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Messages - RICHARD MILLS

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Singles / Re: B33 petrol tank
« on: 03 June, 2017, 18:26:26 »
Thanks to everyone for their comments and advice.
Successfully MIG welded today! Welded onto the pillars so no problem with welding onto thin metal.

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Twins / Re: Aftermarket oil filter
« on: 03 June, 2017, 18:21:23 »
Regarding the comments on the Norton oil filters (I presume the Commando type), they had straight/smooth inlet and outlet pipes onto which the flexible pipes are fitted. Recently, however, Andover Norton have changed the design to barbed pipes.

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The Star and Garter / Re: Stupid question number 1579, Tax & MOT
« on: 01 June, 2017, 15:12:57 »
I think that, apart from the date, it has to be actually registered as 'Historic Vehicle' to get exemption from MOT and free tax.

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Singles / Re: B33 petrol tank
« on: 27 May, 2017, 17:40:24 »
Thanks Dean, but I don't think there is much scope for a firm epoxy fitting.
Advantage of the welding solution is that I could leave two opposing flats on the setscrew heads without weld. This would mean that I could hold with a thin spanner when tightening the fixing nuts, therefore removing any stress from the base of the tank.

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Singles / Re: B33 petrol tank
« on: 26 May, 2017, 13:02:18 »
Thanks Julian. Thread is beyond repair.
Looks like the welding option is the one to go for.

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Singles / Re: B33 petrol tank
« on: 25 May, 2017, 14:16:55 »
PS I realize that I could drill and tap the pillars, but they are only short and narrow and therefore I don't think that it would be a good option.

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Singles / B33 petrol tank
« on: 25 May, 2017, 14:08:25 »
Hello,
I have a stripped thread on the stud on one side of the tank where it holds the 'petrol tank stiffening plate' (42-8058). I didn't do it - honestly! Can anyone please tell me if the studs are screwed in or welded in? They do not look as though they will unscrew and I don't therefore want to wrench them. I suspect they are fixed because they are not shown separately in the parts list.
If they will not unscrew I have considered the following possible solutions, either:
1. Try to cut a new thread in the faulty side. (Metric alert - jump to 2 if you are likely to be offended!) Best thread would seem to be an unusual but easy to obtain M7x1.0. Or,
2. Cut both studs off and weld on the heads of 5/16" set screws of an appropriate length. Don't fancy welding on a petrol tank, but have emptied it and it is airing in the sunshine. This is my preferred option, but any other ideas would be appreciated.
Thanks.

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Twins / Re: Pre ignition
« on: 14 April, 2017, 18:29:02 »
You can trigger a spark on a Boyer ignition system by the act of switching the ignition off.

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Twins / Re: Speedo drive into gearbox
« on: 22 March, 2017, 09:38:46 »
I only fitted the 'O' ring spindle at the end of last year and have yet to see how it performs (it does seem to have let a little through during its over-winter lay-up).
Rather than keep checking the cable for oil, I plan on letting any that gets through just drip out!

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Twins / Re: Speedo drive into gearbox
« on: 21 March, 2017, 16:07:45 »
I had thought of using heat-shrink tubing as suggested on my B33, but decided not to do so in case the oil that was then retained in the cable got 'pumped' up to the speedo by the revolving action of the inner cable.
Replacement bushes are easy to find. Not so for the spindle, however I eventually managed to get a NOS one which took an 'O' ring; trouble was that it was in America!

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