Yes Another Bantam Build!

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Cube
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Re: Yes Another Bantam Build!

Unread post by Cube » Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:09 pm

I too would rather spend little money, might have to buy a new battery though. Any good suppliers?


More Spare parts i have:


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Velton
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Re: Yes Another Bantam Build!

Unread post by Velton » Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:57 pm

Cube, if you have D14/B then you don't need a battery!

Dave M2's wiring diagram shows that all other D14s need a battery but NOT the D14B!

(follow his link to the Bantam site, click on wiring diagrams and scroll right down to the bottom for yours.)

That looks like almost 2 whole D7s in spares there!

No need to spend any money at all if there i an ignition switch on one of them.
I can see a speedo and headlight shell. :lol:
Just being old doesn't make it a "Classic."

Aaaah! Nostalgia is not what it used to be!

Cube
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Re: Yes Another Bantam Build!

Unread post by Cube » Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:30 am

It would be good if i didnt require a battery. And it does say D14 B stamped on the engine, but I find it strange it had a battery in when I got it and a holder for the battery if it didnt require one in the first place.

Away this weekend in flooded Devon. So shall get it started next week! 8-)

The Mighty Gusset

Re: Yes Another Bantam Build!

Unread post by The Mighty Gusset » Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:39 am

If you fancy doing a complete stripdown and rebuild, but don't fancy spending much money, then you could follow the example set by the late and much missed McNutty :
http://www.classicbikeforum.co.uk/viewt ... ?f=6&t=453" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Ok, so this was a Minsk, but it's the same principle, and once you dig past the piss-taking McNut's 'restoration' was pretty good.
There's also Johnr's budget C15 rebuild.
For cheap batteries try Tayna :
http://www.tayna.co.uk/Yuasa-6V-Bike-Ba ... 369-1.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

DAVE M2
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Re: Yes Another Bantam Build!

Unread post by DAVE M2 » Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:03 am

I have the same Tiger Cub that I bought as a 16 year old, and my local bike shop either has a battery in stock, or will get one within 24 hours.

I can't be arsed with all that waiting for the postman if I can pop out at lunchtime. But it does depend on the shop and where you live.

Looks like a good project with a touch of Hamerite, or spend a bit more and go upmarket. Do NOT throw anything away, as I have in the past, and the stuff is always needed by somone.
I gave away loads of mid range BSA/Triumph forks in the mid 80's and could buy another bike with the money they are worth now.

Get a parts book so you can search for the correct bit ( I'd assume that MOST bits are swappable but there's always one)

Velton
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Re: Yes Another Bantam Build!

Unread post by Velton » Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:32 pm

Gus and others, ?SFB?
Is McNut's rebuild of his D1(?) plunger Bantam still accessible somehow? 8-)
Or is it irretrievably lost?

Cube, may I suggest that you study the wiring diagrams in enough detail to be sure which wiring system you have on your bike? There is a possibility that someone has re-jigged the system to include a battery.
Or even just thought that there "should" be a battery on every bike!

Stranger things have happened! :lol:
Just being old doesn't make it a "Classic."

Aaaah! Nostalgia is not what it used to be!

sbsbsa
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Re: Yes Another Bantam Build!

Unread post by sbsbsa » Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:10 pm

Yet another question - has it been converted to 12 volt with a view to brighter lights? This could simplify the wiring but you do need to find out. The B175 I had had not been converted and had adequate lights but you never know. If it is a Bushman and someone has "fiddled" with the electrics then anything is possible!
Steve

impstan
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Re: Yes Another Bantam Build!

Unread post by impstan » Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:42 pm

Bushman is the trail bike version, this dont look like that, but maybe with a bushman engine. looks like the B175 sports to me with the seperate chrome headlight and the front guard.

steve

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Lone Wolf
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Re: Yes Another Bantam Build!

Unread post by Lone Wolf » Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:09 pm

Wotcha.

Hmm - full width hubs . . .I'd say it's a D14/4S, the "sports" model. It should have a high level exhaust though.
I picked one up earlier this year - been standing since 1973, but all there.......

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Velton
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Re: Yes Another Bantam Build!

Unread post by Velton » Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:42 pm

Dead right Lone Wolf. 8-)

"My guess is that it's a "Sportsman" judging from the humped seat.
But I think that had an upwept exhaust."
As I posted on Cube's original thread. ;)

Probably later fitted with an engine from a Bushman?

Which would explain the presence of a battery with that D14/ B engine number.

Is the original motor amongst the spares?
Just being old doesn't make it a "Classic."

Aaaah! Nostalgia is not what it used to be!

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