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  1. Some good points about the saddles Steve, these little nuggets get stored for future reference👍 You've mentioned before about the springs, but both my Flea and ML have the straight type. I have a spare pair of barrel shaped springs which I was about to fit to my ML. But as I study pictures, I'm convinced that they used both types? Whether it was at random or in batches of what ever came in to the factory is a mystery to me. In fact as I expand the picture with rows of Fleas, the first bike appears to have straight springs and the one behind looks like barrel springs? Ron
  2. I buy them from Drags and paint them black. https://www.draganfly.co.uk/triumph-shop/twin-cylinder/product/13235-cable-clip-sold-each/category_pathway-2 Ron
  3. Yes Steve, my springs are also 4". long. Ron PS I notice some pictures show the barrel shaped springs like yours and some have the cylindrical type like mine.
  4. I can't help with dimensions Steve and unless Steve M or someone can, I'd be inclined to see if Villiers Services can send you one. Ron
  5. I agree with Jenk, Alfie. I can't think of a reason that a workshop during the war would have made such changes when the bike was virtually brand new and proper spares were easier to obtain than making changes. Ron
  6. OK Tom. Good to hear that you're OK and be back on the case "as and when". Cheers Ron
  7. So is it up and running yet Tom? You've been quiet for a while now? Ron
  8. I'm not aware of any revitalization preparation for Rexene? I'd probably just rub black boot polish in to try and disguise the canvas showing through.
  9. Yep I'm quite sure the Flea and ML used the same Mansfield saddle. Ron
  10. Well the seat frame on mine is black but in view of the way James seemed to spray nearly everything. I'd say it should be service colour. If you compare the blackout mask on this picture with what you can see of the saddle frame....It's definitely different.(so not black to my eyes). I think the saddles and cover were made by Mansfield, which is academic really. It's just a case of finding the best Rexene (good luck) or look alike around. Ron
  11. Unfortunately the 3HW parts list is only partially illustrated. The 3HW shares the same frame as the 3/5SW's and its pre-war predecessors. (forks are different). The 1939 parts list has this illustration but they use the same drawing for both the light and heavy weight bikes.....So probably not much help. There is a plastic kit on the market. Ron
  12. Steve I think you'll find that is the timing mark. There should be a corresponding line on the brass magneto drum. But don't rely on the marks as your mag might have come off another model over the years. Ron
  13. Before I found my original decompressor I bought a similar looking trigger which I filed to shape, and handlebar clamp and started to make a reasonable look alike. (It's slightly bigger than a genuine James lever) I can't remember what I paid for the parts but if it's any good as a temp? ......A tenner plus post. Ron
  14. Steve from the center line of the bolts to the center tip of the mudguard on mine is 6 1/4". Ron
  15. I had a standard Amal lever on mine till I found a correct James decompresser lever. Ron
  16. Fortunately for me, the OD paint on my NOS ML headlamp was in perfect condition and a near match to the OD I used for the bike. I often wondered what the stenciling meant? And what is the white dot with broken blue line for?? Ron
  17. Well if you're on old fashioned hard rubber tyres, it might be best to refer to the riders handbook (makers recommendations). Ron
  18. I presume you are running on modern soft tyres. I run mine at 28F and 30R. I'd up the pressures a bit for a pillion to say 30-32. Ron
  19. Dave the extra length to the mudguards, the center stand and non folding foot rests are also part of its civilianization. I think it would be nice to follow the guidelines on here:- http://simplywizard.co.uk/folders/level3/ml.htm (Shiny Black or Maroon) with correct transfers from https://classictransfers.co.uk/ and enjoy the restoration and do justice to those wet and cold days on your paper round. Ron
  20. Uh Oh! Personally I couldn't cope with fitting the wrong size wheels/tyre. They might look odd in their mudguards too. I'd approach someone like Brickwood or Willis Wheels and see if they will give a small allowance on those rims and spokes, which are still effectively new and can easily be used again. Ron
  21. You forgot to put the price Chris. Ron
  22. Mine have screws and nuts which came with the bike and is what's shown in the parts list. Ron
  23. Hi Steve. I can see that your center stand is post war. It needs to be converted like this. Basically just move the bottom rung up and turn the feet from 'T' to 'L'. Ron
  24. Dave the last frame number issued to the WO was 8500. There was an additional 1500 from the last contract that were canceled which still only take the frame numbers to 10,000. But I believe the ML continued being supplied to the civilian market (with civy amendments) till 1948. Ron
  25. I've sent you a PM and follow up email but had nothing back so far?? Ron
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