Eventually taken delivery of this project which will be my biggest and scariest to date. I wasn't lookin for anything but it came along by word of mouth at a price which couldn't be ignored. Last taxed in 1975 it spent all of its roadgoing years in Northern Ireland. It didn't come with the current style registration document only the old buff number showing only two registered owners from new.
Originally, as you can tell from the photos, it had a chromed tank however money being tight it will be sprayed black in due course. I intend to refit the engine fairings as ,perversely some might say, I think they are quite handsome or is it pretty as its only a 350??
Appears complete with exception of mudguards, exhaust pipe and saddle which I suppose are easily obtainable. The engine was split when purchased and on inspection evidently due to a shot big end. The rocker shafts/ box are also goosed and will need replacement as well as the swinging arm bushes/pin.
Money is an issue with this restoration and is going to take some time to complete but I suppose its in my possession for when circumstances allow.
Other photos show my Velo Thruxton (less head)/ Venom Eng. No. VMT 70LS3 which I am led to believe was built by L. Stevens along with a few others. Anybody know more??
This bike also needs some attention lavished which I suppose should be done before contemplating starting the Viper.
I'll keep the forum posted with progress.
I bead blasted the previously filthy engine parts contrary to popular advice but spent an AGE making sure ALL residue removed. Worth the effort I think.
Doesn't matter what angle you look at the pile. It still screams mega work!!
In slightly more roadworthy condition.