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Matchless G15 Project

Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby dave M » Sun Oct 14, 2012 5:45 pm

CJ, business is good for the chap who owns the cars, it is merely adequate for the poor sap (that would be me) who has to repair them! I don't live in Kowloon (this means '9 dragons' in Cantonese). I live in hakka fishing village in the Sai Kung National park in the New territories .

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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby BillT » Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:17 am

I ran into Mike Partridge at the Barber Festival - He's the face of Waldridge Motors in Ontario and is the go-to guy for N15/G15/33 stuff, as well as the P11 series. He's got a couple dozen of the big hybrids.

Interesting little tidbit he told me - AMC built the AJS 33 in '65-'67, and they didn't sell very well. When Berliner put in an order for 1000 Hybrids in '67, they re-stamped a bunch of 33s, converting them to Norton or Matchless. If you come across an N-15 or G-15 in the 119xxx to 124xxx range, look carefully at the serial on the case - there's a chance you'll see that it started out as an Ajay. He's got a couple in his collection where you can make out the '33' under 'G15'. Another interesting thing about the hybrids is there are no brand decals on the bikes, only the tank badges which could be changed easily

Also, once AMC collapsed, Norton would ship the bikes with both =M= and 'N' badges, and there are a few out there that were sold as a Matchless with a Norton serial and visa versa.
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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby dave M » Thu Jul 31, 2014 2:11 pm

I have been making some progress on my G15 since my last post and have returned to California for a few weeks, so hopefully things will move ahead some more.

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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby dave M » Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:35 am

A few more photos of 'progress'.

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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby dave M » Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:34 am

The project continues to move forward, slowly and steadily.

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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby grandpaul » Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:55 am

Looking good.

I'd like that little 4 cylinder to power a generator/welder/A/C / battery charger (mini power station for the home)

Set up the carb for natural gas and pipe it right in...
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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby BillT » Wed Aug 20, 2014 2:50 pm

That little motor looks English.
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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby dave M » Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:50 pm

It is a motor and transmission unit for a Mini Moke. I built it as a spare for a friend of mine. More progress shots are coming.

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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby Bernhard » Fri Aug 22, 2014 3:46 am

grandpaul wrote:Looking good.

I'd like that little 4 cylinder to power a generator/welder/A/C / battery charger (mini power station for the home)

Set up the carb for natural gas and pipe it right in...


FYI
The same all alloy engines used in the Hillman Imp was used inside the UK fire engines to power that vehicle’s water pump :!: :o

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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby BillT » Fri Aug 22, 2014 2:27 pm

Bernhard wrote:FYI
The same all alloy engines used in the Hillman Imp was used inside the UK fire engines to power that vehicle’s water pump :!: :o


The Coventry Climax!

Sunbeam/Hillman used the little one (SOHC 875cc)

Many early Lotus cars used the SOHC 1098cc four, and the GP cars used the 1.5 liter V8
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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby dave M » Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:47 am

Here are a few more shots, the last two with a Harley Sportster seat just to fill the space.

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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby Rohan » Mon Sep 01, 2014 3:14 pm

grandpaul wrote:Looking good.

I'd like that little 4 cylinder to power a generator/welder/A/C / battery charger (mini power station for the home)

Set up the carb for natural gas and pipe it right in...


Bernhard wrote:FYI
The same all alloy engines used in the Hillman Imp was used inside the UK fire engines to power that vehicle’s water pump :!: :o



Mini engines weren't all alloy though ? !!
The Imp was (completely) different.

Nice progress Dave.
What is that front wheel though ?

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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby dave M » Mon Sep 01, 2014 10:56 pm

Thanks Rohan,

The front wheel is a BSA unit that came with the Featherbed rolling chassis that I bought last year. I put it on there just to facilitate moving the bike around and have since rebuilt an original Norton wheel and fitted a Commando TLS brake backing plate. I actually had the bike fired up today although it didn't run for long due to a sticky float valve but I am very pleased to have progressed so far during this trip.

I leave the US on Wednesday and dont expect to return until perhaps Easter next year when I should be able to ride the machine.

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