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About jenkinov

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  1. maybe a bit late but You might want to consider a semi Matt finish ..Matt can be a challenging finish the paint marks easily and me experience is it will go glossy on wear areas any way .when I originally got my jeep it had lots of shiny areas from wear so painted it in semi matt... 15 years on it still looks ok.. Jenkinov
  2. Another interesting photo of Despatch riders with rifles ...but feel is that this is early war ..based on the gas masks Jenkinov
  3. Thanks that's an incredible amount of detail . So sad he did not make it .we owe so much to his generation . He appears to have been an NCO .which explains his access to the Thompson Jenkinov
  4. I believe the above photo is in Italy .The photo is dated as 4th August 1943 and indicates 2HQ lots of great features on the photo ...I believe that's the army c number on the front mudguard .The 57th division marking is also rare as this was a British deception formation .... In Africa and Italy NCOs could carry a Thompson or Sten but I am aware my that my uncle elected to carry a rifle as snipers would pick off those with these weapons first .Thompson's however were highly prized and I suspect this despatch rider did not want to trade it in for a pistol.. Jenkinov
  5. I believe that was an early war trial to fire on the move.....doubt it hit anything though ..I was thinking of this example Jenkinov
  6. Whilst a pistol was common ,there are plenty of pictures of despatch riders with all sorts of weaponry ..my personal favourite being the Thompson sub machine gun .whether this arose as a result of soldiers being nominated as despatch riders and simply carrying their usual weapons is unclear ..but the photos exist as historical evidence . Jenkinov
  7. I know of a Guy GS . But it is in a very poor condition having been exposed to the elements for at least 20 years Jenkinov
  8. Paul Firstly I want to say you success with your venture . The cold war is a point in the world's history that should be remembered ..I have read with interest the posts ..and see you are facing an upward battle ...can I ask if you have considered affiliating yourself with another museum . I appreciate this in itself is a challenge but it might prove an assistance if you were the cold war collection of an existing museum ? Jenkinov
  9. Hi .Norton Rider The handlebars you have fitted look to be correct for the age of the bike ..and i am confused why you are fitting 1 inch handle bars ? This will result in needing to change all the fittings which again look contemporary .? Military bikes went through REME workshops to repair damage and wear and in my opinion those modifications become part of the bikes history . I understand the removal of post war civilianisation and chroming as an example but not so sure if it' has to be a copy of how it came out of the factory ....particularly when we are often unclear on the factory standard.... Is there a chance your bike came out of the factory with 1 inch bars of it was a REME refit ...? Jenkinov
  10. Yes it's a 500cc side valve ...If I recall it does not have a visible contract number but I think it has the war department stamp....I will check...it does have an original rear rack. The first i had seen Jenkinov
  11. My Grandfather worked in a motorbike shop all his life .. ..through the war and up into the 1970s . Motorbike shops bought in ex army bikes after the war and refurbished them to look like pre war civilian bikes . I have a friend with a stunning looking triumph .it's in a fantastic British racing green .great pinstriping ..but close examination reveals it to be a a Triumph 3s frame from 1940 ( in fact contract 7162 the same as my bike )fitted with a triumph 500cc wartime engine. I believe this reviving of ex army bikes by dealers was common and thankfully so because you can still find these bikes in garages.sheds and other than the paintwork and the removal of field stands most are still 90 percent WD spec Triumph had a manufacturing and sales success in its post war ranges and did not need to buy in and refurbish the WD bikes ..dealers however bought in these machines to sell to the market that could not afford the new bikes.. Jenkinov
  12. Worth looking at heidenau K67 vintage off road tyres..mitas EO5 or my favourite Ensign trials universal ...All feature a Square tyre pattern similar to the ww2 tyre patterns ... If you expect to ride the bike off road frequently the Heidenau or Mitas are probably best ..if you expect to be mostly on. Tarmac but want to feel ok on grass the Ensign trials universal range stands out for me .. Jenkinov P.s congratulations on the new bike
  13. Moreno ..Thank you for The photos of the engines . Frame 34216 is a jan 43 frame and the engine number is within the expected range at 44216 if you look between the 3hw and the engine number you can see the war department stamp for inspector 52 at the triumph factory ...both contract 13948 Frame 35744 is a genuine March 44 frame but the appears to have been stamped with an earlier frame number potentially at a TIME site The engine number correlates with the March 44 date it was produced for contract S2956 between December 43 and June 44 ..the engine range for this contract was 3HW 51418 to 56417 ..so engine 53847 is in that range Both Engine and Frame are from the same contract S2956 .....again of interest is the war dept stamp is not visible on the photo of 53847 ..is it visible elsewhere ? Hope the above helps. Jenkinov
  14. Hi Moreno . Great finds ..There is a register of Triumph military bikes at wdtriumph.com you may want to get your bikes on the list also if you are actively buying bikes you will enjoy British military motor cycles 1924-1945 by Chris orchard and Steve Madden it contains manufacturing tables which may find useful . Triumph bikes are heavily stamped on both the engines and Frame ..so photos of the engines may reveal more Frame 34216 Jan 1943 ...this was contract number C13948 frame no.s 30923 to 36417 the matching engine number will be 3HW 40923 to 46417 the seat post manufacturing date shows Jan 1943 The second frame is more complex the frame number would suggest it's in the above contract but the Seat post date is later at March 1944 .......The offset stamping on the frame is unusual ..my suggestion is that frame was a spare military frame that was restamped when the original was damaged beyond repair (not uncommon in the war ) The stamping is likely to have been done at a REME workshop rather than the factory. Photos of the engines and stamping may reveal more.... Jenkinov
  15. The reproduction Indian manufacturer petrol tanks that I have seen look ok from a distance but the welding is often very poor and the give away is the underside of the petrol tank ...the original triumph petrol tanks as an example have a series of inward pressed panels to strengthen the tank bottom ..the Indian copies i have seen have totally flat bottoms an immediate give away they are copies. I would suggest taking detail photos of any bike you are looking at ..get photos of the frame and engine numbers and share the photos with the forum .you will get an honest critique plus owners will flag the non standard bits .. A missing or incorrect Speedo can alter a bikes true value by hundreds so it's worthwhile asking the forum ..I recently saw a bike advertised as a triumph 3sw but a critique identified it was a civilian 3s engine in a military 3hw frame .the rest was a mix of 40s to 60s bits ...... Jenkinov
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