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by john.whiting
Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Leaky GB gearbox
Replies: 7
Views: 306

Re: Leaky GB gearbox

You may be able to install a "speedi-sleeve" on the shaft to increase the diameter.
by john.whiting
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Leaky GB gearbox
Replies: 7
Views: 306

Re: Leaky GB gearbox

Possibly the rubber O ring has been shaved when assembling the case over the shaft.
by john.whiting
Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: New Owner of 1947 VH 500- recommended Wkshop manual, Parts Book etc.
Replies: 14
Views: 465

Re: New Owner of 1947 VH 500- recommended Wkshop manual, Parts Book etc.

People expect to be led by the hand nowdays......how complex is a single cylinder motorbike?....all british singles are the same ,basically......if you can fix a lawnmower ,a bike is hardly more difficult...all you need are a few specs..........Different story when you are trying to return a pile of...
by john.whiting
Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Resleeve fixed-head side valve
Replies: 3
Views: 175

Re: Resleeve fixed-head side valve

The tricky part is realising you can cut the head off if you bore too deep.Also Ive seen the head come off installing the sleeve........On my Harley pocket valve ,I bored just deep enough to cover ring travel with the sleeve installed.Make the sleeve a transition fit ,and secure with the loctite mad...
by john.whiting
Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:43 am
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: Vid on Indian girder forks
Replies: 24
Views: 2237

Re: Vid on Indian girder forks

I also refer the prospective buyer to the comments of T Batness,re the Indian replica rear stands ....he pictures a broken one,and I have heard other reports (some on this forum) of broken replica rear stands ,and the generally unsatisfactory service given by this particular item............I suspec...
by john.whiting
Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:30 am
Forum: Main Chat Forum
Topic: Vid on Indian girder forks
Replies: 24
Views: 2237

Re: Vid on Indian girder forks

The lugs on Webb forks are typically malleable cast iron.....as are many of the frame parts of classic motorcycles...........my expectation is that the Indian forks would have plain cast iron parts........Note that malleable iron has been superceeded as a engineering material by the various doped ir...
by john.whiting
Sun Nov 08, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Vinegar to clean rusted tanks?
Replies: 16
Views: 522

Re: Vinegar to clean rusted tanks?

People tell me the Evaporust solution is as good as the claims.....but here its $100 for 4.0 l (a US gallon),so I wont be trying any at this time.(or any other time either)
by john.whiting
Sun Nov 08, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: solex carb and black smoke .
Replies: 5
Views: 485

Re: solex carb and black smoke .

These carbs are direct needle contact,so a 3mm washer only lowers the float level 3mm.
by john.whiting
Fri Nov 06, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Ariel Talk
Topic: An Unusual Frame Number.
Replies: 19
Views: 876

Re: An Unusual Frame Number.

The number on the frame shown is so evenly stamped,it looks like factory.....Harley never used frame numbers right up to the 1970s,IIRC.
by john.whiting
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Four stroke
Topic: Valve covers on Black sidevalve
Replies: 10
Views: 377

Re: Valve covers on Black sidevalve

In fact ,the best penetrating oil is beeswax.....get the motor good and hot ,and melt beeswax around the thread,apply spanner ,drip water into the cap (not on any part of the cylinder),and when you judge there is a good temp difference ,rap the spanner with a hammer ......the caps on my Indian came ...

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