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1942 Matchless G3L resoration

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A few pics of my G3L resto.

 

It took about nine months and had a total rebuild. All stainless bolts, many NOS parts and a bare metal respray.

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Very impressive work. How many of these were made?

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Would I also be right in thinking that the gear change is opposite to the American bikes and the Japanese bikes?

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Yes, the gear change is on the oposite side to modern Jap bikes. It also operates upside down - 1 up and 3 down.

The bike runs very well, sounds superb when the single cylinder is pushing you along.

 

They made a few thousand as it was the second most common WD bike during WW2 after the BSA M20.

I understand that the G3L was sought after as it was a much more advanced bike than the girder forked models available at the time.

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pics of the rebuild -

At the start of the rebuild things did not look too bad...... but as you all know, things are always worse than they look.

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The original tank markings.

These are obviously post war. The bike was demobbed in 1963 so did a long service.

Does any one have any idea what these markings are ?

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Some of the metal work sandblasted and then primed. Tank is blasted and then a tank sealer treatment applied

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The original tank markings.

These are obviously post war. The bike was demobbed in 1963 so did a long service.

Does any one have any idea what these markings are ?

 

The grenade or bomb can be attributed to engineers or artillery, the W could be wireless troop?

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