Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Topics - Mike Farmer

Pages: 1 [2] 3
Singles / Sloper pistons
« on: 05 August, 2017, 15:37:31 »
Some help please gents. I have been asked these questions and I'm completely out of my depth here.

Question 1. Does the Sloper and the Blue Star use the same pistons.

Question 2. Was the Sloper ever produced as a 550cc or indeed anything other the 500cc.


Mike :o

Twins / A65 Crankshaft
« on: 02 August, 2017, 09:16:13 »
 :) :)
I have a barn find A65 that I think I shall rebuild.

Well what I actually have is a frame, swinging arm and bottom engine casings with only the gear cluster still in it (9bonus???).

My question is were the crankshafts standard and relatively interchangeable during the production of the marque. I can get a crank quite easily but don't want to end up with something that doesn't fit.

So as always your advice would be very much appreciated.

Oh almost forgot I've also got the rear brake rod (another bonus)

Mike ;D

Singles / M20 girder forks
« on: 01 August, 2017, 10:21:29 »
Hi :)

My M20 forks have been damaged and re-buggered  at some stage in its obviously eventful passage through the ages.
I am shortly going to start the rebuild(actually they need to be re-made).

So were they originally welded or brazed. There is so much brass around the joints that it almost qualifies as HGV.

At this stage I am assuming brass :) :) :) but open to info from those with a greater knowledge.

Mike 8)

The Star and Garter / Sloper value
« on: 28 July, 2017, 09:46:03 »
Greetings :)

I don't recall ever seeing a Sloper for sale in running order with all the paper work up together.

So anyone out there got any idea what a realistic price might be road ready. Or even an expected price.

The dead one on Ebay at the mo is 5500 I am wondering what its value would be(approx) when its done. Not for me I'm afraid but my son is "sniffing".

Any thoughts or help appreciated.

By the way---Anyone heard any news from or about Mahindra. All gone quiet on that front.

Mike 8)

The Star and Garter / Sloper
« on: 17 July, 2017, 14:04:15 »
 :) :)

Greetings . There is a 1931?? Sloper De Luxe for sale on Ebay.

Within my totally limited knowledge and experience it appears to be relatively up together, by that its obviously somewhat incomplete.

The asking is 5500. (they spurned my offer of 4000?????????)

Seriously any thoughts on this would be really appreciated. So what do you reckon.

Mike 8)

The Star and Garter / motorbike lift
« on: 11 July, 2017, 19:20:03 »

Hi all.

A few years back I bought a set of plans for building a motorbike lift/bench. I never used it because I bought one cheap from ebay before I got around to it (sound familiar). The assembly plans are fairly detailed and include the full cutting list.

I aint ever gonna build it now so I'll GIVE em to anyone interested. Just contact me here(pm) with name and address. First come etc. Just
throw a couple of quid in the next charity box that you see. Air Ambulance is now my charity of choice. But its up to you.


Which BSA do you ride? / 1963 A50
« on: 04 July, 2017, 21:40:16 »

Just about finished. Still bits to do but liveable. Unfortunately I cant ride it. Tuff.


The Star and Garter / Veh Reg Agen
« on: 19 June, 2017, 17:32:51 »

Hi All.

We all appear to be suffering at the hands of DVLA operatives. So next time you want to bitch about our mis-treatment try this one.

Write to
Mr David Morley.
Chief Executive Officer

He's the No one top dog

But only the provable facts.

He may not actually reply but if you send it to be signed for he'll sure as hell receive it.

Mike 8)

The Star and Garter / Veh registration etc
« on: 17 June, 2017, 09:04:41 »

I would like to think that my view of this subject is only sarcasm: regretfully it isn't.

Once upon a time it was possible to pop in to the local office and speak to someone whence 90% of the ongoing problems could be, and usually were, sorted on the spot. If the person dealing with you could not answer a point, then the local supervisor usually could. Even if you had your application all screwed up, it was quite possible to go back the next day and sort it.

Sadly "our" push for economy and efficiency has driven the whole thing rapidly forward into the 1850's or there abouts. AND I aint joking.


The Star and Garter / petrol tank
« on: 09 June, 2017, 14:39:41 »

Just taken it out of the rust tank and in the process of rubbing the residual rust off and drying. When its completely dry on the outside I'll give it a quick coat of rust inhibitor (WD40) then let inside dry completely.

After a couple of weeks,,when its bone dry internally I'll get about a foot of 1/2" chain on a longish string and use it to scrub the inside and clean out any final bits that may be stuck to the corners.

Then another 24 hours in the bath to complete the job.

After that see what needs doing to make it look like a beesa tank again.

All takes time.

Mike 8)

The Star and Garter / Derusting a petrol tank
« on: 07 June, 2017, 10:16:55 »

I am trying to post some pics of derusting a petrol tank with the battery charger method. Being a bear of very small brain anything is likely.

Here goes

The Star and Garter / MOT
« on: 25 May, 2017, 22:06:05 »

Hi. Just a quick one for you guys. I know that an MOT is not required for pre 1962 vehicles. However the initial registration forms call for one. Does that mean that an MOT is needed for initial reg purposes. Cant find the answer on DVLA site.

Mike 8)

Singles / WM20 paint
« on: 18 May, 2017, 19:24:05 »

Here we go again. Someone (Arthur I believe) posted the WM20 "desert" colour code here about a long time back. Sorry I've lost it so would that kind someone be kind again. Thanks


The Star and Garter / anti wet sumping valve
« on: 10 May, 2017, 19:47:04 »

Greetings. Just thought I'd let you all know (if anyone is interested) I finally bit the bullet and put an anti wet sumping vale on my A50.

Heres hoping???? fingers crossed.

Mike :o

The Star and Garter / Oil control Valves and Ignition coils
« on: 29 April, 2017, 13:41:48 »
Hi all.

Just a couple of general questions.

Firstly whats the general feelings, thoughts or experience about the use of inline valves to overcome the dreaded down drain.
 Associated with this: - when I started my A50 yesterday I got a lot of oil spill. My fault I know for not checking and maybe draining first.
How does the oil actually escape. I've been associated with this problem for years and never really considered it.

Secondly. I just read and understand not to overtighten slack ignition coil brackets. Now, the same source says to pack with rubber rather than either overtighten or use a metal packer. However somewhere in the back of my mind something says that you need metal to metal contact to ensure a good circuit. I've no idea where that came from so any enlightenment would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your input.

Mike ::) ::)

Pages: 1 [2] 3