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British Bikes / Re: A newbie to vintage bikes
« on: June 25, 2019, 08:38:28 PM »
I don't even know how to begin to reply to your request. As for sources, OBM, owners' clubs, dealers like Verralls or Reaney and Son, or even the dreaded Ebay.
You're taking on a bit of a task if you don't know what you're looking at or for though, and too easy to pay top money for a bitsa (even if it was built in the 1950s).
Lots of research before putting down the readies though. Many so-called experts have been had over the years.

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British Bikes / Re: Best & Lloyd mechanical pumps
« on: June 25, 2019, 12:21:08 PM »
I believe it was used in an early tank too. Far better mechanical device than those French derailleurs!
The bloke making them for Scotts apparently isn't taking any more orders at present, either because he's snowed under or stopped doing it. Over-egging the pudding I think personally. The old Pilgrim, for all it's alleged faults, has worked well-enough on Scotts for decades.

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British Bikes / Re: Passenger insurance
« on: June 20, 2019, 02:49:27 PM »
Same as car passengers? I've never been asked if/how many passengers I carry in the car but I bet they could sue me if I was demonstrably at fault for any accidents, or the other bloke's insurance company if he was at fault.
"Pillion insurance" sounds like an expensive add-on to me.

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British Bikes / Re: GPO BSA BANTAM D1
« on: June 14, 2019, 01:19:30 PM »
Sorry to contradict you Rex, but  but the Post office did respray their own vehicles, there used to be a place near Kidbrooke S London that did it and the red spray dust out the vents was noticeable.  I also knew a guy who had worked there, coach painting with a brush at times.

Kidbrooke was one of the (if not the) biggest stand-alone GPO vehicle depots in the country though, and God knows how many vehicles, including artics, passed through there in a year.
Not really the same as the vehicle workshops and depots attached to sorting offices, mail centres etc  all over the country though. As I said, small scale repairs only, and as space was invariably tight there wouldn't have been room for either a spray booth or racks to hang the repainted frames, tanks etc etc from anyway.
As has been said, a fleet purchaser such as the GPO/RM could have any colour they liked.
 They also used to screw BSA (and later other suppliers like Puch, BL, Austin Rover, LD Vans etc) to such a degree that some firms were unwilling to supply them.

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British Bikes / Re: GPO BSA BANTAM D1
« on: June 14, 2019, 10:23:50 AM »
Definitely. In my experience RM vehicle workshops only did minor body repairs and never resprays.
If your Bantam is green under the red then there's every chance it wasn't originally issued to the GPO/RM.

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British Bikes / Re: Amal 76/276 carb on its side.....horizontal.
« on: June 14, 2019, 10:21:22 AM »
My old Empire Star had one of these carbs but I never found it problematic.
If there is a problem then the long-throat 276 (as used on various MO1L equipped singles) is a possibility?

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British Bikes / Re: Help My sons bought part of a 30's motorcycle!
« on: June 10, 2019, 09:14:23 AM »
..the forks are also pressed ,so wont be all that expensive or hard to find........

Hmm, the Law of Supply and Demand says anything old or rare will be expensive, and I don't recall ever seeing any pressed girder forks for sale.

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British Bikes / Re: BSA BANTAM DI PLUNGER
« on: June 08, 2019, 09:21:46 AM »
There is an organisation for ex-GPO/RM vehicles and I'm sure a little Google time would discover it. Everything from push-bikes to small lorries so I'm guessing they could help you.

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Autojumble / Re: Nos smiths speedo
« on: June 06, 2019, 10:28:17 PM »
Blimey, I had to go to the bottom of my garden to see the whole of those pics!

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If he waits for the correct parts to turn up he'll probably be retired before he finishes it, so the best option is to make or modify parts to fit, and then replace the "incorrect" parts as originals turn up (if they ever do!).
Mudguards, lights, speedo (if it ever had one) switches and petrol tap are generic items, and the mag and wheels should be adaptable from something else without too much hardship.

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British Bikes / Re: Simplex Villiers in Australia, 1936
« on: May 30, 2019, 09:31:37 AM »
That old Finlay Bros pic shows a beautiful  Art Deco building. Be a shame if it's gone. :'(

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British Bikes / Re: Simplex Villiers in Australia, 1936
« on: May 29, 2019, 09:11:20 AM »
If you mean the pig farmer, then yes, be very wary, especially if buying sight-unseen. He's not averse to a little rattle-can silver or black to make his offerings look better in the pics, but that said, he does have some nice stuff even though most are adulterated with metric threads and fasteners.

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British Bikes / Re: Coventry Eagle
« on: May 26, 2019, 05:14:11 PM »
I look forward to many stories of trials and tribulations....

I don't quite know how to take that Ian.. ;)

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British Bikes / Re: Coventry Eagle
« on: May 26, 2019, 09:19:18 AM »
Thanks for the detailed reply mate. After a lifetime working with Amps and Volts the original Villiers lighting set-up holds no fear, but I'm interested in the modern electronic upgrades you alluded to.
Getting the lights working isn't really a priority, but if I get hold of a lighting coil I'll wire it all in, but if they're difficult to obtain then LED globes front and rear fed of a Cyclon battery (hidden in the toolbox or whatever) would be more than adequate.
First job is to sort the dragging clutch. The last bloke had a reline by Villiers Services but clearly it now needs setting up better as it drags enough to stall the engine and there's a ton of slack in the cable/lever too.
According to info found on the Net, it started life as either a G24 150cc or a G25 200cc. Shame that some sod sold off the original 2-letter four-number reg number though.

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British Bikes / Re: Coventry Eagle
« on: May 24, 2019, 09:45:24 PM »

All of the above is high drama if you want to explore the excitement of early 30's lighting but the advent of modern electronics means the original Villiers system can be updated very easily and is by far the easiest way to go.

I'm intrigued. Is there a link to any info on this?
The Coventry Eagle has the frame number 14210, engine number GYF 9828, and spare engine number KZB 595. Any information to be had from that?

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