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British Bikes / Re: but size for Centre tank- Exhaust downpipe diameter
« on: December 09, 2018, 03:36:26 PM »
350mm would be the diameter of the exhaust pipe on the QE2! ;)
From a (very distant) memory, the nut is 5/16" UNF.

European and Other Bikes / Re: Moyet et Goyon Starlett 125cc registration
« on: December 06, 2018, 11:55:48 AM »
The mentioned Guzzi didn't run then and doesn't run now. It's partially dismantled and the tyres (just as one failure point) are both perished and rock-hard, however due to it's age it's MoT exempt so the requirement for an MoT wouldn't have applied in this case anyway, but then it wouldn't in the M-G case either.

European and Other Bikes / Re: Moyet et Goyon Starlett 125cc registration
« on: December 06, 2018, 09:39:55 AM »
If doesn't need to be MoT-able or even run to get a new V5C.
Earlier this year I applied for a V5C for my (very) non-running Guzzi. I had to supply a few pics to the Guzzi club who then provided the necessary dating certificate, then this plus a NOVA certificate (which I had to retrospectively apply for, but was issued with no problem) the V55/5 form, two forms of printed ID (bills etc) and the money were sent to the DVLA by a signed-for letter. Too much time and effort invested for the DVLA to then turn around and blame the Royal Mail when it gets lost in the DVLA's internal mayhem.
However, should you apply for the dating certificate from the all-powerful VMCC, expect more hoops and red-tape than the DVLA. Bloody expensive they are  too... :o

British Bikes / Re: Nut Sizes
« on: December 05, 2018, 09:32:41 AM »
Yep, the last jumble I went to (about a month ago) had several stalls with boxes of old spanners on the floor in front of the table. Some were those flaking-chrome things but most were the older pre-chrome-vanadium heavy spanners of fifty years ago.
Probably could have picked a good range for a fiver, and rather negated the idea of "this metric spanner is close enough".

British Bikes / Re: Nut Sizes
« on: December 04, 2018, 09:29:09 AM »

As I noted above, AF just means "across flats" and does not make any comment on the thread to be found on the fastener.


AF does indeed stand for "across flats" but you won't find that nomenclature on any Imperial spanners (often incorrectly termed "Whitworth") but you will find it on spanners intended for use on SAE threaded machinery.
This is obviously for the generally available tools and not specialised "ah yeah but in 1935 Spagthorpe made a tool kit for the Whippet...etc etc" stuff.

British Bikes / Re: Nut Sizes
« on: December 03, 2018, 09:38:41 PM »
Sigh - sometimes it isn't easy!

: imperial (labelled AF, where 7/8"AF means 7/8" across the flats.

If a spanner was labelled 7/8 AF it would be for a Unified (SAE) threadform, not Imperial, and unless the OP had a post 1968 Triumph, BSA or early H-D it wouldn't fit the fasteners.
Imperial threads are BSW,BSF,BSCY, BSP etc. and those are what was used on most British bikes.

Autojumble / Re: tiger cub
« on: November 18, 2018, 02:42:07 PM »
Don't know about Cubs, but on the twins the official parts books used to show the length of bolts and studs, so if it is the same in the Cub parts books then you could buy most of the fasteners from any supplier. Nookies Nuts is a good one.

If a supplier did stock every fastener as a kit I should imagine you'd probably whince at the price.. ;)

British Bikes / Re: More pics
« on: November 05, 2018, 09:48:11 AM »
Dunno about that. As I posted in the other thread look at the tank mounts and their fixing. These are crudely made and fixed.
IIRC weren't the earlier Triumph mountings brazed on rather than welded?

British Bikes / Re: Original vintage tank or import copy?
« on: November 05, 2018, 09:44:35 AM »
If it was an original old tank which has been refinished to that degree it would command a small fortune, but Indian-made tanks are cheaper, readily available and sometimes they even fit.
Usually you can tell the Ram-Jam items as they tend to be heavier and with poorly welded mounts etc plus a red lead finish inside.
As said, check it thoroughly before painting.

British Bikes / Re: Mystery gas tank
« on: October 27, 2018, 11:08:17 PM »
The rear mounts are reminiscent of the early plunger A7/10, but they also look like a later addition to me.

British Bikes / Re: Tiger cub rectifier .
« on: October 26, 2018, 12:23:34 PM »
First read it and thought you said cruising to Sweden. They do some funny things there too.. :D

British Bikes / Re: T 100 490cc 1968
« on: October 24, 2018, 09:30:23 AM »
if you look into the costs of getting them rechromed you might find it much the same as buying a new pair of stainless seal holders, and you'll need to tell the chromers not to plate the threads or you'll never get it back on.

From memory there is a large circlip there...maybe you could treat yourself to a workshop manual/parts book too?

British Bikes / Re: Tiger cub rectifier .
« on: October 23, 2018, 04:37:43 PM »
Oh I dunno, there's some nice pictures of pies and accounts of life post-retirement going on at the moment. ;)

British Bikes / Re: Tiger cub rectifier .
« on: October 22, 2018, 03:57:22 PM »
Other clubs haven't made known of any plans to close down over the DPA.
Sounds a little dramatic to me and F-B is better in many ways (although to be fair it did kill off Yahoo Groups)  but Zuckerberg isn't really going to be able to steal your eyes when your asleep if the club does transfer...

British Bikes / Re: 1920s cone hubs
« on: October 21, 2018, 05:54:56 PM »
Thinking back they're not a standard-size hex and are thin, so you really could use a mate with a lathe.
If a wheel never had them fitted and the spindle thread was flattened or damaged (as they often were given how many times the wheel had been in and out) wouldn't undoing the spindle nut cause the spindle to unwind from the opposing side cone?

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