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  • Birthday 12/15/1946

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    Poole UK
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    Collecting WW2 British vehicles for over 30 years and especially passionate about motorcycles.
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  1. Ron

    Royal Enfield ......Rare find

    Finally the saddle has returned after being recovered with the material I supplied. I'm pleased with the result. Ron
  2. Ron

    3HW Pannier Rack Mounting Brackets

    OK on that, although I haven't found those items on Draganfly's site yet? Ron
  3. Ron

    3HW Pannier Rack Mounting Brackets

    Here they are. I think I have a spare pair for the front. The rear bracket was also used on post war TRW's so that's a possible source (Don't know if the fronts are the same?) Otherwise it's not that difficult to fashion a rear bracket from strip steel. Ron
  4. Ron

    Triumph 3sw

    OK Andy. I managed to find some front wheel bearings by a local bearing firm and got together with someone else and bought 12 of them at £50 each. Still got two left. Ron
  5. Ron

    Triumph 3sw

    Can I ask what you paid for them please? Front and rear? Ron
  6. Ron

    Royal Enfield ......Rare find

    The sad part is Chris, that the guy is 12-13 years younger than me. I must thank my lucky stars! Ron
  7. Ron

    Royal Enfield ......Rare find

    After a 2 month wait for the saddle to be re-covered, I just heard that the poor guy has had another two heart attacks and can no longer work. So an 80 mile round trip today to reclaim it and now negotiating with http://www.rk-leighton.co.uk/ to undertake the work with the material that I will provide. Ron😕
  8. Ron

    Royal Enfield ......Rare find

    This is what we are looking at Rik. Jan tells me that the difference in shade between the rim and shell is black....and who am I to argue? Ron
  9. Ron

    Royal Enfield ......Rare find

    Well Jan has whispered in my ear that the headlamp rim should be black. So that was my mistake and I've resprayed it. Sometimes a slightly different shade of grey in B&W photos is not that obvious! Ron
  10. Ron

    Royal Enfield ......Rare find

    I had it running again today for about 15-20 minutes and did some adjustments to the carb. The internal pull twist grip works exactly as it should but the action of these is not to my own personal liking. The gears are all clicking through nicely. It's now just held up awaiting the new saddle cover. In the meantime I've parked it up under 'Crazy Horse' Ron
  11. Ron

    Royal Enfield ......Rare find

    I collected the exhaust system from the blaster on Wednesday. I've sanded, sprayed and fitted it. I think it's as good as a 78 year old exhaust is going to be. These early WD Royal Enfield's had a headstock transfer which I'll fit tomorrow. I'm just waiting for the saddle to have it's new cover made, but I heard that he'd become ill and was taken into hospital. He's out of hospital now and convalescing at the moment. Ron
  12. Ron

    Indian 741b

    I have just a few pictures of RAF 741's and I don't think there was anything specific about the markings. I guess it was just decided at unit level. They did seem to often display a roundel. The bikes would have been supplied in service colour. (US Olive Green?) The inspection picture in Jerusalem in 1945 is probably post war and by now it looks to me as if they have painted the left side of the tank in shiny blue with a roundel (anxious to show their true colours I expect) With a serial number on the white tips of both mudguards. If I was going to depict my 741 as RAF (and it could well be?) I would paint a roundel on each side of the tank with a black serial number on white on the mudguards. No RAF records survive, so it's make it up time. The numbers that I can see in the Jerusalem picture are RAF 10108? - 10010? - 99263? Ron
  13. Ron

    Royal Enfield ......Rare find

    The Jaeger speedo cable arrived today. Ron
  14. Ron

    Royal Enfield ......Rare find

    Even Hitchcock's get it wrong sometimes Chris! I hear comments often from guys who run with no oil in the chaincase "Because it always leaks straight out" But I've fitted chaincases to most makes with success and I always put oil in. The thinking that it doesn't need oil (like the rear chain) is erroneous. The primary chain is running 3-4 times faster than the rear chain and in an enclosed hotter environment. Show me a bike that doesn't leak a bit of oil, and it's probably Japanese Ron
  15. Ron

    Royal Enfield ......Rare find

    Tank fitted and heart pounding I added some petrol. The left side NOS tap was weeping all night so I had to drain the tank and re-cork the tap this morning. With that done there are no apparent fuel or oil leaks now. The exhaust system is next on the agenda , But I decided to kick the engine over anyway. It fired on the first prod and then died immediately. This continued for a dozen kicks or so, until I gave it some choke, and it then fired up and continued running on a fast choked tick over until I pulled off the choke and it then ran quite smoothly, all be it noisily However I'd momentarily forgotten that these are slack wire advance so I'd started and ran it on full retard. I'll attend to the exhaust before a re-start. Ron
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