Compared to the FF3 link, this assembly showed much more evidence of its original dull chromed finish.
Once the bearing races had been stripped from the assembly the chromed finish was found in an undisturbed state.
Cap screws had been added as “stops” to prevent the steering head from moving more than 15˚ either way – as stipulated by racing regulations.
This assembly will also be re-chromed. We now have all the evidence we need that it’s original to the bike and it will be given the correct protective coating enabling future owners to be in no doubt about how it would have appeared from new.
I would like to, once again, thank David Dunfey for his constructive and detailed comments on this assembly – a huge help.