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That's probable I'd have thought...I've never seen black applied to the gearbox/engine on an 'in service ' machine...Ian
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The 1980's was a decade that experienced a style vacuum and a black engine was the height of fashion. Thankfully those days are well behind us. Maybe that was when the black paint was applied?
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Fair enough, thanks for the input. Before cleaning it off I wanted to see if anyone here was aware of it possibly being a service thing.
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I've seen plenty of post war army repainted motorcycles, going back to a gloss or semi gloss Bronze Green. Often the engine and gearboxes were painted too, even sometimes the complete mag/dyno, carb and cylinder barrel. Which were always done in the same colour green. I can't think of any practical or purposeful reason to "two tone" a WD motorcycle. Ron
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If you give me the number on the rebuilt plate on the valve cover, I can tell you more info on your bike. Also from the factory the exhaust and pipe were Matt chromed or cad plated.
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