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British Bikes / Re: Excelsior year
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:37:55 AM »
Thanks guys!

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British Bikes / Re: Excelsior year
« on: November 14, 2017, 01:50:20 PM »
That engine is a replacement. The engine number prefix identifies it as an engine first fitted to a 1950 James, not an Excelsior. According to my local police records the appropriate engine number prefix for your model Excelsior was 905/***. This is not surprising as for many years it was far cheaper to buy a used Villiers engine from a wreckers than to spend money on rebuilding a worn out one to new. Plus of course if you did lash out on a reconditioned exchange unit no one cared about the original engine numbers anyway. This was a daily rider working bike not anything fancy.

As to the gear ratios, Villiers identified the change over to ratios more usable on the road by stamping a 'D' suffix after the engine number. This also identifies updates to the crankcase compression seals. You can see from your engine number that both the original engine and the one you have now came from the factory with the wide ratio box but who knows what has been done in the last 60 years. If you want to know all the technical ins and outs buy yourself a third or fourth edition of "The Villiers Engine" by B E Browning and published by Pearsons.

Welcome to the wonderful world of Villiers.
Cheers,
Hi 33d6, I need a dating certificate for this bike, any ideas?
Cheers.

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Autojumble / Re: Excelsior roadmaster battery box
« on: November 12, 2017, 08:51:57 AM »
Thanks 33d6, I can see me asking your advice on a regular basis.    :)

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Autojumble / Excelsior roadmaster battery box
« on: November 11, 2017, 08:10:45 AM »
Hi all, I'm looking for a Excelsior roadmaster battery box, any condition.

Cheers.

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British Bikes / Re: Excelsior year
« on: November 10, 2017, 07:14:13 AM »
That's great, now that I know what it is I Can try and register it and try and get the missing parts together, then start the restoration .
Thankyou for your help.

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British Bikes / Re: Excelsior year
« on: November 09, 2017, 01:21:40 PM »
That's great, thanks for the info.
The engine number appears to be 948 8602

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British Bikes / Re: Excelsior year
« on: November 08, 2017, 10:27:27 PM »
Yes, definately TUD 1143

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British Bikes / Re: Excelsior year
« on: November 08, 2017, 10:19:36 PM »
Sorry, TUD

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British Bikes / Re: Excelsior year
« on: November 08, 2017, 10:18:22 PM »
Ok, I've just checked and I think you're right, it it probably RID.

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British Bikes / Re: Excelsior year
« on: November 08, 2017, 10:14:17 PM »
Thanks, I will recheck

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British Bikes / Excelsior year
« on: November 07, 2017, 10:41:51 PM »
Hi all, I've just joined up and I need a bit of help, I've just bought what I believe to be an Excelsior roadmaster and I need a bit of help, it's got a villiers 6E motor and a rigid frame, the frame number is 10D  / 1143. what I want to know is the year of it, I think it's a 1949 or 1950.
Any help would be appreciated. 

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