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  1. Maybe Chris. As it happens the front wheel was a very rare Triumph 'heavyweight' girder wheel and the tank from a KM20 so both worth quite a bit.

    Talking of rare bits. As you know I was asking around, trying to locate a WD/C ally rear brake plate for my bike. Just on the off chance, I put the part number into Hitchcock's search box. Luv a Duck, Stripe me Pink guv! They had one NOS!!!???  £31 delivered!!!  Ron


  2. Another 'first contract' WD/C, left behind by our retreating BEF boys has come to light on the continent. The owner has asked me for help. It's been glooped  together and kept running with lots of wrong parts and inferior workmanship by a Frenchman.

    The big end and small ends are totally knackered and the bore will have to be measured. I've straightened some bends in the fork tubes and saved any original fasteners which will go for stripping next week and then plating after preparation. Another friend will hopefully make up the missing fasteners on his lathe.  Ron    






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  3. I don't think anyone is claiming ownership! The guy who posted them on that BSA C10-11-12 forum lives in Trowbridge and is interested in the history of the town. Any pictures posted on that forum, automatically get tagged with the site name, and I just lifted them off the forum.

    Do you think he's not correct with his ID of the location? He seems to have done some research on it.

    I'd still like to prove the guys wrong who claim the registration CMM is 1952!!!  Ron

  4. Funnily enough I've been discussing this picture on a none military motorcycle forum. I ID'd the two outside vehicles as Commer Beatles, but wasn't sure about the center one. (I've only got Bart's WW2 directory.) I also ID'd the two motorcycles as BSA M20's and dated the picture at 1938/39.

    Strangely though I'm being told by several other guys that the CMM registration is 1952.......How can that be? 

    The guy who first posted the pictures lives in Trowbridge and has identified the place as in the yard of the old drill hall (Used by the TA) The building on the right is the gate house to County Hall Trowbridge which was completed in 1940 and then covered by netting to disguise it from enemy bombers.
    He  thinks the cap badges are from the Horse Artillery and they changed from horses to vehicle in 1939.  Ron



  5. Forgive me John, I might be missing something here!  Does the carb sit in the standard vertical position, but with a vertical stud pattern? I initially thought you were talking about the horizontal carb like this one.......And why two carbs? Ron   


  6. Today I managed 2 x 7 mile test rides which included some 45+ MPH duel carriageway. The first run proved that the engine vibration was vastly improved and would probably be completely eradicated with some non regulation rubber foot rest and handlebar grips. However I must have disturbed the carb as the engine wouldn't idle properly and wanted to stall at traffic lights etc.....So back on the bench to remove the carb for a strip, clean and poke out those tiny drillings with thin wire.  

    The second run was much more enjoyable with only a noisy tappet to re-adjust when home and back on the bench again.  

    I must admit though, I am completely spoilt by my Model G/WD which is essentially the same, but  a much smoother ride with its  heavier crank shafts, rubber foot rest and handlebar grips,  and rubber mounted handlebars.  Ron

  7. Also it's occurred to me, that the fitting of the Burman engine/gearbox plate to the off side would possibly iron out the last kink in the clutch cable........But too late now!  Ron  



  8. I finished my engine installation today and it started second kick (I don't think I'd tickled it enough first time) . The wind, rain, and inevitable 'Sunday, garden center Muppet's' precluded any attempt at a test ride today!

    I'll give it a try on the next available dry period to see if the vibration has been eradicated or at least improved on. Ron  


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  9. It's all in the report😣 Mine has always been fitted with the plates this way round and it looks neater on the side you can see, so i'll leave it like that.  Cheers Jan.



  10. I didn't know that Chris, I've never given it a thought, but of course it makes sense that there would have been different plates for the Burman box........As it happens, the crankcases I;ve just replaced were from the Burman contract.  Ron

  11. Always a lot easier and more accurate to do the ignition timing whilst the head is off!

    All the Royal Enfield WD models are the only ones I know of that have a slack wire cable advance. Actually a better idea! Adopted by  other make after the war. Ron


  12. I collected my crankshaft from Ainsley today. The outcome is that when he first checked it, he calculated the balance factor at 43%. After drilling the flywheels at the big end area, he's achieved a balance factor of 58%.. I've ordered new gaskets and small parts from Hitchcock's, so I can proceed with the engine build tomorrow. Ron


  13. I think you are right Chris, in all the pictures I have where you can see the left foot rest, the foot rest is either left down or in that halfway position. The pictures are all from around 1942 though. So unless a  picture from a later contract proves different......I guess that's how they were.

    Leaving only a workshop or subsequent owner modification......Like mine!  Ron 


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