Dave Morris had restored a number of vehicles over the years, specifically a Mini Moke and an early 1960 Mini. However, he rather fancied having a “go” at something different, so when a 1959 Francis Barnett Falcon came up for sale, he didn’t hesitate! The FB brought back lot of memories from his youth and provided a few months of interesting work on the rebuild.
Dave decided that the Francis Barnett needed a full restoration and repaint into its original livery of Green/White. Whilst the engine was in good running condition, the rest of the motorcycle was very tired.
The FB was fully stripped down to the last nut and bolt. Thankfully Dave remembered to take plenty of photographs to help with rebuild. He also labelled and listed the parts which needed specialist repair. He kept copies of all the labels in order to provide full documentation of the rebuild.
The motorcycle needed repairs to panels and a full check of the fuel tank condition. Having not undertaken a motorcycle rebuild before, Dave took time to listen to specialists, specifically to understand the sealing type paints required for inside the petrol tank. He also caught up with us here at Leyton Classics to provide him with the wide variety of fasteners required, most of which were imperial sizes.
The frame and small parts were sent away for powder coating. Dave found a local firm on the Wirral, who did excellent job at a reasonable price. The tank, mudguards and side box covers were sprayed the correct colours..
It is clearly best to start the rebuild with new stock of nuts and bolts. . Again always take advice from specialists, such as Leyton Classics, they can supply original threads and safety quality. Fifty year old nuts and bolts always go to recycling skip! Also top quality chroming can be expensive but does give you a superb result.
Finally the Francis Barnett was completed with rebuilt wheels and new tyres., as seen in the photo above.