Swan, I hope you read this.
You have brought back to life for me what was a distant but very happy memory, and for that I can't thank you enough. I came across this forum by chance while searching for pictures of - you guessed it - a BSA DBD34 Clubmans Gold Star.
From my username you'll deduce quite rightly that I used to own a wonderful noise making machine like your masterpiece.
I am a retired machine builder - apprenticed for five years in the UK from 1960 to 1965, but worked in the machine tool industry in Canada from 1980 until I retired two years ago. So I can fully appreciate the enormous amount of work, and the huge amount of care that you bestowed so well on your DBD34.
I owned my 1961 DBD34 from 1964 to 65. It was my ride-to-work bike, my only transport, as I couldn't afford a car on an apprentices's meagre pay.
I have lots of stories about the Goldie, about the joy, and about the heartbreak - about the 'mishaps', and about the rebuilds.
But I have no pictures of 'her' because I also didn't have camera!
The way you portray the rebirth of your Gold Star is amazing, and could only be told that way by someone who loves their work, and by someone who is also very, very good at what they do.
I would love to be able to tell you of a rebuild that I have done lately, but I can't. I only joined this great forum to let you (and all the other classic rebuilders) how much I admire what you are all doing. That you guys can find these old bikes, and rebuild them to the extremely high standards that the original maker didn't have a hope in hell of attaining is wonderful - and inspiring too.
Swan, your Gold Star is more than beautiful, it has a heart - not Reg Pearson's beautiful crank as a heart, but yours. Even if you part with that bike, it will still be yours, the same way that my Goldie is still mine - if it still exists somewhere!!
But that's another story.