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Bringing a 60s Bates back from the dead

Gypsymoth82

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Picked this up after ID by @Will Zach who also has one of these....it was dry as a bone, broken main zip, nothing left of the pockets (Zips were good thankfully) and a garbage replacement liner that was fried anyway.

I've removed the liner and painstakingly removed every thread, not sure if I'll get it relined in grey like it had originally, or leave it unlined.

Thanks to TFL I was put in touch with @photo2u who sorted me with the EXACT #5 Talon that I needed, so that will be next.

It's taken about 6-7 coats of leather dressing over the last 3 weeks, and the leather is really coming back to life.

It's probably a 38, but I can zip it so maybe a 40. Not sure if will stay or go, but I'll put the zipper in at the very least before I decide.
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Anyway, really appreciate this forum and all the help.

M.
 

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photo2u

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Picked this up after ID by @Will Zach who also has one of these....it was dry as a bone, broken main zip, nothing left of the pockets (Zips were good thankfully) and a garbage replacement liner that was fried anyway.

I've removed the liner and painstakingly removed every thread, not sure if I'll get it relined in grey like it had originally, or leave it unlined.

Thanks to TRF I was put in touch with @photo2u who sorted me with the EXACT #5 Talon that I needed, so that will be next.

It's taken about 6-7 coats of leather dressing over the last 3 weeks, and the leather is really coming back to life.

It's probably a 38, but I can zip it so maybe a 40. Not sure if will stay or go, but I'll put the zipper in at the very least before I decide. View attachment 473269


Anyway, really appreciate this forum and all the help.

M.
Love to see members who take their time to do the job right. There are many here who by necessity or interest are trying up repair work. I love your cat eye jacket. Bates is a none sense motorcycle jacket maker. Your particular jacket was made during their best production years. I am all for the full racer look. No lining. LOL. I have an HD motorcycle racing event jacket made by Bates. Mine has no lining. Old school all the way. Looking forward to seeing it finish.
Thanks for sharing!
 

Bfd70

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What are you considering their best production years? How is the mfg date determined?
 

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