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Title: New Year's Resolution - A challenge to you all !!
Post by: beezermacc on 07.01. 2018 08:43
Hi Folks. Just wondering if this might spur some people on to make progress with their projects this year. I have two bikes in the garage which I used to use but when I built the garage extension in 2010 I took the bikes to my mother's house for storage. The first bike is a RGS lookalike which runs OK but looks really tatty as I nicked the mudguards and exhausts off it when I built my Super Rocket. (The Super Rocket isn't concourse, it's just a daily rider and the mudguards and exhaust from the RGS were getting tatty anyway.)
The second bike is my special with the Rotax engine which you can see on my avatar. This has also been out of commission for the last seven years. It needs some attention to the electrics and a new rear wheel with a cush drive fitting as, at present, there is no cush drive.
My New Year's Resolution is to get the RGS lookalike smartened up and back on the road AND to resolve the cush drive issue on the Rotax Goldie special ready for it to go back on the road.
Maybe if others out there would be willing to make their resolutions public we could review progress next Christmas so the shame of failure might spur us on! I'll take a couple of 'before' photos later today and add them to my post. Even if nobody else joins in, by making this public commitment, I have half a chance of getting these bikes back on the road!!
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Post by: Greybeard on 07.01. 2018 10:08
First of all, I'm really happy to read that you are able to come out and play.


I only have one motorbike but it does need some attention. Every autumn when I take her off the road I think I'll deal with those things I noticed during the summer; however every winter other stuff, and lack of motivation to go out to a cold shed get in the way and I end up in March quickly bodge fixing the things I must do. I bought a new camshaft from you a few years ago; I still haven't installed it. I therefore will not make any committments but I wish you and anyone else who makes resolutions good willpower.
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Post by: Black Sheep on 07.01. 2018 13:09
Last year my successful resolution was to recommission the A10 and Enfield, both lying since 2000.  *smile* As a consequence, this year's one is to get the house into some sort of presentable order. *sad2*
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Post by: BSARGS650 on 07.01. 2018 14:16
Mmmm...I make them, but, as far as I can remember (many years past), none have materialised....
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Post by: RichardL on 07.01. 2018 15:06
Andrew, Ditto GB regarding your ability to partake of lighter matters.

I think there may be some missing-of-the-point regaridng the resolutions. The point, I think, is to lay it on the line as inspiration to get it done and, maybe, to laugh at ourselves (and at eachother in a friendly way) when we don't.

This said, I'll take the bait. First, a resolution that I totally expect to fail: Make the '55 A10 4-5% faster by losing 25 lbs. Second, finally get the powder coating done on the barn-find '57 A7.  Third, finally get the crank ground and timing-side bush fit for the A7. I could go on and on, but couldn't we all?  If any one of these happens I will now feel triumphant (Beezamphant?)

Richard L.
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Post by: beezermacc on 07.01. 2018 16:01
Richard L..... FYI I lost two stone before Christmas on doctor's advice. It was quite easy really, I just stopped eating and drinking all the things I like! According to my BMI reference I am no longer 'clinically obese', just at the higher end of 'overweight'. I would have to lose another two stone to cease being overweight; that's not going to happen so, on to a resolution with greater chances of success......
.... and, as promised the 'before' pics of my 2018 projects.  The Rotax 'Thingy' needs more than would appear. The back wheel needs changing for something with a cush drive and the electrics need sorting so that the battery doesn't overcharge. There are also some cosmetic issues to deal with. The cush drive issue is a bit of a head scratcher because it will likely involve switching the brake to the other side which will affect lots of other things. The RGS lookalikey needs all the chromeware, including the wheel rims, replacing, some paint touching up then she should be fine for the road again. So that's me, making the commitment for 2018, anybody else biting the bait? It would be good to see how people are getting on even if we/they fail!
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Post by: RogerSB on 07.01. 2018 16:09
I can't find anything that needs doing *sad2* .

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Post by: RichardL on 07.01. 2018 16:30
Roger,

I took a close look at the possible emojis and did not see a "Pinnochio". May this one will do: *whistle*

Richard L.
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Post by: Greybeard on 07.01. 2018 16:56
A big factor in this is that those of us who are married owned don't really have much say in how our time is used, (or is that just me?).
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Post by: RichardL on 07.01. 2018 18:52
That's why a year is alotted for 16 hours of work (which includes driving to and fro for the shop work) over four days.

Richard L.
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Post by: worntorn on 07.01. 2018 21:36
With the SR I would like to somehow rectify the charging system no-charge situation. Pun intended.
Also, it would be nice to see if it is capable of more than just local riding. I think it is, but vibration and lack of power might preclude rides that involve climbing big mountain grades.
I wonder if a dynamic crank balance and drop back to stock gearing might be the best route.
It currently has a 23 tooth engine sprocket, fine for flatlands and smooth to 65 mph, but probably geared too high for the mountains.

If all of that gets done and works out, then I plan to get the  SR started on those ever expanding Circles of Confidence.

Glen
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Post by: WozzA on 07.01. 2018 22:26
My 2 year restoration of the '51 plunger has been and gone, it's now a 3year resolution.
My wife's 2017 resolution was a new concrete driveway, new plaster cornices, remodel interior, all new doors throughout the house, new carpet & timber flooring, interior painted,   *eek* 
After the kitchen is updated I HOPE to get stuck into the plunger.   *spider* 
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Post by: Black Sheep on 08.01. 2018 07:22
Don't mention the kitchen! *whistle*
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Post by: muskrat on 08.01. 2018 08:02
G'day all.
Mine is to give the 51 A7 a fresh'n up. She's been using a 53 frame for quite a few years and I know the ts bush is shot.
So once I move house (haven't sold here yet) and set up the new shed, the Muskette will need alterations in the house, find a job etc. Straighten the 51 frame, rebuild motor (not sure if I'll put it back to small fin & iron head), a little chrome and new paint.
The before picture click link below.
Cheers
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Post by: cyclobutch on 08.01. 2018 12:53
2017 was very much a game of two halves for me. Following the initial triumph of somehow having 10 of my bikes running and street legal back in May time I then suffered a series of catastrophic failures – never mind the futility and expense of maintaining a fleet of that size. So I’ve since been working through a series of larger problems and also decided to reduce numbers a bit. My A10, albeit admittedly with minimal use has suffered only a couple of very minor issues. And I’ve already suffered a failure this year with my Nimbus stopping charging when out on it last Thursday night.

Although still having to work full time to earn a crust, I am afforded the luxury of being able to have plenty garage time at the weekends, even if my house does seem to have started falling down. So I’m already up to my armpits in several larger projects that have arisen from failures, and have dicided there needs to be some rationalisation by letting a few bikes go – as soon as I can get them running again so as to maximise my (ahem) investment.
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Post by: jachenbach on 08.01. 2018 18:21
Moved last March and finally sold the other house today! Last week, installed a pellet stove for heat in my shop and replaced the really drafty door, so I can finally keep it warm enough to work in there. 3 bikes ahead of getting back to the A10. #1-ordering a replacement carb for the SR500, now that I can have some money for bike stuff. Easy job, just need to pay for it.#2-finish rewiring the Velocette. Bought a harness, but without an intact original to work from more difficult than it should be just to figure how it should lay out on the bike. My multimeter is getting a workout. Then learn to start it! #3 fix the oil sucking right cylinder on the Commando. Should have all these done before summer, then it's back onto the A10. The biggest (most expensive) jobs for that will be refreshing a magneto and a generator. Should be easy enough after that, wiring, fitting a drive chain, replacing tires.
Title: Re: New Year's Resolution - A challenge to you all !!
Post by: beezermacc on 09.01. 2018 08:07
Very ambitious Jachenbach!
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Post by: morris on 09.01. 2018 21:48
I started the year with a plan. Finally sorting the brakes on the SA and installing that cylinder head I have on the shelf for about three years now
I rolled the bike on the lift and took the rear wheel out and lifted the cylinder head.
Have you lads ever wished that you didn't do something you just did?
That feeling came upon me when I noticed deep scratches in both cylinder walls. *problem*
Time for a rebore and new pistons I guess. First measurements showed that it's on his first rebore so luckily there's some room left.
I then turned my attention to the rear wheel. I wondered that the brake judder may not have been caused by overtensioned spokes so I grabbed a spanner and started loosening some spokes. In doing so, one of the spoke nipples shot through the rim hole. Closer inspection showed that there where some more on the edge of passing through...  *pull hair out*
All this already and I haven't even started looking at the front wheel yet!
Time and money urgently needed...!  *countdown*
Apart from that I have a feeling it's going to be a fantastic year.  *whistle*
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Post by: Greybeard on 09.01. 2018 22:57
I know you didn't need this aggro Morris but better to find out now, rather than many miles from home, or in the case of the spokes while you were hammering down the highway.
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Post by: jachenbach on 10.01. 2018 00:35
Very ambitious Jachenbach!
That's just the bikes. Also a Fiat X1/9 that needs a transmission (picking up a parts car in March) and a Jeep Cherokee in need of a rear differential. Don't want to get bored!
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Post by: orabanda on 10.01. 2018 01:27
My New Years' Resolution: get as many of the unfinished bike projects completed as possible!

2017 I finished a couple of bike projects, and fettled the runners.
Currently awaiting completion:

PE400
CL350K5
1954 A7SS (two off; one is mine, the other is a friend's)
1975 GL1000
DT360A
1969 Royal Star
1938 4G Square Four
1927 Model A Ariel
1957 VH Red Hunter
1972 XL250 Motosport
1956 A10 RR (will be starting it this saturday)
1948 A7
1974 DT125AF
1951 G80 Matchless

Oh; nearly forgot - run a business & keep 22 people in a job.

Richard
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Post by: bsa-bill on 10.01. 2018 09:45
good subject - might need 11 months to think about it
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Post by: cyclobutch on 10.01. 2018 10:12
Becoming overwhelmed by dead bikes I decided to have my local shop sort the Hardley. Moved all the bikes around Sunday ready for them to be able to pick it up off my plot today. Now lost the keys so it is stuck in the car-port with the steering lock on going nowhere.

Can’t even get that right.
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Post by: Angus on 10.01. 2018 20:07
My new years resolution was NOT to make any new years resolutions. But I need a kick you the back side to make progress on the matchless G80 which has languished in bits untouched for two year. So buy end of year to have at least a rolling chassis and the large machanical lumps ready to go in so I can ride it in 2019.

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Post by: jachenbach on 03.03. 2018 21:12
Follow up on New Year's resolutions: fixed the Jeep Cherokee (wasn't on the list). Got the new carb on the SR500, big difference there! Just got back from a test ride and the Velocette is good to go, just needs new tires (ordered), registration and insurance (Monday). Norton head is at a friends shop getting new valves and guides, fresh rings on order. With luck and a set of tires she's good to go. Fixed the kickstart on the T100 Daytona (hm, that wasn't on my list either). Started messing with the A10 seat mounting and installed a drive chain, but now the kickstart is locked up. Guess I need to have a look in the tranny. Shifts okay, so thought I might be able to free it up by rocking the wheel with it in gear, but no such luck. Not bad for less than 3 months into the year!
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Post by: RichardL on 04.03. 2018 17:11
Great update. Congrats on tje progress. Cowering with embarrassment for my own lack of progress.

Richard L.
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Post by: Topdad on 06.03. 2018 12:18
I'm afraid that goes for me to ,much to bloody cold here for me to venture out but I live in hope for this weekend  *doubt*
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Post by: CotswoldsA7 on 06.03. 2018 12:37
Me too,little progress on anything. Can't wait for a little or preferably a lot of sun.
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Post by: cyclobutch on 06.03. 2018 16:34
Got the bottom end back together for the Piecrust Racer. Been making various tweaks to the Loop since I got the g/box back and reinstalled. First rally is on the clocks change weekend in just a few weeks now. Sportster has been at the local emporium long enough that I daren’t ring to find how it’s going there now.
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Post by: beezermacc on 07.03. 2018 00:27
Glad to see some are making progress. As yet I haven't!
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Post by: RoyC on 07.03. 2018 07:11
Putting the last few touches and polishing her up ready to go on the club stand at the Stafford bike show next month.  *smile*
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Post by: muskrat on 07.03. 2018 08:17
 *red* nothing yet.
Cheers
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Post by: Greybeard on 07.03. 2018 08:43
I managed to find the time to change the rear light assembly on Black Beauty.
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Post by: RichardL on 15.07. 2018 00:31

This said, I'll take the bait. First, a resolution that I totally expect to fail: Make the '55 A10 4-5% faster by losing 25 lbs. Second, finally get the powder coating done on the barn-find '57 A7.  Third, finally get the crank ground and timing-side bush fit for the A7. I could go on and on, but couldn't we all?  If any one of these happens I will now feel triumphant (Beezumphant?)

Resolution # 1: No way.
Resolution # 2: Done! Ha!  *woo*  *smile*
Resolution # 3: We'll see.

Richard L.
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Post by: orabanda on 15.07. 2018 04:37
Well, along with all the BSA's and other marques, I am achieving some of the targets from the NY Resolutions.

Hot off the press; finished the Burman Q gearbox for the 1927 Ariel, an hour ago!

Now sitting in the frame; trial assembly before painting.

Next job for today; 1960 SR front brake.
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Post by: beezermacc on 18.08. 2018 11:58
Just when you thought it was safe and we'd forgotten the pledges we made! I am pleased to report that my RGS lookalike is now back on the road having undergone a complete rebuild. The engine has had a reground crank, sludge trap cleaned, dynamo belt drive. The heavy cycle parts have been stove enameled. The other cycle parts cleaned and polished, new mudguards and exhaust. The instruments have been serviced by 'Chronometrics', fork stanchions hard chromed. New alloy rims fitted by myself, new TT100 tyres. Converted to 12v. The bike rides quite nicely but I've only ridden it once so far, a trip of about 25 miles. It is a bit 'tappety' as yet but will improve as I iron out shakedown issues. The project took just under eight weeks from start to finish, but don't forget I had built this bike myself about twenty years ago so it just wanted stripping and rebuilding. Any parts I needed were sourced from my own business of course!

I must confess I will probably not get the Rotax engined special back on the road this year as I have decided to replace this project with a standard Golden flash. It is a bike I bought about ten years ago as a basket case. I intend to get this on the road by the end of the year. It will be built as a 'daily rider' so lots of deviations from standard and certainly not concourse. I'll be making the least work possible so I can get it on the road and use it. I may sell it when finished.
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Post by: beezermacc on 18.08. 2018 13:38
I should have asked in my previous post.... How are other projects progressing? Let's get some more BSA's back on the road!
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Post by: RichardL on 18.08. 2018 13:41
. Any parts I needed were sourced from my own business of course.

Hey! Not fair!

Richard L.
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Post by: beezermacc on 18.08. 2018 13:48
. Any parts I needed were sourced from my own business of course.

Hey! Not fair!

Richard L.
My rules!!
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Post by: cyclobutch on 20.08. 2018 08:41
Looks good. Certainly a lot better than anything I've managed this year.

Shop got my Sportster sorted – dying electronic ignition. That has been used as the station bike over the summer.

Still haven’t looked at the Sunbeam that I need to get going so that I can sell it.
Put the bottom end back together on the Bantam Board Track Racer but then got bored with it.
Need to pull the Helix ‘super’ scooter out and sell it on for spares or repairs.
Issues with the T3 on my brief Scottish tour mean that is grounded pending a gearbox inspection and coils replacement.
ZRX1200R is already SORNed and back in storage for winter (shop does an required work on that one).

Think I’m still going backwards with bikes failing faster than I’m fixing.
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Post by: lawnmowerman on 20.08. 2018 17:48
Still haven’t looked at the Sunbeam that I need to get going so that I can sell it.

Don't give up on that Sunbeam. I have just finished mine and I love it.

We have not seen you at the Rising Sun for a while. Come up next month and hopefully we can give you some inspiration to have another go at it.

Jim
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Post by: cyclobutch on 21.08. 2018 12:00
Still haven’t looked at the Sunbeam that I need to get going so that I can sell it.

Don't give up on that Sunbeam. I have just finished mine and I love it.

We have not seen you at the Rising Sun for a while. Come up next month and hopefully we can give you some inspiration to have another go at it.

Jim

The Sunbeam is a sad story – and tied up to my A10. It may be one I’ve told before.

The first holiday I had with my girlfriend, now wife, was to St Just at the tip of Cornwall in 1979. We rode down from mid-Essex on the A10 that I had not long bought, in the company of my pal on his TR6P Saint with his girlfriend – my girlfriend’s best pal. My A10 gave no end of trouble that week and ended up being towed behind my mate’s Trumpet all the way home from around Plymouth at the end of the week. We put the girls on the train at Exeter with as much of the luggage as they could manage. Whilst we were in St Just there was an S7D in that lovely mist green parked outside one of the cottages. It really caught my imagination and was on my mind ever after.

Eventually luck and some money came my way, and after some haggling I bought a 1950 model from a vendor on ebay. It was not cheap. He had just completed putting it back together and it came with loads of receipts for new parts. And that’s where my luck ran out. That must have been maybe around 4 years or so ago now. I had to fit a new Stuarts Concentric before it would run. Spent some small amount of time determining that the motor actually did have pretty much zero oil pressure, and then work around the half timing wheel, and pulling out all of the oddly bodged oil filtration in the sump made no difference. Replaced the knackered clutch whilst I was in there. Had Stuarts sort the dynamo at some huge expense. Then gave up and handed it over to Clive who went right through the motor, gearbox and drive box. Bottom line was that the engine had previously been assembled with no great care at all, to the extent that most of the new stuff in there now needed replacing again. And he found that some much earlier historic head replacement had led to misaligned oil feed to the head and the cam was scrap too. 

So I’ve thrown effort and money and love at it. I’ve had a marque expert work his magic on it. And it still won’t’ run for more than a few miles before it just quits. And yes I’ve been through the entire fuel supply side, and all new ign components, even switching to a wasted spark approach – at which point it now won’t run at all.   

Now in many ways I am a rational man, but I am prone to ascribing sentient behaviour to what can only be inanimate objects (bikes).  I show them love and look after them, and they look after me. And that actually pretty much works. This bike will not respond to that. I now hate it. And in all honesty, they may to some extent be chalk and cheese, but my A10 is just such a better bike in every single way. I did not renew my membership to SoF this year and I’m not worthy to move amongst the company of the Sunshine Boys – but please do extend my regards to them.
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Post by: lawnmowerman on 21.08. 2018 12:48
Ok will do Stephen

Jim
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Post by: Topdad on 22.08. 2018 17:09
Hi Cb really sorry to hear the way this bike as affected your thoughts towards it and I can relate to your approach to bikes in general particularly ,"I look after them ,they look after me" as I work on the same principle . However there are 2 marques that I avoid completely ,first AJS/Match box (  twins )  after  just to many engine blow ups on my friends bikes secondly Sunbeams S&/S8s  the grief one of those but a good friend of mine through (and this is still etched in my mind nearly 50yrs on ! ) was unforgettable, made much worse, I'm sure  when compared to the near 100% reliability of my plunger A10 . The worst bit I remember was that suddenly after messing about working on it with no luck and after changing nothing significant the bloody thing would run well ,appear reliable for  just for long enough to lull you into thinking it was sorted  when bang usually in the middle of nowhere , it would see it's bum and we'd not be able to get it going again. In the end he sold it for a petence to a guy who didn't even come back for the mountain of spares that was going with it !They would be worth a lot of cash now but they, I'm sorry to relate eventually went in the bin due to my friend not even wanting to try and sell 'em on . So some you just have to give up on ,perhaps you could p/x it for something else ???
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Post by: cyclobutch on 23.08. 2018 14:00
Thanks.

Just to bring some balance to my diatribe of pain on this one; I should point out that all the members SoF (Sunbeam Owners Fellowship – the club specifically for this model) who were subject to my near constant whine were always 100% supportive to me on my ‘journey’ with this bike. They are an all-round great bunch. And also, that despite what I perceive to be some significant design side howlers on this model other members manage to keep their bikes rolling and to cover extensive distances both in the UK and on continental travels.

But the combination of me, this bike, my general ineptitude with spanners and a goodly dose of bad luck was a bridge too far. They do say that you should never meet your heroes.

I already bought the replacement – it is my Loopframe Guzzi – ‘Jug’. Hopefully my Sunbeam will find a loving owner who can get it running just so – and I can recoup a goodly percentage of my costs. I’m quite interested in filling that space with something a bit earlier – maybe a flat tank project. What could go wrong?
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Post by: RichardL on 13.10. 2018 07:22

This said, I'll take the bait. First, a resolution that I totally expect to fail: Make the '55 A10 4-5% faster by losing 25 lbs. Second, finally get the powder coating done on the barn-find '57 A7.  Third, finally get the crank ground and timing-side bush fit for the A7. I could go on and on, but couldn't we all?  If any one of these happens I will now feel triumphant (Beezumphant?)

Resolution # 1: No way.
Resolution # 2: Done! Ha!  *woo*  *smile*
Resolution # 3: We'll see.

Richard L.

It's only October *spider* *doh* *eek* and #3 is half done. A7 machine work is delivered to the shop.

Richard L.
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Post by: beezermacc on 13.10. 2018 09:30
..................... and I'm part way through my second project which, if it gets finished by Christmas, will mean I've met my target. Unfortunately some health issues are getting in the way at the moment but I'm determined to get the job done. It's a BitSA / A10 special with iron head, fairly standard engine, 12v electrics, stainless guards and anything else I can lay my hands on currently lying around the garage and workshop!
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Post by: RDfella on 13.10. 2018 14:16
Just a note for Morris re the wheel issues - rims can be punched with different sized holes and sometimes you can get a rim with the bigger holes when you expected the standard ones (CWC did this to me). Two different nipple sizes for same spoke thread. Maybe you need the larger size spoke?

My mistake - last word should have read 'nipple'
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Post by: morris on 13.10. 2018 19:45
Just a note for Morris re the wheel issues - rims can be punched with different sized holes and sometimes you can get a rim with the bigger holes when you expected the standard ones (CWC did this to me). Two different nipple sizes for same spoke thread. Maybe you need the larger size spoke?
Well... that wasn’t exactly the issue. At that time the wheels where still the ones that came with the bike. They where built from what seemed leftover parts.  Found 3 different types of spokes and nipples so I did the only decent thing and ordered new rims, spokes and nipples and rebuilt them.
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Post by: WozzA on 14.10. 2018 23:26
Last week I took my plunger wheels over to a wheel builder for new stainless rims & spokes, & was amazed at his new machinery which can knock out a threaded spoke in seconds..
as mentioned spokes come in many diameters & sizes...
I'm running a year late on this project due to house renovations, flooring, carpets new concrete, painting house in side & out & the cost of a up coming wedding...  it all cost many $... to keep the wife happy..  *roll*
I've managed put a little away & hope to have the plunger on the road sooooooon...  *loveit* 
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Post by: Topdad on 17.10. 2018 12:06
hi mate , have you sorted the carb leak yet ? cheers Bob *whistle*
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Post by: WozzA on 17.10. 2018 12:47
hi mate , have you sorted the carb leak yet ? cheers Bob *whistle*
Yes Bob... new gasket kit & mix spring installed...  she's getting close..
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Post by: Topdad on 17.10. 2018 12:53
well done !
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Post by: cyclobutch on 17.10. 2018 13:29
This year I have the following stuff already lining up;

. Get the tuned motor back together on my Bantam (should be the work of minutes but I’ve lost interest in it). Buy and fit a Rex Caunt ign system. Fit and dial in the Del Orto I’ve acquired.

. Prep the S7 ‘Beam for sale. Currently doesn’t start or run. Too distressed by the whole experience to sort it and move on.

. Pull down the T3. Get the box inspected and new seals fitted. Fit a lightened clutch. Probably swap out the 850 jugs for 950s at the same time (want more mid-range for two up touring). Replace the coils in the hope that will fix some single cylinderedness that was going on coming back from Scotland early summer. 

. Have Hardley chopped and hard tailed. And then do the rest of the build myself. Another year will yet pass without this happening I’m sure.

. Prep and put on the road the SP370 I picked up last weekend. Tidy and sell the Morini Camel it will be replacing.

. Reroof my carport. Did the bikeport this weekend just gone. 

. Sort out the Nimbus charging maladies once and for all. Maybe pull the dynamo for refurb this time – it’s on the upright bevelled shaft that drives the OHC so not as easy as you might hope.

. And I want to do some more aeromodelling on weekday evenings – I’ve bought a vintage style Ben Buckle kit to get my teeth into.
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Post by: Greybeard on 17.10. 2018 13:56
...And I want to do some more aeromodelling on weekday evenings – I’ve bought a vintage style Ben Buckle kit to get my teeth into.
I may have mentioned before that I have a Ben Buckle/KeilKraft Falcon kit, partially built by someone else, sitting in my loft. I have a lovely classic OS FS 60 open rocker engine for it.

If it flys as sedately as this one, I'll be thrilled: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13BuRldxqvM
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Post by: cyclobutch on 17.10. 2018 14:55
Now that’s real nice – and in fact I was looking at that clip just the other day.

I’ve bought the Bandit which is smaller – 44” span. I’m wimping out with electric power this time – used to run diesels back in the day, on control line. I’m going to fit some micro R/C gear for speed controller, elevator and rudder. More for some ‘light assist’ just so’s I can keep it on whatever field I eventually try flying from.

As an aside, I used to do all this with my dear old dad – but sadly he died at just 61. At which point I figured I’d hang up my flying helmet for a whiles and focus on motorcycles … I could get back to the models when I was older and weaker. I figure that time is upon me. Looking forward to it.
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Post by: Falconer59 on 17.10. 2018 17:45
As A10 super rocket is all good at moment have just treated her to some new rubber so scrub them before winter and all ready for spring.
Just got Rocket 3 back on Road after wheels rebuild and new tyres, also done bushes etc in swing arm ,not an easy job.
Winter project is to get 1950 plunger ES2 finished, all paint done , fitted new wiring loom and few other jobs. So nearly time to put heating on in workshop and get busy.
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Post by: beezermacc on 26.11. 2018 15:26
..................... and I'm part way through my second project which, if it gets finished by Christmas, will mean I've met my target. Unfortunately some health issues are getting in the way at the moment but I'm determined to get the job done. It's a BitSA / A10 special with iron head, fairly standard engine, 12v electrics, stainless guards and anything else I can lay my hands on currently lying around the garage and workshop!


Yahay!!!! and here it is! Probably the only New Year's Resolution I've ever kept! The bike is living proof that it's easier to build an A10 than go on a diet and lose two stone!

Anyway, it has fairly standard engine, Bob Newby clutch and belt drive, stainless guards, Norton front mudguard stays, standard exhaust pipes lengthened by about 6" to accept the 'hooligan' silencers, 12v electrics. As yet I've only ridden it for two miles and it seemed sweet except the chain was rattling on the chainguard and the clutch wasn't very well balanced. So I've spent the morning in the workshop and fixed those two items so (I hope?!) it should be OK now.
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Post by: harvey mushman on 26.11. 2018 17:39
well done! it looks like a nice useable bike you have there.  *smile*

love the pipes!

cheers

derek