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Paint Schemes of 1951 A10 GF
« on: 12.01. 2007 12:13 »
Well its time to decide what colour I am going to powdercoat the frame of my 1951 A10 Golden Flash. I had the frame sandblasted and during the process noticed that the original colour (i think) was like an almost light blue/tourquise colour. Would that be right? Does anyone know what the original colours of this model were? Further, what gets panited, chromed, polished?  Would appreciate any advice.  Cheers Ian The task ahead is attached in photo :-)

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Re: Paint Schemes of 1951 A10 GF
« Reply #1 on: 12.01. 2007 12:23 »
Hi..
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Re: Paint Schemes of 1951 A10 GF
« Reply #2 on: 12.01. 2007 13:13 »
I was going to suggest you get the Roy Bacon book but perhaps it is now too expensive:
http://www.amazon.ca/Bsa-Twins-Triples-Roy-Bacon/dp/1855790297

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Re: Paint Schemes of 1951 A10 GF
« Reply #3 on: 12.01. 2007 19:39 »
Hello Ian and welcome aboard our friendly forum.

Going by the BSA Twin Restoration Book the 1951 A10 GF was available in either black or BSA Devon Red but depending when, in 1951, yours was produced, there could be a problem that I will cover later.

Basically, throughout the BSA production, particular models were painted in particular colours for particular years.....but you could always have a Black one as an alternative.  So you can make your choice.  Unfortunately the blue/turquoise colour you mention will not be the original colour for your model.

Painted items are as follows...frame, forks, oil tank, battery carrier, chainguard and mudguards.  Most fuel tanks were chrome plated in 1951 and had painted panels to suit the rest of the bike.  These panels were lined in gold whether they were painted black or red.  The wheel rims were also chrome plated and had the centres painted to suit the rest of the bike.  These rim centres were also lined in gold.

Other chrome plated items were the headlight rim, handlebars, fuel tank filler cap, brake backplates, battery strap, fork oil seal holder and exhaust system.

Right, here is the problem I mentioned earlier.  In late 1951 and running through to 1952 there was a nickel shortage so chrome plating had to be restricted.  This obviously affected the BSA company and it was decided to have the fuel tanks painted in matt silver and the panels painted as described above.  The brake back plates were also painted over this period.  The remaining chrome plated items remained unchanged.

So Ian, depending on how authentic you want your bike doing, you need to choose a paint finish of either Black or BSA Devon Red, then find out exactly when the machine was produced in order to see if it was affected by the nickel shortage. 

Good luck with the project and keep us updated with the progress.  *work*

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Re: Paint Schemes of 1951 A10 GF
« Reply #4 on: 13.01. 2007 05:30 »
Thankyou all, this forum is a fantastic resource, I will think about all your suggestions and let you know what I decide.  Thanks again, and dont forget I am on the lookout for mudguards and toolbox.
Cheers
ian

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Re: Paint Schemes of 1951 A10 GF
« Reply #5 on: 13.01. 2007 07:03 »
I don't think Devon Red was an option for Flash. Either black or polychromatic silver beige were Flash colours. Devon red was an A7 colour.

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Re: Paint Schemes of 1951 A10 GF
« Reply #6 on: 13.01. 2007 10:07 »

Ian... I have noticed another Ian on another forum who is looking for some stainless steel mudguards for his A7. I'll watch the responses and report back here if there is any worthwhile news as to where they are available. Might be in the UK though.

Dont know if his A7 will be painted 'Devon Red' Got me wondering just what this shade of red looks like. My A10 is red but was not called 'Devon Red' the can was just a number. Has anyone got a photo? bearing in mind that the colour might not show properly on a PC monitor.
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Re: Paint Schemes of 1951 A10 GF
« Reply #7 on: 13.01. 2007 14:38 »
Hi Ian,

My apologies as I was off on a tangent with my last posting.  Trevinoz is quite correct when he states that Devon Red was the A7 colour and Polychromatic Silver Beige was for the A10 with the tank panels and wheel rim centres lined with red.

Thanks for the correction Trev.

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Re: Paint Schemes of 1951 A10 GF
« Reply #8 on: 14.01. 2007 08:02 »
Hi all,

Could this 52 model be Devon Red? ....... thanks to everyone who has replied ..... will keep you posted....... as I said intitially, it is not my intention to have a concourse bike, rather, one I can ride and be proud of ......... the light blue/torquise colour that I spoke of in an earlier post now that I have cleaned a few bits turns out to be a metalic light green which can be found under two layers of black paint..... I am leaning toward this colour but for only the parts that should be painted .... all other color schemes I want in accordance with what was supposed to be chrome and not etc etc .... thanks all

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Re: Paint Schemes of 1951 A10 GF
« Reply #9 on: 14.01. 2007 11:01 »
OK all,

Thank you to all those who have helped me with this task. I have made my decision after very careful consideration of all suggestions and researching as many pictures as I could of a 51, I have decided to stick with BLACK and CHROME.  Once again thanking you all.
Ian

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Re: Paint Schemes of 1951 A10 GF
« Reply #10 on: 14.01. 2007 11:46 »
For my A10,I used gold colour of nippon paint code PT643.
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Re: Paint Schemes of 1951 A10 GF
« Reply #11 on: 20.01. 2007 12:13 »
Hi Ian, mine is black for 51 it makes it easier i recon. terrykennedy11@bigpond.com.au
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