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BSAdave
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Today I had the pleasure of meeting up with a member on here and purchasing a D1 plunger frame and associated parts.

So this will be the start of an interesting restoration, I already have a D1 rigid and a D3 swinging arm model so I needed this one to make the set before I start on a D5, I must be a gluten for punishment, 

My excuse is I didn't know what to get myself for Christmas and this is one good present. At least it is better than socks and pants, and far more useful.  all in all a good day out, I took my trusty Landy "Trigger" for the run and that also went well.

It has been a bust few days as on Saturday I took a trip to the land of the orange people (Essex) to meet up with the Artful Bodger and collect an hospital bed that will be converted into a motorcycle lift, so that is 2016 sorted out for projects. 

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nice 1 like the bed

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Did you say you wanted a D5 project? You are gonna need that hospital bed. rofl

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Careful Dave,

Dookie does get a bit possessive when it comes to the D5's....... LOL   Best keep quiet about the location of said D5 until it's safely tucked up in your lock up...

MD rofl

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Mmm - nice seat. wink

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

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Maddog Leary said
Careful Dave,

Dookie does get a bit possessive when it comes to the D5's....... LOL   Best keep quiet about the location of said D5 until it's safely tucked up in your lock up...

MD rofl

Oh that did make me laugh. I wasn't threatening Dave with hospitalisation. I meant that the D5 would probably reduce him to a dribbling wreck. Like I said yesterday, watch out on ebay for a half restored D5. I need to start putting my sanity first, or else I'll be needing the hospital bed.

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Dookie said

Maddog Leary said
Careful Dave,

Dookie does get a bit possessive when it comes to the D5's....... LOL   Best keep quiet about the location of said D5 until it's safely tucked up in your lock up...

MD rofl

Oh that did make me laugh. I wasn't threatening Dave with hospitalisation. I meant that the D5 would probably reduce him to a dribbling wreck. Like I said yesterday, watch out on ebay for a half restored D5. I need to start putting my sanity first, or else I'll be needing the hospital bed.

I know that my dear, my post was written so it could be interpreted any number of ways LOL.....  You haven't got room in your shed anyways!!!!.  There is another option for you though, turf him indoors out to the shed and bring the bikes in the house.... roflroflrofl

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I certainly need the bumps feeling on my head. This time next year blah blah . Yesterday i went to see the doctor he said to me "I have not seen you for a long time " I said " I know, I  have not been well" 

He then told me I had acute appendicitis so I told him my biceps weren't to bad either .

I then went on to tell him

'Whenever I get up after a sleep, I feel dizzy for half an hour, then I'm all right.'  He told me "well wait for half an hour before getting up"

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Dave, Do you get a sharp poking pain in your eye when drinking your tea?.......  If you do try taking the spoon out..  

MD cheers

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Don't go telling him you feel like a pair of curtains, he'll only tell you to pull yourself together man....!

Four now on the road and at least several in bits.

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Today I managed to locate the chain guard, handle bars and the clutch and brake levers and rear brake lever that I had put away safe. I made up a brake pedal stop bar so slowly moving in the right direction. I need to deicide on the paint I'm going to use and get that organised, But no painting will take place until the weather warms up. I then took a look at what engine bits I require, I have a D3 engine in bits, I sort of know it is all there but all the gears have got mixed up with the spares that I have. I have placed an order with Dragonfly for the steering cones that are badly worn along with various other parts. I'm back at work tomorrow and have no time off until next year, so nothing will happen until next year, I had a play with the hospital bed, I have gathered up various lumps of iron and timber and have a clear idea what I need to do to it to make it work for me. It will be shortened and the width reduced. I have put the Bitsa on to the bed and it has been sitting on there for four days and the bed has not lowered , I placed a 12 ton bottle jack under the bed just in case it decided to lower it self.  I need to make some sort of fail safe device just in case the rams fail or I knock the lowering lever.

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It seems like your frame is fitted with D3 front forks so maybe it started out as a D3 anyway.

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Bournemouth Bantams said

It seems like your frame is fitted with D3 front forks so maybe it started out as a D3 anyway.

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Hi,

What you can't see in the picture is the other fork leg which is a D1 leg, I only put it loosely together so i could move it about. The correct forks are in the lock up awaiting a refurb. 

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Good thing with the db2 frames is they can be either d1 or d3,and also have the lugs for rear footrests so can be single or dual seat..

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Did you spot that the lug for the tool box has been snapped off ? i was just looking at the photo when I realised this, the gentleman i got the frame from did tell me this, lucky for me i hadn't stated the painting process.  Where are the lugs for the rear foot rest located ?

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BSAdave said
  Where are the lugs for the rear foot rest located ?

About six inch's from the plungers dave,they're the little bits of round tubing welded top and bottom of the rear frame,there's a piece of channel steel that bolts to them and the the footrests bolt to that,better just googling images of dual seats d3's to get the gist as i don't have any photo's to hand.....

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BSAdave said
... I need to make some sort of fail safe device just in case the rams fail or I knock the lowering lever.

I have a hydraulic lift with this simple blocking device which just butts up against a small block on the frame. Once it's applied you can release the hydraulic pressure and it just sits at the prop height.

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You can see - it's only a tiny 'pip', a small nut welded at an appropriate spot would work. (actually, there are 3 so you can vary your working height.)

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cocorico said

BSAdave said
... I need to make some sort of fail safe device just in case the rams fail or I knock the lowering lever.

I have a hydraulic lift with this simple blocking device which just butts up against a small block on the frame. Once it's applied you can release the hydraulic pressure and it just sits at the prop height.

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You can see - it's only a tiny 'pip', a small nut welded at an appropriate spot would work. (actually, there are 3 so you can vary your working height.)

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Thank you for that, it has given me an idea.

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This morning the sun was out and the temperamental mig welder decided it also liked the spring like weather and was going too work so before it could change it's mind I made and welded on the missing tool box bracket, now I was on a roll, so it was off with the rear mudguard, this was sanded down and all traces of rust removed and then treated to some good hole Krust treatment. While this was curing the postman delivered the primmer, the gods were smiling on me today, this was put to good use and the mudguard was giving a coat of primer, I use this method as a sort of miss coat, the mudguard will need further sanding and in a couple of places a very light splodge of filler to get rid of the rust pitting. I was not going to do any work until next year but it was such a nice day and with time off work for good behaviour before the dreaded new year eves shift it would have been criminal not to take advantage of the weather. And just to finish the year off on a good note I only have to work until 9 pm tomorrow.

So happy new year to every one.

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Some what bored today, I had a play with a little camera and filmed inside the petrol tank. Now you can see why you get rust flakes in your carb. From what I could see by looking down into the tank through the filler cap it looked very clean but once the camera was put down there it showed a different story.

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