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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

We used to bang 4" nails into a plank and bend them round pram wheel axels!!!

Thanks Ron.. I have hit a bit of a mile stone this week, forks together wheels on, all I need is a saddle and I can start scooting around on it! I am really please with the the rolling chass

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Steve, I think I have the number 2 spacer NOS, will measure tomorow, but it's certainly not the case, that I have everything in stock as a whole assy.  that would just be too easy, but a lot of people are asking about this, so I guess we'll have to put it to paper to get it all out in the open. Top r/h in my picture?

Lex

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3 minutes ago, flyingfleasteve said:

Thanks Lex!

Yes I think a lathe would be a good investment.....I keep saying know more restorations 🙈 I must say I am jealous, your workshop is much tidyer than mine ! 👍

That is sooooo funny, that is the workshop of the guy I bought the lathe from!! LOL!!!!

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OK, first things first!!! Janet would never allow you to do that Ron!!! if you say otherwise, I'm the next to try it out!  

Jan, your eyes are very good! I scraped the sticker off in the meantime, did not like it there.

Cheers, Lex

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OK, back to the spacers, I only have these 2, here situated on the dummy spindle, so asume the bigger one goes between frame and brake plate, and thin one between hex nut and frame, this nut is quite thin too.

The big spacer dimensions are 1" x 16,2 x 12,5mm. wide   (sorry no solid inch sizes.) (part No. 37-8-B54)

The smaller one 1" x 16,2 x 2,1mm. wide. (part No. STD-176)

We're getting there I guess,

Lex

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That leaves us number one, (part No. 10086) but I don't have one on the loose, the i/d. must be 11,15mm. and o/d. 3/4" but the length I cannot measure, maybe Ron? this spacer goes between the right hand frame fork and the (longer?) end of the bearing. 

But looking at the axle diagram from 2 pages back, there is another spacer on the outside of the r/h. frame fork?? (part No. 37-8-H4) but this could be a prewar thing? No, just looked at the factory picture, and we need one of these on our bikes, so who has one??  i/d. will again be 11,15mm. o/d. will be 7/8" but what about the rest, it could be the same as a frame to engine spacer?, can someone look up the numbers? the part No. for this part on the axle is 36-8-H16.

Cheers,

Lex

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14 hours ago, flyingfleasteve said:

Lex. That’s fantastic! Thank you!

I am really starting to get an idea now of how the rear wheel goes together......👍

I think I am now in a position to piece all of this together, Lex if you could just confirm the dims of spacers marked 1 & 2 that would be great!

I assume that the nut on the end of the long spindle is no longer sourceable?

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Nuts need to made also, I have a drawing for those too.

Lex

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Cheers Ron, I just cannot get to my bike right now! now it's up to someone to make drawings of everything, I have invited Arne here, who has made lot's of drawings already, so I presume he can make these too, and a big oversight one, to see what goes where would be handy!  I guess for the time being I can modify the above one, as it's not complete.

Lex

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