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The Star and Garter / An ideal garage / Bike workshop in the garden
« on: 05 December, 2017, 16:55:05 »
Hi All. I'm toying with liberating a bit of the garden to free up space in my main garage for further bike projects & wondered about others experiences of construction & use. From my perspective in my last house when i kept my bike in a wooden shed in the garden it suffered horribly with "sweating" in the summer - ie condensation all over the cold metal. I suspect this was because the bike & shed stood on a bare concrete floor with no damp proof membrane. Those of you with sheds with wooden floors, do you get this sweating problem at all? Ideally, I'd love to build a brick / block construction if I can afford it, with a tiled roof. Is this allowed under UK planning regs? Presumably you can construct it out of any suitable materials, provided it fits the rules governing distance away from boundaries & neighbours & size restrictions etc? Any thought's or ideas gratefully received, what you'd do better or ideal scenarios! Cheers chaps!  :D

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Singles / B44 Victor Special Primary Chain Tension?
« on: 07 May, 2017, 20:10:30 »
Hi All. Could someone confirm the correct amount of tension for a primary chain on the above please? I think I've set mine a tad too tight, but don't want it chewing the cases! 1/4" in the middle of the top run is what Rupert Ratio suggests & how I've got it...approx....but I can still see witness marks where the chain / clutch has contacted the case at the screw bosses in a couple of places. There's no excess wobble to the clutch, but I don't think the outer case is the original one as it doesn't fit exactly as it should, but it's leak free after I spent hours lapping it on a surface plate. Presumably, the unit singles share a common chaincase there being differences in the drain & level screw arrangements only....Or does clutch clearance come into it?! Cheers All.....

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Which BSA do you ride? / B44 Victor Special
« on: 28 April, 2017, 12:36:06 »
Here's my Victor Special Street Scrambler I've just finished a top to toe re build on. Just waiting on the DVLA for an age related number then I can get her on the road!

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The Star and Garter / Kick start rubbers! PAH!!
« on: 28 April, 2017, 10:14:30 »
Brand new kickstart rubber fitted.... the final touches to a rebuild.......half a dozen kicks later & the **%%ing end shears off it! What's that all about????!!!!

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Singles / B44 Victor Special engine breathing
« on: 21 March, 2017, 15:38:32 »
Hello All.

I've just finished rebuilding my '68 Victor Special & was wondering about engine breathing. I've yet to run it for any length of time on the road due to still awaiting an age related plate.... But am I correct in thinking the engine breathes through several orifices, one being the camshaft?

I'm running Electrex World electronic ignition, so don't have points or in fact anything behind the points cover. So my question, is it worth screwing a blanking bolt into the end of the camshaft to limit the amount of oil mist coming out? Or does the pressure just come out around the end of the camshaft bush or somewhere else near there? The hole for the points wire into the inner case is still open....There's certainly a lot of puffin' around there as you kick the engine over! After my short test rides there was a little build up of oil behind the tin cover that dribbled out around the bottom screw, which I can seal with a little gasket goo, but be nice to restrict the amount of oil getting there in the first place. The camshaft seal in the outer case was renewed of course on rebuilding.... Cheers, Don.   

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The Star and Garter / Dating certificates & DVLA applications
« on: 17 March, 2017, 06:34:57 »
Hello fellow Beezer enthusiasts!

 I've recently come to the end of rebuilding my B44 Victor Special Street Scrambler, & having applied with the necessary docs & pics to the dating officer, was wondering what sort of lead time there was in getting things back.... from the dating certificate, then to the DVLA doing their stuff? Anyone done this successfully recently please? Naturally I'm itching to try her out!

Nice looking forum....I'm new on here, but looks like plenty of info here!  :)

Cheers Don.

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