Gavin parted with an undisclosed amount of cash on eBay for his latest project. After the recent completion on his Montessa 247 project, the recent purchase was collected from ‘somewhere in the South East’ and brought back to darkest Herefordshire.
As any bike restorer (or even purchase of second had bike) knows, the first inspection back in the shed can cover all emotions, including the sh*t ones.
Gavin came round to announce his new purchase had arrived, so there followed an immediate trip to his workshop. It confirmed some of the trials of tribulations of those Sunday night eBay purchase (with beer fuelled mouse fingers).
The bike is somewhere between rolling chassis and a box of bits. On the good side the frame is complete and has been painted. The forks are in good condition, as the wheel rims. Based on some photos in an article in Classic Dirt Bike magazine , it seems the bottom yoke is wrong (it doesn’t match the gnarling on the forks) and that the rear wheel spokes are wrong (the spokes should be different lengths for each side).
Somebody had made a start on this as a project, but hadn’t got very far.
The tank and seat unit and come in to contact with a lot of fibreglass in attempt to fix it. Needless to say its completely knackered and will need a replacement. The frame and engine numbers don’t match and need to do some research on what the numbers were originally from. [[Engine M 8000651, Frame B9100276]]
The engine cases are together, with the gears, but thats it. The crank and piston are not in the engine and both are also not usable. It seems some form of major catastrophe has befallen the engine at some point, though it seems the piston would have met its nemesis in a completely different engine, as its doesn’t fit into the barrel. There is no big end with the bike, so seems to hint as its vapourisation as some point. There is a large hole in the right-hand crankcase cover.
The question is now whether the bike is restorable [[Though restoration would probably require more original components]] or whether its a question of finding another Model 80 and using this a donor, or just sell off the parts.
There is a positive side to this bike, though currently neither Gavin or I are actually sure what it is yet. We both agree its this type (and vintage) are ideal for the Sammy Miller series.