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I've had acupuncture.........short-term fix, aided by the attractive young lady doing it.......Lol...........might come down to the Vee option Ron !!!!!!! Lol

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Things are a bit slow at the moment, what with ill health and the lack of fasteners. But i'm always determined to get on with something. Tank knee grips fitted and although I cant fit the handlebar, I've got the cable installation out the way (yee haa) Definitely not a job for a roadside repair!!! 

Ben has sent me his rear number plate which arrived today and it looks like it's been in a tail end shunt. I'm going to do what I can with the tail lamp (these are like rocking horse poo) and straighten up the number plate. Ben wants to preserve what is left of the only remaining original 1940 marking.... on the number plate. So I'll do my best at a sympathetic restoration. 

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Ron, so sorry to hear that you are still under the weather chap.........backs can be problematic things.........had my issues there for over 25 years.................mind you, leaping off the wardrobe onto the bed never really helped.........lol......but didn't care at the time.......! :-)

I do like a bit of period damage to be retained on any bike...........adds to the history and character I guess...........we will probably never know if this damage occurred during wartime or later, but still a nice touch I guess and certain you will work some sympathetic magic into this.....................best Ron, Love from Vee and me :-) xx

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Hi Steve, thanks for the kind words. I'm guessing this is post war damage! See that modern wire with blue crimp connector on the lamp, and the fixing screws were all different. Yes will straighten and repair everything to the best of my ability but leave the number plate face as it is. Ron

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Sorry to hear about you bad back, Ron.  You still manage to accomplish more on a daily basis than anyone else I know!  When aches and pains strike, I revert to my medicine cabinet...........but summer and muscle soothing warmth is on its way, they say!!

 

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My kind of medicine cabinet, When I lived in Cumbria, my Doctor always said take plenty of fluids...........

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I've spent some time on the battered number plate and tail lamp. I panel beat the number plate back into shape, stripped it... (not the number face), welded a small split and and primed and painted it satin black.

The lamp was a bit more of a challenge! I managed to gently unpeel the crimped on ally rim that was badly squashed and make the best shape out of it that I could. The red glass lens was badly scuffed and chipped. I tidied it up with a suede brush and re-painted it with stain glass paint. Then gently panel beat the main brass body into shape by using a nice fit socket inside as a dolly. I re crimped the rim back with a small amount of JP weld to help it hold together with the body and lens. Sprayed the rim with cold zinc and the body to match the bike. Rewired with a more accurate piece of rubber covered cable and tested on a 6V battery.

Just a rub over what's left of the original C number with PledgeB|  Ron

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Bringing bike parts into the kitchen again Ron....Jan will go mad!

Right now I am just" low baking" a freshly painted Velo oil tank in the oven myself....:whistle:

Nice looking job as ever....

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When Maz comes home and complains "What's that horrible smell" Just blame the pesky neighbours like I do "Gawd knows what they've been burning this time" Tut!>:(

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It's looking pretty good, Ron. Did you have to replace the rubber in the bulb holder or was it still OK ?

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It was a little bit scabby Rik, but I smeared a bit of JB Weld around the worst bits and it all works fine. The actual center brass part with the hex nut is live when the lamp is switched on....Which does seem a strange idea.. But seems to work fine. Ron

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Mine was rock-hard and twisted. I followed  Radco's advice and burned it out before soldering it all back together again with a new diaphragm (made out of glued together inner tube :-) ) It did smoke a bit....unextinguishable too. I had to let it burn itself out.

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I've been rummaging through my box of old petrol pipe fittings and made a collection of this little lot, in the hope of making a reasonable looking WD/C fuel pipe. :/ Ron

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Soldering three pipes into a T piece without a proper jig or fixture is tedious. :$ Ron

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You presumably offered it up on the bike, Ron ? Dod you tin the assembly ?

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Well as it happens Rik, I have this bike on the bench for a couple of jobs which has an original fuel line, which I removed and copied. But I had to adjust the width between the taps as there is about 1/4" discrepancy between the bikes. I tinned most of it, but couldn't get it to stick on the brass T piece and gave up for fear of melting the solder. So cold zinc spay on that which will probably wash of in time......Hey Ho. Something Ben can do better in the future if he's bothered.  Ron

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Don't say that there are 'early' and 'late' WD/C fuel tanks !  I bet the parts list never changed.

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It's probably a bit less than 1/4", but once I realized they were different I couldn't use the original line as an exact reference.  I wondered if it's a discrepancy during the assembly of the tanks. Or is it that Ben's tank has spread a bit? Some bikes do have a support bar underneath the tank to stop that happening.  I really can't imagine that there were different fuel pipes. A blooming good job that I checked it and did a trial fit to Ben's tank, as it would be impossible to stretch it at all.  Ron

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The plating is back and very nice it looks too! I've got some serious sorting out to do with this lot now.O.o Ron

 

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Sorry they took a little longer than they’d said it’d take but it sounds like it turned out well in the end.

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Spent time over the last two days, sorting out what goes where and assembling parts.  As has been discussed in an earlier post, these first WD/C's had dull chrome or nickel parts and Ben went for nickel. Inevitably some fixings will be missing  not least the metric nuts and bolts that I threw away. These will have to be replaced with cad nuts and bolts from my own stock. Ron 

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I've been building up the front end and apart from the clutch cable, all the controls and cables are installed.  Ron

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Cracking on now! I've been building up the rear end, clutch and primary drive. It's been taking a while to work out which nuts and bolts go where. Ron

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Looking great, really starting to come together now, thanks Ron.

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