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Pre War / Re: Front tank fixing assembly? Mid 30's
« on: 04 January, 2018, 09:03:11 »
Ah, many thanks Dean, that answers me question perfectly. It appears mine have been fitted wrongly in the past as the tank flanges fit snug up to the frame. I'll need to tease them out a bit to allow the top hats' flanges enough space in between tank and frame.
The Draganfly site looks really useful I'll give them a looking over.
Once again, many thanks

Pre War / Front tank fixing assembly? Mid 30's
« on: 02 January, 2018, 10:55:13 »
Please can anyone advise on the correct assembly of the front petrol tank bolts/top-hat/annular cup/buffers? And maybe suggest a suitable replacement for the rubber buffers? It's on my 1936 Model B18. Presumably this arrangement was used on other models.
I would include a photo, but haven't learned how just yet.
Thanks and regards.

Pre War / Re: B18 mystery brake lever?
« on: 02 January, 2018, 10:50:00 »
Thank you Leon - I would never have guessed that.
And, sorry I will have to learn how to do photos.

Pre War / B18 mystery brake lever?
« on: 11 December, 2017, 09:08:57 »
Hello again, another mystery regarding the B18 front brake. Yesterday I took apart the front brake lever and noticed the integral serrated ratchet teeth, there was no pawl to locate with the teeth. Could anyone explain what this was for, maybe a parking brake? There is a hole in the mounting assembly adjacent to the teeth position.
Many thanks
Kind regards.

Pre War / Re: Pre war single - What is it?
« on: 28 November, 2017, 20:59:52 »
it's a bit late, but B18 looks right going off the oil pipe routing to the oil tank.
Cheers Dave

« on: 27 November, 2017, 13:07:52 »
I think your tank looks brilliant and would just leave as is and I like your idea of using satin black, an old machine should look old - in my opinion. Glad you have got your magneto sorted. Re the timing: it is a matter of being careful, methodical and following the book, although without a Manual you may be struggling there. But, I think it may follow other similar, or later machines although the position of the advanced setting may vary. It's safer to be a little more retarded rather than too advanced. There is a good book by Radco, I think that it is in re-print and a lot cheaper than the originals " the motorcyclists workshop"; it gives a good lot of clear general advice. You will also need to know the valve clearances.

Pre War / Re: BSA B18 front brake spring device?
« 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.

« on: 22 November, 2017, 14:54:38 »
Hello, what a lovely bike you have bought, it looks superb, it would be nice to keep as original as pos.. I have a Pitman's "book of the BSA" a 1950 reprint of a 1933 sixth edition. However it quotes in the Preface that it covers only 1936 and subsequent, so you may need to buy an earlier version to cover your machine. It is quite a useful general guide.
Regarding magnetos; this has been a sticky subject for me and I had more advice on where not to send it than where to! One I had originally done, quite cheaply (120), by a friend of a friend lasted just 3 years and not many miles. It was then forwarded to another f. of f. only to reside with him untouched for 6 months. Now retrieved it is in the hands of The Magneto Guys who have a 6 months waiting list and an estimated 400. I made my choice to use them going off their website. This makes it March when it will be returned and only after a while could a verdict be given. A club member who I don't know personally has recommended FTW in Sheffield who had a 6 Week waiting list. So a personal recommendation is what's really needed.
Good luck with the bike, these are quite simple machines really nothing that can't be sorted one way or another.
p.s I am half way through the preservation of a 1936 Model 18 250cc

Pre War / Re: BSA B18 front brake spring device?
« on: 22 November, 2017, 12:43:41 »
Ah! I see, like a quick release, many thanks. I wondered what the knurled ring was for, mine is seized tight, it will need to be worked on. I'll report back.
Thanks again and kind regards.

Pre War / BSA B18 front brake spring device?
« on: 21 November, 2017, 13:01:13 »
Hello, please can anyone explain the purpose of the spring loaded cylinder at the bottom of the front brake rod on a 1936 model.
I'm currently resurrecting a Model 18.
Many thanks.

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