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British Bikes / Re: 1920s cone hubs
« on: October 19, 2018, 10:25:41 PM »
Thinking back to the dim and distant past when I used to be interested in push-bikes and these bikes had cup-and-cone hubs, even the most cheap and nasty bike had lock-nuts on the cones, and there were spanners made especially thin to lock and adjust the cones.
Maybe the front legs have just been pulled in by some mug previous owner leaving the locknuts out?
I'd fit them front and rear if I were you.

British Bikes / Re: Wardill Motorcycle Company
« on: October 15, 2018, 09:40:34 PM »
At least it looks more "of a piece" than the Black Douglas. Does yours have FW hubs? The Black Douglas' do and  I think it looks duff. Old bikes had 1/2 width hubs which are more aesthetic in my view.

Salty money can buy a lot of bike for that amount but I hope you do well.

Yes I've stopped contributing to ikba as it's descending into hysteria.'re missing some world-class willy-waving over who has the most exotic holidays at the moment. I think it reached it's nadir some weeks back when some tw*t posted pics of his worn-out bike gloves... ::)

British Bikes / Re: Excelsior 350cc OHV twin port 1929/30
« on: October 15, 2018, 09:20:38 PM »
I'd give it house room. Does the saddle rear contact the mudguard when you go over a bump though?

Ah... and would this idling be on the side stand? Grandma's eggs etc, but do you realise that on the side stand when idling oil collects in the inlet camshaft well at the breather end, and is subsequently pushed out of the engine via the timed breather?

How much oil is being pushed out?  A smear? Continual stream? Put some miles on it and see if the problem remains. 50 is nothing.

A new oil pump though? Bit of an expensive suck-it-and-see approach?

British Bikes / Re: Sunbeam
« on: October 13, 2018, 09:41:36 AM »
Nice bikes Klaudius!
I wonder who would have bought a Sunbeam in Cologne in 1932? It must have been horrendously expensive the last days of the Weimar Republic!

British Bikes / Re: cylinder or barrel
« on: October 13, 2018, 09:39:16 AM »
Had a 1961 B40, one of the first 1000 made according to the engine number. It had the round iron barrel and was as reliable as anyone could wish for. Simple and strong, and as long as the rider didn't think it was a motorway cruiser it would last and last.
Never into trials but as I recall the B40 was sought-after by those who like to get cold and wet, though one of the biggest drawbacks was the heavy iron barrel so I guess there never was an alloy pot for the 350.

British Bikes / Re: Slimline chrome!
« on: October 11, 2018, 06:05:31 PM »
If they're that big you're lucky that they'll touch one-off rusty old bits.

Identify these bikes! / Re: ID this fuel tank ?
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:31:35 AM »
Commie crap. Try using that as a boat anchor and it'd probably float..

British Bikes / Re: Slimline chrome!
« on: October 10, 2018, 09:31:48 AM »
The old truism with platers says that one grabrail would be eighty quid, two would be 110, three 140 and so on.
Far better (cheaper) to get a batch of work and get it done all together.
I use an excellent poweder-coaters in Southampton and last time I was there he showed us "chrome" powder-coated old wheel rims. Not concours standard obviously but a passable alternative to sh*tty Italian Raedeli quick-peel rims etc where a painted rim wouldn't do.

British Bikes / Re: Slimline chrome!
« on: October 09, 2018, 04:18:19 PM »
You'll have fun getting a plater to redo chrome rims...

British Bikes / Re: 1949 Norton model 7
« on: October 07, 2018, 01:07:33 PM »
If it was a really good bike and you got it for the right price the other option would be to apply for an age-related number using the existing frame number. Despite what the Net may say it's actually straightforward enough.

British Bikes / Re: 1949 Norton model 7
« on: October 07, 2018, 11:24:05 AM »

Update on this after speaking with seller.

It is a 1952 model
Frame/engine numbers match on documents but not in reality.

But does the frame number match the one in the V5C? If it doesn't then in the eyes of the law you don't have a valid registration, and informing the DVLA of that opens up a big old can of worms as I found out the hard way some years back.

British Bikes / Re: 1949 Norton model 7
« on: October 05, 2018, 05:14:40 PM »
Why not? - simply because the cost of restoring aforementioned pile of rust - even with Norton on the tank - would be far more than the end result is worth. If you are doing it for pure enjoyment alone, then that is a different matter. Personally, I would favour a resto, provided it is wipes it face at the end of it. So if you would be good enough to find me a "non-running, but basically complete and unmolested" Vincent for under a grand, I would be most obliged.....  ;D   

It's great if you can flog off a bike you've spent money on for what it cost (or more) but if bike restoration is your interest then not making a profit doesn't really come into it. You wouldn't expect to make a profit if you liked golf or playing in a band, would you?
That said, too many spend too much on Bantams and the like and can never hope to recoup much if sold. There must be a happy medium in there somewhere.
As for the Vin, if only you'd said you wanted one last week...

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