BSA 904 ACP rescued from a skip!

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vintagebicycleman

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Sep 13, 2011
12
10
Kent, United Kingdom
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I recently bought this rather rough c.1945/6 BSA 904 ACP from a guy who found it in a skip in Scotland. I had been looking for one for a while with no luck. BSA Airborne bikes are a bit of a passion of mine as my grandfather was a Royal Marines Commando in the Second World War. I so far had a 1st and 2nd pattern airborne and a Post War Danish version so an ACP was the last adult sized para bike I needed for my collection.
Unfortunatley for me, I overpaid for the bike and then had to get it from Scotland to Kent in England by courier. I plan to leave the paintwork on the bike original for the time being as I don't have the funds to put into a full restoration. I have found some substitute parts and will be doing the usual service items, along with re-building both wheels. I am going to attempt to do this myself having only repaired existing wheels before not built them from scratch.

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Here she is after light clean and an oily rag over what's left of the paintwork. I have fitted the chainguard from a 1951 BSA ladies bike as it was the same colour and also an old BSA shifter cover I had in my spares box. I have the mudguards from the ladies bike too which I will fit as a temporary until some original guards can be found. When I have all the original Spec parts I will probably look at re-doing the paint and chrome.
 

Sven

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 24, 2017
912
1,787
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Mechanicsville, MD, United States
#7
Super nice find and recovery. Keep us posted on your progress.
I learn the term "skip" from watching Kim And Aggie as well as " Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners" on BBC. I like educational TV.
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vintagebicycleman

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Sep 13, 2011
12
10
Kent, United Kingdom
#8
Bit of an update guys, ive fitted the mudguards from the '51 BSA ladies and re-built the front wheel. Original hub, good used dunlop rim and new spokes. 20181124_125413.jpg

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