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Old 02-23-2016, 11:17 AM   #1
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did some labor trading with my plumber. part of the deal was resurrecting this old oif beezer. plans call for a new oil tank, clean the fuel system, fix an ignition problem, new tires/brakes, different exhaust, new wiring, replace the fork tubes and a general going over.
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Old 02-23-2016, 02:06 PM   #2
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Maybe I'm not used to looking at British bikes, is that headlight mount common?
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It is a stock headlight and mount for a 1971 or 72 oil frame BSA (or Triumph).
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This may be more of a statement about my failing eyesight than I'd like, but what are the two stacked, diagonally mounted cylinders behind the rear downtube?
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This may be more of a statement about my failing eyesight than I'd like, but what are the two stacked, diagonally mounted cylinders behind the rear downtube?
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That odd looking contraption is an oil tank. If you look closely you can see the oil lines and the filler bung. Sometimes, on the OIF brits, there may be a problem with the existing oil reservoir in the frame tube (leak or crud) and the owner adds an auxiliary tank instead of dealing with the problem.

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Nice Bill.
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>the owner adds an auxiliary tank instead of dealing with the problem.

Man after my own heart.

I've obtained two nearly free low-mileage Bonneville engines from people who blew holes in their OIFs trying to hardtail them. Glad it didn't occur to them to add an auxiliary tank.

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did some labor trading with my plumber. part of the deal was resurrecting this old oif beezer. plans call for a new oil tank, clean the fuel system, fix an ignition problem, new tires/brakes, different exhaust, new wiring, replace the fork tubes and a general going over.
Nice, great work!
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Old 02-24-2016, 11:52 PM   #10
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yes, that's an owner built oil tank. basicly four 2" dia steel tubes 10" long welded together. i'll be replacing it with something more traditional. i was actually working for a tri-bsa dealer when the oif bikes came out. the bsa's had a problem with tank cracks at the rear motor mount from vibration. the factory would authorize warranty replacement of the frame. i remember they paid $65 labor for a frame swap.
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