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A short 4-part series documentary-ing the restoration of my 1957 Sunbeam – a classic British motorcycle – by fellow Sunbeam owner and enthusiast, Jim. The goal of this particular restoration is to get my Sunbeam ‘Road Ready’, so the new owner can immediately enjoy riding their new classic.

A big Thank You to Jim for all his help! :)

PART THREE
See the new handlebars fitted, a look at the amps and new battery. Starting the ‘Beam! New amp meter ordered – not arrived at this point – it arrived after Jim had left, and will be included in the sale of the Sunbeam, along with other items; please refer to the Sunbeam blog for items included in the sale and other information.

CONTINUES…coming soon part 4 / ‘Goodbye!’!


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A short 4-part series documentary-ing the restoration of my 1957 Sunbeam – a classic British motorcycle – by fellow Sunbeam owner and enthusiast, Jim. The goal of this particular restoration is to get my Sunbeam ‘Road Ready’, so the new owner can immediately enjoy riding their new classic.

A big Thank You to Jim for all his help! :)

PART TWO
With a brand new battery and petrol tap now fitted, petrol is poured into the special 2-part-divided tank – this tank is typical to the Sunbeam – each side, to see if we can then get the ‘Beam started! The tank holds 3-4 gallons or 4 1/2 litres. The new amp meter has been ordered and the new handlebars are yet to be fitted at this stage…

CONTINUES… part 3 coming soon!


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Jim and Catherine have come and gone. They ended up staying for three nights in their caravan in our front garden as the restoration work ended up being more work than either of us had prior expected – they came the Tuesday and left Friday Lunchtime. My Sunbeam was looking very different when they left!

With the typres pumped we could then move ‘Beam forward out of the dark garage into daylight where we could have a better look at her. The paintwork shows some marks, nicks, little dents, however the wheel hubs are in brilliant shiny order.

I hadn’t realised that the handlebars weren’t the original ones – some idiot had put straight handlebars on which had knocked the tank either side, leaving small marks. The proper handlebars for the Sunbeam are curved, raised ones which don’t touch the tank at all when the front of the bike turns either left or right. After Jim’s phone-call order to the Sunbeam specialist, the right handlebars arrived the next day. He fitted those as well as sorting out other bits (I’ll email him for the details).

More restoration details to follow (I am no expert).

Coming soon – some video filmed while Jim did his magic!

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Please take the time to look at these many pics I took of Sunbeam while she is standing in the garage.

Because I have an injured hip / back / leg I’m unable to move her outside of the garage on my own, to take better, clearer photos. But I’m hoping I’ll get some help soon!

My Sunbeam is still for sale.

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Clicking on any of the photos will enlarge them!

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Let me remind you – this Sunbeam S8 (1957) is not only a British Classic, but a rarity: She has always been a museum piece. She’s a real Collector’s Classic’!

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I’m selling my (inherited) father’s (RIP) 1957 S8 Sunbeam, 500.487cc,

K plate, grey with twin seats. Some work needs doing to get her

running I’d think as she has been always garaged. She shows no

mileage on her clock! and has always been in my dad’s garage (since

1986) – before that she was in a museum. So she is a real collector’s

classic. I will try to get better photos up soon. Offers around £4000.

we’re in Norfolk, England. Sale includes file and various books.

Viewing essential for this little gem.

sunbeam@stephaniefaith.net 

Please only serious offers.

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