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  1. Whilst the CR conrod works I suspect the CR crank will have much lighter flywheels.
  2. Sounds like it could be a sticking piston. The previous owner may have released the brake pressure to hide a binding brake or just got it wrong when trying to fix it. Remove the pads and make sure that both pistons are moving but beware of them coming out. They may need cleaned but there are plenty youtube videos on how to do this. Refit and pump up (again plenty videos on bleeding brakes) whereupon all should be centralised.
  3. Exactly. A pal had an '05 which he sold at 12 years old still with the original plug in it and still running like a watch. Worth checking the valve clearances but I'd go no further if there's no symptoms.
  4. Plenty websites will identify fonts - try googling "font identification".
  5. The bit under the tank is comprised of a perforated tube with packing round it. Cleaning and repacking is well worth doing. Cut a window in the back of the box so the repair doesn't show.
  6. 2stroke4stroke

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    If your need is purely to get an MoT then just take the lights off altogether. If you really need to use lights you can fit a diode in to the circuit to restrict voltage. I'm assuming the bike is six volt but can't remember what the diode we used to fit back in the day was called. The twelve volt version was universally known as a zener diode, though presumably a proprietary name, and possibly available in various voltages. The alternative was to fit twentyfour volt bulbs. No doubt technology has moved on and someone will be able to suggest a more modern alternative.
  7. You're right. Out of curiosity I once collected the muck hosed off my IT 250, let it dry, then weighed it. 15 lbs, so maybe half as much again wet?
  8. The Montesa tanks were prone to cracking at the rear weld back in the day, I don't suppose age will have improved the chances.
  9. What you say is true, done properly there is normally no problem as excess compounds tend to stay in place. The Hylomar sets to a very rigid state and any excess breaks off sending hard bits in to circulation. No great problem on a two-stroke as they either get chewed up in the transmission or disappear out the exhaust. Perhaps it's now packaged in a tube with a dispenser that enables a thin bead to be deployed but thirty years ago it was like dealing with toothpaste?
  10. Not relevant to the Villiers, but just in case anyone is tempted to use the above mentioned Blue Hylomar elsewhere. Many years ago it seemed to be the answer to the head gasket problem on my Guzzi Monza and indeed it sealed well. Then I read about a Honda that had died because excess Hylomar had broken off and choked the oil filter. I checked and mine was heading that way so I used it up on things where this would not be an issue.
  11. NIH study showed that Covid-19 survives on cardboard for up to 24 hours, on plastic (eg punch cards in this context) up to three days. Don't be too optimistic, the common cold is a covid virus apparently and they've been trying, and failing, to find a vaccine for that for a very long time indeed.
  12. You are correct in as much as just about every British manufacturer had a trials model in their range at some point, albeit not much more than a road bike with a high exhaust etc. Enduro events were being run in the USA in at least the 1940s, but, like trials, evolved and became what we knew in the 1970s. I thoroughly recommend "The Golden Age of Enduros" by Piet W Boonstra.
  13. It is possible that the old one had been shortened during its life so it's not foolproof to uses the same number of links. Best to do as Cleanorbust suggests.
  14. At that age it was probably registered at the time. It may be that you can trace the number using the frame number with DVLA?
  15. It's going back forty years right enough but I don't recall any tools beyond a flywheel puller and a C15 gear pinion to lock the primary drive. The nearest I had to a splitting tool was a soft-faced hammer. All done with the assistance of a two page article in TMX News. Them wis the days?
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