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Hi everyone, Sam here

currently restoring a royal enfield flying flea (1943) and got 2 engines when i purchased it ,one being the correct engine to flea with matching numbers and the other a villiers 9D james ML engine which suprised me and im now looking on information on the ML engine. The prefix is ' AAA 26698 A ' anyone that could help on any dates or history it would be much appreciated.


many thanks everyone





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Hi Sam,


the villiers 9D engine is indeed a James ML engine.

Dating an engine on the engine number is not easy, as the engines seem to have had varying numbers during the production.


I would say that your engine is likely either an engine fitted to a 3rd contract ML, or a 1945 post war ML.

the AAAxxxxA pre/suffix is unique to the ML, as far as I know.




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