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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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 Thank you gents!

My G3 is from the same contract as Ron’s. So it appears the saddle may of been changed at some point in the bikes life. I have noted that my saddle is quite different on the front of it compared to the saddle which Chris kindly shared. It’s almost as if it’s been converted to take springs....?

A few more hours and a few more jobs done. The current saddle frame and springs fitted, side stand on, speedo under construction and gearbox shell in place.

It’s starting to look like a bike!






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Regarding the saddle, there is also another plate further back from the front plate to convert the 6 short springs into 14 longer ones.  Ron


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Re. the bungy seats, note there were two basic types, BSA had 7 of them, and Norton 6, don't ask me why though!  What is the number of slots on this bike?? (12 or 14?)

Steve, did your pin drive speedo came with the bike originally?? if so, it's another pice of proof, that Matchless fitted trip speedo's to G3WO's.



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Yes, I see now, and by the looks of it, the saddle has always been on/with the bike, so now we know that is right, also the propietry parts list shows 7 cords, now why did I cut up some saddle frames to make them into Norton ones???

But my p/l for your contract Ron, shows both the bungies and the springs????




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Ah hang on Lex. Your parts list quotes 35/G3/F60 with bungies. My list quotes the same number with springs. I'm now thinking that the springs they are referring too are in fact the two main coil springs. They just don't mention the bungies separately. In that case I've read it wrongly. 

Andrew Honychurch's original wreck had bungies.  Ron

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Here it is, with pricing, but that's about 4-5 years ago. let me know how you get on, I also can get the metal ends lasercut, have the files for that, and the special tool to form them, then you only need to source the red striped elastic, JoB. had an address for that in the boating world.  Lex


Price for 7 bands with metal hooks is 9 pounds a piece Do you need complete set (63 Pounds) or just elastics (45 Pounds)?



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Here a series of pictures how I did my Norton Big 4 saddle bungies, a lot of work! and you need to shorten the length of the cord by half, compared with the original sizes in the parts lists, as it's a totally different material and construction.

Easier if you order it all ready made I guess??


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The Norton factory records suggest that Lycett were not able to keep up with demand in late 1939 and Terry saddles were fitted to some machines, at random. Later, the Lycett elastics were completely discontinued due to the rubber shortages. 

The VAOS listings for Norton continued to show the WD pattern Lycett but even in 1939, most were being fitted with sprung Terry's.

I'd suspect that either make could be correct on a G3/WO but there would only be one version from each manufacturer.

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6 hours ago, welbike said:

Here's a picture of the complete repro's and some more loose parts.


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This is where i bought mine from they are very nice i shared thier link here of thier e bay.



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I saw your ebay link Chris. Thanks! Nice to know that we can just buy the bungies. As Rik just pointed out, it could well be academic anyway as we can't always rely on our parts lists. But with the evidence we have so far, I'm convinced that our 1940 contracts were still fitted with the Lycette bungie saddles.  Ron

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I think they should have been, Ron...it's certainly 'correct' but if a photo turned up showing a Terry, I wouldn't be surprised. My 16H had the Terry on it and there is no WD confirmation that the variation existed. Fortunately, someone at Norton liked playing noughts and crosses with coloured pencils.


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