Very droll John. All back together and I've never had a bike produce so much blue smoke, must have produced a years worth of carbon! Anyway, the plugs remained very wet for some time and oil dripping from the breather tube so decided to bite the bullet and go for a 5 mile ride. Plugs now sooty so looks like the rings are bedding in a little. Also, lowered the carb needle one notch. Seems to be running well so this w/e I'll trail the bike down to Seaford ( daughter's ) and then on to IOW leisurely 60 miles for a w/e camp. And no, I shan't be loading the bike up with tent etc.etc. just a small tool kit, I know I'm brave! all the camp stuff is going by car.
Next job will be to investigate the rattle some where within the timing chest area.I was relieved to find the new cam shaft was fine and the s/h followers were ok too, phew!
thanks agin for all the advice
1960 Matchless G12
1958 AJS 18s