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Hi Ron, though I’d share with you an image of the original fuel tank, you can still see it attached to the fuel tap🙈😂

Hi All. After recently completing my James ML restoration idle hands set in again. I said to myself no more projects, but after the opportunity of an early Matchless G3 panel tank came up I

Oil tank on and newly renovated battery carrier fitted....slowly starting to look like a bike with the 8” headlamp. I am having a little trouble finding a 1” throttle barrel compatible with my tw

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Lex is right!

Been a productive day on the G3 today, the Smiths Speedo has become a bit of labour of love but it’s finally back together and ready to go......someone cut the trip reset knob straight of so I have spend hours soldering an extension back on and readying it for a new knob 🤭. It’s highly frustrating trying to drill such a small hole in the new extension but job done! You may note a very straight drive pin, it’s the early Jaeger type but without the screw hole to secure the early speedo cable......Headlamp now also finished and wiring set in place.........

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Sorry to chime in late. Gas paint really shouldn't be too carefully applied. They simply slapped it on.

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I have to admit I did use a little masking tape whilst applying the gas paint but I did refrain from spraying it on in favour of a brush. 🙈

A few weeks behind Ron but I have finally fitted my saddle bungees, very comfortable indeed! I alternated the length of the front nose hooks to create a pattern which helps the bungees to fit snuggly.

I have not been happy with the fit and look of the front number plate of late so I have now chopped it and refitted it in line with a period photo I came across......

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Tentatively buying up some of the last few missing parts my repro ammeter has arrived.....it has a nice ‘look’ to it but maybe the needle lets it down just a bit.....?

After a few hours trawling the net I came across what I hope is a very good authentic alternative. It’s in need of a clean up and strip down but I am very pleased with it......

Pictures of the G3’s early tank panel appear few and far between the little information I have managed to find shows an ammeter almost identical.......🤞

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Well since learning yesterday that the correct ammeter for the panel tank G3 is a Lucas model BM and Steve gave me the heads up on this NOS example, I couldn't resist it. I don't know why it's painted black? Maybe it was how they were finished for other models? I'll be anxious to see what's under the paint on the rim when it arrives.  Ron 

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My current ammeter has a brass U clamp with two nuts on the back of the unit. But the silly bent clips idea is what most of my other motorcycle Lucas ammeters have.  We'll see when it comes! Ron

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Lucas lists are supremely unhelpful and confusing. I believe that this first one is from 1939.

The earlier 1936 list shows one with a black bezel, but only the 6-0-6 ML that they took over with all the Maglita stuff in the early thirties.

It looks as if you should have the 369, 075 which was the BM4 L15  with an upright needle and illumination at 6 o'clock. It had a chromium plated bezel.

Whatever, if you paid more than 8/6d then you were had !

 

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I was had Rik! It cost me 13/8 1/2d.......I bet Steve hasn't got a clue😄

It looks like the type with all round illumination....Which is fine or I could blank off the top part if I could be bothered. None are listed with a black finish rim, so hopefully there is chrome underneath.

Ron

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That was the dark old days of £sd. (Roman stuff) . We still had Farthings when I was a kid! But the Roman armies had all gone by then!  Ron

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Morning all!

I have a little time on my hands this weekend so I am going to get the rear number plate fitted. As my rear mudguard is a repro, currently it hasn’t any holds drilled in it for the number plate. Would any of you kind G3 owners be able to guide me on the location of the plate, on the rear guards, please?

coincidently, which route should the rear light cable/s take?

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Steve, you will first have to see what length rear guard you have, I seem to remember, a friend had to buy 2, as the only ones they make are the later short version, so he welded 2 together.

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The bottom of my number plate is about 1/4" above the bottom of the mudguard and you can see where the top bolts are in relation to the riveted cross piece.  Ron

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