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rewdco last won the day on November 4 2019

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  1. I know there are many jokes about the Lucas equipment, but did I read Lucas "king of the roadside" here? 😂 Serious now, you're doing a wonderful job! You're an inspiration to us all! Jan
  2. Hi Chris, I sent you a PM concerning your bike. As for the parts, I think Metal Magic can do quite a lot of what you need... Jan
  3. Census number C5111922 would have been frame number 4922. According to the factory ledgers this one left the factory on 29/09/1943, destination War Department South Merstham. Jan
  4. Gentlemen... it's all in my "Report" on the WD Royal Enfields! 😉 At least 16 dropping test have been made during the March – May 1944 period. The “crating of the motorcycle” procedure describes how a “weak tube member” must be fitted between crate and motorcycle frame. This weak tube member “was designed to collapse before any failure occurred in the motorcycle frame.” And the crates that were used for the first tests had “wheel cradles in the form of light alloy castings”. Compared with the original August ’42 prototype crates this was a modification. But the wheel cradles for the later tests were modified again: the cast wheel cradle was now replaced by a bar type wheel cradle. “The bar type broke off when the motorcycle was subjected to an excessive sideways thrust, whereas the shoe type remained rigid and caused damage to the wheel.” ... “Although the motorcycle can be dropped using the cast shoe type wheel cradles, the stiffness of the casting is such that when subjected to excessive side loads on landing the bicycle wheel is more readily damaged than the cradle. The bar type wheel cradle has proved satisfactory on every drop made at this Establishment and is therefore the type recommended.” You can see the weak tube member and the cast alloy wheel cradles in the picture below (also from my Report...) 😉
  5. I agree Ron! Several dropping tests were carried out by the military before Enfield started producing these dropping cradles. The design of the dropping cage had to be modified several times because motorcycles got damaged during the landing. I'm sure that the quality of these dropping crates had to be "perfect"! The dropping crates were made in a Royal Enfield factory in Scotland by the way... (Edinburgh to be precise, with Calton Hill in the background.)
  6. This replica was for sale a couple of years ago. I'm not impressed by the build quality I have to say...
  7. Also made up a missing bracket for the rear mudguard, and some stainless fasteners for the front wheel...
  8. The early WD/C uses Amal’s “Clean Handlebars”, where (some of) the cables run inside the bars. Unfortunately the handlebars on this project had been replaced, so we had to find / make a correct set. Lex found handlebars with the correct shape and dimensions, but they needed quite a bit of work… They had to be straightened, repaired, a slot for the internal twistgrip had to be milled, a few extra holes had to be made, and the pivot clamps for the levers (from a set of donor handlebars) had to be welded in place.
  9. And here’s the aluminium brake plate that we will be using for this early WD/C. It came with a triangular bracket for the anchor rod, this was a later factory modification. So one hole in the aluminium plate had to be plugged, and the anchor rod is now in its correct (early) position.
  10. As explained in a previous post, the bike was found with a pair of Triumph wheels fitted. We found a pair of WD/C wheels, but needed an early aluminium brake plate for the rear wheel. Fortunately forum member Niek who owns a late spec WD/C wanted to swap his perfect alli brake plate for a steel brake plate, which would have been correct for his bike. We didn’t have a WD/C steel brake plate either, but a steel brake plate from a post war Model G (which was available) could be converted… The back plate is identical, the front plate had to be replaced. Drill out the spot welds, clean the back plate, make a new front plate, assemble, job done.
  11. Think that's an artist's impression in the parts list Ron... Have noticed that these Matchless illustrations are often not very accurate...
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