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.
I have done quite well recently with stuff coming in. Two oil drippers from India arrived within 10 days, a seat pan from Hungary took 7 or so and magneto pickups from Austria took only 5 working days. Still no sign of the two Ensign tyres I inadvertently ordered directly from China though !
I think the transit time depends on the declared value on the customs form. Below a certain level it doesn’t get stuck in huge queues to go through customs formalities. I am still waiting on 2 work parcels from the EU, one of which has already been in transit for over three weeks on a UPS service which prior to Christmas took no more 48 hours. From my perspective it is totally chaotic.