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Restoration help

Postby anthonyp_dbn » Wed May 23, 2012 2:56 pm

Hi all
Looking at getting my 1958 BSA A10 Golden Flash restored.
Few pics and info here:

Honestly, I do not have a clue where to start and am looking at getting some info together.

EG) Who can straighten the frame?
Who can match the original paint and spray her (and a bit of panelbeating to the tank)?
Where is the best place to source parts?
Who would be good to sort the engine?
etc etc etc...

Any advise appreciated!

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Re: Restoration help

Postby Oilspill » Thu May 24, 2012 5:27 pm

Havn't a clue about the Durban scene, suggest you get involved in a local club ASAP. Problem you then have is that the guys are very friendly and welcoming, but getting any useful information about restoration places out of them is just about impossible. After studying this problem for quite a while I have finally worked out why guys who collect and restore classic bikes are so reluctant to share information about where to get what done...and the reasons are:
-- You might actually discover how much they really payed to get that job done, and you will never stop bursting out laughing every time you see them.
---If they recomend a place, chances are that if anything goes wrong, and it will, you will blame them and it will create a negative vibe in the club.
--- They know that the only way to get a job done properly is to do it yourself.
Goodluck and keep us updated about your use the internet for useful information about how to do things and pester pester pester. The guys love an idiot to explain things to....use your ignorance wisely.
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Re: Restoration help

Postby Jaws » Thu May 24, 2012 10:21 pm

Hi there,

Try the guys at the Natal Classic Motorcycle Club

In the meantime have lots patience and do it properly, do not skimp or do a hack job, – it will be well worth it in the long run. Back to stock standard is not difficult - don’t lose focus, just take your time and keep asking and searching! If you get impatient, close the garage door and leave alone for a few weeks/months – don’t get bogged down with a particular aspect when you don’t immediately meet with success.

The gratification of knowing you did it right is indescribable!!!!!!!

The Classic bike related websites are:

Cape Vintage Motorcycle Club

Classic Motorcycle Club of Johannesburg

Classic Motorcycle Club of Natal

Classic Motorcycle Forum

Vintage Motorcycle Club

Vintage and Veteran Club (Promoters of the DJ Run Commemorative Rally

The above clubs will gladly publish your requests in their respective newsletters.

Trust me, there is plenty of help out there, you just need to network with a few people and spread the word. One contact invariably leads to another.

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Re: Restoration help

Postby BSAfrica » Fri May 25, 2012 6:15 pm

Hi Anthony,

I have done a couple of rebuilds, however, I dont claim to be an expert. My approach normally is to ask as many questions as possible, this forum is a good place to start. Establish the correct year and model and get a good parts list for the model, British Spares in NZ stock about everything you will need, very helpfull team. Decide if you want to restore to factory spec, or to satisfy the rivit counters, remember, it is your bike, and that is what counts. Do not keep tally of the cost, and dont tell your wife how much that small packet received in the post cost. Chrome work is difficult, however, I have made use of a plater in Pinetown with good results, not sure how you are going to approach the dented tank. Paint work is relative easy, and should be no real problem. Start a photo library, save any picture you can get, it hepls with detail and routing of cables, electrics and small details not indicated in the parts or owners manual. I purchase a lot of spares through e-bay, great source. Dont be in a hurry, my current project is in year 4. All the best.

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Re: Restoration help

Postby anthonyp_dbn » Fri May 25, 2012 11:29 pm

Thanks for the info all, please keep it coming.
Looking at purchasing a magneto as mine is missing.

Option 1) Lucas K2F - is this right for the bike? I found info to say this is the right one for parallel twins not v twins

Option 2) electronic magneto replacement from classic motorcycle spares dot com
Has anyone used this? Good/bad? It seems it would mean changing her to 12V.

I'd like to keep her as original as possible but if something is going to make her more rideable, I'm all for it.
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Re: Restoration help

Postby madgas » Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:48 pm

Hi Anthony

I am a member of the classic bike club in Durban, we meet on the first Saturday of every month.

You can mail me on

I am busy with an older 1944 bsa but know lots of places to get stuff done..

Paz Auto Art on North Coast road does great paint work and if you come to the club and meet a few people im sure you will find those missing parts..

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