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Patternmaker9
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December 10, 2020 - 9:15 pm
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Well it's finished! As near as damn anyway...

The above link to my web page / blog will lead you to a pictorial

restoration of my 1950 D1 Ridgid. Click on ' motorcycle restoration ' and no the fellow on the motorbike is not me.

The website was originally created to document the restoration of a wooden sailboat I have been working on for the last four years or so but Covid meant I had to choose a different tack to keep myself busy these last few months. 

My son and I have recently purchased a Harley Davidson motorcycle from the 50's with the same design of engine and will post pictures on my blog as the restoration proceeds.

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Great job!

Looks fabulous. Is it a Harley Hummer that you’ve bought? There were some photos of one on here some time ago with a video comparing it with a Bantam.

“There’s nothing new under the sun”.

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It's certainly a classy restoration, though speaking entirely personally I would have kept the original patina (at least from what I can see on the photo). I am not sure, but I think the dip switch would have been located on the left handlebar, have you seen the website of ** Please log in to view **, which includes lots of info on early D1s?

It is also easy to see your passion for boating from the shine on the brasswork of the engine. Preserved Killick would be proud of it!

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Great looking bike, I like the skeletonized look of the speedometer. cool

1954 Vintage 150cc D3 Major - Direct Lighting - Plunger

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Thanks for your comments and in answer to your questions; the switch which controls all the lighting, by the way, is located on the right side of the handlebars because riding on the right side of the road as we do here in Canada it was necessary to attach the wing mirror to the left side which left little room for the Wipac light switch.

       As for the Harley we are about to restore, we are of the opinion that it pre-dates the Hummer and goes by a different name. Will no more after our research is complete.

A question for you guys.......... What size grease nipple or oiler goes in the speedometer worm gear casting on the rear wheel? I have a set of new grease nipples coming from Classic Bikes in Scotland but that one is not included.

Thanks to all you folks on the forum for your help and encouragement over the last eight months.

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Good point - if it won't fit on the left, fit it on the right! As for the grease nipple on the speedo drive, it has been covered on Ibayorkies saga, though I can't recall if it is in Vol 1 or Vol 2. Perhaps he can give the definitive answer, you could PM him.

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Have a look here.....

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Patternmaker9 said
A question for you guys.......... What size grease nipple or oiler goes in the speedometer worm gear casting on the rear wheel? I have a set of new grease nipples coming from Classic Bikes in Scotland but that one is not included.

As in topic Cocorico posted, 2BA thread, got mine from Trialsbikes

Mike H --

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