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British Bikes / Re: A65 68-70 front hub spindle conundrum, 55 Goldie
« Last post by iansoady on November 16, 2017, 10:42:30 AM »
My bÍte noir. Along with those horrible "pre-insulated" crimp connections that some people are so fond of using.
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British Bikes / Re: A65 68-70 front hub spindle conundrum, 55 Goldie
« Last post by mini-me on November 16, 2017, 09:52:09 AM »
won't be BSA either.

You do realise there are less much folk out there who know about old bikes than there are messing about with them?
I reckon10% to 90%
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British Bikes / Re: A65 68-70 front hub spindle conundrum, 55 Goldie
« Last post by Rex on November 16, 2017, 08:42:19 AM »
If it really is metric it won't be Meriden Triumph.
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The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Brake light
« Last post by 33d6 on November 16, 2017, 03:19:50 AM »
Having a closer look I can see yours is the 122cc Universal, not the 197cc Roadmaster. Not to worry, except for the engine capacity they are otherwise identical and same remarks apply.
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The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Brake light
« Last post by 33d6 on November 16, 2017, 02:30:17 AM »
Excelsior made two versions of the Roadmaster in 1950, the R1 rigid and your R2 deluxe with rear plunger suspension. The R2 had a battery and rectifier and should have the second of the wiring circuits we discussed earlier. This allows for the stop light addition. The ancient selenium rectifier in those days was a monster being roughly the same size and thickness as a slice of toast bread, ie, bread sliced thicker to make toast. On my 1951 James de luxe with exactly the same engine and wiring set up the rectifier was bolted flat on the back of the toolbox. Yes, that's right. It was in the path of every bit of road muck going---but it worked. Have a look on the back of your toolbox. You may find evidence of the rectifier being mounted there. Otherwise they were usually mounted under the seat. I'll have a look around my stuff to see what I can find but meanwhile I can only suggest you start planning for a complete rewire which will improve things a lot.

Finally (and I'm being extremely cheeky here) please remove those fork gaiters. Excelsior never fitted them and they really don't help the looks do they. It's like a pretty girl in party dress wearing wellingtons.
 
Cheers,
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British Bikes / Re: A65 68-70 front hub spindle conundrum, 55 Goldie
« Last post by Kennij on November 15, 2017, 11:43:48 PM »
Hi All,
Well I've cracked the non-removal problem.
Had another look after tea, took off the brake arms just in case, took out a circlip on the other side of the hub. Then put a vise grip, a real US one, on the 10mm or so I could get at on the non-brake side with a fair grip. Put the grip in the vice to stop it turning, heated the b/plate again and poured some lt. oil around the sleeve.
Then I tried unscrewing it. After a couple of mis-starts it started to unscrew. Got if off, and after a bit of mucking about, spotted the problem. This sleeve is 50 thou wall thickness, OR actually 1.25 mm. Checked the thread pitch and dia. Its 1*20mm. The damned thing is metric. The 14mm nuts on the b/levers should have warned me, I just thought they were some mad size. Anyway, tube wall 1.25,  thread depth, a bit over .6, so wall in the threads area .7mm ish.
So when trying to take off the b/plate by hitting the tube nut with the mallet, it compressed and swaged the tube/sleeve in the b/plate because it was so thin. In my defense it was in this state before I started.
So,  I still don't know what the hub came off and I need a new tube/sleeve.  Or a solid spindle. It must be Triumph, maybe, perhaps.
Night all.
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The Classic Biker Bar / Re: Brake light
« Last post by rtw on November 15, 2017, 09:15:45 PM »
finally took a picture, as you can see the hole just below where the brake rod couples there is hole on a tag, it must have been designed for something.
I had it running last night, took it for a spin around the block. it wouldn't keep up with my BMW! but it goes ok. 
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British Bikes / Re: Stolen bikes
« Last post by Rex on November 15, 2017, 03:51:30 PM »
I makes me cringe when I see domestic garages full of bikes/cars/ machines/tools with doors open onto a public road, and (often) the owner yapping away to a complete stranger about all the stuff he's got.

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British Bikes / Re: Stolen bikes
« Last post by A10 JWO on November 15, 2017, 03:25:41 PM »
I always have any delivered parts sent to my works address. I always close the garage when guys in trucks ringing bells drive down the road. This is a real shame, inside information of some description.
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British Bikes / Re: A65 68-70 front hub spindle conundrum, 55 Goldie
« Last post by mini-me on November 15, 2017, 11:39:16 AM »
not all those threaded spindles are the same,  C12 to A10  look similar so worth checking what bike it was from.
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