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  1. According to Associated Press in Berlin, the '¨Propaganda Omnibus' was brought into use on 14th August 1939...This image and caption was saved from eBay. At least it's a clearer photo.
  2. The explanation for the apparent registration number anomally is contained in Les Newall's book. The pre-war MM series are a bit all over the place anyway as some were Government but the majority were reserved for the car dealer Stewart & Ardern and therefore spread over a longer period than might have been expected. The 'CMM' series, CMM 2 - CMM 999, was issued for WD vehicles commencing May 1935 of these, CMM 800 - CMM 999 were allocated to armoured vehicles. The crucial aspect here is that the post-war Glasses Guides carried no mention of the WD number blocks, only civilian issue. Apparently in 1952, when Middlesex ran short of numbers, the decision was taken to re-issue numbers allocated to armour, including CMM 800 - 999 and these were used again from July 1952 - January 1953. It was only done with armour as it was considered that there was no prospect of them still existing and requiring road registration. Some pre-war 'B' vehicles had entered the civilian market still with their original numbers and with no central computer record, the risk could not be taken that there were duplicate numbers in use. Glasses Guide picked up on the 1950s re-issues and having no record of the 1930s issue, stated slightly incorrectly that these were 1950s numbers and in the case of CMM failed to document that it was only 800 - 999 anyway. CMM 275 was an early Morris-Commercial and CMM 754 was the MEE test model of the Norton WD 16H which can be dated exactly. (CMM 749 was a Matchless)
  3. Thanks very much for sharing those details. 522 'missing' Norton frame numbers can now be allocated to a contract and some light shone on others. I too would be fascinated to see any earlier editions.
  4. That's the spirit 🙂
  5. 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.
  6. 79x100

    Norton Big four

    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 🙂
  7. 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.
  8. 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 ?
  9. 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 🙂
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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