Here’s the Bennett is its current state of restoration and partial reassembly. It is looking pretty good so far and I am hoping it will go well when I am finished! I’ve encountered a few obstacles along the way. I am not sure how to go with mounting the rear mudguard yet ….The mounting bracket will just fit behind the rear axle bolt but this won’t be a satisfactory solution I think. As you can see from the photo, it is too long for the hole on the frame above, so I will have to get another stay for the mudguard.
I was originally intending to paint the faux lug around the head badge silver, but now I think I will leave it black as there is plenty of chrome and alloy around it …You can see some of the bubbled paint in this photo, but the photo makes it look worse than it is. I have sanded and retouched some of the bubbling and it has come up fine. Once I have finished putting all the parts back on, I will touch up some more of the bubbling as well as the inevitable paint chips that happen while working on the bike.
I still have to source handlebars and possibly brake levers (I’d like to keep the original brake levers if possible) and decide what to do about tyres. I looked at some white tyres but heard that they are not good quality so I may stick to gumwalls. There is not a lot of choice in 27″ tyres unfortunately, some whitewalls would have looked really good.