After some good advice form Bob Hogan, making a few phone calls, and finishing most of the M86 Pursang I was currently refurbishing, I thought to myself, "Why not see if you can assemble the frame?". Fortunately for me, a friend owns a precision welding company. He thought I was out of my mind when I brought him the remains of that machine. "Can it be strengthened?" I asked. "Stronger then when it was new," was my answer. He machined tubular steel dowels to the exact I.D. and M.I.G. welded around the severed sections. Suddenly a motorcycle began to take shape. It was then I decided to take the Bul by it's horns. Sandblasting the frame was the next step, followed by the zinc phosphate bath for rust prevention and good primer adhesion. On previous restorations I had used an automotive two-part enamel, and I felt the finish was too thick looking compared to original paint. So with this bike I applied aerosol truck and van paint followed by a two-part clearcoat. The result is fabulous. I like to let the paint harden for as long as possible before assembling. My next attention was to the motor. The bike was lacking a few motor components, such as; carb, clutch side cover and electrics. I was able to locate and old M26 MKIII Matador parts bike for $75. This machine was complete. Bob Hogan said the two motors shared the same carb, cover and electrics according to specs. (Early Pursangs had points type ignition also). By marrying the two motors, I was able to complete one. Old alloy cases respond well to rotary fine wire brushing, the result being a satin brushed look which I prefer to a mirror polished. The cylinder and head were then bead blasted and washed. Both the front and the rear fenders had been painted over with a couple of coats of paint. My next task was to strip the old off. I removed the layers of paint one coat at a time. The first layer was a dark red, followed by a medium blue metallic, then ruddy brown primer, then the original gel coat of fire red. I began to repair any checks and divots within the glass. Then I called Lynn Mobley. He said he had a tank in good condition, and would ship it immediately. The tank came soon enough, an orange and met. silver repaint as described. As I started to remove the layers of paint, I came upon medium blue metallic, then ruddy brown primer. Wait a minute! Medium blue metallic, then ruddy brown primer? I ran to the garage where the fenders were. Part of the blue met. paint was still left on them. It was a match! I couldn't believe it. This was the same exact paint! This was the original tank that was on the machine to begin with!
I am the proud owner of a beautiful M48 Pursang. Viva Bultaco! Thanks to Bob Hogan, Hugh Weaver, and Lynn Mobley for all their help, but especially Bob for his extra effort in helping the restoration project come together. Thanks Bob. " ! Siempre con el pulgar hacia arriba !" Al Sandy Aug 95
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