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British Bikes / Re: Francis Barnett Merlin advice needed
« on: September 15, 2016, 09:57:34 PM »

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British Bikes / Re: I Found a Binks 1920 Ltd carburetor in my dad's loft
« on: September 15, 2016, 04:22:55 PM »
too true
or the

I'm going to do it up one day lot.

my best bike, the one I tell them all to bury me on, was it's owners pride and joy, even though he had not used it for some12 years before he died.

His widow paid a neighbour  5 to take it away, and he only did that because he wanted the sidecar off it. Then he took it to the local tip.

The rest is another story, but it's been with me 50yrs this November.

Its always been a good reliable safe bike for me and I like to think the spirit of its previous owner rides with me.

Fortunately I have a clued up wife and daughter.

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British Bikes / Re: I Found a Binks 1920 Ltd carburetor in my dad's loft
« on: September 15, 2016, 09:56:28 AM »
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why dad took it apart I don't know.

sadly that is the question many of our children will also be asking.

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British Bikes / Re: I Found a Binks 1920 Ltd carburetor in my dad's loft
« on: September 14, 2016, 10:24:42 PM »
Levis would be about right.

the other carbs are amal monoblocs;  1950s-60s you can probably find an application list on line.

One of them is a chopped monobloc, if you can match it to one of the others to make a pair, even knackered the purists will pay a good price on ebay.

Nothing like as interesting as the Levis one though.

what other treasure have you found in the loft?

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British Bikes / Re: I Found a Binks 1920 Ltd carburetor in my dad's loft
« on: September 14, 2016, 08:56:05 PM »
Not Norton, but from the baffle on the inlet and the oblong opening in the alloy elbow I'd guess some 1920's 2 stroke.

Thats not to denigrate as its an excellent find and looks in ace condition.

Lets have some pics of the others?

plase don't ask for a value, bung it on ebay it'll find its value there.

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British Bikes / Re: 1950 Triumph 350cc speed twin
« on: September 14, 2016, 02:09:32 PM »
I call it the organic fertiliser forum.

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British Bikes / Re: 1950 Triumph 350cc speed twin
« on: September 14, 2016, 09:27:57 AM »
nothing to do with 3T's, but you are spot on about the bungalow Rex. ;)

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Identify these bikes! / Re: Neighbour's bike from 1920's or so
« on: September 09, 2016, 04:43:15 PM »
I think you will find dics brakes were seen on bikes in the 1920s? Douglas I think

I don't think machining would have been a problem we were able to make very good aero engines by 1917 which reqired some very fine engineering.

There truly is nothing new under sun as regards motorvehicles, disregarding the unecessary rubbish fitted to modern vehicles
Overhead cams, in line fours, sleeve valves, rotary oil cooled engines watercooled engines lots more on the lists. Although yes lots of ideas failed because of the right material, the concepts are not new.

Only  people under 60 regard old machines as unreliable; bikes were being ridden round the world in the 1920s. and getting there.

No manufacturer these days would permit their machines to be subjected to the test BSA put some of their machines through.

In 1939 Panther could clain 100mpg fromtheir 500 single, I cannot, not even with modern "technology' and its alleged benefits get more than 70mg out of a modern 125 scooter.

In vintage days brakes could be less efficent as there was far less traffic and dare I say it, motorcyclists were better skilled in handling the bike then as compared to a modern rider on on a vintage bike these days.

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European and Other Bikes / Re: new member with a odd bike
« on: September 06, 2016, 10:10:15 PM »
several encouragements sent by pm.

Generally I keep old folks hours, 9pm -4am
up far too bloody late now

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European and Other Bikes / Re: new member with a odd bike
« on: September 06, 2016, 05:33:35 PM »
Lots of folk around with old french bikes they are regretting buying. They are brought back by antique dealers and speculators trying to cash in on  the present daft old bike prices. Generally they know eff all about bikes of any kind.

The french are off loading all their old tat because its now impossible to put one back on the road without original paperwork.

Back in the 1950s a workshop manual was almost unheard of, even for british bikes.

French bikes like this Pug were quite robust, being the working mans transport, the little Pugs are quite nice if dull. Can be pretty according to your taste.

Be prepared for it to be totally clapped out.

best sources of spares, but only mostly repro.

Chambrier et fils http://www.chambrier.com/

Macadam deux roues http://www.macadam2roues.com/fr/

and one other i forget, will look it up

Try ebay.fr but its nothing like ebay uk for spares.

Au bon coin is worth a try, as is http://www.lesanciennes.com/
Do not expect any french advertiser to answer in english, even if they can, although a couple of the commercial sites will, and take visa/paypal

There  is a Peugeot owners club, in France, natch, I expect they are well fed up by now with requests for rare spares from UK for these bikes, dozens of these scrappers have been brought over in the last few years.
 
Of course its a good excuse to go to france to vist an autojumble, or bourse.

You may need to make a tool to dismantle the plungers, almost certainly to reassemble.

why not post a pic or 2?

PM me, I have a cross reference list  french-english technical terms, far better than google translate.

I'll see what else I can dig out.

NGK will sort you a spark plug. Its nowt special.

PS. As I am a bad tempered and intolerant old git please speak proper english to me, I am not "cool" nor "down wiv der yoof speak like" ;)

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European and Other Bikes / Re: new member with a odd bike
« on: September 05, 2016, 08:21:27 PM »
We've been here before? Old french bikes.

No such thing as a workshop manual for old French bikes.

All info availiable will be in French, how good is yours?

Best place for spares, France. I can supply addresses if you are serious.

I think I can help with magazine articles, as long that is, you are not like little miss peter prissy  the other Peugeot owner on here a couple weeks back?

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Identify these bikes! / Re: Neighbour's bike from 1920's or so
« on: September 04, 2016, 05:23:50 PM »
OM reg issued july 1924---sept 1925 Birmingham.

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British Bikes / Re: bsa a65 lightning
« on: August 28, 2016, 09:30:53 PM »
I'd look at cable runs first, tied too tight to the frame, awkward bends, go for operation rather than tidy looking cables.

Have you replaced the handlebar lever? replacement ones are often crap with the pivot all wrong.

Sure they are the correct springs?

I don't remember those BSA clutches as particulary hard to operate.

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British Bikes / Re: What to look for when viewing a 1960 Norton Jubilee
« on: August 27, 2016, 03:08:00 PM »
I know where you are coming from Rex, but as my remaining bikes will never come up for sale  it is irrelevant.

I have left written instructions and advice, plus an extensive history. It's someone else's problem when I'm gone.

But I agree I do gloat over prices asked for bikes which were always mediocre, as my star bike was a freebie. Even more so as when I go it, the local VMCC mob sneered at it,as 'it'll never be vintage boy' [its 1938] while still trying to con me out of it, [I was 19 when I got it]

It was the same with my 1936 Levis 350, which I wish I'd never sold .  not vintage boy, swap you this stodgy flat tank 350 side valve for it.

There are some bikes beyond price, that 1938 bike was how I found my missus, got me into writing part time, took me all over France several times and much more. How do you value good memories?
Cash then is irrelevant.



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British Bikes / Re: What to look for when viewing a 1960 Norton Jubilee
« on: August 27, 2016, 02:53:09 PM »
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https://youtu.be/z4uivPpzCGo

what a surprise. wipac electrics, twin points I think? and doubtless some home made wiring loom. Seen it all before.

really the short answer to your question...."What to look for when viewing a 1960 Norton Jubilee"   is something else.

But hopefully its been a worthwhile experience for you.


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