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British Bikes / Re: Excelsior 350cc OHV twin port 1929/30
« on: October 15, 2018, 10:10:04 PM »
The BTH magdyno is very unusual....and rare ,I expect.......The fuel line is likely spray paint hose,thiokol lined and the only fuel line Ive found to be 100% reliable with modern fuel......which is pretty close to paint thinner in chemical makeup.

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British Bikes / Re: cylinder or barrel
« on: October 14, 2018, 05:43:32 AM »
Ah..you are in the US of A.......Mexifornia?....BSA s were big there once.....not so much now,I suppose.

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British Bikes / Re: Anyone into Scotts here
« on: October 13, 2018, 11:17:21 PM »
Not if you re an auctioneer collecting comission and buyers premium.

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British Bikes / Re: cylinder or barrel
« on: October 13, 2018, 09:29:00 AM »
I think the 69 will have a 500 twin rod and plain bearing and a one piece crank...from memory....i also think that the plain bearing setup cured the bigend failures that were common ......but I dont know.......my memory of those days is getting sketchy......You are probably best to contact someone like SRM.who are still in business.

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British Bikes / Re: Slimline chrome!
« on: October 12, 2018, 11:45:15 PM »
Last place I worked was a big operation,but the owner had a radar for cash jobs,and would suddenly appear when a boxtrailer with a old  bed frame or old car bits came in the gate......A $20 note was enough to lure him out....

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British Bikes / Re: cylinder or barrel
« on: October 12, 2018, 05:15:46 AM »
In the far distant past i bought a BSA Victor. 441 Scrambler.....the big end knocked out in about 5 minutes.I bodged it,and sold the bike.All I know............As for the 350s,I used to buy them at the army sales.......double pallet with 8 bikes strapped on for $300-$400.... about early 80 s,I reckon....B40GA ,they called em.....The army found them to be rubbish,and replaced them with Suzuki 400 twins,all painted green......They used to sell for about $300 for 8 strapped to a double pallet.

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British Bikes / Re: Slimline chrome!
« on: October 11, 2018, 04:00:45 AM »
Out here the EPA license and compliance costs are round $100,000 a year for a small operation.  Adds on to the cost more than somewhat.........In fact,you could probably fly the stuff to India and return a lot cheaper job.

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British Bikes / Re: cylinder or barrel
« on: October 10, 2018, 05:44:15 AM »
B40 was a 350 with an iron barrel and were commonly used as army bikes.......B44 had a alloy barrel ,and was a 440.....IIRC.

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British Bikes / Re: Slimline chrome!
« on: October 10, 2018, 03:49:57 AM »
I d never get chroming done again.....since hexavalent salts were banned,the platers all say it doesnt last......I would get stainless rims,or just go with paint........where I had the wheels professionally lined,it seems a etch was used,which has lifted the chrome where the lining is........Fortunately,the tank wasnt done by the same guy,and the chrome is still 99%..with one little patch thats visible in sunlight.

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British Bikes / Re: Slimline chrome!
« on: October 08, 2018, 10:32:12 PM »
Ian,you have the same long muffler as my ES2.........people say its too big..........mine came from Armours in 1984,rest of the exhaust too............One thing you are missing is the exhaust bracket that fits the front plates directly below the two 1/2 mounting bolts..........My ES2 is the only restoration Ive ever done  that I threw money at........now its too good to ride,and lives in a spare room....I ride a tatty old  1950 Ariel and a 1939/1946? Panther 100 bitsa........The only resto Ive ever done really well out of was my Willys Knight roadster.........

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British Bikes / Re: Slimline chrome!
« on: October 08, 2018, 06:51:49 AM »
Jap bikes use the same process on plastic and pretend its chrome...........just the plastic is a bit thicker.

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British Bikes / Re: 1949 Norton model 7
« on: October 07, 2018, 10:21:26 PM »
There are a lot of issuses with old bikes now......one major one being the desire of the authorities to crush the 1% ers and their choppers.........most of the draconian old bike legislation in Oz is aimed at the criminal biker gangs.....unfortunately everyone is swept up .........Another issue here is the availability of new made parts to build up complete "vintage :vehicles"...thus circumventing the design rules...........And the greens deciding "old vehicles" are escaping their cherished anti carbon emissions net.

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British Bikes / Re: 1949 Norton model 7
« on: October 07, 2018, 04:37:54 AM »
The frame number is the identity part.......engine number probably changed when the rods came out for a look around...The frame numbers on the early fifties Nortons were pretty roughly stamped,and sometimes hard to decipher......So the story goes,when a bike was finished and test ride OK,an old fellow called Pops would come down from the "counting house"and apply the frame number........he was said to always have a big bottle of strong smelling cough mixture with him,and was frequently tipsy...When Nortons went bust due to poor sales ,and racing expenditure,the comnpany was offered to the Birmingham makers,who declined...money man C.A.Vandervell died,and his son didnt like bikes.....Under a board of trade scheme,a subsidy was offered,and Charles Collier of AMC thought the price and subsidy were good enough.........AMC sent Jock West to Bracebridge St to sort things out.......Which included sacking Pop,and having Harold Daniell up before the beak for nicking stuff.......Daniell beat the rap....Jock West was not popular,and when he was made sales director for all AMC products,he got the big Yankee importers offside....including Sammy Cooper,who was selling about half of all Matchless output.

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British Bikes / Re: 1949 Norton model 7
« on: October 06, 2018, 10:55:14 PM »
The earlier 500s had an unusual tank,with a small oil pressure gauge in one side ....LHS from memory.....all the ones ive seen lately restored have an Indian chrome tank for a single..............but 1952 may have been a no chrome year.....it should have a 276 carb too,not a monobloc.

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British Bikes / Re: 1949 Norton model 7
« on: October 06, 2018, 01:48:08 AM »
Ive been "at it" for nearly sixty years ,and IMHO Norton twins wernt common.........mainly I suspect because Triumph s were.I seem to remember Nortons were always dearer than Triumphs and BSA s.....The early plunger Norton twins were also ugly bikes,and had tin chaincases ,something that just didnt sell in OZ...Pre 50 ,they also had the primitive outside linkage gearbox,which was also ugly.........Funny thing is the Norton SV singles were common in government fleets.....the Brisbane council had lots as mosquito sprayers and the rat gangs.....the PMG had them as linesmens  outfits,....probably all Big 4s..............As an aside.....the the arrival of the rat gang on their thumping Big 4s was a major event when I was a kid.........Sidecars full of  fox terriers..........the boss would stand up on the tank of one bike and read "The Prevention Of Plague Regulations 1907"......then give everyone to five minutes to round up cats ,chooks and guinea pigs.....Then the dogs would go to work......very exciting for a five year old.

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