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Dave, I think your bantam must be cursed. Did you find it in an Egyptian tomb or something?

Some different types of paint are not compatible with each other. But this is odd because you say it was the second coat. I don't think a clear coat is necessary except for over transfers, or over metallic paint. My paint went crinkly in places, and I was told that it was probably because it was done in winter and the workshop was too cold/damp.

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I think you could be right, LOL.

Any way the tank is now stripped back to bare metal again and given a coat of etch primmer and is drying in the sunshine. The fork bushes and seals arrived today, these were soon fitted and I am pleased to say no more play in the front end.

So today some thing went right.

I'm trying to stay positive about the tank and I was never happy about the the ivory panel, when I was looking at pictures of Bantams of this era the panel was a lot smaller than I sprayed mine, so this time I will make it smaller. l am so glad that I had not fitted the transfers.

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April 8, 2015 - 10:08 am
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Dave, I send you a PM, Hans

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For the first time since 1964 the engine run, only for 20 seconds as I only put a dribble of petrol in a temporary tank, lots of white smoke from the oil used during the rebuild but it runs. I purchased a job lot of bits off of E bay and in them was a rather sad looking mag and lighting coils i soldered a bit of HT wire on it fitted the thing to the bike and 'i had the biggest blue spark so i just wrapped the ht around the spark plug and didn't really expect it to start but it did.

About time some thing went right. LOL tip-my-hat

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April 10, 2015 - 12:17 pm
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Yes, I'm glad it started for you, You have to have a win sooner or later, Keep it up the good work, Hansclap

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The bigger the problems, the bigger the satisfaction when it's all up and running..tip-my-hat

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Well here it is running, Had to stop it has I had complaints from the household about the smoke and noise. How was I supposed to know that they had hung there washing out to dry ?

The silencer is on order. I did mange to ride it up the garden in first gear, The clutch needs looking at as it not disengaging correctly.

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Sound's Really good Dave, Good enough to blast any washing of the line, It must have been a thrill and motivational to hear the engine running, clap

Where did you order the silencer from?

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I was so glad to have it running after the set backs, I have not done a lot since,(waiting on parts)  only applied the stickers.

PM sent about the silencer

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Well what can i say, Yesterday was a waste of time. Wiring wiring wiring I hate it bearing in mind I am an Electrician you would think I would like doing this.

I decided to have a brake from the Bantam and get on and finish my land Rover series 2 bulkhead but my welder stopped working, the wire feed motor as burnt out. I had a long conversation with the Silencer man and it should be here next week. he was telling all about the parts he makes not just for Bantams but other bikes as well, he also is making new centre stands.

He is also going to making the fishtail silencer in aluminium, should be interesting.  He will be at Stafford this weekend. So if you need any thing go have a chat with him.

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Looking good Dave, Sorry I cant help you with your light switch issue, I just make stuff look shiny, I note that you fitted your BSA transfer on the tank now, (looks good) Some times it's good to walk away from the Bantam to keep you sanity.

Keep up the good work, Hans

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Dave, I know where there's a fishtail. Chap I know is looking to sell his collection of parts. It's a nice shiny one painted black, in perfect condition. Shall I ask him how much?

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Thanks for the offer but I have paid for it and it will be delivered next week. 

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Drums fingers on table top,  Still waiting for the silencer, I spoke to the manufacturer on Thursday and he says it was posted, still not got it , I'm starting to get concerned about this as I can not really afford to loose £150. (price on web site £105)

Also still waiting for the paper work to come back from the DVLA and dating certificate.

Any way time to get things done, I was using the stator and coils from a later Bantam which I knew worked just to eliminate any electrical problems on the initial start up, Being as I could do nothing else I refurbished the geni mag and fitted this yesterday and I am pleased to say this is now on and working.

So it is back to the waiting game.

One lesson learnt, I will not be buying any parts by cheque or ordering any parts from a web site that does not have a on-line payment method again.

So the Valentine project as stalled.

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Must be one of those day's Dave, Just found out that my crank is bend in the 1950 plunger, I think I am on plan D now, But I am sure it will all work out fine Dave and your new fishtail will look great when it is fitted.

Keep a smile on your dial and remember that it suppose to be a hobbyroflroflranting

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Hi gang,

Just a note on the fish tail type silencers.  When ordering, make sure the silencer has proper internal metal baffles.  Have read some horror stories of people buying them and then having to get them re chromed only to find they have non metal baffles inside and therefore have to split, remove the innards re weld and then re chrome.

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Fed up waiting and having a few too many last night i knocked this up, lol.[Permission to view this image is denied]

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Careful, If you have to much compression you will lift the rear wheel straight of the ground. LOL, At least you can't aim it at the washing hanging on the line.roflrofl

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The weather is too cold to be putting washing out,

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I got the impression you was not impressed with my silencer so i dug the cut down one out and after much bashing and cleaning i got to look like this. not ideal but will do until[Permission to view this image is denied]
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