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by lathejack
Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: Starfire 441
Replies: 91
Views: 19303

Re: Starfire 441

A very nice looking bike that will look great when finished. Both the Starfire and the Darmah have great styling, so you can't go wrong by combining the two.
Have you got all your new Italian made components ready for fitting yet?
by lathejack
Sun May 19, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.
Replies: 67
Views: 20977

Re: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.

Well a couple of months ago I was perusing my usual Autojumble when I came across a couple of very pleasant chaps selling a few bits & bobs, and one of them was Andy Chaos. I bought this spare B50 cylinder barrell from them, with a couple of used Hepolite Pistons thrown in. But they also had a used ...
by lathejack
Fri May 17, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.
Replies: 67
Views: 20977

Re: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.

Thanks for the get well wishes, I'm back off to the hospital on Wednesday for a checkup. I still haven't come across a new original oversize Hepolite piston yet. So, are these really that bad? I have this new plus 20 oversize JP piston, there are no rimgs, which is probably just as well judging by h...
by lathejack
Wed May 08, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Dodgy clutch springs?
Replies: 2
Views: 1790

Dodgy clutch springs?

These clutch springs are on offer on EBay from a U.S. seller, listed as BSA 441 500 Single clutch spring/nut set. They appear to be wound the wrong way, I thought these faulty clutch springs had disappeared from circulation. I thought it possible that the photo may have been reversed, giving the imp...
by lathejack
Mon May 06, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.
Replies: 67
Views: 20977

Re: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.

I've been doing yet more machining on parts for the B50. I had to make two new fork yoke stems, one for my B25ss project and the other to replace the worn and slightly bent original B50 item. The B50 stem on the right is worn top and bottom where the bearings fit. The original dried up and corroded ...
by lathejack
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: B25ss Goldstar.
Replies: 5
Views: 2875

Re: B25ss Goldstar.

I had to machine the fork damper tubes from solid bar, here the oil slot is being cut. image.jpg All the newly made parts befor assembly, they were more time consuming than I imagined. I did buy the short rebound springs. image.jpg So I have made a bit of a start, although it is a somewhat odd way t...
by lathejack
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: B25ss Goldstar.
Replies: 5
Views: 2875

B25ss Goldstar.

Well I have taken on another project, a 250ss. I couldn't resist having a go at it, and I do quite like the 250 motors. It's all registered and is a UK bike, although it doesn't really bother me which country a BSA was originally registered. image.jpg It doesn't have any forks or yokes, all I've man...
by lathejack
Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Big tank for 1971 B25T
Replies: 30
Views: 7672

Re: Big tank for 1971 B25T

I've just been looking at the tank for sale that madmac refers to, and this is it with the same lugs in the same position. image.jpg When I noticed them on the tank that I bought I thought they were a one off mod made by a previous owner, and I was all set to cut them off and smooth off the welds. N...
by lathejack
Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.
Replies: 67
Views: 20977

Re: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.

The B50 side stand also requires some attention, or rather it has already had some in the past. A hefty reinforcing bar has been fully welded along its length in an attempt to stop its habit of bending. image.jpg So I have made a couple of new side stands. These are machined from solid bar, with a h...
by lathejack
Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.
Replies: 67
Views: 20977

Re: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.

Very nice work on the fork leg bushings. Have been considering this on some old Husky legs that are slightly egg shaped. I am now sufficently inspired by your work :lol: Rad Thanks Rad. At first I made a true running fixture for centering and driving the legs at the bottom which engaged with the co...
by lathejack
Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Big tank for 1971 B25T
Replies: 30
Views: 7672

Re: Big tank for 1971 B25T

I bought this 3 gallon B50 tank from the Autojumble last year, it needs a respray but does appear to have original paint. image.jpg This tank also has the tank strap lugs welded on underneath, in the same position as those shown in the link to Steve m's post. The lugs on my tank measure about 9 3/16...
by lathejack
Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.
Replies: 67
Views: 20977

Re: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.

I have managed to do a little more work on the B50 this month. The front fork legs had some wear and scoring inside the bore near the top, not helped by the slightly bent and worn original stanchions. The original stanchions and a pair of new pattern stanchions of the correct diameter were a bit of ...
by lathejack
Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: Be careful what you wish for
Replies: 28
Views: 8837

Re: Be careful what you wish for

Very nice Victor 250 you've got yourself there, they look like serious off road tyres its wearing.
I've got one of them too, great little bikes.
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by lathejack
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: B44 Big Bore Kit
Replies: 6
Views: 2249

Re: B44 Big Bore Kit

I think the Nickasil coating will be applied directly to the Alluminium cylinder so they won't have a liner fitted, which is why they can safely go to the 84mm bore size. The crankcase mouth needs boring out to fit these cylinders, so the Alluminium spigot on the bottom of these cylinder barrells is...
by lathejack
Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: My B50SS
Replies: 53
Views: 14578

Re: My B50SS

It's coming along great, the bare rolling chassis on those bikes looks so good it's a shame to have to cover them up with a fuel tank, seat and side panels. I'm getting jealous now, others have finished fine restorations, or like yourself are making great progress with their projects while my B50 st...
by lathejack
Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: B25 carrillo
Replies: 15
Views: 4236

Re: B25 carrillo

Well talking through my rectum, filters 1 and 2 are as much use as taste buds on a rectum, they are just tea leaf strainers and I do not brew tea in my engine oil. Yes Kommando I quite agree, but not with the bit about you talking through your rectum. However I do think some should look closer to h...
by lathejack
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: cam followers
Replies: 55
Views: 15305

Re: cam followers

I think the pad is made from Stellite, which will be hard all the way through. There is nothing wrong with grinding or polishing out the worn or scored surface, as long as it is not too deep, and the surface across the pads width is kept square to the stem. I'm sure the later BSA cam followers did h...
by lathejack
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Sump plate filter question [PHOTO]
Replies: 12
Views: 4029

Re: Sump plate filter question [PHOTO]

Yes. Just what Kommando says. Also the oil scavenger pickup pipe on the B50 is cut square on the end, so it needs the slightly deeper sump plate. The pickup on the B25 B44 etc is cut at an angle, so they work ok with the shallow sump plate. If the SRM sump plates claim to be suitable for all the Uni...
by lathejack
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Int BSA Rally and other meetings
Topic: Eckington Motorcycle Day.
Replies: 4
Views: 2073

Re: Eckington Motorcycle Day.

Hi Ian. You're right, Charlie Freeman did also have a shop in Chesterfield that I think was run by his brother. I visited it only once or twice, the Eckington shop was my main destination for bikes most weekends. The site of the shop is still there but has been redeveloped. The courtyard remains, no...
by lathejack
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Int BSA Rally and other meetings
Topic: Eckington Motorcycle Day.
Replies: 4
Views: 2073

Eckington Motorcycle Day.

Around mid September this year I rode my Victor over to Eckington, which is a town about seven miles from me. They have a Motorcycle Day every year to honour the towns motorcycle trader and former sidecar racer, the late Charles Freeman and his race partner Billie Nelson. Throughout the 1980's I bou...
by lathejack
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 BSA B50T
Replies: 30
Views: 10155

Re: 1971 BSA B50T

Holy s..t! It looks fabulous. In your previous post you were unsure what to do with it, and also considered selling it, it is certainly worth keeping now. What a great looking bike. My own B50T project has sat on the bike lift in pieces since purchased in December 2016. I wish I could make some prog...
by lathejack
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Hub paint and wheel rims.
Replies: 1
Views: 1229

Re: Hub paint and wheel rims.

I think it's still wise to use an etch primer on Alluminium even when using two pack paints. I'm pretty sure they use etch primer at work when using two pack on Alluminium. I restored and rebuilt a conical 8 inch brake front wheel recently using Valtru stainless spokes and rims. I used etch primer o...
by lathejack
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.
Replies: 67
Views: 20977

Re: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.

I haven't been able to work on anything since building the front wheel, but I managed to spend half an hour examining the B50 cylinder and piston last night. The cylinder is on standard bore, but is worn and requires a rebore. The bore has a ridge top and bottom, and is also oval and tapered. No won...
by lathejack
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.
Replies: 67
Views: 20977

Re: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.

Thanks JB, Tom and ShinyShoes for the comments. I was hoping to get the bike finished this year, but that might not be possible after all. The brake assembly was in a very rough state, but nothing was seized up. image.jpg It was improved somewhat after bead blasting, spraying and baking in the oven....
by lathejack
Tue May 29, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Front wheel bearings
Replies: 4
Views: 2114

Re: Front wheel bearings

I have just restored and rebuilt this front wheel last week. I used new bearings with rubber seals, but still refitted the original outer metal shields. In fact I also refitted the brake side inner metal shield that sits on the inner circlip. I have another of these front wheels to restore and will ...
by lathejack
Wed May 23, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.
Replies: 67
Views: 20977

Re: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.

The bead blasted drum was painted inside and out, etch primer first, silver paint then clear laquer, all from spray cans. After first doing a small test piece, the painted drum was popped into the oven and baked at 100 Deg C for 30-40 minutes. A tough scratch resistent finish was the result, which I...
by lathejack
Wed May 23, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.
Replies: 67
Views: 20977

Re: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.

I haven't felt too good over the previous two or three months, with no energy or inclination for bike and workshop activities. But I felt better over the last couple of weeks, so ordered a few new bits and bobs for the B50 and did a bit of machining. I bought a couple of 8 inch conical front wheels ...
by lathejack
Sun May 13, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: Be careful what you wish for
Replies: 28
Views: 8837

Re: Be careful what you wish for

Hello Alan. Well I have also always had a liking for the Starfire 250, and Victor or Shooting Star 441. I was born just a year before you, and had a 441 Shooting Star in 1983. That didn't work out well, I never got to ride it and then it caught fire. I also started riding in the early 1980's but sto...
by lathejack
Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Best fork gaiters
Replies: 4
Views: 2045

Re: Best fork gaiters

I recently bought some of the Wassell heavy duty fork gaitors, although I haven't fitted them yet. These are for my Starfire. image.jpg This shows the Wassell item on the left, and the cheaper unbranded item on the right. The Wassell gaitors are thicker and slightly harder rubber, and claim to have ...
by lathejack
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 BSA B50T
Replies: 30
Views: 10155

Re: 1971 BSA B50T

I remember seeing this one when it was for sale, doesn't look too bad, they look like Japanese indicators, and an interesting choice of yellow someone has decorated it with. Let us know when it fires up, and how it runs. Great you have finaly got the bike you have lusted for after all these years. I...
by lathejack
Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Unit Singles On TV.
Replies: 0
Views: 3395

Unit Singles On TV.

Just noticed there is an old British film on tonight at 10:15 on the Talking Pictures channel called 'The Family Way' , with John Mills and his daughter Hayley. I am sure this film features a BSA 441 Victor Special. I am a big fan of contemporary British films from around 1950 through to the early 7...
by lathejack
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: In search of reliable B25 oil pressure.
Replies: 74
Views: 20735

Re: In search of reliable B25 oil pressure.

webby16 wrote:Very interesting do you have any left for sale?
Thanks David <209 <211
I don't have any left at the moment, just posted the last one off to Denmark.
I have stocked up on materials, and will be making another batch as soon as possible. I'll let you know when some more are available.
by lathejack
Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: In search of reliable B25 oil pressure.
Replies: 74
Views: 20735

Re: In search of reliable B25 oil pressure.

Hi Lathejack, Any chance that you still have a few of your improved pressure relief valves in stock? I'm rebuilding my 69 starfire engine and would like to avoid big end disasters. Brgds, Claus Hello Claus. Yes, I have just one pressure relief valve left at the moment. The latest ones have a redesi...
by lathejack
Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: The Everlasting Lozenge.
Replies: 29
Views: 10421

Re: The Everlasting Lozenge.

At the risk of boring everybody with yet more photos, I checked the fit and appearance of the finished Lozenge on the B50. image.jpg I then made a reducing sleeve and fitted the Lozenge to my B25T Victor. The new Stainless silencer has the same radiused edges and corners as the original, but it does...
by lathejack
Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1972 Model Year BSA B25T Replica
Replies: 5
Views: 3565

Re: 1972 Model Year BSA B25T Replica

A great looking bike, which looks even better with the big 8 inch brake you have on the front. Do you notice the extra weight of the big front brake whilst trail riding, or does it make no difference? I read your write up of the bike, and you said you went from a T140 down to a B25T. I have sort of ...
by lathejack
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: The Everlasting Lozenge.
Replies: 29
Views: 10421

Re: The Everlasting Lozenge.

At last, I finally have one Lozenge silencer completed and ready to fit. I just need the B50 finishing so I can fit it. I must now find the time to work on and finish the rest of the batch of silencers, there will be lots of late nights and into the early hours of the morning spent in the workshop t...
by lathejack
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: The Everlasting Lozenge.
Replies: 29
Views: 10421

Re: The Everlasting Lozenge.

Thanks for all the encouraging comments. The photo of the cut open genuine BSA Lozenge, showing its rusty internals, was originally provided by Anders Palm and posted by Roadplough in the Tech Write-Ups section of the Forum, just over ten years ago, so it's thanks to them for showing what's inside t...
by lathejack
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: The Everlasting Lozenge.
Replies: 29
Views: 10421

Re: The Everlasting Lozenge.

I have machined up and welded on the heat shield mounting bosses. With the heat shields fitted it is now looking a bit more like the finished article. The small top heat shield is one I made from stainless. The tailpipe is tacked in place, angled to miss the rear indicator. image.jpg image.jpg image...
by lathejack
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: The Everlasting Lozenge.
Replies: 29
Views: 10421

Re: The Everlasting Lozenge.

Well that's a surprise, I never knew BSA had taken the trouble to galvanise the later Lozenge silencer. Was it just the outside surface that was galvanised? I have been working on the internals, and have one Lozenge almost completed. The internals follow a similar pattern to the originals. image.jpg...
by lathejack
Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: The Everlasting Lozenge.
Replies: 29
Views: 10421

Re: The Everlasting Lozenge.

Thanks Midgie. I have just read the thread on your fabulous restored B50T, and your photo of the rear end is handy as it shows the tailpipe angle. This is the only photo I have ever found showing the tailpipe detail on the later losenge silencer. image.jpg I am not a fan of working with Stainless St...