Shady deal

Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

I was fas­ci­nated by the photo show­ing Char­lie Ed­wards ( OBA 69 Let­ters) on a model steam train. There is a young boy that ap­pears to be giv­ing out toys with la­bels on and looks like la­bels un­der his arm, would this be, say a Christ­mas treat or some­thing?

Also in the early fifties I bought a 350cc sin­gle cylin­der mo­tor­cy­cle from a shady dealer that sprung up af­ter the war. He told me it was used as a sand racer on some is­land some­where, and was orig­i­nally war sur­plus. This I gath­ered as there was a small ad­just­ing screw on the cylin­der head which when you turned it one way it gave you a smoke screen from the ex­haust pipe. It started to smoke with­out ad­just­ing the screw so my brother said it must be worn out, so he stripped the en­gine down and found a load of sand in the crank­case, also the pis­ton was of an un­usual shape – like a beer bar­rel smaller at the top and bot­tom but wider at the mid­dle. He re­assem­bled it with a new pis­ton and rings and de­cided to take the 1/4 inch side-play out of the crank­shaft. Af­ter this the bike went re­ally well but look­ing back could this have been one of the Spag­forth Splints made in the Up­per Volta? Thanks for the best Mag out there. Dave Kidd Wood­bury, Devon, UK

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