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The Star and Garter / Re: Back with a basket case
« Last post by A10 JWO on 23 November, 2017, 15:42:53 »
Welcome back, you have the same model as my basket case which I bought in many bits, one owner from new. the wheels now look new, frame ditto. forks finished and fitted and my new seat arrived today. Will make a start on the engine next week. Costing 's so far, but it is fun. Keep us updated.
Pre War / Re: BSA Blu Star
« Last post by guidoflat on 23 November, 2017, 15:20:12 »
it is a 500cc.
I saw on ebay for sale BSA Blue Star Transfers Set of Decals B3, B33-3 and R5. Do you know the difference?
« Last post by Hoppe30 on 23 November, 2017, 14:14:58 »
There is also a sort of lime green booklet from BMS covering BSA motorcycles from 1935 - 1940 including the WD M20. It turns up on Ebay regularly. I may have a spare copy but would have to look. The original version is red on white and was published by the MotorCycle or Motorcycling can't remember which one.
Pre War / Re: BSA B18 front brake spring device?
« Last post by Hoppe30 on 23 November, 2017, 14:11:46 »
Hi Dave,

Yes I agree a 12 part brake rod doesn't sound very efficient but then again this was the De Luxe model ;D ;D. I have a B18 myself and it is a lovely bike though a bit tiny for my 6'5".

Kind regards,
Pre War / Re: BSA Blu Star
« Last post by Hoppe30 on 23 November, 2017, 14:08:56 »

Your bike is a 1934 model. Is it a 350 or 500cc?

I have had reproduction battery carriers made for this model. You need a Lucas T battery for this carrier. There are copies available, where you can fit a small modern battery inside.

Kind regards,
Pre War / Re: BSA Blu Star
« Last post by guidoflat on 23 November, 2017, 12:51:53 »
I don't know: frame n. is B4 - 864
Twins / Spitfire tank breather
« Last post by Robspitfire on 23 November, 2017, 12:10:52 »
Hi folks, may seem like a daft question, but has anyone got any idea of what colour / type the hose should be that attaches to the breather on top of a spitfire fiberglass tank. Is it plain, braided, clear or black? Seeing as the tank has cost an astronomical price to make good and beautiful, I may as well be an anorak about the correct hose.
Twins / Re: A65 - 3 ball clutch operating mechanism
« Last post by Editor on 23 November, 2017, 11:31:20 »
There you have it. I use the standard Lucas switch assembly lever on the OIF Thunderbolt and that does click occasionally but is OK most of the time when I leave a reasonable amount of play on the lever adjuster. On the 1970 Royal Star, previous owner, Billy le Bodge put a longer length fulcrum to nipple lever on, probably to make the clutch operation lighter to save his carpal tunnels. Now that one does click alot more!
Pre War / Re: BSA B18 front brake spring device?
« Last post by daveysprocket on 23 November, 2017, 09:20:15 »
It is now freed up with a little oil and a pair of pliers and working lovely. A friend and me were musing what an elaborate device just to save unscrewing the connection on the brake lever. And why cable and rod not just a cable like other manufacturers? Surly costs would have been cut.
Twins / Re: Identifying the age of a unit bottom end.
« Last post by JulianS on 22 November, 2017, 20:58:59 »
Post some photos we may be able to identify.

Any casting numbers?
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