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Stoo's D1 'Preservation'
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May 6, 2018 - 8:48 am
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I`ve got a large box of wiring and I seem to remember some translucent stuff among it.I`ll have a look if you don`t fancy forking out.I also have some old standard lamp translucent wire that`s twin wires twisted around each other.It`s good quality and not corroded/blackened/degraded.I`ve used it on various projects in the past and it straightens out nicely.I need to poke around in the sheds today....

If I can find it...?

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May 6, 2018 - 9:26 am
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Thanks guys.

Thatd be great if youve got some handy, Blue.thank-you

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May 6, 2018 - 10:44 am
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Yes, you can use it, and it will work fine. 

If, however, you want it to be 100% “correct” then a 55mph one would be worth keeping an eye out for. 

If you do decide to replace it, drop me a line as I’ve been looking for a 75mph one for my D3/D14 “special”. 

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That Halfords speaker cable is more than up to the job. Original cable would have been 28 strands, and capable of carrying 8-ish amps at 6v; whilst direct comparison is tricky, 35 strand 2.5mm2 cable should be capable of carrying in excess of 10 amps at 6v. As far as I’m aware, it’s the only way of getting translucent wire without resorting to decorative cable meant for mains applications. 

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May 6, 2018 - 11:56 am
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I`ve finished shedding it,and no 35 or 28-strand translucent cable has reared it`s head,only the domestic table/standard-lamp dual cable translucent stuff.That has 14 strands which are possibly rated at 5 amps for 240 volt.Even twiddling them together would still rate them low because they`d still be effectively one strand when push came to shove with any abnormal load. I`ve risked it for personal projects,but with you having a 35 strand cable,this can`t match that.

You`re welcome to some of this cable,but Sunny and Glen have the best answers.

I`m digging out a D14 harness over the next few days and I seem to remember 2or3 translucent earth wires converge to an earth point at the rear petrol tank to sub-frame bolt ,but I don`t remember them being as many as 35 strands per cable,but your D1 will get quite hot in the enclosed headlamp environment,so better safe than sorry I suppose,you don`t want a melt-down

Blue

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May 6, 2018 - 12:15 pm
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I'll be keeping an eye out Glen and keep you in mind if I change over.

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May 7, 2018 - 8:27 pm
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Cheers. No panic though, and no problem if you decide to stick with what you have. 👍

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May 8, 2018 - 12:21 am
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That`s looks exactly what I`ve got,except mine`s what they wired up some domestic lamps with many years ago.That`s what I`m offering Stewart,but I wasn`t sure it`d do him?

Blue

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Thanks guys. I've made up most of the cabling tonight. The halfords speaker wire is quite thick which makes it a little awkward but I've managed it anyway. Now all I gotta do is find time to got it all. I'll from it all in situ. 

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May 8, 2018 - 6:51 pm
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this is what came with my D1 in boxes, I assumed it was original and v optomistic [Permission to view this image is denied]

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What numbers are along the bottom there, Ska? I'll try to trace it....

Found a site with Smith's serial numbers through the ages which is how I traces mine. 

1959 D1 direct lighting plunger,  '60 5TA, '76 FS1-E.

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May 9, 2018 - 12:14 pm
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S630/L which probably isn't correct for a D1  although second hand I think it will be unlikely I will find another at what I like to call the right price kiss

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Hi Ska, a quick look says that your s630/l was fitted to D1s from 54 onwards.....

So maybe you've got a low-mileage basket of bits 😁

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The engine no is for a 1949 and the frame is between 1949  -1951 

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Tried umpteen various searches but no joy. Can anyone please give me the size for the big fork top stanchion nut 90-5027? They're  stiff as "%$#×@× and a readily-available socket will hopefully provide the answer. 

Cheers

Stewart

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Hi Stoo,

My D1s are tucked up in bed at the mo,but I have my Plunger D3 nearby.Different style top nut to the DI,they may or may not be the same size.

I used a favourite vintage open-end Gedore(DIN895) 1"W-7/8W hefty old spanner,sort of thing you`d see in Fred Dibnah`s toolbox or on Peaky Blinders.The 7/8W end fits perfectly .

AF,I believe that to be 1 7/16" or 37mm,but don`t quote me on that.I`ll leave it to you to get your tape measure out and compare.

Blue

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May 13, 2018 - 10:23 pm
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I'm relieved that I've managed to resist my natural obsession with dismantling everything I lay my hands on. I promised myself I wouldn't do it this time.

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......ooops! I turn my back for 2 seconds and THAT happensthinking

Still, having the engine out makes it a little simpler to fit these.......

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......which I can assure you cost a little more than 35 shillings. Here's hoping they work ok. Got a new coil to go with them. I've I'm going to replace the internals, I might as well, do it in a oner. I remember when I started this thread a couple weeks ago, my avowed intention was a quick wipe down with reg of oil and a new back tyre. Ah well, the best laid plans etc. etc. etc rofl

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May 13, 2018 - 10:51 pm
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Haha,Involuntary motorcycle stripping...I suffer from that.

Looks like you`re having fun,that`s the main thing.

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Hi. My '59 D1 has a 75mph speedo.Would they have used the same speedo for all models? D3 from 54 then D5. (just a thought)

Graham

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