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Introductions, Stories & Pictures / new member in Berlin
« Last post by jonny web on 20.05. 2019 19:36 »
hello to all,
just a note to introduce myself. I'm Jonny Webber, originally a londoner but living in Berlin about 25 years.
Although I did swear never again would I buy a basket case, I find myself in possession of a 1951 Golden Flash project. (neither my first project nor my first A10)
I only bought it as I know the previous owner, and it was pretty much all there, bar a few bits which I have found.
However these things never go as planned and I am bound to need some advice, hence joining this excellent forum.
Hope fully i will be posting soon, until then anxyone who is intersted can catch up to where I am now on my facebook page here

https://www.facebook.com/The-golden-flash-599493100510334/?modal=admin_todo_tour

this is about where i am so far
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Frame / Re: 1958 Super Rocket Red
« Last post by Billybream on 20.05. 2019 19:31 »
Royal Red "Post Office Red, Cherry, BS381 538"
Hope this helps, but any decent paint supplier will colour match from a sample.
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 GB.
   Ettore Buggatti's comment of the lorry reminds me of another urban myth concerning the elites of Italian Automotive Engineering. In the early 1960's a manufacturer of agricultural tractors decided to reward his business success and treated himself to a Ferrari. Alas this otherwise fine vehicle  had a small niggling fault, so the story goes, of a dropped door.  The local dealers were of the opinion that they were all like that, but to the customer, this was not the quality expected of a Ferrari. Over several weeks the fault was escalated up the chain and brought to the attention of the great Enzo himself, who supposedly fobbed off the disappointed customer along the lines of "What does he expect? Let him do better!"

   So the disgruntled customer did just that, using the resources at his disposal, as this tractor manufacturer was none other than Ferrucio Lamborghini. Like I say, an urban myth, but with a lot of truth in there. The rest is history. 


 Swarfy.
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Amal, Carburation / Re: Choke lever
« Last post by smellybeard on 20.05. 2019 19:28 »
Or 3..."I've just designed a simple and effective piece of equipment that the Sunday afternoon mechanic can easily remove and refit, but doubtless there'll be something better invented in another fifty years or so.."

Seriously, are we still comparing decades-old BSA designs with Japanese stuff?
It's an Amal design; not BSA.
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Frame / Re: Fork oil seal questions
« Last post by Rudgeman on 20.05. 2019 18:36 »
Thanks to you all for your useful contributions. I'm convinced rhat whoever made these particular stainless seal holders decided to make them compatible with the closest equivalent metric oil seal, rather than for the BSA, imperial oil seal. They're probably cheaper and it makes it easier to machine the seal recess - because it's slightly smaller than the ID of the threads - but it compromises the seal's fit on the stanchion.


I've dug out my old large chuck, spent a couple of hours getting it cleaned up, fitted and centred and have now bored one of the holders out to fit my correct seals. When I did this it was clear just how close to the thread diameter I had to go with the boring tool. I'll now have to make a tool to enable me to tap these seals home with some sealant behind them.


Never a dull moment eh ? And to top it all - these newish stanchions have the transitions to the slightly larger diameter where they clamp in the yolks machined with a sharp corner - so the seal won't slide over them. They should have had smooth rads and chamfers. Twenty minutes with a dremel has sorted it but it makes it very clear what a wide range of quality there is in the parts out there for these popular bikes.

Thanks again for such prompt and helpful replies.

Rudgeman
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These engines did not have removable cylinder heads. The bores are very long. Four valves per cylinder. Overhead Camshaft.
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Frame / Re: new member has a spring Question
« Last post by Greybeard on 20.05. 2019 18:32 »
I replaced the spring on my Shooting star today and I....used oval nails. I pushed four in between the coils of the spring (two on each side to keep it straightish) I then used a pair of pliers to rotate each nail like a cam, forcing the coils further apart. This achieved me about 5mm  and the spring just popped straight on. I then used the pliers to pull the nails out.
A great tip!
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Frame / Re: new member has a spring Question
« Last post by Mosin on 20.05. 2019 17:06 »
G'day Paul,
                      I get a box of flat washers and insert between the coils until the spring is long enough to fit.
Bend the spring to insert and alternate from side to side.
  Trev.

I replaced the spring on my Shooting star today and I developed this idea slightly. I used oval nails. I pushed four in between the coils of the spring (two on each side to keep it straightish) I then used a pair of pliers to rotate each nail like a cam, forcing the coils further apart. This achieved me about 5mm  and the spring just popped straight on. I then used the pliers to pull the nails out.
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Ettore Bugatti once referred to the Bentley as "the world's fastest lorry"
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Chat, Offtopic, Other Bikes, Meetings & Everything Else / Power!
« Last post by Greybeard on 20.05. 2019 16:19 »
Copied from Historic Competition Services on Facebook:

Since you gave the last post of this Bentley so much love, let’s check out the massive 4.5L engine! 🥰🤤
Capable of pushing this car to 222 km/h (or 138 mph), it smashed the top speed record at the Brooklands Racetrack!
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