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  • in reply to: 2 speed wheel base #17147
    Paul W
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    I too have a bitsa 2 speeder which has a 1927 frame (long steering head) and the earlier (c1925) narrow forks – the f spindle centre to r spindle centre measurement is 142cm – i have new chains all round and the rear wheel spindle is more than half way into (towards gear assembly) the frame rear spindle slots.

    HTH,

    Paul

    in reply to: gear change gate #16668
    Paul W
    Participant

    Hi Kevin,

    I think i might have a spare one which could fit your tank, it will need replating or painting but might be of use ?

    Let me know if you haven’t found one,

    Cheers,

    Paul

    in reply to: New Year’s Resolution 2018 #10126
    Paul W
    Participant

    It finally runs !

    Not quite in time for the VMCC Cotswold Felix Burke run – but today, in nice Spring weather, I wheeled it outside and after a few pops (plug leads wrong way round) it burbled into life for the first time in decades. Having checked oil was actually getting to the cylinders i let it warm up and did a few stop/starts of the engine. It was surprisingly quiet considering its just a coffee pot silencer and open pipe. I couldn’t resist the temptation of pushing the low gear pedal down and it started moving forward and I did couple of laps round the garden. After putting my crash helmet on i rode up and down the lane and it went remarkably well. – so a pleasing result.

    A number of teething problems became immediately apparent: water hoses leaking (now tightened), magneto lever slipping and retarding the ignition, the reproduction rear stand clip is pretty useless as its splayed open after a run down the lane, kickstart ratchet wheel sticks, the hi-low pedals need constant pressure to stay in gear and there’s a rattle somewhere in the front suspension.

    The bike is now back in the workshop awaiting some further fettling… 😀

    in reply to: New Year’s Resolution 2018 #10124
    Paul W
    Participant

    Martin, thanks for the encouraging words. I’m looking forward to seeing if it will run and go, especially as I’ve never ridden a two speeder. I bought the mudguard blanks from Autocycle Engineering in Dudley about 8 or 9 years ago – I had previously struggled to get narrower blanks from other places which cater well for the larger bikes from 50’s on, but not so much for vintage era,

    Cheers,
    Paul

    in reply to: New Year’s Resolution 2018 #10122
    Paul W
    Participant

    March ’18 – have made some progress since Xmas:

    Mudguard Blanks turned into fitted mudguards with stays and stand clip, re-brazed the rear stand to correct width, frame lugs re-done for saddle springs etc., exhaust tube bent and fitted chain guard shaped and various brackets made – has taken me quite a few hours and i remember now this was the reason why i had put off this stage of the work for so long. Anyway, just need the weather to warm up and paint the bare metal parts in a way that blends in with the rest of the rust and chipped paint, then it’s time to set and up and see what problems lie in wait in the engine and transmission !!!

    Cheers,

    Paul

    in reply to: 18mm Spark Plugs #16543
    Paul W
    Participant

    Many thanks for the replies… I think my previous experiences echo some of the comments where new plugs have failed immediately or after a few 10’s of miles. Also, i believe there are plentiful supplies of fake plugs out there which, unfortunately, raises doubts over buying on-line unless from a reputable supplier.

    I still have a couple of unused NGK AB6’s which i will try as well some of the KLG and Champion ones recommended below. I’ll post an update depending on how i get on, and once the winter salt subsides…

    Cheers,

    Paul

    in reply to: Vintage Flyer project for sale – sold #15974
    Paul W
    Participant

    Paul

    in reply to: Proposed Scott Weekend 18th – 20th August 2017 #15409
    Paul W
    Participant

    Hi Folks, i have re-posted this message on the public area. I’m not sure if Richard has internet access so please contact him directly at his contact details in his message above as I don’t have any more information than he has supplied.

    Many thanks,

    Paul

    in reply to: 2 Speed Scott First Run #12091
    Paul W
    Participant

    A nice Scott coloured machine – I love the electric start !

    Paul

    in reply to: Parts scam operation ? #11742
    Paul W
    Participant

    Thanks Brian – as general point it’s worth remembering that the public area of this forum is completely public. The ‘members’ area is more private. Whichever part of the forum you use then please ensure you are confident the other person you are in contact with is who they say they are before giving any details, also be sure whatever you write in your message (phone numbers etc.) you are content to broadcast – remember nearly half the World’s population (in theory at least) can see this website ! The internet is both wonderful and scary…

    Cheers,

    Paul

    in reply to: clutch cable routing #10787
    Paul W
    Participant

    Hi Brian,

    You can attach small photos on this forum by clicking on the ‘upload attachment’ tab (should be visible below the text window, next to the ‘options’ tab when you post a reply) – click on that tab and it should let you browse the files on your local machine and click on the one you want to upload.

    Best of luck,

    Paul

    in reply to: Wheel Nuts #10729
    Paul W
    Participant

    Hi Pete,

    I’ve had fun and games trying to get the right number of links on my primary chain – as Carl says it turns out that different lengths seem to suit different machines depending on the outrigger and under tray casting and short or long wheelbase frame (most rigid flyers are short wheel base frames) – it might be that 69 links allows you to get the perfect adjustment, other bikes will be 68, 70 or 72 links. I have used https://www.sprocketsunlimited.com/ for IWIS chain (and beware of primary chain that is too wide as it can rub on the crankcase wall by the engine sprocket). For magneto chain i have had good results with Wipperman hollow link.

    Hope that helps,

    Paul

    in reply to: scott-coil ignition bits for sale. #10685
    Paul W
    Participant

    Hi Geoff, I would be interested in your parts if you still have them ? I have sent you a pm message via the user control panel,

    Regards,

    Paul

    in reply to: It moves (after 33 years) #10595
    Paul W
    Participant

    Fantastic ! Great to see the picture of your bike up and running. We would be interested to hear you get on with it.
    Paul

    in reply to: What options for coolant/antifreeze #10577
    Paul W
    Participant

    Thanks for the tips… i’ll try again with the glycol and maybe even test some different dilution ratios in the freezer to see if diluted anti-freeze still works down to -5C or so. If that still doesn’t help it’ll be bars leak to the rescue (i used that years ago and it worked – just had to make sure it was well mixed up in the the thermosiphon system to get it circulated) – i’ve really had enough of the leaking now !

    Cheers,

    Paul

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