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julopva

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Help for a newbie: year and model
« on: 20.12. 2009 17:46 »
Greetings! hope this email find you gentleman well.

I'm in the process of starting the building of a BSA bike -- so I would like to know how it should look like! I have the frame, with the number CA7-1358.

Any help you can provide would be great. 
Thanks in advance!

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Re: Help for a newbie: year and model
« Reply #1 on: 20.12. 2009 19:15 »
Hello Julupva and welcome to our friendly BSA A7/A10 forum. 

Your frame number CA7-1358 is an early frame from a 1954 swinging arm model but the actual bike when new could have been an A7, A7 Shooting Star, A10 Golden Flash or A10 Road Rocket because all these models shared the same  frame numbers.

Do you have anything else with the frame that would help us to determine exactly which model it was?  Can you tell us the engine number and/or do you have photographs of any of the parts that you could post on the forum?

If you could supply us with a few more details we should be able to help you a bit more.

Beezageezauk. 

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Re: Help for a newbie: year and model
« Reply #2 on: 21.12. 2009 00:13 »
Hello.

I have just find the engine number, CA10-822.

I will post photos of the parts i had as soon as i can.

Thank you very much Beezageezauk.




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Re: Help for a newbie: year and model
« Reply #3 on: 21.12. 2009 00:24 »
Looks like an early swinging arm Golden Flash. Early 1954 that is.
Trev.

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Re: Help for a newbie: year and model
« Reply #4 on: 21.12. 2009 02:03 »
Thanks so much for your prompt replies.

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Re: Help for a newbie: year and model
« Reply #5 on: 21.12. 2009 04:01 »
This is a 1954 swing arm GF (note the "fatter" Girling rear shocks)





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Re: Help for a newbie: year and model
« Reply #6 on: 21.12. 2009 09:36 »
Hello again Julopva,

Your engine number CA10-822 tells me that it is from an early 1954 swinging arm Golden Flash.  In fact it probably is the same engine that was fitted when the bike left the factory.  Is so, as the numbering system started at number 101, yours is probably the 721st S/A Golden Flash that was made.  A nice find indeed.  It was available in Black or Gold (BSA Polychromatic Silver Beige).

If you are interested, the UK BSA Owners Club will be able to confirm this, tell you the original colour, the actual date it left the factory and which dealer it was dispatched to.

As you can see from the above pictures, this was a very handsome bike.  It would be good to see some pictures as it is.

Beezageezauk.

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Re: Help for a newbie: year and model
« Reply #7 on: 21.12. 2009 11:14 »
Beezageezauk,
I just checked my engine no; its CA10 562, so this bike is an early example!
The black one behind it is a 1955 model; the only real difference being the later (slimmer) girlings.
The white piping on the seat is not the original finish.
Richard

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Re: Help for a newbie: year and model
« Reply #8 on: 21.12. 2009 19:00 »
nice  *smile* *smile* *smile* *smile* *smile* *smile*

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Re: Help for a newbie: year and model
« Reply #9 on: 21.12. 2009 20:14 »
Richard,
             I'm just being pedantic, please excuse me.
The shocks were Armstrong units and were supplied by them until at least 1957, in the fat and thin versions.
In the thin version, the Armstrong can be identified from the Girling by the different adjustment cam stop plate.
Seats had no piping until the wide seat was introduced, so I was informed by Leightons who I gather are the experts on seating.
Trev.