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American Bikes / Re: 1948 chief horn
« on: May 20, 2018, 03:21:16 PM »

British Bikes / Re: T 100 490cc 1968
« on: May 18, 2018, 04:58:47 PM »
well, I was there, I know what I did, you were not and don't know.
so lets leave it at that?

British Bikes / Re: T 100 490cc 1968
« on: May 18, 2018, 12:30:59 PM »
Be that as it may, I had to change damn near every Met Police Saint gearbox to needle rollers either 68 or 69.

As I recall, thrust washers only used with needle rollers, bushes had that flange incorporated in the bush.
Met police were using EP oil long before the change over.
Then again they were particularly rigid [or pigheaded] with the oils they used. Al vehicles had to use stock oil which was Duckhams fleet oil.

When the went over to Rover V8s they insisted on using the same oil regardless of Rover advice to use only BP viscostatic. A lot of V8 engines were ruined until they finally admitted Rover knew best.

I don't buy modern oils mainly because I have a huge stash of mono-grade from my trade days.
except my 25yr old car gets whatever is going cheap.

British Bikes / Re: T 100 490cc 1968
« on: May 18, 2018, 10:07:57 AM »
Around 1968/9 Triumph changed all the bushes in their gearboxes from bronze to needle roller bearings because they  were having problems with EP oil corrosion.
At that time I was a mechanic for London plod and had to change all the Triumph 650 fleet bikes over to needle rollers.

I never grew to love the cats piss stink of EP oil.

Its alleged that EP oils have now got over the corrosion problem. It doesn't bother me because I am a diehard monograde user. Thats what I also use in all my bikes.
I am not going to get drawn into yet another mono versus multi oil debate. Your bike,use what you want.

British Bikes / Re: 1920 sturmey archer 2sp gearbox
« on: May 13, 2018, 08:29:21 PM »
(example: the notorious "sproing" heard as a part goes flying off into oblivion during disassembly)

The correct technical term is 'pingfukkit' ;D

Actually Terrot was the BSA of France after the war,  on a par with Motobecane, no other firm made large 4 strokes, police and Army used  Terrot and their 350 and 500 were not bad bikes.

What stuffed the french bike industry was French Govt anti bike legislation.

Looking at the new rings I fitted, they are very poor, really not very circular when slipped into the bore.

another tree wrongly barked at?

In my experience it'll be the bore that's out of round.

It occurs to me that for all this wasted cash, you could have nipped over to a couple of the large autojumbles in France, had a bit of a holiday, bought a couple more  decent engines of known quantity and still have spent less money?

Or you could even have paid me to do it? ;D

If its an Indian made piston, about 3/8 inch judging from other sites :(


 I do it by proxy, I tell the wife where to hit me. :o :o

Knee is coming along fine thanks,far better than expected.
I have a load of women therapists bossing me around.

Nice ;)

As to German cars, an acquired taste for sure.

Like hair shirts and self flagellation?

I have  occasional amusement getting people to google "unsold new motorcars". Its astounding how many new cars are sitting unsold on airfields and other sites. BMW have a facility for stripping the damn things down again.

They can't stop producing cars so they end up with a huge glut, meanwhile mugs pay way over the odds because they think they are buying quality or status.

Back in the 1980s I had to chauffeur around my employer in an Audi 100CD, it was shite through and through. Minimal resale value, hugely expensive to repair. How many of those do you see around?

Good luck with the piston, when its all been replaced repaired or modified and still won't go, whats next?


 I think that Frenchman was bluffing, or a wind up.

Without original Carte Grise he'll have bugger all chance of getting it registered in France, especially as a import.

The reason why so much of this old french tat is coming over here via various auto jumble chancers' vans is because their govt has clamped down on the issue of the CG and its virtually impossible to get a new one. They want documents from the original dealer or factory to ID the thing, no chance.
Their bureaucracy is a nightmare regarding such things.

Even if you can get new docs you are often restricted to riding the thing to  a radius of a specific distance from your home.

If it owes you 3k, and you have been offered 1700 why did you not take it rather than throw money at it?

Then again, ownership of German cars does signify a certain tendency to masochism............... :o :o

Ve haf vays ov taking your money...

Set light to it, and sell tickets to all your "fans" on here to watch it burn, that should recoup some of the cost.

Incidentally, I think I know who made you that offer earlier, he meant 1.70, not 1700.


I wouldn't have any German car as a gift... VW and its emission lies

Mercs rust, my local scrappy is loaded with 10year old Mercs of all kinds.Mostly electrics to expensive to fix.

Audi, too expensive to repair, loved by drug dealers
BMW, the kebab shop owners favourite, a total con, seen the latest recall? I lost count of the number I seen on the back of breakdown trucks.

around 1975 I went o a BMW course at Chiswick HQ, that convinced me to never buy one.

I can only emphasise that you can alter the ignition timing up an down till you are blue in the face, but a couple mm's either way won't make a blind bit of difference.

These are not exactly sophisticated engines.

It's my confirmed belief you are barking up a whole forest of wrong trees.
Don't ask me what tree is left to bark up.

I suspect the whole bloody thing is dud.

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