What’s been hap­pen­ing to the en­trants for CB ’s Barn Find of the Year 2018 since the win­ner was an­nounced in Fe­bru­ary? Let’s have a look – and the win­ner has been a very busy boy...

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Joss’s 1947 BSA A7 was the bike you voted Barn Find Of The Year 2018. The 71-year-old Star Twin was worn out but ex­tremely orig­i­nal, hav­ing sat un­der a cover since 1965.

Al­though it was in the Barn Find of the Year com­pe­ti­tion, I couldn’t re­sist get­ting on with my 1947 BSA A7. It was nearly fin­ished be­fore the awards cer­e­mony at the MCN Show in Fe­bru­ary.

I’d al­ready re­built the en­gine – it had never been apart and was com­pletely worn out, need­ing a re­bore and two-sizes-down re­grind on the crank. Parts for these early long-stroke A7s can be hard to find. I had also re­built the wheels and brakes, but kept the body­work the way it looked – it’s an ‘oily rag’ restora­tion.

Since then, all I re­ally needed to do was fin­ish the wiring, and I’ve fit­ted LEDS in the head­light and tail light. I’ve got a solid-state regulator, which prob­a­bly helps as LEDS need the volt­age pull. Mine are from Clas­sic Dy­namo and Regulator Con­ver­sions in Lin­colnshire, who do light­ing as well. I’m re­ally im­pressed with the tail lamp in par­tic­u­lar.

I’ve done about 250 miles on it, but the head gas­ket has just gone – the com­pos­ite one that came in the gas­ket set I bought isn’t very good, so I’m go­ing to re­place it with a cop­per item. It’ll be back on the road in a week or so, then I can get on with some of my other projects.

I’m re­build­ing a 1974 Tri­umph Bonneville that I plan to go away on this sum­mer, and also have a Tri­umph TRW that’s nearly done. It was pretty much just a frame and hubs when I got it, so I’m do­ing a sort-of Tro­phy/tri­als replica but with my own spin on it. Then there’s the Tri­ton based on a 1959 wide line Nor­ton Dom­i­na­tor, and also the 1952 Tri­umph Thunderbird – I’ve re­paired the frame and worked on the en­gine. I’m re­build­ing a Nor­ton en­gine too, and have a BSA mo­tocross bike.

My girl­friend says I spend too much time with my bikes, but at least she knows where I am.

My ev­ery­day ride is the Ariel VB. It’s out­side now with a small pool of oil grow­ing un­der it...


ABOVE: Re­bore and crank re­grind were needed to get the A7 run­ning again

RIGHT: Joss’s side­valve Ariel 600 gets rid­den to work ev­ery day

Im­pa­tient Joss had nearly fin­ished re­build­ing his A7 be­fore the BFOTY en­trants were dis­played at the MCN Show

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