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  1. Not sure who the man who's holding the bike is... Could indeed be Tony Wilson Jones, Enfields chief engineer - designer.
  2. Here I am... 😃 EAB 331 and EAB 332 are two works registrations, for "RE 125 cycle". I can't work out the registration date, but the entries before and after are all November 1942. There are several pictures of EAB 332 in the Stilltime Archives, some of these pictures show tests in a lake, some are taken in what looks like a factory. This is definitely not the Enfield factory in Redditch, for as far as I can see... I have no idea about the man in the suit, but the officer (4th from right) is Captain J.J. Hall, who also wrote for one of the weeklies. I've also added a picture from Hall's scrapbook. The other picture with Arthur Bourne is EAB 456, another works demonstrator from January 1943.
  3. Very clever tool making job! And some very nice results! 👍
  4. I think the wire is for general repairs, plastic straps and ducktape weren't invented yet... The triangular toolbox was fitted at the right hand side of the bike, in the triangular opening of the frame. On the WD/CO, the supplementary kit was stowed away in a similar triangular toolbox on the left hand side of the bike. Indeed, that's a Royal Enfield funnel for topping up the engine oil... The insulating tape is cotton based, impregnated with something bitumen-like... Thanks for the compliment! 😊
  5. And here's the Royal Enfield WD/C tool roll and supplementary kit. The tool roll goes in the rectangular toolbox, the supplementary kit was stowed away in the triangular toolbox:
  6. Don't want to hijack this thread, just want to give some inspiration... Here's the WD/RE tool roll:
  7. rewdco

    RAF Royal Enfield

    Very nice indeed! 👍
  8. Hi Luis, I've sent you a PM. Regards, Jan
  9. Hi,

    I can make you a perfect copy of this pillion seat. See attached pictures of the BSA version, but I can do the Ariel version as well. If interested, please send me an email, easier to communicate than this message board.






    1. m606paz


      Hi Jan, thank you very much for your quick reply. It makes some very good reproductions! They look like New Old Stock!
      Well I live in Argentina and here our Government prohibited us from buying and sending money abroad to our country. The only solution I can find is to contact a friend who lives in Mexico who will send the money to you and when the trip to Europe we find a way for you to give it to him, and when he comes to Argentina, he will give me his seat . As you can read it is very complicated but not impossible. That is why I asked for the measures to see to try to reproduce it in my workshop, as I have been doing with some pieces that I have reproduced for my Ariel, unfortunately not the quality of his. What is the price of your work to build a seat for my Ariel? I wrote you here since I couldn't find your email.Thanks in advance!

    2. rewdco


      Hi Luis,

      The pillion seats are 250 Euros each. Sorry, I forgot to add my email address:


      All the best,


    3. m606paz


      Thank you Jan! Where are you from?

      My email is m606paz@yahoo.com.ar

  10. From approximately 1940 onwards the RAOC census numbers were applied in the factory where the vehicle was built, and each factory had its own unique “style”. Royal Enfield used waterslide transfers, in a font that was only used by them. As I’m rebuilding a 1942 WD/CO myself, and as I have seen many restored WD Royal Enfields with “wrong style” census numbers (and I have to admit that I’m a bit of a Rivet Counter… 😃 ), I have decided to take some action… so I made a DXF drawing of the correct font as used by Royal Enfield. (I do have an original tank that I used to measure most of the numbers, the other numbers were created on the basis of some high resolution contemporary photographs). I have been looking at having a batch of waterslide transfers made, but this isn’t cost effective. I would need to order these transfers in quantities that I will never be able to sell… Hence my idea to use low tack stencils, with the correct font. Tony Pearson at Axholmesigns has been very helpful, and Axholmesigns can now provide low tack stencils with any Royal Enfield census number in the correct font! (https://www.axholmesigns.co.uk/motor-bike) You can download a PDF file with fitting instructions through their website, so no more excuses for not using the correct font on a Royal Enfield petrol tank! 😃Anybody who’s unsure about the correct census number for his WD/CO or WD/RE can of course send me a PM... (Note: same font on the RAOC WD/C. Most WD/Cs were RASC though, and they used different styles...)REgards, Jan
  11. And here's the correct key. There is only one lever inside the lock, which means that the key needs a single lip. The beard on Lex' key and on my key have two little prongs that act as a guidance inside the lock, on my key there is even a small lip that acts as a guidance for the lid.
  12. Three types of toolboxes have been used on the WD/C: The first type is the pre war toolbox with a key lock. The toolbox was used for storing the tool roll, and being immobilised on a battlefield because you lost your key and couldn’t repair your motorcycle must have been an unpleasant thought... The second type looked a lot like the first type, but a knurled screw, to keep the toolbox closed, replaced the key lock... (August 1940 onwards) The third type also had a knurled screw, but the lid was bigger than on the second type. (July 1941 onwards). This one was also used briefly on the very first WD/CO models.
  13. Where did you buy your canvas Gareth? Jan
  14. Hi Chris, I've sent you a PM... Regards, Jan
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