A New Acquisition

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A New Acquisition

Postby Pharisee » Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:20 pm

My new (to me) bike was delivered this morning. The more observant amongst you will recognise it as the bike that was on eBay before Christmas. It's been imported from California and as far as I can tell, it's in pretty good original nick. It will require a UK registration eventually. I do have a document from H.M. Revenue & Customs to say that an application for registration can be made.
The engine runs ok so I'm assuming that the Lucas racing magneto is ok but all the other electrics are dead. That may just be a dead battery and/or a duff dynamo. Not a real problem in the great scheme of things. The wiring harness is well perished and will need to be replaced in due course. My workshop is currently occupied by my AJS M18S but I'm looking forward to getting this one in there in the not-too-distant future.
It's my first competion model so I may well be calling on your collective knowledge if problems arise :D
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Re: A New Acquisition

Postby cbranni » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:23 pm

That looks a great buy, well done.

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Re: A New Acquisition

Postby raffles » Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:19 pm

They are very good with comp bikes in Lincolnshire so get down to the Poachers
meet some good people and tap their knowledge.
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Re: A New Acquisition

Postby Cjay59 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:23 pm

John, at first glance, you must be very happy, looks like a '56', can we see the other side, Cliff...

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Re: A New Acquisition

Postby gotoole » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:38 pm

Vey nice. best wishes with it

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Re: A New Acquisition

Postby Pharisee » Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:02 pm

Cjay59 wrote:John, at first glance, you must be very happy, looks like a '56', can we see the other side, Cliff...


Yes, very happy, thanks. The engine number would indicate that it's a '56. I'll have to wait for the frame number to be identified by the Dating Officer to be sure. My G3 left the factory at the end of '53 but the engine number starts 54/

The bike is on the bench in my workshop now and there's not a lot of room to get a good photo of the left side. This is the best I can do at the moment.

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Re: A New Acquisition

Postby cbranni » Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:23 pm

Lovely new shed as well, with a vacuum cleaner and a Myford :D

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Re: A New Acquisition

Postby Pharisee » Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:15 pm

cbranni wrote:Lovely new shed as well, with a vacuum cleaner and a Myford :D

Colin

Very observant of you, Colin :D The shed was built about 6 months ago. I've only just acquired the Myford. It's currently sitting on the floor, waiting for my mate to come round and help me get it up onto the bench. The vacuum cleaner was my part of the divorce settlement. I got the VAX, my wife got everything else :rofl:

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Re: A New Acquisition

Postby SPRIDDLER » Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:37 pm

Pharisee wrote: The vacuum cleaner was my part of the divorce settlement. I got the VAX, my wife got everything else :rofl:

Nothing new there; divorce sucks.

Love the bike and I never knew that Harrods did sheds either.

Pharisee wrote: . My G3 left the factory at the end of '53 but the engine number starts 54/

'54 models were made from Sept 1st '53 to Aug 31st '54 ;)
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Re: A New Acquisition

Postby Pharisee » Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:32 pm

Right... the first of what's likely to be a number of questions. As I've already said, this is my first 'competition model' and I've bought it to ride, not as a financial investment or museum exhibit. That said, it's in very original condition, and I wouldn't want to do anything to it that couldn't be reversed or would seriously affect its resale value... It will have to be sold (as will my other bikes) in the future to pay for my care home!!
Ok... The headlight glass and reflector. The reflector has a large hole in it, presumable to fit a pilot light, but none is fitted and the hole looks too big for a normal pilot light bulb holder. What was fitted originally?
Also the headlight bulb is not one with a fitting that I recognise and it can only be removed by taking the reflector out of the rim. I do need to replace it as the bulb is old and its glass is 'smokey'. Also the reflector is distinctly yellow. As I want to be seen at night, is there a more modern glass/reflector/bulb combination that will fit the rim (6"?).
Thanks, John

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