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This is a 1950 BSA B33 I've been pursuing for 5 years, my personal unicorn. My buddy Danny, who found it in 2008, finally decided I should be the rightful caretaker. Story is there was a dilapidated house in North Hollywood with some old cars outside my buddy had been admiring for years. One day he stopped by and there was an old guy cleaning up. He asked about the cars, they weren't for sale, but the old dude told him he had something else. Apparently his brother had just died and left a house full of loaded guns and this Beezer. The brother went by "Candyman." There was also Candyman's leather jacket, which Danny's friend bought, full of strip club match books. The bike looks to have been customized in the 60's, last registered in '68, then put away for 40 years. 21" front wheel, Bates side-mount headlight, Sparto tail light, green rattle can, and some chrome. I'll be trying to maintain the character and get it mechanically sound. I want to keep it as a running time capsule. I'll get it running first then work on the chassis internals. It needs the primary cover screws, gasket, and some footpegs... but Danny says it runs good and went up the street a few times. The mag had been gone through and shoots a nice bright spark. But my gut tells me I will eventually need to go through the motor. Anyone with info on the bikes, parts resources, etc, feel free to contact me.

As found, out in the sunshine for the first time in decades






 

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that is just too cool :) i wouldn't change a thing, just spiff it up and ride the shit out of it :)
 

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Love that bike! That's one of the few survivor bikes I've seen that looks like it would be usable and presentable with minimal work. Check for rusty/weak spokes or a rotten gas tank and if it's all good, get her runnin and put her to work. Congrats!

PS- I might just happen to have an NOS Superior jiffy-stand for your bike...
 

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I love that bike. As has been said, I wouldn't change a thing, just clean it up and ride it. I think once you start looking a little closer, you'll find that the taillight is a BT&E, (Barnett Tool & Engineering - they still make clutches and cables.) It's a little more rare than the Sparto, cooler too. The headlight also looks more like an MC Enterprises than it does a Bates. This was the same headlight used on the original Easyrider bikes.
 

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Thanks for the help. The knowledge base of this forum is great.

I cleaned the mag contacts and got a big bright spark. Has a NGK plug, going to get some Champion L82Cs .020".

On to the carbs.

 

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Man i don't just like that bike, I LIKE like that bike. Wish I could come up with something that cool.sigh.
 

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Pulled the front wheel off to replace the old cracked Dunlop tire and tube. Neighbor is hooking me up with a 21" modern Harley tire until I can find money for a correct old tire. Lubed all the old cables and they seem to be workig just fine. Basically just doing anything I can do that's free. Brake pads looked brand new. There was no brake stay so I need to make something. The rear Grasshopper holds air, has no cracks, and lots of tread, so I'm keeping it.
 

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What's the odds someone has a junker pair of footrests they'd sell me? I'd make my own, but I can't make the (female) splines.
 
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