Grey Flash 2751

The history and restoration of a Vincent HRD Grey Flash

Assembly is continuing with progress coming along in leaps ‘n’ bounds. This is looking spectacular! The different chromium plated finishes complimenting the machined alloy of the damper and the cad plated fasteners. The finish of the brass reservoir drain plug needs to be dulled down a bit. The modern grease nipple also stands out… Bert …

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This rather long-winded term (from the 1950 Spare Parts List) is, in actual fact, referring to what is commonly known as the “inlet manifold”. After sending photos out for comment I was informed that both the 32mm carb and the adaptor appeared to be original and that I was very lucky to have them as …

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As assembly progresses more things are becoming apparent. I think it’s necessary to acknowledge Vaughn for the invaluable contribution that he made to this project. As mentioned previously, I ran an ad’ for original fasteners many years ago in MPH, the Vincent Owners Club monthly magazine. Vaughn, based in San Bruno, CA, was one of …

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The timing cover was carefully inspected and cleaned before mating up to the crank cases. The rare works racing tachometer drive and an NOS gearbox were installed. The drilled and dull chromium plated FT3/2 is now in place and looking superb: The keener amongst you will have observed the plethora of original fasteners employed. Herewith …

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Bert has gone through the motor carefully, thinking through every aspect of its running. Any anomalies uncovered would have necessitated it being stripped down for inspection and attention to the affected area. Oil is flowing through the crank, as it should and the motor turns smoothly with no untoward play or issues. The bore has …

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Now that we have some parts back from the platers it’s possible to finally make a start on the assembly process. The top and bottom forks links were a good place to begin and so Bert took his time building them up. Since I acquired the bike in 2008 I’ve been on the lookout for …

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