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What Blunder or c/up will you admit to
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Hi bantammad ere just thinking about c/ups I’ve made goes like this Meadows engine refurbishment right engine was put into rotation jig stripped down to just the block and so on .now this where the c/up was made on the assembly crankshaft reground new shell’s thrusts bearings etc. Fitted the crankshaft half split thrust for end float and main bearing shells.every thing looks ok so fitted main bearing caps rotate engine jig fit pistons rods into the bores , proceed to fit the conrod end caps now when l rotated the engine up right what do you think dropped on the floor split half c shape end float thrust bearing must have dislodged fitting the crankshaft didn’t l get some stick for that one ,must have worked l ain’t for got it so whats you’re biggest blunder will you admit to Bantamits come on get it out in the open or tell Wally then you’re secrets out haha Les 

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February 14, 2020 - 5:21 pm
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Hi bantammad ere it’s ok your spelling ain’t caused you any issues got on with it who was the pin up by the way haha Les 

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Dropped my headlight while messing doing something I didn't need to, and smashed about the only part of the bike that didn't need restorating / replacing. Tile floor too, didn't stand a chance. 

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February 14, 2020 - 7:49 pm
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Hi bantammad ere you know what happens drat it haha regards Les 

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Wotcha.

Did you know that Shell V Power also comes in a diesel flavoured variety ?

I didn't. embarassed  Pulls up at the pump, sees "V Power" and bunged ten quid's worth in the tank of my BSA B33.

Got a quarter of a mile down the road and the bike just wouldn't pull.  As soon as you went off pilot jet the whole plot would spit back and stop.

I managed to ride the 7 miles back home - the engine wouldn't go above 1900 rpm . . . this is about 30 mph on the flat, but as soon as you hit the slightest hill it was down the box to first, then crawl at 7 mph.

Got home, drained what I could from the tank, nicked 2 gallon out of my A65 tank, then set off again.  This time I managed to get where I was heading for. . . .ain't done it since laugh

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February 15, 2020 - 10:36 am
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Hi bantammad ere silly you by the way l have owned a B33 what a lovely bike to ride happy days have you still got it Les

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LW, don't feel bad, I worked with another motorbike instructor who managed to fill the one moped up with a full tank of diesel, and that was at Morrisons where they only had one "flavour" if each!

Drained tank, refilled with petrol, dipped plug in petrol, and off it went thumbs-up

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I`ve been a fuel(sic), too 🙁

Back in the late `70s, trundled off one Saturday morning to the shock-absorber warehouse near Spalding to get some nice new shocks for my RD400, ready for ride to the next weekend`s Silverstone bike GP. Thought I`d drag the PC50 ped out of the back of the garage to give it a run, try out the new pushrods I`d made and installed after originals somehow trashed themselves. Stopped at a self service, still out of my tree from the previous all-night partying and filled the tank up. Went to pay and cashier calmly asked...did you want diesel?

Borrowed their garage facilities which included a big oil drain bowl. Because draining the tank via the tiny bore petrol pipe would have taken an age, I unbolted the seat, turned the `ped upside down and drained it in a few seconds. Bolted seat back on and wheeled her back to the forecourt and this time added its preferred fuel.

Same `ped, 1981. At one of the three quarries I kept up & running on my Jack Jones, usually I`d blast in on an XT500 or other trailie, drifting, pulling wheelies  and generally mucking about, but this day things were a bit damp to get any of my nicer bikes clagged up with limestone slurry, so out comes the trusty PC50 again. Not to let the early morning briefing crew at the weighbridge down, I barreled down the long limestone track to the 90deg bend that led to the weighbridge straight, full lock drift, only for handlebar stem to turn 180deg in the yoke(they`re just glorified pushbikes), splatting me very firmly on my backside with the twisted `ped on top of me....all in full view of a very appreciative audience.

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February 15, 2020 - 1:59 pm
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Wotcha.

Did you know that Shell V Power also comes in a diesel flavoured variety ?

I didn't. embarassed  Pulls up at the pump, sees "V Power" and bunged ten quid's worth in the tank of my BSA B33.

Got a quarter of a mile down the road and the bike just wouldn't pull.  As soon as you went off pilot jet the whole plot would spit back and stop.

I managed to ride the 7 miles back home - the engine wouldn't go above 1900 rpm . . . this is about 30 mph on the flat, but as soon as you hit the slightest hill it was down the box to first, then crawl at 7 mph.

Got home, drained what I could from the tank, nicked 2 gallon out of my A65 tank, then set off again.  This time I managed to get where I was heading for. . . .ain't done it since laugh  

Did the same with a 2 stroke KTM 250 enduro managed a few miles before it seized 😨

Also spent far too long swearing at my back wheel wondering why I couldn't move it to get correct chain tension after islackened nuts on Bantam before eventually remembering about the brake stay 😂

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February 15, 2020 - 2:02 pm
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Hi bantammad ere the secret it’s all coming out now Blue Les

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I rode from the Strand to Clapham Common telling my pillion to sit still all the way. When we arrived I realised I hadn’t tightened the rear wheel nuts after adjusting the chain! (c1976)

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

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Hi bantammad ere never rode a bike with rear wheel steering that was interesting nice one Les 

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Back in 1976, trying to split the crankcases of my first Bantam, a D3, in the shed, big screwdrivers hammered in here there and everywhere (I know not to do that now!), getting absolutely nowhere; I may start to get a 'chink' but then it slams shut soon as screwdriver is moved.

Somewhere in front of the g/box sprocket where I hadn't cleaned enough muck off yet, so that I couldn't see, there were still two more screws.....

embarassed

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Murphy's 4th law of motion states that any small object that is accidentally dropped will immediately hide itself under a larger object.

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1970 I went to Blackburn college and travelled from Burnley about 10 miles. After messing with my B31 forgot to tighten gear lever, It fell off just before I got to college...… used a pair of mole grips on the spline for journey home

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Riding a D1 springer with a D3 engine, 2 x more D1's being built from bits one will be a GPO lookalike the other I am just collecting bits for at the moment

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stubaker58 said
I rode from the Strand to Clapham Common (c1976)  

Small world I was living in Clapham Common in 1976
moved to Sussex in the 80s

D? - D10- D14 Bantams 350 AJS -500 Triumph http://bsanotru.....lfire.com/

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It was my regular commute from a student house in Elm Road to college.  At least it wasn’t too far from Harvey Owen when I needed spares for the Bantam (and later for a Ceefer).  Is the Windmill still there?

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

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yes looks like the Windmill is still going
a bit more upmarket now then back in the 70s
you must have visited that a bit being a student and living opposite
Harvey Owen was in Walworth road elephant and castle
Owen Bros was in Battersea Rise now a Dentest
and my fathers shop two doors down now a wine bar cry

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Ah yes Owen Bros.  I didn’t eat for a week when I had to pay them for a rebore and piston after my D14 decided enough was enough. £12 from memory!

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

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