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The Star and Garter / Hollow Dowel
« on: 20 November, 2020, 20:22:54 »
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Looking for a couple of hollow dowels. So checked on one of our favourite sites===3.04 each plus postage.

I contacted Kidderminster M/Cs They sent me 6 for 11.95 inc postage. Shop with care.

Mike 8) 8) 8)

Pre War / Sloper main bearing
« on: 07 November, 2020, 13:56:11 »
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Hi help please

We have reached the stage of offering up crank to casings etc. We appear to have two types of main bearing. The pic posted is the outer of the bearing and as seen it is a parallel bearing, allowing the roller race to enter from both sides and slide straight through.

However there also appears to be another version of the bearing that is "lipped", by which I mean that the roller race can only enter from one side.

So gents enlighten me please. Do I expect to have a lipped bearing in the engine and if so where is it placed in the casing.

Your help and advice really appreciated.

Mike 8) 8) 8)

Twins / Air Filter
« on: 07 November, 2020, 10:57:35 »
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I've just put a new concentric on my A65. When I got it, it had a wrong size Monobloc with the round filter. The filter that was in the box-o-bits doesn't fit wrong size etc.

What would you recommend. Firstly If I dont put a filter on my motor is going to be sucking dirty air and secondly I'll probably end up having to rejet it. Thats a bit hit and miss. Might get it right first time-----might not.

Mike 8) 8) 8) 8)

The Star and Garter / venerable???gentlemen
« on: 02 November, 2020, 20:09:32 »
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Over the years I have read of the Venerable? Gentlemen's ride. So would someone please enlighten me.

Of whom do we speak and what is the actual ride. (supposing that Venerable is correct).

Thank you

Mike 8) 8) 8)

Twins / Concentric carbs
« on: 26 October, 2020, 20:30:03 »
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Hi gents. Two Q's on this subject.

1. :) I have looked at two or three books over the last couple of days and none of them show a washer on the inlet union that goes through inlet filter. on the float bowl. So query this.

My rebuilt A65 is running seriously rich.(Black plugs after only 2or three minutes running). So I have a washer fitted, would this washer alter the off position of the float enough to cause a continuous minor flood. By which I mean does this situation allow the float to ride higher because of the altered depth of the inlet union.

If no washer, how do I seal it

It starts easily, but runs black and very lumpy as you would expect from this condition. If I turn the fuel off and let it run out the last few seconds are sweet and very smooth.

Anything else you can think of that might be the problem. It has all new jets and needles etc direct from Amal.

Mike 8) 8) 8)

Twins / A65 timing side outer cover
« on: 12 October, 2020, 15:40:18 »
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I am considering changing my timing side outer cover for the later type, so a couple of Q's

Does anyone have a diagram of the later type or able to tell me where I might find one.

It always appeared to me to be a better system--any opinions on that.

Would I gain anything by changing??????????

Drags point up that some parts are very much the same as T140---Any observations on this.

You advice appreciated

Mike 8) 8) 8) 8)

The Star and Garter / yet agen
« on: 10 October, 2020, 12:11:57 »
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My A50 starts first or second kick if I adopt the my std procedure.

Turn petrol on.
Hold tickler down for 2 seconds
Crack the throttle
Kick- Very seldom more than two.
So this morning:-- Did all that as normal.
No start
Tickle a bit more no start.
Check all the obvious bits of wire etc
no start
Plug leads tight. No start.
Smells a bit wet. Half throttle. No start
Must be the sunhine

Mike 8) 8) 8)

Pre War / Sloper Rebuild
« on: 07 October, 2020, 15:09:42 »
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Pleased to say that I got my rebuilt Sloper Crank back today. Done by Alpha Bearings Dudley. Looks like sound job.

Mike 8) 8) 8)

Which BSA do you ride? / My A50
« on: 04 October, 2020, 14:10:50 »
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With luck we shall now see my A50 pre conversion.

Just after a long resto

Mike 8) 8) 8)

Which BSA do you ride? / My A50
« on: 04 October, 2020, 14:03:53 »
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You will no doubt have already been bored to death with my pretty Trike. I shall try to post before and after. My luck you'll not get either.

I got to the point of it being almost impossible to get on and off the bike and so I was losing confidence. So I decided that I should stop riding before I killed my self or someone else. My son is the proprietor of "Fastrikes" so the option was there and available. No change out of a lot of money.

Mike 8) 8) 8)

The Star and Garter / Parts
« on: 03 October, 2020, 11:38:02 »
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I purchased some bits from Burton during the week.

Ordered about 3.45 Wed, Delivered 10 am Thursday.
Parts included a kick start cotter pin, It fitted perfikly.

Opinion. Prices=average/competetive or to some degree lower. Service= excellent. Goods=Good to very good. Overall comparison=better than some of the unnamed others.

This is obviously just a personal opinion but they are certainly now top of my list.

Mike 8) 8) 8) 8)

Pre War / BSA Blue Star
« on: 26 September, 2020, 15:34:09 »
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Good afternoon.

Please enlighten me; What is a BSA 'Blue Star'?????????

Mike 8) 8) 8) 8)

The Star and Garter / Concentrics agen
« on: 17 September, 2020, 14:12:41 »
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Out of interest and to try to solve a problem, I have just had a long chat with Robert who is Customer Services Advisor at AMAL in Salisbury. This is what he told me.

The Mark 1 concentric does not have a pilot jet. It has a bush which is not interchangeable. The basic method of adjustment is the same. The bush is the same for all of similar carbs i.e the bushes on all the 600 series are the same, and alhough its a different bush the bushes on all the 900 series are the same etc.

The Mk1.5 which is/was manufactured in Spain does have a pilot jet which is changeable to resize.

We had no reason to discuss Mk2s

Mike 8) 8) 8)

Pre War / More Sloper Valves
« on: 15 September, 2020, 15:30:29 »
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I must confess that I found it quite difficult to decide exactly what to do about my Sloper valves.

Ultimately I thought it would be quite foolish to pay a fortune for just two valves so I have just ordered a batch. They will be 'pulse plasma nitride' and I guess that they will come out at about 37 ea plus insured postage. So having a batch made is really a sound way forward and hopefully save someone else a lot of hassle and expense. If it doesn't work out--tuff.

Thanks to all for advice encouragement and assistance. I have a pair of 'big bore' chevvy valves if anyone wishes to try that route????

I don't have a ready date at this stage.

Mike 8) 8) 8)

The Star and Garter / WM20 Trike
« on: 08 September, 2020, 20:26:33 »
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A fairly knowledgeable fella told me today that BSA produced a batch of WM20 Trikes for the Greek army. Now it may have been a wind up attempt but it peaked my interest and wonder if there is any truth in it.

So over to you.????

Mike 8) 8) 8) 8)

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