It’s been “restored”, about 20 years ago.
Strong engine once we got the float valves unstuck (been sitting a while). Quiet rear end. Stable steering, as tight as I would expect. New interior, leather, all trimmed well in trunk, new cloth top. The trunk is truly rust-free and as we had to swap the battery I saw that this structure was in very good condition. Seems to have all new plywood floors. Side curtains are fair to good and complete.
The chassis has fine rust but looks to be in good cond. I couldn’t find any sign on frame or repair of areas in distress.
4 Chrome wheels in VG condition. Everything is there. MATCHING NUMBERS all-round. It is a proper MC made in May 1956.
Most chrome was very good, some just fair. Dash panel at gauges is over-padded and looks silly. Tires are 20 years old, gotta be replaced. Painted wire spare, no harm there. One front brake cylinder stuck, pulled badly. Paint is 90%, showing cracks in suspect areas, below.
Body work has obviously been done badly. Bondo Betty. Fiberglass shards are evident at the bottom of the doglegs, rockers, we’ve all seen this - it’s a dead give-away. Most gaps and edges show bondo wasn’t finished off very well, it was obviously an amateur job. The fenders for the most part seem fairly good overall. The doglegs and rockers at least (and likely some supporting parts) need to be replaced.
The hood had been bent with a reinforcement pop-riveted to one edge, slight bulge. I can make an invisible repair here.
The trans is original and the syncros are tired, second gear was an ordeal. An overhaul is needed or maybe a conversion to a 5 spd…?
One of the headlight bezels fit very poorly - as if the fender nacelle was too small. One side fit well, one trim ring seems to be too big to fair smoothly to the body. Can’t figure this out yet. Are the 120 or 150 headlight trim rings different sizes tan the 140’s?
The door hinge pins are shot. The dovetails are severely worn.
Oh…My wife wants it!!!
So, he’s asking high 60’s. And I cautiously want it… pretty much . I have no problem with bodywork, been doing it since '73. I’d like a little guidance as I’ve no experience with this body.
Are decent patch panels (dog legs, interior supports, rockers, front fender bottom edge, etc) available??
What do you think of the price, assuming I’m doing all the work including paint?