Grey Flash 2751

The history and restoration of a Vincent HRD Grey Flash

The rear chain adjusters, which were made for me, to pattern, by Vic Olsen have been fitted up. These t-bar adjusters were a special racing item. They are easier to adjust under racing conditions and also give an easy visual indication enabling each side to be adjusted incrementally. I had them cadmium plated and it …

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We knew that this side was going to present more head-scratching. The correct configuration hanger plate was fitted and the gear linkage parts loosely assembled. The hollow FT256AS tube for the rose joints is clearly too short – this would have originally been fitted to a Black Lightning which employed the Vincent “unit” gearbox. So, …

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As acquired, 2751 featured a mix of foot controls. We have looked at each component carefully to assess provenance and made a decision whether to employ the part in the restoration, replace with the correct item (I have a stock of NOS racing foot control components) or remanufacture to correct specifications. Both footrest control hanger …

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The rear hub features a hollow axle which passes through the hub and is secured by a nut at each end. These nuts sandwich the hub/bearings and brake plates together allowing the entire rear wheel assembly to be installed into the rear fork as one unit. This is also the method employed for the front …

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Having chronicled the known history and listed the parts unique to the Grey Flash model, and this bike in particular, I will shortly start publishing, on this blog, posts detailing the restoration process. Since I acquired the bike in 2008 I have diligently researched what parts fitted were original and not, what parts I needed …

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When I acquired 2751 it was fitted with a BT-H BKH1 magneto. Nearly all Grey Flashes were fitted with BT-H TT magnetos so I knew this was not correct to the bike. Also, the retard fitting was for the opposite rotation. I wasn’t expecting to be able to find a BT-H TT magneto very easily …

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