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Greetings
« on: 14.05. 2021 02:58 »
Hi, just saying hello and thanks for adding me. I’m new to the forum and Brit Bikes in general although not new to bikes. Have always admired these BSA models for their sound and chrome tanked good looks and have recently invested in a 1959 A10 Golden Flash which caught my eye. As you can see I’ve started checking things over before I venture out...and already have some curly questions!

We are in Adelaide but our family are English based in Essex and Suffolk areas. We’ve been enjoying living and working in Australia since 2004.

Cheers Ian
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Re: Greetings
« Reply #1 on: 14.05. 2021 05:42 »
Welcome Ian !
Nice looking bike.
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Re: Greetings
« Reply #2 on: 14.05. 2021 08:56 »
Greetings back at ya Bagonails ( great name)
New to Brit bikes?
You'll be needed some of these sir...
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Re: Greetings
« Reply #3 on: 14.05. 2021 08:58 »
Welcome Bag-O-Nails.
Now there has to be a story behind that name ??? *welcome*
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Re: Greetings
« Reply #4 on: 14.05. 2021 10:28 »
Thanks for intro, welcome! Post some larger pictures ?

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Re: Greetings
« Reply #5 on: 14.05. 2021 11:28 »
 *welcome*

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Re: Greetings
« Reply #6 on: 14.05. 2021 12:17 »
Welcome aboard
All the best - Bill
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Re: Greetings
« Reply #7 on: 14.05. 2021 20:47 »
G'day BOB  *welcome*
Good of you to join us.
You won't be disappointed it's a great bike.
Cheers
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Re: Greetings
« Reply #8 on: 15.05. 2021 14:47 »
Hi Fellas, Thanks for the warm welcome. I meant to come back to you sooner but I've been working on the bike so hopefully I'll be forgiven?!
G'day BOB  *welcome*
Good of you to join us.
You won't be disappointed it's a great bike.
Cheers
G'day Mr Musky, not sure who this BOB is but good to hear from you all the same. I hope you are right, it is a giant leap of faith buying something like this but I don't mind if I have problems as I enjoy fixing and improving things.
Thanks for intro, welcome! Post some larger pictures ?
I've found the only way is to email them to myself first so here you go. I'm a bit limited for space in the shed ...plenty of period spanners on hand tho'.
Welcome Bag-O-Nails.
Now there has to be a story behind that name ??? *welcome*
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"It sounds like a bag of nails" was an expression my dad would often pull out to describe the latest motoring 'bargain' fixer upper I had brought home to contaminate his driveway back in the day.

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Re: Greetings
« Reply #9 on: 15.05. 2021 16:32 »
Looks more like a Super Rocket than a Flash -cool colour.
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Re: Greetings
« Reply #10 on: 15.05. 2021 20:07 »
That's a great looking machine, congrats.

About pictures, see the forum Info & Help board regarding getting control over picture sizes.
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Re: Greetings
« Reply #11 on: 15.05. 2021 21:33 »
Hi Bag o N
Nice looking bike  *smile*
You will find that you get a better swing on the kickstart if the cotter pin is fitted from the rear, this will move the lever to a more vertical position..
The rear brake has also been converted to rod operation which looks a neat job

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Re: Greetings
« Reply #12 on: 15.05. 2021 21:52 »
G'day BON (typo in my 1st reply)
She looks like a Super Rocket with that twin port head. Yum yum yum.
Cheers
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Re: Greetings
« Reply #13 on: 16.05. 2021 15:56 »
Hi Bag o N
Nice looking bike  *smile*
You will find that you get a better swing on the kickstart if the cotter pin is fitted from the rear, this will move the lever to a more vertical position..
The rear brake has also been converted to rod operation which looks a neat job

John
G'day BON (typo in my 1st reply)
She looks like a Super Rocket with that twin port head. Yum yum yum.
Cheers
Looks more like a Super Rocket than a Flash -cool colour.
Thank you for the complements, she certainly caught my eye.  The Engine and Frame numbers denote 59 Flash but has been rebuilt  with a thick flange barrel and the alloy twin port head. The compression is standard 7.5:1 as far as I know and only single carb but that is probably a bonus. I was told the original 'new' tank from India started to corrode but possibly was accident damaged. This one was new old stock I believe from the US and cost a lot of money.

Good tip on the kick start. I am thinking I have the wrong lever as if I position the exhaust to the outside of the pillion foot rest bracket it will strike the silencer, about half an inch interference unfortunately. If anyone knows where I might find the correct lever I would be grateful, or if anyone needs the one I have maybe we can swap?  I thought about warming it up and reshaping it but will ruin the chrome...

The brakes are interesting to say the least! Yes the rear has a rod in an effort to improve the action but I don't think the cable was the issue. I found the freshly relined brake shoes were sitting miles away from the drum which has been remachined. I have made up a sleeve to add 4mm to the pivot and a new larger end cap to retain the shoes at the pivot end. I've also made new thicker brake shoe wear plates and now the action is much improved.  I hope now the brake will start to do some work as the shoes bed in and I can adjust it up. I'm less than impressed with the front one too but at least it does pull up....eventually. I will take this apart and see how well the new linings are bedding in, maybe they need some help.
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Re: Greetings
« Reply #14 on: 16.05. 2021 23:45 »
Hi Ian,
The kickstart looks like a Triumph or maybe A65?? as it has the pointed top to the lever
The originals have a "square" top with a bolt threaded into the rear face that holds a clip to keep the pedal in or out
It is not uncommon to have to place the RH silencer bracket inside the pillion footrest hanger

John
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