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My 1956 Bantam Major
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kelvinjouhar
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August 1, 2012 - 10:17 pm
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Kelvin, look a little closer, the fork tubes are fatter above the mudgaurd....thumbs-up

 

Its not easy to see, is it.... here are mine..

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August 2, 2012 - 9:53 pm
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Great looking resto job, well done!!

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August 4, 2012 - 4:49 pm
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Engine now back from the glass blasters

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Dry fitted together. Couldn't resist.

The glass blaster had the engine on Wednesday evening and he phoned me Friday night to tell me it was ready. I was really pleased with the results. Not looked that could since 1956. His web site for those interested is
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August 4, 2012 - 4:53 pm
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Bart. I might be interested in the seat you have. Any photos?

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August 4, 2012 - 4:56 pm
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Stephen. I thought I had done a good job with the pin stripe but after a couple of days it has started to ripple on the corners. With a sharp Stanley knife I cut into each ripple and flattened again. I still have to put a couple of coats of lacquer on the tank. That will seal it completely.

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August 4, 2012 - 6:37 pm
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Paul - that engine looks fantastic !clap I had the heads on mine aqua blasted and it looked lovely, I thought at the time that it'd be lovely to do a whole motor like you have at some point. laugh

Did he blast it with the bearings in situ or have you drifted them in afterwards ? and it looks like you're going for a D7 engine into the D3 chassis ?

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August 4, 2012 - 6:46 pm
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Bart. I might be interested in the seat you have. Any photos?

 

you have a pm

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August 4, 2012 - 8:17 pm
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I didn't notice until you said that I have a D7 engine. FD7 is the engine number. I have already bought engine bearings and seals and gasket set for a D3.
Will they be compatible with this D7 engine.
I have a 175cc engine then, not a 150cc as I thought?

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August 4, 2012 - 8:58 pm
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Oh no! and also great !

That's definitely a D7 engine - the number is, the barrel and carb are the later type too.

The gasket set definitely won't fit .... an I'm not sure about seals and bearings (though I'm sure other folk on here will).

Great though that you have a pokier motor.

 

I can perhaps buy your gasket set ?

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August 4, 2012 - 9:09 pm
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What's interesting though is that your left outer case isn't the D7 item. I've just had a look at your photo bucket account and found this picture:

 

You can see the clutch adjuster there.

Here's my D1 and you can see it here:

And here's my D7:

So you have a D7 motor with the D3 (presumably) outer case fitted on the ignition side.

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August 6, 2012 - 6:53 pm
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Well spotted. I now have a D7 engine for a D3 bike. Not the end of the world as I'll have more power.
I have found a clutch casing for a D7 but am missing the cover. Does anyone have one for sale.
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I have 2 stator plates, they both look the same to me

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August 6, 2012 - 6:54 pm
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Stephen. Inbox me your address and will send gaskets to you

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August 6, 2012 - 11:39 pm
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Great - I will pm you. I may have a D7 cover at my folks house too ... so I'll have a look and let you know.

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August 7, 2012 - 9:21 am
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Thanks Stephen
Got your pm. Will send the gaskets to you. Hopefully you have a D7 cover. How much would you like for it
Paul

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August 7, 2012 - 9:52 am
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Let me double check its there first ! - I'll be round there either tonight or tomorrow during the day.

Do you not fancy keeping the D3 look with the older style case?

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August 7, 2012 - 10:13 am
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So that would still work then. I have had the the D3 case and cover blasted after all. Great idea!!!!
I don't want anything for the gaskets.
Maybe at a later date you may have something of use to me lying around
Cheers Paul

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Well not done anything to the bike for the last two weeks as I've laid a new front lawn and various other domestic duties.

Today I made time for some Bantam time!

I put another coat of paint on the body parts ( I missed a few spots before) and put on the side panel and toolbox transfers. Next I lacquered the tank over the pin striping and transfers. Will leave now for a few days hanging in the garage to dry and harden.

With a plastic bowl full of parafin I cleaned up the internal parts of the engine. They are all now clean, dry and boxed up.

I have new bearings, seals and a gasket set so over the next few days I will start to build the baby.

Paul

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August 27, 2012 - 9:05 pm
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Well all I've done in the last few weeks is clean the internal engine parts.

This weekend I painted the garage floor. Not exactly mclaren standards but nice and clean environment for the rebuild.

Am I right in saying that the first job on the engine is setting up the end float on the crank. This involves a dry fit with ony the crankshaft and con rod fitted and both crankcases tightened up and with feeler gauges, measure the endfloat against the correct end float? I have new shim set for the job.

Any advice on what I do next would be appreciated

Paul

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September 1, 2012 - 7:38 pm
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Took some time today to fit the new bearings and oil seals

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I put the crankcases in the oven for 5 minutes and the bearings in the freezer for 1/2 hr and found no problem fitting them. I assembled the crank in the cases and dry fitted both sides together. Because of the tight fit of the bearings and crank there is no end float at all. Will leave for now until the engine is bedded in. I can always check it at a later date.

Off to Founders day tomorrow. Weather looks good

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September 1, 2012 - 8:26 pm
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looks glorious !  thumbs-up

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