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Bar's Vincent Black Lightning Replica Project

Part 3
Update 7 Rear Avon GP Tire Mounted
Update 8 Factory Racing Exhaust Pipes and Progress on Small Details
Update 9 Installing the Alton AC Generator and Amal 10TT9 Racing Carbs
Update #7 Bar's Vincent Black Lightning Replica build project, Update 7, rear tire mounted on the rim

Rear Avon GP Tire Mounted

In addition to Bernd's rear wheel, a large parts order has arrived from the Vincent Owners' Club Spares company (this company, owned by the Vincent Club members, manufactures or supplies every single part to build a complete Vincent and once built a complete Black Shadow totally from its own parts supply just to prove they could do it) so I will now get to finish off a lot of bits and pieces that were standing waiting. But before I do that I have mounted an Avon GP tire onto Bernd's rear wheel and installed it into the RFM and verified everything fits and lines up.

Update #8

Factory Racing Exhaust Pipes and Progress on Small Details

Vincent Black Lightning Replica build by Bar Hodgson, update # 8 seat installation


I have removed the 1 5/8" diameter factory racing short circuit exhaust pipes that I had temporarily fitted, installed the seat and cleaned up all my yellow post-it notes into final short lists of things to complete. However, what isn't as obvious is the progress I have made in finalizing a multitude of small items on the bike. . .

Vincent Black Lightning Replica build by Bar Hodgson, update # 8 front view of the handlebars Such as: I picked up a number of my small items painted black from Connery's and mounted them, including the headlight and brackets, enabling me to finalize the wiring which all joins up in the headlight. I always draw my own wiring diagram and only use black wires to make them less obvious. I also make and solder my own cables - so another job done, allowing me to hook up the throttles, air valves and magneto advance. I also finished off the high-low beam switch, instrument lights, horn, magneto kill button, ignition wires & plug caps, and master switches, and finalized the tachometer and speedometer drives and cables.

Update # 9

Installing the Alton AC Generator and Amal 10TT9 Racing Carbs

Vincent Black Lightning Replica build by Bar Hodgson, update # 9 the generator

One big item that I was happy to get completed was the electric starter installation, along with the Alton 12 volt AC generator and regulator. I also completed all the oil lines, fuel lines, and breather lines but I'm waiting for correct size clamps to finish.

Vincent Black Lightning Replica build by Bar Hodgson, update # 9 the Amal 10TT9 carburetors

Finally, I dismantled the 32mm Amal 10TT9 racing carbs, checked all jetting and reinstalled onto the unique Black Lightning manifold stubs then made sure the throttle action was complete and smooth.


A Bonus Item from Bar...

One of the finest examples of a Vincent Black Lightning Replica is up For Sale in the U.S. Read the background story and detailed descriptions of this bike created 25 years ago by its owner and builder, Bill Hoddinott, who is the Vincent Owners' Club expert historian on Black Lightnings. You'll find his contact info at the end of the story should you be in the market. A great read! This LINK will open a new window.




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