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1947 G80L - "Grog"

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1947 G80L - Dating service. I did not swipe left.

I used the AJS Matchless UK club dating service to date the frame.

No doubt about the engine. 

1947 G80L - Diving in...

Dived into some work on the big Matchy today.
Combined tow seats to make one. I had a replica seat already. The seat that came with the Matchy was bigger. So chopped them up. Black paint. Seat is done. Just need 2 new big springs for the seat to bounce me around on now.

Seeing how bunged up around the bottom of the push rods is I took the barrel off. One big ugly piston. I love 500 singles. This one has some scoring. Inlet valve seems to have been kissing the top of the piston. There is no scoring on the bore that I can feel. Should I replace the piston and hone or re-bore to match the replacement piston? Don't know yet. 

1947 G80L - Bunged up.

Making sure oil ways are clear. In the photo below we see part of the push rod assemble. Oil passes through these. Well it will when I clean it up and re-assemble.

3 gone

Today the Matchless came here and these 3 left here. Bye bye Bantam, Gilera and Rusty-too.

1947 G80L - Regrets all gone.

A number of years ago I owned a 1953 Matchless G3LS. I never really got to do much work to it. I ended up selling it to pay a tax bill. This is the only bike I have ever regretted selling.

Today I was able to get hold of another Matchless. A 1947 G80L 500cc. Its needs lots of TLC. It will take time to give it that TLC. My regret has now gone.

Photos below show the progress the previous owner has gone through from barn find to what it is this very day.

Today it arrived and I started work on it straight away. 

#Rus-ty-too - Off the bench

First time in many months that #Rus-ty-too has come off the bike bench. Now to make sure everything I have put on it and or will add to it stays on it. It will get dirt type rubber.