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Singles / Re: Rebore and cranckshaft services
« on: 13 November, 2017, 18:00:27 »
I used Draganfly as the supplier for pistons for both my B31 and Ariel 350. The bore for the B31 I had done at a local engineering firm (since gone under after nearly 100 years  :-\  ). The Ariel barrel was done by Draganfly. They charged only 35 quid for that whereas the engineering firm was 75.
I had thought that the Ariel barrel needed sleeving as it was badly scored but they checked it and rang back with the good (ie cheaper) news.
I sent the barrel by post to Draganfly. I forget the cost but Im sure it was well under 20 quid. The expensive bit was collecting it as I was in the area - I finished up blowing over 400 quid on some nice new panniers etc for my AJS 650  ::)

Steve

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Singles / Re: B31 Manual Advance/retard
« on: 11 October, 2017, 18:06:14 »
Hello, Chris.
Mine is a tight wire advance and the cable goes into the mag at the back side (of the bike, that is). Timing should be done with the ignition fully advanced. Haycraft (Pitman Book of the BSA) says maximum of 1/2 inch BTDC with premium fuel.
How's the project coming along?

Steve

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The Star and Garter / Re: owning a British bike?
« on: 11 October, 2017, 14:35:08 »
I would go along with what has been said already, but folk shouldnt believe that these old bikes are inherently unreliable. Many are no longer in the first flush of mechanical youth and are likely to have gone through the hands of several owners to whom the bike was no more than a means of transport to be neglected and thrashed mercilessly until something broke - one or two still are it seems if we are to believe what we read ;)
The beauty of these bikes is that they are generally, being based firmly on 1920s or 30s technology, easy to repair, though sometimes at a cost. If it can be done by the owner, all the better, otherwise its a question of finding someone with the will and experience to sort out the problem properly, rather than bodge it (is the untrustworthy, profiteering individual who 'rebuilt' the engine in my Ariel for its previous owner reading this?  >:( )
More important than the ability to rebuild an engine is the willingness to treat it responsibly and take care to maintain it as the manufacturer intended. They will last and be totally reliable. My Matchless G80, which Ive owned for 25 years, now has over 64,000 on the clock and is still on its original bottom end and wire wound piston. I would happily ride it anywhere with never a thought of it not making the trip.

Steve

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Singles / Re: Next problem for the c11
« on: 30 September, 2017, 19:22:47 »
There's a helpful link here, DTB

http://www.bsaownersclub.co.uk/machine.html

Steve

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Singles / Re: B31 Small end bush
« on: 28 September, 2017, 21:23:57 »
I got my last one for my B31 from Draganfly because I was ordering a batch of Ariel stuff at the same time. It pressed in without a hitch - you'll need to make up or borrow a tool for getting the old one out and hhe new one in.
Wherever you get one from it will need reaming once its pressed in as its the only way of ensuring a proper fit. The pin is 3/4 inch but a 3/4 reamer will leave it as too tight a fit. An adjustable reamer is the easiest way to go as JulianS says. Just make very small adjustments until the pin is a nice sliding fit. Remember always to turn the reamer in the cutting direction only, never reverse it as thats a sure way of taking the edges off it
Dont use any kind of abrasive to ease the fit as particles will get trapped in the surface of the bush and accelerate wear.

Steve

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Singles / Re: insurance on B44
« on: 23 September, 2017, 09:24:47 »

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Singles / Re: C15 Rebuild Update
« on: 21 September, 2017, 17:09:52 »
A chap I spoke to at Amal a while ago told me that overtightening the flange bolts/nuts is sufficient to distort a carbs body. They should only be tightened enough to make an airtight seal. If you gradually slacken the nuts and the sticking disappears then its likely that the flange is slightly distorted. As JulianS says, they can be flattened if you take your time over it.

Steve

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The Star and Garter / Re: Ebay scammer delves into pre-war BSAs
« on: 20 September, 2017, 21:46:23 »
Im pleased that im not the only one, Mike. I sold an outboard engine about 3 or 4 weeks ago and sent my phone number in a message to the buyer so he could get directions from me. They were threatening to restrict my account for trying to sell it off ebay despite the fact that he'd already bought it  :o
I must get myself a fresh supply of salt cos Im using up a lot of pinches lately  ;)

I must have a very easy going EPO (Enjoyment Prevention Officer) as she wanted to come along to collect the AJS today. No real objections to 8 bikes so far  ;) Ill let you know when a negative reaction is detected.

Steve

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The Star and Garter / Re: Ebay scammer delves into pre-war BSAs
« on: 20 September, 2017, 20:47:00 »
I saw that sloper advertised, Mike. The same seller had listed about 90 bikes within minutes  :o all for sale on behalf of a friend with their own email addresses. The few i looked at all had their ads blagged from previously sold listings and all were removed within an hour of my spotting them. I wouldnt be surprised if the seller account was a hacked one as he had all positive feedback.

I echo your sentiments for a good hanging. A permanent cure is very effective  ;)

There is a good side to ebay of course - I did a 300 mile round trip today to pick up a very nice AJS Model 31 650 today. Just need to find a space for it now  :-\ How many bikes is too many?

Steve

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The Star and Garter / Re: MOT changes for historical vehicles
« on: 17 September, 2017, 20:56:38 »
I could imagine the Triton, Norbsa and Harley chopper boys falling foul of that little nugget  ;)
Probably aimed at the more extreme ends of the custom scene, it has the potential to become rather messy.

Steve

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The Star and Garter / Re: MOT changes for historical vehicles
« on: 17 September, 2017, 19:20:19 »
On a personal note it sounds great to me, my 1979 Spitfire will become a viable toy in 2019  :)  Having said that I'll still run the old cars down to the garage for a brake test now and again. For the powers that be to agree to this, there can't have been a noticeable jump in the accident rate involving pre-1960 MOT exempt cars/bikes.
That's no more than I would have expected in reality. In a previous life I was an Accident Investigator and Traffic Patrol Officer for many, many years and I can point to only one accident that I went to that was a direct result of mechanical failure. It was a Ford Orion (remember those?) which parted a lower ball joint, and that was only because the mechanic who'd replaced it forgot to put the nyloc nut on it  ::)
The accidents almost invariably happened because Isaac Newton had taken over the handlebars or steering wheel from the 'expert driver' or the 'inattentive'.
Brake failure was occasionally put forward as an excuse but the failure was generally tardiness in getting the right foot off the accelerator and onto the brake pedal, if at all. It was surprising how many 'failed' brake systems left long skid marks.
As we all know, an MOT doesn't necessarily guarantee that the vehicle is safe to use.

Steve

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Singles / Re: B31 Carburettor
« on: 12 September, 2017, 16:14:59 »
I was hoping for a 376 Monoblock but which one? Thanks for all the info though.

The 376/2 was used for 1955/56.
http://amalcarb.co.uk/cf/vehicle/list/?manufacturer=B.S.A&vehicle=B31
As JulianS said, the folk at AMAL are extremely helpful and would probably advise you best. Be quick though - they've got only 2 left  ;)

Steve

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Singles / Re: B31 Carburettor
« on: 12 September, 2017, 08:44:22 »
Chris.
Ive just taken a virtually new concentric off my Ariel 350. Whilst the bike ran perfectly with it, I have now put a new Amal monobloc back on it - the bike had been restored by a previous owner and kept as a showroom ornament for years  :-\ If youd like me to send you some pics of the carb and more details let me have your email address via a pm.

Steve

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The Star and Garter / Ebay scammer delves into pre-war BSAs
« on: 08 September, 2017, 19:27:20 »
Last weekend an ad appeared on ebay for a very nice looking 1939 BSA B24 Silver Star. There were several photographs of the machine along with a detailed and very fair description. The seller had no feedback but provided an email address which I noted. There was no indication of the whereabouts of the bike and the price was a rather low 4500 or thereabouts.
Intereste piqued, I emailed the seller to ask for it's whereabouts for a potential viewing. I duly got a reply indicating that the bike, which had belonged to his late father, he having died 3 months ago - was in Inverness - conveniently far enough away from most of the population - but it could be available for 3750 and the cost of a courier to my door  ::)
I again asked about viewing and received this reply

Hi again, I have relocated to Berlin due to work commitments and viewing won't be an option. I suggest going through PayPal for your peace of mind. As for payment we will use PayPal's - Pay After Delivery payment facility which offers the buyer 14 days for the bike to be delivered/inspected before any funds are released to me. Regarding delivery someone will collect the bike and will transport it safely to your location. (I will mail the access keys to the delivery guy once we've sorted through PayPal).
Please read the PayPal (Pay after delivery) terms by clicking on the link below:
https://www.paypal.com/uk/webapps/mpp/pay-after-delivery-terms
This purchase protection guarantees that the bike is exactly as I have described it; in other words, once you've paid through PayPal - PAD, you will have the chance to inspect it as i won't get paid by PayPal before delivery. I will get paid only after you confirm that you have received the bike in good order as described.
Let me know if you want to go ahead as I still have quite a few more offers from potential buyers. If you do want to go ahead please confirm your PayPal email and address along with your daily contact number.


The original ad was removed by ebay within an hour along with another one for a similar machine. A little googling revealed that this machine was sold on ebay in January 2016 by a reputable seller. The same photographs had been used in the latest scam along with the description word for word. I would add that the bike was, quite rightly, sold then for considerably more. I shall not post the reg number or any of the photographs here as it may well belong to a forum member. Should the owner read this and recognise the BSA, then I would be happy to fill them in with more details.
The name and email address used by this low-life was John M. Chester  johnmchest1203@gmail.com
Be warned, folks, we seem to have moved on from being Nigerian Princes now  ;)

Steve

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Singles / Re: B31 loose valve guide
« on: 01 September, 2017, 08:39:08 »
Hello, Chris.
I had a similar problem on a late B31 I had years ago. A local engineering company found that a new guide was also a bit loose in the head so they knurled the outside of it which increases the diameter slightly and used an engineering grade loctite (I dont know which one) It was before the time when I had the cash to buy my own tooling for that sort of job so I wasn't able to do it myself.
So all is not lost and can easily be solved. The bike had no problems after that - wish I still had it  ::)

Steve

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