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  1. That's the spirit 🙂
  2. Vinyl-covered cables first appeared in the early-to mid-1950s. If you're looking for authenticity (and in my opinion as a fully paid-up rivet counter, it does make a big difference to the period looks) then you'll have to go the route of using shellac-coated linen-covered Bowden outers. It is still possible to find NOS lengths if you look hard...sometimes boxed for other WD motorcycles etc. There is no problem in using modern inner wires but you will have to be proficient in soldering cables as there are no commercial sources of ready-made cables.
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    Ron, you really should go off-roading with the SWD Big 4. I'm an experienced passenger who doesn't mind getting muddy Just give me a shout 🙂
  4. Steve knows that I'm knowledgeable. So does Ron actually. Both of them are aware that later-war 2-strokes aren't really my thing but perhaps appreciate that the hundreds of hours I spend researching in archives assists in the understanding and appreciation of historic military motorcycles. I promise not to annoy you on the Civvy Stinkwheel Forum though.
  5. If the motorcycle section of this forum was moderated for military content then no, you probably wouldn't be able to get on with posting. I have a Norton Commando. is the name enough to make it military ?
  6. You don't need a functioning charging system to run the bike and the French daytime headlight law only applies to post-1965...I'd bet that a third of the bikes on the campsite won't have dynamos that work ! Don't let it spoil your holiday 🙂
  7. January 1940-dated and with the mica illumination window. Definitely not expensive. It looks identical to the 11/39 instrument that was on my 16H as found.
  8. I've edited my comments above as I've been back to look at my correspondence from the time and my recollection wasn't completely correct. Dave Tann told me that his glasses are 193mm but that he has supplied some at 195mm...which he thought may have been for car applications. The WD parts book refers to the glass for the DU142 being numbered NG13/4 which is what appears on both the (different coloured) paper envelopes that I have. Diameter is referred to as 7 13/16” This seems to equate to 7.8125” which converts to 198.4mm
  9. I had the same problem Ron and I have a couple of originals here to compare with. The response was one of having supplied several and not previously had a complaint. We had some discussion about sizes but I rather let it drop. I probably should have pursued it as it is a bit of a rattling fit but mine was an experiment to apply BEF blackout paints to. Regrettably, I don't think that he has the correct size for the 7½" DU142. The response wasn't what I'd expected to be honest.
  10. Is the glass one of the commercial replicas ? How did it seem, size-wise ? There is something odd going on with the wire 'W' clips. They shouldn't be visible as they should be holding the reflector from the rear.
  11. Just to confirm, the Triumph was delivered to RASC Vehicle Reserve Depot at Slough and the first (and only) transfer was to 3rd C.T.A.C. (3rd Corps Troops Ammunition Company) RASC. on 13th January 1940. Your grandfather must have gone to France sooner than the main body though as 3 Corps Amn. Coy. didn't go to France until 4rd April. They took 46 motorcycles at that time.
  12. Mark, Fantastic stuff. It looks as if, during his time with the BEF that he was 3 Corps Troops Ammunition Company who would have displayed the Corps fig leaf sign and an arm of service sign comprising the figure '40' on RASC red over green diagonal with white corps bar above. 3 Corps were responsible for the units rotated on the Saar (Maginot Line) and the date on the palm cross indicates that your grandfather was there prior to 51st Division arriving, to whom he was then attached. Jan (Rewdco' s) Enfield WD/C (also an RASC machine) was found close to Metz and he marked it as 51st Div RASC. In the mid-ground here is a 3 Corps Triumph 3SW with a serial begining C39177** - Not your grandfather's though as it still has the tax disc holder. I do like your Triumph advert by the way. Pretty sure Ron will be making himself one of those shortly 🙂 It certainly adds to the impression that C4631 were pretty much standard civilian production.
  13. The 3SW was an RASC vehicle under the earlier system which had them responsible for their own vehicles and for other 2nd line units. The V.R.D. (Vehicle Reserve Depot) at Slough was one of the major distribution points. There is a good chance that C3917745 is somewhere along the rows in one of these photos. We can be pretty sure now that these photos were taken at Slough, and not the other big depot at Feltham. A definite documentary link between frame, engine and serial numbers is a rare and useful thing to have. Would there be any chance of scanning and posting the documents that you have ?
  14. No-one has mentioned the OGEL yet, but it seems unlikely that the France exemption will continue to apply and prior to the acceptance of open borders, there was a considerable difference between vehicles being driven or ridden internationally and those being carried as cargo. Motor vehicles being exported will be subject to the full paper-chase both to make it acceptable to the country being visited who will then have to document departure and of course provide proof on re-entry to the UK to avoid having to go through a NOVA procedure. In the event of 'no deal', things will not simply go back to how they were in the 1970s, there were agreements in force at that time and there is no time left to re-instate them. It will be more akin to exporting to Albania in the 1960s. If the UK really does crash out at the end of March, then I wouldn't bank on being able to take an MV to France just over two months later. The ending of the EHIC will mean that it is essential to have medical insurance and to have told insurers about medical history and any pre-existing conditions. But hey-ho, such is progress.
  15. The Triumph Club need to put some work into a factory records database, as the Norton Club did some years ago. It's not 100% as it relied on volunteers reading seventy-year old cursive handwriting, but it's a starting point. The general system is that parts such as gearboxes were stockpiled and there was no talk of first in - first out . The VMCC at Burton have the post-1941 factory records available on microfilm. There is nothing to stop you going there and putting in the time yourself. They've got all the wartime magazines etc. in bound volumes too. Well worth a couple of days.
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