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chickensoup
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April 27, 2018 - 8:03 pm
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Hi,

looks great with the new rear mudguard... Nick

                           Kind regards,  Nick     Bolton, Greater Manchester

                              1950 D1 Plunger Frame with 1958 D5 Engine,

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chickensoup said
Hi,

looks great with the new rear mudguard... Nick  

Thanks took 2 years to finally find the correct mudguard (and win it of course), and 6 years to get her to where she is today. Alot of cash put into it, but I dont mind shes not going anywhere. 

1951 D1 Bantam. 

1983 Kawasaki 440 Ltd USA

There is now room for more bikes!!

 

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Mags 1
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Making more progress each day now.

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Fired engine up too, today.

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

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Excellent progress,looks like all the hard work`s done,very tidy ...another Bantam about to be resurrected.

Looks good in Red Oxide,are you tempted to leave it like that? 😉

I`d better start a D7 soon,I quite fancy one in Finnegan`s No1 grey.Dug out a 30+yo tin recently for another job,had forgotten what good stuff it was.

Blue

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Mags 1
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Thanks Blue, it's not red oxide actually, but a pint of some old oil based paint I got from a recycle centre a while ago if memory serves, a full tin, plus another of pink undercoat, both unopened, I saw my chance and went for it.

Beginning to wish I'd waited until now to do painting, I could have sprayed it with the higher and dryer air now, but I'd already done nothing to this frame for maybe ten or more years, sometimes you just have to get on, so a brush job it was.

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

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I agree,brush-coat some projects myself.Great believer in using up pots and cans of paint.

She looks nearly all rubbered-up and ready for action...just the rider footrests to fit?

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Mags 1
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Fitted them today, but both bent!

Exhaust smoke is blackish, brake light stays on, fork lock area hits tank slightly etc etc, but nothing I can't handle.

One very annoying fault was second gear engaging every time I used kickstarter, fault was a too long bolt someone else had put on the gear lever, which it engaged with at the end of every stroke!

Look out for that one other builders...

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

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Thanks Mags, a useful tip.

On my mongrel Bantam if I fit a late tank that I’ve got the fork stop fouls the front edge of the tank but with an early D7 tank it clears it.  Will you file the tank or the stops?

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

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Hi Mags,

I`ve bent a few in my youth sliding off on black ice and once dropping it while being towed...ouch.I used oxy-acetylene,but recently someone on here said they bend them cold.

Black smoke = too much fuel/blocked air filter if my memory serves me.Sort of goes against the blueing on your front pipe,which suggest she`s running very hot/weak.Could do with a finned collar or some thick copper wire...if mixture etc proves ok on checking?

Blob of weld on your lock-stops,or are they bent?

Bit of penetrating oil/adjustment on the brake light switch...or renew.

You`ll be on the page with all that anyway...

That`s an interesting one with the auto-trans,maybe it was a bank robbers getaway bike? 😉

Blue

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rocco-jocco said
As of yet i havent got any pics of my recently bought Bantam, so in the mean time heres a couple of pictures of the other couple of bikes that the bantam shares a home with.
My 1979 Suzuki Gt250 X7, restored in 2009, not one really for the purists, but its how i like it, and its how we all wanted them to look back in the day, (ace bars, bikini fairing, expansion chambers).

My 1985 Honda MTX 125 RWD, 2 owners from new, but has only travelled 748 miles in that time... Shes a real time warp bike, as clean as the day she left the showroom!!

Fabulous bikes mate, the X7 looks bob on and I always wanted the MTX125 as a teenager, alas I had to make do with an AR80!

1967 D7

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Mistgreen53
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Hi. Well A new set of Mitas tyres, service, collecting the speedo tomorrow A.M. taxed and registered "historic" then its off into the wild blue yonder,--- only local just to see how she runs/performs.Hopefully I will let you know how I get on through the forum. Fingers crossed. PS. The front hub is now on the correct side

Graham

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 D1 '59 on the road.  D1 '55 undergoing restoration. D1 '53 on the back-burner.

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Not taken in 1969 but I fact earlier this afternoon (16/02/2019)! Enjoying some milder weather in Bath 2 up with my brother, can’t beat it!8EC3E151-030E-48AA-AB1A-ECCF1411068A.jpeg

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hi  Matt    Grate  photo          nice   to  know    you both   are  having    fun

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It could have been taken in 1969!  The only giveaway is the mobile phone in your pocket.  Cheers.  Bruce.

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I bet there were a few smiles around town that day 😁

What's 7/16 in mm again?

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sunny said
hi  Matt    Grate  photo          nice   to  know    you both   are  having    fun  

Loving every minute, just a shame no one makes bikes like this any more. Feels like alien technology compared to modern machine but has much higher smiles per gallon! 

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Top pic chaps, you didn`t hang about getting her ship-shape & Bristol-fashion and out on the open road. I`m working on my bike outside this winter morning....thank goodness for climate change!

Blue

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Another on the road, still needs tinkering but after 4 years here she stands in all her glory.

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