less expensive if she had been away. Some of the grime on the cases didn’t want to come off, so I used a light coat of paint stripper, washed them off with a hose, pressure washed them and then into the dishwasher. Along with the heat and steam coming out of the dishwasher there was a bit of a stink. I suggested going for a walk, but she went shopping instead.
I did buy my own $10 stove for the garage, maybe time to consider a dishwasher.

This may sound odd, but in the past I have used the dishwasher to change the appearance of the surface finish. For example... a pair of cylinder heads that had been blasted with something a little too aggressive and the bright finish made them look out of place. The dishwashing soap reacts with the aluminum and give it a more natural patina.

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Hi!
Thanks for the reminder about the caustic affects of some dishwasher soaps... More than a few of us are victimized by over-agressive previous owner techniques. No complaints about dishwasher use since my divorce. That was the least of our issues! Regarding the photo from yesteryear (I hope!): Gasp! Surely, someone has rescued the engine & brought it back to something akin to standard... Way too many classic bikes fell victim to the 70s.

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Regarding the photo from yesteryear (I hope!): Gasp! Surely, someone has rescued the engine & brought it back to something akin to standard... Way too many classic bikes fell victim to the 70s.

No no no no, Please keep it in the style it was - waaaay too many boring lookey samey standard machines, once you have seen an over shiny standard vin you've seen them all.
Now, a chop - that's different (when done properly), at least you would easily spot your bike at a vin rally!!.

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Can’t say I would want to preserve that thing... might be ok for a carnival side show. The engine could be used to power something a little more civilized. That steering head is hanging a little too far out in the breeze for my liking and the rear drive chain is obviously an afterthought. Cobbled the swingarm on and then realized he needed a path for the chain. Not sure what to make of the front prop stand.
I’m assuming the photo is from South America and no idea what happened to it.

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Hi!
Point taken and agreed! Note that I used the word "akin" not restored... A genuine well done period piece has merit in that it reflects the spirit of the time as it was back then. Good/Bad/or otherwise... We all have preferences/persuasions reflected in our bikes. Hats off to anyone "restoring " such a machine back to standard! I would say the same to someone preserving the spirit of the machine while fixing the many engineering blunders evident in the photo... In the area where I "matured", there were very few Vincents and the majority of them were indeed modified some way or another for an abundance of reasons. Thanks for the Photos!

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I agree with keeping period pieces and not restoring them in some cases. I have a well worn 30’s Inter that will get put back into running condition and left more or less as it is. No desire to restore it, partly because I like it the way it is and I’m not sure it has 2 pieces of the same bike, so it would take a lifetime to find the correct bits. As for doing strange things with a Vincent engine, I too am guilty. Assembled with crap from the shed and the dumpster at the local bike wreckers. If it ever starts to look photogenic, I’ll post a photo. The engine was carefully rebuilt with no modifications, so when I cash in my chips, the engine can be pulled out and the rest can go back in the dumpster.

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I would preserve this. Bit of a bugger to ride around the neighbourhood, but worth it to get even with the Harley straight pipe guy next door who takes 20 minutes to park his bike while it is running the whole time.

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Necessity is the mother of ??

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Spindles installed. New bearings, mains lapped to size.

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Someone didn’t quite shove the drill all the way through the oil passage.

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