Grey Flash 2751

The history and restoration of a Vincent HRD Grey Flash

Close examination of the handlebars revealed that they were bent on the timing side. The racing Doherty levers and throttle were exchanged with uncle Franco for genuine items that had been fitted to a Vincent from new. however, when the Amal twistgrip was offered up it wouldn’t slide home – this is when Bert realised …

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I’ll let the pics speak for themselves – with added comments. Here we are, 14 years after I acquired the bike… So much scheming, brain-storming, scouring for parts and information… So many lines of enquiry that ended in vain – but so much fortune and luck too! The realisation of many many years of hard …

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The primary chain has now been fitted. A period grease nipple has replaced the modern one on the rear damper. The brass plug has also been dulled down. These Maughans-rebuilt dampers do look a bit out of place but we feel it would be foolhardy to use period ones as they will never work as …

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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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