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The Star and Garter / Re: Ebay scammer delves into pre-war BSAs
« on: 20 September, 2017, 18:21:19 »

My son has just been down this line with someone selling a Sloper with sidecar. Same basic story. It was soon removed. This time the seller has re-located to Poland. However I would like to think that some very lucky guy gat a super deal "1931 Sloper and chair fully restored by my deceased father in law" 4500 buy it now.

Mine personal experience was someone offering me a fab price for a mid twenties tractor but could I arrange delivery to Russia. Oh yeah.

Bring back hanging????? OK I know that's a bit harsh so how about public castration. Same goes for the thieves.


Twins / Re: Battery flat after riding with lights on
« on: 28 August, 2017, 16:23:59 »
Hi :)

Classic Motorcycle Electrics on Ebay. Item No252989884779. 23.99 +postage.


Twins / Re: Crankshaft. Oil pump drive pinion L/H thread.
« on: 25 August, 2017, 20:47:57 »
Hi agen.

I'm just going to throw this one in because I have no way of checking it out. Where problems have arisen on the crankshaft end like mine having been welded, from that point on it is suspect.

So your thoughts on this one: Would it be possible to drill and tap the crankshaft end and put a keeper stud in. RH thread so that any attempt of the locknut to turn would automatically have a tightening affect on it. Should be able to do away with the lock washer.

As I say I have no way of checking this so your thoughts please. Then should mine fail I have some idea where to go with it. Might be of use. Even if a hollow plug was used>>>>>

Mike 8)

Twins / Re: Crankshaft. Oil pump drive pinion L/H thread.
« on: 25 August, 2017, 19:20:40 »

 Ho Ho Ho. Mine had the locknut welded on. Oh what fun. Oh what joy. I'd like to strangle whoever did it. It was only because someone had gnurgled the LH thread locknut. Fortunately it was only two or three largish 'splashes'.
I hope the cretin who did it is reading this.

Mike 8)

Pre War / Re: Sloper Dating
« on: 24 August, 2017, 13:48:55 »
 :) :) :)

Just received dating certificate From Mr Foden.

This is original 550cc(5.57 H.P.) H31-8 model.

Frame and engine original as left the factory 9th November 1931. Supplied to the Post Office.

So now I know.

Thank you Mr Foden. ;) ;)

Mike 8)

Twins / Re: Oil Pumps
« on: 23 August, 2017, 10:22:36 »

Just a quick follow up.
It really is a very easy job.
I have never been inside such a simple pump.
So anyone who suspects an oil pump problem all you need is a screwdriver.
You cant even put it together wrongly because the pressure gears and the scavenge gears have a different spline length and they simply wont fit in place.
Thanks again
Mike 8)

Twins / Re: Oil Pumps
« on: 22 August, 2017, 17:26:53 »

Hi Julian thank you.

In fact I just stood and looked at the new and the old splines and concluded exactly that.

"He breathes a big sigh of relief."

Thanks a zillion. Assuming nothing goes amiss my oil pump has come in at about 40. I can live with that. Of course the final test will be when its put to use. But I cant see that for a couple of years and by then I'll have forgotten anyway.

But at least now we know it can be done.

Mike 8)  Happy Boy :) :) :)

Twins / Re: Oil Pumps
« on: 22 August, 2017, 15:40:53 »

Here we go then. I got a used A7/10 pump today and fitted my existing A65 drive to it.
Fortunately I found an old(very) A7/10 book in my bits drawer so I was able to verify what I thought that I understood from your post.

Yep they fit up ok although they have a bit of a tight spot it turns. They need to be separated agen and given another clean to smooth out the rotation.

However it does throw up another point-----with the drive re-sited it turns the pump gears in the opposite direction. What do you recon the effect will be. Will it now push instead of sucking???and create a flow in the wrong direction. (That's what I think could happen)

I look forward to yours on this one.

Mike 8)

Twins / Re: Update from Old Biker
« on: 20 August, 2017, 13:47:36 »

About 1978/79 I put a complete Norton Commando front end on. it spoiled the Beesa look and it was a serious dock yard job machining collars etc. But it certainly stopped.

Long gone now but would (will?) do it again

Mike 8)

Twins / Re: Oil Pumps
« on: 20 August, 2017, 13:39:42 »

Thanks again I'll let you know whenever.


Twins / Re: Oil Pumps
« on: 20 August, 2017, 13:18:07 »

I'll give it a go then and we shall see. Thanks for that.

Don't fully understand your point about changing the gears but may we leave that one for the time being.

I'll come back to this when I have all the bits ready.

Mike 8)

Twins / Oil Pumps
« on: 20 August, 2017, 09:41:08 »
Will the "drive end" of an A50/A65 fit and work with the "pump end" of the earlier A7/10 B31/32 etc. It would appear that they should go together OK but your advice would be very welcome.


Twins / Re: A65 Pistons
« on: 18 August, 2017, 21:03:41 »
HI Agen thanks for that. I found the info about the Spitfire very interesting. The barrels that I bought with pistons are hardly worn and  within wear limits. I'm really glad that I asked the question because I was going tojust put new rings and. re-use the parts exactly as they were. So live and learn (just in time)

Now this may be of interest. I was discussing this with a Beesa ""expert"" Yeh!! always had Beesa's mate, know all about them. So I said that I was doing a rebuild and at that stage not sure whether I would make it into an A50 or an A65.  Anyway he told me "the only difference mate is the piston" If you put an A50 piston in, you got an A50. If you put an A65 piston in you get an A65. I wonder I BSA knew that or whether this lack of knowledge contributed to their demise.

So let us dissect the word Expert
X = an unknown quantity an spert = a drip under pressure. Glad I had chance to share this with you and hope it helps in the future


Twins / A65 Pistons
« on: 17 August, 2017, 13:57:28 »


I have just bought a set of A65 barrells and pistons.

The pistons are Stamped on top  68-793 BSA.            46   6/66   L

They are also marked by the gudgeon pin hole  68-743.

I cant find anything that relates to these No's in any of my lists or on Draganfly. (In fact Draganfly says that 68-793 is a dowell)

So what have I got??? any help or advice greatly appreciated

MIke 8)

The Star and Garter / Re: Stuck valves/Stuck cylinder head
« on: 14 August, 2017, 12:33:29 »

PS I aint being responsible for anybody who loses a piece of cord down the engine.


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