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Pre War / Re: Amal top stuck fast.
« on: 03 May, 2017, 13:00:56 »
Another 24 hours soaking with WD40 and the top came off easily with a light grip from my moles.  No heat needed.  The inside looks black enough for the inside of the exhaust but there doesn't seem to be any damage to the slide.

Thanks for your suggestions, they gave me the confidence to carry on.  I know it's not much of a problem but when you know nowt, every problem gets bigger!  Onwards and upwards...

Pre War / Re: Amal top stuck fast.
« on: 01 May, 2017, 13:58:01 »
Thanks Dean.
Off to b&q to get the correct size wrench,
Will inform of progress when I come back for the next problem.

Pre War / Re: Rocker arm for 1935 Blue Star 500
« on: 30 April, 2017, 21:49:24 »
Just a thought - have you thought of contacting a BSA site in the US.  I get the impression that there is still alot of specialised engineering going on for the hotrod and restoration buisnesses over there. (Or my days of watching afternoon tv have been wasted)

Pre War / Amal top stuck fast.
« on: 30 April, 2017, 21:45:40 »
It's my Blue Star again, the more I look at it (recent purchase) the more I realise that the last owner did enough to get it running and no more.  To be fair he was selling it on behalf of a collector who had died and the rust in the tank suggested a lengthy retirement.
So, with the help of the old manual reprints (superb) I'm working through the servicing and we're getting to know each other quite well and the n xt problem is that I can't unscrew the carb top to check the slide which I suspect is badly worn.  I've soaked it Wd40 over 48 hours but a fairly loose fitting strap wrench does nothing.  Don't think it's been off in years. 

I presume 1936 carb bodies are somewhat rare so can anyone suggest a solution please, would mild heat help?

The outside responded well to Solvol btw but I suspect it may well be 'all fur coat and no knickers' once I get inside but I can learn how to rebuild a carb. and the old manuals are great bedtime reading.
Thanks for your attention.


Pre War / Re: Petrol tap for 1936 Blue Star.
« on: 25 April, 2017, 20:16:33 »
Thanks Julian, that suits my simple mind to a tee.

Pre War / Re: Petrol tap for 1936 Blue Star.
« on: 25 April, 2017, 19:52:11 »
Crikey, and I was hoping it would be a simple - 'this is the one'.
Not to worry, I spotted a bigup for c and d autos in another post so I'll see if they will do a repair or cork replacement for me.

Thanks for the fast reply Julian.
I guess the professional way would be to buy some dividers and measure it accurately, holding a builders tape against it doesn't do my knackered eyesight any good!

Pre War / Petrol tap for 1936 Blue Star.
« on: 25 April, 2017, 18:34:33 »
As it says in the title, I am looking to replace the petrol tap on my 1936 Blue Star 350.  There are so many on line and I'm not sure of the thread diameters.  The top one is bigger than the bottom one.  It's a Ewart with a patent number 342560 stamped in.
Any suggestions gratefully received, just need a tap to get the beast on the road.
Regards Tony Booth, Padworth, West Berks.

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