Grey Flash 2751

The history and restoration of a Vincent HRD Grey Flash

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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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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