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August 20, 2013 - 8:50 pm
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No worries Rick I'll have a rumage through my metal stock get my welding set and a hammer out then knock you out one.

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Think polished stainless might be not in keeping with the "Patina" though ??

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August 20, 2013 - 8:55 pm
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might add a certain "bling" !

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Had the Dandy running again today - more issues with rusty fuel tank than the Bantams as the carb is minute. The headlamp is surprisingly good but the gearchange is dire! I expect a few decent cables and a bit of fettling will help a lot. I like the motor - it's quite sparky....

talking of sparks, the headlamp doesn't dip and there's no side lamps or rear lamp feed working so I thought I'd get the headlamp off and have a quick look....what did I find....the two batteries have probably been in there for 40 years or more as they look old - well, let's say I'll probably not bother recycling them!

It hasn't done the rim any favours but I think I can rescue the shell (which has had a patch already). Even the wiring is obviously still working somehow....amazing.

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Yikes ! Didn't find any mice in there then ?

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Is that 'patina' in that headlight then?

cheers for now,

Simon.

 

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Not sure about scale but those look like ordinary D-type (the old HP7?) batteries in there.

If that could be cleaned up and repaired,you could use rechargeable replacements.

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I read somewhere that if the main bulb blew then the Dandy lost it's spark ... is this true ?

regards, Kathy -- 1950 D1 De Luxe, Plunger Frame, Lucas Electrics....Being Resuscitated...

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There have been a few Dandy articles and stories in the VMCC magazine the last couple of months, I scanned most and sent them onto Rick, think the "bulb failure/ignition failure" was also in one of them, will have a look through and see if l can find it. Bit worrying to say the least, although going anywhere on a Dandy is most likely worrying !!!o-m-g

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Well. The batteries were dated 1957 so I'm going to take them back. Thank goodness for Trading Standards, eh!

I'm a bit worried about the (lack of light = lack of mojo) though. How that can be I'm not sure as I thought the wiring was similar to an early Bantam - separate HT magneto for sparks plus lighting coils for...er...lighting.

I'm not sure about "patina" - I'm going for "chemical cocktail". I've isolated the headlamp and informed the authorities.

Anyway I've taken the seat and tank off so the suspension's collapsed and the gearbox is partly in pieces (possibly more pieces than were originally designed) but I think that the snatching in first gear issue is due to the sprocket - but I haven't got to it yet.

Exciting eh?tumbleweed

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I would have thought back in the day ... when bulbs were a lot more prone to fail ... having a system that cuts the spark if the main headlight bulb fails could be bordering on the insane   cant-look

regards, Kathy -- 1950 D1 De Luxe, Plunger Frame, Lucas Electrics....Being Resuscitated...

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Katj said
I would have thought back in the day ... when bulbs were a lot more prone to fail ... having a system that cuts the spark if the main headlight bulb fails could be bordering on the insane   cant-look

 

Yes - "Buy a Dandy - Motorscootering that borders on the insane"

It could have been a very early safety feature. I can hear the clipped tones of the advertiser in '50s Pathe News -

"No lights, no go, Mrs Jones. Just switch the lights off and charge along in the dark with your rubber exide torch strapped the handlebars - or better still, ride with one hand - but don't touch the headlight, you'll get burned...not by the incandescent lamp. No, a new method of lighting developed in the white heat of technological advances here at Small Heath - chemical reaction!"

Thermic lance anyone?

I jest - it's great!thumbs-up

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Here is an interesting Dandy story

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