Thanks for the positive feedback Leif and the encouragement. Work goes on with the site – today I have managed to add a PayPal payment facility now that the web designers have finally permitted me to have access to plugins. The site needs more traffic from members, I agree, and the more input there is from members, the better the site will operate – there is almost limitless opportunity to post photographs, documents, videos and posts to the forum, but I only have limited time to devote to the task. Members only need make suggestions for content or forward documents to me for posting. Regrettably most are more interested in criticising than engaging.
Nearly There !
With thanks in particular to Eric Siddall for taking the trouble to send some of the earlier missing copies, there are now 345 back numbers posted and only two to to be done:
September 2008 Vol.25 No.12
September 2016 Vol.29 No.10
I really appreciate all of the offers of help, thank you. I intend to consider the best way to post indices before we move on to the next stage.
Thanks for all the offers of help, everyone.
Alan Noakes has kindly sent me copies of February 1982 and April 1982, but I would be pleased to receive copies of the others you have Eric, which I can return after they have been copied.
I suggest that I complete the Archive before we embark on the indices , so I will be in touch again to allocate tasks to the volunteers once that has been done.
A little embarrassingly I find that I have two of the long frame 1929 types and one of the 1930 which you are looking for ! I attach some photographs so that you can see the state of it. The plunger which goes across the underside oil reservoir is missing as are the tank caps. I managed to adapt an oil plunger which I found on ebay when I was restoring my 1929 Sports Squirrel and the leather cup washers used are available – I can find details of the seller if you need. There are a few dings in the tank too and the fixing studs for the strap which secures the front end to the down tube have been removed will need to be soldered back in.
If this fits your needs please let me know. I would be happy with a straight swap, if you are. I have a 1928 bitsa project.
Thanks for all the positive responses – 317 copies are now available with no more than another 40 or so to go.
Indices have been prepared over the years and although I have copies of most of them, I feel that it might be more user-friendly to prepare a new one (or new ones). I have in mind a limited number of specific indices based on particular types of information available. In particular I know that many members are interested in referring back to back issues for photographs or information concerning their bikes, so an index of bikes by registration number would seem to be of use. Another such subject index could be along the lines of the technicalities subjects “cycle parts”, “engines”, “oiling”and so on.
Please let me have your views so that I can consider the most useful next steps. I hope to be able to introduce a sub-index to the page and perhaps a rudimentary search facility (along the lines of add the edition number and be directed to the copy selected) but this depends on the good will of the web builders who have been totally uncooperative recently.
Finally building the indices will be a mammoth task and as many hands make light work I would welcome volunteers who would be prepared to assist by, say, taking on a 5 year period each.
I might have one of these in the garage but I am not sure whether it is the longer 1929 Sports Squirrel version. I will check this as soon as I can and let you know.
The 1931 Catalogue including less fulsome details of the updated model is now available in the Documents section of the Members area. It also includes details of the “new 650”, based on the troubled TT machines and which never saw it into production.
I killed a spare hour or two at the National Motorcycle Museum this afternoon and (apart from eyeing up the 1911 Scott (still wrongly labelled as a 1914),1913 TT Scott, 1925 Two-speeder, 1930 TT Replica, 1932 Reynolds Special,1938 Triple,1937 model,1939 Clubman’s Special, 1948 and 1957 Birmingham Scott) I took a few pictures of the Single which turns out to be a 1929 model after all. I am now convinced that I have never seen a 1930 model.
I dealt with the cylinder wall oiling on my TT Replica whilst restoring it last year (with help). It operates backwards in that the pull on the lever draws back the plunger against a spring in the cylinder under the tank. This action charges the cylinder with oil from the oil compartment in the tank. Release of the lever causes the plunger to spring back and forces a charge of oil down the tubes and into each cylinder via the ports in the cylinder walls.
I was lucky in that all of the moving parts came with my bike – only the plunger washer needed replacing and a new cable and spring (and lever of course, which is the left hand inverted lever on my bike). The plunger needs a leather cup washer which are available from a supplier in Leicestershire if I remember correctly. Let me know if you need details and I will find them out.
Attached are the only pictures I took during the rebuild which might help a little. Let me know if you need more of the finished item.
I always thought that the recommended way to deal with the cylinder wall oiling was to block it off as it was stated in the Book of the Scott as being for racing only and an inadvertent application of the lever could cause the engine to be flooded with oil and stall. Most bikes I have seen have had this done. I found that the feature useful, especially during running in a new engine.
Perhaps a little late, but a copy of the 1936 Illustrated Spare Parts Catalogue has now been published in the Documents Archive on this site. There is a detailed diagram of the 2 Speed Gear on page 29.
Members can access the Documents Archive via the footer box at the bottom of the page.
As this bike is 1937/8 it would have been supplied with Webb forks. These are deluxe middle-weight and have no spacer in the steering head. Thinking about it, the forks might be older than the bike and made prior to the requirement that motorcycles must have a speedometer (in 1936?) hence the missing mountings. The 1939 Clubman’s Special was supplied with Webb heavy-weight forks and I have a 1928 Flying Squirrel which has been fitted with heavy-weights sometime during its life. I think that Webbs were regarded as lighter and more sporting than the Scott kite forks so that many owners made the switch.
The Webb catalogue suggests that many different steering head lengths were catered for. I will measure the steering stem next time I am in the garage and let you know.
Thank you for all of the helpful replies. Problem solved ! Some idiot (me) had used a rear hub dust cover on the front wheel (width 3/8 inch). The wheel is still 1/4 inch offset – blame the wheel re-builders who did the job some 8 years ago – but I can live with that.
On the subject of Webb forks, I had thought that the forks were pukka Scott Webbs and this is was a factor when I bought the wreck many years ago. Now I am not sure. There are no holes at the tops of the blade for headlamp mountings and originally no screw mounts for the Smiths Speedometer on the top fork link. Otherwise they seem pretty Scott like to me. Reference to the Webb catalogue seems to suggest that Scott used Webb “deluxe” model Webb forks and I think that they were also used on Velocette in a very similar form.
In the words of Stanley Holloway “UPARDS”.
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If my hub proves to be too wide I will need a new one – but I have a brake plate and the bearing will be transferable I suppose. However I feel that the fault is likely to be the forks which seem to be 3/8 inch or so too narrow.
On second thoughts perhaps the NMM example is a 1930 model. Can’t remember when I last paid it any attention!