Hello all, in a moment of enthusiasm I decided to fit a new high gear chain to the 1926 Super. No problem but then I noticed that the kickstart ratchet wasn’t fully disengaging. Having removed, cleaned and refitted it I then noticed that the gear spindle had some up-and-down play. After removing the gear (which had been reconditioned previously, don’t know who did it) I find that there are only 12 ball bearings on the ratchet side. No rattles when I shake the gear so I don’t think one has escaped and it was working fine. Luckily I have some spares so I’m hoping to pop one in this afternoon without seeing any drop into the works. All good experience and very educational.
BTW I had to send a magneto to Germany. It has finally arrived after about ten days and reams of paperwork, not something I would recommend.