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by SteveS
Sat Feb 20, 2021 9:15 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Best Ball Bearing Brands?
Replies: 8
Views: 227

Re: Best Ball Bearing Brands?

I would concur with Mark's point
we know what has a hard life and what doesn't. It's silly to spend a lot of money if not required
BSA were also aware of this and would not spend money on a higher spec bearing unless it was necessary for the job
by SteveS
Sun Feb 14, 2021 3:14 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: LOBE 2 20-21
Replies: 131
Views: 12660

Re: LOBE 2 20-21

Hi Beat

I believe you used the same material in your sidecar project (see here)

How did the stainless perform for sidecar use? Any problems?
by SteveS
Thu Feb 11, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Foot Brake Lever Lubrication B50 / B25 oif
Replies: 1
Views: 133

Foot Brake Lever Lubrication B50 / B25 oif

Hi . I was getting a foot brake lever repaired and noticed the lack of a lubrication hole in the body of the lever, also no grooves on the pivot bolt itself to retain grease / oil. This may explain why I had to use a press to remove the pivot bolt :shock: . 20210211_163150.jpg . Has anyone bothered ...
by SteveS
Wed Feb 10, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Tales Of Woe
Topic: Registering a b50 built from parts
Replies: 9
Views: 485

Re: Registering a b50 built from parts

Hi John

The DVLA go by the despatch date provided by the owners club. My 72 model R3 despatched Sept 71 got a 'K' plate, one of my B50's despatched May 71 got a 'J' plate.

Not sure how this concern could be overcome
by SteveS
Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:08 pm
Forum: Parts for sale
Topic: ODDIE FASTENERS - side panel B25 oif & B50
Replies: 0
Views: 129

ODDIE FASTENERS - side panel B25 oif & B50

Autocycle Engineering have got pairs of chrome plated 3/4" oddie fasteners complete with rubber washers at a much lower price than most vendors on ebay UK at the moment. Link below:

Classic Motorcycle Original ODDIE FASTENERS BSA Triumph New Old Stock
by SteveS
Fri Feb 05, 2021 8:21 am
Forum: This Forum
Topic: B50 prices
Replies: 2
Views: 475

Re: B50 prices

In an ideal world you would have hoped to have got it for less than £3600 but at the moment we are limited to sources of bike projects because of Covid19 and the associated limitations on travel, auto-jumbles (swap meets). If I had wanted it and was bidding I would probably have gone in at around th...
by SteveS
Fri Feb 05, 2021 8:02 am
Forum: Parts & Bikes wanted
Topic: TR5T Engine
Replies: 17
Views: 1812

Re: TR5T Engine

Glad you found what you were looking for :thumb

Did you manage to salvage anything from the fire damaged bike?
by SteveS
Thu Feb 04, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: Tales Of Woe
Topic: Registering a b50 built from parts
Replies: 9
Views: 485

Re: Registering a b50 built from parts

I've registered 4 vehicles over the last 12 months or so with no major issues, A65, 2x B50 and A75. What I would recommend you do is first join the BSAOC. Next fill in their form BSADCVR just for the frame only. You'r not after a Vehicle Report just a Dating Certificate at this stage. Next get hold ...
by SteveS
Sun Jan 31, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: B50 hydraulic drum brake
Replies: 53
Views: 2772

Re: B50 hydraulic drum brake

Hi Adrian Your concern also crossed my mind but M&T used the same drum and plate on their racing B50 with no problems (as far as I know). Recently published detail suggests the brake plate was designed for use with hydraulics and then later changed to conventional cable operation so it should be up ...
by SteveS
Fri Jan 29, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Books and other info
Topic: BSA The Complete Story, Greg Pullen, Crowood Press 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 318

BSA The Complete Story, Greg Pullen, Crowood Press 2020

This book is a new publication not to be confused with the book of the same title by Owen Wright. Disappointing read with numerous errors and unsupported info presented as fact. The subject matter jumps about all over the place, so hard to keep up with where the author is going. Poor choice/standard...
by SteveS
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Gearbox main shaft thread size
Replies: 3
Views: 340

Re: Gearbox main shaft thread size

Hi Baz,

The kickstart ratchet nut 76-0271 according to a listing off the internet is 1/2" BSC 20tpi

The clutch centre retaining nut 40-3227 is shown in the BSA parts list as 1/2" BSC

So both cycle threads
by SteveS
Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Stripped thread - tank rack
Replies: 4
Views: 362

Re: Stripped thread - tank rack

Hi Jeff Thanks for the details on the Loctite Form-A-Thread. I was not aware of the product. Seems simple enough DIrections: Coat bolt with release agent Dispense and mix equal quantities of compounds on clean surface Apply into application Screw bolt into place Wait 5 minutes and remove bolt Allow ...
by SteveS
Sat Jan 16, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Stripped thread - tank rack
Replies: 4
Views: 362

Stripped thread - tank rack

. Hi The previous owner of my WDB40 fitted a Fleetstar petrol tank that accommodates a tank rack. I liked the idea of a rack so I dug out the four locating holes as they were full of filler. I than ran a 1/4" bsc (cycle) tap down the holes. Three of the holes are fine but one has no thread left at ...
by SteveS
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: B50 hydraulic drum brake
Replies: 53
Views: 2772

Re: B50 hydraulic drum brake

Hi All I guess a welder that knows what they are doing could weld the aluminium brake cylinder directly to the back of the brake plate. Assuming there was no distortion in the cylinder caused by the welding process it would make the front face look a little neater as there would be no need for the s...
by SteveS
Thu Jan 14, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: P92 Tech
Topic: Not sure If this is relevant P55?
Replies: 10
Views: 3698

Re: Not sure If this is relevant P55?

Hi Gerry

Not sure what P51 and P52 are as there are only drawings of footrest and kickstart. P50 is the A70 twin so P51, P52 could be derivatives.

I also think all the ETED drawings are various versions of the 350 twin that became the Fury / Bandit
by SteveS
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:14 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: B50 hydraulic drum brake
Replies: 53
Views: 2772

Re: B50 hydraulic drum brake

Hi eebtr7 I understand your username a bit better now re: TR7, as kid my late Father had a TR2, much fun was had :razz: What has been known for a while and has now been further detailed in print (*) i.e. the brake plate on your B50SS was originally designed to accommodate a hydraulic brake set-up i....
by SteveS
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Books and other info
Topic: Thunderbolts & Lightning, Peter Crawford
Replies: 0
Views: 766

Thunderbolts & Lightning, Peter Crawford

I recently purchased a copy of 'Thunderbolts & Lightning - Vol I - The Road Bikes' by Peter Crawford as I run a brace of A65's as well as B50's. It's a very well put together book with many contributions from the people who worked at BSA at the time. I've found it a great accompaniment to Brad Jones...
by SteveS
Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: B50 hydraulic drum brake
Replies: 53
Views: 2772

Re: B50 hydraulic drum brake

Hey eebtr7, just remember if the BSA designers had got there way back in the early 70's your B50SS would have come fitted with a hydraulic front brake as standard from new :smile:
by SteveS
Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:00 pm
Forum: P92 Tech
Topic: Not sure If this is relevant P55?
Replies: 10
Views: 3698

Re: Not sure If this is relevant P55?

. Hi Claus During the film Angus does state that the owner calls the engine P55. I've not seen reference to this engine before. With reference to Edward Turner you are correct that by 1967 Turner had set up his own consultancy company, ETED, Edward Turner Engineering Developments (?). I do not have...
by SteveS
Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: B50 hydraulic drum brake
Replies: 53
Views: 2772

Re: B50 hydraulic drum brake

Hi Basil

I was going to raise the same query as Gerry. Now you have explained it I can see the offset from the picture of the brake cylinder you provided
by SteveS
Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:03 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: B50 hydraulic drum brake
Replies: 53
Views: 2772

Re: B50 hydraulic drum brake

+1

Nice work
by SteveS
Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Parts for sale
Topic: Unit single books - Rupert Ratio and Roy Bacon
Replies: 4
Views: 1202

Re: Unit single books - Rupert Ratio and Roy Bacon

Hi Paul

Is the 'Blueprinting B25 Engine - Mike Rothwell' book any good? Never seen a review of it
by SteveS
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1972 B50 SS Return to Flight .
Replies: 91
Views: 4785

Re: 1972 B50 SS Return to Flight.

Regarding the exhaust pipe I'd be tempted to drill a hole through the tube from the opposite side, maybe 1/4" and then used a piece of 1/4" steel rod with a domed end on it and spend a bit of time knocking out the dent. You may be surprised at how well it comes out. Weld up the hole you drilled when...
by SteveS
Sun Jan 03, 2021 11:14 am
Forum: News
Topic: BSA Coming back!
Replies: 5
Views: 1068

Re: BSA Coming back!

Don't forget that Chris at Ripe Motorcycles has been flying the flag for a few years now with his BSA Electric bike; although I don't know how much longer his licence has got to run:

BSA John McLaren TAG
by SteveS
Fri Jan 01, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Unable to remove valve collets
Replies: 10
Views: 798

Re: Unable to remove valve collets

+1 what Momus said
by SteveS
Wed Dec 30, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1972 B50 SS Return to Flight .
Replies: 91
Views: 4785

Re: 1972 B50 SS Return to Flight.

Agree with Ian about the indicator stems, go with 3" front and back
by SteveS
Wed Dec 30, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1972 CLEWS "Original owner Chuck FEETS Minert!
Replies: 6
Views: 660

Re: 1972 CLEWS "Original owner Chuck FEETS Minert!

Very nice find :thumb

Did you really get it for $700?
by SteveS
Mon Dec 28, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: B50 hydraulic drum brake
Replies: 53
Views: 2772

Re: B50 hydraulic drum brake

Hi Basil

Hope it works out :thumb . Looking forward to a write-up
by SteveS
Mon Dec 28, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Concentric premier pilot jet
Replies: 3
Views: 428

Re: Concentric premier pilot jet

Hi Basil

I've noted numerous discussions on other forums regarding the drillings of various Amal components (including pilot jets cross drillings) indicating that stated sizes vary, so worth checking prior to fitting
by SteveS
Tue Dec 22, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: B50/44 Hybrid
Replies: 28
Views: 2024

Re: B50/44 Hybrid

Hi Claus You don't know what damage the frame may have suffered over the years so best follow Momus's advice regarding chain alignment first and then sort out the spacers. You may also have to remove the cross tube that links the footrest mounts so that the oil pipe union on the bottom of the motor ...
by SteveS
Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: News
Topic: Stan Millard
Replies: 20
Views: 2913

Re: Stan Millard

+1 what Kommando said, it would make a fitting tribute to Stan's wise words

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by SteveS
Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: News
Topic: Stan Millard
Replies: 20
Views: 2913

Re: Stan Millard

Totally devastated by the news His absence on the forum had been noted. He helped me out numerous times with advice and parts and I won't forget him. ................ and if anyone is ever searching for advise about B50's you should do no more than search under his username 'HPbyStan' on this Forum ...
by SteveS
Sun Dec 13, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Seat brackets size
Replies: 14
Views: 1224

Re: Seat brackets size

Just for reference I have measured a couple of dual seats, the spacing of the mounting studs is 8.1/2" (216mm). The frame mounted metal bracket the stud locates into has a diameter of 7/16" (11mm) - the stud is 5/16", so the factory made a generous allowance for tolerance due to variations in seat t...
by SteveS
Fri Dec 11, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Seat brackets size
Replies: 14
Views: 1224

Re: Seat brackets size

Hi bbenxe There does seem to be some slight variation in the size and location of the brackets. I'd very tempted to offer up the seat you intend to use and weld the brackets to fit your seat. Of the three complete oif singles I have at the moment 2 are a complete pig to fit the seat requiring pushin...
by SteveS
Wed Dec 09, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: Plum Crazy E35 Fury Project
Replies: 266
Views: 133007

Re: Plum Crazy E35 Fury Project

Hi Malc

I read the same ad the other day and thought the same as you

P.S. Did you see it in that new A65 book?
by SteveS
Tue Dec 08, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: Plum Crazy E35 Fury Project
Replies: 266
Views: 133007

Re: Plum Crazy E35 Fury Project

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£5,250 for just the frame? :shock:

Do you think the vendor got the decimal point in the wrong place? :shock: Or maybe the wrong currency? :shock:
by SteveS
Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Parts & Bikes wanted
Topic: Petrol tank rubbers - oif
Replies: 5
Views: 711

Re: Petrol tank rubbers - oif

Thanks homebrew123

They've just miraculously appeared on ebay in Chris's on-line shop
by SteveS
Mon Dec 07, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Parts & Bikes wanted
Topic: Petrol tank rubbers - oif
Replies: 5
Views: 711

Petrol tank rubbers - oif

Anyone know a UK source for the horseshoe tank rubbers, 83-3563, 3/4" thick at top? I though there were some listed on ebay but not been able to track them down. Any help appreciated
by SteveS
Wed Dec 02, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: New Amal Premier Carb/Tickler Issue
Replies: 3
Views: 698

Re: New Amal Premier Carb/Tickler Issue

Hi johnu

I agree with Momus that a 6mm tufnol or equivalent spacer would help. However it looks to me that the stud is too long. All my B50's are only showing a maximum of a couple of threads visible after the nut. Overall length of stud should be 1.1/4"

B50 carb studs
B50 carb studs
by SteveS
Tue Dec 01, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Parts & Bikes wanted
Topic: Decent Tank Taps
Replies: 12
Views: 1424

Re: Decent Tank Taps

Hi Jon I'll be interested in any replies you get as one on my B50T has just sheared and one on the WDB40 did the same a couple of weeks ago. Not sure if its to do with ethanol fuel causing the rubber seal to swell so tight that the force you apply to move the lever overcomes the strength of the meta...