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(photo from Sandhill Mike's restoration story below)
April 19th Edition
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Restoring my Royal Enfield
Teardown and inspection
The trouble with older rare bikes is generally finding parts. This project is a considerable challenge due to it's rarity. After many hours of internet searching, I found a specialty shop in England that does, on a regular basis, what I'm trying to do with this restoration: Pricepartmotorcycles.co.uk This website has all the parts I need but more importantly a knowable staff that has provided a great deal of help and expertise.
For this project, the importance of replacement parts cannot be overstated. The original motor had no brand name and internet research led to two different brands that are no longer in production. This bike came for India and this original motor was probably from a farm or commercial application.
After contacting Henry at Pricepartmotorcycles.co.uk, I decided to go the long way in this project with a complete motor replacement with the installation of a 456cc, 13 horsepower diesel moto. By choosing this route, I will need all new primary drive components and frame modifications. Yes there is going to be some welding involved. As you can see in the pictures, the internals of the primary drive are long past due for replacement and not salvageable.
The transmission input shaft will need to be longer for this application, a new wiring harness to make electrical start available.
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