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Twins / New Lucas Rewire, on a lighter note.
« on: 23 May, 2018, 16:23:12 »
Stuck an old Bandit battery on the OIF 1972. So far  ;D New Lucas Loom. New handlebar switches left and right, New flasher unit. New Lucas Ignition Switch.

Ignition on,
 I have an oil warning light, I also have a front and back parking light. Fitted a new Lucas flasher unit and I also have indicators working fine, when they flash the front parking pilot light also flashes.
Brake lights OK. I have power to Boyer.

Ignition and lights on.
Rear light OK, pilot OK, no headlights, brake lights both ok. Power to Boyer.

I am working from the BSA A65 ( 1971-1972 ) wiring diagram. G21

I found this too small to concentrate on with my old eyes, fortunately my daughter has blown up the diagram on a good copier. Which makes life easier.

Questions. Should parking lights be on all the time with ignition on ? What does switch listed as 11 actually do please, it is shown as being connected to a blue wire which goes to switch 15.

Electrics obviously not me strongest point. Thanks.

Twins / Rear brake issue.
« on: 13 May, 2018, 17:50:10 »
I fitted my newly built back wheel and fitted the brake pedal. Despite having loads of meat on the shoes I am taking up nearly all the adjustment on the brake road. The parts list shows 2 caps         
 ref 41-6078 on the 1971 Version of the Thunderbolt. I did dismantle the brake plate when I had it aqua-blasted, BUT I cannot remember if the shoes were fitted with the caps when I assembled the hub. Do they make that much difference ? Thanks.

Twins / 1971 Firebird Sump Guard ?
« on: 11 May, 2018, 16:44:14 »
During my restoration of my box of bits A65 Thunderbolt, I was on ebay every day buying anything that fitted. I purchased a NOS sump guard because it was the right price and it is shown on Draganfly's parts list. It did not fit as the lower engine mount was about 2" out from the two rear lugs.

I have just seen an identical second hand sump guard on ebay listed for the OIF A65 for 79.99 by Vale Onslow Motorcycles. I sent them a message just to clear up the issue. They did not reply but have removed the listing.

I started looking at Firebird pictures on advert and some look like the lower engine mounting lug is further back. It could be the angle that the pictures were taken but the frame is possibly different on the scrambler ?

I revisited Dragonfly's parts list and the guard 83-3136 is no longer available but is listed as being only for the Firebird OIF.

I did a google search and British Bike Bits Parts list a sump guard 83-3136G that will fit a standard OIF A65. It is nothing like the ebay one I saw and nothing like mine.

If the Firebird frame is different someone could come unstuck if they buy a second hand frame for a rebuild of a standard OIF. If it is the same frame, Vale Onslow and myself have sump guards that don't fit. Can anyone clear this up please.

The Star and Garter / Dealer near Hereford Andy Gregory ?
« on: 03 May, 2018, 17:38:30 »
Does anyone know this guy that advertises on the web, Andy Gregory Triumph Parts. I have never seen any adverts for him and don't want to part with my money till verified. No offence meant.

Thank you.

Twins / Cable Routing A65 OIF.
« on: 02 May, 2018, 16:58:53 »
My Thunderbolt is rewired, new cables all round. I have looked at many pretty photos of this model and wonder where all these cables are hiding. Behind the head-stock are many wires from the two handlebar switches, headlamp loom and main loom. Squeezed in there is a hooter, a choke and throttle cable, clutch cable and a breather pipe. Is there a definitive plan or has anyone got some decent photos of the section with the tank off. I have seen many variations of the front brake cable routing, the right way can only be the right way. Likewise speedo and rev-counter correct routing please. Appreciate the help.

The Star and Garter / Stolen Bike
« on: 30 April, 2018, 18:18:43 »
Below has been lifted from another well known forum.

I have just discovered that my trusty old A10 that I have had for the past 50 years has been removed from my shed without my consent and I am a wee bit upset. Its reg no was KBJ 203 but no doubt that will be removed. It was taken from Holt Norfolk so if you hear of one doing the rounds please let me know. It looks like the photos except a bit older, dustier and rustier. Any help to get the old beast back would be greatly appreciated.

Twins / Which Fuel ?
« on: 28 April, 2018, 16:59:20 »
It is getting close to that time that I hope to fire up my A65 total restoration, bought the engine oil today and will fit all the new oil pipes tomorrow. I will put half a pint of oil down the push rod tubes and hand crank it over to get it circulating. It crossed my mind that I have not considered what fuel or lead supplements I should use. Although my engine is low mileage I don't want to spoil all the hard work and money I have thrown at it. I ran my A10 on basic green fuel till I sold it and never had any short term problems. Any advice would be useful, thanks.

Twins / Thunderbolt Exhaust Brackets. OIF
« on: 19 April, 2018, 15:56:52 »
Just got my complete balanced exhaust system from Armours. All lines up very nice so far. There are lugs on the down pipes which are designed to take a chrome bracket to the top front engine mount. When I got the bike there were no exhaust pipes with it. Armours do not do the said bracket. They suggested looking at the Triumph Bonnie OIF bracket 70-6857. I was hoping someone else had come across this set-back/problem. the gap from lug to engine mount is about 3 1/2". The Triumph chrome brackets are cheap but I don't want to start drilling and cutting as it won't look nice. As normal any help would be appreciated.

Twins / A65 OIF Amal to frame clearance on Thunderbolt only.
« on: 15 April, 2018, 17:56:31 »
Getting close to finishing this restoration. Just fitted a brand Amal standard carb, supplied with Top Hats. Quite surprised how little clearance there is between the the top of the carb and the frame. I have an expensive billet Amal throttle with no adjustment. I need some advice on dealing with throttle and choke connections with this lack of clearance please.

I would like to thank everyone for there advice so far helping me build this box of bits with a V5.

Twins / Rectifier wiring OIF Lucas.
« on: 11 April, 2018, 15:28:41 »
My Lucas rectifier is the Lucas model with a sandwich of three discs bolted in line. I have a wiring diagram but it does not show what colour code goes where, many thanks.

Twins / Another clutch issue on mates bike.
« on: 08 April, 2018, 16:04:00 »
I went to see my mates 500 today. He has fitted a complete new clutch with a 4 screw pressure plate, new plates and a new basket. Some plates are catching on the basket. I read somewhere ages ago about these pattern baskets being filed down with a fine file to cure this issue. Can someone remind me, thanks.

Twins / A65 OIF Clutch Advice
« on: 06 April, 2018, 16:31:54 »
My new clutch was fitted on the bench, new plates and correct springs and a spare pressure plate as the old one had a bodged adjusting nut. Today I fitted a new clutch cable NOS, The push rod does seem to be reaching the adjusting nut and the clutch has no travel whatsoever. I took off the pressure plate to access the push rod. it is exactly 11" long and is blued one end. The parts list states that it should be 11" & 1/16" long. ( 1/16"  :-\ ). Would this lack of travel prevent the clutch disengaging ?
To compound problems, the bike is on the stand and I am not getting any younger. I cannot get the Clutch Spring Nuts to start on the wobbly clutch spring bolts. In fact one now has a knacker thread.
Any top tips for getting these bolts on by a silly old sod sitting on the garage floor. At least it's not cold  :D

Twins / Another free workshop manual. A7 A10.
« on: 04 April, 2018, 14:03:45 »
BSA A7 A10 Haynes manual in good condition, free to anyone who really needs one. Just send me a stamped address envelope. PM Please.

Twins / A65 Rear Footrests.
« on: 03 April, 2018, 17:06:37 »
Got a brand new pair today. The bolt that goes through frame has a 30 mm shoulder before the thread starts. Should there be a large spacer somewhere ? There was no footrest on the frame when I bought it. Overall the bolt is 45 mm long. Thanks.

Bantam / D7 Restoration
« on: 01 April, 2018, 15:10:16 »
I have been offered a D7 in running order for 750. Not bad. It will need restoring but I am worried about the cost. I have spent a fortune on a 650 I have nearly finished. I will get some money back if I sold it. However if I were to fit new rims, tyres and a respray the Bantam will it be worth the effort. I only buy these bikes to rescue them but don't want to bang my head on a brick wall. You lads must have some good advice on the section, thanks.

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