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by lathejack
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.
Replies: 67
Views: 22379

Re: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.

Yes I will take a closer look at the rotor when I next have the time to fiddle with the engine. I had a rotor come loose from its centre on my electric start T140 thirty years ago, thankfully that was the only Lucas rotor to fail on any of the British bikes I owned back then. Over the past several m...
by lathejack
Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.
Replies: 67
Views: 22379

Re: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.

It would be interesting to know what sort of spares Donelson still have for BSA's. I am always glad to see these old bike dealers still in business, especially the dealers that supplied an old bike that I own. Anyway, I have been delving a little further into the B50 motor. The kickstart quadrant te...
by lathejack
Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.
Replies: 67
Views: 22379

Re: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.

Oh, and my four legged helper lost interest after she realised that the 'Dogs' in the gearbox I had spoken about were not what she was expecting.
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by lathejack
Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.
Replies: 67
Views: 22379

Re: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.

I have only made a small amount of progress with the B50 in the last couple of months. I quickly made up an engine stand and did a bit of dismantling. image.jpg image.jpg The motor is as clean as a whistle inside, with no signs that the main crankcases or the inner timing cover have ever been distur...
by lathejack
Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: Rear wheel B50?
Replies: 10
Views: 2992

Re: Rear wheel B50?

Looking more closely at the photo that beesa71 refers to, as he says it does indeed look to be an earlier pre OIF item used up to 1970, with the earlier type chain adjusters. The chain adjusters used on the wheel spindle of the OIF twins are the skiny double sided type. I see it also lacks the two s...
by lathejack
Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: Rear wheel B50?
Replies: 10
Views: 2992

Re: Rear wheel B50?

I think that the rear conical hub brake plate with a thick boss around the spindle hole is from the bigger bikes, such as the A65 twin. If the boss is machined down it may be just fine for the B50.
by lathejack
Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.
Replies: 67
Views: 22379

Re: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.

As I mentioned, it was a doddle to lift the complete B50 engine out of the frame, with some assistance from my little helper.
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by lathejack
Mon Dec 26, 2016 2:10 am
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.
Replies: 67
Views: 22379

Re: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.

I haven't gone a year and a bit without adding it, my location was on there up until a few days ago. I chose to remove my small town from the location, but the county has disappeared as well. Not a good idea to make alterations to anything very late at night after a drink, good job I stayed away fro...
by lathejack
Sun Dec 25, 2016 9:50 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.
Replies: 67
Views: 22379

Re: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.

Yes I think it is the wise thing to do. Although it seems good enough to run, this engine is a little low on compression, and it appears to be leaking past the piston and rings rather than the valves. It also has traces of Red Hermetite on the rocker box and cylinder base joint, I hate the vile stuf...
by lathejack
Sun Dec 25, 2016 2:07 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.
Replies: 67
Views: 22379

Re: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.

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Well I have been finding time during the late night and early hours of the morning to do a bit of dismantling. It was a doddle to lift the engine out, and the new bike lift is proving its worth.
by lathejack
Sat Dec 24, 2016 8:16 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: Bonneville B25
Replies: 17
Views: 5963

Re: Bonneville B25

Mmm, nice. So is the bike in front going to be a Bonneville Bantam?
by lathejack
Tue Dec 20, 2016 1:04 am
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.
Replies: 67
Views: 22379

Re: 1971 B50T Victor 500.

a next pic of the lift when unfolded please ? and price ? is it your christmas gift from your wife ?? beat <203 This had to be a Christmas gift to myself. No amount of hinting or leaving BSA and other motorcycling literature lying about ever results in me receiving any relevant gifts, just usually ...
by lathejack
Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.
Replies: 67
Views: 22379

Re: 1971 B50T Victor 500.

Thanks Midgie. At last weeks Autojumble I found plenty of handlebars but nothing that were anything like the originals. After returning to bikes last year, after a long layoff, with the purchase of two smaller BSA Singles, I am now getting serious with the B50. So I thought it appropriate to finally...
by lathejack
Sun Dec 18, 2016 9:41 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: 1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.
Replies: 67
Views: 22379

1971 B50T Victor 500 Restoration.

I am not sure if I ever felt the need for a B50 before I discovered this site, or if it is a result of visiting this site and forum that has fuelled my desire to obtain an example of BSA's mighty 500 Unit Single. Anyway, I have finally aquired a B50 Victor. I had set my heart on getting an SS and wo...
by lathejack
Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: What oil pump?
Replies: 12
Views: 3728

Re: What oil pump?

I am pretty sure that if the 3 stud cast iron pump you receive has a letter V stamped on it then it is for a B50, if it has the letter S stamped on it then it is for a B25. This is on genuine BSA pumps, I am not sure if any pattern pumps are stamped in a similar way.
by lathejack
Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:12 am
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: BSA bits from the Autojumble.
Replies: 4
Views: 2553

Re: BSA bits from the Autojumble.

Yes, I suppose i ought to take a closer look at improving my Victors 6 inch front brake. So far I have only removed some very light patches of surface rust from inside the drum and taken the slight glaze off the original shoe linings. The front brake, like all the rest of the bike, is in unworn and ...
by lathejack
Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:08 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: BSA bits from the Autojumble.
Replies: 4
Views: 2553

Re: BSA bits from the Autojumble.

Most of my riding is on the road, with only a feeble amount of trail riding. I didn't think that 19 inch front tyres were ever a problem, the BSA/Tri twins and triples had them as well as 1970's Japanese bikes. But I am out of touch after a long layoff, and haven't actually done much searching yet. ...
by lathejack
Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:33 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: BSA bits from the Autojumble.
Replies: 4
Views: 2553

BSA bits from the Autojumble.

Since I purchased my first BSA in June last year from the Autojumble, after a 23 year layoff from bikes, I have been visiting the Jumble ever since. After buying the B25 Victor in December I now have two bikes to buy the odd spare part for. One of my latest buys from last weeks Autojumble is one of ...
by lathejack
Sun Sep 18, 2016 10:17 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: B25T Victor. A blast out for the day on the BSA.
Replies: 9
Views: 3630

Re: B25T Victor. A blast out for the day on the BSA.

image.jpg I rode the Victor to this small vintage show on this unexpected hot and sunny day today. There weren't many bikes there and they were mostly British apart from a couple of Jap classics, one of which was the restored yellow Fizzy. image.jpg There was this one other BSA four stroke unit sin...
by lathejack
Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: Harvest for the Victor.
Replies: 1
Views: 1582

Harvest for the Victor.

SDC10585.JPG Harvest has been in full swing for few weeks. The local farmers have kindly done their work to allow the Victor to blast a trail across the landscape. Very tempting. SDC10592.JPG I visited the this classic car & bike show on the Victor, sadly mine was the only OIF BSA single there alth...
by lathejack
Sun Aug 28, 2016 8:51 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: B44SS
Replies: 195
Views: 58317

Re: B44SS

Isn't that gorgeous! The pre OIF BSA unit singles, like most of BSA's range throughout the 1960's, just look so good from every angle. The OIF singles, although I really like them, can look a bit goofy from some angles I think. As for the CZ/Jawa bikes, I remember them here during the 1970's and my ...
by lathejack
Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:13 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: 1971 B25T--Things to Look For
Replies: 32
Views: 8108

Re: 1971 B25T--Things to Look For

Yes they have a filter housing under the bike between the rear wheel and gearbox. Replacement filter elements for these are widely available. I am a little surprised you have any of these OIF Unit Singles left over there, they seem to have been coming back here to the UK by the container load every ...
by lathejack
Thu Aug 25, 2016 7:54 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: B44SS
Replies: 195
Views: 58317

Re: B44SS

minetymenace wrote:Is it parked next to an Italian V twin by any chance?
Yes I think your right, a Guzzi 500 Monza or 350 Imola maybe.
by lathejack
Mon Aug 01, 2016 11:01 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: B25T Victor. A blast out for the day on the BSA.
Replies: 9
Views: 3630

Re: A blast out for the day on the BSA.

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Another trip out on the B25 Victor. I am really enjoying this bike, my only regret is that i didn't buy one years ago.
by lathejack
Mon Jul 11, 2016 5:44 am
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: B25T Victor. A blast out for the day on the BSA.
Replies: 9
Views: 3630

Re: A blast out for the day on the BSA.

With so much shiny aluminium on the bike it is difficult to avoid the glare of sun in some photos. SDC10572.JPG Although I have owned and ridden the bigger OIF T140 twins in the past this is the first OIF single I have ever ridden. Compared to my pleasant enough B25 Starfire this bike is like glidin...
by lathejack
Mon Jul 11, 2016 4:59 am
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: B25T Victor. A blast out for the day on the BSA.
Replies: 9
Views: 3630

B25T Victor. A blast out for the day on the BSA.

Well, over the last couple of months I have finally been putting some miles on the standard and very low mileage 1971 Victor 250 I bought late last year. SDC10570.JPG At last a warm and sunny day without a raging wind blowing, plus some free time. What better way to spend the day. The bike is probab...
by lathejack
Sat Jul 02, 2016 2:33 pm
Forum: Parts for sale
Topic: B44 Crank For Sale.
Replies: 3
Views: 2504

Re: B44 Crank For Sale.

Hi Jon.

I have a set of new unused B44 crankcases and would like to fill them with some internals, so if the B44 crank you have isn't too far gone I might be interested.

I have also been thinking about the new B25 conrod and cylinder heads you have, I rather fancy having them too.
by lathejack
Mon May 30, 2016 10:19 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: New bits.
Replies: 3
Views: 2082

New bits.

image.jpg I didn't really need them, but I did a bit of light metal bashing just for the sake of it the other day and made these two B50/B25 heat shields. I used some polished stainless steel plate and copied the genuine original on the left. It's not in the same league as knocking up a new fuel ta...
by lathejack
Fri May 27, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: OIL FILTERS
Replies: 16
Views: 4373

Re: OIL FILTERS

When BSA added a proper filter to the return line of the B25 it's a shame they didn't bother to move the rocker tee off point to a position after the filter, instead of leaving it before the filter. I've been planning to modifiy them on my Victor and Starfire when I find the time. There is nothing r...
by lathejack
Wed May 25, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: The Jangos Saga, 1971 B50SS
Replies: 40
Views: 11852

Re: The Jangos Saga, 1971 B50SS

Didn't one of BSA's old add campaigns state "Be bold, buy BSA" ? You and your BSA are certainly going to be that.

Lovely B50 by the way, wish I had one.
by lathejack
Thu Apr 21, 2016 8:21 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: OIF seat differences.
Replies: 15
Views: 3646

Re: OIF seat differences.

Thanks for all the replies. The original seat on the Victor measures 270-280mm across the stitched seam around the top, and the two replacement seat covers from Velocette measure 235mm before fitting. I got so fed up I fitted one, it looks very good but it is a hell of a stretch. The fitted new cove...
by lathejack
Sat Apr 16, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: OIF seat differences.
Replies: 15
Views: 3646

OIF seat differences.

Some weeks ago I bought a replacement seat cover for my 1971 B25T Victor that was imported back from the USA. I told the supplier I thought there may be some differences in the seats, but I didn't know what they were. The seat cover that turned up is listed as being for a B25SS and appears to be aro...
by lathejack
Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:46 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: B25 Victor oil filter problems.
Replies: 3
Views: 1201

B25 Victor oil filter problems.

I had a bit of spare time recently so decided to change the oil filter on my recently acquired low milage Victor. The replacable filters for these are widely available now, and come with a new O ring seal for the filter housing. The rectangular section O ring is around 2.5mm wide and sits in the sim...
by lathejack
Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:59 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: In search of reliable B25 oil pressure.
Replies: 74
Views: 21668

Re: In search of reliable B25 oil pressure.

I'm sorry I have failed miserably on the time scale, they are finished and packed. I am off work on Friday so will be heading into town to the post office.

I am hoping that posting them to the U.S. is more straightforward than I have imagined.
by lathejack
Sun Mar 27, 2016 1:35 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: CYLINDER SPACER
Replies: 11
Views: 3684

Re: CYLINDER SPACER

Ah, I thought my reply had vanished, but I see this topic has been posted twice and I replied on the other one.
by lathejack
Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:54 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: CYLINDER SPACER
Replies: 2
Views: 1090

Re: CYLINDER SPACER

I think the spacer has been added by a previous owner, probably to just lower the compression ratio thus making the motor a little milder and less stressed with a slight drop in power. I plan on making and adding one to my Starfire engine, maybe 2mm thick, if I ever find the time to strip the top en...
by lathejack
Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:41 pm
Forum: Off topic
Topic: Motorcylce TV adverts.
Replies: 7
Views: 3299

Motorcylce TV adverts.

Here in the UK TV adverts for motorcylces are just about none existent. In all my time I can only recall Hondas " You meet the nicest people on a H*nda" promotion and a very hazy recollection of a 1977 TV commercial for Triumphs T140 Silver Jubilee model. Are TV adverts for motorcylces as uncommon i...
by lathejack
Sun Mar 20, 2016 3:37 pm
Forum: Project bikes
Topic: My 1st motorcycle
Replies: 23
Views: 7830

Re: My 1st motorcycle

HPbyStan wrote:
HPbyStan wrote:Even sixty years ago this month my project bikes didn't look stock. 1946 BSA C11.
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Great period photo Stan, and still tearing around on BSA singles today. Any idea what the area in the photo looks like today?
by lathejack
Sat Mar 12, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: Tech
Topic: The appliance of science
Replies: 22
Views: 6519

Re: The appliance of science

It's cast in EN8 steel then heat-treated. Centre tube is seamless mild steel. It's not designed to fit a BSA single though I'm afraid (it's for a certain hard to find twin) - I thought OIF centre stands (83-3170?) were available? Infinitely less hassle to buy one than make one. Cheers Oh bugger, I ...
by lathejack
Sat Mar 12, 2016 4:19 am
Forum: Tech
Topic: The appliance of science
Replies: 22
Views: 6519

Re: The appliance of science

It looks really good and authentic. I was planning to make myself a centre stand for my 71 Victor 250 if I could find the time.

It looks like I won't have to bother now if yours become available soon, preferably without the snotty welding of course. Is it cast from malleable iron or steel?