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Title: Old Motorcycle Mechanics tips
Post by: a101960 on 31.08. 2017 16:53
How many of you recall a feature that used to be in the old Motorcycle Mechanics magazine called readers tips? I reconnected my chain, today and to save going through all the bother of faffing around slackening the wheel nuts and realigning the wheel I used a cable tie to pull the two ends together  in order to pop the split link in. After I had done the job I remembered that old magazine feature and some of the hints and suggestions sent in by the readers. Some of them were quite bizzare. I recall one person submitting  his idea for an ignition spark intensefier for example. The idea was that you cut the HT lead and pushed a tack into the copper conductors. The two ends of the HT lead were then slid into a piece of clear plastic tube and placed slightly apart so that the spark had to jump the gap. It also provided a visual check said the reader that the ignition system was working. Another idea submitted was a quick and easy time saving fix for a broken wheel spoke. This time the two broken ends of the spoke were prized apart and a Meccano rod joiner was slid over one end of the spoke and the two ends were then lined up and the joiner was the slid into place over both ends and held in postion by the grub screws. Did people really do things like that?
John
Title: Re: Old Motorcycle Mechanics tips
Post by: cotterpinkid on 31.08. 2017 17:07
What do you mean 'still doing', I never gave up!  ;)
Title: Re: Old Motorcycle Mechanics tips
Post by: bsa-bill on 31.08. 2017 17:27
I had the down market version of Mecca-no called Trix, it had no rod joiner that I can recall.
I do remember the HT lead tip, never tried it but I think there might have been a commercial version
Title: Re: Old Motorcycle Mechanics tips
Post by: Rex on 31.08. 2017 17:28
Isn't that "spark intensifier" tip both proven to work, and the principle behind the "Rooster Booster" unit currently on sale?
Title: Re: Old Motorcycle Mechanics tips
Post by: ellis on 31.08. 2017 19:15
We were out on a run in the mid 60s and one bike gave up the ghost. It was a Tiger Cub and the clutch would not drive it at all. We stripped the clutch down and one lad went to the ironmongers and returned with a ball of string. After spending ages taking out the corks from the driven plates and re threading them with the string and the clutch was back working again. I never did find out if he ever put new plates in maybe it worked so well he just left them in there.     *bright idea*

ELLIS


Title: Re: Old Motorcycle Mechanics tips
Post by: Black Sheep on 31.08. 2017 22:24
Don't know if it was in Tips, but again a Tiger Cub but this time with a blown head gasket. Used a few turns of copper wire instead and it worked OK.   
Title: Re: Old Motorcycle Mechanics tips
Post by: Clive54bsa on 01.09. 2017 03:34
ellis, I hadn't seen the word "ironmonger" in years.
Title: Re: Old Motorcycle Mechanics tips
Post by: bsa-bill on 01.09. 2017 11:04
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I hadn't seen the word "ironmonger" in years.

I ain't seen an Ironmongers in years
Title: Re: Old Motorcycle Mechanics tips
Post by: ellis on 01.09. 2017 12:19
Not many local ironmongers left anymore thanks to place like B&Q Wicks and a few others that have put them out of business. Sad but that's modern day life for you.    *doubt*

ELLIS
Title: Re: Old Motorcycle Mechanics tips
Post by: JulianS on 01.09. 2017 13:54
These readers tips were titled "Guinea Gimmicks" - if they publish your tip they send you a guinea ( 21 shillings or £1.05)

A lot of Motorcycle Mechanics articles had alliterative titles - "Camshaft Clues" "Spark sense" Weekend workshop" Technical topic" Wipac Wise" "Headlight Hints" and many more all published mid to late 1960s.
Title: Re: Old Motorcycle Mechanics tips
Post by: edboy on 01.09. 2017 20:14
i ve cut down on the meccano these days as the old girl is a historic tart and mot exempt.
one i never had success with was the 2p pieces inbetween the centre stand spring coils to expand it.
remember that one? i should have asked for my 2/6 back but was young and nieve.
Title: Re: Old Motorcycle Mechanics tips
Post by: Bsareg on 02.09. 2017 09:42
Used the washers in the spring tip last week to remove centre stand spring on goldie. Lower stand, stretch Spring,  insert washers, raise stand, spring falls off. Simples
Title: Re: Old Motorcycle Mechanics tips
Post by: bsa-bill on 02.09. 2017 10:05
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Lower stand, stretch Spring,  insert washers, raise stand, spring falls off. Simples

yes indeed, the catch is re-assembly is not quite the reverse  *smile*
Title: Re: Old Motorcycle Mechanics tips
Post by: Bsareg on 02.09. 2017 11:04
Just leave the washers in until refitting. The problem is it doesn't work with a new unfitted spring. I've tried all those bending tips and can't get enough washers in to extend the spring.
Title: Re: Old Motorcycle Mechanics tips
Post by: duTch on 02.09. 2017 11:56
 
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i ve cut down on the meccano these days as the old girl is a historic tart and mot exempt.
one i never had success with was the 2p pieces inbetween the centre stand spring coils to expand it.
remember that one? i should have asked for my 2/6 back but was young and nieve.
I tried it too and no success,  but in retrospect, I think I put all the washers in the same side- big mistake...I think the washers need to alternate for'n aft...or even every 90*
 However- I've also realised that on my plunger,  with the stand retracted the spring can be removed/added easily with a bit of thin flat bar
Title: Re: Old Motorcycle Mechanics tips
Post by: Triton Thrasher on 02.09. 2017 11:58
These readers tips were titled "Guinea Gimmicks" - if they publish your tip they send you a guinea ( 21 shillings or £1.05)

A lot of Motorcycle Mechanics articles had alliterative titles - "Camshaft Clues" "Spark sense" Weekend workshop" Technical topic" Wipac Wise" "Headlight Hints" and many more all published mid to late 1960s.

It was increased to "£2 Tips," eventually.

"Getta Betta 'Bretta!" and "Commie Dommie!" were among their unfortunate headlines, the latter being about a Wartburg-engined Norton special.  It was "geared for 110 mph."
Title: Re: Old Motorcycle Mechanics tips
Post by: Triton Thrasher on 02.09. 2017 12:04
Isn't that "spark intensifier" tip both proven to work, and the principle behind the "Rooster Booster" unit currently on sale?

An extra gap in the HT circuit can make a fouled plug fire on a worn engine that burns oil.

Drivers of petrol lorries used to cut a plug lead and poke the copper cores through a coat button to create the gap.

I'm not sure if it can help much with a distributor, as there is already an air gap between the rotor arm and the terminals.