D1 BSA Bantam Restoration
A month away and now I can
get back into it! The engine is coming along .... but not without
some headaches. The bottom end needs rebuilding which isn't
unexpected and it is now off at my friendly engineer. The crankcases
however are found to be badly damaged (see photo below). It looks
likely that the chain came unstuck at some stage and tore things
apart. Lucky I have that spare engine from the swap meet!
The bite out of the crankcase
reveals past abuse or accident.
February 2000 continued...
A couple of boxes of engine
bits. Cylinder is off getting a rebore but the gearbox and clutch
seem okay. Might treat it to a new set of clutch plates anyhow.
Feeling so good about having
the correct 55mph speedo I decided to renovate it myself. Wrong.
Opening it up I found a mass of rust, crumbled springs, spiders' eggs
and other rubbish. This one IS a job for a professional!