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Hi, I joined the Bantam club around 5 months ago and only just registered on the website. I’m currently restoring a 1952 D1 Plunger Bantam and pretty much all there now, I finding it difficult to find a headlight rim? One I ordered said it was for a D1 but doesn’t fit the headlight nor does the lens mate properly with the rim. The type I’m looking for can been seen below.

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Alan Turner

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April 2, 2018 - 12:10 pm
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Welcome Alan.

Hope you track down the correct headlamp rim.

Is your headlamp the early type with the egg-shaped shell,or the rounded type.Lucas or Wipac electrics.I have both early and later D1`s but unfortunately no spares to part with at the moment.

Is yours the single headlamp bracket that bolts to the bottom yoke or the two "ears" on the fork tubes?I have seen a few mix`n`match using these combos.

I bought a complete round headlamp unit a few year`s back from Chas Bikes? ....you`ll have to trawl around for the rim you want,there`ll be one on the market somewhere.

If you can put some pics up,then myself and others may be able to help more.

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Hi Blue

It’s the single as you call it that bolts to the bottom yolk. I tried uploading a picture but I think it said too large so wasn’t sure what to do?

Tried again to upload picture of the rim I have and it comes up with “upload file size exceeds maximum size allowed” not sure how to compress picture on I-pad

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April 4, 2018 - 9:00 pm
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I have a similar problem with running an old system on my desktop,that I haven`t got around to updating yet.

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April 5, 2018 - 8:01 pm
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Still trying to upload a photo of the rim type I need?

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April 5, 2018 - 8:18 pm
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I think i’ve Managed to post the rim I need

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April 5, 2018 - 8:32 pm
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If anyone can help me source a replacement rim like the one above that would be great, 

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Alan Turner

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April 6, 2018 - 8:44 pm
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Nearly finished!! Need a headlight rim to finish off.

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April 6, 2018 - 11:19 pm
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Stunning work Alan!

Have you priced up having the old one re-chromed,find someone having a load of stuff done and ask to sneak it in with them?

...or DIY chroming kit?

...or some measurements would help with tracking new one down...glass aperture dia & closure face dia.

Have you got some new W-clips?

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I think I might have a reasonable one somewhere, I'll look it out soon when I next go to shed, Monday I imagine.

Four now on the road and at least several in bits.

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April 7, 2018 - 12:23 pm
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Thanks for the compliment. I have the “W” clips and did think about getting re-plated. The other option would be to strip the plating and paint green, however I wanted to keep it original.

The headlight rim O/D is 6” which mates to the headlight, and 5” ID.

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April 7, 2018 - 3:32 pm
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Try this, works for me:-

Using a small worn brass brush(worn almost down to the wood/plastic handle),go over the rust spots on the outside of the rim.Plenty of elbow grease.

On the inside you can use a new brass brush or nylon pan scourer first off,to help with access.

I use that on many lightly rusted items,various types of plating....air filter housing,nuts and bolts etc,leaves a light coating of brass and to my eyes, looks better than rust 🙂

Thanks for the close-up...proper job!

Just an observation:- Looking at the 3 white cable ties on the downtube....there are black rubber ties available,they have a slit and ear that locks them together when you`ve stretched them around the frame tube&cables.I`ve been using them on Brit rebuilds since the seventies...still available I`m sure.

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Thanks Blue.

Might end up brushing off as you say until I can find one, and then polish off with some Autosol.

Observation noted with the cable ties, I did think white didn’t look the part but was all I had to hand, will change now. Where do you get the rubber one’s from?

Found good app for compressing photo’s from an IPad so I can get some better images on the forum.

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April 7, 2018 - 8:11 pm
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Good idea,hope you get her sorted.

I still have a section of old tractor inner-tube I make the ties out of,but there are various styles available to buy,like these for instance...

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I have bought plainer styles,which I prefer,but will carry on making my own ...small things amuse small minds and all that 🙂

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Hi Alan

If its any help my headlight unit on my 52 plunger looks exactly the same as yours and I got my rim from classic motorcycle spares and part number "ww50194" was on the invoice. If you google that part number there is a ** Please log in to view **

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April 10, 2018 - 10:43 pm
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Hi Paul.

thanks for help, followed the link you posted and the rim looks the same as the one I previously ordered. It’s not as deep and those little stops on the inside, stop the rim mating properly to the headlight shell/housing.[Permission to view this image is denied]

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April 11, 2018 - 10:56 am
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Ah yes can see the difference now, I'd have to get my old rusty side by side with the new to see if they were different . Good luck with your search.

Cheers

Paul

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