The D7 is at the clean build stage so was allowed inside. The D1 is consigned to the garage being full of petrol, grease and oil... And the garage is COLD today. Not quite 'spanner sticking to your hand cold' .... but 'wriggle your toes and dress like Michelin man cold'.
September 28, 2011
I dropped Howard, the club dating officer, a line with the D7's engine and frame number and he's come back with some great info:
The frame left the factory on the 25/01/1965 with engine number 5204 probably FD7, the records are a little faint but looks like it was dispatched to Hancocks of Sturminster Newton.
So the bike's birthday is next is next Wednesday! and its a LONG way from its first home.
The engine is later and would have left the factory in a frame with the same number - this was dispatched to J Hall and sons of Blackpool on the 27/07/1966.
I actually live just outside Blackpool and bought the bike from a chap in Blackpool. Also J Hall is still going - its a Honda dealer now, and has just moved premises from what turns out to be its original 60's premises back when it was a BSA dealer. Another little connection is that when I learned to ride I had my lessons and test from there.
When its finished I'll have to take it on tour to the old dealership location and then to the new one. 🙂
Great stuff - really nice to have a little bit of history.
Thank you! 🙂
I don't have a fixed date in mind - I'm just trying to make sure that I just keep making some progress. The big hold up at the moment is the wheels coming back from Central Wheels - once they are here it will make a big jump in that I can have it rolling and fit the engine etc.
I'm a little confused with the wiring too, we have a replacement loom but I think its not got all of the connectors on it. I also need to resolve the spacer issue on the tool box - I bought a pack for it but they are basically too long.
A small something came in the post for it this morning though - so I'll pop up a picture of that fitted later on.
Slow going as I'm still waiting for the wheels back from Central Wheels ....... they've had them for two months and aren't replying to emails, so I hope all is well......
In the interim I found the brake light switch hidden in a box of parts:
and its made sense of that bracket I posted a pic of earlier asking what it was for ..... no one replied at the time, but here it is :
Not sure where or how it mounts though .... anyone help?
Things should be picking up pace again soon. 🙂
After a bit of confusion over handlebars (** Please log in to view **). Where it turns out the ones on my bike are from an A10 or the like, IanD has sold me a nice low rise pair. It'll be nice to get those on and mount the grips and levers etc.
Also, over a month late and after numerous unanswered emails and broken promises of reply - I'll be getting my wheels tomorrow. The fork bottom caps and the right side footrest hanger will arrive, freshly powder coated by the same firm.
So I should be able to make some big steps in the next couple of weeks.
We have wheels!
...and lovely they are too! a really really nice job 🙂
Here they are with the brake plates mocked up:
Close ups of the hubs:
Also the missing footrest plate and the two fork bottom caps.....
Suddenly I'm a bit daunted by how much there is left to do ..... despite the fact that I'm now really getting there!
I offered up the sprocket bolts I'd bought, which if memory serves me right are 2BA - but non of them would start in the threads...... so either I've got that wrong or I need to run a tap into every hole.
I need to check if the wheel bearings are good or not and pop everything back in. A club member has very kindly offered to re-plate a few of the fasteners for me, hopefully this week. So once that's done I can get the wheels back in.
There is a danger of me wanting to rush now, but I think I need to strike a balance and just aim to keep making steady progress and let the milestones come by in their own time....
Any words of encouragement gratefully received right now!
September 28, 2011
The tyres are Cheng Shin ones, which are quite cheap and have come along way in recent years!
I remember a friend bought a pair years ago and they were dreadful, they had little grip and were rock hard. In fact he decided he'd run them down and then not buy a pair again - however they never wore down! So eventually he just took them off and threw them away. Lol
These ones now have good reviews and are clearly a better product. 🙂
My D1 has had the Chen Sing's on since I had it and surprisingly they are ok, been out in rain, snow, gravelly pot holed lanes with mud, horse dung etc etc and no drama, they also look quite "period" with the old style block pattern, even had the footrests down on roundabouts in the dry so they must be reasonably grippy ! Oh and cheap to boot. My D1 has 2.75 width as well which only just fit, and someone in the past has done a bit of tweaking on the mudguards and chainguard to get them to fit with some clearance, i would definately have no worries about getting another set though apparently the Barum ones are ok and reasonably priced too. Makes me wonder how long tyres last on a D1 ? probably almost forever and they would most likely perish before the tread wore down.
My Moto Guzzi single has had the same Avon Supreme front tyre on for around ten years and has still loads of tread and thats with a fairly powerful twin leading shoe brake, cheap motoring for us with oldies as far as tyres are concerned for sure.
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