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Twins / Re: 1959 Shooting Star
« on: Today at 08:55:27 »
My parts books have all the parts listed in several languages so I can be educated in different languages at the same time!

Singles / Re: make shift choke on monobloc 389 carb
« on: Today at 08:53:02 »
Get the proper choke fitted which is adjustable and can be tailored to the engines need.
Very easy to do especially if you have got the spare opening in the top of the monobloc carb.

Twins / Re: Oil tank removal
« on: 28 November, 2020, 18:00:22 »
Thats what I thought. Remove rear wheel and then remove mudguard to get tank out! Just wondered if there was an easier way.

Twins / Oil tank removal
« on: 28 November, 2020, 17:00:59 »
Im trying to get the oil tank out from my 1962 A50, to thoroughly clean the inside.
Is there an easy way to get it out or have I got to dismantle the rear end of the bike to get it out?
Failing that, whats the easiest way to clean out the tank if I leave it in place?

Singles / Re: Kickstarting leverage
« on: 28 November, 2020, 07:02:01 »

Singles / Re: C11 crankcases
« on: 27 November, 2020, 15:40:36 »
I use threebond on my Bantam cases with no problem so should be ok for your engine.
Got mine from Rex Caunt.

Singles / Re: Kickstarting leverage
« on: 27 November, 2020, 12:28:05 »
Id be pleased with 7 inches!

Singles / Re: Kickstarting leverage
« on: 27 November, 2020, 08:41:14 »
I was going to say, check the clearance to the silencer (muffler). You may need to put a slight bend in the kickstart lever or ding the silencer so it works.

Twins / Clutch and valve springs
« on: 25 November, 2020, 17:09:58 »
I am rebuilding my early A50 and going through the parts to put together a shopping list.

Is it wise to replace all the valve springs and clutch springs as a matter of course?

My valve springs are within 5% of the specified lengths apart from 1 outer which is about 10% out.
The clutch springs I probably will change as the existing ones are about 38mm long and new ones are 44mm long ( 4 spring early clutch)

What are the accepted tolerances for spring wear generally.

Twins / Re: A50 timing cover gasket
« on: 21 November, 2020, 16:40:54 »
Interesting to hear about idler gear noise. While I was trying to diagnose my strange engine noise, one mechanic suggested changing the idler gears as he had found that changing them sometimes quietened the engine down. He did not think my noise was bottom end or terminal. However when I pulled the barrel I soon found out there was a lot of play in the timing side crank bush so the engine had to come out!

Twins / Re: A50 timing cover gasket
« on: 21 November, 2020, 11:42:47 »
Engine is 1962
I noticed that there were 2 different thicknesses available from some sellers. 0.4mm or 0.8mm

Twins / A50 timing cover gasket
« on: 21 November, 2020, 08:18:20 »
Just a quick question..
Are all the timing cover gaskets interchangeable?
Ive got my A50 engine in bits (to have the timing side bush done) and found a pack of various gaskets with an A65 copper head gasket. There is a timing cover gasket in the pack but there is no more on the pack as to what bike it is for. I note there are several thicknesses available

Singles / Re: Tank Knee pads
« on: 19 November, 2020, 20:46:23 »
The quality varies I have found.
The ones I fitted to my b40 stick up at each end as if they were too small. A swine to fit as well.

Riding my old BSAs is a part of a calorie controlled diet. I usually end up having to push them home!

The Star and Garter / Re: BSA to be made again (maybe).....
« on: 17 November, 2020, 16:43:21 »
Cashing in on a "Brand" again. I wonder how many youngsters have even heard of BSA?
So many Brand names have been bought out and "reinvented" in the hope of producing a bigger profit for the company. Look at Belstaff and Barbour. Todays Belstaff is purely fashion and very expensive too. My waxy one cost about 5 second hand in the 70's.

I doubt many people know the history of BSA or what it even stands for. Someone did say to me it stood for B astard  S topped  A gain!

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