Grey Flash 2751

The history and restoration of a Vincent HRD Grey Flash

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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As mentioned in the post before last, there was something that we felt we needed to get to the bottom of. The image of this component, kindly sent to us by David Dunfey, featured a nut seated in a counter bore. This nut had been torqued into place and was held by the edges of …

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Much re-designing to the 500cc cycle parts was required by Vincent HRD to accommodate the Albion racing gearbox. The standard road-going Comet and Meteor utilises a Burman gearbox and everything was designed to accept this proprietary unit. Fitting the Albion gearbox required special brackets, unique to the Grey Flash, and major surgery to other parts. …

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On the Grey Flash, a handed pair of AMAL levers are fitted to either side of the handlebars for manual control of the choke and magneto advance/retard. When acquired, none were present, or needed – the choke had been stripped from the carb and the incorrect magneto fitted didn’t feature manual adjustment. Franc Trento sorted …

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