Whilst waiting for parts for Triumph Thunderbird I was fortunate enough to locate a 1957 matchless G11 which was part of a deceased estate and was only partly restored to good to miss.
I am endeavouring to achieve the result as shown in photo below
Status of Bike When Purchased
- Motor was assembled and positioned in frame,
- Telescopic forks assembled but not in frame,
- No painting of components,
- No seat,
- Rear shock absorbers in pieces,
- Headlight frame only,
- No ignition switch, and
- No speedo.
Photo of start point after cleaning and polishing,
Commencement of Rebuild
Removed gearbox and engine to allow for ease of access to polish components, patience is the virtue you need to possess
Refurbished and cleaned wheels no major problems, reassembled telescopic front forks cannot position awaiting shroud,positioned headlight supports and fork yokes
Polished forks and made up jig to compress spring prior to assembly see photos below
PLACEMENT OF ENGINE IN FRAME
Fitted gearbox and plates also oil reservoir and tool box
JAMPOT SHOCK ABSORBERS
Decided to refurbish shock absorbers as sourced from USA existing ones purchased had no internal components
Commenced by dismantling and cleaning and polishing components.
It was necessary to replace rubber bushes sourced rubber and was able to get bushes cut utilising a very high pressure water cutter.
For assemble it was necessary to make a jig to allow compression of spring to facilitate assembly
See selection of photos
It was necessary to modify frame to accommodate heavy duty jampot shock absorbers
Dismantled and cleaned all jets and reassembled
Dismantled and cleaned all components, it was necessary to replace all of the trapazoidal inserts
It was important that we retimed bike to ensure all was ready for ready for our first kick start
Photos taken to show the components of the manual advance system
Amazing one kick and bike was running a little bit of further tuning to far advanced
On to the next challenge a 1948 Velocette MAC a lot of pieces in poor condition with the need to source considerable parts
Will keep me from being bored I guess!!!
Below is photo of current collection at this stage undecided whether to keep all running out of space