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Identify these bikes! / Re: Sun Overlander ?
« on: Today at 12:36:10 PM »
Hi, thanks for the help, I picked the bike up from a friend I know down Warrnambool in Victoria   who is a Norton Man & it came from a deceased estate lot that he picked up. I thought that it would come as a very nice bike if I could find the engine which so far has eluded me.  Was The Wasp & Overlander identical except for the engine, I have put another photo up as it shows every thing I have for the bike, I think the only thing really missing apart from the engine is the offside rear louver panel, it is identical with the photo except for the twin engine which is why I could not work out what model it was.    I have not been able to locate a  photo of the "Century"  any where on the net. I still would not mind a parts book as it is all packed into a 10Lt tub & they are handy to see what is missing & what isn't.

Identify these bikes! / Re: Sun Overlander ?
« on: Today at 05:10:46 AM »
Thanks for your reply. I can not give you an engine No. one of the engine mounts had been modified to take a smaller engine when i got it. The Frame No. is 200  XMO  87.

Identify these bikes! / Sun Overlander ?
« on: March 31, 2020, 12:23:23 PM »
Hi, Am trying to work out the model of a Sun. Identical to a Sun Overlander 250 twin but takes a single cylinder which I presume is a 9e . Colour is a Sky Blue even down to Sun tank badges. I was told here in Australia it was a Wasp/Overlander But I also come across this info  ("In 1957 the companies answer to the decline in lightweight sales were two new models with new frames, the 200cc Century and the 250cc 4 speed Overlander, known as the Overlander Twin. The Overlander was a vain attempt to make a better lightweight than any of the many other manufacturers that made Villiers engined lightweights. Both were too little, too late.")  The "Century" I can not find listed any where so if any one please can shed a glimmer of light it would be very much appreciated. A parts book on the Overlander would help me if any one has one available .

The Classic Biker Bar / Importing Vintage Engine parts from UK
« on: October 14, 2019, 01:25:55 PM »
Hi to all. Is there any restriction on getting old engine parts from UK. Bought a bottom end of Villiers 2T of Ebay but the person I bought it of is worried about sending to Aus.

British Bikes / Re: Villiers Engine Type 982A
« on: July 31, 2017, 11:36:00 AM »
Actually if you look at the cowling it is only one half, the head studs are the the same as the side that has half of the cowling that is there & made to hold the other other half down. The 4 speed box does not have the usual numbers stamped on for the gears & has a clear inspection plate in the side. Unusual to see a decompressor in an engine that size. Also that 982A designation must have been put on for some particular reason by Villiers.

British Bikes / Re: Villiers Engine Type 982A
« on: July 31, 2017, 12:59:16 AM »
Hi, yes I have had the engine for a while & it intrigues me every time I look at it. I have spent hours on Mr Google to see if I could find its twin on something resembling it. I have even put it on Gumtree at a ridiculous price to see if some one might know what it is. Yes I am in the Geelong area, I picked it up a few years ago as it looked like it was heading to the tip & I hate seeing Villiers engines getting broken up, people laugh at them but remember they were fitted to thousands of Motorcycles in their day & gave a lot of people a cheap reliable engine (sometimes).

British Bikes / Villiers Engine Type 982A
« on: July 30, 2017, 02:48:00 PM »
Hi, hoping someone can identify this engine for me. Villiers 982A/29550. Fitted with a 4 speed box a long crankshaft extension. Has a decompressor valve fairly big barrel , could be a 197cc. Has half of what was an engine cover fitted. I have attached some photo's which might help. 

British Bikes / Re: Villiers Type 3/2 Carb
« on: January 05, 2017, 09:37:27 AM »
Believe it or not Steve from Villiers Services has got back to me & has told me they have the right Carb NOS. Rather dearer than what MOD paid for the original bike but a least being new there should not be much to do with it.

British Bikes / Re: Can anyone id my late dads Motorcycle.
« on: January 04, 2017, 12:36:11 PM »
My father bought a Silver Star just before the war started. Joined the RAF & headed off to the desert with 601 Squadron, packed it all in Vaseline before he left & stored it away, when he came home found his Mother had sold it convinced he wasn't coming home. Because he was in service it seems Hire Purchase contracts were suspended until the war was over. Irony was he went to do the right thing & pay for it after he was demobbed & found the Motorcycle shop & all around had been obliterated in the Blitz.
All records lost which made him happy as he never got a penny from his Dear old Mother

British Bikes / Re: Villiers Type 3/2 Carb
« on: January 04, 2017, 11:43:48 AM »
Hi, thanks to all for your help but as to fanging it around the Great Ocean Road I will leave that to the big boys. The way the road is at the moment I would be safer in a Churchill tank. But after all that I still need to find a Carb so if any one has a spare 3/1 bronzed body would love to hear & I will have to convert to a 3/2.

British Bikes / Re: Villiers Type 3/2 Carb
« on: January 04, 2017, 01:16:27 AM »
Hi, I might have solved the puzzle, The difference is between 3/1 & 3/2 it is needle & jet size answer was in the book Famous James. 3/1 has a Jet size No. 3 & a Needle No. 3 . I have attached the page from the book.

British Bikes / Re: Villiers Type 3/2 Carb
« on: January 04, 2017, 12:24:39 AM »
Hi thanks for the reply, I thought that the 3/1 might be the same as the 3/2 looking at it & as you say they are easier to find.
The actual maintenance manual does state a 3/2 & does state a jet size of No.1 &  needle taper of 2 1/2% . I am wondering if this is the same size of a 3/1 seeing that the James ML is a Villiers engine & the Flea is a Royal Enfield Engine. I have attached the  page from the maintenance manual.

British Bikes / Villiers Type 3/2 Carb
« on: January 03, 2017, 11:23:21 AM »
Hi, I am new to the site so greetings & Happy New Year to all.
I am looking for a Villiers Type 3/2 Carburettor for a 1945 WD Royal Enfield Flying Flea. It was only fitted to the War time production so as to fit a large choke & air filter, civilian models had the Amal Carb. fitted post war, which mine had when i got the bike. Is there any reason why this Carb.was fitted? I think I have attached a file of a 3/2. Any help would be appreciated.
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Geelong Australia

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