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New to me: 1948 M18 and 1949 M18 with Sidecar

New to me: 1948 M18 and 1949 M18 with Sidecar

Postby Johnnymac » Sun May 03, 2015 9:15 am

For those who were following the thread in the other section entitle Dusting Sidecars, my 1948 and 1949 AJS Model 18's arrived late Friday night. I bought these from a gentlemen in Iowa sight unseen. I really didn't have decent pictures and even less info on the bikes. Well it was well worth it. I paid $8500 for these two bikes, including a spare motor, magneto, books, tools, etc.

The 1948 is essentially all there (Except for a missing dynamo). It was last in running order in 2003 when it passed its MOT in England. It turns over and has a spark (But a very crusty fuel tank.) The 1949 has an Australian Dusting Sidecar. The 1949 is in great shape. It even has the complete tool kit with tools. It has spark and won't take much to get going. I need to pull the carbs and flush the tank.

I am officially out of room in my garage. -which is a good thing!

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Re: New to me: 1948 M18 and 1949 M18 with Sidecar

Postby Johnnymac » Sun May 10, 2015 12:50 pm

I can't' believe it, this bike sat for 15 years and it started on the first kick! All it needed was a fuel tank flush, points adjustment, and carb clean.

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Re: New to me: 1948 M18 and 1949 M18 with Sidecar

Postby Rohan » Tue May 12, 2015 12:16 am

Sounds like you overdid it on the maintenance then...

I still can't believe how good that 49 looks.

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Re: New to me: 1948 M18 and 1949 M18 with Sidecar

Postby Johnnymac » Wed May 13, 2015 2:17 pm

Rohan wrote:Sounds like you overdid it on the maintenance then...

I still can't believe how good that 49 looks.


Thanks Rohan! Check this out... It even has the full tool kit complete with mini grease gun.

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Re: New to me: 1948 M18 and 1949 M18 with Sidecar

Postby johnm » Thu May 14, 2015 10:02 pm

Thats a very nice combination.

My Dad owned a 1949 AJS from new. Purchased from Percy Colemans, Wanganui, New Zealand.

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He said it was number 7 spring frame off the "production line". The first 6 having gone to the Belgium army.

From memory he said it cost around 240 New Zealand Pounds.

Long gone of course. He last saw it in 1952.

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Re: New to me: 1948 M18 and 1949 M18 with Sidecar

Postby Jerry Doe » Fri May 15, 2015 7:47 am

Very cool. I like the look of the IPA fermentor too
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