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Who was that wise man anyway?

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Related Discussions' started by jbruney, Jun 21, 2019.

  1. jbruney

    jbruney

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    There was someone who stated cleaning & applying a dab of silicone to the Amal mixture screw here a while back. You know, when the o-ring doesn't hold it in place & the carb always seems to be out of adjustment causing an ongoing headache & general PITA fouling plugs, etc. I just wish to applaud the simple genius of his suggestion seeing as the last rebuild kit I purchased came with what appears to be slightly undersized o-rings.
    A man can check and set at 1.5 turns out and find it at 3/4 only so many times before the light shines upon him, and I now see the light. Thank you for your mention of silicone. Also to others whom I may not have seen.
     
  2. Craig

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    I have mentioned on occasion over the years that an older guy 80 this year had helped me early on with my Commando .... and that he used silicon on any threaded fasteners that he found working loose from vibes , don’t recall that I pinpointed Amal carbs though , glad you tried it and it helps ... Philip Myles rides a P-11 and is a very smart and eccentric man who lives alone now out in rural Nova Scotia and is very self sufficient to this day ....
     
  3. jbruney

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    Well...…...That is a move inspired by genius. So simple that I'd never have considered it if not for the recollection of reading it here.
    Generally screws back out but these air screws have the tendency to tighten and richen my mixture for some unexplained reason...Let's see that little bugger move around now.
    Thanks for mentioning it, and the older fellow should receive an award for his imagination.
     
  4. robs ss

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    Had not heard of this before - what's the procedure?
    Just wipe some silicone into the threads and screw it in? ...or let it set a bit first?
     
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  5. jbruney

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    That, or apply to carb body & screw head as I did to ease cleaning off should a further tweak be desired. It beats trying to handle & sort through tiny O-rings with my shaking hands & twitching fingers.
     
  6. Danno

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    Racers have used Gorilla Snot for years in the same manner.

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  7. ashman

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    My mate Don who got me into Nortons at a young age has always used silicone on his nuts and bolts on all his British bikes, I remember one of my old mate's got his Triumph stolen back in the early 80s and my Mate Don sold him a Triumph that he built up out of his collection to replace the stolen one, every nut and bolt were all wrong on that bike Don just used what he had laying around in his collection of nuts and bolts, lots of course threads where fine threads were surpose to be used and of course every nut and bolt had silicone on the threads.
    Kevin who brought the Triumph off Don couldn't handle all the mixture of different nuts and bolts as he had to have 3 different tool sets to work on his bike lol and he slowly replaced all the mixed up bolts and nuts, but one thing was none were loose, but it ended up being a good bike built from a collection of bits and pieces he had, Don was into building Tritons and he hasn't changed to this day and still has a big collection of bits and pieces for British bikes.

    Ashley
     
  8. acotrel

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    I have a tray full of different spanners and Allen keys for working on my Seeley 850. It is a nightmare. I have AF, BSF, Metric, UNF fasteners in all shapes and sizes.
     
  9. jbruney

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    It would be a nightmare for another if you sold it, but I'm willing to wager that you know where every spec. change is. I've installed metric items on my 850 and for reasons unknown keep in memory those done today as well as those forty years ago.
    I do need to get some more Whitworth tools because mine appear to have evaporated or wandered off.
     
  10. gortnipper

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    If you do, you will find the old ones the day after the new ones arrive.
     
  11. ashman

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    Hasn't worked for me yet, lost a 9/16 AF socket in my shed about 12 months ago cleaned the shed out twice looking for it, finally replaced it with a new one and to this day still haven't found the old one yet, its just walked out on me, maybe it didn't like me using my WW sockets lol, or the ghost of Pricey's shed borrowed it or maybe the dog ate it, its a mystery lol.

    Ashley
     

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