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British Bikes / Re: Excelsior 350cc OHV twin port 1929/30
« on: October 17, 2018, 10:19:36 PM »
Didn't that come up pretty. Nice work.

Those saddle springs need work, as mentioned....

Identify these bikes! / Re: ID this fuel tank ?
« on: October 10, 2018, 10:27:46 PM »
Indeed, I got a tank like that with some other stuff, and it was Dnieper or Cossack or Voshkod or something similar.
The leaping rabbit (?) motif would say for sure, I'd have to dig out where/how I looked it up.
The deep black paint was soooo deep, a few chipmarks took lots of paint to fill ...

British Bikes / Re: 1949 Norton model 7
« on: October 07, 2018, 05:23:12 AM »
Nortons racing effort was funded entirely by the sponsors, so its a bit misleading to point the finger in that direction.

The tank on the Model 7 dommies was designed for it, with an oil pressure gauge for the plunger models and no gauge for the swingarm models - with more shape than other models. Some of the Indian parts makers do a pretty fair copy, and throw in all that chrome included in the deal, and free post Quality can apparently vary, from excellent to rejects, so do your research. The shape is not always accurate either, so check the pics carefully - and good luck to anyone that needs one.

British Bikes / Re: 1949 Norton model 7
« on: October 06, 2018, 10:13:38 PM »
There are still places around that can do satin chroming, its not a lost art.
They are not numerous though.
View a sample of their work compared to an original bolt, there are a variety of
possible finishes, it seems.

Andover Norton proudly state that some of their Commando replacement parts
are done in the correct satin chrome, which is helpful in keeping stuff 'as it was'.
So they know of at least one possible suitable electroplater.

British Bikes / Re: 1949 Norton model 7
« on: October 06, 2018, 10:04:24 PM »
The numbers not matching the documents might be a concern, you might
look into how that can be corrected before you take possession ?
Better that the frame matches. And where did the engine go ?

Isn't (or wasn't) there something similar on ebay, asking about twice that price.
That makes your one better value.
It sounds good - bearing in mind these are a moderate performance bike from yesteryear,
if you intend to keep up with motorway traffic then its not really suited for that.

British Bikes / Re: 1949 Norton model 7
« on: October 06, 2018, 03:58:32 AM »
I've had a bit to do with a few dommies, and know of lots of them.
You very rarely see them restored 'correctly' though,
info on them is tough to find, knowledgeable owners likewise.
You don't see them sitting around unsold, so someone must have bought them all up !
There is just nothing to starting them, unlike the rigmarole for a single....

The laydown box first appeared on the Model 7 for 1949, first year of them,
no external linkage boxes on them ever.

Model 7 online.
Few things not quite right, but not bad.
Handsome bike - and not a Triumph !

Getting them with all their correct tall domed bolt heads in satin chrome is quite a task.
And not a whole lot interchangeable with an ES2 etc either....

British Bikes / Re: 1949 Norton model 7
« on: October 05, 2018, 10:11:30 PM »
I don't believe there are many left in this country although there are probably a lot still in the USA.

A lot seem to have come out to Australia, since there was a widespread Norton dealer network there already.
Early ones could be rare in the USA ?, the Indian Sales Corp wasn't set up to distribute Nortons etc until the early 1950s ?

btw, its easy to spot a genuine early model dommie, the timing cover only has 11 screws.
All subsequent years had 12 screws  (may have carried over into 1950 for a bit).
Expect a bit of work to make the timing cover oil tight....

British Bikes / Re: 1949 Norton model 7
« on: October 05, 2018, 09:46:09 PM »
The early Norton twins had a name for blowups when rods broke.

The 500's don't easily break rods.
The  Model 99 600's used the same rods, and that might be a different matter.

Buying an old bike is almost always a case of you exploring the insides and doing
it how you'd like it to be, folks always seem to take shortcuts somewhere ?

British Bikes / Re: bsa lightning
« on: September 28, 2018, 11:41:38 PM »
The moment its difficult to start, try putting a NEW set of plugs in it.
Perhaps not outside the cafe though....
And study if the plugs you take out are wet or dry.

British Bikes / Re: Oil shutoff taps and newbies.
« on: September 16, 2018, 10:32:27 PM »
Bye the bye, Model T's have a sump plug under the 2 sump oil taps, which are merely for checking the correct oil levels.
I'm not sure I've ever seen a 4 wheeler with a sump plug which wasn't underneath it ?

British Bikes / Re: Oil shutoff taps and newbies.
« on: September 16, 2018, 10:30:07 PM »
Yes,but does he know to turn the oil tap on?....Bit late now if he doesnt.

Ian has posted this info for him, and he has acknowledged that he understands,
so all is good.....

British Bikes / Re: Oil shutoff taps and newbies.
« on: September 15, 2018, 07:50:55 AM »
Cut him a bit of slack, if we see a shot of him riding it with the tap closed may be different.
Everyone has to learn somewhere though, folks aren't born with this knowledge.
And it keeps the spares merchants in business. !, and forums busy !

My fav-o-rite was the early T Model Owners Manual, which mentioned draining the oil after 1000 miles.
No mention of refilling it.
How many Ford engines do you think Henry replaced - likely under warranty. ?
And possibly at gunpoint in some cases....

What's coming out is a foamy white substance,

The race guys vent stuff into a catch bottle, something like a coke can or similar, suitably placed.

White foamy stuff is usually a sign of water or moisture in the oil,
and can be a sign the rings aren't seating too good, and there is a lot of combustion blow by.
A compression test can be useful here, tell you a bit about how the rings are.

If it doesn't ease off with more riding, you'd probably  want to at least check it doesn't have a stuck ring or 2,
or may be more like new pistons and a rebore. The lack of oil burning suggests the oil rings at least are still good,
so the bores may not be that bad, just reringing it may suffice.

British Bikes / Re: BSA Info
« on: September 11, 2018, 02:34:44 AM »
Where are you - that can make a difference finding such records.

British Bikes / Re: Tiger cub rectifier .
« on: September 11, 2018, 02:33:23 AM »
Having decent wiring is not entirely just a 'cosmetic' issue..... ?

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