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Now I know where the squirrel hides his nuts
Started at 07:54am on the 23rd February, 2017 by Mark M
Mark M Subject: Now I know where the squirrel hides his nuts
Latest project is reviving a Mk 1A Interceptor repatriated by our Hosts from the USA. It's complete, largely unmolested but scruffy; (borderline) oily rag I hope. First job is to see if it will run so I start with sparks of which there are none. Remove saddle to get at coils and ignition and what do I find? A nest made of chewed cardboard, pink loft insulation and what appear to be hazelnuts! First time I've had to nick the Hoover to work on a restoration....

REgards, Mark

Pics may follow....
Posted: 07:54am 23rd February, 2017
Chris Tindal Subject: Now I know where the squirrel hides his nuts
America has dosens of squirrel and chipmunk species, but given the capacity under the seat, I'd say it was your humble house mouse. I once restored a Lambretta imported from Italy, behind the horncast was a small wasps nest!
Posted: 03:47pm 23rd February, 2017
Mark B Subject: Now I know where the squirrel hides his nuts
Wasps in a Vespa? What could be more appropriate?
Posted: 04:15pm 23rd February, 2017
Mark B Subject: Now I know where the squirrel hides his nuts
Ah, wasps WOULD be more appropriate in a Vespa than a Lambretta!
Posted: 04:16pm 23rd February, 2017
Mark M Subject: Now I know where the squirrel hides his nuts
Chris, I think it's mice too, judging by how the nuts are carefully opened but the squirrel headline sounded better! Fortunately they hadn't chewed any wiring, leaving the task of bodging in the wrong coils and the tricky task of wiring them up incorrectly to the Previous Owner!

REgards, Mark
Posted: 05:48pm 23rd February, 2017
Chris Tindal Subject: Now I know where the squirrel hides his nuts
How's the eBay 350 coming on Mark?
Posted: 09:59am 24th February, 2017
Adrian Subject: Now I know where the squirrel hides his nuts
I know a place where the nuts hunt the squirrels... Sorry, Napoleon XIV was last week, wasn't he?

Looking forward to those pics, Mark.

A.
Posted: 02:57pm 24th February, 2017
Mark M Subject: Now I know where the squirrel hides his nuts
Thanks for the interest chaps. I can't get into our Photobucket account at the moment so I'll start a new one. The Ebay Bullet has made real progress and is not far off being finished. I promised in The Gun that I would reveal a new project at the REOC Home Counties Rally in July but at the moment I'm not sure which one it will be!

REgards, Mark
Posted: 07:33am 25th February, 2017
Mark M Subject: Now I know where the squirrel hides his nuts
Latest news, the 1968 Mk1A Interceptor runs! I have found a number of bodges and problems along the way, mostly indicative of ignorant former Owner(s) but all relatively minor so far. (Fingers crossed!) My spares stash and Hitchcocks have provided everything I needed along with my very patient local auto factor (Car Spares in Stony Stratford, thanks chaps,) who found the right battery, plugs, etc. Now I know it runs I can turn to the rest of the cycle parts. More to come!

REgards, Mark
Posted: 03:08pm 8th March, 2017
Chris Tindal Subject: Now I know where the squirrel hides his nuts
Good to hear it Mark, any pics?
Posted: 06:32am 9th March, 2017
Mark M Subject: Now I know where the squirrel hides his nuts
I'd welcome your opinions chaps. We can't get into our old Photobucket account, so I will start a new one. Which is better in the opinion of users, Pinterest, Tinypic or Photobucket?

REgards, Mark
Posted: 07:40am 9th March, 2017
Mark M Subject: Now I know where the squirrel hides his nuts
Today's job was to get the bike outside for a clean up. I used degreaser to start and then a household wallpaper steam stripper, washing up liquid and a stiff brush to get all the caked oil crud off the crankcases. Once dry and back inside I decided to remove the rear wheel to check the brake and cush drive and replace the tyre. The qd portion of the wheel had seized together but I got it apart by removing the drive pins from the offside. The brake shoes will need replacing but I have some re-lined ones in stock. The rock hard 50 year old Dunlop K70 tyre was a sod to get off but judicious use of g-clamps to break the bead and my biggest tyre levers finally did it! More to follow...

REgards, Markk
Posted: 09:56pm 9th March, 2017
Adrian Subject: Now I know where the squirrel hides his nuts
Mark,

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A.
Posted: 10:10pm 9th March, 2017
Mark M Subject: Now I know where the squirrel hides his nuts
Rear wheel out to replace tyre, getting the old one off (50 year old rubber gets very hard!) is tough but the new one goes on ok. The 2 security bolts in the rear rim don't want to play though and take ages to seat. I gave the wheel a good clean while I was in there. Next is clutch and primary, I know the chain is loose through the inspection hole. Getting the cover off is a pig as the left footrest is bent and stops the cover detaching. When I get it off the cover has a tiny hole in it as if the PO had tried to use a screwdriver as a lever to straighten the footrest so off to the alloy welder with that. Meanwhile the case is full of black sludge, the result of the cush drive rubbers being partially melted. Wash all that out with de-greaser. The clutch plates are pretty tired too with worn tangs and the centre slots are burred so I'll clean all that up and replace where appropriate. I have a belt drive clutch on the shelf which I might use later depending on how the bike goes when running.

REgards, Mark
Posted: 08:19am 15th March, 2017
Mark M Subject: Now I know where the squirrel hides his nuts
Learned a lesson today, again. After quite a bit of work on the running gear (new tyres, unseize brakes, oil cables, fix tacho and speedo drives and cables, replace tacho, clean all switches, polish lots of chrome, change all oils, rebuild clutch, straighten footrests, fit new rubbers, fit new silencers, etc etc etc,) I started the engine to warm up the oil to which I had added a flushing ingredient. Once it was nice and hot I drained it off and replaced it with decent stuff. (Morris' 20/50 since you ask) Then re-start and get it warm to set up carbs. I just couldn't get it to idle and diagnosed that it was over advanced. I altered the timing on the points plate as it was obviously nearly right than spent about 2 hours faffing with the carbs. I did find a couple of things that needed sorting but still couldn't get a decent tickover. Finally I decided to re-check the timing which is when I realised that the distributor rotates the opposite direction to the way I thought so I'd been advancing it still further not retarding the spark as I had thought. Truly, Grasshopper, as a wise man sayeth, troubles within the carburettor are caused by the electrics and reverse wise also!

REgards, Mark
Posted: 09:44pm 23rd March, 2017
Mark M Subject: Now I know where the squirrel hides his nuts
MOT'd today so now on with applying for a registration!

REgards, Mark
Posted: 12:10pm 28th March, 2017
Scalyback Subject: Now I know where the squirrel hides his nuts
Having 'intercepted' this photo, here is Mark's 1A project which shows the bike complete with newly de-dented tank done by The Dent Doctor. He is just waiting for a reply from the DVLA hopefully with a V5C but fingers crossed!

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Posted: 02:23pm 19th April, 2017
Mark M Subject: Now I know where the squirrel hides his nuts
New V5C (registration document for overseas readers) arrived today so road legal at last!

REgards, Mark
Posted: 06:59pm 2nd May, 2017
Mark M Subject: Now I know where the squirrel hides his nuts
I thought it was about time for an update: the bike is running really well (fingers crossed,) and has fully lived up to my hopes for it. The speedo showed just over 2,000 miles when I got it and although I don't think that is correct (the speedo cable was broken,) the bike does feel quite new albeit decently run in. There are a few problems, it smokes a bit which may be due to tired piston rings, possibly from storage, but I can live with that. The speedo did work with a new cable but gave up quite soon afterwards, I've just had it rebuilt by a local chap. The tacho had a broken needle when I got it so I fitted a spare I had on the shelf (it's the same as my 1966 Mk1 Inter,) and that's behaving strangely now! The tickover and low speed running were erratic, I had forgotten that when I first got it running I had spotted that the points were badly worn and dressing them with a file didn't extend their life much so I've fitted a new set which has helped. However the idle is still a bit irregular and I suspect the advance retard springs may need replacing, this was a regular thing back in the day! I also fitted a set of Iridium plugs but I'm not sure they are helping either so I'll swap back to regular NGKs. What's it like to ride? Goes really well, handles great, sounds magnificent and turns heads, brilliant!

REgards, Mark
Posted: 09:28pm 2nd July, 2017
Alan R Subject: Now I know where the squirrel hides his nuts
Hi MARK M}-------"IT'S A CRACKER" and "IT'S THE WAY I BUILD 'EM !!....http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/frank-carsons-best-jokes-740505--)
Posted: 02:59pm 4th July, 2017

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