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Twins / Re: New Find and project
« on: 02 May, 2018, 10:27:17 »
I've had worse!
Best of luck with the restoration.

Twins / Re: UK Registration forms etc
« on: 30 April, 2018, 21:29:38 »
Actually, the form may well be the V55. My apologies. The MOT thing I was told when I rang the DVLA about registering my Dad's '77 Harley.

Twins / Re: UK Registration forms etc
« on: 30 April, 2018, 09:48:46 »
You need a NOVA certificate ASAP. Notice Of Vehicle Arrival. It's an HMRC thing to say the bike's in the country and to see if you owe any tax on it (you shouldn't do).
Your bike is MOT exempt but you have to get one for the registration process so they know it at least once in it's life passed an MOT.
If you need to ride it to the MOT you can insure it on the frame number for this purpose ONLY.
You need a dating certificate to say that the bike is the year you say it is, and that it's not radically altered. Tip- if you're thinking of doing any major changes, best to wait until after it's registered.
Then fill out the V11 form and send it away with all your bits.

Twins / Re: Useless Choke Cable
« on: 24 April, 2018, 16:11:51 »
I don't know about the monobloc, but on the anal MK1 you can remove the choke slide easily enough, but you need to block off the choke cable hole in the top. Either a blob of silicon or a proper screw from Amal.

Twins / Re: Advance timing mark?
« on: 22 April, 2018, 11:58:56 »
Hi Jim, thanks for the advice:
Up and running! Need to sort ALL the other electrics out and strobe her properly, but I have a running, negative earth bike :)
Thanks again - I did think it was a little odd that my initial impression of what I'd read was "ignore the perfectly good pointer and use a screw hole"!

Twins / Re: Advance timing mark?
« on: 21 April, 2018, 08:14:19 »
Hi Jim, that's brilliant, thanks.
Sorry I meant "don't want to" as in "you don't wanna do that!" I have no strong emotional attachment to either solution :)
OK, so set timing rotor mark to pointer, use your photo for reference when fitting. Then strobe!
Thanks again,

Twins / Advance timing mark?
« on: 20 April, 2018, 21:57:03 »
A very basic question for most, so apologies! I'm putting a Wassell electronic ignition on my A65.
To get it roughly on, I need to get it at full advance.

I've got the timing cover off, I've identified the mark on the rotor. I'm either not understanding our I'm getting mixed messages.

There are some reference points on the case in the timing window. Screw holes at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock. There are also 2 holes close together at about 5 o'clock, one of which has a pointer.
From what I've read, to have the engine at the full advance point I don't actually want to line the rotor mark up with the pointer, but with the 6 o'clock screw hole. Is that right? Or is it pointer all the way?

Thanks, Dan.

Twins / Re: A65 OIF Amal to frame clearance on Thunderbolt only.
« on: 17 April, 2018, 20:32:37 »
Getting close to finishing this restoration. Just fitted a brand Amal standard carb, supplied with Top Hats. Quite surprised how little clearance there is between the the top of the carb and the frame. I have an expensive billet Amal throttle with no adjustment. I need some advice on dealing with throttle and choke connections with this lack of clearance please.

I would like to thank everyone for there advice so far helping me build this box of bits with a V5.
WHAT??? You've only been at it 5 minutes, haven't you? If best nick my ideas up!

Twins / Battery cradle
« on: 15 April, 2018, 15:05:56 »
Hello all, a bit of an odd one - the battery cradle on my '71 lightning is suspended by rubber bushes. Does anyone know if this is for vibration ONLY or, is there a reason to not have it connected to the frame electrically.
I'm attaching the side panels with brackets attached to the cradle, they're plastic at the mo, but is there anything stopping me from using aluminium and therefore taking the cradle to ground (I'm mounting the coils in the side panels, so the panel itself will be earthed)

Twins / '71 A65 lightning running rough
« on: 05 March, 2018, 20:07:52 »
Hello all,
Following my previous posts, the A65 is starting pretty well, 3-4 kicks regardless of the weather :)
However it's running pretty badly on light throttle openings. I ultrasonically cleaned the carbs, took it out for a test run and thought I'd cured it, then after a mile or two the stutter came back. :(

Before the carb rebuild the right plug was a bit sooty so I'm going to try leaning out the idle mixture on that carb. It starts and runs well when accelerating but at a cruise at less than 1/4 throttle it just feels like a cylinder is missing a beat every few seconds.
Any other ideas about what to look at?
Thanks, Dan

Twins / Re: Help Restoring Gold Flash
« on: 01 March, 2018, 10:02:01 »
The carbs will almost certainly need cleaning. They're scary at first, but actually pretty basic. If you can ultrasonically clean them or have them done the better.
Best thing is to get something like a tea tray to stop them apart on and take lots of pictures as you go.
Digital camera/phone and a notepad and pen are some of the best tools you will ever own.

Twins / Re: Help Restoring Gold Flash
« on: 01 March, 2018, 08:29:02 »
Hi Fred,
I agree with the guy above. First thing is to make a list of what needs doing and go from there. I'm sure someone nearby can help you with that. If you're near Norfolk I don't mind popping round. And well done for taking it on!

Twins / Re: No access
« on: 24 February, 2018, 20:55:14 »
I'm afraid I don't know the answer, but these people will: they're very helpful down the phone.

Twins / Re: Headlight bulb lighting
« on: 24 February, 2018, 16:32:52 »
This is what I cobbled together.  :)

Twins / Re: Headlight bulb lighting
« on: 24 February, 2018, 16:26:08 »
Hi, this is the standard wiring diagram I found. From someone on here, actually.

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