Its alive!!! (1955 bsa b33 500)

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by dmcd, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. dmcd

    dmcd Been here awhile

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    I know its not finished but I had it running last night for the first time since the mid 70's. I thought I'd celebrate by posting a couple of before and after pictures.

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  2. Mr. Magoo

    Mr. Magoo n/a

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    Nice!! :clap
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  3. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Wow, nice :clap... congratulations, its a beauty
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  4. dmcd

    dmcd Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the kind words folks, I painted it myself and she is far from concours. Apart from what you can see most of the engine internals were replaced, and the magdyno reconditioned. I haven't touched the gearbox yet apart from changing the oil. I'll do it later if it needs it.
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  5. datchew

    datchew Don't buy from Brad

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    what a beautiful and classy old bike.

    Hope it gives you years of enjoyment.
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  6. dlrides

    dlrides 1:1.618

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  7. 650sf

    650sf Been here awhile

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    Sweeet, looking forward to seeing the finished product.
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  8. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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  9. Cogswell

    Cogswell Spudly Adventurer

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    Kudos to you, looks nice.:thumb



    Mike
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  10. Hawk Medicine

    Hawk Medicine Coyote's Brother

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    WOW!!!

    You did a really nice job, obviously without breaking the bank.

    I have more respect for what you've done, than a project where someone just threw money at a bike.

    Very kool! :1drink
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  11. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    A plunger '55? It has a '54 swingarm front end...is there any reason it was built as a plunger for that year,maybe a sidecar bike or something? And no,I'm not going to pick any more holes in it - it's beautiful.
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  12. dmcd

    dmcd Been here awhile

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    The chap I bought it off told me it was 1955. I quoted that year when ordering parts which seemed to be fine. I do however think that BSA buggered about a bit in the mid 50's with different suspension and brakes, I think this is one of the last plungers and may be a parts bin job.

    I can however tell you that the front suspension is soft, the rear is solid, the brakes are crap and the kick start can propel 252lbs into the air with ease.:bluduh
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  13. dlrides

    dlrides 1:1.618

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    As it should !


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  14. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    are you sure it is a B33, as it looks like it might be an M33, if so, then the plunger frame is correct, as they were making them up to 56 with the plunger rear end.
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  15. dmcd

    dmcd Been here awhile

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  16. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Sweet mother of god that looks like a lot of work! Your going to ride it around some? Pretty neat to bring an old one back from the dead.

    Nice Job!
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  17. Tim McKittrick

    Tim McKittrick Long timer

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    That's a nicely restored Fergie in the background- is it a Te-20 or a TEA-20? I need to do something with mine someday, other than subject it to humiliating abuse.

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  18. Bendernz

    Bendernz Torrential

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    Very nice.

    Love the old Fergy in the background too. Must be a story about that.

    Edit: Snap!
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  19. dmcd

    dmcd Been here awhile

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    Um yes about the fergies, we have four, two diesels, a tvo and the one in the background I fitted with a rover (uk)/buick (us) 3528 cc 150 bhp aluminium block v8.:hide
    Here's a wee youtube clip of her in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6K0RGis-R5Q
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  20. dmcd

    dmcd Been here awhile

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    If it is running fine don't dare touch it!! They can be restored many times but they'll only be original once:nono . I only did the v8 for a bit of a laugh as the original engine was cracked on both sides due to frost damage.
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