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Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion
21/01/2021 21:12:48

Try this link Ian it may help


Thread: Car Identity
08/01/2021 16:44:37

I passed my test in my father's Herald in 67, three point turn was very easy with that amount of lock, great little engine but crap handling and the chassis rusted away in seven years.


Thread: Velocette MAC
28/12/2020 18:39:20

Funny you say that Mart the bike in the photo had cast iron cylinder and it should be alloy, I rebuilt the engine using the iron cylinder as you can see but an alloy one came up for sale on ebay complete with piston, I bought it and fitted it, and engine runs sweet as a nut and it also looks correct.


28/12/2020 11:20:44


I have a 56 MAC and it is a lovely bike to ride it won't win any races but starts easily (without the rituals) and the clutch is the best I have ever come across, light smooth action, but it took me two weeks solid work to get it right, shims were missing, thrust pins wrong length, spring length too long, warped clutch plate, once all the parts were correctly fitted and the clutch set up as per book it's a joy to use

I feel the same way as you Chris another 5 to 10 years will see a big a change in values so my plan is to reduce the number of bikes I have over the next 3 to 4 years, I hope to keep riding until I am 75 although I can't ride the Triton anymore, clip ons and rear set don't suit a 71 year old plus some are getting a tad heavy, but I do love two wheels.




Edited By colin brannigan on 28/12/2020 11:30:45

Thread: A Certain Age
06/12/2020 19:59:14

I was cleaning the lounge on Thursday and needed the dustpan and brush from the kitchen by the time I got to the kitchen I couldn't remember what I came to the kitchen for, walked back to the lounge and saw the little pile of dirt on the floor and it dawned on me, I just laughed it off, no point worrying about it, it's just old age.


Thread: edge finder speed
06/12/2020 19:50:19

Around 1000 for edge finders and 300 for wiggler type.


Thread: Macc Models
25/11/2020 18:49:56

That is sad news, my deepest sympathy to the family

Thread: Good YouTube videos
23/11/2020 11:20:42

Nothing at all to do with engineering in any way, shape or form but if you like to relax to music like me, please check out Foxes and Fossils, I have followed them for ten years now and they are very good.



Thread: Whitworth v UNC
17/11/2020 20:02:53

Any Unified nuts made for MOD were marked with the circles above, the hex bar before issue to machine shop was pushed through a rolling die which marked one flat for the whole length, that was back in the 60's.

Thread: Mc Donald Model tractor
15/11/2020 12:31:39

Great work Fred,

Thread: Plans for updating the archaic forum?
10/11/2020 22:50:35

I am happy with it as is, but what do I know.


Thread: The Universal Jig & Gauge Company, Birmingham
02/10/2020 19:06:56

Teleflex, now there's a name from the past along with Morse, Gills, ACCO, Clarkes and Bowden


Thread: Chamfer Block
26/08/2020 08:26:51

Put the block in the vice, place a good quality countersink in the collet, my rear vice jaw is always set Y zero as is right hand side vice stop X zero, set the depth of cut and lock it, set Y to give required cut when happy make note of reading say +3 then go round each face adding 3 to each block dimension + or - and you end up with four chamfers all same size, turn block over repeat you now have eight. It may sound long winded but when you have a lot of tooling to chamfer you want them to look the same otherwise it's a pigs ear, same can be done with rads.


Thread: Twerps with hats on back to front and no front number plates
16/08/2020 19:59:22

Most of my pre 60 bikes have stick up front number plates and some have alloy plates bolted to the side of the mudguard, does anyone have any written evidence as to fatalities or serious injuries caused by the number plate.

Lots of people come to me and say "those plates were banned as dangerous" but they weren't banned, it was the requirement to a display a front plate was removed.


Thread: EN8
07/08/2020 07:41:52

I use EN16T, but 19t will also do quite nicely, EN8 can be troublesome to cut on a small lathe.


Thread: World's Biggest Tractor in 1915 -- Aussie ingenuity at its best
25/07/2020 08:26:54

Very interesting indeed, thanks


Thread: Cigarette Papers
13/07/2020 19:32:52

I started using "fag papers" for rolling a smoke when I bought a house and took out a mortgage in 1976, could not afford Players then and have always used fag paper for edge finding, feelers for flatness and for timing engines, infact I timed a 1954 Enfield this weekend and used the spoke down the plughole method to find TDC.

Casting my mind back the Red papers were the standard thickness as was the Green papers but the Green had cut corners for easier rolling in those little rolling machines, and the Blue papers were a thinner. My favourite smoke was Three Castles a very light brown tobacco, sadly it became unavailable in the 90s so I changed to tailor made Regal, then in 2015 I had a heart attack, had three stents fitted and the consultant said "you shouldn't smoke anymore" so I didn't, and I haven't since. But I often fancy a smoke but the fancy only lasts few seconds, but saying that if the heart attack hadn't happened I would be still be smoking I suppose costing me £3,500 per year.


Thread: Message from the prime minister
07/07/2020 18:05:34

Very good Duncan


Thread: Hylomar universal blue failed to seal oil?
23/06/2020 20:07:43

I have always used Wellseal, and petrol will remove it from casings and hands easily.


Thread: Weeds in a 'lawn'
21/06/2020 15:07:13

Weed n feed

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