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Singles / BSA Victor
« on: 31 March, 2021, 18:19:58 »
Considering buying one of these, are there any issues I should consider. Generic issues and spares problems. Worked on A10's and A65 without problems. Thank you.

The Star and Garter / DVLA Woes.
« on: 29 March, 2021, 16:24:19 »
My old machine was first registered on 31st December 1963 according to the DVLA MOT search and it is an "A' Suffix. The Special Notes Section of the V5 states Declared Manufactured 1963. According to the Vehicle Details on the next page it is shown as Date of First Registration 15.08.1997. I think the bike fell off of the DVLA data-base and was examined and re-registered. So how does the DVLA have one date on their MOT data base and another date 30 odd years later on the V5. Do I write them a letter or is there a form to challenge this.
Thank you.

The Star and Garter / Aluminium Fuel tank leak.
« on: 03 March, 2021, 15:29:45 »
I have just got hold of an aluminium petrol tank. It had been welded on a bottom seam but never tested. The new weld has held petrol four several days. I tipped the tank to the opposite un-repared side and have noticed a pin hole which is barely breathing fuel, never the less it is a leak on a welded right angle seam. Would a liquid seal like POR15 resolve this pin hole. The tank is otherwise dent free and well worth keeping. Tank is from the 70's. Thanks.

The Star and Garter / Air compressor question.
« on: 16 January, 2021, 16:22:44 »
Thinking of getting a compressor, mainly for cleaning carb circuits, spraying degreaser and pumping up tyres. What size tank should I chose and what PSI or Bar will I need. Been looking at one with 25 litres and about 100 PSI for about 130. Any advice would be good, I don't have too much room in the cave. OR if anyone in Essex wants to part with one please PM me.

The Star and Garter / Aluminium Fuel tank leak.
« on: 06 December, 2020, 13:17:05 »
Just had a leak mig welded on a small seam on an aluminium tank. I have been using POR 15 on steel tanks for years which has never let me down. I read somewhere that it won't work on non steel tanks. I only wanted to apply it to the back of the weld. Has anyone had success with anything else. Thank you.   

Singles / B25 Exhaust Heat Shield
« on: 27 November, 2020, 21:07:50 »
Can anyone tell me the difference between 82-9414  and 70-9818, apart from hard to get. Thank you.

Twins / Popping on over-run.
« on: 17 November, 2020, 16:35:10 »
Since taking off my Siamese pipes and fitting twin side pipes and silencers I have a popping on over-run. Tend to blame the joints on the H Joint. I want to take it off and apply sealant to the joints. The compound's I have go off like concrete which I don't want. Is there a product that will seal but not fully harden. Thank you.

The Star and Garter / Grease Guns
« on: 03 November, 2020, 18:06:12 »
My dads old grease gun has give up. I know the thread sizes on nipples have gone metric, but has the grease fitting changed or do modern guns fit our old swinging arm nipples. Thanks.

The Star and Garter / New paint and new fuel taps
« on: 25 October, 2020, 17:22:54 »
Collect my tank from the paint shop this week and don't want to spoil it. I put a 1/4" BSP gas plug in it to protect the threads. The new paint will be right up to the plug. Considering putting a new dowty washer on my new tap dry 'OR' shall I put liberal coats of Wellseal on the thread and washer. Might seem a bit picky but the paint was expensive. Thank you.

The Star and Garter / Flasher Unit.
« on: 12 October, 2020, 17:23:59 »
Are these little two pin Lucas units sensitive to polarity. I am fitting indicators to a pos earth machine for my safety.

The Star and Garter / Mudguard protection.
« on: 04 October, 2020, 17:53:24 »
I have bought a pair of brand new chrome mudguards which were made to order. I am considering spraying the inside surface with stone guard or stone chip black paint. Any views on a better way, thank you.

The Star and Garter / Which wheel bearings.
« on: 23 September, 2020, 18:06:38 »
Just rebuilt a front wheel. The bearings seemed fine when I checked them, no noise or rumbles. Now the spindle is in there is slight friction on the spin by hand. I am considering new bearings which are not expensive, but which ones. There are sealed pairs for sale for 10 inc post ? I do like packing bearing's with grease. Am I  behind the times. I welcome your views ?

The Star and Garter / Brake Shoes.
« on: 21 September, 2020, 16:57:47 »
I have an old 500 barn find I have started work on. There is no history due to owner not available any more. The rear brake shoes are the old riveted type and just glazed in places with loads of meat on them. The drum has no scores at all which is good. Question, would the shoes respond to a good sanding and brake cleaner on the drum. They were probably made better than the modern crap. I did a couple of miles on the bike and this brake was rubbish ( it is British ) ? Thanks

The Star and Garter / Cleaning agents.
« on: 20 September, 2020, 10:30:24 »
I have most general products like Gunk, Jizer, carb cleaning aerosol's etc. I am going to tackle a filthy brake drum. Do I have to buy brake cleaner or can I use petrol or thinners. Thanks.

The Star and Garter / Winter lay up.
« on: 01 September, 2020, 17:17:36 »
In weeks to come I am going to put one of my bikes in storage in a dry garage. I will take the battery off and put it in the airing cupboard. I will let the carb run dry. However shall I leave my rust free tank full or minimal. I will not really have access to the bike to work on as an elderly relative has let me use the garage Gratis. I am only storing it so I can restore another bike and need the room.

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