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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 ::) ::)

Twins / New Life
« on: 28 April, 2017, 16:45:39 »
 :)HI all.

Pleased to say that after about two years and a nuts and bolts job (and money: what money???), I finally got my 1963 A50 running today. All the usual and partly expected "fings appened".

So now happier and I can start to distinguish between the light at the end of the tunnel and somebody with a dim torch.

Still some way to go but my smile has broadened. Happy days ???????????????????

Mike :) :) :)

Twins / Side Panels
« on: 01 April, 2017, 13:39:31 »

What decoration should my February 1963 A50 have on the side panels. I've seen about 10 different ones but would like it to be as much correct as possible.


Singles / WM20 Cylinder head.
« on: 17 March, 2017, 16:01:42 »

Whilst I am quite able to do up the head bolts by "feel"---like what we always did!!!!

Just as a matter of interest did 'the book' ever give a torque setting.

Just curious.

Mike ;D

Twins / A50 monobloc
« on: 17 March, 2017, 10:34:29 »
 :) Hio all.

Monobloc  carb. What is thought to be a good basic setting for the mixture screw


Twins / A50 Carb
« on: 04 March, 2017, 15:16:13 »
 :)Greetings all.

What carb should I have on my 1963 A50. Currently have a monobloc fitted. One book says monobloc and another says 626/19 concentric.
Still on the bench with another few months(years?????????) to go, so no rush to change it if its wrong.

So any input very welcome.

Thanks a zillion.

Mike ??? ???

The Star and Garter / TRike
« on: 03 March, 2017, 10:00:12 »
Good morning all.

I am contemplating a trike as I can't get on and of anymore.  Of course a move like this comes with all the usual "buts"

So I was discussing it with a friend of similar age and problems.

His answer    Adventure before Dimensia. 

Guess that about says it all


Singles / BSA M20 Engine No
« on: 02 March, 2017, 10:04:02 »
Hi ..

I have a query regarding M20 engine No's.

My WM20 engine No as stamped on it is: -  WM20 B190MS10033   This does not make sense to me (or to anyone else at this stage)so any help would be great.  The frame No is WM20 110933  which the Military Museum tells me is 1944 .

Mike :)

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