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Rather the worst for wear last night, and it looks like i am becoming a complete masochist I purchased a D3 swinging arm model,

When a say a D3 it is only bits of a D3, and when i say bits it is only two bits. Let the searching begin.

I need help.

I could agree with you, but then we would both be wrong

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Don't feel bad Dave...........

Looks like I have purchased a D14 that is 1000km away..........for top dollar as well............and I need another project like I need leprosyoops

Bones

Running and project bikes from 1912 -2005..........She hasn't said stop yet.........

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We both need to see a Doctor. oops

I could agree with you, but then we would both be wrong

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Nah, you should keep away from doctors. They are also prone to silly purchasing habits. Like getting a D5 project when they already own a D5.doh

What two bits have you got Dave? Let me guess. A petrol cap and a speedo?rofl

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bsadave said
We both need to see a Doctor. oops

You don't need to...... You've both got Bantamitis!

 

...... And is contracted by contact with the first Bantam you own!

Dougie;Glasgow ;Scotland.
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You're right!!

My D3 was "thrown in" on the purchase of a James Cadet..............Bantam on the road, Cadet still in bits.....along with a few others!!!

Is it similar to motorcyclitis..............where there is an overwhelming urge to fill a shed to bursting with different makes of Motorcycles?

Running and project bikes from 1912 -2005..........She hasn't said stop yet.........

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At least they keep us off the streets! and for me out from under 'her indoor's' feet! lol

MD

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The frame and two wheels

I could agree with you, but then we would both be wrong

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Maddog Leary said
At least they keep us off the streets! and for me out from under 'her indoor's' feet! lol

MD

MD, they are supposed to keep you ON the streets! rofl

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Dookie said

MD, they are supposed to keep you ON the streets! rofl

Not according to some of your recent posts Dookie!!!! claproflroflroflrofl

MD whistle

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That sounds the same as what I have been trying to do,except you have the wheels with the frame,i have started with just the frame alone,it has cost a lot of money so far,what with the wheels/engine/forks/plunger units/petrol tank/handlebars/footrest bar & various nuts bolts paint etc,im currently on £550,i still need to get mudguards/speedo/carb/tyres etc.The part is,it does keep you busy & it is enjoyable,trying to put it all together yourself. If you have got time,it is probably better to search all of the autojumbles etc,sometimes you see a bargain,just try not to show to much interest in an item,as the price suddenly climbs.

best of luck dan...................

Currently running a BSA Bantam 1956 D3 and also have a 1964 D7 Super awaiting restoration.

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d3dan said
That sounds the same as what I have been trying to do,except you have the wheels with the frame,i have started with just the frame alone,it has cost a lot of money so far,what with the wheels/engine/forks/plunger units/petrol tank/handlebars/footrest bar & various nuts bolts paint etc,im currently on £550,i still need to get mudguards/speedo/carb/tyres etc.The part is,it does keep you busy & it is enjoyable,trying to put it all together yourself. If you have got time,it is probably better to search all of the autojumbles etc,sometimes you see a bargain,just try not to show to much interest in an item,as the price suddenly climbs.

best of luck dan...................

Absolutely right!, at swap meets I always point out any niggles/dings/marks to help bring the price down....  Or as a final dash i say 'I'll do (insert your lowest bid) in your hand and you don't have to pack it up and take it home with you'....  But the chase is a bit part of the fun and charm of doing a restoration.  Even better when you get that bit you've been after at a decent price.

MD cheers

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And now i have the swinging arm,

I could agree with you, but then we would both be wrong

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This morning i picked up the bits and got talking to the seller and also got a complete Bushman exhaust, well I think it is a Bushman.
He also has a few brand new pistons for D7 Bantams, and a collection of bikes you wouldn't believe unless you see them with your own eyes. I ended up being there for a lot longer than i thought i would be.

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The bits so far. Just need a few bits
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Does any one have a rear sub frame for this D3 swinging arm frame?

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I now have more bits, the rear sub frame. the correct yokes and forks. i have sanded them down and sprayed them black.

So now i have every think I need, the D3 petrol tank on my bitsa bantam will be used on this one and the more modern type tank will be put back on the bitsa bantam. It is all coming along.

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Interesting week, found a supplier of the parts needed, I now have the rear sub frame and swinging arm. I spent a couple of days cleaning and spraying the frame, forks and swinging arm. I also got hold of the missing front wheel spindle. I got home from work yesterday (12/06/2015) and went to fit the spindle it was ever so too big in diameter and I mean a fraction needed to come off. If i had a lathe this would not have been a problem but not having one or for that fact even knowing any one with one I improvised, proper mechanics might what to look away, I put the spindle in the drill fitted the drill into the vice so the spindle was level, taped up the trigger of the drill and with it spinning i used some emery paper until i got the spindle to fit. I now have a rolling frame.

The picture shows the bike before i fitted the spindle, it has a bit of 10mm rod just to hold the wheel in place while I took the picture and to get some measurements for mudguards etc.

The plan is to use the aluminium mudguard from the bitsa Bantam along with the petrol tank and handle bars and fit the original steel mudguard and tank back onto the Bitsa one. The petrol tank on the bitsa just happens to be the correct one for this one.

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The over problem I did not take into consideration was the bike now sits much higher so the main stand needs to be lengthened, that is while it is leaning on a old Mission speaker.

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Drying time.

New inner tube fitted to the back wheel. and a bit of spraying done and a quick mock up, the tank won't be staying I have the D3 one else where. d3.jpgd33.jpg

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Today I fabricated a silencer using the cut down one from the 49 Bantam and using the heat shield from the silencer I got when I got the wheels. Also the HT lead turned up in the post today, this was then soldered onto the coil, a bit of petrol and oil was added to the tank and it started on the second kick lots of smoke to start with but this soon cleared. The rear mudguard was also fitted, Can any one guess what I used for the rear mudguard ?

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need a clearer photo but it looks like a D7 mudguard?

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