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British Bikes / Re: Dunelt and Barnstormers
« on: July 19, 2024, 04:56:49 AM »
No numbers, because the blipping thing is still high in the air. If I were doing anything with the bike, I'd just leave the gearbox as is, unless it was no good in which case a Sturmey Archer FW could go back in.

I'm pretty sure the gearbox in the Miller electrics illustration is also Albion, something like this one . If so, funny that it appears in an advert telling us that all Dunelts use Sturmey Archer 3-speed gearboxes.


British Bikes / Re: Dunelt and Barnstormers
« on: July 18, 2024, 03:06:37 AM »
And here's the advert mentioned by 33d6, showing a gearbox that is not Sturmey Archer FW (fitted to most model Ks). I suspect it's also not the box in the Adelaide bike.

Any idea what it is? The bike is flat tank, so maybe 1926-7.


British Bikes / Re: Dunelt and Barnstormers
« on: July 18, 2024, 02:53:53 AM »
I got a slightly better look at the right hand side of the bike. The gearbox seems to be Albion? Certainly the lever has ALBION on it, but there are two drilled holes (one to mount the rod that goes to the gear change on the front of the box) which are drilled into the writing, so I wonder if the whole gear change lever and gate is a bit cobbled up. Maybe Albion CJ (2 speed +ks), EJ (3 speed + ks) fromt he late 1920s or Midget from the early 1930s?

Maybe the original box failed early in the bike's life, and this one has been adapted to suit. It looks like it's been there for a long time.


British Bikes / Re: Dunelt and Barnstormers
« on: July 06, 2024, 02:21:30 AM »
I'm curious what a "fully restored bantam" would/should go for ?

I've seen them between $2k and $22k, although I doubt either of those numbers are typical !!
I would have thought $A4-5k?

Re the gearbox mystery, I'll try to get the thing down to ground level to get a better look. If you don't hear from me again, you'll know what happened!

(I turned pages of 1928 mags, and Dunelt literature, but all the gearboxes I could see were the "standard" FW Sturmey Archer, with the change lever either on the box or up high at the front for the fancy models. Mmm...)


British Bikes / Re: Dunelt and Barnstormers
« on: July 05, 2024, 04:12:46 AM »
That's weird - pity I can't get a look at the right side of the bike while it's hanging where it is. The idea of getting it down is a bit daunting.

My guess is that piston/bore condition would be a big factor in the restoration.

Sadly the owner's health dictates that the bike must go, so it is available. Best to go to a Dunelt-appreciating home. Yell if you're interested.


British Bikes / Re: Dunelt and Barnstormers
« on: July 04, 2024, 04:47:47 AM »
Interesting to read about the combined oil filled and sight glass - apparently there is a bowl and drip feed under a glass filler lid, which somehow swings out of the way when it's time to fill the oil tank.

Tempting to say the rear carrier is missing, but on p33 of the parts list there is a set of mudguard stays "if required". So maybe the stays are original. Back stand is missing. Love the Dunelt-specific flanged hubs with 4 7/8" drums.

Quirky little bike, even before we get to Professor Supercharge's stepped piston.


British Bikes / Re: Dunelt and Barnstormers
« on: July 04, 2024, 04:17:25 AM »
Clutch is explained in the 1928 catalogue: "GEAR BOX Sturmey-Archer 3-speed with specially designed 2-plate clutch..."

British Bikes / Re: Dunelt and Barnstormers
« on: July 04, 2024, 02:25:02 AM »
No oil pump you say? Just looking for reasons not to buy it!

The oil pump is there, chain driven from the crank. The tin cover is not, but because it's the non-electric model it would have been smaller than the triangular affair in the brochure illustration.

It's very hard to get to the other side because it's hanging against the balustrade of a mezzanine, very high up. The photos are from the camera poked in at arm's length.


British Bikes / Re: Dunelt and Barnstormers
« on: July 03, 2024, 08:18:21 AM »
Yes, Binks.

British Bikes / Re: Dunelt and Barnstormers
« on: July 03, 2024, 07:54:20 AM »
See I think I can weaken you. Pretty sure the carb is a rather special Binks affair. Very nice. I can see the thing going down the road nicely in a faux duel with a period Super Sport Villiers-engined James...

Pretty certain it's a 1928 Sport, but there weren't big differences between the models. The price mentioned probably wouldn't buy a restored BSA Bantam. Tempted yet?


British Bikes / Re: Dunelt and Barnstormers
« on: July 03, 2024, 05:32:20 AM »
Seems to be the Sports "K" - the tank divides at the rear to sit over the top tube, and the gear change lever is mounted on the gearbox.

Can't be earlier than 1928, or later than 1930.


British Bikes / Re: Dunelt and Barnstormers
« on: July 03, 2024, 04:58:48 AM »
It's rather nice, in a slightly-bizarre two-stroke way!

Not sure what model it is, but I was surprised to see beaded edge rims. So maybe 1928? Unfortunately the thing is hanging about 10ft off the ground, so at the moment it's a bit hard to get numbers.


British Bikes / Re: Dunelt and Barnstormers
« on: July 01, 2024, 11:08:33 AM »
I really fancy a Dunelt...
Hi 33d6,

I thought of you today when a friend said he was going to part with his Dunelt - a late 1920s 250 very complete and running when it was put way, like the one in my brochure above.


British Bikes / Re: Tool collectors
« on: June 11, 2024, 08:13:10 AM »
Completely random! Today I was scanning 'Beneath the Bonnet' by JR Beruldsen about automotive parts manufacture in Australia, and in one part it mentioned that AG Healing (well known for their motorcycles from the early days into the early 1920s, and later for radios, washing machines, TVs,...) made Austalloy spanners. They sold this bit of their business to Siddons (seems in the 1920s), and the tools later became Sidchrome. So the origin of Sidchome is with Healing in Melbourne. I have a couple of Healing-built motorcycles, and a pile of Sidchrome spanners!


British Bikes / Re: Tool collectors
« on: June 11, 2024, 12:31:48 AM »
The rockers in old Enfields use reduced 1/8W nuts to hold them down.

I've found that many makers (Douglas comes to mind) avoided the 1/8W hexagon, and instead used 3/8AF. Who knows what that was all about.

I have a Lennox motorcycle made in Lennox St, Richmond, Melbourne, c1915. The engine was made on site, and I reckon they also made most of the nuts and bolts: the hexagons are all "AF" (I was going to say "Imperial" - certainly not Whitworth) but most of the threads are BSW!!! I suppose they were turned from "AF" (1/2, 9/16,...) hex bar, but again who knows. I certainly need the full range of spanners in my shed.

As an aside, when I was doing a deep clean on the Lennox I took most of it apart, cleaned and reassembled. I had problems finding a spanner to fit some of the smaller nuts on the mudguards. On closer inspection, I found that the nuts had 8 sides! The last owner of the bike was a plumber, who used the bike and sidecar for his work during WW2. He used gutter bolts where appropriate, but was clearly offended by the square nuts so cut the corners off to make octagons. I've had people tell me I should get rid of the gutter bolts, but I love that part of the bike's story.


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