Well, the day eventually came that Sunbeam found a new loving home…with Mike. I had mixed feelings, a little sadness though happy that this beautiful bike has someone who will take her out and really appreciate her – due to an accident I have a bad hip / leg which makes motorcycle riding (especially with a bike of Sunbeam’s weight) difficult.

Mike’s a true classic motorcycle enthusiast with an already growing collection of great bikes.

Mike, I wish you much fun with your new ‘Beam and thank you for the friendly transaction.

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My gratitude also, to Stewart Engineering for having my ad placed on their web site. If you’re new to Sunbeams, I fully recommend the Sunbeam Fellowship (same page, right hand side is access to the bulletin board) run by Stewart Engineering!

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Although Jim has restored my ‘Beam as ‘road-ready’ he advised purchasing this amp meter – it is optional whether the new owner wishes to fit this. It was bought especially for the Sunbeam and is part of the Sunbeam sale, along with all the afore mentioned books etc. It cost £50.

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The amp meter comes with its ‘fitting instructions’. Ready for the new owner.

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The business that sold me the amp meter, sells specialist parts for classic motorcycles – the service was excellent, the amp meter arrived within 2 days. I recommend them.
Paul Goff

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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 FOUR / Goodbye!
The last part of my short Sunbeam series. Catherine and Jim leave for their trip home. It has been a pleasure getting to know them and I am very grateful for all his help in restoring my ‘Beam for the road – ready for the new owner.

My Sunbeam is still for sale.

Thanks for watching – THE END!


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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!’!


sunbeam_100513_01_600

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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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 ONE
Wrong handlebars removed and the proper Sunbeam ones, brand new, bought and later fitted by Jim. New petrol tap bought and fitted. The head was fixed, safe for riding. It was noted that my Sunbeam had been – prior to my father’s ownership of her – resprayed. Jim believes she was originally black like his Sunbeam.

CONTINUES… part 2 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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