1955 G9 Paint Job.

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1955 G9 Paint Job.

Postby JTu » Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:00 pm

I've had a 1955 G9 for a couple of years and it's been great. It's looking a bit scruffy so I want to do it up a bit so I've been trying to see what the original colours would have been. The V5 says its black but it has maroon paint around the wheel rims and a bright orange tank. The chrome on the rims is peeling so I'll get them re-chromed or replaced but I don't know what to do about the tank. Examples of 55 G9's with maroon paint on the wheel rims seem to have maroon and chrome tanks - I bet that's an expensive paint job!

I can't decide whether to:

a. Sort the wheels and leave the tank as it is.
b. Sort the wheels and have the tank pained black.
c. Sort the wheels and find a maroon/chrome tank.
d. Do nothing, just enjoy the bike as it is.

Any advice?
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Re: 1955 G9 Paint Job.

Postby Rob Harknett » Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:08 pm

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Bike looks about right except the tank was Red & Chrome. Not sure if they did an all black version, see pic how it is seen in sales cats. ( used a 1956 sales cat as its in colour )
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Re: 1955 G9 Paint Job.

Postby alanengineer » Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:29 pm

when did the option of a chrome tank become available in the uk.
Rob, i think you are cheating using a foreign sales brochure

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Re: 1955 G9 Paint Job.

Postby Mick D » Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:47 pm

Hi

I think the machine dating service should be able to define the colour it left the factory, give G15 Roy a PM with the frame and engine numbers and he'll be able to confirm what information is available - there's a fee for the certificate but I feel it's a document worth having as it adds to the provenance of the bike.

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Re: 1955 G9 Paint Job.

Postby G15 Roy » Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:11 pm

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There are no colours listed on the factory dispatch records it all comes for the sales brochure. or my 1955 Trusty Rusty,
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Re: 1955 G9 Paint Job.

Postby Rob Harknett » Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:34 pm

alanengineer wrote:when did the option of a chrome tank become available in the uk.
Rob, i think you are cheating using a foreign sales brochure

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eemm. Every bike owner should get the literature for their bike. It will answer most questions they would need to know. In this case, making a decision. they will see in the sales cat. the bike has a red and chrome tank. They will read the " finish " in specifications. The twin has a chrome tank. See it's red in the picture. In this case only the owner can decide what he wants to do. I would ask myself, if the tank is suitable to be restored to its former glory, do I really want to do it. I would say yes, as I love this pretty model with its red & chrome late 30's style de lux model tank. That would then leave the cost to be considered. All red is non standard. I would probably end up painting it black like other models are. Still not correct, but more like a Matchless should look. I would be happy. I believe I have now answered the question. So I can now only say to the owner, do what ever you would be happy with, that would give you most pleasure in owning the bike. I had owned a bike that had wrong type badges, that really bugged me, once changed to correct as I would have wanted, I was happy. I only have at hand the 55 English version of the sales cat. scanned B&W. so I used a 56 sales cat in colour, so you could see better, the pretty tank in Red & Chrome,
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Re: 1955 G9 Paint Job.

Postby Rob Harknett » Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:51 pm

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This is from 1939 note as you cannot see the colour they tell you the tank is Aldwich Red. It has been said. Adlwich Red was left over paint from a contract to supply Aldwich Post Office bikes. ( not maroon ) See here for 1955 tank finish advise. http://archives.jampot.dk/technical/Tan ... th_Jackson).pdf
Amazon Red is a recommended colour to use. The person that made the recommendation got their paint from Dover motor cycles
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Re: 1955 G9 Paint Job.

Postby raffles » Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:58 pm

Just ride and enjoy the bike
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Re: 1955 G9 Paint Job.

Postby JTu » Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:39 pm

Thanks everybody, at least you've confirmed that the tank isn't the original colour. All I need to do now is make a decision. I might follow Tony's advice and leave it as it is.
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Re: 1955 G9 Paint Job.

Postby Rob Harknett » Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:16 pm

alanengineer wrote:when did the option of a chrome tank become available in the uk.
Rob, i think you are cheating using a foreign sales brochure

G9 seems to have been introduced in 1949, see sales cat. Tank finish stated Chrome & Aldwich Red, so was not a option, it was standard. 1950/ 51 likewise but colour seen and not stated. 1952/ 53 seen all black. ( I think during this era a lot of chrome finish stopped. Korean war shortage??? ) 1954 its back to standard Red & Chrome for G9. I don't know this info, I look in literature. Anyone can do this as the literature is freely available for all to use.

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