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JohnAli
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August 17, 2014 - 4:23 pm
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Just acquired  a 1954 Bantam Major with a view to restoring back to original condition...without breaking the bank and hoping I haven't bitten off more than I can chew.!

Have the original log book, frame (BD2S) and engine numbers (BD3B) match so as I understand it I should have a  1954  Bantam Plunger with Battery Electrics, correct? Electrics not my strong point but I see no connections for a battery on the wiring harness, would it have been run without one? Stator Plate pic below.

Not received registration document back from DVLA yet but did online check and colour stated is Grey but bike appears to be Green. No colour listed on original document. Would like to keep original as possible so if I paint Mist Green as listed for the D3 that year will I need to inform DVLA?

Removed engine and cleaned worst of dirt of it and discovered some bright spark has at some point separated crankcases with a screwdriver marking the face on left hand crankcase and breaking a corner (pic below). Have bought another incomplete D3 engine in better shape than the original (parts missing I have on original), would I be better fitting replacement engine or is a repair feasible on crankcase? If I change engine I presumably will have more DVLA paperwork to deal with regarding change in engine number?

Any input much appreciated, thanks, John.

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Hi John,

Welcome, I'm no good when it comes to wiring; one of the gang on here (apologies I forget who it was) supplied me with the diagram below.  As a result I've been able (if albeit slowly) to build a new harness and work out where everything needs to be wired too and from.

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Hope this helps.

MD cheers

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Maddog - 56 Swingarm D3 Major -  Major Works in progress! Machine is fighting against me every which way!

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hi john if you change the engine now you,ll have to go the age related plate way,ie dating cert, insure on frame number,plus £55 dvla  fee as well (no mot needed for your bike though).or reclaim original number....if like you say engine number matches  the old log book,you just need a dating cert,no need for insurance and there,s no dvla fee either. just needs to be a complete bike...you,ll need dvla forms v55/5 and v765 form a couple of photo,s of the bike and a couple of frame and engine number if you cant get a good rubbing of the frame number and engine numbers (but try to include rubbing no matter how poor they look)couple of forms of your id and that,s it..

 

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Hi,

Registered my unregistered TY125 DVLA a number of years ago and  I was given Q plate and new V5C after submitting photographs and rubbings but thought it might be a bit easier as I will have the V5C in my name when DVLA returns it and bike is taxed to 2015 (zero) with original registration number.

Seems a lot of hassle just to replace engine with another identical one!

I take it this would be classed as a rebuild?

Tax will have run out before I've finished the bike so I would tax (zero) the bike again, then when finished bike, take photographs of completed bike/new engine number/original frame number/rubbings and submit forms v55/5 and v765?

Thanks for the reply thumbs-up

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Thanks for that. thumbs-up

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john when you said you had the original log book i thought you mean,t you only had the old buff log book....if you have a v5c there should be no problem changing the engine for the same cc etc.... sorry for the confusion...

my d7 silver has replacement engine casings now and i,ve never bothered notifying  the dvla....it,s the frame number really thats the important one

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Light at the end of the tunnel....it's only taken me 3 years old

Engine ready to drop in and working on tank at the moment plus another few bits and bobs to sort out.

Would not win any prizes but I think it's looking good so farthumbs-up

1953 D1 frame fitted with 1954 D3 parts and engine is 1957 150cc so essentially a Bantam Major smile

Before and progress so far...

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Hi John

that looks really good.  Look forward to seeing the finished product.

regards

D7/14 hybrid (4 speed with D7 crank etc.) on the road, D10 Bushman awaiting rebuilding.

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Coming along nicely.............

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