I also made another call to my friendly Bike Workshop with yet another MOT related enquiry … During the shot blasting and powder coating the VIN Plate needed to be removed from the Enfield's frame. There was no way that the original plate could be riveted back on* and I started to look at replacement services. They do exist but the quotes were high for a few square centimetres of stamped aluminium plate. An internet search suggested that the VIN plate was not mandatory from an MOT perspective provided that the vehicle identification number was clearly stamped elsewhere on the frame. The number is clearly engraved on the Enfield's headstock and a quick call to my local Bike Workshop confirmed that this was sufficient.
I now need to concentrate on reaching the point where the engine and frame can be reconnected. My to do list looks something like this …
- Strip and paint engine mounting plates and spacers (paint ordered, stripping started)
- Polish Engine Cases (in progress)
- Refit Headstock Bearing Races (this weekend perhaps)
- Check and refurbish or replace engine mounting bolts
---* Perfectly legible but the fixing holes were destroyed during removal from the frame. Now carefully filed with the bike's documentation.