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Yes the bultaco is now registered.. Got it right in the end. Had a telephone call to Swansea to a most helpful chap. Discussed the case and told me where to forward the paperwork to and hey presto the jobs a gud-un... anybody want to but a 250cc Bultaco trials bike ?   Griff

Now on the 5th reply to DVLA and possibly  making progress after a chat with the most charming fellow. I was all nice and controlled and it seems that the problem could be solved (NOVA cock-up). Lets hope the log book arrives this week. Bet it's an inspection job first ! ! !  ::)    Griff

The Star and Garter / Re: More on tanks
« on: 02 November, 2017, 22:09:09 »
 They are located at   Cockshades Enterprise  Park, Stock Lane, Wybunbury. Cheshire CW5 7HA 01270 841048  / 07876220928   No I have nothing from them , just a very happy punter.. Griff

The Star and Garter / More on tanks
« on: 02 November, 2017, 08:15:50 »
Took my A65 tank to a local paint shop(thet specialise in classic car paintwork RR etc) to have it painted. There was a dent in it , out of obvious sight . The lads at 'Splash of Paint' removed the dent and painted the tank to perfection. In fact at a local show there was an award fot the best restored paintwork and yes got it . Total job 175 and yes taking the B31 tank there for a splash of paint...

Sent the reply with all paperwork checked and re-checked.. It came back saying they could not find the NOVA reference number. Called (yes spoke to a human being) NOVA who said they could not find the reference but it had been registered. They suggested I re-apply for NOVA. Did so and 2 hours later had an e-mail from them to say to call them. Seems they had had a duplicate application from me . (Surprise). They claimed a glitch on the system and had cleared it so would scrap the second application and to carry on with the first reference numbers... Here's hoping as paperwork is now re-submitted... Sods law will be applied and a require a vehicle inspection before registration... Griff

« on: 28 October, 2017, 22:18:13 »
  I have replaced most of my later bikes (B25 ideal) with the Electrex World system. Extreemly easy to fit. Does away with all old electrics, direct lighting and a battery charging circuit , if needed. No points, coils or other bits. Once the timing is set it will never alter, whatever the revs. Not cheap but rather good...   Griff

Singles / Re: Fitting new fuel taps
« on: 28 October, 2017, 22:13:38 »
  I find using PTFE tape is ideal to put on on a tap thread in a taper,  so that you when tightening-up the tap , you can get the tap into the position you want and not where the washer dictates.   Griff

« on: 28 October, 2017, 22:06:49 »
What ever clapper rings you're bell.. For me the fully synthetic oil can leave the engine like a Welshmans garden... Full of leaks... Simular thing with the semi-synthetic.  The rule of thumb I use is pre-65, 40 grade and 20/50 for younger motors. Change it regularly, specially at this time of the year so the motor has nice clean oil in for the Winter. Depends on the mileage, usually 1.5k Another change before going to the Manx. Trials/long distance reliability Cub gets oil change every 1k miles  and I have never wrecked an engine due to oil failure... Just make sure it is good oil and not this premium grade, costs a fortune and contains more additives than an old motor needs and is expensive. Castrol, Morris's, Elf and various grades are not too costly and do a great job...  Griff

Which BSA do you ride? / B31
« on: 13 October, 2017, 18:39:25 »
My old single taking a pounding at Jurby

  Bit of success.. Got Nova certificate so now just got to get Bultace to re-write the conformation letter and say the proof of age etc. was by photographic evidence. They have signed the photo's as correct for the bike but not put it in the letter.. Must check all full stops and commas before re submitting. Ah well they are looking after their jobs ? ? ?    ::)   Griff

Having fun registering my Bultaco Sherpa from 1972. Had it for years and it has never been registered. Got so far but Swansea want a Nova certificate...  Who in turn want full certificate of confirmity in English . As Bultaco ceased making these or any bikes in the seventies , more chance of plaiting fog. Got a copy of the Spanish import doccuments that relate to year of manufacture , possibly acceptabe they say. Last thing from them was please telephone us... Number is not accepting calls at present... Think there are 'jobs worth' type working in government departments trying to keep their jobs....  >:(   Griff

Singles / B31 breather
« on: 08 October, 2017, 19:34:24 »
 On a standard B31 is the breather necessary from the timing case cover ? Occasionally mine just pumps oil out. Most bikes from the same age (55/56) do not have the breather just a blank space. So I thought I could do away with my oil trail. Is it safe to do so ?    :-\   Griff

The Star and Garter / Re: B31
« on: 08 October, 2017, 19:15:23 »
  Julian, the 'rivet counter' has been informed that he was out of order. He sudddenly remembered that the Earls Court Show was when the new models were introduced. Yes the same year as the first moped, Hercules Grey Wolf at a cost of just under 62. Just think how much one of those would fetch now ?
     Sad to say the conter of rivets would not back off as he was convinced that BSA waited 'till 56 for the change of front brakes  but he conceeded the odd one could have crept through,in late 55. Suppose we had a minor win there but wait 'till tomorrow night when we get him at a "club night"... There are half a dozen waiting for him. Thanks for the conformation and EB31 will be there hail ,rain or shine... I like to stir a bit...  ;D   Griff

The Star and Garter / B31
« on: 08 October, 2017, 12:33:56 »
  Been having a debate about front brakes. At a show a 'rivet counter'  reconed my B31 could nor have in been registered late December '55 as it had the Ariel front hub and he recons they were only available from 1956. Surely the bikes were made in 55 for Jan.56 registration and a few were released before Jan 1st. Anybody got an opinion ?   :-\   Griff

The Star and Garter / Re: Steve Foden contact ?
« on: 05 October, 2017, 17:33:44 »
Got the certificate... Thanks Steve , great job... Griff

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