Don’t trudge it, Rudge it…

Posted: September 27, 2016 in Just Me
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So there I was cleaning up some old compact flash cards from one of my old camera’s, when I came across these old pictures taken two years ago now, and never seen! Well until now that is, time to dust them down and let them free.

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Rudge

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Judge Motor

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Pure Class

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Single Perfection

A couple of pictures from todays visit to my lockup, first up is the front wheel I picked up yesterday at Shepton jumble, as you can see the brake plate is nice, but the rim is shot, so I think I may well get a new rim fitted when I do the front end change.

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8″ twin leading shoe

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8″ brake plate

The Amal 930 carbs are to head for the ultrasonic tank, matched pair R41  L42

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Amal Mk1

And back at the last Kempton Jumble, I picked up a nice set of Craven Comet panniers, and an old rack that may well end up being fitted to the Lightning. or maybe they will go on my Guzzi, we shall see.

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Classic Craven Comet panniers

VMCC Shepton Jumble…

Posted: September 24, 2016 in Just Me
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It was a perfect autumnal day down in the west country for a visit to the VMCC Shepton Mallet Jumble, and as such there were loads of people milling about. And of course for me, this was a great chance to find some needed parts for my A65 project. although to be fair I was not really looking for anything in particular, but anything related to the front end would be a good score.

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Nice Terrot

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Bengali Tornado

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Bengali Brake

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Tornado 650

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Brit Bikes

So what did I get then?

well I managed to get a complete twin leading shoe brake front wheel assembly, a BSA B25 remote oil filter, some old spanners, a headlight grill stone guard, and a fuel line crossover unit for my Guzzi. Along with general consumables.

A good day.

The next step is to remove the head, so we can check the condition of the combustion chamber, the valves, the bores, and of course the pistons. Somewhere in here is the reason for the low compression in the right hand cylinder, it is just a case of checking out the parts as you see them.

The valves seem fine, and have no leaking, so that really only leaves the piston or rings.

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Valves

Now we get the heart of the matter, the first look at the bores, and piston crowns, there was a fair bit of carbon build up, which I have started to clean off the pistons. There is slight scoring in the bores showing signs of previous trouble, a minor nip up, or a ring broken in the past.

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A65L barrels and pistons

The barrel just needs a light hone, and will be good to go, the piston crowns show +20 so there was a past problem hence the signs of previous scoring, and with the barrel removed we find the cause of low compression, the rings are all stuck solid in the right piston, nothing too major then.

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+20

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Stuck rings = low compression

Right time to strip and clean all the parts, hone the barrels, new piston kits, valves, valve guides etc, and start building it back up.

The Lightning Project… part three.

Posted: September 19, 2016 in Just Me
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Tank off, and deeper in to the mire we drift…

Original Lucas harness. This is a good sign to me, and I shall go through the connectors, and make sure the solder is good, and all the connections are cleaned and corrosion free before use, I may even put a new fuse board in the mix somewhere too.

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Lucas harness.

With the rocker cover off you get to see the pushrods and rocker gear, everything looks pretty tidy in here..

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Rocker assembly and pushrods

Remember where all the shims and springs go..

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Springs and things

You need to remove the exhaust rocker shaft to access the front head bolts, before removing the head. and the front top stud, so the head can clear the frame top tube. This is also a good time to remove the Amal carbs.

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Amal carbs ready to be removed

People Are Strange…

People are strange when you’re a stranger
Faces look ugly when you’re alone
Women seem wicked when you’re unwanted
Streets are uneven when you’re down

When you’re strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you’re strange
No one remembers your name
When you’re strange
When you’re strange
When you’re strange (The Doors)

So said the Doors…. And in some cases it seems to be true, especially when you start looking at old bikes that have an unknown history, and just when you think you have seen it all, up pops something new that makes you chuckle to yourself, whilst at the same time makes you recoil in disbelief as you wonder what other little surprises await as you dig further into that “new” old bike!

Today I started pulling the top end apart to try to discover the cause of low compression on one cylinder, so the first thing that needs removing is the tank, which as had already been noted had the wrong fuel taps fitted….

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Oddball fuel taps

but what I discovered here left me speechless, in an amused bewildered sort of way!

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No it can’t be?

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Yes it really is, a Coaxial cable joint?

Yes, that is an ariel coaxial cable joining piece!

Update…

I have been informed that this is not a CoAx fitting, but is in fact a type of fuel tap specific to the USA, with a ball valve that runs on the nylon liner, but I was also told the flow rate was pretty bad, so they were often replaced.

It was a good day walking around Kempton Jumble today, I managed to get a few things for the Lightning, so I can now start to get this thing headed back towards the road where it belongs.
The first things on my list were the handlebars, and the Lucas rear light, well as you can see I found some new Triumph western style bars, and I also found a genuine Lucas rear light unit. These two items alone have transformed the look of the bike.

Before…

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Old style West coast bars, and smashed rear light.

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New bars, and genuine Lucas rear light

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Lucas tail light

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Triumph style western bars

I also have new gaiters to fit, new fuel taps, and fuel line. but first tomorrow I will be pulling the head to see what the top end looks like, due to the fact the bike has low compression on one side, maybe a stuck valve?