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  1. wdbikemad

    Flying flea parts

    There are numerous differences............as Ron has already mentioned, the frame, toolbox, carburetter and cylinder barrel differ from the civvy versions, as do the exhaust pipe and head/tail lights........... But there are numerous other differences too..........these include the crankshaft assembly (narrower on wartime Flea's), the crankcase itself (more "web-like" inside to reduce weight), the kick-start assembly, the footrests and mounts, the handlebars (at a different angle to the civvy version), the fuel tank filler cap, the HT lead assembly, headlight mounting brackets (in length) and in some military production different wheel bearing assemblies (cup and cone, although ball-journal bearings used as well)............ It is a massive task converting a civvy Flea into a wartime replica model.............many parts are near-impossible to find and/or expensive....................
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    Triumph 5SW

    Are the clips the same as the Ariel W/NG type Ron ? If so maybe Draganfly ? Also, Peter Brown is currently looking at the field stand brackets and mounts for his own 5SW so it may be worth emailing him ?
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    1943 Ariel W/NG front brake shoes

    I obtained mine from Russell Motors.........but you could also try Draganfly or Martyn Bratby............
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    Flying flea parts

    I see Terry and Drew every couple of weeks or so so I can also assist..........
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    Flea restoration

    Terry at Metal Magic tries his best at parts........if they aren't entirely correct he then remakes to ensure accuracy..................I loaned him both my original Flea blanking plate, footrests and related items, plus Air Maze filter.............the latter Terry has made copying my original faithfully.........they actually have an improved modern mesh inside the outer original-spec mesh to improve filtration..........in fairness, he is one of the very few, if any, suppliers of Flea and James ML repro items and the one thing I do know is if a part is wrong Terry will strive to correct...........luckily, he has me nowadays to supply original items as patterns therefore accuracy assured....................
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    Flea restoration

    Once again, Terry Roberts at Metal Magic makes replicas of the blanking plate for the Miller headlight !!!! Copied from my original..........
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    Matchless WD G3L Engine plates

    Note that the G3 and G3L employed different engine/gearbox plates...........they were basically the same but the G3L type are thinner-gauge steel that the earlier G3 with "light" reinforcing around various strategic points, all part of the original weight-reduction exercise................. As the war progressed however, it is likely that many G3L's when being rebuilt by workshops were fitted with the earlier, heavier G3 plates as basically identical and workshops would usually employ any suitable serviceable parts.......
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    Flea restoration

    Richard, lovely restoration there chap ! May I just mention that the Air Filter is incorrect..............rear end should be flat bearing a plate acid-etched with the Villier's Air Maze details...............Terry Robert's at Metal Magic produced a run of decent repro filters copying mine and the name plates are/were available from Arnaud............... HT lead should be black-rubber.............no immobiliser was fitted to the Flea, only the supressor, as the entire lead could be detached to immobilise the bike.................you need 7mm black HT lead, preferably with a copper core.............. Your brake and clutch levers are also incorrect.........Flea originals were much smaller......civvy ones are the same, differing only in the finish...............:-) Not too difficult to find today..............
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    Flea restoration

    The badge fitted to my first contract flea is the original and as can be seen here is nickel or chrome plated with green and black enamel.....no sign of white or off-white paint !
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    Trial 82 Experimental Sleeping Bag

    Looks like the precursor to the late 1980's/90's synthetic filled bag complete with outer Goretex "Bivi Bag"..............I still use one of these today as a replacement for the venerable '58 Bag that finally gave up the ghost when the zip shattered in Normandy back in 2006........ended up in a convenient French skip...........lol....should also have a compression webbing assembly that compresses the entire thing down................so 3 pieces to be complete.........
  11. Post-Korean War, late 1950's/1960's Harry..............also made in Green............For wear with the Aircrew Parka.............
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    Ariel WNG Rack measurements

    Contact Terry Roberts at Metal Magic/Heritage Motor Works at Eversley, Hants..........he makes perfect repro's of the W/NG pannier carrier.............
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    1985 Trials PLCE Belt Question

    The plot thickens...........
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    1985 Trials PLCE Belt Question

    Some good info on this post.............anyone seen these two variants of the magazine pouches ? The lids differ..........one set having "corners", the other simple plain flaps.................
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    Triumph 3hw

    Also worth mentioning that the "cut-away" fuel tank for the 3HW was a late-item..........the first few contracts employing a non-cutaway tank and no doubt a few ex-3SW tanks in the mix too for good measure.................
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