Re-as­sem­bly tips, not in Ve­lo­cette man­ual

Old Bike Australasia - - LET­TERS TO THE EDI­TOR -

Small hands are es­sen­tial. Make sure you cen­tre punch marks on the gear lever po­si­tion and the spline be­fore re­mov­ing it. When as­sem­bling hoses ca­bles etc. to the mo­tor, make sure all screws are fac­ing in a di­rec­tion leav­ing them ac­ces­si­ble after in­stalling the chas­sis. Be­fore in­stalling swing arm make sure clutch lever is on top of gear­box and stand­ing ver­ti­cal with clutch rods in­stalled. Make sure all ca­bles and hoses are re-routed ex­actly as re­moved. Make two ta­pered brass align­ing tools to as­sist with lin­ing up the cen­tre stand, spring, pivot arm plates, mul­ti­ple wash­ers and run­ning board mounts. Slowly re­move these tools as you fol­low them in with the bolts when fit­ting the chas­sis. Note: The ex­tra pair of hands are es­sen­tial. Now as­sem­ble the rest of the bike. (Sounds easy when you say it fast.)

The first test run re­vealed clutch slip­ping un­der ac­cel­er­a­tion. Now fully con­ver­sant with the term “for­ward think­ing” I pull it all apart again and in­stall a refurbishe­d Qual­cast 3 plate clutch from a bar­rel lawn mower. Prob­lem now solved, ex­cept on re-in­stal­la­tion of the shaft drive I must have nicked the seal and it was now leak­ing. For­tu­nately this was able to be re­placed with­out too much dis-as­sem­bly. Two years later, gly­col leaks into the cylin­ders through the head gas­ket, also fill­ing the car­bu­ret­tor. I put this down to the lim­ited use of the bike and dis-sim­i­lar met­als en­hanc­ing the flow of eddy cur­rents. Thank God this didn’t re­quire re­moval of the chas­sis from the bike. Laser cut an­nealed alu­minium head gas­kets were sourced and the bike even­tu­ally sold at a con­sid­er­able loss. I have re­stored sev­eral mo­tor­cy­cles since with­out the need of an as­sis­tant and en­joyed the process of both restora­tion and rid­ing them. Rarely have I made money in the process. If you are up for and en­joy a chal­lenge, then a 1951 LE is the per­fect bike for you. The next chal­lenge is when you need to use the front brake while chang­ing gears and sig­nalling a right hand turn. (Not fun to ride in traf­fic). These bikes get lots of at­ten­tion when out and about or at ral­lies. Once up and run­ning they are a plea­sure to ride at any speed up to 80 km/h. How­ever they need to be used as a daily ride if you don’t en­joy pulling them apart bi-an­nu­ally. Peter Straw­bridge Nu­ri­ootpa, SA

What’s left when you work on an LE clutch.

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