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1941 Royal Enfield WDC

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Here you go, called by and picked this little lot up  from Deano and got it home to etch prime before the dreaded rust sets in.

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Most of it survived ok but the front ribbed mudgaurd is dead I think considering it all looked like it had been at the bottom of a pond or under a hedge for yonks it's not too bad, have sold off some of the spares I won't need which is helping to fund this resto, must admit I'm really enjoying restoring this WDC so much physically easier than the MW though I'm sure that there will be the odd part or two that will be hard to find.

 

 

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Couldn't find any seat springs at the wkend so cleaned up the old ones which look the biz as modern replacements don't seem to be tapered as per originals. 

 

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Well done that man! The broad 'D' shaped plate on the nose is definitely a Royal Enfield thing, but I've never seen one curled up!....... should be flat I'm sure!

 

Ron

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There should be some spacers for the front seat bolt, I’ve seen them as part of the seat and some pushed into the mounting point on the frame. They are nearly always shagged and are simple to make on a lathe.

 

the rear guard looks like it originally had a non pannier rack installed judging by the hole pattern.

have a look at the holes at the rear to see if it had a number plate or WD lamp.

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13 hours ago, Ron said:

Well done that man! The broad 'D' shaped plate on the nose is definitely a Royal Enfield thing, but I've never seen one curled up!....... should be flat I'm sure!

 

Ron

Thanks Ron 

Will leave as is for the mo until I am sure it should be flat then I'll give it a beating 😁

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Lashed a few bits together this eve just to see how it goes together, there are extra holes in the rear mudgaurd and I had some other stays which seem to match up with them.

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Those stays are the original carrier with the top cut off and the tubes flattened to bolt to the guard. It’s a relatively straight forward fix to make it correct if you would prefer the earlier look.

 

whats your frame number? The frame has the earlier holes in the headstock that were prone to cracking. The fix was to leave a web in the hole (so no longer a hole) which stopped the problem (instead the weak point became lower down the front tube).

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Here is one of my saddles (WD/L freeing up the pivot bolt) I have at least four others just like it on other RE models. All with a flat 'D' plate.Ron

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Doh ! Sorry Ron I mistook the part you were referring to 🙃 I can see now the part that needs to be sorted, I'm finalising my parts wanted list, need new fork spindles, nuts and friction discs are just a few bits needed just to start with.

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Hi Chris frame No. Is 1289# will probably go for the later type carrier as it's handy to have panniers,  yes need to get some new rubber stops 😁

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Oh oh... According to the pictures you sent me it is # Jeremy, not #1.. 😊

BTW, did you really have the wheels sandblasted with brake parts and bearings in situ? Think you'd better do some decent cleaning of these components before final assembly...

Jan 

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Yes Jan taped up all the spindle ends etc with lots of layers of heavy duty duct tape though I will of course strip everything for thorough cleaning with new wheel bearings as the old ones are worn out 😁

BTW Thanks for posting my full frame number something I didn't want to do !

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I wouldn’t worry about publishing your frame number. I’ve never heard of any issues from posting it, unless I’ve missed something.

I’ll check mine as it’s very close yours, I did own another WD/C that was 8 digits away from my first but decided to sell it as I just didn’t have the room and wanted the space for a GPW.

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Who produces those tyres, please?  They look similar to the ones fitted to WW2 bikes.  My WW2 sidecar creation doesn't need them now but I was looking for similar tyres when it was a solo.

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Thank you Chris.  I feel another motorcycle build coming on to suit these tyres. :)

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Yep Ensign Universal picked them up at the Netly marsh autojumble, looked quite chunky before fitting but look ok on the wheels. 

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