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martin shaw
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Post by martin shaw » Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:36 pm

Evening

Well I finally took the plunge and got a HD MT350. Its a bit rough with an 'interesting' paint job that wouldn't look out of place on a Resident Evil film set, but its all there and it runs. This evening, I have started to take off all the plastics and experimented with removing the 'expertly' applied spray paint. Unfortunately, it looks like I'm going to have to paint the plastics as well as the metal work but as long as its all the same green, I can live with that.

Just for the record, the contract No of the bike is LV2A/067, Item 15. I think the Army No is 75KL86, so if anyone has any details about this bike, where it served and with what Regiment, I would be very grateful.

I am sure there will be lots more posts to follow.

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Post by Jooles » Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:43 pm

Welcome aboard Martin, and a great choice of bike. Don't forget to do a full service including clutch cable. After a couple of rides, you won't be able to stay off it!!
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Post by martin shaw » Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:49 pm

Cheers Jooles

Its the most modern military bike I have restored as I usually concentrate on WW2 stuff, but having ridden it last night for the first time around the field, it is surprisingly comfortable. And once finished, my usual bike of choice might well get pushed to the back of the garage!

Martin
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Post by macky42 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:08 pm

Hello, as for history, MOD have had so many FOI requests for vehicle histories that they've published the available database online here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... -july-2018

Yours is in attachment 5 (search for reg. no.)

75KL86 3 18/02/1996 CA005A JSCS ASHCHURCH CAPITA 17220AA 19/02/1996
75KL86 4 22/04/1996 A2135B 174 PRO COY RMP 3 (UK) DIV ELM 22773A 999 14/08/1996
75KL86 4 14/08/1996 A3737B 157RLC-249SQN 12 263M50 14/08/1996
75KL86 3 30/03/2009 CQ710A WITHAM (SPECIALIST VEHICLES) LTD 25240 999 16/04/2009 01:00 A10

This gives you unit assignments, I don't know how (if) you can find out where it actually was at any given time though.
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martin shaw
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Post by martin shaw » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:36 pm

Hi macky42

That's great information, thanks. It looks like the MP's had it through the summer of 96 and when it started getting cold, sent it over to the RLC!

I'll keep you all posted on the restoration and how its going.

Martin
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Post by Minter » Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:31 am

Morning Martin,

Welcome to the forum! Enjoy your new bike, should keep you entertained over the winter!

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Post by Force Motorcycles » Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:45 am

Welcome to the forum Martin!

Let us know if there's anything we can help with :)

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Post by martin shaw » Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:10 pm

Thanks to everyone for the welcome, its much appreciated.

Forces, there is something you may be able to help with, or any of the other members for that matter.

I said in my opening post that the bike had an interesting paint job, a kind of graffiti camouflage that didn't really work. Well I'm slowly getting the paint off but finding that I don't have two panels the same shade of green, particularly the big part of the gun carrier. Its so faded that its almost looks like a different type of plastic to the gun carrier lid. It may be the reason it was painted in the first place, who knows. The question is, are all plastics like this and we live with it or can the plastics be painted to get them all looking the same? If they can be painted, I guess its water based paint as cellulose might damage the plastic?

I have seen that the question of 'which green' is discussed in other threads so didn't really want to open a new one, just some initial guidance and thoughts?

Martin
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Post by Wirralman » Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:47 pm

Welcome to the forum
Regarding colours, bikes with everything matching are few. In military trim frame, tank, pannier boxes, gun box, tool box are unlikely to match exactly, especially after a while. That said I would expect gun box and lid to be very close normally but swapping parts from a wreck to use on another bike is common practice

If you paint the frame, make sure it isn't too perfect by painting the plastics as well, they'll fade at different rates

Plastics can be refreshed by heating carefully to melt away scratches

N B Some have gone to great lengths to achieve 'perfection' and are then too frightened to go off road lest they scratch their paint

There is no right or wrong answer to an MT colour , so don't worry There is even a pink one used for fundraising by a very one lady member
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