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The Star and Garter / Re: Changing taxation class to historic
« on: 14 June, 2018, 20:04:25 »
My A10 is 1954 and about 90% restored, but following the advice in the Star I applied to DVLA to have the taxation class changed from unlicensed to historic vehicle now rather than later. They told me that this can only be done by submitting the V5C with the tax application form and the process would take 4 weeks. This was on May 7th, so I did not hold out much hope for meeting the deadline. I duly submitted the form, and explained that I did not require the tax and the sole purpose of the application was to change the taxation class before the deadline.  My V5C was returned within a few days with the taxation class changed, closely followed by a receipt for 0.00 and a note saying that my bike is next due for re-taxing April 2019.  Thanks Ed. (and of course the DVLA).

Twins / Re: A10 STD Gearbox
« on: 13 September, 2017, 21:08:44 »
Thanks yet again Julian, I have removed, cleaned and refitted the assembly, using the PTFE tape method as I already had some. Only time will tell but after a couple of days the assembly is still bone dry and with the bike not finished yet, I can monitor for a while.

Twins / A10 STD Gearbox
« on: 10 September, 2017, 21:46:19 »
I have my A10 S/A G Flash well into restoration but not yet running and stood on a bike lift. I have had oil in the gearbox for 2-3 months and I have just noticed a blob of oil forming on the end of the plunger housing, where the two flats are.  There is not enough oil to have dripped yet but this must happen eventually.  The plunger is adjusted so that two threads are showing when the nut is tightened.  Reading what I can find, which isn't much, and studying sketches and exploded views etc, a seal is not specified for this area so I assume that the locknut tight on the casing face together with the plunger to casing threads tightening together, must normally be capable of doing the job, meaning that I have not tightened mine sufficiently.  Before I go any further can anyone answer a couple of questions: Is this a common problem with a known fix? and if the cam plate is kept in neutral can the plunger housing be disturbed for inspection/resetting and re-tightening without resulting in a total strip down?  Any views on this would be very helpful.  Thanks for reading.  restorer

Twins / A10 Exhausts
« on: 20 August, 2017, 21:13:40 »
Having done a bit of grumbling in the past, I feel this one deserves a mention on the positive side. Three and a half years ago I had a Honda CRV on service paid monthly by direct debit.  When I sold the CRV I had 95 in credit with Honda Blackpool so I asked them to put it back into the account they took the DD from.  No chance "sorry, it says in the small print we don't give refunds, but as a goodwill gesture you can take the money in goods from the stores" is a shortened version of the written reply >:(.  I had a Ford by then so they had nothing I wanted until I remembered my A10 restoration needed exhausts, but not at that time.  Anyway I ordered the complete exhaust system via Honda from Armours and I paid the difference.  Last week, over three years later, I came to fit the exhausts and they would not fit.  Cox will never see me again, so I approached Armours with my problem.  Even after so long, they were happy for me to send in my exhausts for their inspection, following which they sent out some new exhausts (which I have fitted) and would not accept any payment even for the extra postage :) :).  There are two messages here: 1.  I always thought that Armours were up with the best in exhausts, but I now know that they also have excellent business ethics.  2."Honest John" told me never to take out a service plan so I thought I would pass this on. The pics, if they arrive, show my progress (the tank and seat temporarily placed on for effect).

Twins / Re: 1954 A10 S/A Front brake torque arm
« on: 15 March, 2017, 17:39:07 »
Once again, thanks JulianS. Logically that's the way the design requires assembly.  Equally the angle of the bridge section means that the folded lip should be at the front and therefore I will shorten it to allow for the torque arm. Restorer.

Twins / 1954 A10 S/A Front brake torque arm
« on: 15 March, 2017, 12:46:32 »
Hi All, Can anybody give me a definitive answer: On the 1954 8" front brake model, does the front torque arm fit inside the centre support bridge or between the bridge and the fork lug?  On the pics I took before I dismantled, the arm was on the inside but now cleaned, the arm has indentations on both sides as if it has been clamped between two items.  Also, should the centre support bridge be fitted with the angled side to the front?  The centre support was badly damaged and had to be replaced and the one I have, maybe off a different model, does not have enough of the angle cut away to allow the torque arm to be fitted on the inside of it.  Before I start filing away, any advice would be welcome and thanks for reading.  Restorer.

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