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Introduction from Ted alias Squiggle
« on: 09.01. 2021 21:55 »
Hi everbody, thanks for letting me join your group. My nickname is Ted, Squiggle is my cats' name. I have been riding and working on motorcycles over 50 years. Used to have early British bikes but have had a clear out. Now have a 1957 A10 rigid which came to me as a pile of bits I am slowly getting it completed as some of the parts are from other A10 models. Will post some pictures
Just bought an A7 sprung longstroke off of Ebay frame number ZA7s 24935 which I assume is 1951 with engine number ZA7S 670 which I assume is 1949 the engine also has HC and R stamped below the engine number. Have attached picture.
Also have a 1959 T21 Triumph that I had on the road a couple of years ago but sadly suffered oil pump failure damaging the big ends and pistons. Nearly rebuilt the bottom end just need to finish the primary case and barrels. I had the parts machined straight away but only just gained the inclination to put it back together.

My bikes are normally bought as wrecks then just tidied up by respraying the frames and tinwork, stripping then rebuilding the engines as necessary, sorting the wiring out. Repair or make new seat pans then cover them. My aim is to to get them back on the road.

japanese bikes from the early 70s:
Yamaha 650 XS1B
Yamaha 650 TX650
Yamaha 650 XS2
Yamaha 250 YDS7
Yamaha 600 Diversion
Honda CB250 K0
Honda CB250 K4
Honda CB350 K4
 Honda CB350 K3
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Suzuki TS400
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Re: Introduction from Ted alias Squiggle
« Reply #1 on: 09.01. 2021 22:24 »
 *welcome*

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Re: Introduction from Ted alias Squiggle
« Reply #2 on: 10.01. 2021 00:15 »
Great intro, welcome  *smile*
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1956 A10 Golden Flash (1st finished project)
1949 B31 rigid “400cc” (2nd finished project)
1968 B44 Victor Special (3rd project,in progress)
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Re: Introduction from Ted alias Squiggle
« Reply #3 on: 10.01. 2021 01:20 »
Welcome, Ted, that's a great project. Too bad you have so little experience with British bikes.  ;)*whistle* In that picture, it looks like the only new parts you needed were new plunger springs. Love the ivy bringing the greenery inside the shed.

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Re: Introduction from Ted alias Squiggle
« Reply #4 on: 10.01. 2021 02:30 »
Welcome Ted  *smile*

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Re: Introduction from Ted alias Squiggle
« Reply #5 on: 10.01. 2021 08:55 »
 *welcome*
The bike looks nearly ready for the road! You're gonna have some fun for sure.
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Re: Introduction from Ted alias Squiggle
« Reply #6 on: 10.01. 2021 09:08 »
G'day Ted  *welcome*
Looks like that one will keep you off the streets for a while.
Cheers
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Re: Introduction from Ted alias Squiggle
« Reply #7 on: 10.01. 2021 09:48 »
Hi Ted. This one caught my eye way back in October/November when it was offered at what I considered a high price for such a collection of miss matched bits. Over time the asking price slimmed down by a third or so and with the current situation looks like you took the chance.
 So its going to be a journey of discovery, and it will be interesting to see how things pan out. Certainly more of a mechanical jigsaw puzzle than a project bike.

 Welcome to the Forum, and all the best with your endeavours.

 Swarfy.

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Re: Introduction from Ted alias Squiggle
« Reply #8 on: 10.01. 2021 10:50 »
Thanks for fine story, welcome!

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Re: Introduction from Ted alias Squiggle
« Reply #9 on: 12.01. 2021 10:23 »
You are right about the mismatched bits. The fuel tank is from the swinging arm model, was going to make it fit but will move it on as it has no dents. The yokes and fork legs are from a later model but may use. The engine cases are mark 1 with mark 2 timing cover. The crank and pistons are from the mark 2 engine. The mark 1 bores are good as they were covered in grease I just need to braze 2 bits onto the to fins. The mark 1 head is good and complete, later a7 carb. The frame is a high number 1951 which could have had the mark 2 A7 fitted. Need to contact Steve Foden for a dating certificate.
Hopefully there will be some autojumbles this Summer which will shape and move the project forward.

Ted