Things I’ve learnt
1. Buy the most complete bike you can – it helps you understand how it all goes together and there might be parts, like screws, fixings and small parts – that you simply can’t buy any more and you have to restore instead.
2. Don’t have more than one project on the go at one time. It’s so easy to get drawn into buying another ebay special before you’ve finished the one you’re working on. Resist it!
3. Don’t be afraid to have a crack at it. I was afraid of the carbs, but had a go and they need a bit of tweaking but it’s worked out.
4. Get the right tools for the job. Screws are a good example; if you use a Phillips screwdriver on a Japanese screw – with a raised dot on the face – it’ll cam out and strip it. A JIS driver – Japanese Industrial Standard – won’t.
5. Just keep going. Even if something’s a chore – like the wiring loom; my missus watched an entire box-set while I did it – just go through it. It’s worth it.
He just cannot keep his hands off it