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Low compresion per se is not the cause, for instance I have a bike on 5:1; its the cause of the low compression you need to look for.

Head and barrel off.

British Bikes / Re: Oil shutoff taps and newbies.
« on: September 15, 2018, 10:17:14 AM »
Silly questions, from people who have bought their first classic, and don't know what end of a screwdriver to pick will be the death of the old bike hobby :( :( :( :( :( :( :(

don't get me started :'(

Take the engine out, check/clean everything, reassemble carefully.
You know it makes sense, you'll end up faffing around a bit here a bit there and still get nowhere.
you have an internal problem such as slack bore/ stuck rings/ badly worn guides.

bite the bullet and do the job properly.
no amount of internet questions can fix your bike.

Identify these bikes! / Re: Grandfathers Bike
« on: September 13, 2018, 08:19:55 PM »
definitely a pre 1928 Raleigh; looks like a 250cc, I had a couple in the past,sweet little bike.

OR is  a Hampshire reg,1922-26

British Bikes / Re: 66 Bonneville
« on: September 13, 2018, 01:06:39 PM »
Why not ask the Palmer guy who built it?
seems the obvious way to get a definitive answer?

since reading around somewhat you are correct in that the same casting appears to have been used for both

It's good to know that that the internet agrees with my 50 plus years of mechanic-ing Triumphs ;)  much of it for a living.

British Bikes / Re: 66 Bonneville
« on: September 13, 2018, 10:05:02 AM »
you seem to have missed the point, same casting would do a 9 or 10 stud barrel just drilling as necessary.

If their is any other difference its probably internal.
Never heard of this Palmer bloke, lots of Triumph 'experts' out there, one or two may even have been born before Triumph went bust.
Me, I have owned ridden and worked on Triumphs since 1965, seen most of the bodges but there is always more.

Some pictures would be a great help, does it have push in or stub fit at the head?

Send pics of the muck oozing out the gaskets for a gloomy assessment. ;)

British Bikes / Re: 66 Bonneville
« on: September 12, 2018, 08:26:06 PM »

That said, why does the head not have the hole for the 10th stud rather than a cast blank off....all very odd!

No mystery, common enough if casting was meant to do two different years, probably a later replacement.

Personally I don't like the sound of your engine, but that's just my cynical mind; if it was up to me the engine would be on the bench in bits being checked out now.

British Bikes / Re: 66 Bonneville
« on: September 12, 2018, 04:41:33 PM »
I donít remember it on my Ď72 T120V. But then just because I donít remember it, it doesnít necessarily mean that it wasnít there.

Give away is the square front RH corner on barrel flange that houses the dowel.

2nd give away is the oil leak where idiots have left out the dowel that feeds the oil through....

Others are correct about the first use of those oblong covers, never liked them, its not a Triumph if its got all four round ones left ;D

Only exhausts are siamesed;  thats an exhaust not a header or a muffler......... ::)

British Bikes / Re: 66 Bonneville
« on: September 12, 2018, 02:59:29 PM »
That oil feed was pre T140, from about 67/8 if I recall.

British Bikes / Re: Saddle identification
« on: September 12, 2018, 10:39:34 AM »
Its a generic saddle,fits all sorts, bottom spring fitting and length varies.

Conserve as much of it as you can especially the fittings each end of the aerolastics and the badge.

It's a good saddle better than a Terry.

For those under 60, an aerolastic is what you call a bungee, god knows why.

European and Other Bikes / Re: Terrot MT 1, 100cc 2 stroke: non-starter!
« on: September 11, 2018, 08:16:18 PM »
Thank you for the list, we will be back in the UK late Wed this week, but the link is very useful.
I bet I will still have by little Terrot in 2019...

I'd go for 2119.

Kempton Park is in my experience a washout unless you want jap junk, modern repro british bits at silly prices, but there will be a couple of opportunist sellers of old french tat there as usual, go in disguise, they'll be looking out for you ::) Once they got a fish on the hook, they like to reel them in again ;D

I'm rather fond of onion soup, but I make my own and use English onions. I'm on an 'avoid anything French' crusade these days.

British Bikes / Re: 66 Bonneville
« on: September 11, 2018, 08:15:15 PM »
I'll check out if the pressure plate is still spinning when clutch is in through the cover in the PCC - thanks for that tip. I guess if it is spinning I adjust at the bars or at the rod threaded end c/w lock nut.

pay attention, as I said adjust the pressure plate  by the spring nuts; you will have to remove the cover, otherwise its pointless.

cable must be adjusted gearbox end first. read the manual.

As for the rear brake,all the other suggestions, but my cynical view inclines to a crap indian made replacement rear drum.

Looking at pictures of that hideous device why did no one think to put a guard over that blade?

Ian, my vice is Wheelhorse tractors, want a BSA powered Ransomes mower?

British Bikes / Re: 66 Bonneville
« on: September 11, 2018, 02:40:24 PM »
Your bike will behave best as Triumph made it; I have no experience of T140 isn't that a 750?, in which case it will be pointless.
Just larger valves will do NOTHING for your performance.
Don't worry about the breather tube,if ts ben done properly there should be 3 x 1/16 holes behind the engine sprocket at about 5o/c.

Clutch cable adjustment need to be done correctly, see on a Triumph site 'cos I can't be asred to write it out right now.

Your crappy gear change will 99% be the pressure plate not lifting properly causing drag; when the engine is running with cover off and lever held in, the pressure plate should stop spinning. Adjust with the spring nuts to get an even lift.

Unless I knew the person who built the engine I'd never trust the rebuild; cruel but learnt from experience.

Carbs; I prefer monoblocs but it don't really matter. You can get new monoblocs from Burlen,Salisbury,don't expect then to hold your hand.

Took me 20mins to figure out what pcc was.

Good luck, a cracking bike when properly set up.

British Bikes / Re: anyone up for a good run out?
« on: September 10, 2018, 12:27:40 PM »
40yrs younger and being able to cross over  by ship I'd have been tempted.

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