I probably should have started my thread off with the right title, rather than asking about paint and such so here goes...
Back in September someone backed into my parked Scrambler and caused $3500.00 in damages, thankfully covered by insurance. The wait for parts has been excruciating but I understand that new petrol tanks and such aren't growing on trees. In the interim, to stop the onset of rage and insanity from not being able to ride, I was cruising the local vintage board and came across an ad posted from a fellow I have bought from before. The bike in the ad was sold, however he did have this 1966 Trophy that had belonged to a very good friend that he had no time or space to restore. I was offered first refusal (the bike was put up for sale that afternoon).
The bike was complete (with the exception of the gauges) matching numbers and ownership. As my dad already had an NOS set of gauges that came with a Norton for some reason, I convinced him it was obviously meant to be. The most compelling aspect of the bike was the fact that its entire history was known. The fellow's friend had held on to it in pieces (which he labelled and kept organized in various tote and tupperware bins) since the mid '70's. I was told in no uncertain terms that this bike was to be sold to someone who would restore it to original form, not chop or bob it. No issues there, as I have always loved the design and beauty of these bikes.
A drive to Toronto and $1200.00 later my car was once again filled with old bike parts!
Here is what we have started with:
I have already stripped and powdercoated 19 or so parts a lovely gloss black.