Absolutely terrifying to a 10 yr old kid. "Kolchak the Night Stalker's" headless BSA knight and sword. A bit Lightning Rocket, a bit Hornet, and a bit 70's moto-cross for the jump scenes. A complex set of bikes for a semi-dead guy to bring together.
The Lightning Rocket as found straight from the shed where it spent many years.
BSA's high performance model for '64. The lightning Rocket.
Details that made the Lightning Rocket break speed records and just a great bike.
All of the hardware painted gold....hey, it was the disco era...weird stuff happened.
When it was purchased I checked all of the oils and they looked relatively good. The fuel tank was a bit rusty and the lines were not hooked to the taps. The coils were unhooked which told me there were electrical issues as well as the binding rear wheel problem. A spare dual lead coil was wired into the system, a battery added, and fuel was put into the lines. Three kicks later it was running although very rough. I did not detect any mechanical issues and suspect carbs and/or electrical systems caused rough running. I considered putting it on the road but decided not to do so as the shocks were locked up and the forks had lost all of their oil. Time to move to restoration mode.
The rear wheel pressed against the fender and the shocks completely locked up :(
The wiring had been converted from 6V to 12V and the necessary bits had been added. Another point to ponder, which system to put back on? My plan is to make this bike safe to venture out on longer distances. It will feature the best bits I have found in my past tinkering which should be easy to conceal with the large side panels. I will also use more powder coating this time around as I like its durability. The headlight bucket and rear number plate will be sprayed but all other bits will probably head to the powder coating source.
Not supposed to have one of these I think...
The tank is badly damaged and a well used duplicate was purchased at the Wauseon AMCA meet a couple of years ago. It has one small dent to remove, although it is in a bad spot. Now that "the master of metal" Ross Thompson has retired I am not sure where to go with tank repairs but will need to figure it out at some point.
A bit of an issue.....major dents...not sure who can fix them...research time.
Better yet....get a tank with no dents....this has one small area needing attention.So now its time to start collecting missing bits, do a rough assembly, then take it apart for restoration. I rather like starting new projects and this is an exciting one I can't wait to get going on.
The front fender is banged up pretty bad. I will try to fix it but will most likely get an original to replace it with. The rear number plate is Swiss cheese and a bit broken up to. The primary cover is cracked and missing its plug cover and screws. Overall needing a few bits but it's a pretty complete bike.
Parts manual open....google doc build sheet created...now what do I need???