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Gold Star Build

Gold Star Build

Postby rockitdoc » Thu Nov 06, 2014 5:45 am

This project started 8 years ago beginning with a rider I bought from a guy in Kansas. It ran, and I rode it once to a rally we have here in Colorado called the British Conclave. I thought it would be the only Goldie at the meet, but another completely restored model was there, too. Got me inspired to get him fixed up a bit. Anyway, I will try to find all the photos I have taken over the years and describe the restoration as best I can.

Here's the way he looked when I got him. Yes, that is the real deal aluminum tank.

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and here is what he looks like today:

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The project's been on hold for about 3 years while I built a new house (actually de-moed an old house) and rebuilt it. But, now the shop is back together and this winter has been set aside to complete him. I will need a ton of help.

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Re: Gold Star Build

Postby rockitdoc » Thu Nov 06, 2014 10:53 am

I dug out some of the 'as he was disassembled' pix:

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Re: Gold Star Build

Postby olChris » Fri Nov 07, 2014 4:41 am

You have come along way since purchase..... well done. Keep the pics coming, im interested..
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Re: Gold Star Build

Postby rockitdoc » Fri Nov 07, 2014 5:58 am

Yes, a longggg way. Been distracted with other projects for too long, but now it's full speed ahead. All the bits have been sourced (I think) and either replaced with NOS or restored to original. But, it's going to take a week in the shop to figure out what to do next. Might even take a beer or three. :mrgreen:
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Re: Gold Star Build

Postby grandpaul » Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:15 am

That'll be a beaut!
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Re: Gold Star Build

Postby rockitdoc » Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:59 pm

Magdyno mount was buggered up as they often are, so had some machine work to get done. Turned out nice, I think.

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Re: Gold Star Build

Postby rockitdoc » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:01 pm

Fabricated a plate to fit the bottom of the magdyno and mate with the new base on the block. Fits perfect and doesn't wobble about.

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Re: Gold Star Build

Postby rockitdoc » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:11 pm

The 1960 model DBD34 had a quick disconnect (QD) plug on the bottom of the headlamp bucket so weekend racers could take the headlamp off easily. It's a bugger to find the socket that goes in the headlamp bucket and mates with the harness. But, they turn up and I snatched one. Then I had to find the correct bucket to fit it into! Time and patience..... :D By the time I get this machine running, I'll be too old to ride with those clip-ons down there like that. On second thought.....no, I won't. :mrgreen:

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Re: Gold Star Build

Postby rockitdoc » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:16 pm

Fuel tank went to Canada to be straightened before plating and paint. Turned out gorgeous.

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Re: Gold Star Build

Postby rockitdoc » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:19 pm

Chrome plating was done by a shop in western Colorado. Light scuffing before paint in areas to receive the blue. Yes, blue. All US model DBD34's were painted blue, not the silver we often see. BTW, the correct blue color is almost exactly the color of blue painter's tape!

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Re: Gold Star Build

Postby rockitdoc » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:21 pm

Paint applied.

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Re: Gold Star Build

Postby rockitdoc » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:26 pm

Color sanded with 3000 grit

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Re: Gold Star Build

Postby rockitdoc » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:27 pm

Buffed

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Re: Gold Star Build

Postby rockitdoc » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:29 pm

Left side view

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Re: Gold Star Build

Postby rockitdoc » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:35 pm

Restored clocks from the country whence they came:

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I had the speedo reset since every nut and bolt is new.
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