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Singles / B40 side points 4CA base plate
« on: 15 February, 2018, 18:13:35 »
Anybody had difficulty fitting the 4CA points base plate because of the condenser wire connection nut catching on the wall? If so, how did you get the base plate to fit in the hole?  Elongate the screw clearance hole at the other end of the condenser holder? I'm not sure that will make enough difference.  Phil (novice)

Singles / Grease gun
« on: 09 February, 2018, 18:26:23 »
I'm looking to get a grease gun for my 1965 BSA B40 - maybe an old secondhand one from ebay? But how do I know what kind of gun will fit the grease nipples on my bike?  Phil (novice)

Singles / Cylinder head
« on: 07 February, 2018, 08:02:12 »
Further to my email last night, just to say I'm unable to send the second photo. Anyway, I think you'll get the gist of my concern. I'd appreciate your thoughts. Thanks. Phil.

Forum Problems / Can't send a message
« on: 06 February, 2018, 20:00:36 »
The system seems to have stopped me sending any messages, even one of just a few words without an attachment - it says file too large.  Any idea what I should do?  Phil.

Singles / Cylinder head (1965 B40)
« on: 06 February, 2018, 19:30:33 »
I'm concerned about the cylinder head fixings on my "new" bike. Photos attached show:
LH side (nearside)of bike:  at the front is a stud with a nyloc nut at the top, nothing at the bottom except the bottom of the stud just sticking out below the casting (might not show on photo); at the rear is a nyloc nut at the top of a stud, and a nut of some kind on the bottom.
RH side (off-side) of bike: at the front is a stud and a nyloc nut on top; at the rear is what appears to be a bolt.
Any thoughts please?  Should I be concerned?    Phil (novice)

PS will need to put second photo on a new message - can't send both on the same message.

Singles / Side points base plate - 1965 BSA B40F
« on: 04 February, 2018, 23:54:12 »
As I understand it, to adjust the points I should undo the slotted circular nut just above the points (see photo attached), then use a screwdriver or the like between the two little notches to lever the bottom contact one way or the other, and then re-tighten the slotted nut. Seems simple, and suggests to me that the screw onto which the circular nut screws is a) fixed, and b) passes through a slot or hole in the base plate which is big enough to allow room for movement. On mine however it is screwing onto a screw, the head of which, on the other side of the plate, is countersunk. If you just turn the circular nut, the screw underneath spins aswell, and doesn't loosen. So to undo the nut, it's necessary to have a screwdriver on both sides, ie the  nut and the screw, which means taking the base plate out. So that can't be right, surely?  And yet it looks (see photo) like the one in a sketch in the Haynes manual. Can anyone enlighten me please?  I'll get screwdrivers on both sides tomorrow (a bit late now tonight) to separate them and see if the hole is big enough to allow movement so that the points can be adjusted, but at the moment it looks like maybe not.   Phil (novice).

Singles / Ignition timing adjustment
« on: 03 February, 2018, 19:10:02 »
Some of you might remember that my 1965 B40F (side points) won't run without a bit of choke, even when warm, and yet has a black sooty plug. Before I start looking at the carb, I thought I'd check the timing. Having had a look at the current setting (rod down plug hole), I think it might be a bit retarded (you'll notice I don't sound very sure - that's because as a novice I found it difficult to be accurate about piston position.) Anyway, I thought I'd advance the timing a bit and see what happened (having been advised in a previous discussion that if my timing is retarded it might result in my needing to run with choke.) Trouble is, when I've slackened the two pillar bolts, in order to rotate the points base plate, there is very little movement possible, because the bolts are very close to the ends of their slots. And what very small bit there is is hindered even further by one of the pillar bolts pushing up against the spring. Any thoughts/advice please?   Phil (novice)

PS Enjoyed the show at Shepton Mallet today - got a few old imperial spanners at the jumble, but annoyed that I bought a large secondhand Pozidrive thinking it was a Phillips.

Singles / Choke
« on: 28 January, 2018, 12:37:40 »
My recently-purchased 1965 B40F won't run without a bit of choke, even when warmed up. But the plug is black and sooty. So on the one hand the bike appears to be saying it needs choke, ie it needs a richer mixture, but the plug is telling me the mixture is too rich. Any thoughts, please?   Phil (novice.)

The Star and Garter / Star, Blue Star, Empire Star
« on: 26 January, 2018, 15:44:54 »
What do these things next to our names on the forum mean?

Singles / Points cam
« on: 25 January, 2018, 10:46:30 »
I thought I'd have a look at the points on my "new" 1965 B40 (side points.) Does the cam look the right profile? I was expecting a circle with a high spot, but this (see photo attached) looks to me (novice) more like a circle with a flat. Thanks in advance. Phil.

Singles / Kickstart cotter pin
« on: 19 January, 2018, 13:34:34 »
Went to start my new 1965 B40 this morning. Gave it half a dozen or so kicks - it wouldn't start and then sometimes wouldn't turn over - appeared stuck solid. The compression lever didn't appear to make any difference. The kickstart then stuck at or near the bottom of its travel - maybe turned on the shaft? I wondered if the cotter pin nut was loose, tried to tighten it but the threads are stripped on the pin, so I need to replace that. The kickstart is stuck at the bottom of its swing, next to the exhaust. So I'm thinking I need to get the cotter pin out, turn the kickstart lever on its shaft so that its at the top again, refit the pin, and try to kick it over again. Trouble is, I'm struggling to get the pin out. Hitting with a hammer (slightly awkward because its close to the exhaust) isn't moving it, just peening over, and possibly bending, the pin. Any ideas please? If I bought a heat gun would that work (and be safe?)

Also, any ideas why it wouldn't kick over?

Singles / Grease
« on: 16 January, 2018, 16:00:32 »
Being new to this, I wonder if someone could advise me what grease to buy for my 1965 B40 please. I will need grease to use on, for example, the swinging arm bush, speedo drive, brake cam spindles. Will one type of grease be suitable for all these, and if so which type?  Phil.

Singles / Newcomer
« on: 14 January, 2018, 14:21:37 »
Some of you might remember me (or maybe not) from a few months ago, when I was asking about a suitable lightweight bike for a tall rider with no experience of motorcycle maintenance. Anyway , I've now bought a 1965 BSA B40, so I expect I'll be asking for your help with lots of things from now on. I apologise in advance for the stupidity of some of the questions!

Singles / Torque wrench
« on: 23 August, 2017, 17:18:21 »
I hope in the coming months to get a first classic (maybe a Starfire or B40 or such like). I am a beginner at this (it's a retirement thing) and know pretty much nothing. Obviously I'll need to find some suitable tools, eg BSW combination spanners or whatever is needed for the particular bike, which I guess I can do online, but I was wondering: will I need a torque wrench?  Phil.

Singles / Starfire?
« on: 13 August, 2017, 11:19:33 »
Following on from my recent deliberations as to what bike to get as a first classic, being someone with no motorcycle maintenance experience, six foot four inches tall, and wanting to keep costs down,  I went to the Somerset VMCC autojumble at Shepton Mallet yesterday morning and saw a Starfire parked outside. I had previously thought I didn't like them appearance-wise (although I had one in about 1971 when I was 18) , but I must say I thought this looked nice. Maybe I should get one. Any thoughts,  anyone?  Phil.

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