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British Bikes / Re: Oil
« on: Today at 03:51:03 PM »
"Spherol"? It's what I use in the RE box.

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Autojumble / Re: Sacrificial cylinder barrel wanted
« on: February 16, 2019, 12:24:26 PM »
Like a plain bearing in that it's one lump, but this is a machined steel sleeve with radial holes etc in it. More costly to produce than a roller big end, that's for sure.
I'm far from being anything like an RE aficionado, but those that are speak highly of this design of RE big end. Unlike true plain bearings this one also only receives a dribble of oil, it seems to last though.

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Autojumble / Re: Sacrificial cylinder barrel wanted
« on: February 15, 2019, 09:49:14 PM »
This model has (what RE referred to as) a "floating bush" big end and caged roller mains.
Must admit I've never seen it criticised...what's allegedly wrong with it?

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British Bikes / Re: bsa m20 1938
« on: February 14, 2019, 05:36:50 PM »
You have the perfect jig for obtaining the off-set...it's called the frame! ;)

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Autojumble / Re: Sacrificial cylinder barrel wanted
« on: February 13, 2019, 05:27:55 PM »
I stripped down the WD/CO to find out why the scavenging was so poor. Finally parted the cases about an hour ago to find a thick covering of sludge blocking all the little oil passages that RE liked to use in the sumps of their singles back then. Bits of old long-gone piston, sand and grit etc...a tribute to the toughness of the old girl that she kept on running with the oil system compromised in this way.
Pleasingly the big-end and mains are perfectly useable. :)

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Autojumble / Re: Sacrificial cylinder barrel wanted
« on: February 13, 2019, 10:57:21 AM »
Yep...it ain't going anywhere!

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Autojumble / Re: Sacrificial cylinder barrel wanted
« on: February 12, 2019, 03:49:55 PM »
Do you want me to take it any further then Ian?

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Autojumble / Re: Royal Enfield Model D Headlight.
« on: February 11, 2019, 09:25:55 PM »
I got one from Ebay Australia (of all places) some years back for the '36 Velo I had at the time. Repro, but a good one.

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Autojumble / Re: Sacrificial cylinder barrel wanted
« on: February 11, 2019, 09:24:19 PM »
I have a scrap A10 block and a similar condition pre-unit Trumpet 650 either of which you're welcome to have. I would think the postage would be prohibitive though. :'(

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British Bikes / Re: Rocket Three oil return
« on: February 09, 2019, 01:05:01 PM »
Don't know about a Rocket Three tank but common or garden BSA's and Trumpets I've had had a small hole 2-3mm in diameter in the top of the oil return pipe. Just enough to check the oil return to the tank.

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European and Other Bikes / Re: 1929 Motobecane M2 JAP 250
« on: February 07, 2019, 08:45:45 PM »
Nothing wrong with "horrible looking" bikes but the problems could be mechanical rather than cosmetic?
There's always a reason why a bike was laid up for decades ;)

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European and Other Bikes / Re: Hercules 212 rim source?
« on: February 05, 2019, 04:13:45 PM »
Try CWC in Brum. It won't be a Hercules rim but they can probably supply rims to suit your bike.

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British Bikes / Re: Triumph TR 250 1971
« on: February 03, 2019, 11:21:41 AM »
An electrical breakdown/short  would happen at any road speed.
As ever, the bike needs a good going-over using a workshop manual, but given the symptoms I would suspect that the carb needs a really good clean and inspection followed by the various ignition components.

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British Bikes / Re: Auto advance
« on: January 30, 2019, 04:19:38 PM »
If it's been lying dormant for years then you're going to have to go through the fuel and ignition systems thoroughly to see what's what and rectify any faults.
There's really not much point in asking for remedies on the Net as it could be costly and take for ever to fix. As regards the ATD even if it was seized it wouldn't stop the bike from starting..the timing would just be stuck at full retard, which is what you want when starting anyway.

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British Bikes / Re: Is a Sunbeam S8 capable of cruising at 57mph?
« on: January 26, 2019, 09:31:39 AM »
If that was the case then most/all old bikes would be going for "not much money" then, but doesn't every old bike rider tailor their speeds to suit the bike and conditions?
If you really wanted to mix it with those trucks you'd just buy a new Honda.

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