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Mr.B
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hello everyone, I’m not sure but I may have just become the one and only member of this Club who lives in Norway. I have lived here nearly 20 years now.

I have had various bikes in the past but I have never ventured into a restoration project but here goes.

I recently retired and was looking for a winter project and I found the 1956 Bantam as seen below. It is in reasonable order as far as I can see but has not been on the road for 12 years. The main issue appears to be that there is no carburetor on it but along with the bike came a box of bits which includes an Amal carb marked 523/001. I’m not sure if this is the right one.

The bike itself has Frame Number 49235 and Engine Number BD3B 10681. I think the colour is gray.

If anyone can confirm to me which model this is and any other information I would be grateful. And once I get started I’m sure I will be back on these pages asking for help.

Bryan

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Hi Bryan, welcome to the Club. Your bike is a D3 150cc battery electrics model if it's the original engine (the Club Dating Officer may be able to tell you if the frame and engine left the factory together), in the correct colour and fairly original with most, if not all the expensive, hard to find items present (light switches, speedo, horn, carb etc.). The carburettor you mentioned is the correct one for the bike.

You may well be the only Club Member in Norway but your bike is not the only D3 there. See here ** Please log in to view **

It's your bike to do with as you wish but if it was mine I think a light restoration would be in order keeping as much of the original finish as I could. It's only original once and there is no going back after it's been painted over!

Nice find.

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I'm not a complete idiot ............................................ some parts are missing.

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Hello Bryan,

Don't forget that there is an active Norwegian BSA Club as well who can help. Where in Norway are you?

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Mr.B
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February 13, 2018 - 6:23 pm
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Piquet said
Hi Bryan, welcome to the Club. Your bike is a D3 150cc battery electrics model if it's the original engine (the Club Dating Officer may be able to tell you if the frame and engine left the factory together), in the correct colour and fairly original with most, if not all the expensive, hard to find items present (light switches, speedo, horn, carb etc.). The carburettor you mentioned is the correct one for the bike.

You may well be the only Club Member in Norway but your bike is not the only D3 there. See here ** Please log in to view **

It's your bike to do with as you wish but if it was mine I think a light restoration would be in order keeping as much of the original finish as I could. It's only original once and there is no going back after it's been painted over!

Nice find.

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Hi Piquet, thanks for the information and advice, food for thought re the extent of the restoration.  For sure it needs re-wiring. Bryan

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Peterg said
Hello Bryan,

Don't forget that there is an active Norwegian BSA Club as well who can help. Where in Norway are you?  

Hi Peter,

I have not been able to find any Club here. If you have contact detail I would be grateful. I am in the south of Norway in Grimstad.

Bryan

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Mine`s the same model and colour,but 12,000 frame units younger.I`m in the process of putting it together from the box of bits it arrived in.At least yours is as good as complete,looks great,can`t beat patina.Some of my D3 has seen the spray gun years ago by the look of it,but thankfully the rust is showing through again....so patina part2 🙂

Is that some barrel fin damage?

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Per Braaten is also very active on the Facebook BSA group

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The closest I have got to Grimstad is Route 41, up through Birkeland and Herefoss. Totally forgotten where I was going to, but I think I was making an arc through Norway to Sweden, or possibly on to Denmark to a BSA International Rally on my trusty B31

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Mr.B said
hello everyone, I’m not sure but I may have just become the one and only member of this Club who lives in Norway. I have lived here nearly 20 years now.

I have had various bikes in the past but I have never ventured into a restoration project but here goes.

I recently retired and was looking for a winter project and I found the 1956 Bantam as seen below. It is in reasonable order as far as I can see but has not been on the road for 12 years. The main issue appears to be that there is no carburetor on it but along with the bike came a box of bits which includes an Amal carb marked 523/001. I’m not sure if this is the right one.

The bike itself has Frame Number 49235 and Engine Number BD3B 10681. I think the colour is gray.

If anyone can confirm to me which model this is and any other information I would be grateful. And once I get started I’m sure I will be back on these pages asking for help.

Bryan

  

Your machine left the factory on the 26th April 1955 and was delivered to Erling Sande, Hausmannagt 27, Oslo. It is a matched pair.

Current bikes......1958 D5, and a 77 Suzuki GT250 being rebuilt. I have a 74 Kawasaki KH400 in the queue, along with a 58 Tiger Cub and a 1980 Honda CB400N. An American import 1978 Honda CB125S just registered and running.  I currently ride a 1998 Yamaha XV535 Virago, or a 2011 Harley Davidson 883 Sportster

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Hello Bryan

A great looking D3 you have there, the best looking Bantam of the lot as far as I am concerned, but them I am biased! She looks in great original condition as well, they can only ever be original condion just the once!

Jon

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It looks like it is complete and all there,a god find, the front mudguard needs putting back in the right position, the indent should go where the fork leg is, it looks like the mudguard stay behind the fork leg is bent, once straightened the mudguard should go back in the right position .

I could be wrong , but should it have a rear rack fitted ?

I could agree with you, but then we would both be wrong

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