1. Even blowing up the pictures, you can't see any irregularities in the pinstripes. Originals were hand-lined and there are always irregularities.
2. Original paint would be 45 years old; there aren't any nicks or scratches I can see?
3. Back in the 1980's, when no-one was interested in unit 500's, I had an original '71 tank-'n'-guards set - I still have the front 'guard, which is what I use for colour-matching (Olympic Flame being one of my favourite colours). The flashes on the original tank - ime in common with all similar Triumph schemes - don't follow the line of the knee 'cut-out' in the tank.
OK, I can see where you might say it's not original. The paint job I did I measured down the the 10th of an inch and those flashes are as close to dead original as I can make them. And no, they don't follow the flat side of the tank's upper curve exactly.
But it looks great to me and I would have it on a bike I owned, no problem. But not for that price.....
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those flashes are as close to dead original as I can make them. And no, they don't follow the flat side of the tank's upper curve exactly.
The ones you sprayed don't, the ones on the NZ tank do.
Originally Posted By HawaiianTiger
But it looks great to me and I would have it on a bike I owned, no problem.
Two different things. I agree the NZ tank looks good and would enhance any bike it's on. All I'm pointing out is the paint's almost certainly (unless it's spent the last 45 years wrapped in bubble-wrap in the seller's possession the whole time) not the NOS claimed in the ad. To be clear, I'm not even suggesting the seller's a crook; if the tank was resprayed before it came into his possession, he might not even realise that.
What's one of those tanks worth in used condition? What's that paint job gonna cost to have done on that used tank? Maybe the asking price is a bit high but not by much. Just my
A top quality "paint job" for a tank, really a restoration, pressure test, fix all metal, solder or replace the filler cap, pressure test again, prime, base coat, two colors, stripe, clear coat ... can run $750 'round these parts.