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Colin1
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February 28, 2020 - 7:26 pm
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I'm located close to Glasgow and need an engineering works to rebore my 175 cylinder. Ideally local. West of Scotland Engineering don't rebore 2 strokes and my usual workshop TM Smith engineering has closed, so I found out today.

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February 28, 2020 - 7:39 pm
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Hi Colin...one things for sure dont just trust anybody to rebore a 2 stroke barrel for you.

A few guys have used  PJs see link...with good results...think the will do mail order.

Rex Caunt does good pistons...they will prob want a piston to work to.

The guy I trust near me in Cheshire has been off work for some months with back probs unfortunately.

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Hi Colin, your Private Messaging is now open. I had a D1 rebored recently and tried West of Scotland first  - nae use. The guy in Airdrie did my last one but as you say he's gone. So I went to Mike Cowie at Blanefield Precision Engineering. He's absolutely fanatastic! He doesn't advertise at all - doesn't have to as he's always busy. Been there forever. Real biker himself - runs a vintage Indian 🙂 His workshop is full of old brit barrels he's working on. Can't recommend him highly enough. £60

'52 D1 direct lighting plunger; '58 Square Four (project); '55 D3 Battery; '59 D1 direct lighting plunger;  '59 Tiger Cub; '60 5TA;  '76 FS1-E '97 Honda Sky SGX50.

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£60 for 1 pot? ouch!

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PJ will measure the bore, decide how much to rebore, order the piston (from Rex) and send everything back to you in one package. They have done two for me and their work is excellent, and yes they do mail order 

Current bikes......1958 D5, a 77 Suzuki GT250 and a B175 almost ready for the road and a 76 Honda C90 in the workshop. A 1980 Honda CB400N now on the road and my everyday ride is a 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster. All bikes (except the D5) are now for sale...

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Looking on PJ's website, they are quoting £48 inc vat plus 8.50 post. That's £56.50 before you've paid to send it to them and had the inconvenience of packaging the lump. Maybe get a better deal from them over the phone, of course....

'52 D1 direct lighting plunger; '58 Square Four (project); '55 D3 Battery; '59 D1 direct lighting plunger;  '59 Tiger Cub; '60 5TA;  '76 FS1-E '97 Honda Sky SGX50.

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I can’t remember what I paid to be honest, and packaging wasn’t an issue. You just need a fair sized box and a lot of bubble wrap. They used a fancy courier but I used Hermes and it was around £5 I think. Thing is, you are going to have to post it somewhere if there isn’t anyone local to do the job.

Current bikes......1958 D5, a 77 Suzuki GT250 and a B175 almost ready for the road and a 76 Honda C90 in the workshop. A 1980 Honda CB400N now on the road and my everyday ride is a 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster. All bikes (except the D5) are now for sale...

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Yes, Steve, it certainly looks like a quality outfit and has very good reviews. The point was that we do have someone local; a fine craftsman who we would do well to support otherwise he may not be there forever. Also another handy local contact to make for any other skilled work that may be needed. And as Colin pointed out in his OP, the options up here are dwindling quickly :-(, hence the premium on price perhaps

'52 D1 direct lighting plunger; '58 Square Four (project); '55 D3 Battery; '59 D1 direct lighting plunger;  '59 Tiger Cub; '60 5TA;  '76 FS1-E '97 Honda Sky SGX50.

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Stoo makes a good point about using local resources if possible - especially if the quality of work is known and the cost is acceptable.

1956 D3 running, lights to sort. 7 other bikes in the Barn. 1950 D1 engine now running.

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Stoo makes a good point about using local resources if possible - especially if the quality of work is known and the cost is acceptable.  

Indeed, but then all recommendations are local to someone, are they not? If I know a local specialist for whatever I am looking for, and they have a good reputation, then I will use them. If they do not, or are overpriced I will go elsewhere. If you do not compare local services with those offered by other providers, how do you know what is a fair price?

Current bikes......1958 D5, a 77 Suzuki GT250 and a B175 almost ready for the road and a 76 Honda C90 in the workshop. A 1980 Honda CB400N now on the road and my everyday ride is a 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster. All bikes (except the D5) are now for sale...

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Absolutely, Steve. The thing is that nobody else local is doing the work. The last local guy I went to was 50quid. When you take into account the vat +postage etc, it still works out the same price to do it local and  maintain a valuable, ever-dwindling resource. Plus he's a good guy. Real old school biker with an ancient ramshackle Indian. Seems to be very highly thought of up here in biking circles. I'd be interested in giving PJ a go sometime though...

'52 D1 direct lighting plunger; '58 Square Four (project); '55 D3 Battery; '59 D1 direct lighting plunger;  '59 Tiger Cub; '60 5TA;  '76 FS1-E '97 Honda Sky SGX50.

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Absolutely, Steve. The thing is that nobody else local is doing the work. The last local guy I went to was 50quid. When you take into account the vat +postage etc, it still works out the same price to do it local and  maintain a valuable, ever-dwindling resource. Plus he's a good guy. Real old school biker with an ancient ramshackle Indian. Seems to be very highly thought of up here in biking circles. I'd be interested in giving PJ a go sometime though...  

I think if I were the OP, I would go with the local guy, there is no real reason not to. Its always handy to have local contacts, they know other people in the area who have skills we may need. My local paint shop advised me of a guy that does sand blasting just down the road from me. I didn't know he was there, doesn't advertise and just does it as a hobby. £5 to get a tank blasted inside and out? Bargain. Great job too...

Current bikes......1958 D5, a 77 Suzuki GT250 and a B175 almost ready for the road and a 76 Honda C90 in the workshop. A 1980 Honda CB400N now on the road and my everyday ride is a 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster. All bikes (except the D5) are now for sale...

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Just to let you all know that I appreciate your inputs. I used Blane Precision Engineering. They did an excellent job of rebore, cross hatching and dressing the ports. Piston and parts from RCR. 

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