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  1. Ah, parts from Jean Duchamps' emporium for the restoration of ex-French Enfields !
  2. Lex, it wasn't on here...I mentioned it to my wife....Daft really, I had the cash waiting...I can't afford a divorce though ! A lot of those base depots had French civilian staff. I imagine that once the British left, the locals would've been in pretty damned quick ! It's a fully ribbed Norton tail, so suitable for the single fixing number plate. Is that bracket BSA ?
  3. Lex, with a bit of luck, you might find traces of the serial number under the French registration. The lack of a stamping on the cases seems to be unusual for this contract / RASC machines of this period. I made the mistake of announcing it as a forthcoming project before I had it in my hands and it didn't go down well here. I won't make the same mistake again 😉 The early Norton tailpiece is worth what you paid for the bike ! Most of these WD/Cs would have been destined for second-line RASC, like the 3SWs so probably ended up at Corps level. It may of course still have been in a depot at Nantes or Laval. The on / off aspect of the final evacuation from the western ports meant that many stores were not efficiently destroyed (For which we can now be grateful).
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    Royal Enfield WD/L project.

    Shelley made various jacks for Austin and other manufacturers, as well as their own Norton SWD outfit of course. There were definitely connections there. Apparently they made some jacks for BSA three-wheelers too.
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    Royal Enfield WD/L project.

    R.T. Shelley had Talboys (of Talflow air filter fame) in-house and according to Peter Roydhouse (who rode works Norton triallers in the 1940s and '50s), They made the mudguards and tinware for Norton. Perhaps they contracted out to other manufacturers as well. The Aston Brook / Bracebridge Street area of Birmingham included so many famous names from the industry as neighbours. Who amongst us has not confused Ariel and Enfield tool boxes at an autojumble ? 🙂
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    Royal Enfield WD/L project.

    The field stand and the primary case inner, along with the Shelley tools in the toolkit hint at some slight connection between RE and Norton. Details lost in the mists of time though.
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    Royal Enfield WD/L project.

    Does the box of tricks help a lot, Ron ? Most of the accuracy of a fag paper is lost when tapping the pinion on / tightening it. I can imagine that a more accurate indication of points opening might make that even more frustrating :-)
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    Bedford mw camouflage pattern

    Some of my Dad's signals unit with the K5 Portee to GS conversion that they finished the war in Germany with. It looks as if only the tilt on this one had disruptive.
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    Royal Enfield ......Rare find

    Another trialled WD/C (This is Noel Pope on a C6125 bike) and a later model WD/C (C7182 ?) on an East Midlands RASC trial (October 1942)
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    Royal Enfield ......Rare find

    I thought you'd know, Ron. That's you in the background playing on the bombsite in your school uniform, isn't it ?
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    Royal Enfield ......Rare find

    The other side apparently carried a duplicate of the arm of service serial, as per standard post-1941 practice. '73' was an Infantry Brigade Company RASC in the 1944 listings.
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    Royal Enfield ......Rare find

    Certainly not as black as the (gloss) numberplate though. I'm not convinced that they all were...
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    Royal Enfield ......Rare find

    That's interesting, Ron. Norton contract C5109 had a rim in service colour - but these parts were supplied by Lucas who had been offering the 8" DU142 in a WD version for some time.
  14. 'Service colour' changed over time and pre-war ammunition containers (not 6 pdr of course) were bronze green. It might just be possible that some early boxes for the 6 pdr were in Khaki Green. SCC2 was discontinued in 1944 so it's quite likely that there was a year or so of wartime production in British Olive Drab.
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    Royal Enfield ......Rare find

    Jan and I had a serious rivet-counter's discussion about this Ron. It really does seem that they drilled the mounts at the end of the rib..I think we half-wondered if some guards had longer ribs for a reason. It was a small contract though and it would only have taken one off-day with a mis-read drawing to show up on survivors or Photographs. In theory still, a UK numberplate has to be mounted vertically (although modern bikes seem to take liberties).