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Twins / A65 Fork shafts
« on: 18 April, 2018, 10:09:58 »

Good morning to all.

The A65 I'm working on has some seriously poorly fork shafts/stanchions. As I see it there were three types made and used over the years and I want to be certain what I buy is correct.

I know that they are not the last ones. Now my question is---are the other two interchangeable. Cos my real problem is that I don't know the actual year of the forks only the probable year.

I've just been looking at Draganfly diagrams and that doesn't fully answer the question.

Your advice seriously appreciated.

Mike 8) 8)

Which BSA do you ride? / BSA A50 1963
« on: 20 March, 2018, 20:03:51 »
Hi Guys :)

Here is my A50. Nuts and bolts restoration. Still need a couple of side panel badges and I've just put decals on as a temp job.  can't get on it tho.

 8)Mike 8)

Which BSA do you ride? / WM20 follow up
« on: 18 March, 2018, 20:42:32 »
I'll try to post some sensible pics this time

Which BSA do you ride? / WM20 1944
« on: 18 March, 2018, 18:11:02 »

Hi This is progress to date. Another 10 years should do it.

Mike 8) 8) 8)

Twins / A65 Cylinder head
« on: 18 March, 2018, 16:50:49 »
 :)Hi gents.

Remind me please---I believe that the only difference between the "early" head and the 1966/70??? head is the change to the drilling of the two rear head bolt holes. From 5/16th to 3/8th. Would one of you kind guys confirm this for me please. I cant find anything else    except maybe the threads --CEI to BSF/BSW????????. I really cant remember(AGE AGEN)

Mike 8) 8)

Twins / A65 valve guides
« on: 14 March, 2018, 16:42:29 »
Hi all. :)

I am looking for some oversize A65 valve guides +010". I have tried a selection of dealers to no avail, Draganfly and Feked and Kidderminster among others.
So anyone able to help or advise I would be very grateful. I am actually considering having A10 guides machined??your opinions on that would be useful.
Or anywhere I can get them made.
Thanks for your time.

Mike 8) 8) 8)

Twins / A65 restoration???
« on: 05 March, 2018, 10:48:38 »
Now have the Wheel back from rebuild. Looks Brill.

Sent frame, swinging arm, fork sliders and head stock off for PCoating.

Have enough parts to make an engine. Bought a previously un-ground crank from Manchester and cylinders from Devon still with only +010 wear. Casings from Worcester. Head from Norfolk, con rods from Durham. Clutch drum and plates from Oxford. And new pistons etc. Financial controller is not full aware at this stage

Just boxed up to go to be ground and bored. So we'll see

No holidays for a couple of years  Mike 8) 8) 8)

Twins / A50 Lifting handle
« on: 02 March, 2018, 16:09:44 »
 :) :)
Greetings to all the snow bound Beesa Boys.

Just thought that I would post my answer to the lifting problem. The handle is from a Yamaha XS750 and slightly modified. It isn't quite what I would like but it is successful.

Mike 8) 8)

Singles / Early M20 brakes
« on: 28 February, 2018, 16:24:52 »

Hi. For anyone who may be interested--FEKED Motorcycles have the old wider 1937-1948 (I think) M and WM20 brake shoes in stock.

Mike 8) 8)

The Star and Garter / Tip for cutting pipe
« on: 12 February, 2018, 16:46:25 »

Just thought this might be of interest. I find it a good way to get a square cut on pipe.
Just mark the pipe, put a jubilee clip around it and cut upto the clip. Before you do the clip up tight turn it around a couple of times to make sure its as square as possible. May not be 100% perfect but better than I can do "freehand".
I find that a fine 24tpi blade does the cleanest cut, without scraping away the side of the clip.

Mike 8) 8)

Twins / A65 ????
« on: 11 February, 2018, 15:57:35 »
Hi all :)

Just dug these bits out of back of barn ready to start next project. (Now you can see why I was thinking about selling my A50) I have a seriously old tank somewhere.

Well you have to start somewhere (Its originally South African Police)

Mike 8) 8)

Twins / A65 sludge trap thread.
« on: 09 February, 2018, 13:04:16 »

Hi gents. What size and thread is the A65 sludge trap .



The Star and Garter / Sloper engine overall
« on: 23 January, 2018, 19:17:44 »
Hi  :)

Looking for someone to "do" a Sloper engine. Initially to strip and advise then eventually to possibly carry out the restoration work??? Its seriously poorly so a fair amount of engineering is probable.

Traveling is not a problem but would prefer south of London and in the West Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex area.

So anyone you know with a good sound reputation would be good news.

Mike 8) 8)

Twins / A50 Carb
« on: 20 December, 2017, 19:51:59 »
Same ol question been asked a zillion times but I cant find the answer.

Whats the recommended basic turns setting for the air screw on a monobloc fitted to A50.

I'm set at 1.3/4 turns.

Seasons greetings.


The Star and Garter / Hepolite pistons
« on: 07 December, 2017, 10:45:11 »

Hi. My son bought a pair of "Hepolite" pistons for an A65 project. The engineer doing the rebore said that they are not genuine Hepolite.

He contacted the seller and was told that Hepolite was bought out by another company but that his new ones were indeed genuine.

So any ideas on this?????????
Advice or comments much appreciated.

Mike  8) 8)

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