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29 June 2024

A Mixed Bag.

The Great Collector's new Raleigh stubbornly refused to start. It took some time to clean out the fuel tank, clear the lines, and flush out the carb before we tried to get it going by towing it around the paddock. Not wishing to teach Grandma... but for those who've never towed a motorcycle before, one wrap of rope around the centre portion of the handlebar (making sure the rope doesn't overlap itself) and the end held against the twistgrip, allows a quick release once the engine starts. I learnt that nearly sixty years ago.

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I noticed a very neat priming system whilst messing with the fuel lines. A lever on the cylinder head opens a small flap which is aligned with a pipe coming directly from the fuel tap. When the tap is in the forward position, fuel can be dribbled directly into the cylinder - or all over the engine if you forget to open the flap.

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Staying with the motorcycling theme, my vehicle of the day at a local event was this immaculate Honda 90 Cub. There wasn't a mark on it. The Great Collector took the Hornet; Counsel, the Straker Squire, and I whizzed along in the 12/60. The day was not without its anxieties - the Alvis battery went flat for some reason, and the Straker got stuck in 2nd on the way home.

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A Vauxhall Light Six's seat arrangement took my eye. I collect ideas for bits and pieces as I go, and have a file of pictures of details that may serve as guides.

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The Buick starter has taken up some time this last week, and I decided to make up a flexible joint for the shaft.

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Accuracy is essential to prevent an out-of-kilter connection. This became more obvious as the project progressed.

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I had a piece of conveyor belt and a couple of Swedish Knives in the toolbox, so was able to make up the fabric part of the coupling.

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It looks nice, but the two sleeves don't properly align. I've drawn up the spiders and will have them laser cut. I'll also have to make up a jig for punching the small holes in the belt - despite my best efforts, a couple of the holes ended up a few mm's out.

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Leon and Awkward took themselves off to Pendine Sands for the weekend's hot rod racing.

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Mr Slightly-Strange took his recently completed 'T'. They were very lucky with the weather; the Welsh climate is kaleidoscopic in nature.

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