This is my Home Page and parts of this site are under construction at the mo. Most of the items are a glimpse of the nostalgic yearning I seem to have sometimes.
From a very young age I have been fascinated with engineering. People would say wow look at that new car I would be thinking how does it work. Now older and more able to pursue my dreams and the images in my head from my childhood. The wife, although through gritted teeth gives me full support.
Over the past months I will show some pictures of my latest projects. The first is a restoration of a 1955 Lambretta LD150. It all started January 2009. l was looking for a project to work on in my favorite place, my garage. First I though of a classic car but soon realised that I neither had the space or money for this so decided two wheels would be easier than four.
My short list was:
BSA C15 250
My brother gave me one when I was 16 and I drove it into the ground. (silly boy)
Honda CB 250 G5 (not the super dream)
After blowing up the BSA I had my first taste of Japanese machinery with a P reg (1975) Honda 250 green. (Finished in 2012)
Triumph Tina (my bro had one)
I also like the Trident 750
Or one of the Kawasaki triples S3 (finished 2013) Sold to Stumpy.
when I was an apprentice fabricator (welder) in the mid 70s my foreman had a Red CB750 four that would be a nice classic. (Finished 2014)
Also a fellow welder had a CB500T (got a tatty one for a winter project 2014) (Finished 2015) Sold July 16
Suzuki T500 for the 2015 winter. (Finished 2016) Sold July 18
Old Tina still on stop as i need some stainless and rubber front suspension parts made.
1970 Orange MKI ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,DONE and the grand kids love them, need to get cracking as I now have 12 (grand kids)but they all dont visit togther (thank god)
1971 Blue MKI ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,DONE
1971 Yellow MKI,,,,,,,,,,,,Next
1972 Red MKI,,,,,,,,,,,,Next
Suzuki GT 750 picked one up from Carmarthen in a sorry state 2k for a 1974 M plate. (finished 2017)
Vespa, PX 200 would be nice.
As I remember my brother was a MOD so l started scouting for cheap scooters from the late 50s or early 60s. Wow they go for mad amounts of cash. but I was lucky, or so I think as l found a 1955 LD in lots of small pices for £500.
Well bit of an update, when I started this site it was 2009 and now its 2015 and I have finished some of the bikes and had so much fun. the classic market has realy taken off. I did fancy a Kawasaki Z1 b but l need 12k to get a nice one.
The Lambretta I sold as I discovered I am not a scooter guy. (perhaps its the 40 MPH).
My beloved Honda CB 250 G5 is on the road and I go on it daily, this is not for sale. It has been the easiest to restore and I am unable to ride it without a big smile.
I discovered a Kawasaki S3 400 on Ebay and had to have it silly me. Its cost a small mortgage to fix but is worth a lot more now it is finished. Its a bit like my 250 after a load of Red Bull.
During the winter of 2013 I did the CB 750 and it was ready for May 2014. Update, the 750 turned out fantastic me and her in doors go out every sunday on it for a 40 year old bike it runs sweet. one problem number 1 plug blew out after 2000 miles after rebuild so out with the engine and off with the head to repair,,,do I fit all four or just the one? well i did just one and its gone fine since.
My winter project for 2014 - 2015 is a S reg 1978 CB 500T its in a bit of a mess but they all start like that. Update: its on the road and running great. it is by far the best one i have done todate.
My winter project for 2015 - 2016 is the Suzuki T500 Titan its does start so the engine may be ok. will do compression test and leak down for the crank seals.
Update, now Jan 2017 and built great bike
Also started work on the Kettle
You never know I may get round to the Tina one day.