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Royal Enfield ......Rare find No. 2 (really No.3)

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Hi all, 

This is not going to be another restoration post of another ex BEF early Royal Enfield WD-C, Ron certainly did his utmost best on that, but just wanted to post here that another one was found recently in France, by Jan, passed up by Richard Payne, and bought by me!

It was quite the trip to go and collect it, but well worth it!!  The bike a model WD-C is a matching numbers (No. 727) so from contract C5107 dated 27-09-1939 delivered (educated guess) 12-02-1940. sadly no C number was found on the engine, and no erasion marks either, strange!

The old chap in France had a go at "restoring" the bike about 10 years ago, and painted it all black, as he thought it was from 1937, he ordered parts and stuff from Hitchcocks, but could not get the engine to run because of magneto failure. Before he acquired it, it was used by a priest in the 1950's, previous history unknown, but may have been left by the BEF in Bologne, Le Havre, or even Bordeaux ? (I bought it from near Vannes, the area number; 44 is on the bike and on the car from the prev. owner, so must have been there a long time) 

Non original parts were a BSA DeLuxe petrol tank, early Norton rear mudguard and Luggage rack, French headlamp, tailllamp, numberplate holder and speedo. And the most difficult parts, the wheels! they are of French origin I think, or maybe the back one Ariel, not sure yet.

After I picked up the bike I went on south to visit friend Arnoud, who supplied me with the right pertol tank and wheels, very nice!! (and free of charge!!) so only sort of missing the aluminium brake plates, that might be prove to be difficult to find….. (anyone here??)

Ron supplied me with an unribbed rear guard (Jan will make a rib in it for me) and a slightly butchered rear carrier.

The Deluxe BSA tank has been sold to recuperate some of the costs, as was the Norton rear carrier.

More parts were made by Jan, and kindly donated to the project, and I picked them up yesterday, THANKS Jan!! (also for lunch!) I will fit these parts at a later stage, before completely dismanteling the bike, and start restoration, some other projects have to be finished first!

Below some pictures, from before the "repaint" and as I have it now, many parts have the Khaki Green No.3 undermneath. original exhaust system is present, and very usable!

Will add some more pictures and info at a later stage, want to have the bike complete before I begin restoration, luckily I have a spare speedo, 6,5" Lucas headlamp, and MT110 taillamp in stock, and some more little stuff.

Cheers,

Lex Schmidt

Holland

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Love the spaceship back light Lex!   Ron

Uh OH just read your post properly deleted the bit about a Norton mudguard

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I'm a twit!

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You want to buy the light Ron??? Haha, yes Norton as in the text above.

Cheers, Lex

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Lex,  with a bit of luck, you might find traces of the serial number under the French registration. The lack of a stamping on the cases seems to be unusual for this contract / RASC machines of this period.

I made the mistake of announcing it as a forthcoming project before I had it in my hands and it didn't go down well here. I won't make the same mistake again 😉  The early Norton tailpiece is worth what you paid for the bike !

Most of these WD/Cs would have been destined for second-line RASC, like the 3SWs so probably ended up at Corps level. It may of course still have been in a depot at Nantes or Laval. The on / off aspect of the final evacuation from the western ports meant that many stores were not efficiently destroyed (For which we can now be grateful).

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Rik, the rear number plate is not original unfortunatly, but will sand the front one real carefull! 

Didn't know it was on here before???

You just bought the tailpiece!!!

Yes, have no idea where it came from, but when still in stores, it would have ended up with the Germans, and not in civvy hands, I'd think?

Cheers,

Lex

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Lex, it wasn't on here...I mentioned it to my wife....Daft really, I had the cash waiting...I can't afford a divorce though !

A lot of those base depots had French civilian staff. I imagine that once the British left, the locals would've  been in pretty damned quick !

It's a fully ribbed Norton tail, so suitable for the single fixing number plate.  Is that bracket BSA ?

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Ah, OK, that's why I'm single, and have 25 bikes! not sure what is the best option though….

Yes, is possible, had not thought of that!!

The front part of the mudguard has been cut off, and brazed to the Enfield lower part, hope I can save the Enfield part!!

Bracket I do not know, Jan thought it a French thing, but not so sure.

 

 

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Here a picture of the parts I found last weekend.

Getting better all the time!

Lex

 

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Ah, parts from Jean Duchamps' emporium for the restoration of ex-French Enfields !

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